Archive for October, 2007

  • Job of the week: Production Controller

    Business Print Australia (BPA) are looking for an experienced production controller to help manage a group of quality print suppliers for a large national company based in Brisbane.

    Our company manage design, print and warehousing for a broad group of major Australian and International companies currently in two states.

    For our client, we provide studio services, account management and high level reporting through a professional team of experienced people located in their premises in Brisbane.

    The person we seek will have had “hands on” printing industry experience with either pre-press or press operation and will have a clear understanding of how to provide premium service to clients at the corporate level.

    He or she will also have very good computer skills, be able to press check, write reports, evaluate supplier performance and be prepared to negotiate with printers often at a senior level.

    Salary will be commensurate with experience.

    All enquiries in strictest confidence should be directed to John Crichton at with resume, or call on 0425 271 029 for more information.

  • New service system from MAN Ferrostaal

    South African Shaun Thiele is the man charged with upgrading MAN Roland sheetfed press servicing in the region.

    The wide-ranging overhaul of the local agent’s service division will include support for all the company’s agencies including MAN Roland presses, Bobst die cutters and finishing equipment from the likes of Kolbus and MBO. It is part of a corporate transformation since MAN Ferrostaal branded its subsidiary, the former IPP Print & Pack.

    Thiele, a South African with experience in industrial processes and capital equipment projects, such as in the petrochemical industry is an industry outsider. He regards this as a strength, allowing him take bring a fresh perspective to the challenges of delivering service to the local graphic arts industry.

    “The key, for me, is the fact that I have a long association with industrial companies and processes and that has been a strength I’ve carried forward in this job in terms of a broader view of industry support and service and having had exposure to a wide range of world class practice,” he explains. “That’s been helpful to me in terms of looking at what we need to do to improve the quality of service and service delivery to our customers.”

    Six months into his new role, Thiele has embarked on extensive discussions with customers to determine what their service and support expectations may be and how they can be best fulfilled. In some cases, this has involved addressing long-term issues regarding service delivery. He is clearly determined to understand what concerns today’s printers in order to better focus on building lasting relationships for the future.

    So far he reports significant progress in a short space of time with outstanding problems have been fixed and the groundwork laid for developing more proactive approaches to service needs. “Why I prefer to focus on proactive or preventative maintenance is that you can plan it within your production cycle, allocate time to it and ensure you get maximum uptime on the equipment,” Thiele explains, outlining his service philosophy.

    “Reactive or breakdown service doesn’t make much sense to me. The overall costs are higher, it has a knock-on effect, repairs costs are higher and the discomfort to the business is higher. With modern technology, if it is properly looked after with scheduled maintenance, then generally wear and tear on the equipment is reduced. Well-serviced equipment costs less to run, it makes more revenue and it makes more profitable revenue.

    Changing expectations

    A new service tracking module due to be introduced will enable more detailed day-to-day and long term maintenance planning and will eventually evolve into the type of system that delivers value to customers from the point of view of reporting and being able to see how investing in preventative maintenance pays off.

    Service is often one of the most emotive and contentious areas of contact between customers and suppliers, frequently taking place at moments of great stress and in high-pressure circumstances. Thiele’s pragmatic approach extends to the business side of getting customers to pay for the service they receive, an often thorny issue in the past when service deals might have been wrapped up as a  hidden cost in the sale of a machine. That might work when there are large amounts of equipment going in, but consolidation in the industry and the length of investment cycles these days no longer makes it a sustainable way of doing business.

    “In these circumstances, it becomes imperative that you have a service business that is delivering a profit back into the organisation in order to fund future growth,” says Thiele. “If that business is not profitable then it is inevitable that the company will cut costs in that area. From customer’s perspective, they want to get that service as cheaply as possible and they want the best, fairest and quickest reactive service that they can get, but that’s not going to happen if you cut costs out of the business.”
    Thiele is adamant that when customers come to appreciate the value of the service they receive then they are invariably willing to pay for it.

    “When we are able to keep our promises that means our customers become more profitable,” he says. “The key measure of success is the way customers value us as service providers – that tells the whole story.”

  • Australian Paper gets vote of confidence from PaperlinX

    PaperlinX CEO Tom Park commits the company to continuing development of local paper manufacturing subsidiary despite some analysts’ calls for divestment.

    FIelding criticism from analysts that PaperlinX should divest its Australian paper manufacturing operations, Park is determined to keep the business going. He told media that: "There are real competitive advantages in Australian Paper … so leveraging those competitive advantages and backing out where we don’t have competitive advantage is creating visible earnings which will be reflected in shareholder value."

    In spite of this attitude, not all shareholders are happy with reports of dissatisfaction at the company’s recent annual meeting. Here, Park announced that: "Our focus in 2007 was to continue to grow our underlying earnings and in 2008 we will again focus on further improving underlying profitability," he said.

    Internal developments such as the $30-40 million boost for the Maryvale pulp mill will hold the key to success, according to Park. "We are confident that the long term returns from this project will be in line with our expectations and in fact the short term benefits to be realised from 2009 will be above expectations due to the higher cost of the imported pulp that this project will replace," he said.

  • 1st local PODi study claims over 4,200 digital production engines in Australia

    Annual colour machine sales are up by 60 per cent to 960 while sales of monochrome engines will be down by 28 per cent to 502 by the end of the year.

    The study is the initial publication of Caslon Aust NZ, an affilate company of the US-based PODi organization. It was launched at the inaugural Sydney PODi Application Forum in October where a turnout of over 130 industry types focused on  the digital print market over the two-day event.

    The Australian Production Digital Print Market Study was carried out by David Gradwell, former graphics marketing manager for Canon. He claims there are 4,219 colour and mono machines in approximately 1,400 printing sites around the country. Although the number of colour engines is growing faster black & white machines still represent 62 per cent of the total installed base.

    The study is first to be compiled using data from the majority of vendors – Fuji Xerox, Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, Konica Minolta, Océ and Ricoh. It defines production devices as being operated by an operator and having speeds of 40 pages pm (colour) and 70 pages pm (black and white). A similar study on New Zealand is underway.

    Organiser of the Application Forum and principal of Caslon Aust NZ, Gary Knespal of GASAA, (pictured right with PODi President, Rab Govil) said the event proved to be a great success. “The focus was on the use of personalised digital printing – selling solutions rather than print as a commodity in order to increase marketing response rates.

    “I’m very happy with how the Forum went. Speakers were first class and the mix of attendees was excellent. I’ve had a lot of positive feedback and it’s definitely exciting to see PODi get off to such a flying start,” he said.

    Keynote speaker and PODi President, Rab Govil was also impressed with the Australian kick off, claiming PODi has great future potential in the Aust/NZ region. “I’m really happy to see PODi come to Australia, it has strong potential in here. I definitely see it taking off. The audience has been very interested and interactive. I think many people have come away from the experience with useful information and interest in PODi. The numbers were very good, and I think next year there will be even more people attending”.

  • Get into shape for drupa

    Drupa can be a grueling experience, and next year’s event is set to be even tougher following Messe Duesseldorf’s announcement that its drupa innovation parc (dip) has expanded from its 800 sq m in 2004 to 3,300 sq m for 2008.

    The showcase has moved out of its previous "mobile" structure into one of the 17 halls that make drupa the biggest print industry trade show in the world. The dip is being promoted as "the world’s largest micro-platform for innovative young companies supplying the print and media industry with digital solutions," and will feature 160 exhibitors.  That still leaves some 1800 exhibitors throughout the remainder of the 170,000 sq m Messe Düsseldorf complex.

    drupa project director Manuel Mataré said that innovation needed a special presentation platform at drupa catering for large and small exhibitors alike.

     ‘The drupa innovation parc is the hotspot for digital innovations. Here, visitors can discover new applications for today and tomorrow and companies with great ideas can promote them in the perfect environment," he said.

      "dip will be subdivided into eight different sections, each with a highly topical theme revolving around current developments in the print and media industry as well as related fields." The following theme parks are in the pipeline:
     • Print  buyer integration parc
     Solutions and applications for web to print, print on demand, campaign  planning tools, online catalogue production as well as tracking and  production integration software.
     • Creative  production parc
     Creative applications catering to all things Web 2.0, computer generated  imaging, contemporary typography, creative image retouching as well as  professional illustration.
     • Document  production parc
     The latest solutions for professional document management, professional  output for transaction printing, conversion solutions and corporate  mailing solutions (sako)
     • PDF +  XML production
     Software products dedicated to PDF, XML and Microsoft XPS, in addition to  PDF applications, PDF forms and PDF output solutions as well as the XML  single source publishing system.
     • Digital  picture parc
     Professional + creative photography, as well as digital camera  applications and photo printing systems are the focus here – the park is being coordinated by the Arbeitskreis Digitale Fotografie (digital  photography work group – ADF)
    • Online  communication parc
     New digital services and online products such as ASP applications, Web  providing, CRM, media asset and content management, as well as file  transfer services
     • Print +  publishing parc
     The whole world of publishing – desktop tools, workflow and editing  systems, colour management and proofing solutions – server applications and solutions for professional scanning.

    Printing Industries official industry supa drupa tour still has some return flight seats around the $2,000 mark and accommodation packages starting from $1321. Packages range from three to five-star with a choice of seven tour dates.

    Drupa is held from over two weeks from 29 May – 11 June 2008 in Düsseldorf, Germany.  To discuss tour options and your requirements contact Gerd or Helmut at Landmark Travel on (02) 9977 7100 or visit or click here.

  • Heidelberg house is a very very very green house

    Heidelberg staff settle into greener pastures in new environmentally friendly building at Notting Hill.

    "The move into our new office went smoothly," said Glenn Plummer, general manager, product management and marketing. "It was quite simply a case of packing up on the Friday afternoon and unpacking on the Monday."

    The building has been designed to be environmentally efficient and features a number of initiatives such as timers on all hot water services, light motion sensors to meeting rooms, waterless urinals, the use of recycled paper and long-life pens. "We are adapting well to working life in Notting Hill," Plummer said.

    Environmental services aren’t the only new developments to come with the move. Heidelberg’s Print Media Academy has also made the journey from Sydney to Melbourne. "We look forward to the Print Media Academy getting into full operation early next year," added Plummer.

  • School leavers introduced to printing

    A 12-week course designed to start school leavers in print machining careers is being offered by the Sydney Institute of TAFE.

    The intensive short course begins on Monday 19 November with classes 9am-4pm Monday to Thursday.

    Printing Industries national employee relations and OHS services manager, Ken Stenner, commended the Institute on the initiative saying the four days per week training would give students invaluable printing skills experience.

    "Students will receive hands-on technical skills training from qualified professionals and should be able to operate a GTO by the end of the course," he said.

    "The course will cover most first year printing apprenticeship topics and be recognised toward trade qualifications.

    "I urge people with student, school or community organisation contacts to pass this information on to encourage young people into the course."

    The course is government-subsidised and costs $164 (free to benefit card holders). Further information and course registration is available by contacting Steve Kyd at the Sydney Institute on (02) 9217 3450 e-mail:

  • Candidates of the week by JDA Recruitment

    Senior Account Manager (Print Management) – Melbourne
    This candidate has scaled the heights of print management, working in a senior role with one of the UK’s largest PMC’s. While there she managed several large (and very demanding telco accounts – plus various financial services clients) and lived to tell the tale.

    She and her “better half” now happily reside in Melbourne.

    With a strong print knowledge profile she lives and breathes offset and digital, storage and distribution, procurement and outsourcing. Hear her wax lyrical on such matters at interview!

    Ref: V-024

    Senior Print & Design Sales Rep – Melbourne
    Warning: Only for those employers with a creative design capability. This is the quintessential print rep – who starts with selling the design concept – right through to the printed product. “Over 20 years experience as a multi-skilled professional … in securing new business and building long-term relationships …”. These are his words, which I couldn’t’ve put better myself. With a career beginning in the design and advertising fields, he progressed into selling design and print, finding that selling both, locks the client in.

    Ref:  V-029 

    Bobst Operator – Melbourne
    Calling all packaging companies!

    Finding one of these is like winning Lotto! A genuine, bona fide, trade-qualified, real-life, walking, talking Bobst operator. First to see will buy.

    Ref:  V-027

    Production Manager – Melbourne
    This candidate is a dynamic “young Turk” (late 30’s is young, believe me), who has progressed up through the ranks from a pre-press background (not a bad starting point for jobs – and careers, in production), through various supervisory and managerial roles. He now finds himself No.2 in a large, sophisticated offset plant, but is keen to take control of a small to medium sized production environment, preferably in the S-E metro.

    He’s got the energy, initiative and “spark”.

    Ref:  V-030

    Technical Sales (Papers & Substrates/Inks/Digital Equipment) – Melbourne

    This candidate has held a number of senior sales and marketing roles overseas and locally, mainly selling self-adhesive base-materials (for label, or digital applications), inks – and other consumables.

    He could also sell into the flexo segment (substrates, equipment, inks, plates, etc).

    He is a blend of technical proficiency and marketing virtuosity, a difficult juggling match, managed by very few. In other words he is not just a “techo” – but someone with good commercial and sales instincts. Melbourne-based, he could adapt to either a local sales, or take on a national responsibility.

    Ref: V-031

    James Cryer
    JDA Print Recruitment
    Level 4, 282 Victoria Avenue
    Chatswood NSW 2067
    Ph: 02 9904 6222
    Fax: 02 9904 6922
    Mob: 0408 291 508


  • Queensland follows the PICA tradition

    After waiting patiently, Queensland now has its turn to shine with the final PICA event of 2007.

    Presented around a James Bond theme, the Queensland PICAs will be held on Friday 23 November at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

    Already there have been comments from those involved that award entries are up on previous years setting the scene for what is expected to be the best awards event to date.

    The judging panel is reportedly highly impressed with the quality of the work submitted across all categories and noted that Queensland printers were clearly staying well abreast of improvements in technology.

    Awards will be presented for Business Excellence, Environmental Management and Apprentice of the Year in addition to the major PICA Awards.  The evening will climax with two lucky buyers of Awards Dinner tickets winning trips to DRUPA 2008 in Germany.

    Major sponsors again for the 2007 PICAs are Fuji Xerox, The Currie Group, Heidelberg Australia and Australia Post.  Invitations to the Awards Dinner were sent out using Australia Post’s innovative "Impact Mail" option.

    To book places at the Queensland PICA Awards Dinner contact Dawn Street at Printing Industries on (07) 3356 0022 or email to

  • Job of the week: Prepress/MAC Operator

    Complete Colour Printing is seeking an experienced Prepress/Mac Operator to join our rapidly growing company in Cheltenham.

    Working as part of our prepress team your primary role will be to prepare, impose and proof client files using the latest Prinect workflow by Heidelberg, and plate jobs with our brand new fully automated CTP from Kodak.  

    For you to be a successful candidate, you will require:

    • A minimum of 3 years trade experience within the printing industry

    • Ability to work unsupervised in a multi task environment

    • Be highly motivated and have good attention to detail

    • Be able to work under pressure and tight deadlines

    • Experience in Digital Printing would be an advantage 

    The successful candidate will enjoy working in a dynamic and challenging environment with the aim to deliver consistent high quality products and service to our customers.

    This is a permanent, rotating shift position with immediate start.  

    Please send your resume to Jean Pierre DeWaele, Production Manager at or alternatively call him on (03) 9585 7788.

  • National Print Awards begins the call for entries

    With the state PICA events still fresh in everyone’s minds – it’s time to start planning your entries for the National Print Awards which has just released its call for entries.

    Entries must have been printed between 1 January 2007 and 31 December 2007 – so there is still some time left – but not too much.

    Entries must be submitted by Friday 1 February 2008.

    Conditions of entry, category information and entry forms are contained in a foldout brochure available from all Printing Industries Association of Australia offices or by calling (03) 8541 7333. The brochure can also be downloaded here.

    The awards presentation will be held on Wednesday 16 April 2008 in the Palladium at Crown Casino, Melbourne, Victoria.

  • Soar Print rockets into websophere with iWay

    Leading NZ printer’s new franchise, Rocket, helps launch web-to-print service with install of high-end system Press-Sense.

    The development is to capitalise on the up take of the company’s previous web-to-print service.

    According to Fred Soar, managing director, iWay won out after a lot of research. ”We knew it was the first install in New Zealand but we also knew the pedigree of the product was second to none and also could see that it is very feature rich. It was important to us that iWay allowed our customers to work with us how they wanted to, not how we prescribe to them and it was this flexibility that attracted us to it. Our first big sales promotion with the system will be online Christmas cards which we will launch in August.”

    Chris Graham, managing director of Premedia technologies, the NZ distributor for Press-Sense recognises the importance of having the product endorsed by Soar. “We were very flattered that Soar invested in iWay. It showed great vision and from our initial discussions some of the projects they are capturing with the software are very exciting we look forward to working with them in the future to optimise the opportunities that web to print can deliver”

    Simon Taylor, prepress manager at Soar has worked with ordering print over the internet for some time. “We understand the concept of web to print very well and had used a U.S. product, but we are more than delighted by the take up of the product by customers. It is very exciting and the ongoing potential of the system for variable data, automatic upload via print drives and the increased ability to manage short run jobs is proving it’s worth even at this early stage.

    Press-sense iWay is web based PDF to PDF print workflow solution; it allows customers to interface with the printer via the web, the system offers B2B and B2C opportunities and runs on a windows environment.

    Soar web-to-print here.

  • Rudolf Muller celebrates Muller Martini’s 10 years in ANZ

    Sydney open house reinforces the Swiss-based finishing equipment manufacturer’s commitment to maintaining a branded presence in the local market.

    "I am in Australia as part of Muller Martini’s ten-year anniversary and to visit customers," Muller explained. "The people I have seen so far are all very happy with Muller Martini."

    The company may be celebrating a decade of growth, but it’s also been ten years since it held an Open House. Managing director, Livio Barbagallo, has plans to blow the cobwebs out of this complacent attitude. "This is the start of open houses," he said. "I expect at least one a year … at the minimum."

    The Bravo Plus saddle stitcher stole the show, luring in the 100-odd visitors with live demonstrations. "The Bravo Plus has been extremely well embraced in the Australian market," said Barbagallo. "It has long been one of our most successful machines."

    Pictured (l-r): the big boss himself, Rudolf Muller with managing director of Muller Martini Australia, Livio Barbagallo.

    Since opening its doors to Australia all those years ago, Barbagallo and his team have witnessed a number of changes in both the micro and macro environment. "Muller Martini Australia has developed a well balanced mix of products that cover all different areas and angles of business," Barbagallo said. "We have also increased our market share."

    "In the printing industry we have seen a lot of mergers and acquisitions in the last couple of years. We are talking to less customers but bigger groups."

    Flying high in the face of these changes, Barbagallo is determined to prove that Muller Martini Australia can go the distance. "We are here for the long-term," he declared. "We will still be here to celebrate our twentieth and thirtieth birthday."

  • Konica Minolta tees off with golf sponsorship

    The Konica Minolta team prove that they’re good sports by sponsoring this year’s Mastercard Masters golfing event.

    "This new collaboration promises to be an exciting direction for Konica Minolta," said John Venett, national marketing manager. "It will be realised through the implementation of major event sponsorship, branding, online and creative media campaigns, as well as national branding."

    Venett said that the sponsorship reflected the belief that golfers and printers both share similar traits and attributes. "The Konica Minolta brand is committed to producing innovative products that champion revolutionary design and shares a clear synergy with golfers worldwide, who demonstrate knowledge, enthusiasm, consistency and commitment to perfection," he said.

    This year’s Mastercard Masters golf event takes place from 22-25 November.

  • Sydney water programme increases response rate by more than 200 % with HP Indigo

    Sydneysiders are becoming all too aware of how limited their city’s water supply really is. Drought and declining rainfall are forcing Sydney along with other parts of Australia to cope with a tough reality — either curb water usage or face a dire shortage.

    But convincing a whole city to decrease water consumption isn’t easy. The previous campaign for Sydney’s WaterFix program, which offers low-cost installation of water-saving filters and professional repairs of plumbing leaks, was yielding unsatisfactory response rates. The utility knew it needed to make a greater impact and began looking for a new strategy. An HP Indigo press 3050, combined with the expertise of a local firm, offered a personalized campaign that made a splash.

    A personalized approach
    Sydney Water hired Group Momentum, a Sydney-based marketing and communications agency specializing in personalized campaigns, to attract more of the community to the WaterFix program. Research showed that more people would participate if they were aware of the impact they and their local community could make.

    "Water conservation is not just about you — it’s about everyone," said Group Momentum’s managing director, David Minnett. "The HP Indigo allowed us to take a community approach to this issue."

    Momentum needed to target water consumers street by street, house by house. The agency had just the solution with the HP Indigo press 3050 and HP’s personalization software, which allows individual prints to be customized with variable data, such as a client’s name and water usage.

    Momentum used the press to create vibrant, personalized letters and brochures that addressed residents by name. These custom mailings informed each household of the specific amount of money and water their street could save every month and year by participating in the WaterFix program. The campaign also included a message that encouraged customers to join their neighbors in the effort.

    "We sent out follow-up postcards telling customers who else in their suburbs and neighborhoods had taken part in the WaterFix program," said Minnett (pictured).

    The HP Indigo press 3050 helped Momentum deliver these customized direct mail pieces with a quick turnaround. The press works at impressive speeds — producing up to 4,000 4-colour, letter/A4-size images each hour. Prints are instantly dry and can be immediately fed to offline finishing, making the press ideal for fast, targeted campaigns.

    The targeted mailings successfully caught the attention of Sydney Water’s customers, increasing the WaterFix response rate by more than 200 percent.

    Sophisticated colour

    Momentum uses the HP Indigo press 3050 for a range of other clients, including financial institutions and telecommunications companies. The firm also assists clients in industries such as fashion, which require highly specialized print jobs.

    "The fashion industry is very concerned about colour management and skin tone," said Minnett. "The HP Indigo provides superior results."

    The HP Indigo press 3050 features high-definition imaging, delivering 812 x 812-dpi resolution on both smooth and textured surfaces. Unique liquid HP ElectroInk creates the rich, vibrant colours the fashion industry demands. HP ElectroInk enables the control of even the smallest particle sizes at the high speeds required for top-quality colour and productive printing. Optional 5-, 6- and 7-colour inking stations let operators add HP IndiChrome special colours to the four process colours to deliver materials with a wider colour range and better colour matching. The finished product boasts incredible image sharpness, colour stability and colour consistency.

    HP Indigo’s Ink Mixing System (IMS) delivers customer-specified spot colours. Operators can also use specialty inks to add sophistication to photo products. The ink is used while jobs are on-press and in-line, so it won’t slow the process.

    The final image quality speaks for itself. "I love it," Minnett said.

    Enhancing offerings

    Momentum often creates campaigns for clients from inception to delivery. Along with the HP Indigo press 3050, the firm also uses another printer from the HP Graphic Arts portfolio — the HP Designjet 5500 Printer. The HP Designjet 5500 offers high productivity and exceptional image quality. "It allows Momentum to design and produce campaigns for our clients fairly seamlessly," said Minnett.

    Minnett finds having in-house HP printers beneficial when working on campaigns that require confidentiality before launch. Most agencies send their designs and projects to outside presses for test prints and final productions. This exposes additional people to campaigns that need to be kept under wraps until final release.

    "Having the Indigo press internally reduces the number of hands that touch our projects," Minnett said.

    Minnett looks forward to pushing the HP Indigo press 3050 to new limits. Momentum will continue its running success with HP presses and printers by installing an additional HP Indigo press this year.

    "We’ve found the Indigo to be highly reliable," said Minnett, "and it’s enhanced our business offerings."

  • PaperlinX Merchanting casts its eye on iMedia

    Digital solutions supplier iMedia is the latest business to become part of PaperlinX Merchanting.

    As interest in the wide format and digital area continues to grow overseas, PaperlinX Merchanting realised that it would be a wise move to invest in this sector locally. "It was a logical progression to move into that area," explained Greg Street, general manager, PaperlinX Merchanting.

    "When we looked at businesses, iMedia came up as one that we believed would fit into our operation well. Our core values and thinking are the same."

    iMedia joins Spicers Paper and Dalton under the PaperlinX banner and will offer specialist knowledge in a growing market segment, along with the distribution of media, printers, software and other consumables.

    Both companies believed that the acquisition was a comfortable fit which complimented their services and customers’ needs. Plans are now in place to expand iMedia throughout Australasia. "We’re working on expansion now," Street said. "We haven’t decided whether that expansion will be made through organic growth or further acquisition, but it will be sooner rather than later."


  • Get your motor running with Quote & Print

    When you hear the word V8, what comes to your mind? Davin Hamnett of Printec Solutions looks at the power of Quote & Print.

    To most Australians this evokes memories of their dream first car, or even classical images of Brocky carving up Mt Panorama. The thought of the sheer power and performance is something iconic in the Australian Culture.

    When you think of the evolution of the V8 in motoring terms, the past 25 years have brought about amazing increases in the power output and power efficiencies that these machines are now able to produce.  However one thing is for certain in this development process … the overall gains have been obtained by bringing about continued small but pertinent enhancements, in other words it didn’t all happen overnight.

    When it comes to Quote & Print, the same can be said.  Over 25 years of continued development we have seen an awesome performer continue to evolve into a powerful piece of engineering that can propel your business forward.  The release of the latest version of Q&P continues with that fine tradition.  So in keeping with the automotive industry, let’s have a look at the some of the latest features of our new V8 – Q&P Version 8.

    New Sleek Design – The new layout changes in Q&P are designed to make navigation through the complete program of Q&P only a couple of clicks away, with all programmed options available via a pinned down menu on the left of the screen.  Multiple program functions can also now be accessed simultaneously across the top of users’ screens allowing you to browse many aspects of a production run at the same time.

    Menu items are also customisable based on user preferences and security level.

    New Improved Production Efficiency and Control – At a single glance you will now be able to know in which department a particular job is currently at, without leaving your seat by looking at your departmentalised WorkFlow screen.  This new WorkFlow control can also be set to require key criteria and production controls to be met in one department before it can physically move to the next department, therefore ensuring that for example that prepress cannot start until the final approval has been given.

    Improved Client Communication – V8 includes the ability to send SMS notifications to your client’s mobile at any stage of the sales/production process.  On face value this may seem like a small feature, however clients already using V8 have jumped at the opportunity to implement this ability.  The feedback that has already been received from this has been amazing.

    In motoring terms, a race can be won or lost by a fraction of a second, so it is those small implemented improvements that prove the catalyst between being a winner and being a … well you know the answer. So the question is, are you with a team providing your business with improvements designed to give you that edge, if not … why not?

    Talk with a team member that will help you get that V8 edge.

    Graham Bell from Hornet Press in Victoria has always loved the power of V8 racing cars, particularly his Ford Mustang’s.  Graham and the gang are now also experiencing the power of the new Q&P Version 8 after installing Q&P over the last couple of months.