Speedmaster XL 162 VLF Press and Suprasetter hit the ground running at Bell Incorporated
Monday, September 13, 2010
Press release from the issuing company
When US based Bell Incorporated, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, became the first U.S. company to purchase and install Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) new 64" Speedmaster XL 162 6+LX press late last year, then followed up by installing Heidelberg's Suprasetter 162 VLF CtP system - another first - the company made no secret of its high expectations. Fully installed and in full production since June, the supersized press and its companion platesetter have not only met but are busy exceeding those expectations in terms of overall performance, print quality, productivity and efficiency.
The pairing of Bell's new VLF press and platesetter enable the company to produce 4- to 6-color graphics for high-quality retail packaging in run lengths from several thousand to several hundred thousand sheets. As its new capabilities become widely known, the company reports increased customer interest, specifically, from Fortune 500 food manufacturing concerns.
"Bell Incorporated had the wisdom and clear foresight to install the right tools for the job," said Jim Dunn, president of Heidelberg USA. "We at Heidelberg are confident that our Peak Performance Speedmaster XL 162 VLF press and large-format Suprasetter will help the company to assay new markets and advance its already formidable reputation for exceptional quality and superior customer service."
The Epitome of "Peak Performance"
"Our customers have been very impressed with the quality of the print, the level of technology and our prepress-to-press color management system," said COO Ben Arndt, citing Bell's utilization of Heidelberg's Prinect Pressroom Manager Software, which automatically presets up to 22 additional parameters on the Speedmaster XL 162 press, including ink key data from prepress to press, reducing errors and make-ready times. On press, Heidelberg's Prinect Axis Control color measuring device, and color management software are features favored by Bell's press operators, who appreciate simultaneous color control of all printing units based on spectrophotometric measured values. Using Axis Control, the press inks up much more quickly and produces less waste during make-ready.
Also proving popular with Bell's operators are the many remote adjustments and easy maintenance procedures of the new press, as well as Heidelberg's integrated logistics system, which automates the movement of loads of paper both to the feeder and away from the delivery.
Other innovations on the XL 162 include:
A Perfect Pairing
"We selected Heidelberg's VLF platesetter because it offered the best combination of performance features and is specifically designed to run with our new Speedmaster VLF press," said company president Ben Graham. "Now, having observed the platesetter in actual production for several weeks, we've had an opportunity to appreciate how the integration of the CtP unit, cross table, processor and plate stacker promotes efficient plate output. After the first plate is loaded, the next is brought into the queue automatically. As a result, we're producing plates at the unit's full rated specification of 15 pph."
Graham also confirms that the dot sharpness and run length provided by Heidelberg's Saphira plates "are meeting our expectations and are equal to or better than competitive offset plates used on other presses at Bell."
"Heidelberg's VLF Suprasetter models are ideally matched with the capabilities of Heidelberg's VLF Speedmaster presses," said J.-F. Colpron, Vice President, Consumables and Prinect CtP, Heidelberg USA. "By the same token, Heidelberg Saphira plates - like all Saphira consumables - are optimized to run in Heidelberg equipment and to produce optimal results. Bell's experience with its new VLF Suprasetter thus far suggests that it is well positioned to achieve maximum efficiency and superior quality results from here on out."
Bell uses Heidelberg's complete package of premium Saphira prepress and press consumables, with the exception of inks and coatings.
Toward A Shorter Learning Curve
Said Arndt, "This enabled our operators to operate the press virtually, prior to its arrival on our floor. When they attended formal training at the Kennesaw Tech Center later on, they already had a basic understanding of the operating system that allowed them to be comfortable with the technology and focus on the content."
Heidelberg training, service and support on the new press and platesetter also have garnered Bell's enthusiastic approval.
"Training has been well planned, thorough, organized and effective, and the response to technical issues in our prepress to press operations has been outstanding," Graham said. "Heidelberg has been unfailingly responsive to our needs, and their technicians remain on site to ensure our success."
A self-described "lean, entrepreneurial organization," Bell Incorporated is one of the 10 largest and fastest-growing independent folding carton producers in North America, as well as the world's largest supplier of paperboard envelopes. The company provides packaging services to some of the world's largest food manufacturers.
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