Caldera’s first Peruvian customer, Meta Color, started using Caldera five years ago when the company purchased a new printer. Now 80% of its machines are driven by a Caldera RIP, and the rest are soon to follow.
“We were the first to use Caldera in Peru,” Miguel Nishii, Meta Color’s chief executive, proudly asserts. Nishii’s team started working in digital pre-press in 1999 and one year later he switched to wide-format printing. He adopted Caldera five years ago, and Meta Color has grown subsequntly to become a prominent supplier in Peru’s point-of-sale arena.
Meta Color has now clocked up 13 years of experience in wide-format digital production, employing more than 90 people. It is headquartered in Lima, the capital of Peru, but it has a decentralized structure that allows it to cover the broadest range of market needs on a national level. “We have four printing plants to supply the south and the north of the country,” Nishii explains. Print isn’t the only trick up its sleeve, though: the company’s skills extend to carpentry, metal-working and corrugated cardboard products to serve its clients in the worlds of architecture and industrial design.
“Basically, we print on any kind of rigid or flexible material,” continues Nishii. “To do so, we run a large fleet of HP printers, including Scitex XP2700s and XL1500s, the flat-bed Scitex FB500 and platforms in the latex range, as well as the Agfa :Jeti 3312 and 3324,” says Nishii. He notes that the company set out with Caldera thanks to its purchase of the :Jeti 3312, then manufactured by Gandinnovations: “We specifically ordered it with Caldera because we wanted to try it.” Ever since, the RIP has been implemented gradually across Meta Color’s plant list, with 80% of the fleet now controlled by GrandRIP+.
Meta Color has extended the core functionality of GrandRIP+ with a number of modules, such as VisualUser, which has allowed it to add a second user interface under the same RIP license to optimize its resources, plus EasyMedia, which creates ICC profiles and ensures proper color calibration, and NestOba, a cutting tool dedicated to Fotoba devices. Additionally, CostProof calculates the consumption of ink and media for every job. The company also has a Caldera TotalColor spectrophotometer, which it has recently purchased.
Nishii points out Caldera’s extensive list of supported peripherals and its master-slave architecture, which makes it scalable and effective to trust only one RIP suite. “We have worked with almost all the RIPs on the market, and I can state that working with only one platform greatly improves issues related to technical support, color consistency and employee training,” he comments.
The competitive edge that Caldera brings is self-evident and worth the effort for Nishii. “To implement Caldera for almost all of our machines we had to discard several key licenses for other RIPs, but the results are highly positive at the economic level thanks to its speed and productivity,” he adds.
Meta Color’s chief executive, along with his employees, is delighted with the results the company obtains with its RIP. “Before long, all of our machines will be driven by Caldera, including our routers,” he has decided.