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First Speedmaster 52 Six Colour for WA


Continuing to demonstrate the forward thinking that has enabled Pilpel Print to remain in business for 78 years, the company has installed the State's first Heidelberg Speedmaster 52 six colour press.

The motivation for the new press, says Richard Pilpel, Managing Director, is to meet market demands head on.  "The print environment continues to change.  You have to be flexible and adapt to market needs if you are going to remain competitive.  In Perth we are seeing increased demand for short run work in five colours with a special, so for us the natural next step was to upgrade to a six colour press."

A Heidelberg house for decades, Pilpel chose to stay with the Speedmaster 52 moving from a four colour to the new six colour with high pile delivery.  "We have been extremely happy with our experience of the Speedmaster presses.  Our printers know the press intimately therefore when the six colour was installed there was virtually no interruption to production."

"Everything today is a rush job.  The six colour with high pile delivery enables us to push the work through quickly without loss of quality, and quality is what our business is renown for in the A3 market."
The high pile delivery facilitates easy transition between formats.  It also enables optimised sheet travel through features including swing-away sheet decurlers, sheet brakes, blower tubes and specially constructed front-edge stops.  These benefits are of particular interest to printers who are putting through a wide variety of jobs, as is the case with Pilpel.

Pilpel's SM52-6 has also been installed without IR drying, as is the trend with this model press throughout the country.  "The standard drying units on the Speedmaster are sufficient," says Richard.  "We didn't see the need to add IR drying as we don't have any marking issues with the work produced on the Speedmaster."

Established in the depression, Pilpel Printing is today a thriving family business servicing both trade printers and the general A3 market.  Located in Perth, the company's reach is comprehensive across the CBD. 

Of its longevity, Richard says, "we have a team of very loyal staff, some of whom have been with me for 40 years.  My son is also a director of the business.  It's the combination of family, good people, a commitment to quality and a solid relationship with Heidelberg that enables us to continue to grow and thrive in a changing marketplace."

Image: Pilpel Print director Geoff Pilpel is happy to take on WA's first Heidelberg Speedmaster 52 six colour press.

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