June 14, 2019 By PrintAction Staff
Ironmark, a Baltimore, Maryland-based marketing services provider serving the mid-Atlantic region, has installed a Komori Lithrone eight-colour 40-inch perfecting press (GL840P) equipped with H-UV.
Previously, Ironmark operated five shifts with two Komori 29-inch presses. Just 60 days after installation of the GL840P, its advanced automation and fast job cycle time has made it possible to reduce the same amount of work to fewer than two shifts, delivering 50 percent more efficiency.
Ironmark traces its roots back to 1955 as Frank Gumpert Printing, founded in Silver Spring, Maryland. For the next 50 years, it served the Washington, D.C. metro area with offset printing services. Today, Ironmark has second-generation family leadership in CEO Jeff Ostenso, who guided the company through a 10-year period of growth by acquisitions that expanded services to include creative, print, web, digital marketing and logistics services. In 2014, the company changed its name to Ironmark to reflect its core tenets: grit, hard work and forward-thinking. Ironmark purchased the Komori GL840P with H-UV to be the backbone of their operation, and as part of their overall strategy for the future, which includes increasing production efficiency, reducing labour and meeting customer demands, it explains.
Ironmark reports that the automated features of the press, such as the KHS-AI integrated control system and the automatic plate-changing system (APC) have cut makeready time in half. The ability for printed items to cure instantly with the addition of Komori’s H-UV system also contributes to improved efficiency and job turnaround times.
“We have been a Komori customer throughout the growth of our company because we love the technology and efficiency Komori’s presses deliver. We do a lot of work for event and sports marketing companies that have tight deadlines and high quality requirements, so it is extremely important that we reinvest and support them with the best equipment possible,” says Matt Marzullo, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Ironmark. “The Komori GL840P is already making an incredible difference in production time and quality. It is simply amazing what this press can do from registration to operation.”
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