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Asked how MAG is pulling off that hat trick at a time when other printers are in the doldrums, Vice President Doug Arbolino points to the skill of his colleagues and the advancements provided by his technology partners.
"We don't sell on price; we sell service and quality," he says. "With us, you get what you pay for. You get that higher level of quality at an economical price."
Mid-Atlantic's client list consists almost exclusively of large multi-national firms located in the corporate enclaves of Rockland County, where MAG is located, in nearby Montvale, NJ, and in Connecticut.
Mid-Atlantic's two main presses are both six-color models with in-line coating: a 41˝ Roland 700 and a 29˝ Roland 300. The machines' PECOM operating systems equip them for such working flexibility since they are networked together digitally and to every other aspect of MAG's computer-integrated manufacturing workflow.
An Agfa violet-laser platesetter takes center stage in prepress. That department automatically supplies ink profiles to the presses via wire and PECOM's PrepressLink. Meanwhile, PECOM's JobPilot modules lets Mid-Atlantic program each MAN Roland press for the next job while the systems continue to print their current projects. That knocks about 10 minutes off every makeready.
JobPilot also lets Arbolino take a hands-on approach to his pressroom using a standard Windows-equipped terminal: "It lets me oversee what the presses are going to be doing. I can set up the press and create my actual job ticket. JobPilot lets you control the pressroom directly."
PECOM's PressMonitor is also on tap at the printer. It provides a real-time window, as well as an archive of virtually every press function on every job. Arbolino envisions using it to track the performance of different types of inks and paper, and as a way to monitor the plant from home.
As to the effectiveness of PECOM and the networked operation it facilitates, Arbolino confirms that the system shortens makereadies and increases press uptime.