Heidelberg to Equip Bridge Publications' New Sheetfed Offset Facility
Color Consistency Is Key
In addition to the XL 105's speed, larger sheet size, one of the most attractive features and key selling points of the new press was Prinect Inpress Control, which McClintock views as essential to minimizing color variations in the production process.
"We were accustomed to having an automatic color control and measurement value and not having to set such things manually," he said. "Heidelberg's Prinect Inpress Control was the only sheetfed-based system we found that was comparable to the closed-loop color control one would find on a web press. The available presets also were very impressive, especially considering that we wanted to forward as much data as possible to the press to cut down makeready times and simplify the skill set required to properly set up and run the press with confidence."
Toward a Shorter Learning Curve
The Church sent its operators to Heidelberg's Tech Center in Kennesaw, Ga. for two weeks of pre-installation training on the XL 105. McClintock described the trip as vital, "since it allowed us to get beyond the first exposure to the equipment itself. The two weeks operators spent familiarizing themselves with the press ahead of time were invaluable in streamlining the actual startup once the press was installed. We definitely see access to Heidelberg training as a major plus, and plan to send our operators back to Kennesaw periodically for additional instruction."
Heidelberg also supplied the new facility with two POLAR 137 XT high-speed cutting systems with Compucut, a Stahlfolder TH 82 folder, and a Varimatrix 105 die cutter with foil stamping.
"Like the Speedmaster XL 105, Stahl folders and POLAR Cutters are rock-solid products with proven track records," McClintock observed. "In the aggregate, these installations gave us an opportunity to consolidate several pieces of equipment to a single vendor, meaning one contact and a broader relationship overall between us and Heidelberg."
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