M13 Graphics Adds Mitsubishi Diamond 3000LX Sheetfed Press

Dan Banakis (left), president of M13 Graphics in Schaumburg, IL (pictured here with Mitsubishi sales representative Greg Kukla), said running two 40˝ Mitsubishi production lines nearly doubles his company’s capacity.

SCHAUMBURG, IL—April 24, 2013—Print service providers face intense pressure these days to deliver finished products in ever-shorter timeframes. M13 Graphics has made a name for itself nationwide through its ability to produce exactly what customers need when they need it.

The suburban Chicago-based company installed a Mitsubishi Diamond 3000LX sheetfed press to expand its production capabilities and provide redundant pressroom equipment. The six-color, 40˝ press replaced an older 23×29˝ machine from another manufacturer. Working in tandem with an existing six-color Mitsubishi Diamond 3000S with inline ultraviolet (UV) curing installed in 2012, the Diamond 3000LX will print everything from business cards, postcards and flyers to calendars, pocket folders and brochures.

“We have always been impressed with Mitsubishi press technology,” said Dan Banakis, president. “Our press operators like the reliability and ease of use. Mitsubishi presses offer fast setups and short makeready times. They can accommodate a great number of production runs in minimum time.”

From its 47,000-square-foot plant in Schaumburg, IL, M13 Graphics specializes in fast-turnaround, full-color printing using the Web-to-print business model, sheetfed equipment and hybrid UV coating and drying. In 2012, M13 Graphics opened an office in Chicago, where city dwellers enjoy the convenience of placing orders and collecting finished products at the urban location.

Print services are primarily sold via the Internet. M13 Graphics also receives walk-in and phone orders. M13 Graphics has serviced about 20,000 customers and printed several billion impressions. The company is on track to do $7 million in business this year.

Online customers have several prepriced products from which to choose. Ganging print orders in large quantities with many different print jobs laid out on the form saves time and reduces production costs. UV printing further shortens turnarounds. Online document ordering 24 hours a day enables cycle times of 24 to 48 hours on many projects.

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