Haapanen/Burkett Inc. — Raising the Quality Bar
The need to upgrade the company’s ink to one that had the ability to hold color, regardless of press speeds, was clear. Haapanen/Burkett experimented with several inks in the hopes of finding one that would suit its needs.
After many trial-and-error experiences testing several competitive inks, Haapanen/Burkett’s supplier, Fujifilm Graphic Systems, introduced the company to Van Son ink. A longstanding partner of the ink manufacturer, Fujifilm was confident the ink would outperform every other product they tried.
“We understood that efficiency was extremely important to Haapanen/Burkett,” recalls Tom Pokorny, pressroom sales specialist at Fuji- film. “After taking an in-depth look at the issues it was facing, we knew Van Son would provide the performance needed—so we brought the ink in to test.”
“We were impressed with Van Son right from the start. It’s hard to get a true feel for an ink without first running it over the course of hundreds of jobs,” comments Haapanen. “But, we saw a difference right away.
In fact, the difference was huge. “The ink gives us excellent trapping capabilities; colors are laying on colors giving us smooth and consistent color,” he continues. “We have superb ink/water balance consistency, no blanket piling and the sharpness of the dot is excellent.”
Haapanen was pleased to find that no matter what speed the press was running at, the ink was extremely stable—providing an unparalleled consistency of color. “We didn’t understand what true stability on this press meant until we started using Van Son inks,” notes Haapanen. “Now, we run up to 18,000 impressions an hour without a hitch. The improved overall quality has enabled us to create a better product for our customers.”
That improved quality has made a big impression in the pressroom. “When you run such a large volume of impressions an hour, it puts a lot of responsibility on the press operator,” the printing exec says. “When we were deciding on the new ink to use, our press operators put us under a lot of pressure to run a competitive ink, but I was against running it due to its high cost. We found Van Son to be much more reasonably priced and highly capable of meeting all of our expectations.”