MAN Execs Assess State of Industry
Moving into a former food processing plant had the additional benefit of helping the printer to pass an AIB (American Institute of Baking) inspection for food safety. Its primary customer bases are companies in the pharmaceutical, dry food and cosmetic markets.
Accord’s new MAN Roland 9000 press is kept in near continuous operation, Codo reports. “This press can crank out a lot of work. We’ve now moved our production log jam to diecutting, so we’re adding a new Bobst diecutter next.”
This press was the shop’s first experience with closed-loop color control, says the company president. “We love it. Makeready only takes 30 minutes for a job that’s being rerun or 45 minutes for a new job. We’re considering retrofitting our other press with this capability.”
A new sheeter was installed at the same time as the press. “We’re getting tighter cut off tolerances, less paper dust on sheets and better performance of sheets on press,” Codo notes. “We don’t hear any more complaints from press operators about sheet quality.”
The company president says he believes in getting the best technology. Its paying off, since the company is targeting sales of $18 million to $20 million in 2007, partly fueled by the changes in allergen reporting requirements that makes current packaging obsolete.