Printers Choose Heidelberg Solutions to Upgrade, Streamline Operations
KENNESAW, GA—July 31, 2010—Heidelberg USA announces the following new product installations:
Honblue, Inc. Goes A Shade Greener with Suprasetter A52
Honblue, Inc., Honolulu, Hawaii, reports the installation of a Suprasetter A52 CtP device with Prinect Hybrid Screening at its Electric Pencil print facility as part of a move to upgrade its prepress system and advance the company’s ongoing “green” initiative. The new chemistry-free, energy-sparing thermal platesetter system, which boasts the lowest energy consumption and the lowest heat output in the small-format thermal platesetter class, replaces the company’s existing violet Prosetter, yielding greater efficiency and reduced running costs. Prinect Hybrid Screening also has enhanced the company’s overall print image quality, especially in the highlight areas. The new Suprasetter images Saphira Chemfree plates for the company’s 6-color Speedmaster CD 74, 4-color Speedmaster SM 52 and 4-color Printmaster GTO presses. Electric Pencil’s full-service bindery also hosts a range of Polar paper cutters and Stahlfolders.
Established in 1967 and with annual sales of $11 million, family run Honblue, Inc. comprises no fewer than four separate businesses, including commercial print division Electric Pencil (home to the company’s Heidelberg installations), digital division Zoombis, Jet Graphics (presentation graphics) and Blackbird (IT services). The company describes itself as a Hawaii-based technology company that manages, transfers and accelerates the flow of information within the design and construction industries. It employs a staff of 130 and serves a primarily local client base made up chiefly of architectural, engineering, graphic design and advertising agencies.
According to Executive Vice President Matt Heim, Honblue prizes its relationship with Heidelberg not only for the reliability of its equipment, but for the quality of Heidelberg service and support. “When you’re island-bound and you’re looking at a press to buy, you look to the availability of good service and support as much as you look to the quality of the equipment,” Heim said. “Throughout our whole history with Heidelberg, we’ve always been able to count on fast, responsive service, no matter what. In our eyes, it’s a big part of what sets Heidelberg apart from the competition.”
Outstanding performance combined with a space-saving footprint: Suprasetter A52.
Longtime Customer Kingery Printing Adds Heidelberg SM 52 Anicolor
Kingery Printing, a heatset web and large-format sheetfed printer specializing in color printing and mailing of catalogs, has been saving on makeready and giving quality a boost with a new Heidelberg Speedmaster 52 with Anicolor inking technology.
“Our waste is low and our changeovers are extremely fast,” said Tom Kingery, president. And while Kingery typically uses the small-format SM 52 to handle runs from 1,000 to 10,000 sheets, “we’re also selling the machine on its long-run capabilities,” he added.
Family owned and operated since 1968, Kingery Printing serves a broad client base focused in the Midwest, and distributes product nationwide. The company, a Heidelberg shop since the beginning, currently operates a Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102, a Speedmaster SM 102, a Stitchmaster ST 400, and three Polar paper cutting systems. It also utilizes a range of Heidelberg Saphira consumables, including inks and blankets.
Over the years, Kingery Printing has come to rely on the prompt customer service it receives from Heidelberg. “Heidelberg builds some of the best equipment in the world. The fact that it also backs those products 100 percent is one of the reasons we continue to buy from them,” Kingery said.
Speedmaster SM 52, the customized concept for all your requirements.
Vital Printing Slips into Higher Gear with Suprasetter A75 Install
Vital Printing, a high-quality general commercial printer in West Palm Beach, FL, has installed a Suprasetter A75 automated top-loading CtP device with Prinect Prepress Manager workflow. The new platesetter, which replaces the company’s existing violet Prosetter, uses Heidelberg Saphira Chemfree thermal plates, runs unattended and has yielded noticeable improvements in speed and quality on press. According to prepress coordinator Ron Ross, “There’s no more manual feeding, roll-up is quick and easy, and our pressmen have very few issues getting color and water up on press.”
“Awesome” is the word Ross uses to describe Heidelberg’s Prinect Prepress Manager workflow. The new workflow enables central control of all prepress work steps with transfer of presetting data to Vital’s pressroom, which is home to a 4-color Printmaster 74 perfector and two Printmaster QM 46-2s. In addition to Saphira Chemfree plates, the company also uses a variety of pressroom consumables, including fountain foils, blanket wash rolls and assorted accessories for the QM46 presses. Vital’s bindery hosts a number of 20×28” Stahlfolders and a 42” Polar guillotine cutter with jogger, three stacklifts, two VSAs, high-speed hydraulic drilling capabilities and assorted banding equipment. Final finishing is complimented by Vital’s 30-bin collator/booklet maker and perfect bound book binder.
With 8 employees and serving a diverse regional customer base, Vital Printing has been in business since 1980. “We’re a small, nimble, tight-knit family group that works well together and gets the job done,” Ross said. Heidelberg quality is a linchpin of the company’s success, he added, and “service has been second-to-none.”
Suprasetter A52/A75: The most compact and successful CtP platesetter in its class.
Why Mess with Success: Admore, Inc. Installs Second QM 46 Press
When Admore, Inc., Macomb, MI, needed a workhorse press to replace an existing, nine-year-old Printmaster QM 46-2 from Heidelberg, it simply bought another. A specialty printer of presentation folders and related products, Admore had logged more than 75 million impressions on the older press before trading up to the new model. Expectations are that the new press will establish an enviable track record of its own, turning out a variety of high-quality small-format document and wallet folders Admore sells through dealers and resellers nationwide. “This particular machine fits our product line to the ‘t’, said Bill Tignanelli, general manager. The company also operates a Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 6-color press, yet another Printmaster QM 46-2, as well as a 57” Polar 137 paper cutter, and utilizes a variety of Saphira pressroom consumables.
Admore, Inc. is a subsidiary of Ennis, Inc., with a smaller sister facility located in Anaheim, Calif. The company employs 81.
Productivity and flexibility in tandem: Printmaster QM 46.
ECO Folder-Gluer Lends Oomph to Flower City Printing’s Finishing Lineup
Flower City Printing, Rochester, NY, has added capacity to its finishing capabilities with the installation of a 41” ECO 105 folder-gluer from Heidelberg. The company, which specializes in retail signage, POP, POS, folding cartons, litho labels, packaging and kit-packing/fulfillment, was impressed with the ECO 105’s productivity—up to 50,000 lockbottom cartons per hour—as well as with its flexibility to process lock- and double-wall boxes, along with four- and six-corner cartons. According to Director of Marketing Tina Beauchemin, the ease of use and fast makereadies enabled by the new folder-gluer are also a big plus for the handling of frequent job changeovers needed to process multiple short runs from 5,000 to 50,000 pieces.
“The ECO 105 has become a valuable addition to our folding and gluing operation due to its ability to handle a wide range of folding configurations and sizes,” said Kevin Neureuter, Director of Operations.
Established in 1970 and with annual sales revenue in the $60 million range, Flower City operates three facilities in the Rochester area employing a total of around 285 employees.
ECO 80/105 carton folder gluer: High performance at a budget price.