The installation of new presses at two of Sheridan’s book printing sites this summer is the latest in a series of ongoing equipment investments by parent company CJK Group.
The Sheridan plant in Chelsea, Michigan installed a new Heidelberg XL106-8 P press which began producing live work in June. With speeds of up to 18,000 impressions per hour, this press features 8 units that print 4-color out of 4-color in a single pass, plus automatic color scanning and ink control to improve consistency colors throughout the run. Notably, the Prinect Workflow technology used with this press allows it to automatically switch between jobs, changing plates and washing blankets on the fly, dramatically reducing make-ready times and increasing productivity.
An increase in productivity and color consistency was also brought to the Sheridan, Wisconsin plant with the arrival in July of an HP Indigo 12000 digital press. The Indigo press’s high throughput for printing single-sided and double-sided will provide the capacity needed for fast turnaround times for the perfect-bound and short-run machine-bound customers served by Sheridan Wisconsin.
“The ability to increase productivity while minimizing equipment touchpoints and configuration – in an era of tight capacity and labor in industry – is more important than ever,” comments Paul Loy, Vice President of Operations at Sheridan. “Installing this new equipment allows us to get the books into the hands of our customers faster, while ensuring the highest quality product.”
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