Don’t call it a comeback. We’ve been here for a year.
You may recall our New Year’s resolution back in 2017: To go digital. We dove in and enjoyed producing a year’s worth of varied blog and social media content.
This year we took a digital hiatus for the month of January. Well, at least from a viewer’s standpoint. We’ve still been active in behind-the-scenes digital development.
So, what have we been up to in the meantime? Plenty.
Last spring, a group of us at Delzer participated in an offsite “think tank” to review our current workflow system. We analyzed what was working and frankly, what could be improved.
Armed with this knowledge, we designed a new enterprise level management information system, which will replace our old system shortly following a brief transitional period.
This new system touches everything from estimating and job planning to advanced data collection and invoicing. What a time to be alive.
Change is coming in our digital print operation: multiple new presses will be up and running by April 1 of this year – no joke.
Konica Minolta AccurioPress C6100
Our digital department will be getting a four-color facelift with two new Konica Minolta AccurioPress C6100 digital presses.
With some new technology (we’ll spare you the fancy jargon) these Konica Minolta machines offer improved color consistency and registration throughout a job’s run and allow for sheets up to 13″x29″ in size and 18 pt. in thickness, printing both sides. It can even print envelopes.
Inline finishing includes folding, GBC punching (for coil or spiral binding), saddle stitching, and three-knife trimming for that clean, crisp finish.
Konica Minolta bizhub PRO 1250
Are you more of a person who sees things in black and white…with shades of grey? Good news: we’ll also be installing a new Konica Minolta bizhub PRO 1250 digital press.
This machine will get your black and white projects done in a flash with high speed black and white output, double-sided printing and inline finishing capabilities.
MGI Meteor Unlimited Colors DP8700 SE+
And for those of you who prefer to shine in everything you do, we haven’t forgotten about you.
Our most exciting piece of new equipment – at least from a creative design bias – is our new MGI Meteor Unlimited Colors DP8700 SE+ digital press. This machine combines the capabilities of full-color printing and foiling.
Not only does this machine foil, it foils in any color you need – even if you need to match a specific PMS color. It can also foil variable data, or directly on previously printed offset shells from our Komori 8-color HUV perfecting press. Basically anything up to 13″x25.7″ in sheet size and 14 pt. in thickness – even envelopes – is fair game for this full color and foiling printing press.
We’re trying not to drool just thinking of all the possibilities this game-changing machine can bring to the table. (Stay tuned for more information on this new piece of equipment.)
While our printing presses are sophisticated pieces of technology, without jobs to print and the skilled technicians to run them to their best efficiency and quality, they’d be fruitless and finite.
Our Offset Department has gained a new member who is currently in training to run our Komori Lithrone GL840 perfecting press. With a background in print, he will be a valuable asset to our team as we add depth to our press room operation.
With all these exciting changes at Delzer, we want to continue to create great experiences for brands pursuing excellence.
This quarter we will be rolling out a new, responsive website with content tailored to each area of our design, print and fulfillment expertise.
New resources such as online quote request tools, #printspiration work samples, success stories, and service updates will be available at the click of a mouse to keep you informed and knowledgeable about your design, print and fulfillment projects.
The Rise of Technology
So, while some may say that the rise of technology is the beginning of the end for print, we look at it as a constructive opportunity. A new platform to showcase the power of print. Elevate it, even. Because for us, if we’re not changing, tweaking or improving something to enhance the print experience, we’re going backward.
For us, it’s always been the age of disruption.