Allied Printing--Crowning Customers
Kaufman is particularly proud of the company's digital proofing capabilities. Allied reportedly was the first company to feature multiple Presstek proofers using Imation Matchprint Laser Proof materials and the fifth company overall to have a unit installed. The proofers were customized and Allied had a code written that allowed for screening with ABS (AGFA balance screening) to the Presstek devices.
"Screening has been very critical to us and we're very critical with the type of screening we've had over the years," he says. "That's what makes a quality product. With that screening, if we output conventional off one of our two Avantra 44 imagesetters—or go thermal CTP or digital proof or conventional proof—we're able to use the same screening.
"Our philosophy behind digital halftone proofing vs. the IRIS or laser ink-jet type of proofs is that we do a lot of high-end work for car manufacturers," he adds. "If you have a grill on an automobile, you can't see a moiré [pattern] with a non-digital halftone proof. Or if you're doing an annual report that's going on a full-size, six-color web press, you don't want to find out when the job delivers—the day you're contracted to deliver that report—that the CEO's herringbone suit moirés."
Allied Printing has invested heavily in its server capabilities in order to not only stay in stride with technology, but perhaps remain a step ahead. It also helps to have the range of capability, even if it is not always utilized, according to Kaufman.
"We have a Dalim-scripted, automated workflow that resides on that server, which allows us to have an entirely automated workflow for a varied amount of jobs. This allows huge throughput with a 64-bit operating system vs. Windows NT," he says. "Multiple processors, multi-tasking, multi-threading allows us to have a huge amount of throughput instantaneously. It all goes back to performance. Are all the CPUs being used every minute of the day? No—we'd be making movies like 'Toy Story' or 'Jurassic Park' if we were doing that. But, when we have the need, we're able to ramp up and deliver a product like no one else can."