HANOVER PARK, Ill., May 8, 2003 – As printers continue to face increasing pressures and tighter deadlines from their customers, many are taking a look at their business and trying to figure out how they can continue to deliver quality work while also staying on schedule with a project. The answer is simple: it comes down to speed.
That’s what Fred Fetzner, owner of Tiger Tale Publications in Port St. Lucie, Fla., discovered last year while working with representatives from Enovation Graphic Systems, Inc. on the best ways to continue to grow his business. He responded by deciding to take his printing company into computer-to-plate and installing the Fujifilm Saber Vx-9600 violet CTP platesetter. “We wanted to bring our plant up to state-of-the-art status and continue to remain competitive in the marketplace,” explained Fetzner, who’s owned Tiger Tale Publications with his wife, Debra, since 1976.
Fetzner says speed is what he was looking for and speed is what Enovation delivered. The Fujifilm Saber Vx-9600 CTP is capable of output speeds of up to 32 eight-page plates per hour at 2,400 dpi and Fetzner says his prepress department output nearly 2,000 plates in just the first three weeks with the new platesetter.
Fetzner says he also decided on going CTP “because of the savings we’ll be able to realize on the bottom line.” In addition to the 8-up Fujifilm Saber violet laser platesetter, Tiger Tale Publications also installed an Epson 10000 proofer in preparation of switching from a conventional workflow to a CTP environment.
As the name implies, Tiger Tale Publications does a lot of publication printing, including supplemental inserts for newspapers and other weekly publications. In addition, Tiger Tale also handles a number of projects in the automotive industry, including sales and promotional materials as well as brochures and magazines.
Tiger Tale installed the Fujifilm violet Saber platesetter as part of the company’s overall expansion, which also included a new Heidelberg heatset press and a 12,000 sq. ft. addition. Fetzner says the existing building was nearly 15,000 square feet and the new addition, which opened earlier this year, has nearly doubled the company’s space.
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