The following month, Panaprint implemented the remote capabilities portion of the workflow. “Our IT department worked closely with Fujifilm’s technical team to make sure all of our customers were set up and would be able to easily transfer and review files,” Axtell says.
After implementing the workflow pieces, the Panaprint/Fujifilm team shifted their focus to G7 certification and the addition of Fujifilm’s ColorPath Sync Ink Optimization (iO), a color management tool that creates high-quality device link profiles.
As part of the G7 process, Fujifilm certified both of Panaprint’s web presses as well as its eight-color sheetfed press. Additionally, Panaprint implemented G7 for its Epson proofer with Fujifilm’s ColorPath Sync DLP (device link profile) and will use the same solution to color manage the company’s new Xerox 1000 Color Press (also from Fujifilm), tying together proofing, offset printing, and their digital work. “We’ve been running to G7 standards for some time, but it’s nice to have the certification and it’s certainly something that will help us increase the marketing efforts around our printing capabilities,” Collins says. “And Fujifilm’s Sync iO has made it easier and quicker for our pressmen to get up to color, and that’s resulted in quicker makeready time and a savings of paper.”
“I wish we’d have been able to implement ink optimization years ago,” adds Axtell. “Not only does it help us save on ink, but we’re also getting up to color faster, there’s less dry time and, because we’ve lowered the CMY and increased the black, we’re seeing a much better gray balance.”
“Jerry (Axtell) has a lot of responsibility and a lot of deadlines to meet, so my job is to give him the very best tools I can to do the job,” Collins adds. “As a business owner, I look at the partnerships we have and, of course, reevaluate them from time to time. Many of them have been in place for a long time. But, things change. They have changed and our needs have changed, and we looked around and found that Fujifilm was able to be a true partner for us. They’ve brought us some important options and some new technology and that’s helped our business. I value that.”