PODi Case Study: How a smaller printer automates their workflow

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James River Press is a smaller commercial printer located in Richmond Virginia that provides a wide range of services including single-source printing and complete mailing/data services, digital and on demand printing and a dedicated fulfillment department. Their differentiation is more aligned with high-value problem solving and personal project attention than with bulk, commodity printing. As such, they find that their job volumes and job mix of both offset and digital work don’t lend themselves to investing in extensive workflow automation. At the same time, they need to be efficient in order to keep their prices and profits in line. The attached video summarizes our recent PODi workflow case study on them.

The workflow case study looks at four workflow areas in this smaller, general commercial print services provider: job submission, MIS, digital production and offset production. James River Press carefully chose which areas to automate and which to continue, for now, with more manual processes.

Submission

  • Use internally-developed website
  • Use FileChucker to upload files and to notify staff

Print MIS

  • Manual accounting
  • No JDF or electronic job ticketing
  • Printer’s Plan for estimating

Digital Workflow

  • EFI Fiery for preflighting, imposition and RIPping
  • Pitstop for PDF work
  • Xerox 800 Digital Color Press

Offset Workflow

  • Screen Equios for automated prepress workflow including imposition and automated processing
  • Oris for color management

This was a fun case study to do and very different than the one we did with Tucker Castleberry Printing – which has a much more automated workflow. It highlights that there is no one way to implement workflow automation and that every printer needs to understand their unique values and needs. I am sure that this will continue to be the case as we do more of these studies.

One Response to “PODi Case Study: How a smaller printer automates their workflow”

Comment from michael jahn
Time July 2, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Wow, I keep reading this statement over and over, and can’t get my head around it…

“As such, they find that their job volumes and job mix of both offset and digital work don’t lend themselves to investing in extensive workflow automation.”

above that statement – i read that they offer “complete mailing/data services, digital and on demand printing.” – all of which can be highly automated.

Is this a customer training issue ?

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