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Started by Brian SanFillipo. Last reply by Brian SanFillipo Aug 6, 2009.

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Comment by Brian SanFillipo on March 11, 2009 at 6:07am
Well since I started the group I guess it's only fair that I ask the first question. How's business? Specifically how has you digital business been lately and do you also have other types of printing in house to compare to? To answer that myself digital is up but our sheet fed and web printing is flat (more sales, less profit). I'm also curious if anyone has purchased a digital press over that last year, what it is and why that press. Was it job specific or did you feel it was the best overall press for the money?
Comment by Erica Robertson on March 11, 2009 at 8:47am
I installed an iGen ACQS in October. At that point our business wasn't effected by the economy and we were actually up 24% from previous year. Then the fourth quarter devastated our sales. We purchased the iGen for all of our variable imaging projects. It has been a serious challenge with major humidity issues. I am not sure I would do it again. Maybe in better times. Our offset has been steadier in sales than our digital products. We have seen a huge growth in full color perfect bound books but I see many companies dropping back from new marketing ventures which deeply effects our digital sales and purls.
Comment by Lindsay Lamb on March 11, 2009 at 9:44am
Hi Erica! Do you have any finishing attached to your iGen that you could transfer some of your full color book work over? I am not an iGen expert, so I've already sent some notes out to others for advice to give you on your humidity issue and suggestions to help your digital sales in some way! :-) Do you solely use your iGen for VI, or do you use it to help compliment your offset runs (to minimize overprint needs/inventory) on other kinds of jobs too?

Brian-- You said digital is up for you. What types of jobs do you print?
Comment by Brian SanFillipo on March 11, 2009 at 10:01am
Erica - Do you have a web to print application and if so is it growing your digital print at all? I agree that it's not easy to find companies willing to try new things in these economic times. If they are not already into "cross media" type work or advanced variable it's tough to get them to try now. I also wanted to ask if you have any other digital presses?

Lindsay - I would have bet money that you were going to jump in on this subject when I noticed your employer. We do quite a wide range of digital printing from straight black or black on a color shell to in-line automated, perfect bound books that are variable and dynamic in page count. I see our beggest growth being driven by our web to print system which is still growing like crazy.
Comment by Erica Robertson on March 11, 2009 at 10:03am
Our humidity is now fixed with the 4th install of a commercial humidifier built into the heating ducts. We have no finishing in line on the iGen. All finishing equipment added to an iGen slows the machine down in half. We already had all the bindery equipment from being in the offset print world for 17 years. We use the iGen for short run 4 color work and all variable.
Comment by Erica Robertson on March 11, 2009 at 10:06am
We have 3 offset presses and a Xerox 240. We traded a 5000 for the iGen
Comment by Brian SanFillipo on March 11, 2009 at 10:18am
How about an online ordering system?
Comment by Lindsay Lamb on March 11, 2009 at 10:24am
That's good to hear that the humidity is fixed now! I like Brian's comment and question about gaining business through web orders. Brian- How long have you had your web-to-print system?...and did you notice a growth in business as soon as you implemented it?

What kind of offset presses do you have? I worked at Quad Graphics while I was a student at RIT (graduated from the School of Print Media) so I'm always curious! I still bust out my steel-toed boots from time to time :-)
Comment by Brian SanFillipo on March 11, 2009 at 10:38am
7+ years and yes as soon as our sales people understood it and understood the doors it could open it's has increased and locked in business every year since. I was hired here for the digital print and to grow the web to print application and so far (knocking on wood) it's been fantastic. I've seen double or triple digit growth online every year.
Comment by Paul Edwards on April 5, 2009 at 8:48pm
Hi Brian,
We have a common business acquaintance, Jim Griggs, at Xerox Supplies. HW is a terrific company.

Now to digital print. FormStore Incorporated in St. Louis is partners with both Kodak and Xerox. We have both Xerox iGen3 and Kodak NexPress 2500s, plus Xerox 240 with booklet finisher, Kodak/Presstek DI, Kodak NexGlossers and a Kodak Digimaster with inline CP Bourg saddle stitch. We also have off line CP Bourg saddle stitch capabilities.

This next week we are installing Dimensional Raised Printing onto our Kodak NexPress. Think of it as full, spot or variable digital thermography. Fascinating when you can add texture to a digitally printed brochure, post card, advertising collateral, membership ID card or magnet.

FormStore's 16,000 square foot Digital Connect Digital Print and Digital Mail Center is a trade only facility. We have full temperature and humidity control throughout the building. There are several photos of our site at www.formstore.com. Just click on Digital Connect logo.

We would be interested in learning more or sharing ideas with this group. Digital printing is still the fastest (and maybe only) growing segment of the graphic arts industry and we all need to work together to accelerate that growth in today's market.

Paul Edwards, CDC
President
FormStore Incorporated
636-343-6910 x 1300
pedwards@formstore.com
www.formstore.com

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