TOPPAN PRINTING COMPANY AMERICA -- New World Order for Print
Aiding Weston's efforts is a tool not well known outside of Toppan, the Kensa KS-420 proof checking device. The camera/scanner and monitor-based system is used to spot any differences between a proof and original copy. The easiest way to describe its operation is as the electronic equivalent of overlaying two like pieces of film on a light table and looking for places where they differ.
The printer has formalized its attention to detail by implementing statistical process control (SPC) and is ISO 9001 certified, points out Jordan-Smith. It also is ISO 14001 certified as part of its commitment to ecology and has implemented a set of environmentally friendly printing practices that it has branded "Eco-Shield."
"We are proud of our dual ISO certification. That distinction is only held by a few companies," he adds.
According to Jordan-Smith, Toppan America did consider the option of treating digital printing as a separate business, but decided its market demanded the process be held to the same production standard as offset.
"That means every job that comes in goes through the same desktop publishing department," he says. "We've adopted a PDF workflow for efficiency reasons. The goal is to manage that workflow for efficiency irrespective of the printing engine that will be used."
Toppan corporate already had established a practice of having a color management specialist at each of its facilities before the U.S. operation added its first digital color press, according to Jordan-Smith. "These are full-time engineers that understand color," he says.
When the shop put in its first iGen3, the staff was trained to use SPC and color measurement technology. "We've built profiles that allow us to go seamlessly from digital to offset," notes the digital specialist. "The quality difference between offset and digital can virtually disappear. We're not saying it's going to be the same, though, since it's important to create the right expectation from the customer's perspective."