Flagship Press Expands into High-speed Ink-jet Publication Printing sith Screen Truepress Jet520
ROLLING MEADOWS, IL—06/30/08—Investment in leading-edge technology is a key to growth and success in the printing business. Flagship Press, Inc. has done an excellent job of proving that correct.
The North Andover, MA-based commercial printer continually reinvests in technology and infrastructure. Since its founding in 1950, the company has grown through targeted acquisitions of equipment and assets. Today, Flagship Press occupies 85,000 square feet of modern production space, staffed by 130 employees. Not surprisingly, Flagship Press’ revenues have kept pace with the firm’s structural growth. Annual sales currently exceed $20 million.
Flagship Press has embarked on yet another expansion aimed at improving its competitiveness in the production of short-run, custom color publications. The company purchased the Screen Truepress Jet520, a roll-fed ink-jet press designed to print full-color images and text using variable data.
“The Truepress Jet520 offers faster printing speeds and the capacity to produce significantly higher volumes at a lower cost than our current lineup of digital printing devices,” said Christopher Poor, vice president.
The Truepress Jet520 prints on ink-jet paper, standard paper and uncoated stock up to 20.5 inches wide. The roll-fed paper transport system enables quicker turnarounds on high-volume projects. The press can print 210 feet per minute, the equivalent of 55,000 impressions per hour. It features a maximum imaging resolution of 720x720 dpi.
“When we began researching inkjet technology, our first reaction was, ‘Will the printing be of commercially acceptable quality?’” Poor recalled. “In comparing inkjet to toner-based printing, we came away extremely impressed by how far ink-jet has evolved in terms of quality, speed and reliability.”
Flagship Press delivers a full array of print-related services to publishers in the educational and high-tech markets.
“Many of the textbooks and manuals we print have high page counts,” Poor pointed out. “We may print anywhere from two copies to 1,500 copies of a particular title with between 200 and 1,000 pages each.”