Leveraging Process Integration in a Hybrid Environment Leads to Profitability, Productivity
Need a few copies for an event or for review by stakeholders before producing a long run in offset? Not a problem. Not only can the routing be automated, but automatic scheduling tools deliver the best possible utilization of printing and binding assets with the least amount of human intervention.
With a growing number of hybrid projects, color management across different printing technologies can also be a challenge. The DFE on your digital press can help make it much easier for operators to ensure a near-perfect match to offset output. These days, buyers of print should not be concerned with which printing technology is used to produce their work; but they are certainly concerned that the work is of the utmost quality. Print professionals can easily address these concerns by integrating color management into an automated hybrid production workflow.
Integrating business management software into hybrid production environments can also lead to dramatic productivity boosts and cost reductions, as demonstrated by the Modern Litho experience. In situations where a digital printing DFE is integrated with print management information systems (MIS), organizations have reduced their order processing times up to 50 percent in hybrid print environments that include large-format, digital and offset printing. In addition, direct integration with prepress workflows act as a force multiplier, allowing users to maintain their familiar job management interface to lower training costs.
PointOne Graphics of Toronto took a unique, and profitable, approach to workflow integrations of this nature. In a unique twist on digital printing, it uses its digital color press primarily to generate proofs for its offset business. "Proofing actually delivers a much better ROI than short-run production with our digital press configuration," explains Rick Lee, vice president of quality assurance.
Previously, PointOne used wide-format proofers producing continuous-tone proofs on inkjet proofing paper. "While the proofs looked great," Lee comments, "they were hard to match on-press. With our digital press configuration, not only are we able to provide the client with accurate color, we can do so on paper that is similar or the same as the paper that will be used on-press for the final job."