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Mercury Print Productions adds Prosper 5000XL for book publishing

May 10, 2011 12:00 AM

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Mercury Print Productions, a leader in digital book printing for publishers in the education market, has begun installation of a Kodak Prosper 5000XL press to boost its ability to produce short-run and on-demand books in color.

The press output approaches 175 lines per inch, with roll-fed speeds up to 650 feet (or 200 meters) per minute. It runs monthly duty cycles up to 120 million A4 impressions, with print widths up to 24.5 inches.

The comprehensive book system installed at Mercury features the Lasermax Roll Systems Wide Unwind & Rewind units. The finishing lines include the Stack 2230 Systems that feed the Muller Martini Sigma Binder system via a Shuttleworth conveyer.

With faster time to market, offset print quality and automated inventory replenishment, Mercury plans to increase its already significant business from the largest textbook publishers, including McGraw Hill Education, Pearson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and others.

“The trends that we’re seeing include a mandate from publishers to reduce their inventories, incorporate more customization, and reduce the price point of textbooks,” says Christian Schamberger, Mercury’s vice president of operations. “With the Prosper 5000XL press, we can provide our customers the product they need at the quantities they need, when they need it.”