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Precision Group is a privately held family business comprising of marketing experts and production specialists. With a large mailing house with digital and offset capabilities, their goal is to deliver high levels of consistent communication on the behalf of their clients.

They offer a wide variety of communication services to Australian businesses. From design, creative, print, mail and digital services, they enable brands to connect with people.

But there always was a gap in the slightly higher volume work where the cost of digital became a little bit prohibitive and the throughputs of doing small volume, which was a two-part process with overprint, became inefficient.

- Matt Gatfield, Precision Group, Head of Operations, Systems & Workflow

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Challenges and Solutions

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Competition

Take advantage of an opportunity to use an inkjet press for higher volume work.

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Labour intensive

Offset printing that requires a two-part process with overprint which becomes labour intensive and expensive

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Flexibility

Needed a device to fit their current production environment and offer greater personalisation to their customers

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Competitive advantage

Increased speed to market and ability to respond to client requests

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Cost control

Single pass printing with low running cost and low power usage helps lower costs and maximise profits

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Flexibility

The TASKalfa Pro 15000c complements offset presses and provides greater functionality over offset printing

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THE OPPORTUNITY:

Precision Group Head of Operations, Systems and Workflow Matt Gatfield told recognised a potential gap in the market where there was an opportunity for inkjet but for slightly higher volume work.

“We have both an offset division and a digital division. Majority of our larger volume work was going to the offset division, then over printed with variable data. Whereas a lot of the smaller volume work was going straight through to single-pass, four-colour digital production,” he said.

“But there always was a gap in the slightly higher volume work where the cost of digital became a little bit prohibitive and the throughputs of doing small volume, which was a two-part process with overprint, became inefficient.”

They also identified that the entry-level features of the TASKalfa Pro 15000c were very appealing to their business, alongside its flexibility, output capabilities, footprint and efficiencies.


THE SOLUTIONS:

Precision Group decided to install its first TASKalfa Pro 15000c press in November 2020. The TASKalfa Pro 15000c is a high-speed production four-colour CMYK inkjet colour printer that aims to offer reliability, flexibility, and consistency at up to 9,000 A4 impressions per hour in colour or monochrome. Its support for uncoated stocks ranges from A6 to SRA3 and beyond from 56 to 360gsm.

Matt Gatfield added, “But there always was a gap in the slightly higher volume work where the cost of digital became a little bit prohibitive and the throughputs of doing small volume, which was a two-part process with overprint, became inefficient.”

The main unit itself comes with an optional Fiery System to optimise colour and boost productivity with advanced workflow options. The initial installation was so successful that in July 2021, Precision Group again seized the opportunity and installed a second press.

“We didn’t have a lot of pre-committed work to put through to it so once we got it going, got our staff familiar with it and ran successful testing, managed to migrate a lot of our existing customers over to that platform. It happened much faster than we expected,” he mentioned.

“This has also allowed our other machines to do what they do best as we’re not trying to produce short runs on a big offset press.” He said

They were a perfect fit that sat in between. We’re saving our clients time in terms of speed to market and in some instances, reducing costs as well. For us, the presses have provided us with flexibility.

- Matt Gatfield, Precision Group, Head of Operations, Systems & Workflow

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THE RESULTS

The installation of two TASKalfa Pro 15000c devices has helped Precision Group greater flexibility in their client offerings. The presses output capabilities allow for higher levels of personalisation for their clients which can’t necessarily be achieved with an offset and overprint. The TASKalfa Pro 15000c was also able to deliver cost-saving benefits due to its low running costs and low energy usage.

“So, when these machines came along, they were a perfect fit that sat in between. We’re saving our clients time in terms of speed to market and in some instances, reducing costs as well. For us, the presses have provided us with flexibility,” said Matt. “Its throughput gives us so much more flexibility and considering that a lot of the work we do is variable, it allows us to offer high level personalisation to our clients – which you can’t necessarily do with offset and overprint,” he said.

Nick Carayanis, Precision Group General Manager, added that the support from the Kyocera Document Solutions team has been faultless and that they have been available to support Precision Group at every step of the way.

“The technicians have bent over backwards to ensure that the presses were installed properly and a proper handover was provided to our staff. The support has been top-notch and the machines are very reliable and fits our operations perfectly.”

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