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
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.
News Archive February 2006