For Buchanan Visual Communications, the Future Of Print Lies in Perfecting
Automation technology keeps makereadies to a minimum. All three of Buchanan’s Mitsubishi perfectors feature automated plate changing and presetting. They also include CIP3/4 connectivity to prepress, X-Rite closed-loop color-control systems and automatic changeover from perfecting to straight printing using the touch-screen COMRAC press control.
“The Double Diamond will makeready both sides of a six-over-six job in less than 60 minutes,” Johnson noted. “That’s pretty impressive.”
In the perfecting mode, the Double Diamond can process lightweight paper up to 12-point board. When converted to straight printing, it can handle the thinnest of papers up to 24-point board. In addition, Buchanan can print on synthetic substrates, another major source of differentiation and a whole new profit center.
Although the Double Diamond began commercial production in September, Johnson said the company already has received orders for projects printed on plastics that could lead to subsequent business with numerous existing customers.
“Printing on styrene, static-cling and synthetic paper affords a real opportunity for us,” he said. “There are fewer players in plastics printing, and the higher margins compared with conventional substrates reflect this fact. The press has given us the opportunity to increase revenues for each dollar expended on labor and has opened us new markets for expansion.”
About Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses
Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses (MLP U.S.A., Inc.) markets multicolor sheetfed and web lithographic presses manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MLP U.S.A. provides complete sales, parts and service for the entire line of Mitsubishi presses. For more information, contact MLP U.S.A. in Lincolnshire, IL, at (847) 634-9100. Information also can be obtained by visiting the company’s website at www.mlpusa.com.