Mollet Printing, a full-service printer specializing in the retail market, recently installed a Versafire EP with Prinect Digital Frontend from Heidelberg in its new Portland, OR 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 in June of this year.
While the Versafire EP is one of the more compact machines in its class, size was not reason enough for owner of Mollet Printing, Dave Mollet, to switch from his digital press of over ten years. “I’m an offset guy,” says Mollet, “so I never thought that I would be happy with a toner-based machine like the Versafire.” After seeing impressive print samples, he was quickly convinced to change to Heidelberg digital.
In addition to quality, the Versafire EP prints on a full range of substrates from 35 lb. text to 24 pt. board, including synthetics, with sheet sizes up to 13×27.5 inches. As a result of the larger sheet size, Mollet Printing can now move jobs, such as six-panel brochures and signage, previously printed on an offset press or large format device, to the Versafire. “I wasn’t able to print as long a sheet on our previous digital press,” says Mollet. “It’s amazing how cost competitive I can be now on certain jobs.” Mollet Printing is also seeing significant monthly savings thanks to Heidelberg’s simple pricing model. “Even though I had recently paid off my previous digital press, it’s still more cost effective for me to run the Versafire,” he shares.
Due to the company’s experience using Prinect, Dave decided to install the Versafire with the Prinect Digital Frontend, which enables automated and standardized print production for excellent efficiency, greater transparency, and faster job flow.
“Before investing in the Versafire, I spoke with other printers in my area that recently changed to Heidelberg digital,” says Mollet. “Every single one of them said the same thing: ‘it’s the best decision I’ve ever made in that arena,’ and now having run the machine for four months, I would say the same thing.”
Nov2021, DPS Magazine