Heidelberg has announced the following new product installations:
Carded Graphics Takes Quality Assurance to the Next Level with Prinect Inspection Control
Carded Graphics, an award-winning folding carton and packaging company in Staunton, VA, recently became the first U.S. printer to install Heidelberg’s internally integrated Prinect Inspection Control visual inspection system with inline RGB camera on its 7-color Speedmaster XL 105 hybrid UV press.
“We use it on every job as a measure of internal quality, which has definitely increased because we’re catching defects early in the printing process,” said company president Murry Pitts. “Together with our top-flight color management and the XL 105’s 18,000 sph running speed, Inspection Control adds a significant dimension of value to the package we offer our customers. We think of it as an extension of the printing process. It not only raises our operators’ confidence in the work they produce, it also makes their job easier.”
Carded Graphics’ version of Prinect Inspection Control uses two high-res RGB cameras with a combined resolution of 100 dpi, and is well suited for the company’s mix of high-quality commercial printing, food, beverage, light pharmaceutical and medical device packaging. For highly sensitive markets and high-quality commercial printing, the system also comes in a version equipped with two 33MP/280 dpi black-and-white cameras. Prinect Inspection Control received a PIA InterTech Technology Award in 2010.
“We think of our Speedmaster XL 105 as the gift that keeps on giving,” Pitts explained. “Like all of the technology enhancements developed for the XL 105, Prinect Inspection Control greatly enhances our process control capability. Our operators, who tend to be young and open to new things, are eager to utilize the advanced features of the press to improve our performance. Obviously, we want to control costs and add efficiency wherever we can.”
Carded’s customers also applaud the company’s use of its new vision inspection system. “It raises their confidence in our process and products,” Pitts said.
Carded Graphics provides high-quality folding cartons and packaging to some of the world's largest food, pharmaceutical and beverage manufacturers and suppliers. Consistent with its single-minded focus on process control, the company prefers to deal with Heidelberg as its single-source prepress and press provider to avoid time lost to vendor conflicts. Accordingly, the company also uses Heidelberg’s full Prinect workflow (optimized for packaging), including Prinect Prepress Manager, Prinect Prepress Interface, and Prinect Image Control. Heidelberg Saphira Thermoplate PN plates are imaged on a Heidelberg Suprasetter 105 thermal platesetter.
Precision Graphics Scores with Speedmaster XL 105, Suprasetter 105, and Consumables from Heidelberg
Precision Graphics of Oregon, Inc., a full-service commercial printing and packaging firm, has added a 5-color Speedmaster XL 105 with aqueous coater to its all-Heidelberg pressroom lineup. The aim, said owner Ray Budd, is to step up Precision’s production capabilities in order to enlarge its footprint in the packaging market. In addition to doing to work of the three early 1990s-vintage 40” and 29” presses it replaced, the new press gives the 45-year-old, one-shift operation sufficient added capacity to bring on a second shift as job volume increases.