Capabilities gained through new machinery can yield a handsome return on investment in the converting world. By adding a six-color sheet-fed offset press with in-line aqueous coating Chicago-based converter Moss Printing is meeting increasing sheet-fed business demands and using the coating capability to drum up additional opportunities. The new press added last December now accounts for 30% of the converter's sheet-fed business. It also increases efficiency and turnaround time while reducing labor costs. "We initially purchased the Heidelberg because we needed to increase our capacity to meet growing sheet-fed job demands" recalls Rachael Spano marketing manager. "We looked at several different presses visited plants and viewed machinery at various trade shows. We selected a machine with the options we needed. It's one of the top names in printing presses and we felt it would provide the durability we needed to take on the additional capacity for the long term." The Heidelberg (Heidelberg Germany) Speedmaster 102 six-color sheet-fed offset press was installed at Moss's 76-sq-ft facility. Within six months the press already accounted for about one-third of the converter's sheet-fed business volume. Moss continues to operate two other six-color sheet-fed offset presses that apply varnish rather than aqueous coating. One of the first jobs to run on the Heidelberg was a full-color box wrap for the board game "Where in the USA is Carmen SanDiego?" Contract packer Chukerman Packaging (Northbrook IL) applies adhesive to the back of the sheets and laminates the paper wrap onto a 40-pt chipboard carton. The CP then packs game pieces within the carton. Chukerman specializes in manufacturing board games collectibles and audio and video cassettes for marketers of such products that lack manufacturing facilities.