Speedmaster XL 106-6+L. Two become one – one Speedmaster XL 106 replaces two rival presses.
“The pharmaceutical and healthcare industry is a highly competitive market with tight margins. The only way to make savings that will allow us to maintain, and indeed expand, our market position is with process optimizations and impeccable production control,” explains Arnaud Laborde, Head of the Cardboard Division France of Multi Packaging Solutions (MPS). He was the main driver of the decision to replace two older rival models at the Ussel site with the Speedmaster XL 106 with Prinect Inpress Control 2 inline color measurement system. The printing press meets all binding standards for the pharmaceutical market right up to the EU GMP guidelines (GMP = Good Manufacturing Practice for medical products), reliably and reproducibly, without any deviation. “This was crucial for us, because we do countless reprints over the course of a year and they have to meet extremely stringent requirements in terms of color uniformity,“ says Arnaud Laborde.
Founded in America in 2005, Multi Packaging Solutions (MPS) employs 9,200 people worldwide in 59 plants manufacturing products for brand companies in the pharmaceutical, food, cosmetics, and multimedia industries. MPS generates 42% of its sales in the pharmaceutical and healthcare segment at around twenty sites in Europe, including two in Ussel and La Couronne in France which specialize in the production of cardboard boxes. The company produces in three shifts, six days a week. Since 2017, MPS has been part of the American WestRock Group.
The new Speedmaster XL 106 boasts impressive credentials: eight months after commissioning the counter was at 19 million, with an average of 20 job changes per day, a reduction of around 35% in paper waste, and a reduction of around 20% in makeready times, despite the high complexity of certain tasks. What is more, the company was able to lower its rejection rate, which saves around EUR 100,000 per year. “The improvements are down to the outstanding performance level of the press as well as the fast commissioning, which is chiefly due to the automatic functions of the Prinect Inpress Control 2. With delivery deadlines getting tighter and tighter there is demand for short response times and constant availability, so the efficiency of Heidelberg’s technical support plays a key role. The high responsiveness and rapid availability of the technicians give us certainty and the confidence we need to be able to do our day-to-day work in a relaxed way,” says Arnaud Laborde with satisfaction.
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