Braintree Printing Installs Rebuilt Heidelberg Cylinder Die Cutter

Braintree Printing, one of New England’s leading offset and digital printing companies, has expanded its finishing capabilities with the addition of a rebuilt Heidelberg die cutter. The newly acquired die cutter enables Braintree Printing to keep every facet of production in-house, from pre-press to printing and finishing, ensuring quality control and passing savings on to customers.

Braintree, MA (PRWEB) May 29, 2012

Braintree Printing, a leading offset printing and digital printing company serving printers and print brokers throughout the Northeast, continues to add to its fleet of bindery and finishing equipment with the addition of a Heidelberg cylinder die cutter with a maximum sheet size of 21” x 28”. Formerly a vintage letterpress, the Heidelberg was completely dismantled and refurbished as a die cutter by Whittenburg, Inc. of Tennessee.

Jim Corliss, owner of Braintree Printing, said the converted Heidelberg die cutter will be used primarily to manufacture 9” x 12” pocket folders. “We have seen a large increase in the number of customers requesting folders for presentations. In the past, we had to send these projects out to another die cutting vendor. Now we can keep the jobs in-house, saving time on our end and resulting in less cost for the customer.”

According to Corliss, Braintree Printing has tripled the size of its bindery and finishing department in the past five years by adding nine new pieces of equipment. These include folding, laminating, perfect binding, trimming, and coating machines. In addition to the converted Heidelberg, Braintree Printing also has a Morgana Autocreaser capable of scoring and perforating.

Corliss said the Heidelberg installation was performed by Graeme Smith, a Heidelberg cylinder engineer from Whittenburg. According to Whittenburg rebuild specifications, the machine was fully dismantled, cleaned, mechanically inspected and given new parts. It was then reassembled, rewired, retimed and fitted with a new safety guard, metal foot board and side table. Though rebuilt as a die cutter, the former classic printing press retains its yesteryear charm. Freshly painted traditional Heidelburg blue, it bears a metal plaque with the words “Original Heidelberg Cylinder.”

“The converted Heidelberg on our plant floor gives a nod to the printing industry’s rich history,” said Corliss. “This old printing press now looks and runs like new – with a second life as a die cutter.”

About Braintree Printing

Braintree Printing provides offset printing and digital printing for printers and print brokers throughout the Northeast. Owned by Jim Corliss, Jerry Hogan and Jose Tafur, the 28-year-old company specializes in high-end, 4 and 5 color offset printing and digital printing, book printing, and various types of bindery and finishing. With $5.97 million in annual sales, Braintree Printing ranked 28th nationwide and was the highest ranking Massachusetts printer on Quick Printing Magazine’s 2011 Top 100 List. Braintree Printing operates in a 17,000 square ft plant on Wood Road in Braintree, MA. Business hours are 8:30 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with production areas working 24/7 to meet customer demand. For information, call 781-848-5300 or visit

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