For UK printer Colourstream having Prinect workflow connectivity
across its entire production and business operations makes sound
commercial sense. Being able to incorporate digital as well as
offset technology is critical.
"It's almost like it doesn't exist, it's just there in the
background giving us access to another output device," says John
Greene, managing director of Colourstream. This description of the
Prinect Digital Print Manager module is testament to the seamless
way in which digital as well as offset presses can be incorporated
into a Prinect production workflow.
With Prinect Digital Print Manager, Heidelberg can link in
machines from Canon, HP Indigo, Kodak Nexpress and Xerox. The level
of functionality varies, depending on the integration partner, the
partner's system configuration, hardware status and software
It can switch between offset and digital printing as easily
as between different format offset presses. It is a single central
data transfer tool. Plus office staff have an immediate indication
of where the job is and how it's doing, enabling them to give fast
and accurate responses to customer enquiries.
"We don't want to be looking in different places for
different operations but to have a single seamless workflow, even
if we choose to use equipment from two different suppliers," says
Simon Greene, production director, who is John's son. "We want to
know where the job is at any time and to have the data feedback
that enables us to make the best business decisions."
The family run business is equipped with a Speedmaster XL
75-10-P with Inpress Control, Heidelberg's most advanced and
automated spectrophotometer, and the UK's first SM 52-10-P Anicolor
long perfector. But it also has an HP Indigo 5500 digital colour
press. Its experience is that the Anicolor has redrawn boundaries
with digital and is the right option for runs of 250 plus.
For this reason it was critical the company could have a
workflow that would also enable it to link in its digital as well
as its offset equipment. One of the key triggers for buying
the Digital Print Manager was the ease with which it could handle
PDFs and impose work. Before the operator at the digital press had
to spend time interpreting files and imposing files. With
this functionality and the PDF preflighting in place there
has been a 25% increase in machine uptime.
With the workflow connectivity Colourstream argues that the
operator no longer requires prepress experience, making it easier
to find the staff to run it and providing a potential saving in
The company would not backtrack from running with the
efficiency that Prinect brings and clearly having a comprehensive
package which can include digital technology is seen as a major