Only Heidelberg was able to meet the requirements.
The pressroom at Dridé, a French commercial print shop based in Neuilly-sur-Marne, is home to three Speedmaster XL 105 presses. One of them is a Speedmaster XL 105-4+LYY-P-4+L, the first of its kind in France. The eight-color Speedmaster XL 105 LPL prints and coats up to 15,000 sheets per hour on both sides with four colors in a single pass. Each machine is equipped with the Prinect Inpress Control which measures and controls color and register automatically on the fly. “Prinect Inpress Control has significantly improved the way we work by enabling us to cut our costs and reduce paper waste by 50 percent. The presses run round the clock at their maximum speed and deliver consistently high color and production quality. We increase our production by 30 percent and can supply each order to our customers in the shortest possible time,” says Hélène Dridé.
Established in 1934, Dridé is one of the best known and most productive print shops in the Paris region. Covering an area of 8,000 square meters, the business employs a workforce of 75 in three shifts and produces premium products such as brochures and catalogs for its discerning customers. The full-service print shop offers an end-to-end service that covers the entire spectrum of the graphic arts industry – from design to mailing.
“The LPL represented a major technological advancement for us,” explains Hélène Dridé. “We can rely on the press to achieve its promised operating speed. Thanks to AutoPlate XL, the eight plates can be changed, the blankets washed, and setup completed – all in a record time of three minutes. This enables us to process both big and small orders under optimum productivity conditions and really improve the combination of digital and offset printing techniques. The outstanding performance of our press means we can now produce an order for 300 pages in a run of 200 with outstanding offset quality and on a profitable basis.