West Press adds UV capabilities, cuts makereadies by 80% with Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75

Feb 16, 2021

FRONT: Randy Ritzen – Pressman, West Press; BACK LEFT TO RIGHT: Eric Rankin – Pressman, West Press, John Pratt – Pressroom Supervisor, West Press, Kevin Stroh – Production Manager, West Press, Kristy Scharf – President, West Press

KENNESAW, Georgia – Looking to expand into the packaging space, West Press, an employee-owned, full service commercial printer located in Tucson, Arizona, installed a new Speedmaster XL 75-5+L with Push-to-Stop and UV LE Technology from Heidelberg. Since installation a little less than a year ago, West Press has experienced drastic improvements in its overall throughput and efficiency.


West Press, who takes pride in continuously investing in its employees, technology and customers’ welfare, wanted a machine that would bring new ideas and business opportunities for its sales team and its customers.

Previously only equipped with conventional equipment, West Press is now able to print on a wider gamut of substrates and can get jobs from the press to post-press faster thanks to the addition of LE UV technology on the new XL 75.

“With our older press, we had one particular job on plastic that would take us a full week to run,” West Press President Kristy Scharf said. “With the new press, it’s now in the finishing department within five hours. The time savings is incredible!”

In addition to running synthetics faster and more efficiently, West Press is also able to better handle uncoated jobs with the LE UV technology and has significantly decreased its make-ready times from 30 minutes to five minutes. This is due to advanced features on the press like Heidelberg’s Push-to-Stop autonomous manufacturing approach – driven by Intellistart, a unique integrated software system that greatly reduces the number of operating steps during a job change, and AutoPlate Pro, a fully automatic plate change system that controls precise plate feeding for exact and fast registration at the start of each job.

“We run a lot of signature work with many changeovers, so the Push-to-Stop technology has been tremendous for us,” Scharf said. “The press does so many things on its own ⁠— plates up, plate down, automatically setting the guides, washing the blankets ⁠— and then you’re running again. This technology has saved us hours, even days, on some of our larger jobs.”

In an effort to improve and track its impressive productivity advancements, West Press is also signed up for Heidelberg Assistant with Performance Data and Online Advisement. The service just went online at the end of 2020, but the online portal will provide easy-to-understand production data and metrics that will aid West Press in its business decision-making processes in the future and track improvements to the print shop’s Overall Equipment Effectiveness.


A firm believer in the mantra, “If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the customers,” West Press looked no further than its press operators when seeking advice on making the investment in the XL 75.

“Our pressmen have run other presses in the past and know the competition,” Scharf said.  “They say there is no press better than a Heidelberg.  When making the change from an older Speedmaster SM 74 to the advanced technology of the Push-to-Stop XL 75, the press operators at West Press got up to speed quickly thanks to the “over the top, perfect” training from Heidelberg’s SystemService team.

To keep up with the new technology advancements of the press and optimize its workflow from pre-press to press to post-press, West Press also made the decision to upgrade to Prinect Production Manager and purchase a second Suprasetter CtP device. Through the Production Manager subscription model, West Press receives technical support for all fixes and upgrades, so it is always up-to-date on the latest versions and newest Prinect modules as they are developed.

The new workflow has aided the company in getting files from pre-flighting to press much faster. Additionally, the XL 75 exclusively runs Heidelberg Saphira Consumables, which ensures the press achieves the highest quality possible.


Established in 1991 by Joel M. Levine, West Press is a state-of-the-art print and marketing communications provider known for helping clients grow their businesses. As an employee-owned company, West Press puts the most knowledgeable and experienced professionals to work for its customers. The company serves customers nationwide and is pleased to have won industry awards for the quality of its printing and design for the past several years.