Anderson Lithograph--All the Right Moves
Binder notes that the initial Rotoman became the workhorse of the shop. "The market for eight-color web printing did what we thought it would do, and it continued to expand to the point where we found it feasible to add another," he says.
"We continue to see the design community and our clients adding colors. People are going to 11- and 12-color sheetfed presses now, so the move to an eight-color web is a natural progression for the type of work that we're seeing come to us."
In January of 1999, a two-station Innotech prefolder was installed on Anderson's Rotoman web press. Placed before the double-former folder, it permits a variety of special folded-signature configurations, including single-gated six-pagers, double-gated eight-pagers and various roll-over folds.
New Coating Technology
Anderson Lithograph is frequently called upon to coat various types of applications such as dulls, spot gloss, UV and metallics. However, up until three years ago, it often had challenges with coatings such as striations, orange peel and inconsistent edge definition.
With the LithoCoat Conversion from Harris & Bruno Machine, they were able to eliminate these problems. The LithoCoat Conversion is a performance upgrade to new and existing tower coaters, which allows printers to coat dulls without ribbing or striations, do spot gloss with higher gloss readings, hold precise edge definition and eliminate orange peel. Furthermore, because the system is fully automated, the results are consistent on every job.
After seeing the substantial quality improvements, Anderson Lithograph ordered several more LithoCoat Conversions for its existing Komori presses, as well as for its new Heidelbergs. Currently, it has upgraded two Komori Lithrones and has purchased three new Heidelberg Speedmasters with the LithoCoat Conversion.
Its prepress operation also gets proper attention. A computer-to-plate (CTP) workflow has adorned the prepress area at Anderson Lithograph for four years. Digital color proofing is done with a CreoScitex Spectrum ProofSetter digital halftone proofing device. Anderson has also served beta duty by testing various devices, including SGI graphic workstations, CreoScitex thermal platesetters and many prepress-related software applications.