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Muller Martini Marketing AG
Untere Brühlstrasse 13, 4800 Zofingen, Switzerland
Tel. +41 (0)62 745 45 75, Fax +41 (0)62 751 55 50,
SDV Winter in Weidenberg (Germany)
Changeover Times Reduced by up to 50 Percent
With its new Alprinta 52, the mailings specialist SDV Winter in Weidenberg,
Germany has once again selected a solution from Muller Martini. The
significantly shorter changeover times on the new web offset printing
press considerably increase productivity.
A look in the order books from recent years reveals a few remarkable things: From 2003 to
2012, SDV Winter, which specializes exclusively in mailings, has tripled its print volume.
“This lends credence to our company,” says company representative and managing director
Volker Schuster without false modesty. In addition to its 91 motivated employees, this
success can be attributed to the company’s high level of flexibility even with extremely short
deadlines as well as its attractive range of products for numerous (regular) customers in
Germany and in the neighboring German-speaking countries. For example, substrate
grammage has continually increased in recent years. “Today we regularly print on paper with
a weight of 250 grams per square meter,” says company representative and production
manager Alfred Wagner.
Of course, short delivery times and increasingly higher demands for quality from customers
require the necessary machinery. That is why SDV Winter, which has belonged since 2006
to SDV - Die Medien AG, headquartered in Dresden, Germany, has invested in a new web
offset printing press from Muller Martini, an Alprinta 52, to replace its eight-color Progress
machine at its plant in Weidenberg. In addition, the company has two Goebel Optiforma Plus
machines in operation – one with nine, and the other with eight printing units.
“When evaluating the new machine, we focused our attention on three main points,” says
Volker Schuster: “boosting production, reducing changeover times and minimizing production
waste.” As part of this evaluation, SDV Winter carried out several successful tests with
various types of paper and different print images while at the Muller Martini Training Center
in Maulburg, Germany.
Two Flexo-Cassettes for UV-Coating
Müller Martini Marketing AG
In addition to the web offset printing units, the new Alprinta 52, which was officially
transferred from Fogra Forschungsgesellschaft Druck e.V. last March, features several
turning stations with which the number of printing units for back side and front side printing
can be selected flexibly. As printing mailings today often requires more than eight printing
units, SDV Winter decided in favor of a ten-color machine. “As we now only have to run
production through the machine once, we gain time and have less production waste,”
comments Benno Putz, Director of Quality Management. “The stable inking systems ensure
a higher level of quality.”
The Alprinta 52 features two ‘flexo-cassettes’, which can be used to convert the offset press
units into flexo printing units. “Our customers increasingly demand high-quality mailings with
special colors and/or coatings,” says Alfred Wagner. “Thanks to the Alprinta 52, we are now
also able to offer double-sided UV-coating.”
An essential part of the machine setup that leads to a more diverse range of products is the
sheeter. In addition to mailings finished on large rolls produced on the new Alprinta 52, SDV
Winter now runs inline production of inserts trimmed to the final format with a QS 52 cross
cutter featuring an integrated stacker.
Great Technological Innovation
Even if the new printing press represents a significant technological upgrade for SDV Winter
and its four machine operators and according to Alfred Wagner it was also necessary to
learn the machine controls during the intensive training at Muller Martini’s center in Maulburg
as well as by getting into a certain routine on site with a lot of ‘learning by doing’ (“we are
gradually getting on the right path”), the company has already reached its most important
goal: According to Benno Putz, changeover times have been significantly reduced.
“Compared to our other two printing presses, with the Alprinta 52 we can prepare a job by 35
percent, sometimes even up to 50 percent faster.”
Confident for the Future
A significant part of the higher productivity made possible by the Alprinta 52, which features
an inline ink control system and prints products in pre-trimmed A4 format due to the narrower
webs, is due to cycle speeds of up to 365 meters per minute. “If the jobs allow it, we try to
push the machine to its threshold,” says Benno Putz.
For Volker Schuster there is no doubt “that mailings continue to be a growing business.” As
we are in an excellent position both in terms of organization and technology, we expect that
our company will continue to grow in the coming years despite the competitive environment.”
Image caption
From right: Benno Putz (Director of Quality Management), Konstantin Nickel (Machine
Operator), Company Representative Alfred Wagner (Production Manager), Company
Representative Volker Schuster (Managing Director) and Peter Eisemann (Sales
Representative for printing presses at Muller Martini Germany) in front of the new Alprinta 52
at SDV Winter in Weidenberg, Germany.
For sample copies, contact:
Müller Martini Marketing AG
Muller Martini Marketing AG
Untere Brühlstrasse 13
4800 Zofingen, Switzerland
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