Linemark Printing Puts Heidelberg Prinect Performance Benchmarking to Work

Accordingly, Linemark’s management team meets weekly to review and discuss the current results, then shares those results with the entire production team, with the aim of becoming a better company overall. The company makes its customers aware of this new capability by discussing it during every one of the many plant tours it conducts.

ROI Says It All
While Prinect Performance Benchmarking places Linemark’s performance in context with other print manufacturers operating similarly configured presses, the company previously had enlisted Heidelberg’s Print Color Management color consultation program (PCM) to ensure reliable continuous operating performance.

“With that effort, we focused on reducing our makeready times and makeready waste,” Ashton reported. “As a result, we’ve been able to slash our makereadies on the XL 105 from 45 to 15 minutes, and it now takes us 100 sheets (three pulls) to come up to color, down from 300 sheets (5 pulls). We received a significant return on our investment. Prinect Performance Benchmarking adds a layer of assurance that we are performing with or above our industry peers in every way.”

Linemark Printing is a fast-growing, $20 million commercial printer specializing in rapid project schedules and on-demand production. Markets served include promotional and association work, as well as verticals like healthcare, finance, banking, education, and more. Services range from creative and prepress to offset and digital printing, to bindery and finishing, mailing, database management, and shipping.

“Heidelberg has been an exceptional partner for us,” Ashton said, citing the many competitive advantages its innovative technologies have afforded the company over the years.

Halfway through its free 12-month trial of Prinect Performance Benchmarking, Linemark fully expects to become a paid subscriber in due course. In the meantime, the company is reviewing the metrics and making hay of the valuable information the program has yielded so far.

“We anticipate a very favorable cost-benefit ratio once we’ve completed our analysis,” Ashton said.

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