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New technology means fast ‘clean hands’ printing for family business

Monday, 02 October 2006
By Print 21 Online Article

In the 55 years since Glenhuntly Printing Works, a family run business in suburban Melbourne, opened its doors for business, the printing industry has undergone massive technological change.

The industry’s progression from dirty hot metal printing to offset to the fully automatic ‘clean hands’ press and now high volume digital printing has changed the industry beyond recognition. Market expectations have changed even more with technologically savvy customers demanding full colour jobs produced today, and delivered yesterday – everything is a rush, with 24 hours turnaround the norm and anything longer, unacceptable as Laurie Horkings, Manager of Glenhuntly Printing Works explains (pictured above on left with Mike Spiers, press operator).

“When my father started Glenhuntly Printing Works he was equipped with only a single letter press machine. Jobs were taken in, hand-set and the customer got their work in a week or two. Today turnaround times are expected to be one or two days – even on larger jobs. As such we have had to rethink the way we work. We’ve grown our in-house design department and sourced technology that can meet the demands being put on us, hence our decision to install a Heidelberg Speedmaster 52-4 colour press.”

With a staff of 14 Glenhuntly Printing Works mainly services local small businesses producing stationary, presentation folders, promotional material, and NCR and dockets books.

“Since the installation of the SM52-4 our turnaround times have been slashed and we are now able to comfortably meet even the tightest of deadlines,” says Horkings. “Our increased capacity has also enabled us to enter the lucrative local real estate market with the production of A4 four colour flyers and brochures.”

‘Clean hands printing’

“An added benefit of the automatic functions of the SM52-4 is how spic and span the print room now is. Mike no longer has to manually make-ready and wash-up the press which has resulted in a far cleaner and healthier work environment,” says Horkings.

To manage connectivity between the SM52-4 and pre-press devices, as well as monitoring ink density, Glenhuntly Printing Works chose the CP2000 operating console.

“The CP2000 console ensures that over inking is never an issue and that the dot produced is as good as any I have seen even at 90%,” states Horkings.

“The CP2000 enables us to re-run existing work without having to reinstall settings. This is particularly useful as many of our clients require spot colours. In the past re-running these jobs was time consuming as multiple test sheets had to be printed to ensure colour consistency between print runs. The CP2000 ensures the same result each time the job is printed.”

Using Heidelberg’s Color Management System Glenhuntly Printing Works has also been able to Finger Print their SM52-4 and then calibrate their digital proofing system to match. “We are particularly excited with the colour accuracy we get from the Heidelberg. We have calibrated the digital copier to our press which we now use as our primary proofing device.”

The fully automated SM52-4 is capable of up to 15,000 A3 impressions per hour. The press features the latest technology to ensure streamlined production such as automatic wash-up devices for the blanket, impression cylinder and inking unit, and AutoPlate which enables plates to be changed in less than one minute without the need for tools.

“I don’t know what will transpire in our industry in the next half century or whether we will see as startling a change as we have done in recent years. What I do know is that with the installation of our SM52-4 we are certainly well-equipped to move into the 21st Century and provide our customers with the level of quality they deserve and we expect from the works we produce.”

For more information on the A3 product range please contact product manager, Shane Hanlon:-

ph:03 9205 4111

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