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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 [...]

Big Plans for Graph Expo

Last updated: Thursday, September 25, 2014

The big US trade show for the printing industry starts Sunday in Chicago and Dave and I will be there getting close to the hardware and software from the industry movers and shakers. All year long I work with workflow vendors and users … but this is the time when those vendors put it all [...]

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 [...]

PODi Releases Production Workflow State-of-the-Industry Report

Last updated: Thursday, June 12, 2014

One of the fun things I get to do here at Caslon and PODi is to run primary research projects. They’re great ways to validate suspicions and to unearth some surprises. This year’s PODi Production Workflow State-of-the-Industry report is no exception. We surveyed over 170 print and marketing services providers and found that well over [...]

What’s the New EFI Fiery FS150 All About?

Last updated: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Yesterday, May 14th, EFI announced its new Fiery FS150 Pro DFE platform. Press releases can only provide so much content. Since I had an opportunity to sit down with their product team a few weeks back to discuss this new offering, I thought I’d share my perspective on what it is and why you should [...]

Here’s a Sweet Solution to Streamline Print Production from Konica Minolta

Last updated: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My last blog started a discussion about the value print providers viewing their operations from a manufacturing perspective. Simplify unnecessary media or size options from mainstream products. Batch and gang work together to reduce waste and setup times. Automate workflows where possible. I had the opportunity to review a workflow automation product from Konica Minolta [...]

Take a look at Xerox’s next gen FreeFlow: Xerox FreeFlow Core

Last updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013

A decade ago, Xerox came out with FreeFlow Process Manager as a way to automate production workflows. They’ve now taken all that real-life customer experience, applied the latest technologies, and come up with the first of their next generation of workflow automation software: FreeFlow Core. Xerox continues to sell, support and enhance all their existing [...]