KENNESAW, Ga. – November 25, 2008 – Unity Printing Company of Latrobe, Pa. recently installed two Heidelberg Printmaster QM 46 presses to boost productivity in its pressroom. The company was so impressed with the brand new 2-color Printmaster QM 46 press that it quickly ordered a second one less than one month later. The first press installed has generated nearly two million impressions in under six months, and the second press boasts nearly one million impressions. By adding two new QM 46 presses in one month, Unity Printing has more than doubled its production capability.
"We experienced such amazing reductions in makeready and turn-around time on the QM 46 presses," Operations Manager John Melle said. "Now we are able to run jobs much more quickly with less waste. The number of jobs we have successfully run on the new press is unbelievable." The company replaced an older model, non-automated competitive press with the new QM 46 presses, which are running one-, two- and four-color jobs. "We are using less manpower to do twice as much work," Melle said. "Essentially, we are able to do the same amount of work, if not more, on the two QM 46 presses as we did on the four presses we were using, which makes Unity Printing more competitive in the marketplace and benefits our customers."
Melle cites make-ready time reduction as one of the most impressive qualities of the QM 46 presses, along with a large decline in the number of waste sheets and improved overall quality. Unity Printing Owner Jay Ernette visited a shop in Florida recently that had Heidelberg presses, prompting the company's research into Heidelberg equipment after witnessing these presses at work. "The QM 46 presses are such a good fit for our company," Melle said. Unity Printing runs general commercial work for regional clients in a variety of industries. Founded in 1979, the company currently employs 23.
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