Last year loyal Heidelberg customer Bishops Printers bought its first press with Inpress Control, the inline automated colour and register control. Gareth Roberts, managing director of the Portsmouth printer, now says he would never buy a Speedmaster press without it.
Another Speedmaster XL 75-10-P long perfector as well as a Stahlfolder TH 82 with stacklift will be delivered to Bishops at the end of this month. It represents an investment of £1.6m.
The press is a replacement for the company’s first Speedmaster XL 75, also a ten-colour, bought seven years ago and a “fantastic servant” which has clocked up 310 million impressions.
The Stahlfolder is an addition which Gareth Roberts describes as “testimony to the productivity of the latest generation of Speedmaster presses, forcing us to invest in postpress kit to keep pace”.
The company handles sports programmes, commercial work and magazines across nine presses – six ten-colours, an eight-colour, a six-colour and a five-colour. The ten-colour configuration is ideal for uncoated stocks and silks as well as house colours.
“When we installed a press with Autoplate XL but not inpress Control it made some difference but when we added Autoplate XL and Inpress Control to the ten-colour we put in last year we saw a complete step change,” says Mr Roberts. “Inpress Control has increased productivity, reduced makeready times, given us better quality control and reduced our start up waste by over a third.”
The new Speedmaster XL 75 press will be installed at the end of this month, a seasonally less demanding time at this frenetic printer which has seen its turnover rise 12% to £24m in the last 12 months.
For further information please contact:
Diana Thompson, Plus Point PR Ltd, on 01494-817178
Matt Rockley, Heidelberg UK, on 07899-662986
Gareth Roberts, Bishops Printers, on 023 9233 4900.
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