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Packaging print at full tilt

Tuesday, 23 August 2011
By Print 21 Online Article

Operating at the cusp of the Speedmaster XL 105s capability, Benson Group’s UK packaging factory ran 200,000 sheets in a single twelve-hour shift.

According to managing director, Mark Kerridge (pictured), the new production record is testament to the prowess of Heidelberg’s machines technology and experience of the press crew.

“Our efforts in the development of lean manufacturing techniques at the Bardon site have also been a great help in the regular achievement of high levels of production throughout the plant.

"Having had one XL 105 producing 46 million sheets a year, we returned to Heidelberg 18 months ago for a second replica machine. We have no regrets and this type of productivity statistic explains why. Such levels of productivity are an essential ingredient in Benson Group being able to maintain exceptional pricing for packaging product for our customers,” he said.

Currently there are 25 Speedmaster XL 105 presses in the ANZ region. Blue Star installed the first XL105 6-colour + coating in a commercial printing operation in Australia in May 2006, at its purpose built factory in Clayton, Victoria.

Scott Print installed WA’s first two in 2007, a five-colour and a six colour-with coater, the next year a third 105 press made its presence known on the floor.

Colin Seth, operations manager for Scott Print says the machine is quite capable of reaching such a shift run with a press output of 18,000sph, but it would need continuous feeding so the machine doesn’t stop.

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