STRINE PRINTING — THE PRINTER’S CANDY STORE
“We’re completely computer-to-plate with new Kodak Creo front-end systems that we installed this year,” Pat Strine notes. “We have full-blown Prinergy front end and Nexus PCC workflows, which allowed us to take large files that most companies would choke on, and get them direct-to-plate. That enabled us to go into large-format printing.”
Of course, it helps that Strine boasts one of, if not the largest, single-location sheetfed press arsenals in the country. In addition to seven 40˝ Heidelberg presses, Strine has added three MAN Roland large-format monsters: a pair of six-color, 54˝ Roland 900s and a six-color, 73˝ Roland 900 XXL with coater.
Before the end of the year, Strine will have bridged the gap between the 55˝ and 73˝ models with the installation of a seven color, 64˝ Roland 900 XXL equipped with UV capabilities, double coater and an extended delivery. According to MAN Roland, the acquisition will make Strine the top user of 900s in North America in terms of printing units and capacity.
In picking up the 64˝ machine, Strine will be able to take on different types of P-O-P jobs. The UV double coater provides spot UV printing, and the press can handle substrates including vinyls, plastics and mylar, Pat Strine remarks.
When CEO Mike Strine saw the 73˝ Roland and pondered opportunities that large-format sheetfed printing could offer, he immediately knew that Strine Printing was going to be a part of this movement.
“We’re looking at areas where we see higher end packaging, especially cosmetic packaging, going to the UV process,” he says. “I anticipate that one day all printing will be UV because it eliminates a lot of problems. We were looking for areas where we could stand out and be different, areas where there was a strong demand.”
Digital printing is another strength for Strine, which relies on a foursome of HP Indigo presses—an UltraStream 2000, an S2000 for printing on plastics and two seven-color 3050s. Strine provides variable data printing (VDP) and customer relationship management (CRM) for its existing clients, without really marketing the capability.