Speedmaster CD 102-5+L. New growth through investing in a larger print format and adapting all machinery.
“The Speedmaster CD 102 increases our capacity and boosts our sales,” says Dan Kennedy, President of U.S. print shop Keno Graphic Services. “The larger format opens up new areas for us. We can now continue to grow with packaging, stand-up displays, and large-format posters.” The new Speedmaster CD 102 replaces a Speedmaster SM 74 six-color press at Keno. The company has also invested in a Suprasetter 106, Prinect networking, a Stahlfolder TH 82 folding machine, and a POLAR pile turner. “The new pile turner doesn’t just make us faster – it also cuts the heavy physical work, which is a great benefit to our employees. And the extended delivery enables the press to run at the top speed of 15,000 sheets an hour for most paper types,” explains Kennedy.
Keno Graphic Services, based in Shelton, Connecticut, serves customers between Boston and New York, primarily from the education, financial services, charity, and medical sectors. The print shop has always been committed to using fast changeovers and medium-sized runs to carve out a niche on the half-format market. Now, however, the advanced automation and option of setting up the new Speedmaster CD 102 in the same amount of time as the old Speedmaster SM 74 have been decisive. What’s more, says Kennedy, “our quality is better than ever thanks to the Prinect Easy Control spectrophotometric color measuring system integrated into the Prinect Press Center.”
The complete new equipment with press, POLAR pile turner, CtP system, and Stahlfolder TH 82 was installed in just four months without major production problems. As well as the technology, it’s also the professionalism and customer service that make Keno Graphic Services turn time and again to Heidelberg. “We’ve always worked with products from Heidelberg,” explains Kennedy. “We’ve got the utmost faith in the machines and company. Heidelberg didn’t just sell us a press but also advised us on how we can successfully remove production bottlenecks.” Prepress features a fully automatic Suprasetter 106 CtP system with chemical-free printing plates. “Our plates have never been better, particularly since we also installed the Prinect Prepress workflow,” explains Kennedy. “The two things are a perfect match.”
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