Océ, a Canon Group company and international leader in digital document management, today announced that McArdle has installed a digital printing solution that features the Océ ColorStream 10000 Flex system with in-line stitching for producing print on full range of stocks from 30# lightweight opaque to 80# coated stock at full-production speed.
McArdle is one of the premier marketing service providers in the Washington-Baltimore region. They offer a full range of communication services – from design, cross channel marketing, branded storefronts, printing, mailing and fulfillment. McArdle is known for creating custom solutions for their clients to help them grow their business in new and innovative ways.
"McArdle is constantly investing in knowledge and technology in order to provide our clients with state-of-the-art, cost-effective solutions," said McArdle President, Lisa Arsenault.
Conversion from offset web to digital web
The trend to short-run publications and Océ’s ability to deliver digital features at production speed led McArdle to add digital continuous feed printing. “It’s been a two year journey, in which the entire Océ organization demonstrated their commitment to help McArdle succeed,” said Arsenault.
In addition to their commercial print applications, McArdle produces 200+ legal, regulatory and business publications each month. The book blocks are printed on 27# offset stock in black & white with spot color covers. Prior to becoming an Océ customer, the publications were produced on a Harris cold-set web with color pages produced from shells printed on Ryobi duplicators, and offline bindery for side stitching and drilling.
Those print jobs will now be moved to the Océ ColorStream 10000 Flex digital web press printing in-line to the Standard Hunkeler CS6 rotary cutter. This will stack and output book blocks to a conveyor, or cut sheets can bypass to the in-line Standard Horizon StitchLiner 6000 Digital saddlestitcher. McArdle can now go from white paper roll to ready-to-ship, finished booklets with cover insertion and integrity checking, in one pass with no touch-points. McArdle chose the 4-color configuration of the Océ ColorStream 10000 Flex system, allowing them to print entire jobs including banner headings in-line and eliminating the need for preprinted shells.
Further automating the print process, the Océ PRISMA workflow software provides ‘lights-out’ print production. Clients submit jobs at any time using an FTP site and the jobs are dropped directly into the Océ PRISMAproduction digital front-end software, automating the job ticket, preflight and imposition functions needed for efficiently printing digital applications.
Automation and efficiency of end-to-end solution delivers savings
Converting the daily publications over to digital will result in increased efficiencies; the streamlined workflow inherent to digital printing with in-line finishing requires fewer labor resources and the elimination of plates and reduced paper costs.
The Océ ColorStream 10000 Flex system is the ultimate machine for mixed color and monochrome print applications such as books and manuals. It offers distinct advantages:
• Excellent front-to-back print registration
• Ability to print on ultra-lightweight stocks
• Produces up to 1,515 black & white images per minute
• Optimizes its own speed, detecting black & white and full-color pages automatically while maintaining its high quality