“They took to the machine immediately,” he said, including mastery of a variety of options, including capacity folding, pocket folding, and turning devices; a hotmelt and fugitive glue application system; adhesive tape dispenser; and pick-and place attachment. Among the products for which Allied uses the KAMA ProFold are pocket folders, crash-lock boxes, CD and DVD pockets, and specialty mailing envelopes.
“We love the KAMA ProFold 74 for its versatility,” Pelc said, “especially its card-inserting capability, which lets us affix cards or magnets to pocket folders, for example.”
Compact, touchscreen-controlled, and capable of a wide range of standard and high-value applications, the KAMA ProFold 74 features a unique, grid-type mounting system that enables the tools required for the actual job to be positioned in any order quickly and precisely, ensuring short set-up times, quick changeovers from one job to the next, ensuring higher profitability on short runs. Standard features include large plough-folding device, flap plough-folding device, tipper fold plate and pressure rollers.
Allied currently runs the KAMA ProFold 74 roughly three-quarters of a shift per day, seven days a week, although the company expects that growing volume and customer demand soon will increase its utilization. According to Pelc, Allied is on track to rack up annual sales of $18 million this year, a figure representing a 17 percent increase over last year’s numbers.
Allied Printing was founded in 1952, with the Pelc family assuming ownership in 1971. With 84 employees deployed across a five-building campus, the company provides commercial offset and digital printing, as well as information management, mailing, e-commerce, and warehouse and fulfillment services to a primarily regional but increasingly national clientele.
All-Color Business Specialties Locks in “Huge Competitive Advantage” with Fast, Productive Stitchmaster ST 100
“It doesn’t go on the floor unless it’s a Heidelberg,” declared All-Color Business Specialties owner Billy Bogue.
That said, the Farmingdale, NY trade printer advanced a companywide equipment upgrade recently with the installation of a Stitchmaster ST 100 saddlestitcher from Heidelberg. The company also installed a TH 66 Stahlfolder nine months ago, and recently signed an order for a Speedmaster XL 75 5-color press, to be delivered at the end of the year.
“The new stitcher offers new electronics, more sensors, more automation, and twice the productivity of our previous stitcher,” Bogue said. “That gives us a huge competitive advantage in our marketplace.”
The ST 100 outputs up to 9,000 copies per hour, incorporates six pockets with cover feeder, single hand-feed station, conveyor table with batch marker, and waste removal belt.
Established in 1959, All-Color Business Specialties is an $8 million printer to the trade, serving clients throughout Long Island and the New York metropolitan area. The all-Heidelberg shop currently operates no fewer than nine Heidelberg presses, ranging from a Speedmaster 74 4-color model, to a pair of Speedmaster SM 52 and six Printmaster QM 46-2s. The ST 100 saddlestitcher is the latest addition to the company’s full-service bindery, which also contains two POLAR cutters and three Stahlfolders.
“Awesome Color with Lower Waste”: Central Printing Adds Ricoh Pro C901 with Color Management by Heidelberg
Central Printing in Beckley, W.Va., reports the installation of a Heidelberg-supplied Ricoh Pro C901 Graphic Arts Edition digital press. Founded more than 40 years ago, Central has evolved from a one-color shop into a full-color, full-service commercial printing business that now offers a broad range of services from offset and digital printing to graphic design and mailing. The new press—Çentral’s first digital machine—is the latest in a long line of Heidelberg-manufactured and Heidelberg-supplied solutions that have been company mainstays for many years.