DWS Printing Associates, INC.

Speedmaster XL 106-8+L UV. The Peak Performance Machine has moved DWS closer to be the absolute best in what they do.

There is no better press for printing food and beverage labels

“Part of our mission is to be the absolute best at what we do,” said DWS company president Tom Staib. “There’s no question that the XL 106 has moved us closer to that goal. We did not want to catch up with the competition. We want to be a technology leader.” He added, “The Speedmaster XL 106 is state-of-the-art. As far as I’m concerned, there is no better press for printing food and beverage labels.” The company purchased Heidelberg’s flagship press at drupa 2012, aiming to expand its production capabilities and improve efficiency by introducing technology that would enable it to handle a wider variety of substrates and sharpen its competitive edge. The Speedmaster XL 106 is the company’s first Heidelberg press

DWS, located in Deer Park, NY, is a fourth generation family-run business and was founded in 1865. Since then the DWS mission is to provide the highest quality labels and to be the premier label and packaging company in the country offering an expanded product line of labels and packaging design capabilities. The company’s Speedmaster XL 106 now boasts dual color management systems – Prinect Axis Control and Prinect Inpress Control – precisely suited to this range and the variety of substrates DWS uses to produce cut-and-stack, pressure-sensitive and in-mold labels for the craft beer, beverage, food and household markets.

Because DWS frequently works with BOPP films (Polypropylene) and light metallized papers, it needed a press that could handle these difficult substrates without tripping. “Specifically, the CutStar roll sheeter peripheral makes a huge contribution to printing successfully on these types of substrates”, Tom Staib said. “Feeding the press off of rolls, rather than sheets, significantly reduces the challenges we previously faced when feeding these materials.” In addition, “Our success on these substrates is also due largely to the integrated UV capability of the XL 106. The UV has made a significant difference in production speed, particularly on synthetics. Today, DWS runs around 40 percent of its jobs in UV mode. DWS use Prinect Axis Control for the significant volume we print on clear film and metallized paper. However, they also print the bulk of their work on white opaque materials, paper and film, and for that they use Prinect Inpress Control to monitor color on these substrates in real time, at speeds up to 18,000 sheets per hour. “The fact that Heidelberg could customize our press in this way was a decisive factor in our selection of Heidelberg over the competition.” said Tom Staib. “Finally I would add that the service and support we’ve received from Heidelberg has been exceptional.

DWS Printing Associates, INC., USA

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