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Elle Media to take very advanced “push to stop” press


Elle Media Group calculates it will gain 1 minute 20 seconds in reduced makeready per job and that will translate to an additional one and half weeks’ production per year when it installs its comprehensive “Push To Stop” Speedmaster XL 106-5+L at the end of January.

This will be a very comprehensively specified Speedmaster. It will feature Wallscreen XL, Intellistart 2, Inpress Control 2, Autoplate XL, automated tabbing and a full Prinect 17 upgrade.

“We are replacing a 2012 press with the same number of units and a coater. We have upgraded software where we can but we have now reached the point where improvements are only giving us marginal productivity gains. We are also keen always to upgrade at a point where we can secure a good second-hand price and we are selling this press via Heidelberg,” says James Cuthbert, managing director.

“We visited Drupa and saw the demonstration of the Push to Stop concept and it absolutely suits our approach. Elle Media Group already has one of the most advanced workflows connecting all areas of production to our Tharstern MIS and we push all our machines and assets very hard. We always try to output from one machine what others can produce on two or three and that enables us to provide competitive pricing without discounting and disrupting the market.”

Elle Media Group is a £8m turnover business operating with just one five-colour press which is producing 45 million sheets per year with very low run lengths, with the new press equipment they hope to achieve a £10m turnover, AutoPlate XL2 which will give Elle Media the extra potential turnover will contribute to the performance of the equipment by simultaneously cleaning printing blankets when the printing plates are changed.

The company handles a high volume of short run, high quality section work. Its operators are already geared up to be high output focused manufacturers rather than ‘printers’ (the press taking care of the printing and quality is a given) and, with the training and support planned, will adapt to the mindset change of “push to stop”.

This level of automation is enhanced by the Intellistart 2 press software which plans and progresses work through the press. Inpress Control 2 (which Elle Media Group currently uses) is the even faster colour and register control system which further reduces waste and Autoplate XL automates plate changing between jobs.

This Speedmaster XL 106 will be the first in the UK to have automated indexing or tabbing. With Heidelberg’s Quality Assistant the press will automatically turn on the good sheet counter when the optimum Delta E colour point is achieved. The tabbing starts at this point, minimising overs which not only affects press time but also all subsequent processes. It saves waste and time.

The press will be delivered to the Basildon plant on 26 January and, once commissioned, it will move straight in to 24 hour, five days a week production. This is a great way for the company to celebrate its 35th anniversary.

Earlier this year the company installed a Polar 137N Pro with stacker, jogger and Transomat unloader which is also fully connected to the company’s Tharstern MIS and Heidelberg Prinect automated workflows through Polar’s Compucut control device.

For further information please contact:

Diana Thompson, Plus Point PR Ltd, on 01494-817178
Matt Rockley, Heidelberg UK, on 07899-662986
James Cuthbert, Elle Media Group, on 01268-413611.

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