Delta Dampening

Made in America

Epic is proud to say our products are truly made in the USA. We are a fully integrated engineering and manufacturing company. From designing custom coaters, to cutting and painting sheet metal and wiring electrical panels – it is all done in our 40,000 sq. foot facility in Arlington, Texas by over 30 dedicated engineering and production employees. Many members of our team are true artisans, a great number of whom have worked over 25 years at Epic. We are proud of our loyal workforce and grateful for their hard work and craftsmanship. So when considering the various coating and dampening solutions in the marketplace, consider the fact that Epic’s solutions are designed, manufactured and assembled in the USA.

 

Epic production team assembling and testing a WebCoat200

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Epic Products Awarded DPS Readers’ Choice

Epic Products was bestowed an Honorable Mention in this year’s DPS Readers’ Choice Awards. The award is based on DPS Magazine’s information tracking system, that captures readers requests for additional product and/or company information.

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Can Tech Vietnam

Epic Products has been supplying Asian three-piece can manufacturers with Delta Dampening Systems for many years. For the first time however, we participated in a regional conference sponsored by CanTech. Over 350 suppliers and manufactures from all over Southeast Asia assembled at the beautiful Rex Hotel in Central Ho Chi Minh City to discuss the intricacies of the Asian metal packaging market.

Mike Barisonek, Epic’s VP of Sales & Marketing was a featured presenter discussing the Challenges of Ink-Water Balance, an excellent opportunity for Epic to showcase our products. He also had a chance to meet face-to-face with long-time customers and meet many potential customers. Listening to the outstanding keynote addresses given by local producers and touring a Crown facility, brought things into even better prospective. The region offers significant potential, the economies are growing and three-piece cans remain a very viable packaging option!

Mike taking in some local sights

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The Conquest of the Hickey

From Graphic Arts Monthly – July 1996

For years, the number on enemy of printers the hickey, has been considered an inescapable, if unfortunate part of printing. This scourge of the pressroom has dodged whole crews of press operators, defied hickey picker rollers and wreaked havoc on quality and productivity. But to day, printers like Graphics Illustrated have discovered a technology designed to conquer this long-standing foe.

The second largest sheetfed printer in South Florida, Graphic Illustrated is $20 million company providing commercial printed materials for Fortune 500 customers. Since its founding in 1979, adaptability has been key in the company’s continued growth, leading it over the years into multicolor printing and, more recently, DocuTech and disk replication. But until last year, even as the company embraced new technologies, the old problem of hickeys remained.

The existence of even on hickey in a job represented a concern for Graphics Illustrated. According to Press Manager Robert Scott, “With our customers, one hickey is considered an unacceptable defect.”

When hickeys began to stand in the way of meeting high-end customer requirements in a productive manner, the company knew it had to find a way to eliminate them.

Explains Scott, “Recently, a prominent greeting card customer gave us the parameter of printing hickey-free. Yet all the methods we had explored until then (using hickey picker rollers, purchasing better paper stock, trying low-tack inks) were like putting a band-aid on the problem. “We still had to stop the press regularly to remove hickeys, which drained productivity and caused excessive waste.”

In searching for a solution, the company read about a system called the Epic Delta Print Quality System, manufactured Epic Products. Employing a continuous dampening technology that sweeps away the particles that cause hickeys during printing, the Epic Delta System has provided 99.93% hickey-free performance in printing environments around the world, according to the company.

“This was the type of performance we were looking for,” says Scott. “But what sold us was the cost survey worksheet Epic gave us. The worksheet asked us about our shifts per day, average hickey stops per shift, average paper costs, and more. It showed that the Epic Delta System would pay for itself in less than a year.”

The system was installed on all six units of Graphics Illustrated’s six-color Heidelberg Speedmaster in November 1995. Operators quickly became proficient in the use of the system by attending Epic’s Technical Training Center in Arlington, Texas.

Company President Roger Butler reports that the new technology has solved the hickey problem. Scott agrees, “We haven’t had one hickey problem since the system was installed. We haven’t had to rerun even one job. We now know that we don’t have to live with hickeys anymore.”

Operators spend far less time looking for samples to pull off the press. “Anything we pull is likely to be good,” Scott attests. The Epic Delta System has tremendously reduced waste, interruptions to printing runs, and product inspection times. Butler adds, “The system maintains good color and fidelity through each print run.”

As the company plans for the future, Butler says, it is striving to be a “total solutions” company. Delta technology will be an important part of the picture, he notes, as the company prepares to add another Epic Delta Print Quality System on its five-color Speedmaster in 1996.

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The War on Pressroom Waste

Graphics Arts Monthly – September 1995

A recent nationwide survey of managers in 7,500 printing companies provides insight into the most persistent and costly quality control problems in the pressroom.

Our old nemeses-hickeys and color variation-are still with us. Together, these two problems are seen as the most troublesome by nearly a 10-to-1 margin over other problems such as ghosting and density of solids.

Hickeys are #1 problem reported by folding carton printers (color variation is second) and the #2 problem reported by commercial printers (color variation is first). In addition, the are the top problem on recycled paper, the survey shows.

For all types of printing operations surveyed, presses on average are stopped more than six times per shift because of problems with hickeys. Typically, the amount of final output this wastes is estimated at anywhere between 5% and 20%.

Efforts to reduce pressroom waste traditionally focused on a variety of procedures. However, when it comes to actually eliminating hickeys and reducing color variation, one technology that has been around for some time but is just now gaining widespread use is the Delta Print Quality System manufactured by Epic Products, Arlington, Texas.

In its PQS product, Epic utilizes a unique technology called the Delta Effect. This patented process runs the dampening form roller slower than plate speed, which causes a wiping action across the plate that removes particles that are the cause of most hickeys. An ink-receptive roller running in contact with the form roller reduces ghosting and provides better control of emulsification.

By not having to stop and restart the press to remove hickeys, and by having more control over water, the press operator will find it easier to maintain color consistency.

The ability of the Delta system to eliminate hickeys and reduce color variation has caught the attention of several major press manufacturers, which are now licensed to use the system on their new presses. The system can also be retrofitted to any existing sheetfed or web press.

In a special study of a single printing plant, the Epic system installed on a 55”, six-color press was shown to have reduced the incidence of hickeys to just over 40 sheets per 10,000 produced, down from an average of 374 sheets per 10,000. For some jobs the study showed, the system eliminated hickeys altogether.

At the user level, Hart Graphics, Austin, Texas, reports 99.5% of all hickeys have been eliminated and incidences of color variation have been reduced by 85%.

Simkins Industries, Trenton, New Jersey, has achieved 99.6% hickey-free performance in its folding carton operations. Harry Pierce, printing supervisor says, “The Delta System not only took care of our hickeys, but it also vastly improved the overall productivity of our Komori press. It gives us greater control over colors and reduces the possibility of color-related errors.”

Similar gains have been made in pressrooms at Eastman Kodak, Rochester, New York; Crown, Cork & Seal, Philadelphia; Packaging Corporation of America, Denver; AGI, Chicago; and Jefferson Smurfit, Kansas City.

Such gains significantly affect the bottom line. By tackling hickey and color variation problems many of these companies have reduced pressroom waste by 99%. In other words, every $100 previously lost to pressroom waste now amounts to only $1. For a typical mid-size pressroom, this could result in monthly savings of between $5,000 and $25,000, figures that are not surprising if press time and lost production potential accounted for in the calculation.

An effective was on pressroom waste should also include reducing makeready times and amount of stock used, eliminating web breaks, improving platemaking and reducing the need to rerun jobs because of design and prepress errors.

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