Meanwhile, the Packaging Layout Automation feature simplifies the prepress stage of packaging printing: "Several boxes are often combined on a single printed sheet, with the layout of the printed sheet for an order of this type being based on the cutting die. Putting this type of printing plate together in prepress, including all the control strips and marks, was always a very time-consuming process. Today, all this is handled entirely by PLA."
Customers impressed by the Kodak InSite Prepress Portal System
The InSite Prepress Portal System has had a big impact on Offset Vandevelde's customers, who are using it themselves to deliver and manage orders and files. "For commercial printing, we switched almost immediately to the InSite Prepress Portal System," said Vandevelde. "It offers us many benefits. Customers can see for themselves whether their files meet all the requirements, and every order is given a number and description directly, which means we don't have to enter all the data separately all over again. We've had great feedback from customers using the InSite Prepress Portal System; they're all pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to use."
Working more efficiently
Vandevelde cites the improved proofing process as another major benefit of the Insite Prepress Portal System. "It's not always easy to convince customers to use a system like this," he said, "but since its introduction we've seen a reduction of around 75 percent in running paper proofs. Some proofs are run entirely through the InSite Prepress Portal System, while other customers receive the PDF file generated automatically by the Prinergy PowerPack Workflow. All corrections and approvals are recorded automatically, and all important information is immediately recorded by order."
Vandevelde's aim is for customers who mainly order packaging printing to use the InSite Prepress Portal System. "We want to offer customers a range of packaging and boxes for any new design," he said. "In this way, we'll be using the InSite System mainly as an information tool, but it will also help us work much more efficiently."
Moving ahead of the competition
Offset Vandevelde has been using the Prinergy PowerPack Workflow and Insite Prepress Portal System for 18 months, and is very satisfied with the results: "We've not experienced a single fault with the software. The link with the MIS system won't pose a problem for the Kodak Unified Workflow Solution and will enable us to finally implement full CIP4 automation."
Vandevelde believes the partnership with Kodak has put the company on a strong footing for future growth. "We're in a very healthy position, not just from a technology perspective, but also because we haven't had to take on lots of new staff to reach this point," he told us. "Our collaboration with Kodak will have a big part to play in how we continue to move forward in the future."