Charlie Seiz, president of Seiz Printing, says the latest installation of Heidelberg equipment is the first step toward fulfilling the company’s ambition to become one of the top high-end commercial printers in the nation.
Since the installation, Seiz Printing has completed several high-end jobs for some well-known automobile manufacturers.
“We have enjoyed tremendous success in the Atlanta area, and we installed the new equipment to increase our competitiveness on a national level,” adds Seiz. “With in-house UV capabilities and long perfecting technology in place, we can fulfil more job requests for long runs of high-end work.
“In addition, the CutStar technology on the new Speedmaster SM 102 is helping to drive down our costs so that we can deliver the most competitive prices to our customers.”
CutStar technology from Heidelberg is easy to use and brings many benefits to the shop floor. Installed in front of the feeder of a 101.6cm Speedmaster press, CutStar can process paper rolls with stock weights between 30 and 300 gsm.
The short grain paper is unwound from the reel, cut to the required format by CutStar and shingled. The resulting stream is then fed into the feeder. Since shingling is performed directly in the CutStar unit, the stock feed is constant and reliable, allowing the Speedmaster to produce at higher speeds and reduced costs.
In addition, CutStar’s cutting and shingle unit is movable at the push of a button, enabling the press to be fed with regular sheeted stock. The efficiencies of the new SM 102 with CutStar allow Seiz Printing to run lightweight sheets through the 12-color press and compete for short-run jobs in the web offset market.
The shop’s new Speedmaster CD 102 press replaced two existing six-color Heidelberg presses, both of which were more than seven years old. Offering printers a high degree of automation and cost-effectiveness, the new Speedmaster CD 102 Preset Plus generation has been widely redesigned to include a number of ergonomic refinements, such as a new feeder, new delivery system and an advanced, easy-to-handle coating unit.
Seiz Printing reports that the new press is 20 per cent more productive than its previously installed presses.
“In an increasingly competitive commercial print market, printers are seeking technology solutions that can boost efficiencies in the shop and give them advantages over their competition,” says Roland Krapp, vice president, sheetfed and Prinect product management for Heidelberg US.
“Heidelberg’s customisable solutions cater to the specific business needs of commercial printers, allowing shops like Seiz Printing to increase flexibility and productivity with integrated press equipment.”
Seiz predicts his shop will focus on upgrading its bindery equipment in the near future in order to keep up with the speed of the new Heidelberg presses.
“In today’s marketplace, printers strive to complete the largest amount of work with the fewest number of employees possible,” says Seiz.
“We believe that keeping up with the latest technologies is necessary in order to remain competitive. Heidelberg offers the most efficient printing solutions that increase our bottom line, expand our capabilities and improve the quality of our work.”
Emil Seiz established Seiz Printing as a Kwik Kopy franchise in 1972. Today, Emil’s son Charlie runs the family-owned commercial print shop with his brothers, Ed, CFO, and Bill, CEO, from a 6,967.7sqm newly renovated facility in Acworth, Ga. With 80 full-time employees, Seiz Printing earns approximately $US15m in annual revenue.