Dargan return to Heidelberg with Speedmaster install

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Dargan Press in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, has returned to Heidelberg
for its latest press purchase,  investing in a top of the range B2 press,  the Speedmaster XL 75-5-P+L five colour perfector with dedicated coater and the first ‘Inpress’ automatic colour and register control device installed in Northern Ireland.

The company chose Heidelberg’s top of the range B2 press only after extensive testing with a number of different manufacturers. The new press is currently being commissioned and will move to commercial production just as Drupa gets underway. It will operate on a double day shift basis.

“We are a 32 year old company and have had Heidelberg’s in the past, but six years ago we went elsewhere. Now we are returning knowing that Heidelberg can supply the best press, provide excellent service and back up and that we have secured a very fair deal,” says managing director Richard Traynor.

In testing Dargan were impressed by the Speedmaster XL 75’s low operation costs and lowest cost per copy rating, the fast makeready, 15,000sph speed and low maintenance requirements.

“We handle a wide range of commercial work for customers in Northern Ireland and some in Great Britain and we needed a flexible press which could handle process colour but also perfected spot colour work. With the Speedmaster XL 75 we have ordered Inpress Control, the automated register and colour control device and we believe this will turn a productive press into an extremely productive machine.”

Inpress Control also fits with Dargan’s very strong environment credentials. The company already streams and recycles its waste, runs chemistry-free platemaking and opts to work with FSC certified papers and suppliers wherever possible.

It has the potential to reduce its start up waste by 50-70% with Inpress Control and the Star peripherals fitted to the press will allow it to minimise the use of chemistry, spray powder and coating materials. The Speedmaster XL 75 uses the least waste when making ready in the least time.

At the same time Dargan is upgrading its workflow with Prinect Prepress Manager and Pressroom Manager, a digital link which will give it closed loop colour and enable the operators to minimise makeready times and increase output.

The dedicated coater will enhance turnaround times and give customers the aesthetic look and feel they demand for quality printed products.

Dargan Press operates from a 24,000 sq ft production unit and offers both digital and litho facilities, print management, graphic design, marketing consultancy and point of sale services and an online ordering facility.  It has a strong investment record.

Phil Buttress, sales manager for Heidelberg in Ireland, says: “We are delighted to be working with Dargan Press. We pride ourselves on having top class equipment and consumables for today’s graphic arts business but also the service and back up to match. We are unrivalled in the level of support we can offer here. We look forward to welcoming a number of Irish customers to Hall 1 at Drupa in May.”