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1st perfector press for print apprentices

Tuesday, 09 August 2011
By Print 21 Online Article

RMIT University’s International Centre of Graphic Technology (ICGT) will soon be the first Australian printing graphic arts college to install an eight-colour perfector press.

Simon Cochaud, director of ICGT says it has signed a five-year agreement with Heidelberg for the 2006 model Speedmaster SM 52-8-P. Once installed mid-November it will replace RMIT’s existing 16-year-old SM 52-4 press.

“The installation of the eight-colour press will offer all our apprentices the best technology outcomes and opportunities to print multicolour work in line with current industry standards and operational efficiencies.

“Many apprentices already work on four and eight-colour perfector presses within the industry. Providing this machine for training purposes will give them the best opportunity to develop the skills required to operate them,” he said.

RMIT pre-press, printing and post-press staff are already redesigning assessment outcomes to align with the eight-colour press to create the best possible learning outcomes for apprentices.

Alastair Hadley, general manager of sales & marketing at Heidelberg says the training centre will be the first in Australia to coach apprentices on an eight-colour press.

“There is a bit more skill required on perfector presses. The college will soon be equipped to train apprentices on an up-to-the-minute training medium, with technology currently being used in the industry,” said Hadley.

He says the eight-colour press is representative of the industry today, as over the past 16 years Australia has become a more long-perfector market.

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