“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.