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FLEXO Magazine : May 2009
PLANTS & PROCESSES The new layout of the production art and creative design room was conceived by United Engravers staff, and designed to bring the two departments closer. All art courtesy United Engravers Inc. “United” for Success Prepress Provider Experiences Growth through Open-Mindedness and Teamwork By Rachael Young P roduction is a common sight at United Engravers Inc., Schaumburg, IL. Printing plate production, graphic production, pre-mounting production—these processes are what make the company tick. Yet, it’s the ongoing production to expand the company that predicts growth, even in a tough economy. Members of the FTA since 1993, the fi rm began business as United Rubber Die Engravers in 1963. The family-owned company started business as a supplier to local Chicago corrugated converters. Since then, expansion continues in and outside of the offi ce, including employee development and improvement of the building itself. Before photopolymer plates were widely accepted, United de- veloped printing plates by process of rubber die engraving. Over the years, the company has adopted new equipment to transition to the photopolymer plate method. United houses a variety of fi lm imaging devices, the larg- est of which is the Gigasetter, featuring a customized software package from EskoArtwork. It is ideal for multiple-out trays, oversized display bases and I-plates, also known as in-position plate (see FLEXO Dec. 2008, page 20). The large-format fi lm is currently used with a mix of platemaking equipment to develop product. A MacDermid 52in. by 80in. dual manifold system equipped with shadowbox, and a 30in. by 48in. machine currently handle 46 FLEXO MAY 2009 the everyday workfl ow in the liquid platemaking department. United also utilizes a DuPont Cyrel 3002 E-TL sheet exposure unit, and an EskoArtwork CDI Advance – 80 Optics. The sheet systems are supported by a DuPont Cyrel 3002 I processor and PRI-500 Plate-Vac. United’s latest addition is a 52in. by 110in. dual manifold liquid-photopolymer system. The installation of the one-of-akind unit began in March, and the company anticipates routing workfl ow through the machine this summer. The MacDermid device is the largest liquid photopolymer platemaking system created to date. Installing new machinery is only a small part of the growth that the company has enjoyed in its business. When the company was founded nearly 50 years ago, it was located in Rosemont, and the small staff of six operated out of a 1,200sq.ft. building. After the company outgrew its occupancy, United moved twice within Elk Grove Village. Now United has settled in its 40,000sq.ft. facility in Schaumburg, which features customized offi ces and modern work environments unique to each department. The reconstruction project gave home to a company that continues to expand in a time where success is hard to come by. These recent and continued achievements within United Engravers can be attributed to multiple reasons, but the largest aspects are its dedicated employees, company reinvestment, and plant consistency. www. f le xography. org PREPRESS