Getting Up to Speed
Visual Systems Inc., a component manufacturer in Milwaukee, has added a six-color Heidelberg Speedmaster to its shop to provide quicker turnaround times and lower costs per job for its customers. The press also enables Visual Systems to handle larger production runs with shorter lead times.
"The new press solidifies our leadership position in the production of high-end book components, transparencies and related products," says Mike Humber, operations manager with Visual Systems.
Humber says the Speedmaster expands Visual Systems' offerings to its customers. The company now handles jobs with light papers and plastic sheets to cardboards. Visual Systems also expects to double its book cover business and increase its transparency capacity by more than 13,000 sheets per hour.
The level of automation that the press provides was another determining factor in Visual Systems' decision to install the Speedmaster, Humber says. The press can be set to run from a single console, operated by one pressman. The result is a lower cost per job, which can be passed on to the customer.
An additional advantage is the coating options the Speedmaster offers. The options enhance the durability and appearance of each printed piece.
"With all that has been going on with the economy, VSI has been fortunate to continuously provide our customers with cutting-edge printing solutions," Humber says. "We're always looking for ways to enhance our printed pieces, and with the Speedmaster, the possibilities are endless."