Four Printers Among the Latest Heidelberg Product Install Sites
Christofferson expects the new installations will give the Foresight Group a competitive advantage on both the small-format side and in its cutting and stitching departments. Foresight’s pressroom also is home to a 40” sheetfed offset press, acquired when the company removed three half-size presses and installed the new Speedmaster SM 52. In the bindery, the folding area is home to a pair of Stahlfolders with knife- and gatefold attachments, recently rebuilt and updated by Heidelberg Systemservice technicians.
The Foresight Group describes itself as a general commercial printer with a growing digital print business, including wide-format display graphics and direct mail. Customers include insurance, companies, educational institutions, associations and hospitals within a 90-mile radius of Lansing. The company employs a full-time staff of 34.
NCL Graphic Specialties Subjects New Stahlfolder Ti 36s to Punishing Pace
NCL Graphic Specialties in Waukesha, WI, reports the installation of a pair of Stahlfolder Ti 36 specialty folders, to which the company added wet score and crushing units. NCL acquired the folders after it was awarded a 100 percent supply contract for package inserts by an existing customer. According to Director of Operations Kirn Hermberg:
“We’ve run Stahlfolders for 20 years or more, so we are very comfortable with the technology. The durability of these machines in our hard-use applications is something we value. Typically we change over jobs three or four times a day on our other folders,” Hermberg said. “In this particular application, however, both of the new folders are producing a single product around the clock, seven days a week.”
The new folders bring NCL’s total number of Ti 36 Stahlfolders to eight. The company also operates four Stahlfolder Ti 55s, and a mass of POLAR equipment that includes four SC-21 Autocut Label Systems, five POLAR 36” cutters, four Polar 45” cutters, some equipped with Autotrim automatic waste removal, and multiple Polar paper handling equipment such as stacklifts, joggers and Transomats.
Established in 1963, NCL Graphic Specialties manufactures a wide variety of packaging components for a variety of consumer product companies. About one-half of the business is dedicated to the production of cut-and-stack paper labels; the other half is focused on in-pack and on-pack promotional materials. The company has 205 workers across three facilities; of these, 180 work in the Waukesha plant.