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DFE--On PDF Beta Duty

October 1999

In May of this year, Prinergy entered the LCP workflow for beta tests. LCP was the fourth U.S. commercial printer to test Prinergy, entering Prinergy's beta process after Prinergy had already undergone several live-production upgrades.

During initial beta testing, when LCP had a downtime because of a piece of equipment being down or a piece of software being upgraded, it was able to recover much more quickly than ever before.

"Now, if we get backed up with a deluge of work—on a day when 40 jobs hit all at once and we are totally buried—where it used to take us two or three days to catch up, it now takes us a day to recover," Funk states.

Score one for LCP—now reaping the digital workflow benefits of brave beta testing. And, if LCP's visionary CEO Ralph Johnson has any say in it, Prinergy will be far from the last beta exercise for the operation. "To effectively compete and advance, we must take advantage of every new development in technology to enhance our efficiencies," states Johnson.

"After we have conducted an ROI analysis, we move quickly to incorporate any new technology into our operations," LCP's top executive continues. "The technological moves that we have made in our pressroom have allowed us to maintain a leading position in our immediate market, Chicago, as well as produce work across the country."

The entire industry is closely watching the progress of printers such as LCP, as they boldly spearhead the broad adoption of new digital workflows.

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