From left to right: Rod Miner, President of Interpress Technologies; Mike Piccinini, senior offset press operator at Interpress Technologies; Kevin Stephens, Director of Engineering at Interpress Technologies.
Kennesaw, GA – Interpress Technologies, Inc., with three locations nationwide, strives to be the leader in packaging solutions. The company started in 1989 with old steam presses and quickly developed into rotary letterpress printing presses. Sheet-fed offset production was then added in 2015 with the purchase of a six-color Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 press. The goal at the time was to bring all printing production in-house for products such as food. in single serving, butter and ice cream containers, but with a quality far superior to that possible with rotary letterpress technology. After years of success with offset printing, Interpress recently installed a Speedmaster XL 106-7 with Push-to-Stop technology and Prinect Multicolor Toolset at its site in Sacramento, Calif., To keep pace with increasing demands for his clients.
Experiment with offset
In 2015, the purchase of a Speedmaster CD 102 was both an investment and an experience for Interpress. Since it was new to the technology, the company bought a used machine to get started in offset with less risk and cost while still maintaining the quality and reliability of a Speedmaster. Having no prepress capability for offset printing, Interpress also turned to Heidelberg by installing Prinect for color management, imposition, output and screening and a 106 CtP Suprasetter for plate imaging. .
A key element of Interpress’s new offset strategy was precise color control. “Buyers of packaged food are notoriously sensitive to color deviations,” said Rod Miner, president of Interpress Technologies. “After all, who wants to buy green oatmeal? “
For color consistency, Interpress installed Prinect Image Control, which spectrally scans the entire printed sheet and automatically balances even the smallest gaps in the print image. “He ‘sees’ color like the human eye, so he’s able to differentiate even subtle shade differences in the package,” Miner said. Image Control not only detects all measuring elements, but also solid areas using the prepress data and integrates them into the control process. The design capability of this process control, when fully utilized, reduces the costs associated with inefficiencies and helps increase productivity while ensuring full color fidelity. To improve the quality and consistency of its new press, Interpress decided to use its CD 102 with Heidelberg Saphira consumables, all of which are tested and optimized for maximum performance.
A multicolored approach
With sustained growth over four years, Interpress has seen its offset production go from a shift to three and from five days to six weeks. Running out of capacity to meet customer demand and fuel growth, the company needed a new solution. Having already experience with Heidelberg technology and service, Interpress selected the Speedmaster XL 106 with Push-to-Stop technology.
According to Engineering Director Kevin Stephens, “We had an eye on the XL 106 for its very fast preparations thanks to Push-to-Stop and consistent output of 18,000 sheets per hour. Heidelberg’s reputation for reliability and availability was also very convincing. The Push-to-Stop approach and AutoPlate Pro, a fully automatic plate changing system that controls precise plate feeding at the start of each job, dramatically reduce the number of operating steps required during a job. job change. Additionally, Interpress was impressed with Prinect Inpress Control, the industry-leading in-line spectrophotometer that measures and controls color and records on the fly at any speed. With Inpress Control, color fluctuations are minimized and, thanks to real-time monitoring, setup waste is dramatically reduced.
Interpress was able to further reduce waste by purchasing a seven-color XL 106. In doing so, the company has the option of integrating the Heidelberg Prinect Multicolor Tool, which simulates true spot colors with a set of seven colors: CMYK process plus orange, green and purple. This allows more than 90% of spot colors to be reproduced in multi-color, eliminating a major source of downtime and solvent consumption: press washes. Dramatically reducing washdowns is critical in highly regulated environments like California, where solvents must be low VOCs to be compliant. Another advantage of the new press is design flexibility for customers. With an extended range, Interpress customers are no longer limited in their high impact graphic design or in the color choices that can be achieved with process colors.
An unexpected benefit of Interpress’s new investments has been to boost employee morale. “Attracting great employees is difficult these days, so having the latest and greatest technology makes us a more attractive place to work,” says Miner. “Whether it’s in our cutting area or in our shipping department, we try to have the best tools for the job. “