Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting Japs-Olson of Minneapolis—a printer that can trace its roots all the way back to 1907! Japs-Olson embodies the lean manufacturing approach to today's direct mail. What I saw was a "holistic" integrated process. Japs-Olson is capable of sending more than four million pieces a day into the USPS mail stream. To do this efficiently, you need critical thinking to be applied at every stage of the process.
The Goss Pacesetter Club admits new members each year as specific targets are met and productivity records continue to be broken.
Japs-Olson aims to expand its current facility, but doing so would mean the property would straddle two Minnesota cities.
Attendees of the 2015 Continuous Improvement Conference have the option to tour three manufacturing plants in the Minneapolis area. Japs-Olson, Western Graphics and Tennant Co. will all be opening their doors to visitors, showing how continuous improvement strategies and concepts are being applied at their firms.
Commercial printer company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ September 2014 edition, featuring Japs-Olson, Standard Register, Fry Communications, Flashpoint Graphix, Gill Studios, The Flottman Co., Graphic Visual Solutions, Printing and Graphics Association MidAtlantic and The Master's Press.
Chris Illa, a dedicated and well respected employee of Japs-Olson Co. for 24 years, has died after a long illness with cancer. He served as director of operations, and was instrumental in the implementation of the company’s Lean initiatives and workflow improvement.
Promising to be a highlight of this year's education program at GRAPH EXPO 14, a special feature presentation will be led by RIT Professor Emeritus and industry sage, Frank Romano. "The Future of the American Printer" will be held on Sunday, September 28, from 12:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
ST. LOUIS PARK, MN—Japs-Olson Co. has installed the first Kodak Prosper 6000C full-color inkjet press. Ideally suited for commercial print applications requiring high-ink laydowns, the Prosper 6000C press is part of a new Prosper press lineup that promises print speed and application flexibility. The Prosper 6000C press is ideal for data-driven print applications, such as direct mail and transactional printing.
Japs-Olson Co. has added the first Kodak Prosper 6000C full-color inkjet press at its facility in St. Louis Park, MN. The installation is part of beta testing already in operation, conducted by Kodak and Japs-Olson to push the new press to its performance limits and tap the potential offered by the press’ innovations in transport, drying, writing systems and advanced press management technology.
For those who attended the 2014 Inkjet Summit at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Beach Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, there was no doubt that this 2014 edition was even stronger, more informative and more engaging than the first one, and plans are already in motion to raise the bar still further.