Heidelberg has announced the following new product installations:
Lightning Strikes Twice: Heeter Direct Installs Second XL 105
Heeter Direct in Canonsburg, PA cited an increase in the volume as the reason it followed up its 2010 installation of a 6-color Speedmaster XL 105 press with a second 6-color XL 105, in production since late last month.
“We’ve seen an increase in job volume from a number of key clients with strict requirements for quality and consistency,” said company president Scott Heeter. “We had outstanding results with the first XL, so it was a natural next step for us to take,” he said, adding that the company is in the process of training additional crews to run the new, Peak Performance XL press.
Both XLs are equipped with the Prinect Axis Control spectrophotometric measurement control systems, which covers the whole print image while at the same time providing automatic online control for all printing units. This minimizes color fluctuations, enables users to work with standardized, reproducible color values at all times, and ensures reliable control of day-to-day print production. The new XL press also features the 2009 InterTech Award-winning Prinect Press Center with Intellistart operator guidance and integrated Wallscreen, which gives the press operator (and customers on hand for observation) a comprehensive overview of all press processes. As a result, “Press checks have gone remarkably well,” Heeter acknowledged.
The company expects to realize further improvements in productivity with the installation of Prinect Pressroom Manager and Prinect Integration Manager, which the company is in the process of integrating with its existing production workflow. Acquiring a second XL 105 will also help the company expand its fledgling packaging business, which currently represents about 10 percent of Heeter’s total job volume.
Heeter Direct also operates a 10-color Speedmaster SM 102 perfecting press, and assorted postpress equipment including a Stahl TD 72 buckle-plate folder with Compufold, two Stahl TH-82 buckle-plate folders with Compufold, an ST450 saddlestitcher, a POLAR System 6 with Compucut and a POLAR 115 EMC cutter and jogger.
Third-generation, family owned Heeter Printing has been in business for more than 60 years, serving clients involved in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, educational and utility markets throughout the mid-Atlantic region. The company employs a staff of 85.
J.C. Weir, Inc. Steps Up To High-Quality Folding with Stahl Ti 52
J.C. Weir, Inc. in Reno, NV has upgraded its folding department with the installation of a 20x28” Stahl Ti 52 folder with right-angle unit and gatefold attachment. According to company owner J.C. Weir, the new folder “has some nice features that improve the quality of the folds,” including precise transport of signatures and accurate sheet alignment. The flat pile feeder has flexibility for handling digital jobs with the inherent static and lots of small jobs with frequent format changes.
The company also operates a Speedmaster SM 52 5-color press with coater and Axis Control; a Printmaster QM 46-2; and POLAR 78 X and 78 ED cutters. In the prepress department, a Suprasetter A52 with dual cassettes is used to image Saphira Chemfree plates. “The Chemfree plates and Suprasetter are a major labor savers compared to the older violet plate technology,” Weir said. Allegra also uses Saphira pressroom consumable products to keep its presses running smoothly.