The 23-year-old, full-service commercial printer offers offset and digital printing, marketing and mail services, bindery, as well as customized web-to-print solutions for a primarily local clientele, although the company also serves some national customers. The company employs a full-time staff of 12.
Mayo Clinic In-Plant Adds Four-Color Litho and Perfecting with Speedmaster SM 52
Heidelberg recently completed the installation of a Speedmaster SM 52 4-color perfector, as well as Prinect Pressroom Manager and Prinect Integration Manager and pre-set link at the Print Publication in-plant facility of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. The in-plant is the largest unit of the Mayo Clinic Media Support Services division, which also provides a host of related services, including graphic design, scientific illustration, video conferencing, event support, media analysis, and more. With a total staff of 335, Mayo’s Media Support division serves the entire Mayo Clinic organization, including hospitals, clinics and related practices in Rochester, Scottsdale, AZ and Jacksonville, FL.
With a staff of 60, the Print Publication unit touches a wide range of printed products, from black-and-white and color copies, to posters and large-format displays, to CD and DVD duplication. Digital solutions on hand include a 60” HP wide format ink-jet device and assorted cut-sheet digital devices from Xerox. As word about the new press gets around, said production supervisor Rick Olsen, “orders are starting to roll in for the Speedmaster SM 52,” which represents the in-plant’s first foray into 4-color lithography and perfecting. The new press—in production for only a month—replaces a 24-year-old Heidelberg GTO, and presents a challenge for Olsen and his team, who are slowly getting used to its 13,000 sph running speed, perfecting capability, and other high-tech features. The in-plant expects to realize further improvements in productivity with the integration of Prinect Pressroom Manager and Prinect Integration Manager with its Agfa Apogee workflow. Image quality and color consistency are monitored by Prinect ImageControl, Heidelberg’s spectrophotometric measurement and control system.
“Our goal is to design for digital and achieve acceptable color consistency from device to device within our operation,” Olsen said. The in-plant currently is evaluating Heidelberg’s Prinect Color Toolbox solution for cross-platform color management.
The new press’s higher running speed, productivity, perfecting capability, and advanced automation are also responsible for a reduction in the amount of printing that must be outsourced, Olsen said. While the SM 52 is currently running for one shift only during the learning phase, Olsen anticipates that in time, increasing volume will result in the addition of a second shift. Overall, Olsen said, the new installation reflects the Mayo Clinic’s commitment to continuous improvement across the organization.
In continuous operation since 1946, the Print Publication operation is responsible for printing forms and other documentation for the Mayo Clinic’s internal communications, and patient education and public affairs outreach.
PRP Companies Moves To Chemfree Plate Production with Suprasetter A52
PRP Companies (previously known as Poor Richard’s Press) in San Luis Obispo, Calif., has installed a Suprasetter A52 CtP device from Heidelberg. The new platesetter is the centerpiece of the company’s Prinect Prepress Manager workflow, and is used to image Saphira Chemfree plates for use in PRP’s Printmaster QM 46-2 presses all the way up to its SM 52 6-color perfector. A dual top-loading feature enables fully automated plate feeding of two different plate sizes. The all-Heidelberg shop also operates a full-service bindery, complete with an automated Polar cutting system, and Heidelberg Stahlfolders.