Star Press of Pearl River, a general commercial printer located in Pearl River, N.Y., recently installed a high-speed programmable POLAR 115X cutter to replace an older, non-automated model and eliminate bottlenecking in its bindery. “We are easily 200 to 300 percent more productive with the new cutter,” said Vice President Eugene Nicolich, who explains that prior to the installation, Star Press’s folders and stitchers often would have to wait up to an hour for the non-automated cutter to complete its work. “The cutter was our backlog,” Nicolich said. “We had to cut each side of the lift manually. It was inefficient and hard on the operators. Thanks to the programmed cutting made possible by the new POLAR 115X, our bindery can start working as soon as the first lift is cut. It’s a huge time- and labor-saver.” Established in 1927, family owned Star Press of Pearl River serves the small- to mid-size corporate, advertising and educational markets both in the U.S. and abroad, and expects to show around 65 percent growth this year.
Oakwood Premier Printing Adds Two Printmaster QM 46 Presses from Heidelberg
Oakwood Premier Printing Owners, Steve and Donna Free, purchased their first Heidelberg Printmaster QM 46 press in 1995 to replace three older presses. Over the years, the Oakwood, Ga. general commercial printer has had a total of five Heidelberg presses, including the two most recently installed 2-color QM 46 machines. Running at their maximum speeds of 10,000 impressions per hour, the QM 46 presses help the shop produce a variety of business materials for both local and national clients. When speaking of his experience with Heidelberg presses, Free says, “I wouldn’t buy anything else.” Since the installation of the two newest Printmaster presses, Free reports that the shop’s productivity has increased approximately 85 to 90 percent. In addition to its all-Heidelberg pressroom, Oakwood Premier Printing uses Heidelberg Consumables products, including Saphira Violet plates, Cristala Quickplate polyester plates and chemistry. Oakwood Premier Printing’s 14 employees service more than 1,000 different accounts, including those in the poultry and manufacturing industries. The family-owned printer was founded in 1989.