Michigan Career and Technical Institute Installs Printmaster QM 46
The Graphic Communications department of the Michigan Career and Technical Institute (MCTI) in Plainwell, MI reports the installation of a Printmaster QM 46-2 from Heidelberg. The new press enables the program to demonstrate advanced technology to its students, as well as facilitate the training department’s ability to produce a variety of printed materials for MCTI and other state government agencies.
The new press, which replaced an Heidelberg GTOZ, MOZP and Itek 3985 has introduced student operators to dramatically reduced makeready times, automatic plate-changing, advanced inking, and a running speed of 10,000 sph “right off the bat,” said Jeff Mount, one of two instructors in the program. “We were used to half that speed.” Students also enjoy access to a POLAR 92 EMC paper cutter and a Stahl 20x30” folder with right angle attachment.
“Heidelberg machines are built well, take a lot of abuse, and last forever,” Mount said. From a career standpoint, he added, the Printmaster QM 46 is a fixture in the majority of shops where program graduates gain employment, “so being able to train on that particular press is a real plus for them.”
Founded in 1944, MCTI serves adult students with disabilities from all over Michigan, with a goal of career education and subsequent placement in the workplace. MCTI has 14 vocational training areas: Automotive Technology, Cabinetmaking/Millwork, Certified Nursing Assistant, Culinary Arts, Custodial, Customer Service, Electronics Servicing, Grounds Maintenance, Office Automation, Machine Technology, Graphic Communications, Pharmacy Tech, Retail Marketing and Weatherization.
MCTI is a program under the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth-Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS). The mission of MRS is to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve employment and self-sufficiency. MRS provides job preparation, job placement, job retention, and independent living services for more than 45,000 residents of Michigan with disabilities annually.
Quick Stop Printing Streamlines Prepress Operation with Suprasetter and Saphira Plates from Heidelberg
Quick Stop Printing, Worcester, MA reports that its recent installation of a Suprasetter A52 CtP device and its switch to Heidelberg Saphira Chemfree plates has given the company the ability to produce high-quality jobs more quickly. “My operator loves the ease-of-use and the way the software runs,” said Jay Massei, president and owner, adding that the Saphira Chemfree plates also produce a visibly sharper dot.
None of this comes as much of a surprise to Massei, who sums up his long experience with Heidelberg equipment as follows: “I know the value, it doesn’t break, and it runs and runs and runs. When I need service, I know that Heidelberg technicians will get the job done right.”
Family run Quick Stop, a Worcester fixture since 1930, is a small-format commercial printer with five employees serving loyal clients throughout central Massachusetts. The longtime Heidelberg customer also operates three Printmaster QM 46 2-color presses, 2- and 4-color Speedmaster SM 52s, and a POLAR 78 guillotine cutter.