Holland Litho's Brian Baarman on making the digital transformation
Published on April 9, 2010
I'm Brian Baarman, Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration. In 1994, we put in a chromapress and I don't think that the world was really ready for digital printing at that point. The quality was not there and everybody in that timeframe was looking at, you know, we do professional photography, we do high-end press checks, we do all this stuff, and digital printing is not that. It still isn't. It's getting closer, but it still isn't as good as what we were producing in lithography print at that time.
So that didn't go so well. We got into lithography printing and then just December of '08 we put in our first digital press: Kodak NexPress M700. And we had a hard time choosing between the M700, which is a Canon engine, and going to a full-blown 2500. It was a big price difference, but -- and the quality was pretty similar. It's not that far off. There's more consistency with the 2500 and there's more uptime, but we got to the point about four or five where the M700, it was just breaking all the time because we were putting so much work through it. By the middle of summer, it was very evident we needed to add another digital print capability and so we put in the SE2500. That's a very strong machine; it's got very little downtime. You know, maybe two service calls a month. It's just really great and the quality is -- the quality is about the same as the M700 but the uptime is so critical and the consistency of it. It has got higher consistency, whereas the NexPress Color seems to wander more.
But the Kodak front end really does a good job with color matching, when the customers we send them a proof and they okay the proof and the proof comes back and we can match the proof with their front end really well. And if they want to match PMS colors, we can do that too with their software. It works really well.
Frank Visits Cal Poly's Shakespeare Museum
Published: April 21, 2017
Frank goes back in time as he visits the Cal Poly Shakespeare Museum. Surrounded by modern printing technology, this collection is a time warp of how printing was in the past.
After the Honeymoon of Selling Web-to-Print Program
Published: April 20, 2017
When you sell a web-to-print program, you have a brief honeymoon period that needs to be optimized. Stay focused on the business goals - get orders flowing through the system. Nobody wants to hear from a customer saying, its been six months and we've seen no value!
Esko's President Shares Thoughts on Being Part of the Danaher Family
Published: April 18, 2017
Udo Panenka, President of Esko, talks about being part of Danaher, the value to the business being part of the Danaher family brings. A toolbox of proven great processes has been key to continuing -- and even speeding up -- the innovation that has enabled Esko to continue to bring new products to market. He talks also about the ability to bring these tools to customers to strengthen relationships and help them improve their businesses as well.
Eversfrank Gruppe Promotes Real-Time Printing
Published: April 17, 2017
It was a pleasure to speak again with Gerhard Martterer of the Eversfrank Gruppe again at Hunkeler Innovationdays. He always has interesting applications to talk about, and this conversation is no exception. Take a look at the great success the company is having on behalf of its customers with real-time printing.
Frank: Judge a Book by its Covers
Published: April 14, 2017
Frank uses a book authored by RIT student Akshat Pardiwala to demonstrate that the cover often makes the book. He shows two versions to make his case.
Chain of Custody of Print Jobs
Published: April 13, 2017
One of the key functions of a Print MIS is to track where every single job is in your facility. Chain of custody is about inputting the transfer of ownership between resources in your plant. It always amazes us how powerful this one feature of a Print MIS when implemented properly.