By Lauren Searson, Managing Editor for the SGIA Journal
November 3, 2020
Printers who invest in fully automated sheetfed offset presses may be surprised by the before-and-after contrast between the way they used to print, and the way automation enables them to print now.
“In the old model, we thought we were fast,” Charlie Cox, co-owner and COO of Wallace Carlson Printing in Minnetonka, Minn., said. “We weren’t. When we put the new press in, it was glaringly apparent within the first year.”
Cox spoke as a panelist in a discussion of sheetfed press automation during the commercial offset segment of the PRINTING United Digital Experience on Nov. 3. Joining him were Scott Burnett, production manager, Cedar Graphics in Hiawatha, Iowa; Kevin Heslin, president, Seaway Printing in Green Bay, Wis.; and Shawn Sundquist, president, Range Printing in Brainerd, Minn. Patrick Henry, senior editor with NAPCO Media’s Printing and Packaging group, was the moderator.
The talk focused on how automation improves both the performance of the press and the profitability of work produced on it. The panelists were asked to identify the most critical functions of automation and to cite the benefits that these improvements have brought to their operations.
Read the full article here: https://www.piworld.com/article/commercial-printers-value-sheetfed-offset-press-automation/