U.S. Printer Sets New Records with Speedmaster SM 102 from Heidelberg
U.S. printer Walsworth Publishing in Marceline, Missouri, has
achieved an impressive level of productivity with its two new
Speedmaster SM 102 eight-color perfecting presses. Both presses
have far surpassed expectations.
"We recently set an eight-hour single-shift record of
400 plates on the Speedmaster 102," reports Mark Hatfield,
Walsworth's Vice President of Manufacturing Operations.
"And our new record for a single 24-hour period is 960
plates," he adds. This is equivalent to an average of five
jobs an hour! During peak production periods it is not uncommon for
the shop to hang 900 plates a day on the eight-color presses.
Walsworth Publishing specializes in short-run yearbooks that
have helped preserve memories for generations of students.
Following a great deal of research, the printer opted for the
Speedmaster SM 102.
Walsworth installed the first Speedmaster SM 102 press, which
features Prinect Axis Control, Prinect Prepress Interface and the
Prinect CP2000 Center, in 2007. The company was so pleased with the
high productivity and quality results that a second, identical
machine was installed in December 2008. "The Speedmaster SM
102 emerged from our comprehensive tests as the clear number one,
and the presses confirm this assessment day in, day out under tough
production conditions," reveals Hatfield.
With preset functions from the feeder to the delivery that
reduce setup work to a minimum - plus full integration into the
shop's digital workflow via Prinect and a host of automation and
technology features - the Speedmaster SM 102 offers efficient
makeready times and fast job throughput. Walsworth uses these
characteristics to its full advantage. Not only has productivity
increased, but paper waste has also been drastically reduced.
In addition to record-breaking productivity in short-run
printing, the two Speedmaster SM 102 presses have enabled Walsworth
to expand its commercial printing business. "Since yearbook
printing is so seasonal, the commercial market helps us more fully
utilize our equipment," explains Hatfield. Walsworth also
prints books, magazines and other products for customers including
National Geographic, Adobe and McGraw-Hill. "We're starting to
get positive recognition among the well-known publishers, and it's
paying off for us," says Hatfield. "We're sure we made
the right choice with Heidelberg," he concludes.
Heidelberg scored well with its comprehensive Systemservice
36plus service package. The ability to plan service costs, a
24-hour service and quick spare part supplies all ensure high
The Speedmaster SM 102 is the best-selling perfecting press
in the world. The breakthrough of long perfectors on the commercial
market is closely linked to the success story of this series.
Whether equipped with eight, ten or 12 printing units, it
represents the benchmark for "One Pass Productivity". The
latest Speedmaster 102 generation, including the new Prinect Press
Center control station and the dynamic sheet brake, was exhibited
at drupa 2008.
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