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Progress Printing Increases Productivity with KODAK UPFRONT

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Press release from the issuing company

Rochester, NY, October 6 -- Before purchasing KODAK UPFRONT Production Planning Software, production engineers at Progress Printing sketched detailed layouts by hand. With UPFRONT Software, this full service catalog, publication and commercial printer now saves time, reduces costs, and enhances its environmental responsibility by digitally planning jobs.

Progress Printing, located on a 5 acre plant in Lynchburg, Va., is one of the nation's largest privately held employee owned printers. Progress Printing prides itself on operating in an environmentally friendly manner and has been recycling its scrap paper, plates, boxes, and skids for a quarter century.

"Sustainability is just doing what comes natural to the Progress Printing culture and Kodak is helping us in this area," says David Williams, Prepress Leader, Progress Printing. "We've been very conscious and deliberate about environmental practices for a long time."

KODAK UPFRONT Production Planning Software helps to increase productivity and decrease costly production planning errors by offering a lean, digital workflow that automates the variety of manual tasks associated with production planning. UPFRONT Software enables users to automatically produce accurate job layouts, create imposition ready digital templates for prepress, and send JDF/CIP3 information to finishing equipment.

"UPFRONT offered us the opportunity to digitally plan the job and make crisp printouts of the layout," said Williams. "Today, we're completely electronic and we don't print any job plans. They're all PDF files that we attach to electronic job tickets."

UPFRONT Production Planning Software is designed for commercial sheetfed/digital printers who produce point of sale items, booklets, flyers, and stationery; web printers who print glossy weekly magazines and giveaway catalogs; and book printers.

"Automating our front end workflow with UPFRONT Software has reduced our job to proof time from three days down to one day," added Williams. "More importantly, using KODAK UPFRONT Software boosted efficiency and reduced human error from misreads, typos and transposing. UPFRONT Software built integrity repeatability and predictability into our productions planning. We use thousands of plates a month and prepress plate spoilage has declined to less than 1 percent. We're also wasting less paper and ink on incorrect jobs."

With 247 team members, Progress Printing serves more than 700 steady customers in 50 states and 14 foreign countries. The company's prime focus is turnkey short to medium run business to business catalogs and premier publications, along with booklets, brochures, inserts and mailers.

KODAK Products are backed by KODAK Service and Support. KODAK Service and Support is made up of more than 3,000 professionals reaching more than 120 countries. It is a leading multi-vendor integrated services provider, delivering consulting, installation, maintenance and support services for the commercial printing, graphic communications, document imaging and data storage industries. KODAK Service and Support professionals are uniquely qualified to provide services that control costs, maximize productivity, and minimize business risk.




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