Cuttack's Sharma Publications opts for Heidelberg SX 74 and Suprasetter A106

Cuttack-based publishing house, Sharma Publications has opted for a Heidelberg SX 74 a four-colour press and Suprasetter A106 thermal CTP platesetter to boost it's commercial print operations. The Heidelberg kit has replaced a Planeta, and Mistibushi offset printing machines.

09 May 2018 | By Priya Raju

The machine has been installed at its shopfloor in Cuttack in February 2018. Debi Prasad Sharma, managing director, Sharma Publications said, “We opted for Heidelberg machines as it is a credible brand and we liked the quality and precision of print produced for even the single-colour text, which is important for publication business.”
Sharma added, “Another feature that impressed me was the short make-ready time for job changeovers. It takes around five-six minutes to set-up a job and usually the first print is accurate to print the actual run which saves a lot of time. Also, if there is a high volume job, we can print at the maximum speeds of up to 14,000 sheets per hour.”
The Heidelberg Speedmaster SX 74 combines the technology of the Speedmaster XL class with the tried-and-tested SM platform. According to Heidelberg, the machine is designed for ergonomic operations; the press is capable of producing shorter makeready and throughput times, with production speeds of up to 15,000 sheets per hour.
According to Sharma one of the key factors for opting for a brand new press was the market demand for high quality for publications of educational and other books. He said, “The investment in the Prinect workflow and Suprasetter ensures that the print output is error free along with colour management solution for all our print jobs.” 
Heidelberg Suprasetter can process 18 plates per hour with plate formats from 370×323mm to 930×1,060mm. The installation process and training to operate the machine was completed in 12-15 days. Sharma said, “The machine is user-friendly and fully automatic, and hence our operators could easily operate the machine from day one.”
“The SX 74 alone has been catering to the workload of the two offset machines we have replaced and are still able to use only 50% of its capacity. Till date, we have been only doing print jobs for in-house publications, and now with the increased capacity we plan to cater to other job works available in the market.”
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