Kennesaw, GA - GR Print, a busy gang-run trade printer located in Montebello, CA, reports a 35 percent increase in folding productivity since it replaced an aging machine with a small-format, Stahlfolder USA B20 pile-fed combi-plate folder.
"It's fast, flexible and a lot more accurate," said production manager Paul Pillen, citing the folder's micro-adjustable combination buckle plates. "The ease of use is just outstanding," he added-"so much so that an operator with no experience with automated equipment could walk right up to it and get comfortable with no problem whatsoever." Currently, the company operates the USA B20 folder for one shift per day, although it expects to add a second shift by the beginning of February to accommodate increasing volume.
GR Print, which employs a hardworking staff of 19, uses the new folder to produce tri-fold brochures, bi-folds and letter folds up to 11x17" on 100-lb. gloss stock, in runs up to 5,000 pieces, for printers and graphic designers throughout North America. Elsewhere in the shop, the company operates a Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 4-color press and a POLAR 115 X programmable guillotine cutter.
"When you've been in the trade as long as I have," Pillen said, "you learn pretty quickly that it pays to spend money on a well-made machine that performs reliably and produces top quality work, year in and year out. That's what Heidelberg is all about."