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Heidelberg USA Announces New Product Installation Report

01/31/2007


Prepress, Press, Postpress Equipment Installed Around the Country

KENNESAW, Ga. - Heidelberg USA announces the following sample of new product installations:

Advance Graphics and Printing Sees Advanced Results with Printmaster PM 52
Jim and Naomi Tuttle, owners of Advance Graphics and Printing in Chandler, Oklahoma, say the primary focus in their printing business is customer service through efficiency and automation. To keep up with their growing business, they installed a Heidelberg five-color Printmaster PM 52 with perfector and a Prosetter 52 with SCL and prepress interface for increased speed and quality. The Tuttles say results have been "fantastic" and noted that they can now keep more jobs in-house due to the efficiency of their new press' perfector. Advance Graphics and Printing has come a long way since it installed its first Heidelberg press in 1999. It now produces twice the business with half the employees. With those results, the Tuttles say they will only buy Heidelberg printing equipment because of its quality and the company's service. They say the last time they called a Heidelberg service agent, he showed up in less than 24 hours from out of state - and in the middle of an ice storm. "I didn't expect anyone to make it in," says Jim, "I barely made it the six miles to work that day." Founded in 1984, Advance Graphics and Printing has four employees. In addition to general commercial printing, the company serves real estate and auction customers nationwide.

Western States Envelope & Label Seals Success with
POLAR 155 XT

Western States Envelope & Label knows the importance of quality cutting. Department Manager Matt Frittitta installed a new POLAR 155 XT in his cutting department at the company's Butler, Wis., headquarters, replacing an older model. "We knew it was time to replace our old model, which was approximately 20 years old," Frittitta said. After comparing new POLAR models to other cutters on the market, Frittitta noted that, "when it came down to the mechanical advantages, we were concerned with some of the other brands." Since installing the POLAR 155 XT a few months ago, the company has experienced less downtime and faster turnaround. These results are important to the success of this 24 hour-a-day plant, which produces more than seven million envelopes each day. "The touch screen is nice, and the POLAR 155 XT has a much faster back-gauge," Frittitta said. Because of these results, Western States' Ohio division decided to increase its capacity by installing a new POLAR 155 XT as well. The company, founded in 1908, has divisions in Wisconsin , Kentucky , Ohio and Minnesota with more than 700 employees that serve national and international printers and mailing companies. According to Frittitta, Western States will continue to look to Heidelberg in the future for new POLAR equipment purchases.

Dominion Printers Perfects Pressroom with Printmaster PM 52 from Heidelberg
The installation of a two-color Heidelberg Printmaster PM 52 marks an exciting time for Dominion Printers in Virginia Beach , Va. After much success with two previously-owned Heidelberg presses, Dominion Printers installed the Printmaster PM 52 to take on the "harder short-run and in-between jobs," according to Pressroom Supervisor James Austin. "We realized that while it may be a big investment on the front end to install a new Heidelberg , the payoff in the end is so worth it," he said. The Printmaster PM 52 allows Dominion Printers to offer a broader spectrum of printing stock options to meet customer demands. "The press has the capability to do whatever I want it to do," said Austin. "The pressroom is perfect now." Dominion Printers owns other Heidelberg equipment, including two POLAR cutters and a new Stahlfolder, and it uses Heidelberg Consumables in the pressroom. Founded in 1984, Dominion Printers' staff of 20 produces business materials such as brochures, fliers and posters for a variety of clients.

4 Over Inc. Finds Success Online, with the Help of Heidelberg Postpress Equipment
4 Over Inc. is a unique print shop in that up to 95 percent of its business comes from its website, www.4over.com. What customers do not see online is its cutting-edge postpress equipment that keeps the print shop turning out perfectly finished work. In keeping with its commitment to quality, 4 Over recently purchased a Stitchmaster ST 350 saddlestitcher, two POLAR 37 cutters, two POLAR joggers and two POLAR lifts from Heidelberg . General Manager Ark Andoun said the shop purchased the equipment to keep up with demand and improve quality. And it has. Andoun said the company is now able to handle booklets inhouse. 4 Over is a trade commercial printer that prints everything from business cards and postcards to books and calendars. Andoun said the advantage of doing business over the Internet is that customers never have to sit in traffic. The convenience factor is paying off. 4 Over was founded just five years ago and already employs 220 people. Andoun also credits the shop's Heidelberg equipment. He highly recommends the equipment, and says that if a problem ever arises, a Heidelberg technician will quickly repair it.

Blanks Printing & Imaging Speeds Ahead with New Stahlfolder
B 26

Blanks Printing & Imaging in Dallas , Texas recently added to its existing Heidelberg equipment with the installation of a Stahlfolder B 26. The new folder runs at an average rate of 16,000 sheets per hour. Jim Speed, who is head of the bindery, says Blanks runs the folder almost 50 hours a week. "Having a third large folder lets us have a higher base productivity," he said. "We now can run an additional 16 hours of production per day on the most up-to-date machine available, which allows for quick turn-around for our clients." The Stahlfolder B 26 complements the bindery, which includes three older Stahlfolder models. The postpress department also includes three POLAR cutters. Blanks Printing & Imaging is known for its long list of capabilities, from digital photography to expertise in prepress, press and postpress. Fulfillment and shipping services are also part of the company's portfolio. "We are a large, full operation shop," said Speed. Blanks Printing & Imaging focuses on general commercial work for agencies and retail sales companies in the United States . The shop began as Blanks Engraving more than 65 years ago, and is still a family-owned and operated company with more than 87,000 square feet of facilities and 110 employees.

Graphic Communications Corporation Pumps Up Productivity with Speedmaster CD 102, Heidelberg Postpress Equipment
Loyalty is important to Hoyt Tuggle and the 60 employees at Graphic Communications Corporation in Lawrenceville , Ga. This is why they have used only Heidelberg presses for the past 27 years. "We use all Heidelberg presses and all of our postpress equipment is from Heidelberg; including folders, cutters and stitchers," Tuggle said. Graphic Communications Corporation most recently upgraded its pressroom with a new six-color Speedmaster CD 102 with coater from Heidelberg. "The productivity just changes everything," Tuggle said. "We were able to retire three older presses with different sheet sizes with the new CD 102." That productivity is important for a company that services local, national and multi-national clients that rely on Graphic Communications for their business-to-business communications pieces. The pressroom now runs two presses full time, including a Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 74. With improved quality and greater capability, the new Speedmaster CD 102 allows Graphic Communications Corporation to concentrate on all areas of its business, including its full-service print fulfillment, point-of-purchase, multi-media communications, digital media and graphic design divisions. Founded in 1972, the general commercial printer is family-owned and operated out of Lawrenceville.

Menu Works Feeds Appetite for Success with Heidelberg Printmaster QM 46-2
Menu Works has grown from a single person operation to a booming business with more than 1,500 restaurant customers during the past 13 years. Menu Works' team of 22 "menu specialists" are able to fully accommodate their clients, from in-house menu design to printing covers, table stands, menus, business cards, gift certificates and placemats. The quality of Menu Works' offerings is now better than ever with the installation of a new Heidelberg Printmaster QM 46-2. "We run two-color to-go menus and kids' placemats on the QM 46," said Bruce Jones, Production Manager for Menu Works in Greenville , S.C. "We can now print with much better resolution than before." Since its customer base continues to grow to more than 40 states, requests for 500 menus are now turning into requests for 5,000 to 10,000 menus, and Menu Works can accommodate those large order quantities. Jones, familiar with Heidelberg's reputation of excellence, turned to Heidelberg for a press that could help alleviate Menu Works' growing pains and keep more of their work in-house. "We are very pleased with the QM 46," said Jones, who says he will look to Heidelberg in the future for their press needs as Menu Works continues to grow.

For Art Bindery, the Big Attraction is POLAR Cutting Systems
Art Bindery, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama has recently upgraded one of its existing POLAR cutters with a POLAR stack lift, POLAR jogger RAH and POLAR Transomat unloader, and it plans to install a new POLAR 137 XTR cutting system this month. Art Bindery is purchasing the POLAR 137 XTR cutting system to support its new MagnetLAM process. The MagnetLAM process takes any printed press sheet and transforms it into a flexible magnet. Art Bindery is presently trimming these magnet sheets in four-inch lifts, which weigh about 250 pounds. The shop says the POLAR Transomat unloader saves them untold man hours and fatigue in automatically palatalizing the trimmed magnets. Art Bindery will soon have a total of four POLAR cutters; two will be complete trim systems. Art Bindery does specialized print finishing and bindery work for the print trade and employs 30 people in its 85,000 square-foot facility.

Perfection Press Lives Up to Its Name with New Printmaster
PM 74
Perfection Press in Logan, Iowa should give lessons in professional printing. The printer, which produces school text books and workbooks, has just upgraded to a new four-color Printmaster PM 74 with perfector. Perfection Press Vice President Steve Browning says the new press has been an "amazing" improvement over the shop's old press. He says make-ready times have been cut in half and run speeds have doubled to 10,000 sheets per hour. Other features Perfection Press likes include the press' reasonably compact design that did not require the shop to pour any new flooring; the static eliminator, which allows the shop to print on lighter weight paper; and the auto blanket and auto plate that result in quicker make-ready times. Browning also says the system service 36plus agreement, which comes with new Heidelberg presses and provides 36 months of repair services and parts, Web-based remote service and 24/7 expert access, gives him "peace of mind." Perfection Press produces education material for its sister company, Perfection Learning, as well as general commercial printing for colleges and small publishers. Founded in 1965, it now employs 45 people.

Ponders, Inc. Goes CtP, Installs Heidelberg Prosetter P74
Ponders Printing, a general commercial printer located in Thomasville, Ga., recently installed a Heidelberg Prosetter P74 violet platesetter in conjunction with an upgrade of its design department. The new metal platesetter replaces an older polyester model. According to Plant Manager Gary Wisham, the company is enjoying substantial overall productivity and quality improvement as a result of the installation. The 74-year old company knows the value of quality and speed to its customers. In its pressroom, Ponders also operates Heidelberg SORM and MO presses. A Heidelberg customer for many years, Ponders, Inc. employs 13 in its printing division and serves a regional clientele.

Ryan Printing Ramps Up Production with Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 74, Prosetter P74
Ryan Printing, Inc., Blauvelt, N.Y., has installed a new Speedmaster CD 74 five-color press with coater, together with an automated Prosetter P74 violet platesetter. The new press replaces an older five-color press and features the Heidelberg Prinect Axis Control color measurement system. The Speedmaster CD 74 has already yielded significant improvement in productivity. According to Al Ryan, owner/president, the addition of a faster, more productive press with coater will help expand the company's markets and increase its competitiveness. "Production on the Speedmaster CD 74 is greatly enhanced because it can print a 23 3/4 x 29 inch press sheet, allowing for 50 percent more output on sell sheets, six-page brochures and 11 x 17 inch items, as well as many more postcards up per sheet." The new Prosetter P74 handles around 1,000 plates per month. Ryan also operates a Heidelberg QM DI four-color press and a Speedmaster 74 four-color press with perfector. Its bindery hosts a pair of Stahlfolders, a Stitchmaster ST 90 saddlestitcher, and a POLAR 115 ED cutter with stack lift, jogger and Transomat offloader. Heidelberg press and prepress Consumables are in use throughout the shop. Ryan Printing's 12 employees provide a local and regional clientele with brochures, sell sheets, postcards and other general commercial printing. The company has been a Heidelberg customer since 1992.    

M&R Manufacturing Boosts Productivity with Printmaster PM 52 from Heidelberg
M&R Manufacturing, Elmsford, N.Y. replaced an existing four-color Heidelberg GTO with a new Printmaster PM 52 five-color press late last year to reap the benefits of its advanced automation, including faster speeds and higher quality. The general commercial printer has enjoyed an increase in productivity of at least 50 percent since the installation, reports owner Mitch Schilkraut. The all-Heidelberg shop, a customer since 1995, also operates a Printmaster QM 46, a Stahlfolder B 20, and a POLAR 78 X cutter. Its prepress department boasts a Prosetter 52 violet platesetter supported by Prinect Meta Dimension RIP and Prinect Signa Station imposition module. Established in 1993 and with seven employees, the company provides a primarily local clientele with a wide variety of commercial print products, including brochures, sell sheets, envelopes and self-mailers.

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