Tackling Smaller Print Runs with Automation

The business of print is changing.

Print runs in the thousands are being replaced by smaller production runs of 300 or even a dozen.

To stay profitable, your company now needs to efficiently process 200 jobs a day rather than the 20 from years past.

That’s the value that on-demand, digital print technology can deliver.

Survey of 417 Print Service Providers and In-Plant Printers indicates declining print run lengths, more short-run jobs per day (InfoTrends Emerging Strategies Survey).

However, simply getting a digital press isn’t enough. You want a press that has advanced automation capabilities.

Why? Because processing more jobs means more human touches—from swapping out paper and pre-flighting files to inspecting colour and carrying stacks of output to the nearest finisher. And since humans make mistakes, more jobs can easily mean more errors, rework and waste—all of which can significantly cut into your profit margins.

What if you could automate an assortment of complex, every day, functions such as:

  • Colour management
  • Registration and alignment
  • Clearing paper jams
  • Trimming and binding
  • Setting up paper for optimal printing

If you agree, then we’d like to recommend you to the Xerox® Versant® 180 and 3100 Presses, both of which come standard with industry-leading automation features not found in any competing product in their class.

Jobs which are not done as often as they should be are made so easy on the Versant range.

For instance, in an ideal world, every press would be calibrated each shift (or at least once a week) to ensure accurate and repeatable colour. But your press operators probably haven’t got the time. This task, with just two mouse clicks on the Versant® — one to start the process and one to accept the results — only takes two minutes and not 20 minutes to run.

When that happens, maintenance jobs like calibrating the press, get done as frequently as flossing.

Watch this video from independent assessors BLI for their assessment of the Versant 180 & 3100.

To explore how a Versant could work in your business, please give Gareth Brown a call on 01582 578 999.