Dome Printing Installs Two Speedmaster XL 105 Presses From Heidelberg
Press release from the issuing company
KENNESAW, Ga., August 21, 2006 – Dome Printing, a high-end commercial sheetfed printer located in Sacramento, Calif., recently replaced its entire sheetfed department with two 6-color Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 presses with in-line coaters. Added to increase capacity and introduce a larger format size (29.5” x 41.3”) to its pressroom, the XL 105's already are delivering results, according to the company's three owners, brothers Tim, Andy and Bob Poole.
“We typically replace our older presses every eight years with the latest and most innovative technology on the market,” said Tim Poole, president, Dome Printing. “Because of our ever-expanding business, we needed the kind of productivity increases that come from best-in-class automation. Replacing our two older presses with the two XL 105s was like adding a third press to our sheetfed department.”
With the new presses, Dome can enjoy the benefits of high speeds, even with shorter runs. Dome Printing reports that the new presses often run at their maximum production speed of 18,000 impressions per hour, and they achieve speeds above 15,000 impressions per hour 60 percent of the time. The company's first XL 105 has produced more than 18 million impressions since going live in February, while the second press has produced more than 8 million impressions since April. Dome credits the improvements in productivity to shorter makeready and run times, as well as advanced ergonomics that contribute to more efficient press handling and minimize equipment-related issues that could slow production.
“We've projected that we will produce more than 25 million impressions per year on each of the two Speedmaster XL 105 presses,” said Andy Poole, vice president of manufacturing, Dome Printing. “We're now able to print the same amount of work in five days that we were previously producing in seven. The added capacity is critical as Dome grows its customer base and provides new services, such as packaging and direct mail.”
Heidelberg's Speedmaster XL 105 redefines industry standards for productivity and quality. The XL 105 enables high-end commercial offset printing applications at real production speeds of up to 18,000 sheets per hour for maximum throughput and significant productivity gains. Tightly integrated into Heidelberg's Prinect workflow and equipped with fully automatic pre-setting as well as comprehensive memory functions of the Prinect CP 2000 Center, the XL 105 enables significantly reduced makeready times.
Dome Printing has been impressed by the Speedmaster XL 105's highly-automated press features, such as Autoplate Advanced, which supports simple, register-accurate plate changing. Additional features include efficient, automatic wash-up devices, the PresetPlus feeder and delivery system and the contact-free Air-Transfer aerodynamic sheet transport system. Another benefit is the XL 105's “Hycolor” integrated inking/dampening system, which lays down significantly higher ink films and can easily switch between standard and short inking for effective printing of jobs with heavy solids and thick ink coverage or very low ink consumption.
“The Speedmaster XL 105 was designed to be the most productive, efficient and cost-effective press in today's label, packaging and high-end commercial printing markets,” said Roland Krapp, vice president of sheetfed and Prinect product management for Heidelberg USA. “Companies like Dome Printing benefit from the XL 105's ability to deliver the finest print quality available at unsurpassed production speeds, allowing them to produce high-end work with minimal turn-around times.”
A Heidelberg customer since 1986, Dome Printing provides a wide range of high-quality commercial printing services for an extensive roster of national clients, including numerous Fortune 100 companies. The company began a direct mail business in early 2005, producing and mailing more than 40 million pieces of direct mail last year. Dome Printing expects that the new Speedmaster XL 105 presses and Heidelberg will play a significant role in helping the shop achieve its projected revenue of $36 million in 2006.
“The commitment that Heidelberg shows us is comparable to the commitment we show our customers,” said Bob Poole, vice president of sales, Dome Printing. “We serve a wide range of clients with diverse needs, and we pride ourselves on our client relationships. Our customers keep coming back when we prove our dedication to their work by investing in the best equipment on the market.”
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