CUMMING, GA – Aug. 22, 2008 – PressAccess, a leading supplier of superior pre-owned printing equipment, announces the following press installations:
University of Georgia Relies on PressAccess To Locate the "Right Press for Us"
The University of Georgia Printing Department, Athens, Ga., recently purchased a pre-owned 2001 Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 102-4P+L press, refurbished and installed by PressAccess. "I wanted to deal with someone I could trust and someone I knew was interested in installing a major piece of equipment at a large university," says Max Harrell, manager and unit head since 2006. "It was evident from my first meeting with Clyde Tillman, president of PressAccess, that he was that individual." Armed with the print shop's specifications calling for a late model, four-color, 40-inch machine with a relatively low impression count, "PressAccess located the right press for us in Atlanta within just a few weeks," Harrell says. Buying new was never an option for the University. "A new press would have cost twice what we paid for this used machine," Harrell explains. "We are strictly a one-shift, five-day per week operation and could not justify the cost of a new press."
In addition to providing it with 40-inch, multicolor perfecting capacity, the gently used press enables the busy shop to increase production, maintain the quality of the printed materials it provides to the University community, and keep up with the competition. "We are printing faster and with better quality than ever before. Most four-color process jobs with very large quantities were few and far between on our 29-inch press, and many 40-inch jobs had to be printed off-campus," Harrell says. "We still print smaller jobs on our existing 29-inch press, but longer runs from 5,000 to several hundred thousand pieces are reserved for the SM 102. Thanks to PressAccess, we now can keep more of that work in-house, and the volume of 40-inch jobs we handle is increasing." As a result, he says, "the new press already has been of huge benefit to the University" in the production of a wide variety of printed materials, including brochures, posters, magazines, journals, books and pocket folders.
Harrell affirms that his first experience with PressAccess was "pleasant and professional" from the beginning. "The company met all our expectations. We were very satisfied, not only with the installation, but also with the way the company handled several issues after installation and after the warranty period had lapsed. We anticipate that PressAccess will continue to be a reliable partner for us," he says. In operation since 1938, The University of Georgia Printing Department employs 18 and supplies printed materials to departments at the University and other Board of Regents institutions throughout the state of Georgia.
PressAccess Scours the Globe for University of West Georgia
When the Department of Publications and Printing at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga. determined to locate a larger, more heavy-duty and versatile press that would serve well into the future, it went looking for a reliable and well-known vendor to support the effort. According to Sally Roberts, Director of the printing facility since 1994, "When we learned that Press Access specializes in installations for universities, we knew we wanted to work with them to handle the acquisition."
Cost was one important factor in the University printing facility's decision to buy a pre-owned press. Dealer support was another. "The refurbished machine we purchased would have cost well over $1 million new. We were able to buy more press for the money by purchasing used," Roberts says. "PressAccess looked at our specs and found exactly what we needed at a printing plant in New Zealand. They also found a buyer for our old press in South America as part of the deal. In our view, PressAccess President Clyde Tillman's world travels provide access to a greater selection of equipment than the average vendor. He certainly located the right press for our operation, and what's amazing is that he did it within a week or so of our first conversation."
Although the new machine, a five-color 2001 Komori with aqueous coater and extended delivery, is the University's first purchase from PressAccess, the extraordinary support Roberts' department received from PressAccess likely means that it won't be the last. "It was a lucky day for us when we learned that PressAccess had experience with other university installations," Roberts says. "PressAccess owner Clyde Tillman was very patient with us and our governing system's requirements, and he helped us jump through all the hoops. He stayed right in there with us the entire time." After-sale support was every bit as responsive. When, during installation, the print shop found that the chiller unit didn't fit well into its facility, the PressAccess team assessed the problem, devised a workaround, and helped to implement it. "PressAccess has been ready and willing to provide whatever we've needed to make this work," she says. "We can't say enough about how knowledgeable, helpful and professional PressAccess has been. The expertise of Mr. Tillman and his team certainly made a challenging process as easy as possible for us."
With eight full-time and four part-time staffers, the Department of Publications and Printing serves primarily the University of West Georgia. It also performs a limited amount of printing for nonprofit and government agencies, as well as for several nearby institutions.
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