Cowan Print.

Speedmaster SX 74-5-H. Increased capacity and higher productivity due to the switch to 50×70 format.

The workhorse

“The switch to 50×70 format with the Speedmaster SX 74 opens up new markets for us and increases our capacity and productivity,” explains Craig Cowan, Managing Director of Cowan Print. The new machine replaces one of two Speedmaster SX 52 models. “A lot of people think of us as a small-scale print shop but that will change now we have purchased the SX 74. This machine will enable us to expand our portfolio and therefore widen our customer group,” continues Craig Cowan. “A change of format automatically means a change in terms of plate production as well. But, thanks to Heidelberg, it isn’t a problem at all. By purchasing a license, we were able to convert our Suprasetter A52 into an A75 within a single day. A technician did it ‘in passing’ during the machine installation,” Craig Cowan explains enthusiastically.

Cowan Print, located in Kilsyth near Glasgow, not only delivers its products within Scotland but throughout the entire United Kingdom. For a small print shop, Cowan Print boasts a wide portfolio: from digital and offset printing, through various postpress methods such as folding, saddle stitching, gathering and laminating, to the design and delivery. They produce traditional commercial products including magazines, business reports, business cards and notepaper. The company’s second area of business is supplying its customers with items of stationery, for example toner, printer paper, pens and computer accessories. Cowan Print runs two shifts, five days a week, from 6 in the morning to 10 in the evening.

“The Speedmaster SX 74 is the ideal ‘workhorse’ for print shops that need to supply a wide range of products. For example, the adjustable transfer cylinders make it significantly easier to switch between thin and very thick substrates. The Prinect Press Center with the Intellistart operator guidance system ensures the ideal workflow in the event of job changes. And with Prinect Easy Control, we’re supported by a fast and reliable color measurement system,” says Craig Cowen, explaining the merits of his machine. “Not only has the machine grown – we have as well.”

Cowan Print, UK

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