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Two-Color Portrait Press Is Getting A Workout With Various Customers

Saturday, September 08, 2001

Press release from the issuing company

CHICAGO, IL -- When it was introduced to the market a year ago, the PowerPro 34 was billed as no ordinary twin-tower press. So when the PowerPro 34 returns to the A.B.Dick booth (#3329) for the Print 01 show September 6-13 in Chicago, customers will be able to vouch for its uniqueness and ability to get the job done. With many large press features found mostly with more expensive landscape format presses, the PowerPro 34 has found its niche with small to mid-size format printers who want something more from their equipment. The PowerPro 34 gives them this flexibility, plus more. For example, a superior 100-0-0 inking system, normally found only in higher-end web presses, prevents ghosting with improved ink distribution. A universal or stream feeder with vacuum pull guarantees precise registration. Integrated technologies include a motorized continuous film dampener with paper sensing moisture control. With quick-wet and pre-wet switches, a quick burst of moisture can be applied to a plate surface on-demand and is very useful when running silver plate material. Joseph Tammany of Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, NY found this to be especially helpful after completing installation of his universal feeder in mid-June. A college in-plant operation, Tammany lives on a tight budget at the 16,000 student two-year college. He was prepared to settle for a one-color offset press before A.B.Dick sales rep Bob Morelli was able to work a deal and keep within the school's budget. The result? Tammany now is doing more four-color work and some two-sided, six-color jobs. "We have increased the volume on all of our runs since installing the PowerPro 34. It is giving us greater registration and we are doing NCR with it, and we are doing it quite well," said Tammany, who has worked at the college for five years and oversees a staff of 14. "I like its automation capabilities and easy set-up. We had a short period of adjustment like any other machine and we still do the majority of our work in 2-color. But I like the way our 11" by 17" four-color work has turned out." Sam O'Connor is also doing more four-color work these days at Colorweb, a forms printing company in Dallas. He purchased two PowerPro 34's because they exceed his customers' quality issues and on-time demands. "You can always keep a two-color press busy but you can't do the same with a four-color press," said O'Connor, whose 28-employee company generates annual sales of $4 million. "I can set up one with black and cyan and the other with magenta and yellow, and run the job simultaneously. The inking and register systems are outstanding. It's the same as doing four-color work on a four-color press. You can't tell the difference." The PowerPro 34 is making a difference in Canada for Frank Fursman at Stirling Printall in Hamilton, Ontario. He installed a stream feed unit earlier this year and now runs four-color, 11" by 17" process work eight hours a day. "It's like driving a new car. There was a learning period but now it is exceeding my expectations," said Fursman, whose client base stretches throughout Ontario from Hamilton to Toronto, London and St. Catherines. "I do anything and everything on the PowerPro 34. It runs at the same speed as my two Ryobi 3302s, but I'm getting better registration and no skewing. Being able to run 17-inch, four-color images has made a huge difference for us." A.B.Dick offers a unique, limited warranty program. It warrants the PowerPro 34 to be free from defects in material and workmanship, including labor, for a period of 12 months, including all ink and dampener rollers. After 12 months, A.B.Dick warrants all parts up to 30 months or 15 million impressions.

 

 

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