Archives by Tag 'commercial printers'

EFI Fiery GAPPE – Unearthing Print Production Problems Before They are Problems

Last updated: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company We hear a lot about workflow automation, but today I’m going to discuss some tools designed to help your operators do their jobs quicker and more efficiently. I’m looking at EFI’s Fiery Graphic Arts Package, Premium Edition (GAPPE). GAPPE provides tools to help operators [...]

Digital Lizard: An Example of Explosive Growth in the Print Industry

Last updated: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company Sometimes it seems as if everything is doom and gloom in the printing industry with ongoing reports of plant closures, shrinking margins, and dwindling print volumes. But then I get a chance to chat with someone like Bill Wieners, President of Digital Lizard about [...]

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 [...]

Forget CSI’s Forensics Lab – Check out CSA’s New Media Lab

Last updated: Monday, February 16, 2015

Most of my articles relate to production workflow topics, but I do also participate in various industry events and come across news and observations which I think my readership will find interesting. For instance, last week I participated in the Canon Solutions America (CSA) anniversary event and had a chance to see, first hand, what [...]

When is an in-plant not an in-plant?

Last updated: Thursday, December 4, 2014

Just before Thanksgiving I visited a printing company called Labels in Motion. Labels in Motion is a label printing company which uses a Xeikon 3500 to service a wide range of industries such as food services, industrial, beauty products, cleaning supplies, marketing and others with their number one client, by far, being Xymogen – a [...]

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 [...]

Avoiding color shift across the space-time continuum

Last updated: Monday, September 8, 2014

OK, I’ve been watching too many Star Trek reruns, but there still is an industry-wide challenge with maintaining color consistency across space (devices and locations), time (day to day and shift to shift) and even a third dimension: people (multiple color managers). How do you do this in a way that is efficient and cost-effective [...]

If you need to digitally print a LOT of books, you should check this out

Last updated: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I recently did a product briefing on Canon’s Oce PRISMAproduction Professional Book Module and it is a pretty impressive automated digital book production workflow solution. The catch is that you probably need to be digitally printing many hundreds or thousands of books per week to justify the investment. However, you should read on if you [...]

Are you STILL wasting time in make-ready?

Last updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014

I am constantly amazed at how much time is wasted on doing everyday types of work in print shops. Yes, I said wasted, because there are tools and automated processes out there which will do much of the time-consuming, mundane work for you. So, if you’re still laying out business cards or postcards by hand, [...]

Avanti Slingshot: Beyond Just Print MIS

Last updated: Monday, June 23, 2014

I recently had a chance to review Avanti’s Slingshot print MIS system and was quite impressed. Their solution is built upon the premise that the print and marketing services business is increasingly reliant upon multiple lines of business. In other words, the customer goals for this industry are to quote, accept and fulfill orders rather [...]