CHICAGO, IL -- After a year of intense study and research, corporate officials at Minuteman Press International have chosen the A.B.Dick DPM2340 as its direct-to-plate system of choice. Test results conducted at franchise store locations throughout the nation led to the decision to feature the A.B.Dick DPM2340 digital platemaker with ScanMaster digital scanning solution in all new store product packages in the U.S. and Canada. The DPM series is the best selling DTP system in the small and mid-size printer category with over 2,000 installations.
“The industry today demands a high powered and proven direct-to-plate system. The DPM2340 with ScanMaster meets the demands of our requirements,” said Mike Jutt, Vice President, Director of Training with Minuteman Press International, the world’s largest printing franchise and rated no. 1 by Entrepreneur Magazine year after year. “The DPM2340 defines what our store owners were looking for in a superior imaging device.”
Minuteman Press has more than 750 franchises operating in the U.S. and almost 900 worldwide. Corporate officials in Long Island, New York, had 12 storeowners scattered throughout the U.S., study the DPM2340 for a year or more. Then they asked them to grade the digital platemaker’s performance on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest score. The DPM2340 received exceptional comments and returned scores averaging 8.75. It will now be the featured item of a new store equipment package.
“It scored well because it not only met our high quality requirements, it also provided fast production with quick turnaround times,” said Jutt of the DPM2340, which is capable of producing 45 plates an hour at a maximum size of 13.4” by 20”. “It produces larger solids and significant halftones and graduated tints. ScanMaster gives you added benefits and improves workflow. Considering cost factors, it makes sense to go direct-to-plate.”
With Minuteman Press storeowners offering a greater range of printing capabilities to their customers, Jutt believes certain DPM characteristics will pay big dividends.
“The store owners really liked the repeatability of the internal drum imager on the DPM2340,” said Jutt. “It truly is superior in a technical way. The options for Open Proof and Easy Trap software are very good, too.”
Jutt explained how the turnkey aspects of the ScanMaster digital scanning solution made it a simple choice, especially for those who compared it to other systems.
The concept of ScanMaster is outstanding. Pressman can make plates quickly and it doesn’t require an operator with computer graphics experience. It also eliminates cost factors associated with graphics departments. It’s simple and it works well.
“When you combine their training and technical support staff, A.B.Dick offered a very strong total package. Having a single source to go to instead of a third party for service was another key factor in their favor,” said Jutt.
A.B.Dick Company is a leading worldwide supplier to the graphic arts and printing industry, manufacturing and marketing equipment and supplies for all stages of document creation -- prepress, press and post-press -- as well as continuing service and support. For more information contact Scott MacKenzie, Vice President, Marketing, 7400 Caldwell Ave., Niles, IL. 60714. Telephone (847) 779-1900, fax (847) 647-6940, Web: www.abdick.com.
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