Graphic Enterprises Honors Third Quarter Achievements!

The following employees were honored at the Graphic Enterprises Office Solutions Quarterly Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, October 17, 2012.

  Service Director Ed Croft recognized Service Employee of the Third Quarter Denny Clark.  

Other Third Quarter honorees include:

Support Employee of the Third Quarter:  Renea Howard

Sales Executive of the Third Quarter Tony Simeone with 371% of quota

Quota Achiever George Zambie – 111% of quota

Jodi Boron was also honored for 25 years of service!

Congratulations to all of our honorees!

Konica Minolta Debuts New Production Print Equipment

Digital commercial print equipment for Canton, Akron, Youngstown, Toledo and OhioJust as technology has changed dramatically with business copiers and printers in recent years, the same holds true for commercial printing. You no longer need a large offset press to create quality, affordable printed materials at high volumes. Konica Minolta, for example, offers a wide range of high-end production printing equipment that makes it easy for printers and even in-house printing shops to:

  • Lower costs
  • Boost production efficiency and output
  • Deliver even better-looking printed products

For a commercial printer, all that can add up to one thing: increased profitability. So, if you’re thinking about upgrading your digital printing machines, I would like to share some new options for you to consider.

High-volume, Digital Press Equipment for Color, B&W

bizhub® PRESS C8000 & C7000: Color
Certified by IDEAlliance Digital Press System, the bizhub PRESS C8000 and C7000 Color Digital Presses are designed to meet demands of the commercial offset, high-volume and mid-production digital environments. They offer superior color accuracy, enhanced media handling and impressive productivity.

bizhub PRESS C70hc: Color
Ideal for corporate environments, the bizhub PRESS C70hc creates a wide range of printed pieces – including marketing and advertising materials – with color and images that pop and clear, crisp text.

bizhub PRESS 1250 / 1052 Series: Black & White
These B&W digital presses combine superior strength, high-resolution image quality and simple operation with the versatile paper handling and finishing capabilities needed for maximum flexibility.

bizhub PRO 951: a Smaller Professional Press
Announced earlier this summer, the bizhub PRO 951 is a professional production print system that features superior image quality, fail-safe paper handling and long-run reliability all in a manageable footprint.

KM-1: on the Horizon
In the near future, Konica Minolta will roll out its B2 cut-sheet, UV inkjet press, called the KM-1. This upcoming inkjet press targets commercial printing environments for integration into existing pre- and post-press workflows.

Software and Systems for Production Printing Equipment

Color Care Software v2.2: Correct Color Output
The latest version of Konica Minolta’s Color Care Suite features

  • Improved and streamlined GUI
  • Statistics mode to plot and track color differences
  • Optional CurveCore module for G7 tonal characteristics
  • An FD-5 Spectrodensitometer that’s shown in conjunction with the Color Care Suite.

Printgroove® Queue/Ready: for Light Production Printing
CRD and small- to mid-sized print shop applications will like Printgroove. It’s the key to greater output power and increased satisfaction for customers and corporate clients. It can easily fit into your workflow, handling rising traffic volume and accommodating your business processes demand.

Dispatcher Pro
Dispatcher Pro is a simple yet powerful software application that automates document handling, printing and routing.

IT Services for Konica Minolta Digital Printing Machines

All Covered: Managed IT services from Konica Minolta
This service is specifically for commercial printers and supports the needs of small to medium-sized print service providers. All Covered offers help desk and on-site support, 24×7 monitoring, security, business continuity and cloud servers.

Fiery Central: Print Engine Management
Konica Minolta is now offering an updated version of its popular Fiery Central, which brings scalability and productivity to your existing printing assets by integrating into your production systems. Fiery Central manages a wide range of print engines from a consistent and centralized interface, extending operator capabilities.

If you’re a commercial printer in Canton, Akron, Youngstown, or elsewhere in Ohio or Western Pennsylvania, we can help you with all your production print equipment needs. Contact us for more information.

 

 

Five Biggest Sources of Copier and Printer Waste

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Everywhere I go I see this popular mantra on bags, boxes, signs and more. It is a good thing to remember, and it even applies to printers and copiers. Unfortunately, I think many companies miss out on the savings they could realize with office equipment if they would only examine and, more importantly, eliminate common sources of waste.

In this blog post, I have  invited Noelle Frank, our managed print services specialist, to give you some tips on identifying where you can conserve.

How to save money with your copier or printer


 

If you’re like most, you may be calculating only the hard costs associated with your organization’s printer and copier units, such as toner, maintenance kits and paper. But there are many other types of costs to think about when trying to determine total spending.

Have you considered:

  • Your “soft costs”? These would include the value of the time you or another employee spends on fixing a printer, as well as the expense of outsourcing maintenance when necessary.
  • How many people in your office have their own printer and how much are they printing? It turns out that certain types printers are more expensive to operate and service than copiers, and printing high-volume projects may be costing you a bundle.
  • Inkjet printer expenses? At some point, you may have purchased an inkjet, thinking you were getting a good deal, but you will probably pay hundreds or even thousands over the course of its life for ink cartridges.
  • Your fill rate? This term refers to the amount of toner used on a page, which varies, of course. When you buy toner from the store, you will notice that you should get a 10,000-page volume yield based on a 5% fill rate (about a seven-sentence paragraph) out of that toner. If you are printing out more than a paragraph (likely!), then you will get less than 10,000 prints and need to replace the toner sooner than you thought.
  • Your cost per page? Here is an example. The cost of HP 4000 toner cartridge is about $170, and it promises to deliver 10,000 prints (at that 5% fill rate). That amounts to $0.017 per page to print. But if you are putting more toner on a page, you may only get a yield of 7,000, which costs $0.024 per page. Over the course of time, that adds up.

There are several ways to reduce your costs, based on these key five key areas.

  1. Get rid of any inkjet printers you may have. Based on the cost of the ink, they really are not cost efficient.
  2. Outsource big print jobs, especially if you do not have a high-volume printer in house.
  3. Look into buying or leasing a newer, more efficient all-in-one printer that provides money-saving features like page review, so you can check what you’re going to print out before the machine makes 100 copies.
  4. Consider managed print services (MPS). Simply put, this program is intended to help an organization with a large fleet of printers to manage the volume of documents and minimize the costs associated with them. It is all about saving time and money. With MPS, your printer dealer should provide a thorough print audit to reveal areas of inefficiency with a fleet and then map out a plan for improving performance (and your bottom line).

If you manage a business, school or church in Canton, North Canton, Akron, Youngstown and beyond, contact me for more information about eliminating waste with copiers and printers. Together, I know we can save your company money.

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