High-Speed Inkjet Presses: Next Round of Investments
The cost savings have been part of RevSpring's justification, as well. Although it costs more to run and operate the new machines, the ability to run plain paper directly from the mill means huge paper savings for RevSpring's customers. "The more volume I put through, the more cost savings all the way around," he notes.
Ultimately, the company's goal is to have full distributed print capabilities from the East Coast to the West Coast, and inkjet is a big part of that. "We have to counteract the USPS continuing to slow down," concludes McCombs. "This means producing jobs closer and closer to the end user as we continue to move forward."
SouthData: Inkjet for Color Statements and Billing
SouthData, Mount Airy, NC, also sees high-speed inkjet as a non-negotiable for today's production environment. It produces high volumes of bills and statements for utilities, local municipalities, and state and country governments, as well as statements, mailings and coupon books for the homeowners association or property management markets.
"We've been a growing business for the past 27 years," says Alan Connolly, executive vice president of the company, which installed a Screen Truepress in October 2012. "We've been very fortunate to have seen growth every year and, over the past several years, we've seen significant growth. We are continually looking for new methods that will enhance our productivity and help control the cost and speed of production."
SouthData installed the Truepress 520EX dual-engine duplex, which reportedly is the first installation of this particular model in the United States. The dual print engines in-line with the Standard Hunkeler finishing equipment extend 75 feet on the production floor.
Although SouthData doesn't print a lot of photographic images, it was seeing a growing demand for color in text and graphics. Thus, the next step in its technology growth needed to come from moving from monochrome to full-color and from overprint to 100 percent digital production.