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10-colour Heidelberg for The Craftsman Press

Monday, 27 November 2006
By Print21

The Blue Star Print Group has further consolidated its position as a leading provider of multi-colour printing with the recent installation of a late model Heidelberg Speedmaster 102–10 colour press (SM102-10) at the company’s Melbourne printing operation, The Craftsman Press.


Pictured left to right: The Craftsman Press team – Barry Wilson- Print Manager, Derek Barker- Operations Manager, Collis Barry- Printer, John Mozdzynskl – Assistant

Predominately servicing the corporate market, which demands high volume, high quality work and high speed, the Blue Star Print Group has 18 business units employing more than 1100 staff in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and New Zealand. The Group widely uses Heidelberg equipment including 12 multi colour Speedmaster perfecting presses, as well as three ST300 saddlestitchers.

“We chose the SM102-10 to compliment the Blue Star Print Group’s existing perfecting capabilities. The ability to print the majority of our work using perfector technology means that we can offer our customers an excellent quality of work produced in the fastest possible turnaround times,” said Mike Shannon, Chief Executive, The Craftsman Press.

“There is no doubt since the installation of the SM102-10 in March we have received a greater level of interest and have won a significant number of new projects due to increasing market demand for shorter lead times.”

Shannon explained that the SM102-10 is the third late model refurbished press for The Blue Star Print Group in the last 12 months. “The quality of the other late model reconditioned Heidelberg presses which have been used by the Group prompted me to investigate buying a used press. As a result we have purchased a press with all the latest technologies without having to pay the new press price.”

The Craftsman Press SM102-10 has a CP 2000 operating console for ease and efficiency of operation and the press has now been retrofitted with a CiP3 interface to integrate with Craftsman’s computer-to-plate technology plus Autoregister, auto registration for faster make-readies. “Speed to convert, or the time taken from when a job enters the business to the time it leaves, is critical in today’s market. Fast, efficient make-readies and single pass printing ensure that maximum productivity levels are maintained. The SM102-10 meets both of these requirements,” said Shannon.

The Craftsman Press is running the SM102-10, 24 hours a day, five days a week. Jobs are printed using a combination of process and spot colours, as well as sealers, on a wide variety of stocks ranging from 80gsm to 280gm.

“We recently compared the results of what we are actually achieving after three months with the SM102-10 against the figures we predicted in our business case to invest in the press. The SM102-10 has greatly exceeded our expectations in terms of productivity, throughput and ease of operation,” said Shannon.

“Commercial printing is a challenging and exciting industry. By investing in the latest technologies the Blue Star Print Group has been able to enjoy solid growth . The addition of the SM102-10 further supports our position in the marketplace and is a great investment,” he concluded.

This article was brought to you by 10-colour Heidelberg for The Craftsman Press

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