Printers Weigh Straight Presses vs. Long Perfectors

KENNESAW, GA—More than 50 printers from around the U.S. attended a Heidelberg VIP Event December 5-6 at its Print Media Demonstration Center to see live demos comparing high-speed straight printing vs. long perfecting sheetfed offset presses. The event served as a follow-up to a panel discussion on the topic hosted by Heidelberg during Graph Expo.

Following a brief presentation explaining how the job was prepared using Heidelberg’s JDF-based Prinect Printready System 3.0, the same job was run in the demo center on a six-color Speed- master XL 105 with coater in two passes and on a 10-color Speedmaster SM 102 long perfector in one pass. The covers were printed on an eight-color Speedmaster CD 74 perfector with coater. The final product was then finished on a Stitch-master ST 350 saddlestitcher.

It was determined that both press configurations are viable business models, depending on customer run lengths, number of colors, coating requirements, as well as the desire to achieve the lowest production costs or the quickest job turnarounds.

The all-day technology event was preceded by a dinner the night before hosted by Heidelberg President Jim Dunn and Senior Vice President Bob Boyer Sr. that featured keynote addresses by NAPL Chief Economist Andy Paparozzi and COO Tim Fischer. Norvin Hagan (pictured, center, flanked by Boyer and Dunn), of Geographics Inc., also won a special drawing whereby Heidelberg will donate a $5,000 scholarship to the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation in Hagan’s name benefiting a graphic arts student at the university of his choosing.

The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) has named Mike Steczak, chairman of the William A. Krueger School of Graphic Communications, Chowan College, Murfreesboro, NC, as the recipient of the 2006 PGSF Educator of the Year Award.

Tonya Kowa has been promoted to director of sales, special products division, for Huston Patterson, Decatur, IL. In her new role, Kowa will be responsible for sales at Sigma Graphics, Huston Patterson’s special products division based in Ottawa, IL.

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