In recent years, we have seen widespread, sweeping changes in how print shops utilize consumables within their production processes. Although many already mastered color management by the start of this decade, pressures on margins from increased competition imposed the need for sharp reductions in waste and decreased makeready times (as run lengths became shorter).
To complicate matters, print buyers’ expectations became more demanding in terms of quality, price and turnaround time. Many within the industry began to recognize that establishing an optimal and consistent ink film thickness started with ink/water balance. Once this stability was created, operators could effectively manage their total cost of production and achieve the makeready reductions required to become more competitive.
Trying to achieve this with low cost, out-of-specification and poorly maintained press rollers became counter-productive. The traditional mindset began to shift from cost of materials to total cost of production.
The Breaking Point
We’ve all experienced this before:
You’re booked solid, but one of your largest, most demanding customers calls in a job for immediate delivery.
Your prepress comes through with imaged plates within minutes only to watch your press operators struggle with excessive makeready sheets trying to match a previous run of the job. An array of challenges occur including over emulsification issues, picture framing as well as marking & streaking — all of this within a very small operating window that prevents consistent ink film thickness, stemming from improperly set & poorly maintained press rollers.
This requires increasing water levels that lead to prolonged and excessive drying time. Now, there is a high probability of missing your customer’s delivery requirement. To make matters worse, other jobs are piling up, and you’re dreading having to inform your customers of delays; discounts, waste & additional labor rapidly increase costs while you watch your profitability slip away!
A Better Way
In moments like these, it becomes apparent that a consumables partner is required. One who can deliver customized technical solutions coupled with high performance products that work together to achieve shorter makereadies with minimum waste, so your processes yield the lowest cost of production achievable. A solutions provider with a multi-faceted and complete understanding of print applications combined with the engineering expertise to guide you through the entire production process — ensuring ongoing efficiency and operating excellence.
Our Solution: Saphira Press Ready Rollers From the manufacturer of the Original Heidelberg
By coupling Saphira Consumables with our highly trained service team, Heidelberg has developed a distinct solution within the graphic supplies marketplace. Our Saphira Press Ready Rollers feature compounds that are Heidelberg approved with cores machined to factory specifications — all while being fully supported by our factory trained service technicians.
We introduced our Saphira Press Ready Roller program to the North American market 10 years ago, after extensive discussions with our customers, consumables experts and service team. Popularity grew amongst operators as they began achieving productivity near the high end of their press specifications, resulting in minimized downtime and waste.
Saphira Press Ready Rollers enable operators to achieve superior ink transfer and stable emulsion while maintaining durability and set point tolerances. This affords operators the opportunity to better leverage the design features of their press for maximum print quality, faster makereadies and high speed production.
What’s more, peak performance can be sustained over an extended service life provided that they are maintained at recommended intervals with Saphira Roller Conditioner and Saphira Calcium Rinse.
For more information, please contact your local Heidelberg Sales Representative.