Greater Efficiency Is Goal of Latest Install Sites for Heidelberg Solutions
The Suprasetter is used to image Saphira Chemfree plates for the company’s 29˝ and 40˝ Heidelberg presses. Wallace’s choice of Saphira Chemfree plates also mirrors is strong commitment to eco-friendly printing. Saphira Chemfree plates use no developer, no water, and only a small self-cleaning unit to gum the plates.
“Our decision to upgrade was driven primarily by the need to update our hardware,” said Prepress Manager Gary Foster. “By sticking with Heidelberg, we were able to retain our existing imposition files. The entire system has been bulletproof from the moment it went online.”
First to be installed was the new Suprasetter—a trickier proposition than usual, since the new machine initially had to be coupled with the company’s existing workflow to keep production moving while Foster and his team completed a week of training at Heidelberg’s Technology Center in Kennesaw. A short time later, the full-blown Prinect Prepress Manager workflow went online, followed by Heidelberg’s Prinect Color Management (PCM) analysis, which uses Heidelberg’s G7-certified Prinect Color Toolbox with Gray Balance Optimizer to reduce makeready times, cut waste, boost color fidelity and raise efficiency across the board.
The most recent to go live is Prinect Remote Access used by Wallace as an automated means to facilitate soft proofing and uploading/downloading of customer files. Prior to the installation, Foster said, the company relied on the exchange of manually prepared PDF files.
As a result of these improvements, “We’ve morphed into an on-demand business,” Foster said. “Our normal turnaround times have shrunk from five to one-and-a-half days”—no small feat for a company whose menu of commercially printed products and services runs the gamut from brochures and business cards to documentation and design. The company retains its staff of four prepress operators, who are more efficient as all phases of job preparation now can be handled at their individual workstations.
Wallace Graphics is a general commercial printer established in 1987, and serving a regional clientele, including brokers with national clients, corporations and educational institutions. The company employs 40 full-time workers.