Konica Minolta Helps Firehouse Printing Grow its Color Print Production Business

Firehouse Printing in The Woodlands, TX, has grown its color print production business by 18% with the Konica Minolta (Booth 2227) bizhub PRESS C8000 Color Digital Press. Firehouse has been able to expand its business beyond the production of training materials, offering customers higher quality color printing options for heavy-stock postcards, direct mail flyers, business cards, and billing inserts while still meeting tight deadlines and budgets.

Firehouse customers are requesting features such as exact color profiling, crisper images with higher resolutions, and the ability to run heavier stock paper. Firehouse selected the bizhub PRESS C8000 with the Fiery Image Controller and EFI Fiery Graphic Arts Premium Edition to help meet customer demand and provide the company with a competitive edge. The firm now offers sophisticated color management tools and can save individual customer color profiles to ensure that the specific colors are consistent for each print job, saving the production team time and keeping customers coming back for more services.

“The bizhub PRESS C8000 meets all of our expectations and is reliable, fast, and easily handles any job we put at it,” says Pablo Ramirez, Production Manager for Firehouse Printing. “Not only does it have more robust features, but it requires less maintenance from facility operators, allowing us to free up resources. More importantly, with the bizhub PRESS C8000 we have expanded our business to become a one stop printing solution for our customers.”

Firehouse runs 100,000 to 120,000 impressions monthly through the bizhub PRESS C8000, with the print quality and color remaining consistent on all print jobs—from first impression to the last. Firehouse can quickly turnaround press-quality materials with heaver substrates, ranging from 100- to 130-lb. cover stock. The Dual Fusing feature allows Firehouse to run thicker stock at near full rated speed, providing offset-quality images without the time constraints of using an offset press.

In addition, the company has not experienced any paper curling—the result of the hybrid de-curling and humidifier option. This, combined with the air-vacuum paper feeding, ensures that all paper moves quickly and smoothly through the system.

“In a tight economy, growing your business can be challenging, and Firehouse Printing is an excellent example of how production print companies can leverage the bizhub PRESS C8000 as an alternative to costly offset presses,” says Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA.

“Our customers can count on Konica Minolta to deliver fast, reliable, world- class color output, and market-leading innovation that will increase their productivity and provide them a competitive advantage,” Kern adds.