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AlphaGraphics and Griffiths Services invest in Heidelberg’s Polar N 78 cutters

Published 25 May 2018

AlphaGraphics and Griffiths Services have selected Heidelberg’s Polar N 78 cutters to replace their old cutters in the US.

Highest Productivity, Maximum Flexibility

AlphaGraphics, a part of the franchise network, located in Missoula, Montana has increased their offerings by adding digital printing capabilities in the last few years. With the short-run lengths and quick turnaround times digital printing offers, the company needed a cutter that would be just as efficient. AlphaGraphics has always loved their older POLAR cutter, so purchasing the new POLAR N 78 was an easy decision for the company to make.

AlphaGraphics president Mike Peissig said: “Once we started looking for a new cutter and heard that we could invest in the new POLAR N 78, we knew it would be our next cutter.

“Its updated capabilities and faster speeds are perfect for our expanding company.”

Thanks to the POLAR N 78, AlphaGraphics has increased their cutter throughput by 20% thereby freeing up operator capacity for other jobs. The cutter offers a large variety of additional programmable functions, which create incredibly short makeready times and high productivity.

Peissig said: “Since expanding to digital, we have a lot of short runs.

“By programming the cutter, we know that the POLAR will do the job right. With only a touch of a button, we trust that we can go back to a certain program and it will be accurate.”

Since 1965, the professional team at AlphaGraphics has helped Montana businesses accomplish its marketing, print, and design goals. AlphaGraphics Missoula (previously known as Gateway Printing) started out as a commercial offset printer and has grown with the ever-changing market to provide nearly every type of visual communications imaginable.

The Value of Working with Heidelberg

Griffiths Service Inc. of Anaheim, California was also looking for a replacement for their older cutter and chose the POLAR N 78 based on the speed and stability. With double the speed of its other cutters, the POLAR N 78 is the go-to cutter for all of Griffiths Service’s needs.

Thanks to the POLAR OptiKnife, Griffiths extends the operating life of the knife as well as speeds up knife changes. It also has the greatest cutting accuracy due to the POLAR-Positioning-System DPS with a mechanical positioning accuracy of 1/100 mm.

Griffiths Services is no stranger to the full product range that Heidelberg offers. The company has the latest version of Prinect workflow that runs with their Suprasetter A 75. When moving over to their sheetfed department, Griffiths Services has 2 Speedmaster QM 46s and Speedmaster SM 74. Finishing up at their postpress department, the company has several older POLAR cutters including a POLAR 56 and 78 that run alongside their new POLAR N 78.

At the end of the day, Griffiths’ POLAR cutters earned their trust by having reliable performance, which is the reason why the POLAR cutter is the only cutter they install in their facility.

Griffiths Service production manager Walt Griffiths said: “POLAR has always been cutting edge. The reliability of the equipment is one of the reasons that we strongly believe in Heidelberg.

“They’re the industry-leading choice for printers. We know it’s the best and that’s why we keep buying from them after so many years.”

Since 1981, serving has been the number 1 priority for Griffiths Service Inc. It has unmatched service compared to competitors by making sure customers are happy with the final product. Services at Griffiths Services Inc include offset, signage, and digital.

Source: Company Press Release