OMAHA PRINT -- Tradition. . . and a Future
Omaha Print will let its clientele guide the company in its technological endeavors, according to Smith. "The most evident area for greatest contribution has been with the completely digital workflow," he says. "CTP has enhanced the end product greatly, and has reduced waste and material costs. The new web press technology has complemented our product offerings, and we foresee that the new stitcher finishing line will do the same.
"Our strides to continually improve quality, turnaround times and to lower costs have been effective. During the last four years, we have seen cycle times improve by 40 percent and we predict this percentage to increase even further."
When Omaha Print went shopping for a front-end system to navigate its digital course, the company turned to Printcafe's Logic solution. What made Logic particularly appealing to Omaha Print was its Direct Machine Interface (DMI) for the accuracy of data collection, according to Chuck Kinzer, CFO. The ROI was immediate and tangible—no less than a 10 percent reduction in waste, and running speeds burgeoned more than 10 percent, as well.
"With the implementation of Printcafe Logic's electronic job ticket early in our process, we began attaching estimates—which gives us comparisons of estimate to actual—further increasing our cost controls," Kinzer states. "The estimated hours also drive the Logic scheduling system.
"Becoming fully integrated also allows us to track quote won-loss percentages. We are actually able to provide a daily scorecard that show bookings, quotes, cash position, and we're doing a daily profit estimate," he adds. "We think we're about 90 percent of the way toward having a 100-percent digital workflow, especially in the front-end area. To get there, we still need to integrate our sales management system, MIS and our job tracking system. We're hopeful of doing that within the next year."
With a watchful eye on quality are (from the left): Joe Sequenzia, vice president of sales; John Snow, pressroom manager, and David Mace, MIS director.
David Mace, the company's MIS director, points out that Omaha Print is also running the Printcafe Logic Wintrack module for labor tracking, as well as the Plant Vista module for a real-time view of the shop floor, along with Printcafe modules for purchasing, scheduling, shipping and accounting.