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Heidelberg Installs Prepress Equipment For May Graphics and Printing

Press release from the issuing company

KENNESAW, Ga. – September 9, 2004 – Heidelberg today announced that May Graphics and Printing Inc. DBA, a small commercial print shop in Westford, Mass., recently installed a Prosetter 74 Semi-Auto 30 m W La to help streamline prepress production and cut down on labor costs by further automating the plate-setting process. The Prosetter 74 is the latest addition to this virtually all-Heidelberg shop. Owner Rich Maggio is working toward streamlining the printing process to increase profitability and grow the business. Since the installation of the Heidelberg Prosetter 74 in June, the May shop already has gained new efficiencies and diminished costs in job production. The Prosetter, Maggio said, has enabled the company to improve productivity dramatically by increasing the size of its run lengths and allowing for quicker turnaround time due to ease of setup. “If need be, I can execute the jobs I used to do with five people with only three,” Maggio said. “This frees up manpower to execute smaller, side jobs and to pursue sales leads.” May Graphics & Printing produces small-to-mid-range jobs, focusing on items such as brochures, mailers and stationery. In the three years since purchasing the shop, Maggio has steadily phased out older equipment and uniformly replaced it with Heidelberg equipment. Maggio’s Heidelberg stable includes a 2-color Heidelberg GTO press in the sheetfed department, a POLAR cutter and a Stitchmaster for finishing and binding. The addition of the Prosetter will help May contend with a steadily increasing workflow. With these systems in place, the shop has sharpened its image quality, improved the consistency of its work and become faster at turning around projects with a much higher-quality output. The Prosetter 74, by handling up to 24 plates per hour in four-page format and up to 18 plates per hour in eight-page format, can cope with even the highest throughput requirements. The machines also are designed to upgrade easily from a two-to-four-page format, for growing businesses such as May. May can now handle jobs in the range of 1,000 to 50,000 print runs, allowing it to comfortably fill a niche market between some of its smaller and larger competitors. “I hope that our relationship continues to grow with Heidelberg,” said Maggio. “Because that would mean my business has continued to grow.”