June 18, 2007 -- The largest privately-owned, single-facility commercial printer in North America; Pictorial Offset Corporation, based in Carlstadt, New Jersey has invested in additional QuadTech equipment worth over $300K. Since the installation earlier this year, Pictorial Offset has seen a dramatic reduction in waste and make-ready times, while seeing potential opportunities to maximise productivity.
QuadTech products added to the Carlstadt plant include the QuadTech Color Control System with Instrumental Flight, QuadTech Data Central and QuadTech Register Guidance System V, all of which have been integrated through the QuadTech ICON Platform. Color Control System with Instrument Flight features patented technology from System Brunner.
Gary Samuels, Managing Partner of Pictorial Offset commented, “We have two MAN sheetfed presses, and we’re now considering adding Instrument Flight to those presses as well. In the short time we’ve had Instrument Flight working on the Goss Sunday 2000 press, we’ve reduced our makeready waste by 50% on some jobs.”
Pictorial Offset, established in 1938 as a family business, now employs over 275 staff at the 200,000-sq/ft facility. Since its installation in 2000, the press minders on the Goss Sunday 2000 have become accustomed to its productivity and instantly saw vast improvements in efficiency and reduced downtime.
Pictorial Offset’s priority is to continue its reputation for quality and maintain and build upon a loyal customer base while printing items such as brochures, annual reports and catalogs for the financial, pharmaceutical and advertising markets. The company’s ability to produce products of high quality was recognized by the industry when Pictorial Offset won accolades in six categories at the 2005 Premier Print Awards.
Gary Samuels added “High-end color is an essential part of Pictorial Offset’s production, so it is vital that color consistency is achieved and applied evenly during the run. The Color Control System reduces paper waste during color amendments when the fountain keys are adjusted by hand. This process has to be carried out one at a time, but the Color Control System saves us time as it calculates and adjusts all of the fountain keys collectively. With the onset of web off-set presses getting wider, this aspect is becoming even more critical.”