Sharpening the Competitive Edge
DALLAS—Lincoln Press recently added a Heidelberg Polar 115 X cutter and Stahlfolder B 30 folder to its postpress operations. The shop was already running a Polar 92 cutter and Stahlfolder B 26 folder but, after upgrading to a 40? press, it needed to update its bindery to accommodate the larger sheet size.
“We had good results with our first Polar cutter, so we decided to purchase another one,” says Gerald Wickliffe Sr., who helps his son, Gerald Jr., run the shop. “We also liked the half-size folder we bought two years ago. We had been sending out double-gate folds, so we got a double-gate fold attachment, and it’s working out great for our shop.”
Pair of Inserters Expand Capabilities
SECAUCUS, NJ—As print production operations throughout the newspaper industry seek new avenues for generating revenues, many of those operations are looking for technological innovation and growth-oriented strategies. An example is AFL Web Printing, a commercial printer that serves more than 300 newspaper publishers. AFL recently installed two Muller Martini inserting systems: an SLS3000 and an SLS2000.
“These machines have enabled us to service the traditional seven-day dailies and still run the equipment on our general commercial work, as well,” says Dennis Forchic, president and CEO. In addition to handling the demands of daily newspaper production, the new inserters were also installed to produce 500+ commercial press transactions each week.
Beckley, WV-based Central Printing added two new pieces of Heidelberg equipment to its operation, one in the pressroom, another in the bindery. A five-color Speedmaster SM 74 press with coater was installed, along with an eight-pocket Stitchmaster ST 90 saddlestitcher.
Seattle-based Windward Press, which specializes in complex, eye-catching packaging for the music industry, recently replaced an aging Heidelberg Polar cutter with a new Polar 115 XT cutter with Autotrim.