Adams Litho Invests in Heidelberg Equipment to Grow Packaging Business
Over the past 10 years, Adams Litho’s percentage of sales in packaging has been skyrocketing. With expectations that packaging sales will continue to increase, Adams Litho of Chattanooga, Tenn. invested in several Heidelberg (Booth 10143) machines — a Speedmaster CD 102-6+L, a Diana Easy 115, an Easymatrix 106 CS, and Versafire EP.
According to Wyatt Hogue, president of Adams Litho, “Packaging is growing. It’s crucial that we are able to provide what is needed to produce unique and high-end packages.”
Flexible press for large variety of substrates
In order to print the highest quality packages for their customers, Adams Litho chose the six-color Speedmaster CD 102 with UV capabilities — their third CD press — for its flexible processing of a large variety of jobs and materials.
“The CDs have always been a great fit for us,” says Hogue. “Currently, our newest CD 102 is sitting next to our 2008 Speedmaster CD 102-6+L; however, our new press has UV capabilities, which allows us to print on uncoated paper and different non-porous substrates. We run UV 100% of the time, 24 hours a day, five days a weeks, and our operators have loved running it.”
A folder-gluer that grows with Adams Litho
Printing high-end packages on their CD 102, Adams Litho was still outsourcing their folding-gluing. According to Hogue, “We outsourced to great vendors, but this caused us to lose time and control. To offer our customers the best, we needed to bring a folder/gluer in-house. Once we saw the Diana Easy 115 at the Print Media Center Atlanta, we knew it was right for us.”
The Diana Easy allows entry into the folding carton market, and can grow with Adams Litho’s future requirements. It offers a high degree of operator friendliness, such as feed belts, which can be changed in less than a minute, and Digiset — a software that suggests the position of each carrier after the operator enters the key carton dimensions.
According to Hogue, “It’s perfect for us. As this is our first folder/gluer, we really wanted a machine that was easy to learn for our operators. Our goal is to fill this Diana Easy up to maximum capacity and buy another one — it’s going to be a huge segment for us.”