Ambitious Printers Get 'State of the Art' with Heidelberg Technology
AlphaGraphics 153 (Cooper Enterprises, Inc.) in Tucson, AZ recently added a Heidelberg Printmaster QM 46 2-color press to relieve the load on an aging QM 46-2, which had “outlived” its original service contract. According to owner Keith Cooper, the new press is “a real workhorse” that handles “spot color work, everything,” in addition to saving on labor, time, service calls and downtime. “It’s also easier to produce a good quality piece on the new press,” Cooper added. The small commercial printer produces about 250 Heidelberg Cristala plates each month on its Heidelberg Quicksetter.
Founded in 1986, the family owned AlphaGraphics franchise employs a staff of 14 and serves a local clientele. Annual revenue is in the $1.5 million range.
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Indiana Printer and Direct Mailer Brings Saddlestitching Home
Lithographic Communications, a general commercial printer and direct mailer in Munster, IN, now keeps a considerable volume of booklet work in-house since it installed a Stitchmaster ST 90 saddlestitcher in March. The saddlestitcher comes equipped with fourth and fifth knives, cover feeder and hand feed station, and is controlled via user-friendly touchscreen. The company expects to reap substantial business benefits as a result of its first venture into professional saddlestitching, based on faster turnaround speeds and improved quality made possible by the ST 90, especially as compared with outsourcing, according to general manager Rich Pietrzak.
Established in 1988 and with 45 employees, Lithographic Communications provides a national clientele with a wide variety of products printed on its Heidelberg Speedmaster 74 2-color and Printmaster PM 74 4-color perfecting presses, including booklets, brochures, business cards, self-mailers, card mailers and promotional materials. The company also operates a Heidelberg Prosetter 74 violet platesetter, in which it uses Heidelberg Saphira violet plates and Saphira chemistry. Lithographic’s bindery houses a pair of Stahl B22 folders and a standalone POLAR 92 X programmable paper cutter.
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Speedmaster CD 102 Does Double Duty at Loftin Printing