Archive for 'Case Study' Category

How a Commercial Printer Entered the Label Business in a Big Way

Last updated: Thursday, January 26, 2017

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, Caslon & Company I know it’s a slight departure from my usual focus on workflow software, but I wanted to share this conversation I had with Joshua Feller, owner of ColorZone ( in Benicia, California. We talked about the innovative ways they are using their EFI VUTEk and Jetrion [...]

University of Illinois Illini Document Services Meets Student and Staff Needs

Last updated: Thursday, June 2, 2016

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company I usually write about commercial printers and direct marketing companies, but occasionally I get a chance to meet with an in-plant manager. I had just such an opportunity earlier this year when I spoke with Duane Fitch, Production Manager for Illini Document Services at [...]

Barksdale Bets It All on Changing Their Production Processes

Last updated: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company Lots of companies are willing to tweak a process step or two to streamline their production workflows a bit; but who is willing to wholesale rip out existing equipment and processes and suspend business for 3 months to fundamentally change how they do business? [...]

School District In-plant is a True Solutions Provider

Last updated: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company Companies, vendors and in-plants in our industry love to banter the word “solution” about but it is often little more than a buzzword. That’s why it is so refreshing to have a chance to chat with people who really understand and deliver services which [...]

How to Juggle 3,000 Jobs at a Time and Get Everything Out on Time

Last updated: Monday, March 9, 2015

Imagine this: A facility that handles 1,000 digital commercial print jobs per day representing a wide variety of applications with many of them having 3-day turnaround times which include shipping halfway across the country. Now imagine one person trying to schedule all those jobs to be produced on a fleet of presses and bindery equipment [...]

Automation for the Common Man: A Konica Minolta EngageIT Automation Case Study

Last updated: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

We often hear about how companies producing high volumes of specific applications (e.g. online business cards, short-run books, etc.) automate their workflows … but what about the rest of us? What about general commercial printers or in-plants which are more job-shop focused and which handle a wide variety of applications? Is there anyone out there [...]

AlphaGraphics Saves Big with Canon Oce PRISMAprepare

Last updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014

It just doesn’t seem possible that better ways to program tabs and produced mixed mono/color documents could help you meet strategic objectives and eliminate half of your inefficient labor time … but that is exactly what happened at the Scottsdale AlphaGraphics. I interviewed Thomas Villa, General Manager of the shop and he shared his story [...]

What Do YOU Want in 2014?

Last updated: Thursday, January 16, 2014

It’s that time of year when we look back, take stock of what worked (and what didn’t work) last year, and plan for the future. So let me share what I’ve learned about you, dear readers, and ask you to confirm that we’re moving in the right direction. We grew this year … a lot. [...]

Read and Watch: A 3-day task reduced to 1 hour? Buffalo Printing shows how with Avanti and Xerox

Last updated: Friday, August 30, 2013

Buffalo Printing in Buffalo, New York, had a major client who submitted large orders of short-run work several times a week via spreadsheets generated from their corporate systems. Buffalo Printing needed to fulfill these orders within 4 days … yet it took 3 days to enter each order which contained hundreds of jobs with individual [...]

Creating Efficient Production Workflows

Last updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013

August Content Recap In August we added several new videos to help you improve your production workflows. PODi workflow case studies document contemporary workflow practices at a shop level. They look at the before and after situation of a shop’s workflow, describing the problems, the solution and the implementation approach including the tools and platforms [...]