COURIER CORP. -- Textbook Example
File Check produces an inspection report that streamlines the process and facilitates publisher initiatives, including soft proofing and no-proofing workflows. "If you're going to take those leaps into soft proofing and no proofing, you really want to make sure those files are knuckled down and spec'd properly," Franzino advises.
The third component, Proof Check, is slated to go live this month. This system allows customers to link directly and upload files into Courier's Creo Prinergy front end, to proof pages and to conduct interactive, remote "markup sessions" with anyone linked into the system across the country. The Web-based proofing environment facilitates Courier's philosophy of interconnecting people and processes.
Franzino is also proud of the fact that Courier is embracing the technological revolution through its direct involvement with the computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM) concept in tandem with the R&E Council and the Digital Smart Factory. "All of the new equipment that we install today is computerized, and it's our goal to produce dynamic job tickets that populate the systems and provide a lot of presets," Franzino says.
|Pictured from the left, Lead Pressman Bruce Palmer, Pressroom Supervisor Steve Richardson and Plant Manager Sybella Wilder form their strategy for a print job.|
The addition of the Lithoman IV is another link in the chain toward a CIM workflow. The new press, which produces 48-page signatures from a single web, speaks to the growing market demand for four-color textbooks.
That demand comes from a volatile education market. The higher education business has been brisk for Courier, fueling its eight percent growth over 2002. On the other hand, the elementary-high school (el-hi) segment—dependent upon state funding—has been somewhat depressed, according to Peter Tobin, executive vice president. Even with the federal push from President Bush's "No Child Left Behind Act," states find themselves running on a deficit. Consequently, large adoption states such as California, Texas and Florida are delaying their decisions to purchase new educational materials.