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Chippewa Graphics Prepares to Expand into Pharmaceutical Market with Speedmaster SM 102 Perfector
Chippewa Graphics is a full-service, minority- and veteran-owned commercial printer in Hew Hope, MN. The company recently installed a two-color Speedmaster SM 102 perfector to help it establish a larger footprint in the pharmaceutical insert market.
Chippewa Graphics already has a number of customers in the pharmaceutical and miniature insert market, but has been limited as to the stock thickness it could run on an aging, competitive press. That press has now been replaced by the Speedmaster SM 102.
According to company vice president Robert Blackorbay, the new press will enable the company to run lighter-weight stocks from 27 lb. on up at significantly faster perfecting speeds and with less waste, thanks to quicker wash-ups and faster makeready times. The icing on the cake, added Blackorbay, is the three-year Systemservice36plus service package it received with the purchase, especially the time- and cost-saving benefits of Heidelberg’s web-based Remote Service.
“Heidelberg continues to be a valuable partner and a key source of support for Chippewa Graphics,” Blackorbay said. The company operates a raft of Heidelberg equipment, including a 6-color perfector w/inline coater Speedmaster SM 74, 4-Stahlfolders 30” to miniature, and a POLAR 92EMC cutter with jogger. Heidelberg’s Saphira blankets and chemistry help Chippewa’s pressroom run clean and green.
Established in 1981 and with 45 employees, third- generation family owned and operated Chippewa Graphics serves a primarily local clientele, but also ships to customers located as far away as Mexico, Canada, England, France and Germany. The ambitious, G7-certified Master Printer specializes in all types and quantities of multi-color printing, with capabilities that extend from design to fulfillment.
The company provides digital printing, including VDP, wide-format, labels and POP display through its co-branded company, Skyblue Graphic Services. All of the company’s activities are united by its objective to form lifetime relationships with clients by providing them with innovative, cost-effective print merchandising solutions throughout the entire product lifecycle.
Fidelity Printing Increases Cutting Capacity by 30 Percent with POLAR 115 Xplus
Fidelity Printing, St. Petersburg, FL lauds its recently installed POLAR 115 Xplus guillotine cutter for its programmability and outstanding ease of use. The new cutter replaces an aging Wohlenburg machine and joins a 20-year-old, 36˝ POLAR that “still runs like a champ,” according to company president Robbie Hasson. Where the older cutter currently is reserved for the cutting and trimming of digital output, however, the new POLAR 115 Xplus machine is used to cut and trim the company’s offset-printed, finished work.
“Not only does the POLAR 115 Xplus run 30 percent faster than our existing machine, but the programming (via the 18.5˝ touchscreen) is extremely user-friendly, and its ability to store and recall often-used templates is outstanding and saves a lot of time,” Hasson said. The company’s full-service bindery also contains a Stitchmaster ST 350 6-pocket saddlestitcher.
Fidelity Printing has served customers in the industrial, medical, educational, advertising and retail markets for more than 30 years. A period of rapid growth finds the company expanding in several different directions at once. In addition to offset and digital printing, including VDP, the company also offers, mailing and fulfillment, as well as PURLs and other web-based services.
“We’re in the communication and distribution business, where printing is a critical element of our overall marketing mix, one that frequently drives everything else, up to and including our web-based services. Instead of simply asking our customers what they need, we also ask them how they plan to use it.”