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Dome Printing--Matching Proof to Plate

April 1999
In an age of consolidation, Dome Printing—a $20 million, family run commercial printing operation servicing clients the caliber of Intel and Sutter Home—is a prime example of what good management, a clean production process and industrial-strength digital color proofing can do to retool a once-traditional printer.


BY MARIE RANOIA ALONSO


Perfection is one word that must be very near and dear to the Poole family at Dome Printing. Family patriarch and president of Dome Printing, Ray Poole, and his three sons, Tim, Andy and Robert, operate the Sacramento, CA-based commercial printing facility.

What makes Dome Printing unique? For one thing, the plant is very, very clean. A visitor could "white glove" any office of Dome Printing and probably end up leaving lint on an otherwise immaculate work area. Dome seems to be maintenanced with what can only be best described as due diligence and extreme care. If there were such a thing as a commercial printing operation that was "too clean" it may, in fact, be Dome.

"We are very particular about our operation. We pride ourselves on order, neatness and efficiency—even our houses are neat; we really value taking care of our belongings," admits Tim Poole, vice president at Dome.

All four Poole men walk the plant religiously, day after day. Ray, a non-traditional entrepreneur who has worked for more than three decades to redefine the path of success in commercial printing—an industry to which he was not born, rather, an industry to which he applied boundless energy, spirit and ambition, starting in 1969 when, with one press, he started Dome Printing—is in charge of all executive management aspects at Dome; Tim oversees the daily operations of the company; Andy directs traffic in the pressroom and bindery; and Robert keeps the prepress department in order.

To track down any given Poole executive at any given moment, the best tactic is to call their portable phones—which the foursome have holstered to their belts, almost reminiscent of smoking guns from the days of the Wild, Wild West (except these guns ring—a lot).

Take a virtual tour of Dome Printing's facility.

The digital prepress area—sporting several Macintosh and IBM power workstations, a newly installed Heidelberg/Creo Trendsetter Spectrum digital halftone proofer, an autoload Creo Trendsetter thermal CTP platesetter and a Creo Renaissance copydot drum scanner—is linked together with the Creo PlateMaster server.

The pressroom is also clean and modern, featuring two busy web presses—a five-color, Heidelberg M-110 heatset press and a two-color, Heidelberg V-30 coldset web—and three fully utilized sheetfed presses, including a six-color Heidelberg Speedmaster with aqueous coating tower, a six-color MAN Roland with aqueous coating tower and a four-color, 28x40˝ Heidelberg perfector with aqueous coating tower.
 

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