Spectragraphic Inc. – Not Just a Color Separator

COMMACK, NY—While some printers are getting into prepress services, Spectragraphic Inc., headquartered here, is expanding beyond prepress services into sheetfed offset printing.

“We realized that as the printing industry moved to all-digital workflows, we needed to make decisions on technology—both for now and in the future,” comments Geoffrey Gough, co-founder and executive vice president.

One such decision included the recent purchase of a new six-color, 40˝ Mitsubishi 3F press and a multimillion-dollar investment in Spectragraphic’s imaging studio. This included the installation of fiber optic networks, the latest Silicon Graphics workstations.

Currently in its 21st year of operation, Spectragraphic claims to have been among its area’s first companies to offer high-resolution digital color scanning and imaging services, digital color proofing, and high-speed digital telecommunication services. Its print division has produced multicolor printing for the past seven years.

The company was founded in 1977 by Gough and President Nolan Meredith in New Hyde Park, NY. After moving to its present location in 1981, Spectragraphic opened a satellite facility in Boston four years later. Sales for 1998 are estimated to reach $14 million.

Both facilities are identically equipped, and the equipment list boasts a full line of Heidelberg Prepress scanners, several Silicon Graphics and Macintosh workstations, Kodak Approval digital proofing systems, Heidelberg and Scitex film recorders, as well as ISDN, T-1 and WAM!NET digital file transfer capabilities.

Though the operation originally began as a prepress house, Spectragraphic quietly invested in a four-color, 42˝ Speedmaster in 1991 to service the proofing requirements of its ad agency clients.

Today, the new six-color Mitsubishi 3F, “together with our recent imaging upgrades, will allow us to provide our clients with high-quality services, in reduced times and at a more competitive price,” concludes Gough. “This is just what they have come to expect.”

By A. L. Ruslavage

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