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Kumon makes first Heidelberg investment in Speedmaster XL 106


April 7, 2021
By PrintAction Staff

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Kumon team members from left to right: Tom Mock, Bill Hartig, Joe Cosgrove, Lee Davis and Jake Backscheider with Speedmaster XL 106

The North American division of Kumon, a structured, self-learning program with educational centres worldwide, was in need of a better solution for printing worksheets. After exhaustive exploration of many press providers, Kumon decided to purchase the Speedmaster XL 106-9P with Push-to-Stop technology, its first ever Heidelberg investment, along with running the new press exclusively with Heidelberg’s Saphira Consumables.

Printing nearly 100 million worksheets in 2019, Kumon needed to add to its existing fleet of offset presses to keep up with the demand at its Hebron, Kentucky plant. Despite having never purchased from Heidelberg in the past, Kumon selected the Speedmaster XL 106 for several key factors, such as press speed, advanced press technology & automation, Heidelberg’s vast service network, and the availability of parts and consumables.

“We’re able to consistently run the press at top speeds of 18,000 sheets per hour, which is significantly faster than our other two machines. This press is far more advanced than anything we’ve run before. The consistency of it is outstanding, especially since we typically run thinner, uncoated stocks,” said Tom Mock, operations manager for Kumon.

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In addition to faster speeds, Mock credits the advanced Push-to-Stop technology on the machine for increasing the overall throughput and productivity of the plant.