Making the Big Plays
The productivity of the eight-color press allowed the in-plant to retire its five-color 40˝ Miller.
"It was just taking up space and collecting dust," Sarantakos explains. "The floor space was more important to us." The in-plant freed up even more of that floor space by moving its bindery and warehouse and taking over an additional 15,000 square feet in its multi-tenant building.
Since then, Sarantakos has kept the ball moving to maintain the in-plant's services at championship caliber. His unwavering motivation to speed production, maximize productivity and add value to product/service offerings has driven specific investments and upgrades.
"We upgraded our [Kodak] NexPress to a 3300 a little over a year ago, and extended the feeder for up to 14x36˝ sheets," he says. "Not only can we produce jobs at faster speeds, but we have been able to up the break-even point for our 29˝ manroland [offset press]."
The in-plant also added a Kodak Digimaster HD300 and a Ricoh Pro 8110S with a bookletmaker for black-and-white work, along with a Ricoh Pro C751 color printer to back up the NexPress digital color production press.
Digital printing sales continue to grow, Sarantakos says, and currently account for about 25 percent of the overall budget. "And we are doing much more variable data than we were even a year ago," he declares. (See sidebar.)
The in-plant also added a new standalone perfect binder for the digital press for fast-turnaround, short-run perfect bound books, which permits more work to be done in-house.
"Sub-contracting less makes us stronger," Sarantakos insists.
Another recent purchase was a new business card slitter. "The slitter does 500 cards in three minutes," Sarantakos reports, "whereas it took 10 to 12 minutes to cut that many manually." Plus, he points out, while the slitter is running, attendants are able to walk away from the machine and perform other tasks. A new continuous-feed laminator for four-sided lamination also enables unattended operation.
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