With the installation of a Heidelberg
Primesetter, Bates Printing has added computer-to-plate
technology to its traditional computer-to-film-to-plate
Eliminating a step has increased
quality, says John Bates, president of the 88-year-old
Massillon company. Everything is sharper, clearer.
The equipment itself isnt
as awe-inspiring as new printing presses, says
vice-president Dan Bates, the fourth generation to operate
Bates Printing, but moving into filmless production
puts us at the forefront of commercial printing companies
in our area.
Bates Printing has always relied on
Heidelberg quality in their pressroom, where five presses
operate daily to provide a range of services from single
color printing to complex full color work to die cutting.
Heidelberg has historically been the worlds premium
The new processing equipment was produced
in Germany specifically for Bates Printing. As it was
being manufactured and shipped, crews made many changes
at the printing firm to accommodate the new machines.
Chris Merz, senior field service tech
in Heidelbergs prepress division, says this is
the first Primesetter installation he has handled out
of his Columbus headquarters.
In addition to enhanced quality, customers
have seen a difference in proofing: revisions and corrections
are made with a few keystrokes, without the financial
burden of remaking film.
Bates Printing, a full service commercial
printing company, works with advertising agencies and
design professionals to produce top quality marketing
pieces, annual reports, pocket folders, and catalogs.
They are known throughout the area for their work with
sports programs and tickets. Hospitals, retailers, industries,
schools, and museums are among their regular customers.