Confidence Marks Heidelberg Open House
"I think the consolidation we've seen over the past couple of years shows that the survivors are good companies that will be dominating in the future. That's a good sign," Kiessling added.
Chris McDevitt, prepress manager for Great Atlantic Graphics of Malvern, PA, notes his company's pressroom is fueled by a pair of Speedmaster XL 105s. Among the technology he was most impressed by was the automation offered by the Polar cutter and related equipment.
"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."