Since the advent of digital technology the printing market has seen fundamental changes – print runs are smaller, delivery times shorter than ever and competition in particular with regard to pricing is fierce. As a consequence, an immense print volume has been shifted from offset printing to digital printing.
To remain competitive and protect their margins in this challenging situation, print providers have taken measures to improve the efficiency of their production processes while reducing costs, which frequently goes along with a reduction of the workforce. The capital is invested in the equipment, predominately in digital colour production machines and workflow solutions. To increase sales, printing companies attempt differentiation by looking into alternative ways for clients to have access to their services and give them on-demand feedback of cost, production times and delivery options.
With the focus on workflow improvement, production processes are automated, integrated and optimized in order to achieve a logical and economic flow of operations, starting with the incoming customer order up to the delivery of the printed product.
“This is where Konica Minolta wants to support its customers and prospects in the light production market,” explains Leon Minnie, product specialist: production systems at Bidvest company, Konica Minolta South Africa. With the Printgroove POD software suite, Konica Minolta proposes a comprehensive yet flexible concept for highly efficient, controlled print production. It optimises workflows, streamlines production processes and increases the overall productivity of CRDs, printing services and digital commercial printers alike.
The Printgroove POD suite is comprised of four solutions:
“Printgroove POD improves the workflow of mid-size companies and departments – no matter what amount of workload needs to be handled,” state Minnie. “It guarantees a wide range of features from job submission 24/7, through automated job ticketing and quoting, to print queue management, device status monitoring, even finishing, shipping and billing.
“Not only is the solution scalable, it can also be configured so that it fits any individual business workflow, including the ability to accommodate as many printing steps and stations as required,” he adds.
Printgroove POD offers the following key benefits:
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