In May 2017, the Rollin printing company based in Blois commissioned a new Speedmaster CS 92 four-color press with coating unit. The first press of this type in France replaces a Speedmaster CD 102 five-color from 2001.
Antoine Rollin, Managing Director of the family company which he took over in 1992, views this investment in very positive terms. “The decision to switch to a slightly smaller format was not easy and we initially had the 102 format in mind. However, a detailed analysis of our business made it clear that the 65 x 92 format was much better suited to our customer profile. And this has shown to be correct thus far. We have not noticed any negative impact on our work, even with gang printing. With the Speedmaster CS 92, we can print nine A4 repeats on one sheet or as many as three A4 flyers with fold-outs; other machines in this category are not able to provide this degree of flexibility. At the end of the day, we are more efficient because our machine fleet is more suitable for the market that we operate in, and we were able to reduce our costs.”
The coating unit, a first for the printing company founded in 1954, also helped Rollin Imprimeur to extend its range. The integration of this technology creates completely new options, as all stages of numerous jobs with finishings can now be completed. With its modern technology, the Speedmaster CS 92 also brings a new dynamic to the team: “Automation means that even a simple configuration changes the motivation and the way our operators work. The Speedmaster CS 92 is a very high-performance model. We can therefore produce with average speeds of 13,000 sheets per hour and even at full speed with some large print runs. In comparison with our old machine, we were able to achieve an increase in productivity of more than 25 % thanks to faster setup, shorter makeready times and easier maintenance. This is a real technological advance and our customers benefit from it,” reports Antoine Rollin.
The Prinect Easy Control measurement and control system and its integrated spectrophotometer make color management easier. The company can thus concentrate on its premium quality and guarantee its customers consistent and reproducible results in line with the PSO standard (which is currently being revised). The entire process chain – comprising prepress as well as offset and digital presses – is calibrated; an important advantage for the printing company that has always operated in the premium sector.
“Our profitability has improved significantly, with approximately 200 less sheets of paper waste per makeready process. That corresponds to a saving of approx. EUR 30,000 per year. The machine fully meets our expectations in terms of value for money. The Speedmaster CS 92 gives us the unique opportunity to modernize our machine fleet. Consequently, we were able to retain the technological strengths of Heidelberg and as a result to increase the quality and our production capacities. We are now benefiting from our business’s positive development which gives us new perspectives.”
Rollin Imprimeur is Imprim'Vert and PEFC-certified and it recorded sales of EUR 2.4 million in 2016 with its 16 employees. The company’s client base comprises a 50-50 share of regional and national agencies, authorities and major customers from the automotive and cosmetics industries. Since March 2016, the company has owned a Versafire CP 130 digital press. For postpress, Rollin Imprimeur puts its trust in hot-melt gluers, saddlestitchers, cutting and folding machines from Heidelberg. In addition to catalogs and brochures, the company also produces forms, envelopes, personalized and/or versioned documents as well as electrostatic PVC backings and labels.
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