Family owned magazine printer Manson Group is heading into its second half century with a new press.
The St Albans printer has replaced a ten-unit perfecting Heidelberg Speedmaster 102, installed in 2006, with an XL106-8-P, which was supplied by Exel Printing Machinery. This was commissioned in September last year and has been fitted with a Cutstar reel sheeter from the previous press.
The press is a Push to Stop specification with Autoplate Pro, Inpress Control 2 and Intellistart. These were crucial to the investment, says director Neil Wass. “It’s all about the makeready,” he says.
The company derives 45% of its revenue from magazines and periodicals. It is experiencing a growth in publications tied to exhibitions, thanks to the easy access that the company, close to the M25 and M1, has to some of the country’s major exhibition centres.
“We see a future where content is more targeted and more specific to the audience, so we are anticipating more pages and more titles with lower runs,” Wass says.
“With our focus very much on multiple section work, push to stop gives us the capability to predictably ‘pre-load’ a shift’s worth of work on the machine, leaving the minders to monitor the end product and simply feed the machine with plates and paper. Combined with CutStar, the aggregated marginal gains across these various technologies represent a useful edge for us in this super-competitive sector.”
The additional productivity has prompted a further investment in the finishing department. The company has taken delivery of a Heidelberg Stahl KH82 Anniversary edition folder.
Manson Group was started in 1969, growing to be able to offer a full service to magazine and journal publishers, and catalogue production. As well as litho capacity, it operates an Agfa Apogee prepress workflow, saddle stitching and perfect binding.
By Gareth Ward
The eight unit Speedmaster XL106 that has replaced an SM 102-10 at Mansons in St Albans has push to stop technology to help the company cope with shorter production runs. "It's all about makeready," says Neil Wass.