Flexibility and productivity were critical to Duncan Print Group's (Duncan Print) decision to purchase a new press. As a commercial and packaging producer it needed a press that could process lightweight 60gsm papers through to 1 mm boards and could run both UV and conventional inks with an easy switch between the two.
Following extensive testing with four potential suppliers, Duncan Print concluded that the Speedmaster XL 105-6+L from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) offered the best solution. The Speedmaster XL 105 comes with full logistics materials handling, Inpress Control spectrophotometer and automated colour adjustment and semi-automatic plate changing. The order includes the Pressroom Manager workflow and a new Stahlfolder TH 82 fully automatic folder with full JDF compatibility. The Stahlfolder will be delivered at the end of March and the Speedmaster XL 105 will arrive at the Welwyn Garden City plant in May.
New Speedmaster XL 105-6+L will increase production capacity and create new market opportunities
John Segre, print manager, says the new Heidelberg press will replace two competition machines, but that it will give the company a 20 percent increase in production capacity. Bill Duncan, group managing director is delighted with the purchase: "We looked at a number of presses in the field before going to the supplier demonstrations. The Speedmaster XL 105, fitted with Inline colour control, will significantly reduce make-ready time and paper waste. We will also benefit from its ability to consistently run up to its maximum speed of 18,000 sph. We were particularly impressed with the carousel unit which holds up to four anilox rollers above the coating unit. This will dramatically improve the changeover time from conventional to UV printing. Another benefit will be that for the first time we will be able to print on plastic which will create important new market opportunities for us."
The six-colour press will operate on a three shift, round the clock basis to produce promotional packaging, forms, brochures, posters and leaflets. Printed carton production is a key strength of the business. For these products a complete range of products from design through production and finishing to fulfilment is provided. Duncan Print plans to run the press with just three percent alcohol.