Yurchak Printing Streamlines On-Demand Book Production
Yurchak Printing is a leader in digital short-run book manufacturing, and has been in operation since 1998. Located in Landisville, PA, they offer high quality manufacturing services to customers in the production of periodicals, journals, commercial printing, and books, such as fine edition, illustrated books, bibles, children’s books, and university press books.
This family-owned business focuses on developing a long-term relationship with their clients by providing what they need on time and budget, with the same quality as large-scale printing houses. In addition, by using a print-on-demand model, Yurchak reduces customers’ costs and waste without sacrificing quality results. Today, this printing service provider thrives in the book printing market with more than 600,000 impressions per day.
Replacing Aging Toner Presses
Yurchak Printing was operating with three aging toner presses. Having excessive overs every day, they needed an automated solution with short run and book-of-one flexibility in a just-in-time distribution model. This printer invested in digital print technologies to be able to “produce results that rival offset printing,” as John Yurchak, president of Yurchak Printing, admits. They immediately turned to Ricoh (Booth N1928) with their needs for a solution to produce high volumes of smaller print projects.
“We chose a Ricoh IP5000 and needed to group and automate work into order for the machine to be productive and not waste paper,” says Yurchak. “Ricoh’s solution was Ultimate Impostrip from Ultimate TechnoGraphics (Booth N848) plus RICOH TotalFlow Batch Builder.”
Yurchak Printing implemented RICOH TotalFlow BatchBuilder with Ultimate Impostrip imposition software to automatically move all incoming files to the press, without any user intervention. Being able to switch a job between web and sheetfed devices was not possible with their previous technologies. With these integrated technologies, they were able to build a centralized workflow where they could control the flow of orders and create automatic grouping and impositions to be sent directly to the RICOH IP5000. “Our scheduling department can now shift jobs across multiple presses without needing preprint intervention,” says Yurchak.
In addition, Ultimate Impostrip specialized imposition for book printing allowed them to expand print-on-demand offerings to more than 34,000 titles. “We now receive and process hundreds of orders automatically every day,” says Yurchak.
The solution offers Yurchak Printing the ability to have “quicker file turn arounds, less human errors, improved press efficiency by reducing stops, and less press waste by printing book of one. All POD work is now automated from order to file on the press without human interaction,” says Yurchak.
With these integrated solutions, Yurchak Printing is confident to continue growing with a five-year objective of tripling in size with a continued focus on short-run digital printing. Yurchak Printing now has a future-proofed print business with streamlined operations to handle the growing demand for short run and on-demand book printing.
“Ultimate Impostrip has been a critical tool in improving PDF automation for Yurchak Printing,” says Yurchak. “It has provided consistent results across thousands of customer PDF’s so we can provide a reliable product to our customers.”