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Boyd Brothers Adds Second Speedmaster SM 102 With Cutstar

Press release from the issuing company

KENNESAW, Ga., October 27, 2005 – Boyd Brothers Inc., an all-Heidelberg commercial printer located in Panama City, Fla., recently installed its second eight-color Speedmaster SM 102 with perfector and CutStar roll sheeter. In addition, the shop added Heidelberg’s Prinect Printready system to increase efficiencies. The addition of the new equipment has resulted in significant savings in terms of money and shop resources. The company decided to install the second Speedmaster press after experiencing substantial reductions in production and paper costs from its first eight-color Speedmaster SM 102 with CutStar technology. Today, the shop’s two eight-color Cutstar machines are running at 400,000 impressions during a 24-hour period. Each press nets approximately 100,000 impressions per 12-hour shift. The newest eight-color press with CutStar replaces two existing 40-inch Heidelberg presses, bringing increased efficiencies to the shop. “Adding the first CutStar press to our shop enabled us to take on new jobs and grow our business,” said Jim Boyd, Jr., president, Boyd Brothers Inc. “Buying paper in rolls is much cheaper than buying single sheets. The new technology from Heidelberg is helping us drive down our costs so that we can sell our printing at market price and remain profitable.” CutStar technology from Heidelberg is easy to use and brings many benefits to the shop floor. CutStar is installed in front of the feeder of the Speedmaster SM 102 or CD 102 and can process paper rolls with stock weights between 30 and 300 gsm (30 pounds of text to 112 pounds of cover). The short grain paper is unwound from the reel, cut to the required format by CutStar and subsequently shingled. The resulting stream is fed into the feeder. Since shingling is performed directly in the CutStar, the stock feed is constant and reliable, allowing the Speedmaster to produce at higher speeds than when using sheeted stock and reducing costs. “Heidelberg’s sheetfed presses are designed to help companies cut production costs while maintaining the highest print quality and shortest setup times,” said Roland Krapp, vice president, sheetfed and Prinect product management, Heidelberg USA. “Depending on stock type, customers can save 10, 20 or even up to 30 percent on paper costs with CutStar’s reel paper as opposed to sheeted stock.” Along with the new Speedmaster SM 102, Boyd Brothers also installed a two-color Printmaster PM 52, a five-color Speedmaster SM 52 press with coater, a Stahlfolder TD 78 with palette feeder and a Suprasetter 105 plate processor from Heidelberg. The shop has installed a wealth of equipment in the last three years after renovating its facility to expand the bindery. “Our goal is to increase the efficiency of each employee through cutting-edge technology,” said Boyd. “Heidelberg’s state-of-the-art equipment has contributed to the success of our company, and we’re already seeing outstanding results from our latest installation.” Boyd Brothers is a third-generation family-owned shop that specializes in publication-type and general commercial work. Founded in 1931, the shop’s 53,000 square-foot facility houses a full prepress, press and bindery workflow as well as an in-house mailing service. With 105 employees, Boyd Brothers services regional clients within a 250-mile radius of Panama City, Fla., and earns approximately $13.5 million in revenue per year.

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