Tom Stowe has signed a deal for a Speedmaster SX 52-5, the new
series B3 model from Heidelberg. He believes this press will give
Vale Press 30 to 40 per cent greater productivity than the
Printmaster PM 52 it replaces and will be a productive companion to
the Speedmaster SM 52-5 installed last year.
The Cotswolds company based in the Vale of Evesham has
constantly updated its technology and has in turn had T Offset,
Printmaster PM 52, Speedmaster SM 52 and now the Speedmaster SX 52.
Half of its work is from the demanding trade sector (printers
and agencies), 25 per cent from the quality minded fine art
galIeries and 25 per cent from local commercial work. That means
that it must have a press with the right quality as well as the
This press is equipped with Intellistart, "wizard-driven
makeready" as Heidelberg UK's B3 product specialist Paul
Chamberlain describes it. This feature gives the operator automatic
step by step makeready prompts rather than having to open different
screens for different operations. This significantly reduces
makeready times which combined with the higher 15,000sph running
speed will give Vale Press additional capacity and allow it take
the work that in recent months it has had to run away.
"We are also environmentally minded and with ISO 14001 are
committed to on-going improvements. This press will help us further
reduce our start up paper waste, which also has cost implications.
The wash ups also require minimal chemistry," he says.
At the same time the company is adding a third Polar
guillotine, the Polar 78 X
with its 18 inch touchscreen and high job memory
"We keep coming back to Heidelberg because they continue to
give us sound advice and consultancy. We explain our needs and our
budget and they help us to find a solution that is good for our
business. They understand our needs. Also if things go wrong we
know we will get a same day service call and the resale values are
good," says Mr Stowe.
The equipment, which is funded by SG Finance, will operate on
a double days shift and even 24 hours when demand dictates. It will
handle a broad range of products up to 50,000 and even high
pagination 52 to 56pp work because of the very fast makeready
For further information please contact:
Diana Thompson, Plus Point PR Ltd, on +44 (0)1494 817 178; or
Mark Hogan, Heidelberg UK, on +44 (0)844 892 2010; or
Tom Stowe, Vale Press, on +44 (0)1386 858900.
to visit their website.