J.S. McCarthy — Driving Out Costs, Waste
"We're doing on-screen proofing for our press checks, and we've even gone to a totally proof-less workflow with our largest customer," he says. "The client has a proofer in their office; they supply us PDFs, we process the files, and they proof our impositions. Then we go to press, run to the densities and match color on the monitor. It's something we're expanding rapidly to other customers."
Environmental responsibility has been a major concern for JSM, reflected in a number of its greening initiatives. The company has been 100 percent wind-powered for roughly the past 12 months. It recycles 120 tons of paper per month. Plus, JSM is licensed to recycle the one product of hazardous waste it uses in the production process: the solvent/water combination that comes from one of its presses. By recycling this, the printer hopes to achieve "small waste generator" status from the state in the near future.
"With our Komori presses, we've eliminated alcohol from the system," Rick Tardiff notes. "We've gone completely digital and taken all of the developer and fixer out of the system. We treat our plate processor waste here on-site to the point where it can be discharged into the regional sewer facility. Also, we replaced every light in the building to energy-efficient lighting. We've replaced compressors with more energy-efficient ones. All of our wooden pallets and plastic and metal barrels are recycled and reused. The list goes on.
"We look at what the major uses of material are and attack each one, one at a time, to reduce our footprint," he adds. "We keep working our way down the line, to the point where we will eliminate as much hazardous waste as we can and reduce the amount of waste we're putting into landfills by recycling."
Make no mistake about it. While JSM will continue to fulfill the needs of customers, it will undoubtably continue to accomplish more with less. The company has 70 fewer employees than it did eight years ago, while sales have grown dramatically over the same period.