Twice a day at GRAPH EXPO this year, Heidelberg (Booth 1214) show visitors can see the Anicolor Performance Challenge, where a single press operator will print six different jobs (about 200 sheets each) on six different paper stocks. Plate loading accounts for about four of these five-minute job lengths, pointed out Andy Rae, Senior Vice President of Equipment and Marketing at Heidelberg USA, at the press manufacturer’s press conference Sunday morning.
What Anicolor customer Taylor Corp. admires most about the one-to-one ink roller technology are “the consistent solids with heavy coverage and no ghosting patterns,” Craig Krone, Senior Analyst of Research and Development at the Minneapolis-based mega printer, told reporters in attendance. Taylor counts more than 80% of the Fortune 1,000 among its clients, Krone noted, and protecting their color brands is critical. “Anicolor gives us repeatable color over time, even three to six months down the road,” he said of Taylor, which to date has run more than 70 million Anicolor impressions since it began beta testing five years ago.
A typical short run on one of Taylor’s six Anicolor presses is between 200 and 250 sheets, Krone added. “We’re on color on five sheets that we can sell and get up to G7 standards by 10 to 15 sheets.” The 9,000-employee firm runs some 5,000 offset presses along with approximately 150 digital devices in its 80-plus operating units.
Krone also said that Taylor is looking at Heidelberg’s XL 75 model shown at drupa this past spring, but he and his colleagues have not yet decided whether to go the dry or wet UV route. “Our end goal is to speed drying times,” he shared.
In addition to showing a Speedmaster sheet-fed press with Aniclor, the Heidelberg booth also features the U.S. launch of the Linoprint C901 press, first shown at drupa 12, as well as new Stahlfolder TH 56 and POLAR 56 cutter models.