Convertible Printing - Do You Think You're Saving Money? Seriously?
We would all like to believe that we schedule the changeovers at the most convenient and cost-effective times, but let’s face it, in most instances our customers dictate the pressroom schedule. So if we have to break into a conventional day with one UV job, we do so. That’s right, more “hard” money.
These are just some of the expenses associated with convertible printing. Keep these in mind when you’re making that decision of going back and forth and remember there are expenses associated with “soft” money.
Many printers have made the commitment and transformed to a dedicated UV machine. They realized early on how the “soft” money dollars add up and if you ask them, I’m sure they would agree they're better for it.
Darren has worked in the printing industry for 30 years and spent more than 12 years at two of the nation's leading high-end commercial printers: Bradley Printing in Des Plaines, IL, and Williamson Printing Corp. in Dallas, TX. During that time, he operated conventional and UV 40˝ sheetfed presses and also successfully managed a $15-million pressroom equipment transition. Darren also was Lead Press Instructor for Heidelberg, where he directed specialty equipment startups and was involved in all aspects of the printing process by teaching both instructor and pressroom employees.
In addition, he served as a troubleshooter for various printing companies in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. As operations manager for a start-up specialty folding carton company, he played a key role in achieving more than $6 million in sales within two years. Currently Darren is president of D.G. Print Solutions, a consulting firm that supports printing companies of all sizes. He specializes in growth development planning, pressroom color management and pressroom training through specialty print applications.