American Printing — Proof Is in the Match
"The VS5 held their proofs, reduced their dot gain by about 3 percent, and had better contrast numbers and trapping numbers," he says. "When you run less water, you get quicker turnaround times, better mileage and less calcium issues. I've seen anywhere from 7 percent to 10 percent more mileage on the ink per pound, which is also a big plus."
Press Color, a regional ink manufacturer with sales under $10 million a year, is one of more than a dozen manufacturers/distributors to carry and service the VS5 line. While his company has been in business for more than 45 years and has had success with its own line of ink, Curtin finds the Van Son name to be a door opener.
"We're a small, regional ink manufacturer," he says. "With Press Color, it's like the 'who are they?' ink company. Having the new Van Son line allows us to go in with a large company name, bring them small company service and it's really helped us to grow in the sheetfed market."
Curtin hopes the results enjoyed by American Printing represent one of many successful auditions that the VS5 line passes. Especially without Simon's snooty commentary.