EU Services Increases Turnaround Time With Heidelberg CD 102
Press release from the issuing company
KENNESAW, Ga. – July 22, 2003 – EU Services, headquartered in Rockville, Md., reports the installation of a new Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 press that has enabled the company to broaden its service offerings as well as significantly increase operations efficiency, including production speed, make-ready and turnaround times.
EU Services, a $38 million full-service commercial printing company that specializes in direct mail production for both the business-to-business and non-profit sectors, reports that since the installation of the new press in April the company has realized a 60 percent reduction in paper waste during make-ready and a 70 percent decrease in make-ready time. Make-ready that once took between 45 and 50 minutes now averages 15 to 20 minutes.
The fully automated six-color press replaces a five-color press and a two-color press. By upgrading to the CD 102, which features aqueous coating and heavier stock capabilities, among other things, EU Services is now able to offer its customers a wider range of services. The company, for example, is exploring the use of synthetic stocks for the first time and is now able to produce point-of-purchase promotional pieces found in retail outlets.
“With this new Heidelberg press, we not only run a more efficient and profitable business, but we are able to offer our customers a wider range of capabilities and services,” said Art Simpson, EU Services’ executive vice president. “Our corporate mission is to play a major role in our customers’ business success by understanding their individual wants, needs and expectations. This new press accomplishes that and so much more.”
Heidelberg’s Speedmaster CD 102 offers comprehensive workflow integration that significantly enhances productivity and flexibility. EU Services is achieving reduced make-ready and overall process efficiency through the following key features of the new CD 102:
- Exatronic DuoPlus for applying powder to both sides of the printed sheet by reducing powder consumption by as much as 30 percent
- DryStar dryer that is harmonized with sheet travel
- Remote oscillator adjustment for lateral reciprocation which is set from the CP2000 Center while the press is running
- Preset feeder to ensure smooth, precise sheet travel with stocks up to 1.0 mm thick
- A CleanStar delivery that significantly cuts down on dust and powder
- A sheet guide plate ensures travel without marking
- Coating unit with chamber doctor blade and anilox roller for a diverse range of coating applications
- Modular blanket wash-up system for fast, efficient washing
“We’ve been working with EU Services for years and have provided solutions that always keep them ahead of the competition. Having a fully automated press gives them an edge they need in the industry today,” said John DiAngelo, Heidelberg sales representative. “The Speedmaster CD 102 enables jobs to be turned around faster than ever, thereby dramatically saving time, labor, ink and paper. It also opens very wide the door to new business opportunities.”
EU Services was founded by John and Marjorie Mackey in 1968 as Envelopes Unlimited. Their son, J. Bruce Mackey, and John R. Loudon, who was the company’s first employee, are now co-owners. Mackey serves as president and chairman. Loudon is chief operating officer and vice chairman. Today their children maintain leadership roles within the company.
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