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The Brandt Company Installs Two Speedmaster Presses From Heidelberg To Maximize Productivity

Press release from the issuing company

KENNESAW, Ga., April 11, 2006 – The Brandt Company, a general commercial printer located in Davenport, Iowa, recently installed a 4-color Speedmaster SM 102 with perfector and coater and a 6-color Speedmaster CD 74 with coater to maximize productivity in the shop. Added to further increase color consistency and efficiencies, both Heidelberg presses are equipped with the latest spectrophotometric color control technology, including Prinect Image Control and Prinect Axis Control. The Brandt Company reports a 30 percent increase in capacity since the installation of the new presses, which replaced three existing sheetfed presses in the shop. The Speedmaster CD 74 was installed first to help The Brandt Company expand into the packaging services market. The shop chose the CD 74 because of its unique 23x29” sheet size, a feature that distinguishes it from other mid-format presses in the market. After the successful installation of the CD 74, The Brandt Company decided to enter the 40-inch market with a Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 102. Today, the shop runs the presses at maximum capacity, achieving production speeds of 15,000 sheets per hour on the CD 74 and 13,000 sheets per hour on the SM 102. “At Brandt, we tend to rotate our presses every five to seven years to ensure we are using the latest technology on the market,” said Marc Brandt, president, The Brandt Company. “The addition of our new Heidelberg presses has allowed us to expand our offerings and meet customer needs faster, resulting in increased sales and profitability.” Heidelberg’s Speedmaster family of presses offers a high level of automation and productivity for the large- and mid-format markets. The Speedmaster SM 102’s perfecting and coating options make it a cost-effective and versatile addition to print shops. In the mid-format class, the Speedmaster CD 74 is known for its flexibility and fast makeready times. The press supports short runs with optimal stability and long runs at maximum production speeds, making it the ideal solution for printers looking to enter the packaging market. “Heidelberg’s sheetfed presses are designed to meet our customers’ needs, whether they are expanding business and service offerings or simply striving for greater efficiency” said Roland Krapp, vice president, sheetfed and Prinect product management, Heidelberg USA. “Investing in a Heidelberg press benefits printers and their customers by cutting production costs, increasing efficiency and improving the overall quality of the printed product.” Along with the new presses, The Brandt Company installed Prinect Image Control and Prinect Axis Control to further increase efficiency while improving quality. With these color measuring and control solutions in place, the shop easily can monitor print jobs directly from the press console while ensuring high quality results. “We produce high-end products for clients that need to distinguish their materials from competitors,” said Brandt. “Heidelberg’s equipment has enabled us to expand our capabilities, and offer more options to our customers.” The Brandt Company is a family-owned and operated printer specializing in general commercial printing and packaging. Founded in 1970, the shop houses a full prepress, press and bindery workflow. With 55 employees, The Brandt Company services a wide variety of regional clients in the education, healthcare, service and manufacturing industries.

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