Stephens & George will be the first company in the UK and the
world to install the new Speedmaster XL 106 perfector since it went
into serial production. In a 15,000sph configuration the
eight-colour press will be delivered to the Merthyr Tydfil plant
within days of the end of drupa and will be followed by an
18,000sph version, a straight five-colour with coater, in August.
"Within six months we will have 14 units of Speedmaster XL
106 and 20 units of XL105," says Andrew Jones, whose company
celebrates its centenary this year. It has had a history of
technological firsts and his thirst for innovation appeared
unabated at this drupa.
The new Speedmaster XL 106-8-P will be equipped with a
CutStar reel to sheeter, Inpress Control automated register and
colour control and Autoplate XL simultaneous plate-changing.
"When we moved from Speedmaster SM 102s to Speedmaster XL
105s with CutStar and Inpress Control we increased our output by
50%. When we installed Autoplate XL for the first time in 2010 we
found that, with 17,500 makereadies a year saving us five minutes a
makeready, we had created an additional month's worth of
production. It is staggering. We now makeready our presses in just
five to ten minutes. This will only be equalled or bettered by this
latest press," adds Andrew Jones.
Stephens & George holds Heidelberg ISO 12647-2
certification already and the reputation for colour control and
consistency it has is underpinned by the use of Inpress Control. It
has closed loop colour and can run accurate colour across a full
gamut of papers, producing top quality and saving waste. It was the
first UK company to adopt the Net Profiler software to recalibrate
four of its long perfecting presses online.
The specialist five-colour and coater will be Stephens &
George first 18,000 sph XL machine, an increased press speed that
will give it 20 % higher output. This is a specialist press that
will handle a high volume of covers for the magazine printer. The
coater can switch between UV and conventional finishes so that top
gloss levels can be achieved with ease. Andrew Jones says that at
current growth rates it would be quite feasible for a further XL
106 long perfector to be ordered for installation early next year.
At the same time the company is upgrading its folding
capacity and taking two combination machines out in favour of two
Stahlfoder TH82 buckle machines. These machines are networkable and
Stephens & George will now introduce Prinect Postpress Manager
to run in tandem with its existing Prepress Manager and Pressroom
Manager workflows. Production manager Paul Enoch uses the iPhone
App that enables him to monitor production remotely, even from
drupa! The new finishing products will be delivered in July, just
ahead of the second XL 106. "We will be able to monitor the
productivity of the machines and review discrepancies between the
pressroom and folding department. It will give us valuable
production data," says Andrew Jones.
Spear-heading the company's centenary celebration is Vanessa
Jones, his wife and the company secretary of Stephens & George.
In addition to a Staff Wayzgoose on the Thames, a Customer
Celebration Day and a Family Day with a Marquee and a range of
activities the company is also marking this major anniversary by
launching the Stephens & George Centenary Charity Trust which
will provide literacy schemes and bursaries (covering sport,
academia and arts) for underprivileged children. The company has
even challenged its 230 staff to each raise £100 which could
contribute a further £23,000 to the newly created fund.
Celebrating the upcoming worldwide first
installation of a Speedmaster XL 106 with perfector at drupa 2012:
(from left) Jim Todd, Sales Director Heidelberg UK, Vanessa Jones
from Stephens & George, Gerard Heanue, Managing Director
Heidelberg UK, Stephens & George Managing Director Andrew Jones
and Heidelberg CEO Bernhard Schreier
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please visit the Press Lounge of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG at
Heidelberg at drupa 2012
Today's print media service providers are faced with a
dynamic and challenging market. Companies that want to achieve
success in an environment of this kind need to optimize their
business models by seizing on market trends in the industry and
using them to their advantage.
During drupa 2012, from May 3 to 16, Heidelberg will be
showcasing in Hall 1 an extended portfolio of products and
solutions that have been developed specifically for the latest
market requirements. The trade show presentation, held under the
banner "Discover HEI", will center on lean production (HEI
Productivity), green printing (HEI Eco), web-to-print (HEI
Integration), short-run-printing (HEI Flexibility), differentiation
through coatings and special effects (HEI Emotions), the future of
packaging printing (HEI End), and gaining an edge through the
latest know-how (HEI School). The company is exhibiting solutions
that enable print shops and postpress businesses to meet the latest
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Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Corporate Public Relations
Phone: +49 (0)6221 92-5061
Fax: +49 (0)6221 92-5069