Colbert Installs new Heidelberg
Colbert Packaging Corp., has installed a new Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 printing press in its Elkhart, IN manufacturing facility. The 40˝ offset press can print six-color processes and coat paperboard in a single pass – using both conventional and ultraviolet inks and coatings.The Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 offset press joins an extensive repertoire of equipment used to produce folding cartons, rigid setup boxes and paperboard specialty products, including formed paper trays, in Colbert’s 109,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant in Elkhart.
The press is built to run at speeds of up to 18,000 sheets per hour and includes some special features that increase production efficiency. The full logistic feeder package is one such feature.
With it, the press quickly and easily performs load changeovers and enables continuous feeding. Automatic plate hangers also provide for rapid plate hanging; all six printing plates are simultaneously hung in 90 seconds.
“We wanted to achieve high efficiency, though not at the expense of high quality,” said Bill Snyder, vice president of operations for Colbert Packaging.
The Heidelberg has built-in quality assurance features, including an in-press color control scanner, which automatically scans every 16 sheets and feeds color values to press operators as the job is running.
“This new press will have a major impact on our entire operation,” said Jim Hamilton, president of Colbert Packaging. “In addition to quality and efficiency improvements resulting from the upgraded technology, the press will also provide additional capacity and expanded capabilities.”