School Datebooks Meets Nearly 18 Percent Volume Increase with Océ Systems
“As productive as we were last year, this year we saw a substantial improvement. From April through August, we eclipsed 50 million impressions (25 million feet of paper) on our engines. This was nearly an 18 percent improvement over the same period last year, and a 68 percent improvement over 2008, when the books were outsourced,” said Bapst. The new Océ machine was a huge part of a successful strategy to bring the work in house.
Océ Service Makes Critical Difference in Meeting Goals
“A lot of hard work and improved efficiencies went into this increase, but the level of Océ service was a huge factor in this success. Océ brought a sense of urgency and accountability that we don’t normally see from a service team. They considered themselves part of our team, which is rare from a services perspective, and they were concerned with our numbers, goals and satisfaction throughout the season. They understood we had to keep running and used discretion to schedule maintenance and downtime,” Bapst said. “The overall yearly success of School Datebooks relies heavily on the performance of this production operation. The level of Océ service and response that we receive over this period is crucial to that success.”
Taking Every Advantage of Digital Printing
The tight opportunity window has more to do with capturing a cost advantage than compressing production schedules. Jobs that run on the Océ equipment are the most efficient and profitable, so the company wants to put as much work as possible on the digital system.
“We have a window to get as much off this machine as we can,” said Bapst. “We try to run 24/7 until mid-August, and whatever doesn’t get on the digital machine is a missed opportunity, because we pay more for what we run on offset. So if we miss an opportunity for printing on the Océ machine, there’s no making it up. We want to operate our Océ VarioStream 8650 printer a minimum of 24/6 and usually aim for 24/7.”
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