HardingPoorman Group Partners with Prisco to Increase Wide Format Inkjet Production Capacity

HardingPoorman Group, an innovative print communications provider and voted the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 Best Places to Work in Indiana, was faced with increasing customer demand for printed applications on rigid materials. PriscoDigital (Booth 201) was able to offer a best-of-class solution comprised of the HP Scitex FB700, a UV hybrid printer, and Caldera GrandRIP. This solution allowed HardingPoorman Group to eliminate the “print-and-mount” workflow they were using and print directly on a wide variety of rigid materials. The versatile FB700 also has the additional ability to print on flexible substrates. Therefore, the company moved all the work previously being done on their two roll-fed printers to the FB700. Andy Wheeler, Wide-Format Manager for HardingPoorman Group, mentioned that he can, “fill the 98" wide bed with substrate and produce multiple copies or different jobs at the same time. In addition, the continuous feed capability allows me to stage media for printing as the current job is still running.”

“With this new workflow, we increased our wide-format job capacity by more than 400%. We can also meet our customers’ demand for faster turnaround and still do it with one-shift,” commented Steve Anzalone, Chief Operating Officer of the HardingPoorman Group.

As Harding Poorman is an ISO9001 certified manufacturer, standard operating procedures and process control are critical to their operation. They are also G7 certified for their offset pressroom operations. The Caldera GrandRIP that drives the FB700 has made color management and match to their offset production or customer requirements easy. So, HardingPoorman Group has plans to go for G7 certification for their wide-format operation in the near future.

The HP Scitex FB700 UV curing technolgy also fits well with the environmentally friendly and sustainable focus of HardingPoorman Group. Their comittment to minimize their environmental impact has been thoroughly proven with their 100% “GreenPower” purchases, tri-certification of substrates utilized, recycle-reuse programs and equipment, etc.

When asked why he chose to go with Prisco for this project, Anzalone replied, “Naturally, we turned to Keith Williams, our Prisco representative, for ideas. He has been there to assist us as we built our business over the years. We have found Prisco to be a professional and well run company. Keith and Mike White of PriscoDigital are businesspeople, not just sales personnel; they understand our business.” He went on to say, “What closed the deal for us was the visit we had to HP’s Print Solutions Showcase in Atlanta. The no-nonsense, to-the-point professional demonstration utilizing our customer files convinced us that this was the right solution for us.”

“Many of our customers are looking for technologies that they can immediately and easily integrate into their business to provide increased opportunities to exceed their customers’ expectations. Prisco is fortunate to have a wide range of solutions to take their businesses to the next level,” remarked Eric A. Gutwillig, VP of Marketing for Prisco and PriscoDigital.

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