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Fretwell scores first with Heidelberg API colour measurement software


“We were impressed by Inpress Control; it will decimate makeready times. It was even more important than the move from 15,000sph to 18,000sph for us,” says Des Fretwell, managing director of Fretwell Print and Design which has ordered a Speedmaster XL 75-5+LX for delivery in December.

The Keighley, West Yorkshire, company believes Inpress Control 2 will cut make-readies by a third. This latest version register and colour control device will measure the first printed results in just four seconds for the whole sheet and make automatic adjustments so that within 12 seconds the press can be in full production and will therefore further speed up set up times and reduce waste .

Fretwell Print will also be the first printer in the country to share colour and productivity data using a brand new application programming interface (Prinect API) which enables printers to publish and share colour results, eliminating the need to measure printed sheets offline.

This latest press technology from Heidelberg, an investment of over £1m, saw off competition from other suppliers and spurred Fretwell to enrol on the Heidelberg High Productivity skills enhancement course which will give them practical skills and the mind-set for the high output capabilities of the new press.

Matt Rockley, Heidelberg press product executive, says: “If you are producing up to 30 jobs a shift, you can’t be second guessing. Inpress Control, Pressroom Manager workflow and Analyze Point with an API Interface will give Fretwell the control they need.”

The new five-colour with coater replaces a Speedmaster CD 74 and is right for its market, giving it the ability to produce specials and apply a coat which is vital when more than 70% of its work is produced on silk papers

The company uses 2,250 plates a month, running 24 hours five days a week plus overtime on two presses.

“The high running speed will further increase our competitive edge on long runs and the swift makereadies through Inpress Control will reduce time on press. This has a high relevance in short run work, giving our customers the benefit from having continued high quality print, quick turnrounds and competitive pricing,” says Mr Fretwell.

Fretwell Print and Design employs around 50 people and has a growing direct mail department; the print for this is handled in house. Additionally it offers colour and mono digital print and personalisation. The company handles work for print management companies, agencies and direct to a wide range of customers, including the third sector. Typical of the commercial print it supplies is: point of sale material; inserts; brochures; magazines; price lists; and catalogues. The Speedmaster XL copes well with very heavy material up to 800 microns, enabling product such as box sleeves and swing tickets to be produced.

The machine will be installed in Fretwells quietest period during December, ready for full production from 4 January. Fretwells also retains a Speedmaster SM 74-4PH and runs Heidelberg CtP, folding and cutting machines. It works in partnership with Heidelberg and says that the Heidelberg back up is good and has got even better over the past 18 months.

For further information please contact:
Diana Thompson, Plus Point PR Ltd, on 01494-817178
Matt Rockley, Heidelberg UK, on 07899 662986
Des Fretwell, Fretwell Print & Design Ltd, on 01535 600714.

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