Offset Print Manufacturing Workflow
Cacon Print House Production Workflow Project
Prior to my current position as Global Manager of Information Technology with Search for Common Ground, I held the position of Director of Information Technology with Cacon Print House–a full offset printing service manufacturer offering a variety of printing choices. At Cacon, I took the initiative to introduce a seamless process for the technology stack utilized from acquisition of customers to the order processing, and delivery. To help make the process a reality, I worked closely with the management and production team to document and thoroughly test a workflow process that’s easy to follow and saves time and cost to the customers of Cacon Print House.
Cacon Print House offered a full range of offset services including magazines, posters, booklets and much more as shown below. The paper selection ranged between 35GSM – 450GSM.
Order Initiation Workflow Process
The process I helped mitigate and introduced to the restructure the operational effectiveness of Cacon’s capabilities followed a step of procedures that were successful in terms of speed, quality, and cost not only for Cacon’s operational management but also helped Carson’s customers save money and time.
The initial order was be made via the Internet (email or FTP), CD, or flash drive delivered to the production facility. The process consisted of the following steps:
Step 1—Design and Production Process
Within the workflow process, the customer’s order was received by the production team to be reviewed technically and readied for processing. The production team reviewed the customer’s order with the most advanced hardware and software of the Heidelberg Manufacture to assure the delivery of near-perfect quality.
Step 2—Computer-to-Plate (CTP) Process
Design and production department then submitted/transferred the order to the Computer-to-Plate process using Heidelberg’s latest and advanced plating process.
Step 3—Paper and Ink Selection Process
The print masters selected paper and ink type and quality during this step specified in the initial order.
Step 4—Offset Process
During this process, the ink is applied to the plate to form an image/artwork then transferred to a blanket using an interface within our networked-group of Heidelberg equipment. This cutting-edge technology helped deliver faultless products to our customers.
Step 5—Folding Process
Using Heidelberg’s Stahlfolder, each printed sheet was folded to the specific measurement and requirement. With the ability to deliver 12,000 folds per hour, the Heidelberg equipment perfectly folded the customer’s requirement to the specific measurement it requested.
Step 6—Collection and Binding Process
After step 6, came the collection process where all of the folded sheets were collected into magazines and stitched or glued with its cover using Heidelberg’s Stitchmaster and Eurobind. This process is used mostly with magazines, booklets, books, and etc.
Step 7—Cutting/Trimming Process
Using Heidelberg’s Polar Cutter, the design or product was cut to any specifics or measurements.
Step 8—Delivery Process
The final product was readied and delivered to the customer’s warehouse.