Heidelberg has announced the following new product installations:
Aaron Thomas and Associates Marks New Beginning with POLAR Install
It was a red-letter day in February when a new POLAR 137 XT high-speed, programmable paper cutter was delivered to Aaron Thomas and Associates in Chatsworth, CA. It had been three months since fire completely destroyed the facility in early November, forcing the operation into temporary quarters and compelling a series of temporary layoffs that would enable the general commercial/political printer and direct mail marketing house to survive as a printing brokerage until arrangements could be made to restore its production capability. The POLAR machine was the first piece of equipment delivered since the fire.
“It was the cutter that got us back in business,” said owner Fred Thomas. “We instantly gained more control and a huge boost to our morale with that installation.” Beyond that, the new POLAR came complete with what Thomas termed “space-age” features including a user-friendly, integrated touchscreen display, frequency-controlled back gauge, and OptiKnife knife changing—all of which have met with enthusiastic operator approval. A second POLAR cutter is already on the way, together with a Printmaster QM 46 two-color press.
“Heidelberg’s reputation precedes it,” Thomas said. “Everything we’ve ever had runs beautifully and lasts forever.”
Aaron, Thomas & Associates is a $17 million, full-service, political direct mail and printing agency headquartered in Chatsworth, CA. Clients include government and multinational corporations; business and trade associations; labor unions; and candidates for political office. The 23-year-old firm is moving with all deliberate speed to restore staffing to previous levels, and looking forward to multiple new installations as the company regains its fighting trim.
Seckman Printing Boosts Capacity with Versatile Stahlfolder TH-66
Seckman Printing in Forest, VA recently added a fully automated, three-station, buckle-plate Stahlfolder TH-66 to its all-Heidelberg equipment lineup.
“In addition to adding significant capacity, we’ve experienced a 100 percent improvement in makeready time and are 60 percent to 70 percent more productive,” said Jay Pearce, production foreman. Moreover, the folder’s 6/4/4 configuration lends the company the flexibility to produce everything from 81/2x11” letterfolds to 26x40” 3-unit signatures for booklets, to gatefolds and other special folded projects.
The company’s first fully automated folder is a certifiable hit with Seckman’s operators, who appreciate the new machine’s intuitive control system as well as the pre-scoring/pre-slitting shaft that help keep folds consistent.
Seckman’s sheetfed pressroom also is home to a 6-color Speedmaster XL 105, a 2-color Speedmaster SM 102, a 6-color Speedmaster SM 102, and a Heidelberg GTO ZP 2-color perfector; while its bindery is dominated by a pair of 54” POLAR 137 cutters, each with lift, jogger and offloader, a 36” POLAR 92 guillotine, a pair of Heidelberg letterpresses, and assorted continuous feed Stahlfolders with right angle and 16-page attachment. The prepress department is anchored by a Heidelberg Suprasetter CtP device with single and multiple cassettes, and powered by Heidelberg’s Prepress Manager workflow and Heidelberg clean-running Saphira Chemfree plates.
Established in 1977 and currently with 94 employees, the full-service, general commercial printer serves a variety of clients.