Features COVID-19 Digital Printing
California printer steps up with sanitation signage during COVID-19 pandemic

April 6, 2020  By PrintAction Staff

Jonathon Long, prepress/design at Time Printing Solutions Provider; Kyle Friesner, digital operator; and company president Andy Poole in front of the Versafire EP.

Full service commercial printer Time Printing Solutions Provider is doing its bit during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking in new work like signage created by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for use in hospitals and businesses to encourage social-distancing and hand-washing – all printed on Versafire digital presses from Heidelberg.

“We needed to figure out a way to think outside of our typical day-to-day life to make sure we are growing in a tough period,” said Andy Poole, president of the Sacramento, Calif.-based company. “We even thought outside of print and are now involved in designing and printing hand sanitizer stations and other signage for large clients. We are following our motto to do ‘whatever it takes’ to satisfy our customers.”

Printing at 4,800 by 2,400 dpi and with a new toner formula, the Versafire EP exceeds the challenging expectations of customer requirements, while still running at speeds of up to 135 letter pages per minute.

“We are a very proud G7-calibrated printer, so quality is of the utmost importance to us. Coming from an offset background, I expect offset quality on all of our pieces,” said Poole. “With the Versafire EP, we can be sure that we can print at competitive speeds without lacking quality.”

The Versafire EP was installed in early 2020 when Time Printing Solutions Provider had reached capacity with two older Versafire presses. Replacing the oldest digital press, the new Versafire EP has more than tripled their productivity. “The Versafire EP came at just the right time,” said Poole. “We can now serve these customers who really are in need with the fastest speeds possible and little to no turnaround times.”

Also, the Versafire can print up to 13” by 27.5” sheets while also supporting 24-point stock plus a variety of synthetics.

Poole is no stranger to Heidelberg machines, as he originally worked in his family’s printing business, which focused on high-end sheetfed, web and digital printing. After founding Time Printing, he looked to Heidelberg to find a digital press with offset quality. “Before we brought in the Heidelberg digital presses in 2016, we were selling $600,000,” he said. “Now in 2020, we’ll be at $2.1 million, which is all digital growth.”

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