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Kelmscott Press Experiences Greater Pressroom Efficiency and Product Differentiation with Mitsubishi Diamond 3000S Press

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

AURORA, Ill. — Kelmscott Press, Inc., a $6 million commercial printer, believes in building lasting relationships. More than one-third of the firm's annual sales comes from customers that have worked with Kelmscott for more than 25 years. Approximately 60 percent of its yearly vendor expenditures is paid to organizations that Kelmscott has done business with for more than 30 years. Scott Voris, president, cites relationship building as a key element in the company's decision to install a Mitsubishi Diamond 3000S sheetfed press. "The Mitsubishi organization showed a definite desire to work with Kelmscott," Voris recalled. "It's exciting to be treated like a partner by a major manufacturer. We were very pleased with the installation, and the service has been exceptional." Founded in 1936, Kelmscott is housed in a 25,000-square-foot facility staffed by 34 full-time and approximately 24 part-time employees. Its print work runs the gamut of 40-inch commercial projects, with full-color booklets, posters, direct mail and marketing materials making up a large percentage of the print volume. The company also offers design, prepress, variable data printing, finishing, mailing and fulfillment services to its clients, which range from financial institutions and health care providers to advertising agencies and direct marketers. Kelmscott's pressroom operates around the clock five days a week. Since installing the six-color, 40-inch Mitsubishi press with tower coater, Kelmscott has been able to easily accommodate a substantial influx of new jobs. "Moving from three shifts down to two shifts was a goal we had identified when deciding to purchase a new press," Voris said. "In fact, the increased efficiencies in terms of ease of setup and processing speed have enabled us to accept three shifts' worth of added volume. Greater efficiency in the pressroom and higher print volume go hand in hand." Kelmscott's Diamond 3000S incorporates a host of production-enhancing features, such as automated plate loaders, blanket washers and ink oscillating rollers. Kelmscott also outfitted the press with an anilox coater and closed-loop inking system. "The closed-loop technology is especially significant as a differentiation tool," Voris observed. "It maintains color consistency and image quality throughout the entire run. The 50,000th sheet looks as good as the first salable sheet." Mitsubishi Diamond series sheetfed presses are available in a range of sizes, from the 28-inch Diamond 1000 series to the 56-inch Diamond 6000 series, and configurations up to 12 printing units. Fast job makeready, ease of operation and high throughput are hallmarks of the Diamond series. Mitsubishi is at the forefront of the implementation of the Job Definition Format specification, and is working with other vendors toward full integration of Mitsubishi presses into a JDF-enabled workflow.

 

 

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