On-Demand Finishing — One-stop Shops
"We don't use any in-line bindery equipment. We prefer near-line finishing so that we can take jobs off the presses or laser printers and finish them as a separate step," O'Brien states. "That gives us scheduling flexibility, and higher quality and productivity. We do market ourselves as being able to 'turnkey' entire projects in-house. This gives us a great edge, both cost- and time-wise."
Recently, AccuCopy produced 4,000 copies of a book for one customer. The files arrived on a Thursday morning, and the job required seven tabs, as well as printing, punching, collating and coil binding. The order was filled the same day, with the balance delivered the next day.
"Without having all of the finishing capacity that we have in-house, we couldn't have turned that job in a week," O'Brien points out.
"Our customers like that their jobs never leave our floor until we ship out the finished product. There is always a danger, when you send finishing work out, that you may have problems with it. We like the fact that our company is responsible for all aspects of producing a job. We're accountable for the work we do and take pride in accurately finishing jobs. Last year, we produced more than 15,000 jobs, and we had errors on less that 100 of those jobs and had to reprint less than 25 of those jobs. That's an error rate of less than 1 percent."
CMI, based in Chicago and a member of the Consolidated Graphics (CGX) family, began life modestly in 1961, selling typewriter ribbons and duplicating supplies. The company has evolved into a well-rounded sheetfed printer producing books, business-to-business collateral and marketing materials. It recently installed a six-color, 40˝ Heidelberg perfector.
Its digital capabilities consist of two Xerox DocuTech 6180s and a DocuColor 2060. "We manufacture a large amount of print-on-demand documentation and training materials, as well as variable work," states CMI President David Steinberg.