Dome Printing--Matching Proof to Plate
To track down any given Poole executive at any given moment, the best tactic is to call their portable phones—which the foursome have holstered to their belts, almost reminiscent of smoking guns from the days of the Wild, Wild West (except these guns ring—a lot).
Take a virtual tour of Dome Printing's facility.
The digital prepress area—sporting several Macintosh and IBM power workstations, a newly installed Heidelberg/Creo Trendsetter Spectrum digital halftone proofer, an autoload Creo Trendsetter thermal CTP platesetter and a Creo Renaissance copydot drum scanner—is linked together with the Creo PlateMaster server.
The pressroom is also clean and modern, featuring two busy web presses—a five-color, Heidelberg M-110 heatset press and a two-color, Heidelberg V-30 coldset web—and three fully utilized sheetfed presses, including a six-color Heidelberg Speedmaster with aqueous coating tower, a six-color MAN Roland with aqueous coating tower and a four-color, 28x40˝ Heidelberg perfector with aqueous coating tower.
The bindery is equally impressive—and more than meticulously mapped out—with Polar computerized cutting systems and Stahl combination folders from Heidelberg, Muller Martini perfect binding and saddlestitching systems, Rollem perforating, scoring and slitting systems, Dick Moll Regal folder/gluers and diecutting technology from Bobst and Heidelberg.
"Heidelberg is a household name at Dome," reports Andy Poole, plant manager of the family run facility. "We've added two multicolor sheetfed presses with aqueous coating towers in the last two years. Both presses include all the bells and whistles possible, including automatic blanket and back cylinder washers."
And more new equipment installations loom on the horizon, according to Andy Poole. "Scrutinizing our pressroom, our web business represents about 50 percent of what we print. Currently, our increase in volume continues to be heatset business and, if we continue at this rate, I could possibly foresee another heatset web in our near future."
Dome is not afraid of growth, nor does this family of Poole businessmen seem remotely leery of investing in cutting-edge digital prepress technologies, as their CTP and digital proofing track record illustrates.