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Kennesaw, Ga. - Heidelberg has announced the following new
Carded Graphics Takes Quality Assurance to the Next Level with
Prinect Inspection Control
Carded Graphics, an award-winning folding carton and
packaging company in Staunton, VA, recently became the first U.S.
printer to install Heidelberg's internally integrated Prinect
Inspection Control visual inspection system with inline RGB camera
on its 7-color Speedmaster XL 105 hybrid UV press.
"We use it on every job as a measure of internal quality,
which has definitely increased because we're catching defects early
in the printing process," said company president Murry Pitts.
"Together with our top-flight color management and the XL 105's
18,000 sph running speed, Inspection Control adds a significant
dimension of value to the package we offer our customers. We think
of it as an extension of the printing process. It not only raises
our operators' confidence in the work they produce, it also makes
their job easier."
Carded Graphics' version of Prinect Inspection Control uses
two high-res RGB cameras with a combined resolution of 100 dpi, and
is well suited for the company's mix of high-quality commercial
printing, food, beverage, light pharmaceutical and medical device
packaging. For highly sensitive markets and high-quality commercial
printing, the system also comes in a version equipped with two
33MP/280 dpi black-and-white cameras. Prinect Inspection Control
received a PIA InterTech Technology Award in 2010.
"We think of our Speedmaster XL 105 as the gift that keeps
on giving," Pitts explained. "Like all of the technology
enhancements developed for the XL 105, Prinect Inspection Control
greatly enhances our process control capability. Our operators, who
tend to be young and open to new things, are eager to utilize the
advanced features of the press to improve our performance.
Obviously, we want to control costs and add efficiency wherever we
Carded's customers also applaud the company's use of its new
vision inspection system. "It raises their confidence in our
process and products," Pitts said.
Carded Graphics provides high-quality folding cartons and
packaging to some of the world's largest food, pharmaceutical
and beverage manufacturers and suppliers. Consistent with its
single-minded focus on process control, the company prefers to deal
with Heidelberg as its single-source prepress and press provider to
avoid time lost to vendor conflicts. Accordingly, the company also
uses Heidelberg's full Prinect workflow (optimized for packaging),
including Prinect Prepress Manager, Prinect Prepress Interface, and
Prinect Image Control. Heidelberg Saphira Thermoplate PN plates are
imaged on a Heidelberg Suprasetter 105 thermal platesetter.
Precision Graphics Scores with Speedmaster XL 105, Suprasetter
105, and Consumables from Heidelberg
Precision Graphics of Oregon, Inc., a full-service commercial
printing and packaging firm, has added a 5-color Speedmaster XL 105
with aqueous coater to its all-Heidelberg pressroom lineup. The
aim, said owner Ray Budd, is to step up Precision's production
capabilities in order to enlarge its footprint in the packaging
market. In addition to doing to work of the three early
1990s-vintage 40" and 29" presses it replaced, the new press gives
the 45-year-old, one-shift operation sufficient added capacity to
bring on a second shift as job volume increases.
The company images Heidelberg Saphira Chemfree plates for
the new XL and its other presses-a pair of 6-color Speedmaster SM
102s-on a newly installed Suprasetter 105 platesetter with multiple
cassette loader. "The Suprasetter is a cleaner, greener system that
is making everyone around here smile," Budd said. The company also
uses eco-friendly Heidelberg Saphira pressroom consumables.
Intelligent networking via Prinect Prepress Interface seamlessly
links all of Precision's Heidelberg presses with its prepress
workflow system, reducing throughput time and limiting the chance
of error. In the bindery, a pair of Heidelberg cylinder presses are
still used for scoring, perfing, and die cutting.
Despite the recent economic downturn, business is picking up
again, Budd said, adding, "We've always been in the black, and our
profits have been high." The new Speedmaster XL 105 is the latest
in a long line of Heidelberg presses to take the floor at Precision
Graphics. "I know what works by now," Budd said. The company
employs 23 at its facility in Tualatin, OR.
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 2-color Speedmaster SM 102 perfector to help
the company establish a larger footprint in the pharmaceutical
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,
"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."
North Star Printing Makes Bold Move into Short-Run Packaging
Market with Varimatrix Die Cutter from Heidelberg
North Star Printing, a high-end catalog printer in Spanish
Ford, UT has taken a giant step toward expanding its presence in
the Salt Lake City-area market for short-run packaging with the
installation of a Varimatrix 105 CS (cutting and stripping) die
cutter from Heidelberg. The installation ends the company's
practice of outsourcing the majority of its packaging work,
resulting in considerable annual savings for North Star.
"We were outsourcing the majority of our die cutting work to
the tune of $20-$30k each year," Foster said. "Bringing it in-house
likely will save us between $150 and $200k annually. It's an
opportunity we wanted to pursue aggressively because no one else in
the Salt Lake City area is doing short-run packaging at the
The shift in focus came about, he explained, when North
Star's salespeople went to the company's top 50 clients and asked
them what they liked and didn't like about North Star's service,
and discovered that many of them wanted to use North Star as a
single source provider for their commercial and packaging work.
"We've refined our focus on short-run packaging for
pharmaceutical, neutraceutical and multi-level marketing clients,
for many of which we already do commercial printing," said Neal
Foster, company president.
A longtime Heidelberg customer and one of the most
"Prinected" print shops in the nation, North Star installed a
Speedmaster CD 74 5-color press with aqueous coater and Axis
Control color measuring system in 2009 to take advantage of its
numerous Prinect modules. With the renewed focus on packaging, the
company plans to optimize its extensive Prinect workflow for
packaging. Other Heidelberg equipment in use at North Star includes
a Speedmaster SM 74 8-color press, Printmaster QM 46 2-color press,
Prosetter 74 SCL, Stahl ST 270 saddlestitcher, and a POLAR 92 X
programmable paper cutter. The company also uses Heidelberg Saphira
violet plates, as well as Saphira blankets, ink foils, fountain
solution and press wash.
Founded in 1996, North Star Printing serves customers
nationwide. The company, a G7-certified Master Printer, employs a
staff of 24.