Flexible packaging and folding carton specialist Vista Color has installed a new Speedmaster XL 106-7+LYYL with in-line UV and FoilStar capabilities from Heidelberg to balance the plant’s workload better, increase speed-to-market and overall product quality.
After over five decades in business, Vista Color Corporation of Miami, Florida, is proud to be an independently owned, third-generation family-run company set to achieve folding carton sales of over USD 30 million in the next two to three years.
Vista Color’s newest XL 106 is equipped with Heidelberg’s new intelligent User Experience (UX), autonomous Push-to-Stop technology, and AutoPlate Pro, the automatic plate-changing device. It replaces another XL 106 the company installed in 2017.
‘When we purchased our last press, we believed we needed a machine dedicated to producing our less complex, more standardized jobs,’ said Jess Hernandez, president of Vista Color. ‘What we found, however, is that we still had an overwhelming need to produce jobs with foil and multiple coating effects.’
The demand for more complex, intricate packaging from Vista Color’s many high-end customers started to put a burden on the company’s other press, a 2013 XL 106-7+LYYL. By installing a newer press with the same configuration, the company believes that it will have more flexibility in scheduling jobs between the two presses, and the FoilStar in-line foiling capabilities will remove a needed additional step of production, which in turn helps control costs for Vista Color’s customers.
The new press will also aid in the company’s overall efficiency and faster ‘operational velocity’ due to the software improvements and automation capabilities of the latest generation of Speedmasters.
‘Heidelberg is the best in the industry when it comes to embracing technology,’ added Hernandez. ‘This newly enhanced technology really aids in the operator-friendliness of the machine. The Heidelberg experience has always helped us stay ahead.’