The Joy of Printing
Prior to implementing their digital printing services, Acme BookBinding used photocopy machines to manually reproduce books. According to Acme owner Paul Parisi, "When dealing with photocopy machines, the production of our jobs was a manual process that was difficult to control, as well as time consuming. It was impossible to clean up the copies and we had no control over the quality like we do with our digital process."
To meet its short-run production needs, Acme first, like many binderies, investigated a monolithic document production solution. However, its volume was not large enough to justify the expense of a major rehaul. And since the family-owned company has grown from being a one-person operation as early as 1821 into a 175-employee facility, Acme understood the nature of evolution—especially a digital shift. That's why Parisi decided to search for other options to meet the short-run document production needs, not to mention showcase the company's newest Imaging and Digital Printing division. Parisi selected the MicroPress from T/R Systems, a document production solution that utilizes software tools and Universal Server technology to manage documents and document workflow.
The Universal Server technology that initially attracted the owner also allows a single server to manage and control multiple print output devices as a single integrated system. "We selected the MicroPress for its low cost of ownership, reliability and ease of use," explains Parisi. "It's a very intuitive product to use, yet very powerful, as well."
The production configuration began with a single software and server combination supporting two black-and-white print devices. When the company absorbed an affiliated company, Booklab, it gained additional MicroPress power. Interestingly, Booklab also had independently chosen the same MicroPress configuration for their company as had Acme. This brought Acme's configuration to four black-and-white print devices. The company has since added an additional black-and-white solution for a total of five connected to a single MicroPress, plus a color device connected to a second MicroPress.