Confidence Marks Heidelberg Open HouseAugust 30, 2013
"We were checking out the XL 106," he added. "It's an awesome piece of equipment."
It was the second straight open house for Michael Kingery of Kingery Printing, who was looking at the Heidelberg Prinect prepress workflow and Polar cutting systems for his Effingham and Henry, IL-based facilities. The company president prefers the open house format because of the depth of information and service that is at his disposal.
"This is an excellent venue. It's got the full complement of equipment and staff, including prepress, press, bindery and packaging," he says. "The product managers give you that one-on-one time, and with technologies becoming more sophisticated, that becomes very important. It allows you to go more in depth with the technologies and the experiences, in contrast to the trade show atmosphere. It's a refreshing alternative."
The Stahlfolder KH 82 was among the highlights on the wish list for McClung Companies of Waynesboro, VA. Dave Perkins, the vice president and general manager at McClung, points out that his half-size shop has a five-color Heidelberg CD 74, but it is so efficient that it is "over-running" the binding equipment.
"We're looking to get technology to keep up with the presses," said Perkins, who expects to pull the trigger in the next year to 18 months. "Putting some more pieces on the floor gives us some extra firepower in the bindery."
While he noted that Heidelberg had the advantage of getting his undivided attention, Perkins pointed out that McClung—a G7 Master Qualified printer—is already laden with two Speedmasters and a Quickmaster in addition to the CD press.
"It's like Christmas Day, seeing the latest and greatest machinery," Perkins laughed.