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Mollet Printing installs Versafire EP from Heidelberg


October 27, 2021
By PrintAction Staff
Brad Humble, Versafire operator for Mollet Printing with Versafire EP.

Mollet Printing, a full-service printer specializing in the retail market, recently installed a Versafire EP with Prinect Digital Front End from Heidelberg in its new Portland, Ore., facility. While initially turning to the Versafire for its smaller footprint, Mollet Printing has experienced better print quality and significant cost savings since replacing its former digital press.

Mollet Printing is a family business, started in 1968, with roots in offset printing. After deciding to move facilities to save costs, the company realized it needed a smaller digital press to fit into its new space. While the Versafire EP is one of the more compact digital production engines in its class, size was not reason enough for owner Dave Mollet to switch from his digital press of over 10 years.

“I’m an offset guy,” said Mollet, “so I never thought that I would be happy with a toner-based machine like the Versafire.” After seeing print samples, however, Dave was “blown away” by the quality and quickly convinced to change to Heidelberg digital. Now, a few months after installing the Versafire, Dave is very pleased with his decision. “I print a lot of mailings digitally,” he said. “With my previous machine, I would have trouble with ink rubbing off of the cards before being delivered. With the Versafire, it’s rock solid. The image stays on even through the mail.”

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In addition to the print quality, Mollet Printing is enjoying cost savings since installing the Versafire EP, thanks to the machine’s larger sheet size and simpler costing model. As a result of the larger sheet size, Mollet Printing is now able to move some of its jobs like six-panel brochures and signage, previously printed on an offset press or large-format device, to the Versafire.