SAN JOSE, CA — November 20, 2019 — Disruptive technologies are synonymous with Silicon Valley. Managing color on an offset press is undergoing a similar disruptive process as demonstrated by recent investments by Pacific Printing. Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, Pacific Printing has completely automated their offset press color control with inline scanning of each press sheet with LithoFlash.
“We provide a wide range of services, including offset, digital, wide-format, mailing and fulfillment work,” states Andrew Goett, President of Pacific Printing. “Strategically, we needed to address some major obstacles to profitability that many printers face in our current economic climate. Back in April 2019, we took the first step by replacing two half-size Komori presses with just one RMGT 9 Series press. This 37-inch press prints an 8-up sheet but fits in the same footprint as the older 28-inch press it replaced. So, we immediately doubled capacity and capabilities without redesigning our floor layout.”
TAKING COLOR CONTROL TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH LITHOFLASH FROM LITHEC USA
“THE TIME AND MONEY ECONOMICS OF PRINT MANUFACTURING ARE MOVING SHORT RUN JOBS, TRADITIONALLY RUN DIGITAL, BACK TO OFFSET”
“The time and money economics of print manufacturing are moving short run jobs, traditionally run digital, back to offset,” states John Sweeney, VP Sales, Lithec USA. “In addition to the advantage of reducing monthly click charge costs, Pacific Printing is moving digital work back to high quality offset without sacrificing time due to the fast makeready enabled by the LithoFlash inline color control system. Additionally, in areas where labor pools are tight, the ability to bring in press operators who can quickly learn how to run today’s offset presses is essential to long-term profitability.”
“As a mailing house, time is a major factor in getting a print job done and into the postal system as fast as possible,” continues Goett. “Initially, with the cost of plates, chemistry, ink and make-ready, we would never have thought we could go from digital back to offset. However, technology has moved the tipping point back toward offset. Thanks to our LithoFlash inline color control system, we can set up the press in 5-7 minutes and literally run 300-400 sheets and then set up a new job. This has been a game changer.”
Lithec is a global leader of inline color control and inspection systems for the graphic communications industry. Engineered and manufactured in Miesbach, Germany, Lithec systems are installed in Heidelberg, KBA, Komori, Manroland, and RMGT offset presses and used in more than 1,500 printing plants around the world. Offering a complete sales and service organization, Lithec USA, based in Atlanta, GA, is the authorized master distributor of Lithec solutions in all of the Americas. For more information, visit https://lithecusa.com