Diamond Graphics of Ramsey, Minnesota recently upgraded their sheetfed department with a Heidelberg six-color Speedmaster XL 75 with UV.
Increased Capacity – Time to Sell
Replacing competitive technology, the new Speedmaster XL 75 is equipped with Prinect Axis Control and runs alongside POLAR cutters. The company’s first new Heidelberg press is enabling Diamond Graphics to become more competitive in their area.
“With the XL 75, the cost of production has really dropped,” said Bill Schultz, Owner of Diamond Graphics. “We can translate that to our customers as well – it makes us more competitive when quoting jobs.”
Every year, Diamond Graphics produces over 500,000,000 cards in a variety of different forms including loyalty cards, hang cards, gift cards and promotional cards. With this large demand, Diamond Graphics needed a press that was equipped to print large quantities quickly. With the shortest makeready times in its class, the Speedmaster XL 75 has the highest degree of automation and offers incomparable productivity. Diamond Graphics’ XL 75 has maximum production speeds up to 15,000 high quality sheets per hour.
“With significantly faster makeready times, the XL 75 has really increased our throughput and given us additional capacity,” said Schultz. “This has given us more press time to sell. We expect to see an increase in sales moving forward.”
The Machine Any Pressman Would Want To Run
With improvements in productivity and efficiency, the machine is making a huge impact company wide. The use of Intellistart, the operator guidance system, allows the pressman to queue up jobs and get them done quicker. Additionally, thanks to UV, there is no wait for the sheet to dry and go onto postpress.
“I started as a pressman, and I would love to run this machine,” said Schultz. “It’s really impressive. It’s a dream.”
The XL 75 was Diamond Graphics’ first Heidelberg machine; however, Diamond Graphics was previously aware of Heidelberg’s impressive SystemService professionals.
“Another factor in selecting this machine was service,” said Schultz. “We knew the quality would be higher with better makereadies and better speed. We also knew Heidelberg would be right by our side if we had any problems.”
About Diamond Graphics
Founded in 1996, Diamond Graphics prints and personalizes a variety of cards on all types of materials. Providing customers with industry leading quality card products and service at affordable prices is the mission of Diamond Graphics. Located in Ramsey, Minnesota, Diamond Graphics employs nearly 100 people at their brand new 60,000 square foot building.