Best Color Press installs Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106-6+L Press with Push-to-Stop technology

Best Color’s David Lee (left), Press Operator, and Sunny Chan, CEO, in front of their new Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106-6+L Press, which they will use initially to expand their packaging business.

Best Color Press of Vancouver, British Columbia is one of the few trade printers in Western Canada. Recently, CEO Sunny Chan found himself being asked to better serve the needs of the growing packaging market in the region. Realizing that to serve this lucrative market required a vastly different equipment portfolio, he set about acquiring a suitable offset press. Eventually, he invested in a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106-6+L Press with groundbreaking Push-to-Stop autonomous print automation – along with many other features and options designed to meet the requirements of today’s complex packaging market. His goal is to completely change the face of packaging printing in Vancouver, now that he has the technology to do exactly that.

Capable of producing 18,000 sheets per hour, the press features an elevation kit for taller stacks. It’s also able to produce both conventional print with water-based coating, and UV-printed jobs with high gloss UV coatings because of its complete IST UV system. Heidelberg Push-to-Stop technology features include: Prinect PressCenter 2 console with Wallscreen XL interface; AutoPlate Pro fully-automated plate-changing; Inpress Control spectral colour measurement and automatic register system; automated wash-ups; and the new Quality Assist program for autonomous progression – from make-ready to good-sheet production. “Best Color is now better equipped than any shop in the Western Region of Canada for any type of packaging products required,” Chan added. “It was a big leap for us, but now we’re ready.”

The packaging market in Western Canada is growing in a ‘boutique sense’ – meaning that a lot of smaller companies are looking for specialized packaging. The larger multi-national packaging houses are not prominent in this area, so the opportunity to better serve this market is now possible for Best Color. Operating and serving the printing and graphic arts market in Vancouver for over 30 years, Best Color has grown steadily and now employs 60 people. The new Speedmaster XL 106-6+L joins an existing Speedmaster XL 75-6+L Press alongside a new Suprasetter CtP with automatic plate loading, punching and automatic slip-sheet removal.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.