07 April 2018 Print Companies

Zenith upgrades with Heidelberg push to stop perfecting

Zenith Media in Wales is buying a high specification eight-unit Speedmaster XL106 to gain a stride forwards in productivity.

Pontypridd company Zenith Media is switching two straight presses for a newHeidelberg XL106-8-P. And despite coming down to a single machine, the company is aiming at a 30-35% increase in output.

This will allow the business to chase more of the brochure, catalogue and government work that provides the bedrock of its customer base. “Business is excellent in spite of the competitiveness in the market,” says operations manager Mark Partridge. The machine will be delivered in May.

The press is specified with Heidelberg’s Push to Stop technology to minimise makeready. The press is equipped with Inpress Control 2 to keep colour consistent, with Intellistart 2 to calculate the ideal path to wash down a previous job, set parameters for the next job, ink ducts and be in good colour. This is helped by ink pumping to each of the eight print units.

Reducing print runs increase the frequency of job changes, increasing the value of the autonomous makeready, especially towards the end of shifts. The company runs a continental shift pattern.

The company installed a Suprasetter platesetter last year so will have little difficulty in feeding an increased volume of plates to the press. In Drupa year it was the first in the UK to install the high speed Stahlfolder TH82-P from the show and now has two of these. It had previously installed a second XL106-5 a year earlier in September 2015. This resulted in a three B1 press line up, two XL106 five-colour plus coater machines and one XL105.

As well as commercial printing, the Zenith Print Group produces cartons and specialises in packaging for coin collectors. This is also a good customer for Heidelberg having installed a Diana Smart 80 carton-gluer and Promatrix 106 since 2015.

In the year to March 2017, the group recorded revenue of £17.4 million (£14.9 million).

Gareth Ward

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Zenith Media will increase capacity significantly with installation of an eight unit fully specified Speedmaster XL106-8-P. It will replace two straight presses at the Pontypridd plant.

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