The press will replace an SM74, now almost eight years old and a year beyond the normal replacement cycle the 275 year-old business likes to keep to. “We always try to replace each press after seven years,” says director James Greene.
The company installed a six-colour XL75 in 2016 and once the new press is installed, the company will once again find it easier to split a job across two presses using the plate format and inherently closer colour matching.
The new press, like the first XL75, will have Axis Control to store and recall settings for spot colours. Choosing to source all consumables through Heidelberg also helps with consistency and worry-free operation.
“It’s pretty much five colour out, five-colour in,” says Greene. “We looked at the Speedmaster CX model, but felt it wasn’t really for us even with the benefit of a smaller footprint. It just makes sense for us to make this investment.” Nor was the company convinced by the idea of accelerated drying, remaining with a conventional set up.
There will be a make ready saving though the greater automation that the XL provides, matching the increase in shorter run work being handled. Two years ago a Stahlfolder CH56 was installed to add an automated folder to help with short run work, but there has been no temptation to increase the scope of its digital print department.
“We have two Xerox presses and that is enough. Digital does not suit the market we are in,” says Greene. With the “very good service and support” provided by Heidelberg, Witherbys remains resolutely in the litho market.
Witherbys is replacing its second SM74 with an XL75-5 to join an XL75-6 that was installed at the London printer two years ago. The company will gain through higher running speed, faster make ready and reduced waste.