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School Datebooks Meets Nearly 18 Percent Volume Increase with Océ Systems

December 9, 2010
TRUMBULL, CT—Dec. 9, 2010—Océ, an international leader in digital document management and delivery, announced that an involved, proactive Océ service team and an Océ VarioStream 8650 production printer have helped School Datebooks, Inc. (www.schooldatebooks.com) increase output almost 18 percent over the previous year—and reduced costs by running more work using economical digital workflow instead of offset.

For over 25 years, School Datebooks has served customers ranging from elementary schools to colleges. The company’s customized planning calendars are their “bread and butter” product. School Datebooks was the first to do these full-blown custom datebooks with school-specific events, rules and other information, while most competitors still do generic products. The school year calendars display as two week spreads, in addition to other content such as rules and regulations, dress codes, maps, or information geared to special groups like freshman classes or athletes.

“The book market is a priority for Océ, and we’ve developed a complete portfolio of digital printing and workflow solutions for the widest range of publishing opportunities. Our customers can quickly transform book production to a higher level of performance and efficiency. For School Datebooks, the Océ VarioStream solution lets them take advantage of digital production over offset. For other customers, the Océ JetStream family, Océ CS 10000 production power, or the Océ VarioPrint 6000 Ultra cutsheet line might be the best fit, along with Océ PRISMA workflow software for book automation. And all are backed by our outstanding service teams,” said Francis McMahon, Vice President, Marketing, Océ North America, Production Printing Systems.

Huge Volume Increase Over Previous Years

The School Datebooks annual production schedule hinges on a very tight window of opportunity. There is a ten-week turn time from getting each school’s information, doing layout and design, proofing, and then printing. “During our core eight weeks, we averaged over four million impressions per week, with a maximum week of almost five million. These are numbers that I would not have assumed even in a best case scenario,” said Vice President of Production, Jeff Bapst.

“As productive as we were last year, this year we saw a substantial improvement. From April through August, we eclipsed 50 million impressions (25 million feet of paper) on our engines. This was nearly an 18 percent improvement over the same period last year, and a 68 percent improvement over 2008, when the books were outsourced,” said Bapst. The new Océ machine was a huge part of a successful strategy to bring the work in house.
 

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