Rolling Meadows, IL, June 11, 2007 -- Komori America Corporation, a premier manufacturer of sheetfed and web offset printing presses, today announced that Hobby Printing, Indianapolis, a full-service commercial printer, has significantly increased its color and duplex capabilities with the installation of a fully-automated, 20” x 29”, four-color Komori SPICA convertible perfector. The new press, Hobby Printing’s first four-color, is equipped with full CIP4 data compatibility that allows for an advanced digital workflow. The new press has replaced a two-color Heidelberg GTO as well as took on some of the work that previously had been printed on a two-color Komori Sprint S226P perfector.
Hobby Printing produces jobs that included direct mail pieces, leaflets, and materials for clients in the health care industry. Much of Hobby’s work is multi-page and multi-color, requiring printing on both sides of the sheet and then finishing, such as folding and saddle stitching. The decision to purchase the new Komori SPICA press with two-over-two color duplex capabilities was based on the reliability of Hobby Printing’s existing Sprint press, and the positive opinions about Komori that key company personnel heard from other printers. The press has cut production time in half.
“The SPICA has increased our makeready efficiency by 150 percent and then it cut our press-time in half for four-color work,” noted Ed Brown, president of Hobby Printing. “The new press easily does the work of two presses, and the quality of the color is much improved. The color is more consistent with less waste in makeready. Our pressmen are happier—they look forward to running the SPICA due to its advanced automation. In addition to streamlining operations we now have both the capability and capacity to accept high-quality four-color process work that we wouldn’t have been able to produce previously.”
“Helping printers become more efficient and effective in order to grow capacity is part of the larger mission at Komori,” said Mark Hopkins, regional sales manager for Komori’s Central East Region. “We are very proud we can help Hobby Printing achieve higher productivity.”
About Hobby Printing
Hobby Printing, Indianapolis, IN, is a full-service small commercial printer with about $1 million in annual sales. The company produces a mixed variety of work for clients in many different industries, including multi-page color documents and advertising flyers and brochures. To accommodate increasing growth, the company moved into its current location about two years ago. Company owner Ed Brown is a well-known figure in the local printing community and recently was appointed to the Board of Directors of Printing Industries of Indiana.