Vista Color Corp., a packaging printer in Miami, Florida, recently purchased a Speedmaster XL 106-6+L with AutoPlate Pro and Inspection Control 2, making it the sixth press that the company has purchased from Heidelberg in the last 20 years.
The new XL 106 runs alongside an existing Speedmaster XL 106, seven-color press with double coater and inline foiling. This new machine, equipped with Push to Stop technology, is streamlining production at Vista Color and decreasing turnaround times for their ever-demanding customer base.
“We designed our first XL 106 for the more complex packaging jobs that we typically run, but it was creating a bit of a bottleneck when we wanted to run more standardized jobs,” said Jess Hernandez, President of Vista Color. “The strategy for the new press is to create an express lane for less complex folding cartons and quickly turn those orders around. This new XL 106 is like a digital press with plates. We’ve just been amazed by the new technology – Heidelberg really hit a home run with the enhanced productivity improvements they’ve made.”
Many of Vista Color’s clients require that their packages pass the rigorous color consistency test of Graphic Measures International (GMI). Based on the rigors of these color qualifications, Vista Color decided to use Heidelberg’s Prinect Color Services. The Prinect color team together with Prinect Color Toolbox software successfully calibrated and optimized the Speedmaster XL 106 to ensure the machine was producing standardized color and met all requirements of GMI. Additional color controls and checks also had to be performed to assess the level of quality and reproducibility of the processes moving forward. With the help of Prinect Color Services, Vista Color was able to achieve a 97% passing score to the specific color requirements of GMI – well above the minimum 80% that is needed to pass.
From left, Henry Serrano, CEO of Vista Color, Jess Hernandez, President of Vista Color, and Bill Eline, Account Manager for Heidelberg