Moquin Press and Heidelberg deliver 4.0 automation with U.S.’s first integrated Push to Stop Press

Greg Moquin.
Greg Moquin.

The first U.S. adopter of Heidelberg’s revolutionary Speedmaster XL 105 technology in 2006, Moquin Press, recently installed a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106-6+L – the first machine in the U.S. with Push to Stop technology that’s fully integrated with Heidelberg’s Prinect workflow, Inpress Control 2, and Inspection Control 2. The XL 106 runs besides an existing XL 105-6 +L with UV. Moquin, a trade and packaging printer located near San Francisco, has always invested in new technologies to deliver world-class quality at competitive prices. “Bringing Industry 4.0 level automation into our pressroom with Push to Stop has been a total game changer. The unprecedented level of integration of the machine with our workflow has made a tremendous impact to our productivity and has already driven our costs down. Accuracy, speed, and incredibly fast changeovers from job to job – compared to our older machine, the difference has been night and day,” said Greg Moquin, President and Owner.

Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106.
Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106.

With Heidelberg’s breakthrough Push to Stop technology together with AutoPlate Pro, jobs can now be autonomously changed over without operator intervention and continue to print until the operator steps in to interrupt, if required. All of this is made possible with Intellistart 2, a new and unique integrated software system for effective job preparation, which reduces the number of operating steps during changeover by approximately 70%. The systematic elimination of time on every job change not only leads to consistent savings, but increased efficiency as well. According to Moquin, their new XL 106 has actually pushed the productivity of their other older machines. “Our press operators have taken cues from the way the new machine runs and changed the way they operate the older machines,” said company officials.

Already equipped with comprehensive packaging capabilities, Moquin was looking to expand even further into the highly demanding packaging and pharmaceutical realm. This influenced their decision to purchase the new XL 106 with both Prinect Inpress Control 2 and Prinect Inspection Control 2. Inpress Control 2, a fully integrated, spectrophotometric colour control system, brings the press up to colour during makeready and continuously monitors and controls it during the run – without the need to pull sheets. Simultaneously, Inspection Control 2 compares the content of an entire printed sheet with the job PDF, and subsequently verifies it against an OK printed sheet. Any errors on the run are flagged in the delivery pile, and the printer is notified. Moquin cited a recent job with a press run of 30,000 sheets. Just 150 sheets into the job, a small piece of paper hit the blanket. Prinect Inspection Control 2 immediately identified the error, saving them from a costly mistake, which would not previously have been caught by the press operator.

Gustavo Eydelsteyn.
Gustavo Eydelsteyn.

Moquin has also taken the production transparency that Prinect workflow creates and provided it to its customers in a unique, customer-specific front-end system called MyMoquin. Available for phone or tablet, the app enables customers to see in real time when their job will print, how long it’s on press, and when they can expect it to be pushed into postpress. “In order to distinguish ourselves in the market, we must accelerate our customer engagement and enhance our level of service,” said Gustavo Eydelsteyn, Moquin’s Director of Technology. “Like Heidelberg, we’re paving the way for printers in the world of Industry 4.0. By building a smart production platform of integrated software and equipment, we’ve been able to deliver both internal and external improvements.”

Finally, Heidelberg’s SystemService team has been instrumental in Moquin’s success over the years, especially with the most recent press. According to Moquin: “The professionalism and knowledge of the Heidelberg service team is what has kept us as a customer all of these years. As all of our machines are under SystemService contracts, we can count on fast response times for both parts and service.”

 

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.