Heidelberg Installs Pre-Press Equipment For Dynamic Printing Source
Press release from the issuing company
KENNESAW, Ga. – July 7, 2004 – Heidelberg announced today that Dynamic Printing Source, a small commercial print shop located in Plainfield, Ill., recently installed a Quicksetter 400E thermal imaging device and a MetaDimension software system creating an all-digital prepress workflow facility.
Making the change to the Heidelberg CTP system has enabled significant savings in time and cost for Dynamic as film preparation has been eliminated and plates are imaged directly from a computer. Since the installation of the two systems in March 2003, Dynamic has dramatically improved its productivity and lowered its operating costs and expects to grow the business more than 15 percent this year.
“As the industry continues to change and our customers are expecting more in shorter amounts of time, we needed a prepress system that could take us to the next level of production and handle continued growth for many years,” said Bryan MacKenzie, co-owner of Dynamic Printing Source. “We are able to feed our pressroom faster and more effectively than ever before with Heidelberg’s CTP system, which has also helped us connect more effectively with our customers.”
Dynamic works with some of the areas most innovative companies including local design groups, advertising agencies and other printers interested in receiving 2-and 4-color jobs of the highest quality. With six employees and 2,500 square feet of working space, Dynamic competes against shops two and three times its size.
MacKenzie and Kevin Helfrich, co-owner of Dynamic with MacKenzie, use all Heidelberg equipment including a 2-color Heidelberg GTO press in the sheetfed department, a POLAR Cutter for finishing and now the Quicksetter and MetaDimension to handle the workflow. With all these systems in place, Dynamic has enhanced its image quality, improved the consistency of work, and become faster at turning around projects with a much higher-quality output.
The MetaDimension with the Quicksetter 400E can produce up to 10 Heidelberg Cristala polyester printing plates per hour at 2400 dpi. Dynamic uses roughly 60 to 70 plates a week at an average run length of approximately 3,000 pieces per job. Some of the shop’s work includes newsletters, direct marketing pieces, brochures, annual reports and catalogs.
“The systems have really added to our ability to produce high-end, 4-color work in less time and on longer runs,” MacKenzie said. “It has handled every job we’ve thrown at it and has yet to go down. Through our experiences with Heidelberg in the past, we’ve always been able to rely and trust the equipment and that has given us a competitive advantage for many years.”
MetaDimension is the latest innovation in RIP and workflow Technology developed by Heidelberg. It uses a newly designed user interface that is easy to operate and helps printers navigate through the prepress process more efficiently and effectively than other devices on the market. The Quicksetter 400E can image paper, film and polyester plates. Its innovative virtual drum technology allows for a 10-micron spot size and 0.0005" repeatability. This ensures accurate registration for multi-color jobs. Its design is simple and compact and the integrated plate processor is low maintenance and reliable.
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