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Solutions Provider Integrated Graphics Steps Up to 40-Inch Sheetfed Format with Mitsubishi Press

Monday, April 24, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

ST. CHARLES, Ill. — Integrated Graphics, Inc., a commercial printer in St. Charles, Ill., focuses on creating a completely integrated look for its clients. The 37-employee firm complements traditional offset printing with digital printing, specialty projects, graphic design and advertising. Mailing and fulfillment are all in a day's work as well. When Integrated Graphics decided to enhance its sheetfed printing capabilities, the company installed its first Mitsubishi Diamond series press — a Diamond 3000S with aqueous coater. Integrated Graphics chose the five-color, 40-inch model as the best press to produce a growing volume of high-caliber commercial projects, according to Keith Murphy, president. "What sets our company apart from other printers is the ability to perform just about everything in-house, coupled with the ability to turn projects around fairly quickly at the highest quality level," Murphy said. "Our customers are very pleased with the speed and print quality of the Diamond 3000S." Murphy established Integrated Graphics in 1995. Integrated Graphics operates 24 hours a day, six days a week, at a 48,000-square-foot facility. High-end collateral and direct mail in amounts ranging from very short-run to millions of impressions are an Integrated Graphics specialty. The automotive industry is a major purchaser of Integrated Graphics' corporate collateral. Packaging, point-of-purchase displays, premiums and incentives round out the various materials supplied to customers. The pressroom currently houses six sheetfed presses with four-color to six-color capabilities plus coatings. Before installing the 40-inch Mitsubishi press, Integrated Graphics had employed machines with 25-inch and 29-inch sheet widths. "The larger sheet size and extensive automation on the Mitsubishi press give us greater capacity and efficiency," Murphy noted. In addition to sheetfed equipment, Integrated Graphics utilizes two HP Indigo digital presses and four wide-format printers. Integrated Graphics prides itself on being able to consistently have a finished job in the customer's hands within 24 to 48 hours of receiving a digital data file. Digital technology plays a leading role in trimming cycle times. For example, the Mitsubishi ColorLink CIP4 server and a spectrophotometer-based closed-loop color control system significantly reduce makeready times and sheet waste. ColorLink allows the press to automatically preset ink keys from plate data imported from two computer-to-plate devices in prepress. The color control system helps press operators get the presses up to color, make customer-indicated color changes and maintain those color values during a run. "The Mitsubishi press incorporates all the automation features we could want," Murphy said. "They are uniformly productive features." Murphy believes in the value of a clear understanding of customers' needs. He said the Mitsubishi sales organization immediately understood Integrated Graphics' needs as a commercial printer and its market pressures. "The buying experience for us was outstanding," Murphy said. "We placed the order last November, and the press was installed within 30 days. The installation went quicker than we anticipated. It was flawless. We have many pieces of equipment from other manufacturers, and a smooth installation hasn't always been the case with other vendors. We are now tried-and-true Mitsubishi fans."

 

 

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