Environmental responsibility is integral to the company’s character; PRP is an FSC-certified printer that has worked to lower its VOC emissions significantly—to the point where they now meet or exceed all California air standards, according to owner Todd Ventura. The company’s choice of the Suprasetter A52 and Saphira Chemfree plates supports its environmental commitment: Suprasetter “A” models require less power and generate less waste heat than comparable models from other manufacturers, such that there is often no need for an additional energy-intensive air-conditioning or humidification system.
In terms of print quality, because Saphira Chemfree plates require less wetting agent and less drying time, Ventura said, they yield sharper, more vibrant color and outstanding image quality.
Over the 40 years since its founding, PRP Companies has transformed itself from a quick printer into a full-service graphic communications enterprise serving businesses and organizations throughout the California Central Coast and nationwide. That said, the business recently undertook a re-branding effort aimed at highlighting its diverse value proposition. The PRP umbrella currently supports a wide range of services, including cut-sheet digital and sheetfed offset printing; mailing; large-format or “Big Image” inkjet; design; and apparel, through direct-to-apparel printing and embroidery. By offering all of these services under one roof at the San Luis Obispo facility, PRP Companies can work closely with customers, ensuring a high-quality reflection of their marketing message. PRP Companies employs a staff of 40—and growing.
Wallace Graphics Installs Prinect Workflow from Heidelberg
Wallace Graphics, Stone Mountain, Ga. recently celebrated its “graduation” from a nonintegrated workflow comprised of a Prosetter with standalone Signa Station imposition and trap stations, to a fully integrated Prinect Prepress Manager workflow anchored by an environmentally friendly thermal Suprasetter 105 CtP device. The Suprasetter is used to image Saphira Chemfree plates for the company’s 29” and 40” Heidelberg presses. Wallace’s choice of Saphira Chemfree plates also mirrors is strong commitment to eco-friendly printing. Saphira Chemfree plates use no developer, no water, and only a small self-cleaning unit to gum the plates.
“Our decision to upgrade was driven primarily by the need to update our hardware,” said Prepress Manager Gary Foster. “By sticking with Heidelberg, we were able to retain our existing imposition files. The entire system has been bulletproof from the moment it went online.”
First to be installed was the new Suprasetter—a trickier proposition than usual, since the new machine initially had to be coupled with the company’s existing workflow to keep production moving while Foster and his team completed a week of training at Heidelberg’s Technology Center in Kennesaw, Ga. A short time later, the full-blown Prinect Prepress Manager workflow went online, followed by Heidelberg’s Prinect Color Management (PCM) analysis, which uses Heidelberg’s G7-certified Prinect Color Toolbox with Gray Balance Optimizer to reduce makeready times, cut waste, boost color fidelity and raise efficiency across the board. The most recent to go live is Prinect Remote Access used by Wallace as an automated means to facilitate soft proofing and uploading/downloading of customer files. Prior to the installation, Foster said, the company relied on the exchange of manually prepared PDF files.
As a result of these improvements, “We’ve morphed into an on-demand business,” Foster said. “Our normal turnaround times have shrunk from five to one-and-a-half days”—no small feat for a company whose menu of commercially printed products and services runs the gamut from brochures and business cards to documentation and design. The company retains its staff of four prepress operators, who are more efficient as all phases of job preparation now can be handled at their individual workstations.