CLEVELAND—Stop the presses! No, really. Stop them. A more environmentally conscious printing solution has arrived. Jakprints, Inc., a custom printing company based in Cleveland’s MidTown neighborhood, has teamed with Heidelberg USA to bring the Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor press to Northeast Ohio. It is the first of its kind installed east of the Mississippi—and one of the first in North America.
Founded in 1850 in Germany, Heidelberg now covers an industry-leading, approximately 50 percent global market share for sheetfed offset printing equipment. Its Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor press is a massive jolt to the printing business for its efficiency, versatility and environmental friendliness.
“This is the height of technology in printing,” said Terry Sprouse, Jakprints pressroom manager. “It’s the biggest game changer in our industry in 30 years.”
Jakprints representatives saw the practical implications of the Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor during a demonstration at Heidelberg’s U.S. headquarters in Kennesaw, Georgia. While traditional offset presses must print at least 300-400 sheets to align layers of color and fine tune tones – the “makeready,” in industry parlance – the Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor proved capable of accomplishing the same task in just 20-30 sheets, dramatically reducing waste.
“Anicolor technology proves that eco-friendliness and economy are not mutually exclusive,” said Clarence Penge, vice president of Sheetfed Product Management, Heidelberg USA. “The carbon-neutral-manufactured Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor combines up to 90 percent paper savings with a short, 1:1 anilox ink train that brings the press to color in as few as 20 sheets. This makes an important contribution to environmental protection, a central tenet of Jakprints’ operating philosophy.
“By choosing the Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor press, Jakprints clearly has grasped the positive ecological implications of this groundbreaking technology.”
For Jakprints, the potential to reduce 6,500 press sheets of waste per day—between 1.6 million and 2.4 million press sheets per year—on makeready alone while simultaneously adding six hours per day of production capacity was simply too compelling to pass up. For reference, a press sheet is equal in size to six 8.5" x 11" sheets of paper.
“After first seeing it in our building, I said, ‘This is what I’ve always wanted Jakprints to embody from an environmental perspective,’ ” said Jakprints Co-Founder Dameon Guess. “I knew what the Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor did, but to see it in action, I was in awe.”
With a green light from Jakprints, Heidelberg disassembled the press used in the demonstration and brought it north to be reassembled in Cleveland, where it replaced one of two presses in Jakprints’ facility. By purchasing a model that was already built and used for demonstrations, Jakprints was able to have the unit running in Cleveland within eight weeks.
The Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor has been operational since May, rolling off sheets as thin as tissue paper all the way up to 32-point card stock. For Jakprints, a custom printer whose clientele has been known for its appreciation of quality and craftsmanship, the new press has been a hit.
“This printing press unlocks so much creativity and potential – thicker paper stocks, painted edges, higher-end finishing,” Jakprints CEO Nick DeTomaso said. “It empowers us to be more inspired, and it will give customers the ability to create some really unique products.”
Since 1999, Jakprints has served more than 100,000 customers by making the highest quality custom printing available to everyday people, including artists, small businesses and musicians across the United States. The independently owned and operated company specializes in custom, full-color, offset printing, and apparel printing and sticker production.