How Commercial Sheetfed Offset Printers Are Shrinking Turn Times and Streamlining to Meet Short-Run Demands
JIM WORKMAN, Vice President, Technology & Research, PRINTING United Alliance
JONATHAN WALLACE, President, Wallace Graphics
NIELS WINTHER, Chairman and Managing Partner, Think Patented
SUMMARYThe rise of on-demand customer requirements has transformed printing businesses in many ways, including significant changes to manufacturing workflows and customer expectations for sheetfed offset press output. This moderated panel discussion includes discussion of how two sheetfed offset printers have adapted their businesses, and what they’ve done to address more jobs of shorter runs within shorter timeframes. Gain strategies for efficiency and success, and learn what might stand in your way.
Andy Paparozzi will overview trends in commercial printing sales and confidence, which products and markets commercial printers expect to grow, and where they see opportunity post-COVID.
ANDY PAPAROZZI, Chief Economist, PRINTING United Alliance
Changes in a transformative marketplace creates opportunities for those who are prepared. The latest sheetfed offset technology provides innovators the opportunity to increase revenue, decrease costs, and exceed the expectations of their customers. Hear how leaders are integrating new technology, expanding customer needs, and their qualified staff to position themselves for continued success.
MIKE PHILIE, President, Philie Group
This product demo introduces the newest member of the RMGT 9 Series family with a 10-color RMGT970 long perfecting press running at the RMGT factory in Japan. Watch a complete 4 over 4 make ready, print 250 color controlled 8-up sheets that are LED cured, ready to move to bindery, with just one press operator, all in under 5 minutes. The new press features one-touch ASAP (Automated Smart Assist Printing) technology that streamlines make-ready. The RMGT 970 press can accommodate a 25”x 38” inch press sheet for a full 8-upconfiguration or four 12”x 18” inch sheets. As with all presses in the RMGT 9 Series, the RMGT 970 can be operated with just one press operator.
Agfa will discuss their latest market driven innovations which focus on the ECO3 framework: ecology, economy and extra convenience. Agfa’s ECO3 approach of sustainable innovation makes prepress and printing operations cleaner (ECOlogy), more cost-efficient (ECOnomy) and easier to operate (extra Convenient). ECO3 extends from the prepress environment into the press room with unparalleled ink savings and press standardization software packages that reduce make ready-time and paper waste.
Muller Martini is presenting its Finishing 4.0 perspective on how to transform your facility into a smart factory, one that embodies a highly digitized, highly efficient workflow—from file to finished product. Andy Fetherman, Muller Martini’s Vice President of Sales and Technology, and a highly recognized authority in digital technology and workflow integration, will be the presenter.
ANDY FETHERMAN, Vice President of Sales and Technology, Muller Martini Corp
As a commercial offset printer, how do you make your shop more competitive and stay ahead of the pack, at a time when business has been hit hard? Your customers want shorter print runs, quicker deliveries, lower prices and your usual high-quality work… what can you do? In this presentation, UV specialists GEW will talk about the features of UV LED curing systems and the immediate benefits that can be expected by retrofitting this new technology to your press.
Amid consolidation in the segment, the ongoing rise of digital printing technology, and new approaches for differentiation, successful commercial printing companies are making careful choices to maintain profitability. Join Patrick Henry, Senior Editor of Printing Impressions magazine, as he discusses the present – and future – of the segment with four commercial printing executives.