Digital Hub has won 23 Pinnacle Awards from the Printing Industries of Illinois/Indiana (PII) in recognition of outstanding craftsmanship in the creation and production of printed materials. Five of these were “Best of Category” citations that are automatically entered in PIA's Premier Print Awards competition.
Digital Hub's rapid ascent in capturing these and other awards has been the result of simultaneous efforts to improve print quality and manufacturing productivity while dramatically reducing VOC emissions at the plant. The majority of the awards Digital Hub has captured have been in the offset category.
The company acquired a new manroland Roland 300 5-Color Press with coater and UV capabilities in 2007. The press more than doubled its offset capacity and provided the press operators with an unprecedented degree of control over all aspects of printing setup and operation from a single console.
The initiative to reduce VOC emissions involved a meticulous program of evaluating VOC-free vegetable-based inks and developing processes to use them efficiently. Although the inks are more expensive than the VOC-based products they replaced, the printer reports that the print quality that can be achieved with them is better. Digital Hub has reduced VOCs by 94.7 percent.
Pressman Mike Landa, who advocated for the manroland press, said he never had any doubts about what he could accomplish with a unique press that is so dependable that press checks are accomplished in six minutes, on average. He says, "I have heard rumors that some customers come here with changes just to see for themselves how quickly we can do a press check."
Landa adds, "Some pressmen may be intimidated by all the control options available on a press like this. But those options have been put there for a reason and we want to maximize every one of them. If changing oscillation by a quarter inch is going to benefit the job, we will try it out and see what happens. We are never satisfied."