ACROSS the nationSeptember 2009
New Press Credited with Business Growth
TROY, MI—Tepel Brothers Printing liked its first six-color Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 press so much, it purchased another one just six months later. The new press has full interdeck UV capabilities and is already 50 percent more productive than the two-year-old Speedmaster CD 102 UV it replaced.
"We wanted to expand our horizons, and that is exactly what we've done," says Jim Tepel, president. "We are one of just a few printers in southeast Michigan with the ability to print a wide range of specialty work—static cling, signage and floor decals, etc.—not to mention special effects like strike-through UV with reticulating varnish."
Automated Press Boosts Shop's Turnaround Times
APEX, NC—Millennium Print Group recently installed a five-color Komori Lithrone SX29 offset press with coater. The digital and offset business provides printed products for the academic, retail and pharmaceutical industries. Millennium chose the press because of its extensive automation, which allows the shop to offer faster turnaround times. The unit's in-line coater also means operators no longer have to apply varnish or coating in a separate pass, representing a savings in time.
SAN FRANCISCO—Let Us Copy recently acquired a Xerox 700 digital color press.
SARASOTA—Coastal Printing reports that it is the first Sarasota-Brandenton, FL, area printer to earn FSC chain-of-custody certification.
CHICAGO—Black Dot Group, a provider of creative development, design and editorial production, content development, page composition, photography, retouching and asset management, has moved from its Crystal Lake facility to the headquarters location of its parent, The CAPS Group, in Chicago.
NILES—On the heels of acquiring Michigan-based Batson Printing, Specialty Print Communications (SPC) has opened a third facility dedicated solely to lettershop services. The 73,000-square-foot plant, located one block away from the corporate headquarters, is now managed by Truman Pope, a 25-year industry veteran.
INDIANAPOLIS—Printing Partners has adopted G7 Master Printer standards to enrich its color services. The commercial printer applied La Crosse Litho Supply's ColorLink color assurance program to achieve compliance with the standard.
CARLSTADT—UNIMAC Graphics recently replaced its previous MIS system with EFI's Monarch Foundation, and implemented order processing, RFID inventory management and accounts receivable in six weeks. It also brought estimating and price list estimating online, and is in the process of installing 13 EFI Auto-Count machines to provide for shop floor data collection.
WEST DEPTFORD—The TOTAL Mailing System (TTMS Inc.) credits tactical equipment enhancements for its ability to survive the economic downturn. For example, it invested in a Xerox iGen3 digital production press when it needed to enter the digital print arena. Other upgrades include bindery systems such as saddlestitching, shrink-wrap and glue applications, as well as read-and-print, camera match and output verification scanning systems.
ALBANY—Newkirk Products replaced three aging small-format presses with an automated, two-color Printmaster QM 46 press from Heidelberg to print millions of envelopes and newsletters per year at a rate of 3,000 pieces per hour. The press also offers Newkirk increased speed, accelerated throughput and a compact footprint.
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK—Improving throughput, productivity and reliability for complex applications are among the reasons Zebra Print Solutions recently installed two Océ VarioPrint 6200 cut sheet printers and PRISMAprepare and DPconvert software.
TIFFIN— Adding a Presstek 34DI digital offset press has allowed Quick Tab II to diversify into producing newsletters, annual reports, sales sheets, four-color envelopes, brochures and other marketing materials.
PORTLAND—The owners of Rick's Printing are finding success with their four-color Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 74 acquired late last year. The half-size press has been running nearly 12 hours per day, six days a week.
HANOVER—KBA recently completed installing a 41˝, six-color Rapida 106 sheetfed press with conventional and UV capabilities at Hanover Packaging.
WARWICK—A five-color Komori Lithrone S40 press with advanced interface (AI) and self-learning function has been added to Colonial Printing's 44,000-square-foot facility here. The printer has experienced a 50 percent reduction in electricity and solvent consumption.
DALLAS—Adding an Océ CS665 cut sheet digital color system has allowed Direct Mail Partners to expand its color and personalization services and respond to market demand for smaller targeted runs, personalization and transpromo communications.
SEATTLE—GM Nameplate has added an HP Indigo digital press and Omega Digicon Series 2 finishing line. The upgrades allow the printer to complete customer label orders five times faster with shorter lead times, aggressive pricing and improved color control. The press offers speeds to 200 fpm and 4-, 6- and 7-color PANTONE-licensed spot color emulation.
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