Millennium Press Reaps Benefits from Integrated Workflow
KENNESAW, GA—05/18/2009—Millennium Press, Agawam, MA, installed its first Heidelberg press a decade ago and its most recent – a 6-color Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75 with Prinect Press Center and Prinect Peak Performance Package – in 2007. In between, in a prescient move, the company added Heidelberg’s Prinect Prinance MIS, as well as a Suprasetter 75 thermal CtP system with Prinect Printready prepress workflow (since upgraded to Prinect Prepress Manager). It has continued to extend and build its suite of Prinect workflow solutions in modular fashion to become the first fully “Prinected” print shop (MIS to press with web connectivity to Millennium customers) in the U.S. last year.
In addition to Prinect Prepress Manager, recent installations and upgrades include Prinect Remote Access; Prinect Integration Manager; Prinect Pressroom Manager; Prinect Archive System; Prinect Digital Print Manager; and Prinect Scheduler. The company has also installed the new Prinect Press Center with Wall Screen application, and currently is evaluating the addition of Heidelberg’s Prinect Postpress Manager to integrate its finishing machines fully into the workflow. It also reports a steady increase in web-based ordering of “basic” printed products (business cards, postcards, flyers, and so on) via the Prinect Direct Access customer portal.
All in A Day’s Work – And That’s the Point
According to Millennium’s president, Jim Sullivan, the company’s ambitious growth strategy called for the automation of as many process steps as possible in order to accomplish more work more efficiently and in less time – without hiring additional sales staff and without incurring any degradation in quality. Heidelberg Prinect modules are now so tightly integrated into the company’s workflow, that the company can handle “rush” jobs quickly and easily, without having to reshuffle its job queue or reschedule other work. Sullivan recently shared the details of one such “ordinary” job.
Around 8 a.m. one Wednesday morning, Sullivan said, he was in the office working on an estimate when the web connect logo in Prinect Direct Access started to flash, indicating that Millennium had just received a shopping cart order for 20,000 4/4+AQ 8.5x11 flyers on 100# Gloss Text, cut and boxed. A PDF was supplied with the order. “We need the order today because it is being inserted into the newspaper,” the customer noted. “If you can't do it, don’t proceed.”