Heidelberg Technology and good corporate citizenship drive Accuform Printing's success
Monday, July 12, 2010
Press release from the issuing company
Kennesaw, Ga. – A longstanding habit of investing in Heidelberg technology has helped Accuform Printing and Graphics achieve an impeccable reputation for quality and service in the economically distressed Detroit community where it has done business for the past 40 years. The company expects that recent installations of Heidelberg prepress, press and postpress equipment will enable it to continue to make a positive impact on the local scene, of which it has been an integral part since its founding in 1969.
In addition to serving a variety of Fortune 500 companies, the family operated, female-owned commercial printer supports a variety of nonprofits and municipalities in the Detroit area. It also maintains a busy walk-in business for the convenience of residents of the surrounding neighborhoods, home to the majority of Accuform's employees. To protect and enhance the quality of life for its employees, customers, and the surrounding area, Accuform uses no harmful chemicals, prints, on request, with vegetable-based inks, and recycles its waste, including both paper and all manufacturing by-products.
When Opportunity Knocks, Listen
That sentiment is echoed by general manager Greg Konczal, who observed, "We saw the recession as an opportunity to make upgrades to our equipment and software that would enable us to produce higher-quality printing and run a more efficient business." To that end, the company recently installed a Suprasetter A75 automatic top-loading CtP system with Prinect Prepress Manager workflow, a Remarketed by Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 74 4-color perfector, in addition to Heidelberg's powerful Prinect Prinance MIS with full-featured accounting functionality. Also recently purchased and installed is a POLAR 92X guillotine cutter with P-Net and Compucut.
According to Gail Johnson, more efficient time management was a key consideration in the company's decision to install Prinect Prinance, which Accuform uses for estimating, emailing quotes, job costing, invoicing, administration, and to perform accounting functions linked to the company's existing business software. "The Prinance software is absolutely marvelous and so advanced," Johnson said, adding that the company plans to take further advantage of the Prinance solution when it installs the Prinect Remote Access web-to-print portal later this summer.
"Nothing but Compliments"
Accuform also buys Saphira Chemfree plates and proofing media, and selects all of its pressroom supplies from Heidelberg's Saphira line, including ink, fountain solution and press wash.
"The new plates are awesome," Konczal reported. "We're holding a good dot on press and getting longer runs per plate. Remakes are a thing of the past." As for Heidelberg Saphira inks, he added, "We love them for their shiny quality and great coverage, even on dense blues and blacks."
Making the Most of What You Have
With respect to both its primary supplier and the city of Detroit it calls home, Accuform understands that loyalty is a two-way street. "We try to look at the printing we do as a craft, and we don't buy into the idea that everything boils down to pricing and customer poaching," Konczal said. "We stick by our community."
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