“We push Heidelberg, because our customers push us,” declares Sébastien Chartrand, co-owner and general manager of Imprimerie L’Empreinte, one of Québec’s largest privately owned printing businesses. It’s more than just coincidence that the “push” now includes “Push to Stop,” the signature technology of the company’s newly installed Speedmaster XL 106-8P+L.

Imprimerie L’Empreinte’s perfectionist partnership with Heidelberg dates to the early 2000s, when the company decided to standardize with Heidelberg offset press equipment in order to meet the requirements of its demanding clientele. Now Imprimerie L’Empreinte can satisfy them with the agility of truly smart manufacturing.

This is possible because a “Push to Stop” press conducts job changes virtually autonomously, freeing press operators from startup tasks. The Prinect Press Center XL 2 operation console, fully automated plate changing, simultaneous washup systems, Inpress Control inline color and register, and prepress connectivity all let Imprimerie L’Empreinte consistently achieve the industry’s fastest job changes. With Prinect Quality Assist software, even the decision of what constitutes a sellable sheet can be automated.

With its LE-UV and IR/hot air drying systems, the Speedmaster XL 106 can run UV and conventional inks and coatings. The new press joins a Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102-6+L and a Speedmaster XL 75-6+L-UV, making for a versatile and capable press line-up. Supporting the pressroom are equally impressive prepress and postpress departments.

In postpress, a newly added Heidelberg Easymatrix 106 CS die cutter has replaced several legacy products.

Working in a 63,000-sq.-ft. plant in Montréal, Chartrand and his 127 employees serve high-end agencies in the commercial segment. These customers, he says, “prefer the consultative process. Our equipment is designed to meet their needs, and to allow us to produce difficult jobs in the same timeframe as commodity work.”

Their success in doing so can be seen in the plant’s productivity numbers, which are some of the highest in Canada. The distinction, according to Chartrand, comes in no small part from the closeness of Imprimerie L’Empreinte’s relationship with its chosen print technology supplier. “We know that we will get the response, cooperation and ultimately the results when we are engaged in the partnership approach that Heidelberg offers,” he says. “Everyone benefits.”

Want to read our 50th issue of Heidelberg Direct? Click here!