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Firehouse Gains 23% Savings Using Online Proofing and Print Automation from Tucanna

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Press release from the issuing company

Company reduces cost of production of average job by nearly 25%.

Carlsbad, CA. Tucanna, a leading developer of online proofing, approval and large format production workflow software for the printing and packaging industries, today reported that Firehouse, a visual communications company specializing the production of fine art and display graphics, has implemented Tucanna tFLOW. With operations in North America and Europe, Firehouse has leveraged tFLOW to eliminate the majority of its prepress activities by automating the job submission, preflighting, proofing, approval, monitoring and production processes.

“We had five people in prepress,” said Terry Corman, Firehouse CEO. “I believed that based on today’s technology, we should be able to reduce that number to one. I assigned a staff member to find that technology for me, and he quickly came up with Tucanna tFLOW as the solution. Based on our experience, I see Tucanna software changing the shape of the digital printing industry. It basically allows clients to ‘print’ the job themselves with limited intervention on our side and great results. And we estimate we have been able to take a whopping 23% off the cost of producing the average job as a result of our Tucanna implementation.”

With its new, improved workflow and increased productivity and throughput, Firehouse is poised for growth. “We are actually doubling the size of our building in March to 35,000 square feet to accommodate growth,” Corman reports.

The Tucanna tFlow Workflow series offers a full production automation and online proofing suite consisting of two key modules.

  • tFLOW Approval is an all-in-one job submission, online proofing, approval and project management solution that includes a real-time dashboard view of job status, comments and annotations, user load and capacity.  Its robust automated preflighting ensures that problems are resolved long before they enter the production process. Adobe InDesign and Illustrator plugins make job creation and delivery fast and simple.
  • tFLOW Production offers a simple and flexible automation process for error-free prepress and production. Automated file repurposing optimizes files for different printing conditions and technologies. tFLOW Production includes an Adobe CS Connector. Centralized color management allows management of all color options from a single window.

“Working with a visionary company like Firehouse and Terry Corman is exciting and rewarding,” said Darrian Young, Tucanna CEO. “Together, we’ve been able to take almost all of the manual steps out of the order entry and production process at Firehouse, streamlining their operation, significantly reducing costs and improving the quality and speed of customer service.”


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Richard has written about communication, graphics hardware and software trends for the past 15 years.

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