ACROSS the nation
Perfector Boosts Versatility and Quality
CONYERS, GA—After recently installing a six-color, 41˝ KBA Rapida 105 one-over-five perfector with aqueous coating capability, 4D Printing reports that the press is “completely booked” and is running three shifts a day, five days a week. Doug Silsbee, 4D vice president, claims that the Rapida 105 is 25 percent faster in makeready than the printer’s other presses.
It is also equipped with automatic plate loaders, auto washup and the KBA Densitronic S closed-loop scanning spectrodensitometer.
“Thanks to the amazing automation, we’re putting more jobs through the KBA Rapida 105 than any of our other presses,” Silsbee says. “We have one job that calls for one color over five. It used to take us 21 hours to produce it on the other press; with the Rapida it takes only eight hours. We just need to run it through once.”
Two Heads. . .’er Presses, Are Better Than One
VALMEYER, IL—In 2006, MAR Graphics installed a Muller Martini Concepta variable size web offset press. Production on the press has been so impressive, MAR acquired another Concepta late last year.
“The Conceptas have out-produced our other UV-equipped presses by 50 percent, with improved ink coverage and higher color quality,” says Rick Roever, president of MAR Graphics. “They give us the ability to print color direct mail and other documents with quick makeready, fast color rollup, very tight color registration and increased run speeds.”
NAPLES—Intech Printing & Direct Mail invested in a new HP Indigo 3050 digital color press. Intech execs report that the Indigo dramatically reduces turnaround time and offers customers affordable short-run printing, including quick and efficient personalization.
POMPANO BEACH—European Graphics Communications Group is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The company started out as a design agency and has evolved into offering printing, binding, mailing and fulfillment services. Martin and Karen Marinov have owned the company since June 2006.
ELK GROVE VILLAGE—Family owned commercial printer Quality Color Graphics has purchased its fourth Komori sheetfed press, this one an eight-color LS840 plus coater.
NILES—Johnson & Quin, a full-service direct mail printer, announced that it has received approval from the USPS to mail laminated specialty gift card mailers at the automated postage rates for both Standard A and First Class mail.
INDIANAPOLIS—An Océ VarioPrint 6250 digital printing system has been installed at Full Court Press, a division of the Harding Poorman Group.
BOSTON—BFS Business Printing, an offset and digital printer that offers finishing, mailing and reprographic services, has upgraded its Rampage workflow system to Version 10.5, which features PDF Trap Engine.
ANN ARBOR—A new Canon imagePRESS C7000VP digital color press has been purchased by Print-Tech Inc. primarily for variable data printing, short-run color work, and to accelerate production of specialty advertising and marketing media.
LANSING—A Suprasetter A52 plate-setter was recently installed at Merritt Press. The new Heidelberg unit is the printer’s first foray into CTP.
EAGAN—White House Custom Colour has invested in Heidelberg technologies, including a new four-color Speedmaster SM 52 press with aqueous coater, a Suprasetter A52 platesetter, as well as a pair of Polar 78X programmable paper cutters.
MINNEAPOLIS—To manage its large volume of digital and offset work, commercial printer The Bureau has installed EFI Hagen OA for estimating, job management, scheduling, puchasing, inventory and fulfillment applications.
WASECA—Mixed class co-mail services are now being offered at Brown Logistics Services, part of Brown Printing. The program allows customers to optimize their mailing programs with fewer packages, sacks and pallets, and deeper drop shipment penetration.
JEFFERSON CITY—Modern Litho is running a five-color Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 press with aqueous coater, which is equipped with Image Control, Instant Gate, DryStar Advanced and Prepress Interface.
BURLINGTON—To expand its transactional document and direct mail services, high-volume printer/mailer Barton & Cooney has acquired two new Flexible Productivity Inserters (FPS) from Pitney Bowes. They feature flow master technology and weighing-on-the-way metering.
PENNINGTON—Direct Group is reportedly the first U.S. installation of the Océ JetStream 2200 fully variable, continuous color ink-jet, digital press.
THOROFARE—A new six-color Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 press with coater is now in operation at Independence Press.
DAYTON—A four-color Printmaster PM 52 press is up and running at Printpoint Printing.
FREEPORT—The two Komori 38S heatset web offset presses acquired by Freeport Press will be equipped with fully automated RECMI press delivery systems from IMC America.
WARMINSTER—At Dynamic Print & Graphic Services, a new Canon imagePRESS C7000VP digital color press is now up and running, and improving productivity.
ARLINGTON—Direct mail marketer Inline Digital Image has installed two FlowMaster RS Flex inserting systems from Pitney Bowes.
RACINE—Angel Lithographing has purchased a Presstek 34DI-X press from La Crosse Litho Supply.
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