Digital Finishing — Back End Boosters
"With this technology, we can effectively produce quantities of one," Henck notes. "Next, we plan to add barcode readers to the perfect binder so that we can better accommodate individual covers at high speeds."
CCI produces a good deal of manuals for the manufacturing and publishing sectors, primarily owner's manuals, parts manuals, instruction guides and training materials.
According to Rob Hegwood, CCI executive vice president of production, the company is also testing an IBM continuous feed printer. He says the company is looking forward to the expansion of the Océ 9210's color capabilities, which plays into the needs of customized publishing. As the printing and binding capabilities branch out, so will CCI's ability to garner new markets.
"We are expanding into a variety of industries, including finance, insurance and government, giving us a well-rounded customer base," Hegwood notes. "When the markets dropped off in 2001, CCI was able to survive one of the worst recessions in print industry history because we realized early on that it's not just about ink on paper. Our investment in e-commerce solutions and equipment to drive print-on-demand and just-in-time inventory management applications allowed us to effectively bundle our services into value packages that create complete solutions, lowering our clients' total costs of ownership in their information distribution processes."
Four on the Radar
SCI Image, of Carlstadt, NJ, addresses four markets: transactional, one-to-one, print management and short-run paperback books. A pair of HP Indigo presses, a 3050 and a 5000, are complemented by a trio of Digimasters from NexPress Solutions. Two Heidelberg saddlestitchers are in-line with the Digimasters. Also on the finishing end is a Standard Horizon perfect binder with three-knife trimmer and tower, and a Horizon StitchLiner. The off-line arsenal also includes an MBO folder and a GBC laminator.
Enhancements to the Indigo 3050—ink laydown durability, vibrancy and a wider variety of substrate choices—has catapulted the digitally printed output onto a level with its commercial offset counterpart, according to SCI President Burt Scherman. "I don't have to apologize because I'm producing it digitally," he says. "I give a client what they're looking for or even better. That opens up the whole market; in the past, you couldn't do a lot of digital jobs because the quality wasn't there or the cost per piece was too high.