Heidelberg USA Releases New Product Installation Report
According to Lee Printing Chief Operating Officer Keith Lesperance, productivity has increased by approximately 70 percent since the addition of the new CtP device and consumables products. Lesperance also reports that the shop was “immediately attracted to the combination of the Suprasetter and the Saphira Chemfree plates,” noting that the low-maintenance plates provide significant time- and cost-savings.
In addition, the new prepress and consumables solutions have reduced prepress production time in the shop from three days to a matter of hours. A Heidelberg Consumables customer exclusively, Lee Printing orders consumables and accessories, such as blankets, sleeves and grease, online via Heidelberg’s Web site.
Founded in 1889, Lee Printing Company employs a staff of nine and offers design, printing, cutting, die-cutting, folding and direct mail services to a primarily local client base.
St. Johns Press, a general commercial printer based in Jacksonville, Fla., recently added a 4-color Printmaster PM 52 press to its all-Heidelberg shop to upgrade from a Printmaster GTO 52 press from Heidelberg. Within two months, the Printmaster PM 52 has produced more than 1.5 million impressions.
Company owner Joe Sabol reports that he is “very pleased with the PM 52’s speed and efficiency,” adding that the press is a “perfect fit for our shop.” The new press provides quick makeready times for the shop’s short-run work, contributing to significantly reduced turn-around times. In addition, the PM 52 relieves the shop’s 4-color Speedmaster SM 74 press by handling some of its mid-sized jobs. Sabol reports improved quality with the new press, noting the shop’s satisfaction with the “very sharp dot” produced.
Producing a variety of materials, such as four-color envelopes, brochures, newsletters and flyers, St. Johns Press’ run lengths can range from 1,000 to 40,000 impressions per job on the PM 52. Founded in 2000, the family-owned and operated shop’s staff of 23 service primarily local clients, including corporations, manufacturers and advertising agencies, in north and central Florida.