Brilliant Graphics Opens New Facility with computer-integrated manufacturing workflow
Press release from the issuing company
Exton, Pa. – May 22, 2007 – Brilliant Graphics has opened a new state-of-the-art printing facility in Eagleview Corporate Center. The Philadelphia-area firm is the first sheet-fed printer in the United States to adopt a completely computer-integrated manufacturing workflow.
Brilliant’s entire operation – from estimating and planning through press and bindery – is coordinated and controlled by Heidelberg’s JDF/JMF software and hardware solutions. This streamlines the entire workflow and greatly reduces redundancies and risk of failure throughout the production process.
“At Brilliant, we only have to enter important job information once, and we are underway with far fewer opportunities for inefficiencies and error,” said company CEO Bob Tursack Jr. “This benefits our customers by enabling us to offer extraordinary quality at competitive market pricing.”
The $6 million investment in new printing equipment and technology includes a six-color Heidelberg XL 105 press, complete with aqueous coating, which runs at a remarkable 18,000 sheets per hour. The press is supported with Heidelberg color-management technology. The system controls color on the run by reading not only traditional densities, but the actual printed image for hue error, contrast changes and color balance.
Brilliant’s new Suprasetter CTP device uses a developing and plating system that is both “green” and able to maintain very high resolution, enabling the firm to print images in near-continuous tone utilizing Heidelberg’s Hybrid screening technology. In the bindery, the Stahl folder, Polar cutter and Stitchmaster ST 450 are fully automated, greatly reducing makeready times while achieving unprecedented production speeds.
The new 20,000 square foot headquarters houses both a commercial-printing division, Brilliant Graphics, and a fine-art printmaking division, Brilliant Studio. The facilities have been carefully designed to foster an atmosphere of efficiency and quality. The pressroom features highly polished white-tile floors, gloss white walls and 40-foot white ceilings. In contrast, the offices pay homage to the traditional post-and-beam architecture found in the firm’s Chester County location. Office interiors are defined by distressed oak floors, exposed pine beams and custom-made work stations for estimating, customer service, planning and prepress.
Previously located in Glenmoore, Pa., Brilliant completed its move to Exton earlier this month. The company provides custom printing services to the design, advertising and corporate communities in the mid-Atlantic region.
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