OMAHA PRINT -- Tradition. . . and a Future
Omaha Print's dossier of heatset web, sheetfed and non-heatset web printing capabilities provides an ample variety of work, including annual reports, newspaper inserts, billing inserts, weekly and monthly publications, and high-end color prints. Omaha Print is a true general commercial printer, according to Hayes, with unique advantages such as purchasing all inventory—paper, ink, etc.—on consignment. The company actually has on-site paper and ink vendors.
The year 1998 may be remembered as a turning point in the printer's objective in tying its processes together electronically to support its customers, "Get there. Faster." Omaha Print set out to have a completely digital workflow to support all data collection, including the entire front-end process of planning, estimating, scheduling, purchasing, order entry and the prepress workflow. It set off a chain reaction of capital equipment and software acquisitions, including:
* A Barco workflow to output digital imposition proofs and computer-to-film (CTF) production. CTF, according to Gary Smith, COO, was to accomplish one-piece film per color for platemaking. "Thinking in these terms, this process would pave the way for computer-to-plate," he says.
* During 2000, Omaha installed the Galileo for CTP production, two DuPont Digital WaterProof proofing systems, one Agfa Sherpa ink-jet imposition proofer and a Screen (USA) flatbed scanner with the copydot option to scan film.
* In late 2000, Omaha Print acquired a new, five-unit Zirkon 6611, an eight-page heatset web press with capabilities to perforate, glue, fold and sheet at a production speed of 50,000 iph.
* The year 2001 brought a second Agfa Sherpa ink-jet proofer.
* This year, the company added a Barco upgrade (Fast Lane Next Generation) to its workflow. It also installed Eltromat CIPCON data conversion software for calculating the surface coverage with respect to ink presetting values for variable printing configurations, Smith notes. More recently, a Heidelberg ST 400 saddle stitcher was installed, boasting cover feeder, 10 pockets, ink-jet capability, auto stacker and complete shaftless drive technology with auto preset capabilities throughout the finishing line.