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Océ Helps McArdle Convert from Offset to Digital Printing

April 19, 2012
TRUMBULL, CT—April 19, 2012—Océ, a Canon Group company and international leader in digital document management, announced that McArdle has installed a digital printing solution that features the Océ ColorStream 10000 Flex system with in-line stitching for producing print on a full range of stocks from 30-lb. lightweight opaque to 80-lb. coated stock at full-production speed.

McArdle is one of the premier marketing service providers in the Washington-Baltimore region. It offers a full range of communication services—from design, cross-channel marketing and branded storefronts to printing, mailing and fulfillment. It is known for creating custom solutions for clients to help them grow their businesses in new and innovative ways.

“McArdle is constantly investing in knowledge and technology in order to provide our clients with state-of-the-art, cost-effective solutions,” said Lisa Arsenault, McArdle president.

Conversion from offset web to digital web

The trend toward short-run publications and Océ’s ability to deliver digital features at production speed led McArdle to add digital continuous-feed printing.

“It’s been a two-year journey, in which the entire Océ organization demonstrated their commitment to help McArdle succeed,” said Arsenault.

In addition to its commercial print applications, McArdle produces 200+ legal, regulatory and business publications each month. The book blocks are printed on 27-lb. offset stock in black and white with spot color covers. Prior to becoming an Océ customer, the publications were produced on a Harris cold-set web offset presses with color pages produced from shells printed on Ryobi duplicators with off-line bindery for side stitching and drilling.

Those print jobs will now be moved to the Océ ColorStream 10000 Flex system in-line with a Standard Hunkeler CS6 rotary cutter. The latter will stack and output book blocks to a conveyor, or cut sheets can bypass to the in-line Standard Horizon StitchLiner 6000 digital saddlestitcher. 

McArdle can now go from white paper roll to ready-to-ship, finished booklets with cover insertion and integrity checking, in one pass with no touchpoints. The company chose the four-color configuration of the Océ ColorStream 10000 Flex system, allowing it to print entire jobs in-line and eliminate the need for preprinted shells.

Further automating the print process, the Océ PRISMA workflow software provides “lights-out” print production. Clients submit jobs at anytime using an FTP site and the jobs are dropped directly into the Océ PRISMAproduction digital front-end software, automating the job ticket, preflight and imposition functions needed for efficiently printing digital applications.
 

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