Printers Across The Country Tout The Benefits Of Heidelberg’s Technology Innovation
DeGraaf’x Takes on New Challenges with Heidelberg’s Printmaster PM 52 and Prepress Technologies
When Diana DeGraaf bought a struggling Three Rivers, MI print shop in 2000 and transformed it into DeGraaf’x Inc., she wasn’t prepared for the challenges that lay ahead of her as president of a general commercial shop. “I learned very quickly that you can’t be a pretender in the printing industry,” she said. Frustrated and hoping to differentiate DeGraaf’x in a heavily saturated, competitive market, DeGraaf began looking at new presses in June of 2006. “We immediately eliminated everything but Heidelberg,” DeGraaf said. DeGraaf’x installed a new 5-color Printmaster PM 52 press with perfector, along with a Prosetter P 52 platesetter and several elements of Heidelberg’s Prinect workflow system, including Prinect Signa Station, Prinect Printready System and Prinect MetaDimension. “I knew that the 5-color press offering would distinguish us among our competitors,” said DeGraaf. She added that Heidelberg’s systemservice 36plus offering cemented her decision to partner with Heidelberg. In less than two months, DeGraaf determined the Printmaster PM 52 can double the plant’s capacity. “It’s too early to determine exact numbers for the output on the press, but so far it is awesome. I’m very pleased,” DeGraaf said. With very few employees, DeGraaf’x is able to serve a variety of area clients, including hospitals, non-profit organizations, corporations and local industries. DeGraaf and her team produce high-quality business materials, brochures and collateral materials and is paving the way for new growth with her latest technology and equipment in place.
Modern Litho Supercharges Its Bindery with New Cutter and Folder from Heidelberg
Modern Litho, an $11 million general commercial and publication printer located in Jefferson City, MO, recently installed a high-speed programmable POLAR 137 XT cutting system and Stahlfolder TH 82 folder from Heidelberg. According to company President Darrell Moore, since it was installed in January 2006, the new cutter has doubled the company’s cutting speed and output per operator and significantly improved bindery safety. The highly automated TH 82 folder has increased Modern Litho’s speed and folding capacity by enabling the company to perform in-house folds it had previously outsourced to another provider. Elsewhere in the shop, the longtime Heidelberg customer operates a 6-color Speedmaster SM 102, a pair of 4-color Speedmaster SM 102 perfectors, a 5-color Speedmaster SM 52, and a 2-color Speedmaster SM 102 perfector. Established in 1937 and with 95 employees, Modern Litho provides customers in 40 states with commercial and publication printing. Moore characterizes Modern Litho as “highly confident in Heidelberg equipment and service,” citing Heidelberg’s folder service team as the “driving force” behind the decision to purchase the TH 82 folder.