Dome Printing Installs Two Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 Presses
California Printer Replaces Entire Sheetfed Department with High Performance Presses
KENNESAW, GA— August 21, 2006—Dome Printing, a high-end commercial sheetfed printer located in Sacramento, CA, recently replaced its entire sheetfed department with two six-color Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 presses with inline coaters. Added to increase capacity and introduce a larger format size (29.5 x 41.3 inch) to its pressroom, the Speedmaster XL 105’s already are delivering results, according to the company’s three owners, brothers Tim, Andy and Bob Poole.
“We typically replace our older presses every eight years with the latest and most innovative technology on the market,” said Tim Poole, president, Dome Printing. “Because of our ever-expanding business, we needed the kind of productivity increases that come from best-in-class automation. Replacing our two older presses with the two XL 105s was like adding a third press to our sheetfed department.”
With the new presses, Dome can enjoy the benefits of high speeds, even with shorter runs. Dome Printing reports that the new presses often run at their maximum production speed of 18,000 impressions per hour, and they achieve speeds above 15,000 impressions per hour 60 percent of the time. The company’s first Speedmaster XL 105 has produced more than 18 million impressions since going live in February, while the second press has produced more than eight million impressions since April. Dome credits the improvements in productivity to shorter make-ready and run times, as well as advanced ergonomics that contribute to more efficient press handling and minimize equipment-related issues that could slow production.
“We’ve projected that we will produce more than 25 million impressions per year on each of the two Speedmaster XL 105 presses,” said Andy Poole, vice president of manufacturing, Dome Printing. “We’re now able to print the same amount of work in five days that we were previously producing in seven. The added capacity is critical as Dome grows its customer base and provides new services, such as packaging and direct mail.”