ACROSS the nationFebruary 2010
New Facility and Press Installation Are in Fashion
CORONA, CA—AVID Ink, a dye sublimation printer located here, recently replaced an older 64˝ KBA press and built a facility to house the new press and new computer-to-plate equipment to support it. The printer stayed with KBA as its supplier of choice by installing a five-color, 64˝ Rapida 162 sheetfed press plus coater. It's housed in the company's new 110,000-square-foot plant.
"Our business depends on being able to turn around, overnight, the latest designs for the fashion industry," says Rob Davis, CEO and founder of AVID Ink. "By investing in the new press, we're increasing our quality and productivity by 200 percent over our older press and reducing our makeready by 75 percent."
After receiving an order, AVID Ink prints the design on its sheetfed press using specially formulated, proprietary inks and special heat transfer paper, and then imprints the clothing for customers.
ATLANTA—Preprint, a woman-owned commercial and quick printer located here, recently replaced a two-color Heidelberg GTO-52 with a Printmaster QM 46-2. Regarding the new press, Timmi Verma, who operates Preprint with her husband, Sanjeev, says, "We're not afraid to challenge ourselves. We're always pushing the envelope in terms of speed, quality and technical mastery because we know we have the right tools for the job."
The QM 46-2 joins a four-color Heidelberg QMDI, a Prosetter violet platesetter, a Polar 52 cutter and a Stahlfolder TD 154 with right-angle attachment. The $1.2 million shop caters to regional and local arts organizations, designers, Atlanta city government, Atlanta public schools, and several ad agencies and design firms.
LOS ANGELES—O'Neil Data Systems, a marketing communications and publishing solutions provider, has selected DocuLynx's Mercury software, a package that allows users to index, search, retrieve and print statements made available in PDF format over the Web. The firm will also use the software to convert its own internal files to online storage.
LOVELAND—To more efficiently create proofs and plates and schedule production at two locations, Vision Graphics has upgraded its Internet connection to a 20-megabit fiber optic link at its Loveland facility and a 20-megabit microwave link at its Denver plant. The new connections are four times faster than previous bandwidths. Vision's secure, encrypted Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows both plants to operate under one integrated job management and prepress system.