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Heidelberg has announced the following new product installations:

Thoroughbred Printing Bounces Back with New Heidelberg Installations After Devastating Fire

Thoroughbred Printing in Lexington, KY recently installed a 3-station, 30” USA B30 Stahlfolder to replace an existing 26” Stahlfolder lost to fire in the spring of this year. The new folder is equipped with four combination buckle plates per station, gatefold unit, and rotary scoring and perfing capability.

“We lost 40 percent of our building, 60 percent of our pressroom, and a piece of our prepress department in the fire,” said Barry Henry, owner. “We were fortunate to be able to outsource work to our sister company, Advertiser Printers in northern Kentucky, while we rebuilt.” (The company has another sibling facility, Allied Printing, in Hamilton, Ohio.)

In the wake of the fire, Thoroughbred has equipped its new prepress operation with Heidelberg’s Prinect Prepress Manager workflow, and now promotes web-based file uploading and remote proofing via Prinect Remote Access. The company’s pressroom hosts a 40” Speedmaster 102S 6-color press and a 40” Speedmaster 102ZP 2-color machine, as well as a 12x18” Heidelberg “windmill” letterpress. In addition to the new Stahlfolder, whose flexibility and fast makeready have earned the praise of Thoroughbred’s operators, the company’s full-service bindery also hosts 20” and 26” Stahlfolders, as well as a 42” POLAR cutting system.

In business since 1970, Thoroughbred Printing describes itself as a general commercial printer serving clients throughout the Southeast, including universities and their affiliated sports programs. The company employs 20 full- and part-time staff.

All-Color Business Ramps Up Folding Operations with Stahlfolder TH-66

All Color Business Specialties in Farmingdale, NY has taken delivery of a new Stahlfolder TH-66 buckle-plate folder with feeder and stream delivery from Heidelberg. Established in 1959 and incorporated in the state of New York, All Color is a high-volume, wholesale printer to the local and regional trade. The company employs a staff of 35 and serves a clientele located across Long Island and the New York metropolitan area. Its menu of services includes 4-color offset, spot color and digital printing, envelope printing, high-speed inkjet addressing, and a full-service bindery.

According to company owner Billy Bogue, the TH-66 folder adds capacity and gives the company the ability to score and fold larger print jobs, including oblongs, newsletters, pamphlets at high speed.

“The machine has not stopped running since it was installed,” Bogue said, adding that his operators especially admire the folder’s Airstream register table that enables precise sheet alignment without the risk of marking.

All Color boasts an all-Heidelberg pressroom, including a pair of Speedmaster SM 52 perfectors, a Speedmaster SM 74 perfector, and several Printmaster QM 46-2s. Alongside the new TH-66 folder, the company’s bindery also hosts a pair of USA B-20, continuous-feed folders, a POLAR 115 paper cutter, Stitchmaster ST 90 saddlestitcher, and a Heidelberg “windmill” letterpress used for die cutting.

“We continue to choose Heidelberg because of their dedication to quality and service,” Bogue said. “We believe Heidelberg represents the industry standard.”

Mollet Printing Puts Best Foot Forward with CtP by Heidelberg

“Our goal is to be an all-Heidelberg shop,” said Dave Mollet, president and CEO of Mollet Printing in Portland, OR. That said, the ambitious company is off to a solid start, with the installation of a Suprasetter A75 automatic top-loading CtP device with dual-cassette loader, together with Heidelberg’s Prinect Prepress Manager P workflow solution.

“We wanted to get out of the chemistry business,” Mollet said, referring to the competitive violet system he replaced, “so we went thermal and chemistry-free.” The new platesetter handles 50 plates at a time and is used to image Heidelberg Saphira Chemfree 101 plates for Mollet’s 6-color Speedmaster CD 74 and 2-color QM 46 presses. The company’s Prinect Prepress Manager P is a page-oriented Prinect solution that automates PDF data preparation and individual page processing. “It’s a great little system,” Mollet said. The company also operates a POLAR cutting system, and makes use of Heidelberg Saphira consumables including offset powder, blankets and coatings in its pressroom.

Fifty-year-old Mollet Printing is a high-end, short-run, 4-color commercial printer offering offset and digital printing, bindery, custom assembly and direct mail services primarily to sports marketing companies and other clients based in the Portland area.

Haapanen Brothers Acquires Second Ti52 Stahlfolder To Support Growing Pharmaceutical Business

Haapanen Bros., a $12 million, full-service graphic arts and printing company in Lake Forest, IL, reports the installation of a continuous-feed, 20x28” Ti 52 Stahlfolder from Heidelberg. The new folder was added to support an increased volume of pharmaceutical folding; it joins an identical Ti52 in service at Haapanen for several years. Pharmaceutical printing and folding currently represents around 35 percent of Haapenen’s business.

Haapanen boasts an all-Heidelberg sheetfed offset pressroom, with installations that include a 6-color Speedmaster XL 105, a 6-color CD 74, two Speedmaster SM 102 perfectors (one with roll-sheeting), and a Printmaster QM 46-2. In addition to the Ti 52 folders, the company’s full-service bindery also hosts a Stitchmaster ST 350 saddlestitcher from Heidelberg, a TH-82 Stahlfolder, and a POLAR cutting system. Haapanen’s Prinect prepress workflow is driven by a fully automatic, “lights-out” Heidelberg Suprasetter 105 thermal CtP device with multi-cassette loader. Heidelberg Saphira plates are supplied by Heidelberg and delivered overnight by Unisource as part of the Printers Advantage program developed by Heidelberg USA and Unisource Worldwide.

Originally founded in 1984, Haapanen rapidly outgrew its 2,000-square-foot building and today occupies a nearly 50,000-square-foot production facility in Lake Forest. As the company grew, it steadily expanded its services to include graphic design; high-speed, multi-color printing; digital and variable data output; pharmaceutical printing and folding; and a full range of bindery and fulfillment capabilities. Clients include Fortune 500 corporations, small- to large-size companies, as well as many mom-and-pop owned businesses. Haapanen currently employs between 65 and 70 full- and part-time staff.

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