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.
PIA's Julie Shaffer on Color Conference 2016
Published: December 5, 2016
Julie Shaffer, Vice President of Education and Marketing Strategies for the Printing Industries of America, explains the evolution of the Color Conference and its value to brand owners, printers and premedia professionals. She also discusses broader PIA educational initiatives and certification programs, including a customer service certification that will be available soon.
Frank is Entranced by Pop-up Cards
Published: December 2, 2016
Frank is entranced by pop-up cards from opencardnow.com. Former typographer Julie Brumlik has a new career with pop-up origami. Frank even shares his pop-up Gutenberg book.
ASU's Print & Imaging Lab Leads the Way in Workflow Integration
Published: December 1, 2016
Chris Halkovic, Web-to-Print Manager at Arizona State University's Print and Imaging Lab, talks about how the shop/learning environment is integrating Web2Print and MIS for a coherent and automated workflow for printed materials and 3D objects.
Universal Wilde Has Transformed Its Business with Production Inkjet
Published: November 30, 2016
Universal Wilde in Massachusetts is the largest direct marketing and book printing company in the state. Its Vice President of Operations and Technology, Jeff McFadden, explains the company's decision to acquire production inkjet about 5 years ago. Today, about 75% of its production ink work being book production with the rest being direct mail. He also shares his thoughts about the value of users groups like thINK.
Diversification at SunDance Offers an Exceptional Customer Experience
Published: November 29, 2016
JohnHenry Ruggieri, Managing Partner at SunDance in Orlando, shares thoughts about the importance of focusing on core competencies, bringing as many services in house as possible in order to meet a wider variety of customer needs. He discusses how his various HP printing solution's contribute to providing a great customer experience.
Monitoring Performance Across the Shop
Published: November 28, 2016
Dave Erwin, SVP at Racami, talks about the company's role in providing technology solutions for commercial printers to provide them with a visibility dashboard to monitor performance across the shop.