Solo Printing -- Vision Leads to Success
“The turn times we’re offering customers is unheard of; we can do setups very quickly, and with minimal waste,” he adds. “It makes us very efficient and price-competitive.”
Solo Printing is currently running two shifts, five days a week on the System 38S, and Jorge Hernandez says the ultimate goal is to eventually run three shifts, 24/7. The growth the new web press installation has provided is unparalleled, he adds, and, despite the economy, high expectations are in line for 2009.
The company obtained its first 40? Komori sheetfed model in 1995. Today, Solo also operates an older five-color, 36? King heatset web with a Vits sheeter; a six-color, 40? Akiyama sheetfed press with aqueous coater; as well as an eight-color, 40? Heidelberg Speedmaster 102 sheetfed perfector, the latter of which it touts as one of the only sheetfed presses of its ilk in South Florida.
Solo Printing has returned perfect binding to its menu of capabilities with the acquisition of a new Kolbus KM 600, which was slated to be installed and operational by the end of March. Solo had been outsourcing its perfect binding work ever since taking out an older binder several years ago.
“We were farming out our perfect binding work for the past two years, and it was getting out of control,” Jorge Hernandez notes. “By bringing it back in-house, we can control the quality and gain more efficiencies. It will also make it very convenient for us and our clients.”
Not Afraid to Invest
Solo Printing was quite active on the new equipment front in 2008. Other improvements/enhancements it made last year include a second automatic platesetter, a Fuji Sumo, along with another 45? Polar cutter. In the next year or two, the Hernandez brothers would like to land another Komori press to replace its older web unit.