TAKING THE PLUNGE--Driven to Go Digital
In other words, with its Digimasters and a simple Website, DCG has extended its reach to wherever the Web is spun, with regular customers located across the country.
As its name indicates, DCG is fully equipped to handle all the color printing its customers require, but before installing the Digimasters, it distributed black-and-white work to a handful of outside vendors. By bringing those jobs in-house on its pair of 9110s, the company has significantly reduced its on-demand turnaround time.
"We used to have to call vendors and twist their arms to produce rush jobs," says Ribolin. "But with the Digimaster, we can turn on a dime. Something that used to take a day and a half now can be done in a matter of hours."
The Digimasters at DCG are equipped with optional booklet makers to trim, fold and saddle stitch covers and signatures into completed products. The feature gets a workout at DCG, because the group's core black-and-white business consists of software manuals, training materials and health care benefit guides.
"That means 300 books, delivered at 2 p.m. the next day, are no longer a problem," says Schanen. "Of course, we're also using the Digimaster for newsletters, proposals, financial reports, flyers and straight copying."
Meanwhile, in New York City, The Fifth Color—a new printing company, looked to Indigo last September to fill its digital color printing needs by purchasing its first Indigo UltraStream 2000 digital offset color press.
David Brody and William Ruzza, co-presidents of the firm, first saw the Indigo in action at last year's On Demand show. The Fifth Color opened its doors in August, and both presidents attribute their company's initial success to the digital color press' ability to perform multiple jobs within an hour's time.
"In New York, about 75 percent of the jobs that come in are short runs," Ruzza says. "On a regular press, you have to nail the color and then run the job. And when you run the next job, you have to clean the plates again and so forth. With the UltraStream, there's zero makeready. It nails the color on the very first shot. And once you're done with the printing, you don't even need to wash the plates. It's ready for the next job literally in two seconds."