Committed to developing a skilled team and an arsenal of state-of-the art equipment to provide the best level of quality and support for its customers, Spectrum Litho, a family run folding carton converter in Fremont, CA, recently installed a new Promatrix 106 CS die-cutter from HEIDELBERG.
Since installation, the Promatrix, Spectrum Litho’s first die-cutter from the OEM, has led to a significant uptick in its production speed, product quality, and overall throughput. The purchase is also part of Spectrum Litho’s larger investment in Heidelberg’s complete Ecosystem, which includes a Speedmaster XL 106-6+L, Prinect Production & Business Manager, and Saphira Consumables.
Started in 1981 as a commercial printing company, Spectrum Litho was ahead of the curve when it began migrating its business to folding carton production nearly thirty years ago. “Since we converted our business, we’ve seen consistent growth year over year,” said Shawn Pereira, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Spectrum Litho. “Contributing to this growth has been our investments in good technology and equipment. Without it, we couldn’t provide a high-quality product or be able to do it fast enough.”
The company, who primarily serves the medical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries, made a self-proclaimed quantum leap in print quality and efficiency upon purchasing its first Heidelberg press in 2017 – a Speedmaster XL 106-6+L. After installation, Pereira says the press created a domino effect on the production floor.
“We have this press pumping 18,000 sheets an hour, and although I have three die-cutters, the press was burying them with work,” he said.
Looking to alleviate this bottleneck while reducing manufacturing costs and makeready times, Spectrum Litho recently installed a new Promatrix 106 CS – replacing one of its older die-cutters. The Promatrix, which cuts up to 8,000 sheets per hour, has improved the production speed and turnaround times for the company. After its experience with the XL 106, it decided to purchase its first die-cutter from Heidelberg to continue to grow within what Pereira calls the Heidelberg Ecosystem.
“The more I’m part of that ecosystem, the more of a partnership it becomes. Heidelberg will be there to help us overcome obstacles if they arise,” he added.