J.S. McCarthy — Driving Out Costs, Waste
Other outlays in the company's seven-year, $14 million capex initiative have brought aboard an MBO Perfection folder with Navigator control, a Heidelberg ST450 stitcher, a Kodak Magnus platesetter, along with assorted foil stamping and diecutting gear. Advanced Equipment Sales pieced together a scrap retrieval and baling system for JSM, and the company recently completed a 36,000-square-foot addition to its facility. In the last year, J.S. McCarthy has also been making PANTONE and spot colors in-house, and has saved on ink costs, by using an Mx6 ink formulation dispenser from GFI Innovations.
JSM is a regional printer by definition, but accomplishes some very impressive global reaches (including California and. . .Qatar!) due to its technological prowess. Technical assistance is one of JSM's specialties, with in-house staff that travels to support the software and hardware customers use on the prepress side of the workflow (such as Adobe In- Design, Photoshop and PDF). More than 500 clients also use JSM's online remote proofing product.
Technology continues to help expand the company's geographic footprint, according to Conrad Ayotte, CFO at JSM. "When you talk technology, it's really the centerpiece for us because of our location," he explains. "Half of our volume comes from more than three hours away, so we need to answer the challenge of distance. We embrace technology because we see it as the single best means to drive down costs...maximize its potential."
JSM has no issue with being a leading-edge company when it comes to technology. It is currently working in tandem with EFI and Kodak on a beta version of Prograph, a print MIS solution. The printer has also achieved GRACoL 7 (G7) certification and is one of only 12 sheetfed printers in New England to garner G7 Master Printer status, according to qualifier IDEAlliance.
Printing to the G7 standard can bring peace of mind for a print buyer, adds Roger Schutte, director of technology at JSM. "It just builds a lot of confidence in a print buyer's mind that, if they're outputting proofs in their office, they are to the G7 standard. This really tightens the circle in terms of what had arguably been a very loose system.