In an initial conversation with Michael May, Foreman at Megapro, one of our print specialists was able to uncover an issue Michael wasn’t aware he had.
This local multi-bit screwdriver assembly plant had 4 desktop printers sitting next to each other. Megapro was using each printer for a different purpose – one for scanning to their corporate office in Canada, one for printing standard labels, one for printing specialty labels and one for printing transparencies. These 4 printers represented multiple brands, which meant each device required different ink.
The business thought they were all set and didn’t realize there might be a more efficient and cost-effective solution. In talking through each of the printers uses, Michael mentioned that the printer for transparencies wasn’t printing dark enough.
The Importance of Dark Prints
A step of Megapro’s operation is printing logos on the screwdrivers they assemble. Logos are printed onto the screwdriver using a process called pad printing.
In pad printing, an image or logo is printed on a transparency that will be used to make a print plate. The black image on the transparency must be very dark and solid for the image to be properly etched onto the print plate. Once the plate is made, it’s placed on a pad printing machine. Ink is then transferred from the print plate to the screwdriver using a silicone printing pad.
Because dark black prints are crucial for Megapro’s assembly process, our print specialist was committed to finding the best device for printing very dark black images on transparencies. He settled on a Canon multifunction printer. After providing Michael with a few printed test transparencies, the print plate making process worked flawlessly.
Saving Time and Money
The purchase of the Canon multifunction printer (MFP) enabled Megapro to eliminate 3 of the 4 desktop printers they originally had. The fourth was a specialty label maker, that an MFP couldn’t replace. Their new device saves them physical space by doing the jobs of 3 different machines:
- Print dark imagery on transparencies
- Scan to email and their corporate office in Canada
- Store label files on the device’s hard drive for easy retrieval
Right-sizing their print fleet helps them to save time and money on a regular basis. They no longer need to deal with purchasing and stocking 4 different types of ink for their devices. This helps to cut costs and eliminate hassle.
One free conversation with a print specialist made the life of Megapro employees simpler, when they didn’t know that it could be. The new device minimizes the time it takes to search for files and energy put into making a print plate. Sometimes Michael had to make multiple transparencies and plates to get a good result. Now they can make a transparency and a print plate without any issues on the first try!
“It [the multifunction device] took a lot of frustration away, I can make the plate the first time and I don’t have to do it over again, I don’t waste any money . . . and that’s pretty cool.”Michael May, Foreman of Megapro
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