O’Neil Moves into State-of-the-Art Facility, Replaces Three Presses with Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 102February 17, 2021
“The oldest start-up in Arizona,” O’Neil, founded in 1908, is undergoing a major transformation from a traditional commercial printer to a technology-leading company focused on innovation, automation, and efficiency. Part of this transformation includes the company’s recent relocation to a brand new, state-of-the-art facility in Phoenix, AZ and installation of a new fleet of high-tech equipment, including the Speedmaster CX 102-6+L with Push-to-Stop and UV technology from Heidelberg.
One Machine, Double the Productivity
Looking to usher in a “new era of O’Neil,” the company set upon a transformational journey over a year ago. Part of this journey included modernizing its capabilities with a clear focus on the company’s future. “We needed to reimagine O’Neil Printing and rethink how we do business,” said CEO Anthony Narducci. Soon after the decision was made to sell its existing office in downtown Phoenix and build a new facility, O’Neil did an analysis of its current equipment. Equipped with three older Heidelberg presses, an 8-color Speedmaster CD 102, a 6-color Speedmaster CD 102, and a 6-color Speedmaster SM 52, the company determined that with new Push-to-Stop and UV technology from Heidelberg, that it could achieve the same output, if not more, with a new Speedmaster CX 102.
Since being installed, the CX 102 is achieving 2.5 times more productivity than its three older presses combined. These productivity improvements include significantly shorter makeready times, less waste, faster run speeds and zero drying time to move jobs from press to postpress. According to Narducci, “By investing in this new technology, we were able to reduce our operating costs tremendously by consolidating the workforce and reducing our equipment overhead. Additionally, it has affected our quality and our speed tremendously.”
With UV technology, a trend O’Neil sees the printing industry continuing to move towards in the future, the job flow from offset to bindery is much faster and smoother. With advanced press technology like Intellistart and AutoPlate Pro, the new press, “positions O’Neil in a way we were never able to do before,” said Simon Betran, President. “This press technology tells a great story for our transformation moving forward. You can’t say that you’re a technology leading company and then have twenty-year-old presses.”