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M13 Graphics Meets Online Sales Growth with Mitsubishi Diamond 3000S Press

March 30, 2012
SCHAUMBURG, IL—March 30, 2012—Reinvention is a term heard a lot these days, but it is nothing new. Almost from its inception, M13 Graphics has leveraged its ability to dream up creative solutions into a unique business model that has resulted in impressive revenue growth.

The online retail design and printing company recently invested in a Mitsubishi Diamond 3000S sheetfed press with hybrid ultraviolet (UV) and aqueous coating capabilities. The six-color, 40˝ press is being used to print everything from business cards, postcards and flyers to calendars, pocket folders and membership cards.

“Our experience with Mitsubishi press technology has been very positive,” said Dan Banakis, president. “Mitsubishi offers fast setup and short makeready times. Press operators like the reliability and ease of use. The press handles a great number of production runs in minimum time.”

M13 Graphics provides fast turnarounds on full-color printing to national clients. It has serviced about 20,000 customers and printed several billion impressions since the company was started in 1998 as a one-person, freelance design business called DPB Graphix. The name changed to M13 Graphics in 2002, and the emphasis shifted from Web and graphic design to print brokering.

M13 Graphics moved to its fifth and current location in 2007. Through an arrangement with a local printing company, the agency brought print services under its own roof. M13 Graphics shared manufacturing space and equipment with the other printer, while Banakis began amassing a stable of prepress, printing and finishing systems.

Since 2009, M13 Graphics has operated independently with 44 employees in a 47,000-square-foot facility. The printer bills $7 million in annual sales.

The company’s services are primarily sold on the Internet, but it also takes orders on a walk-in basis and over the phone. Customers have several pre-priced products to choose from, as well as custom printing services.

M13 Graphics gang runs a wide variety of differently sized products on a single sheet. Online document ordering 24 hours a day streamlines production, enabling the printer to offer cycle times of 24 to 48 hours on many projects.

“It’s fast and economical because many print jobs share the same run,” Banakis said. “Changeovers are quick with minimal makeready waste. We can makeready jobs on the Mitsubishi press in under 100 sheets.”

With UV curing, M13 Graphics does not have to worry about any drying time after the sheets have run through the press. Sheets go right from the delivery to cutting and finishing for the customer.

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