Long perfector for AGI Dublin

To add capacity at its Dublin print facility, AGI, a leading packaging solutions provider, has taken delivery of a Heidelberg refurbished Speedmaster SM 102-10-P, a B1 long perfector.

 “Having a ten-colour press means we can print both sides of the sheet in one pass, including specials or seals, which along with increased speeds will allow a greater output per hour.

These factors, combined with the larger format, mean we benefit from much greater production efficiency,” says Adrian Matthews, group technical project manager.

 
Value for money dictated the secondhand route and AGI is delighted with the 2005 SM 102 that it has purchased. It was sourced from Heidelberg Belgium and refurbished using original Heidelberg parts prior to delivery.

“It looks brand new. Even the Heidelberg engineers were amazed by the condition of the equipment,” says Mr Matthews.
 
“The Heidelberg team's professionalism surpassed our expectations. They showed absolute dedication to the project and ensured all milestones were achieved in accordance with the project plan.”
 
The company already has an Image Control spectrophotometer which it will use across both the existing Speedmaster CD 102-6+L and SM 102-10-P. As part of the training, Heidelberg is doing a refresher on colour control in readiness for the company to attain ISO 12647-2 next year. AGI's facility in Slough, UK, is already certified.
 
The arrival of the new press has been welcomed by staff and customers alike. “The print industry is going through a restructuring and realignment process, so to see a press like this arriving is very encouraging for everyone as we are one of the few companies currently investing in new equipment,” says Mr Matthews. “This purchase will make us more competitive and give us increased capacity which means we are better equipped to meet the needs of our customers.”