Double P has been supplying wide-format print to clients in its native Slovakia for nearly two decades. With eight printers and cutters in its production facility, the company realized that running several RIPs was no longer an option.
Double P is a print service company based in Bratislava offering a complete service to its customers, from printing to installation. The company was established in 1994, with a Xerox 8954 and a Sun as its first devices.
With 19 years of experience, the company has gained an understanding of different types of printing and finishing technology. It now offers a wide range of products for the indoor, exhibition and décor markets, as well as outdoor products, including banner, mesh, car wraps and installation services. Using its UV-curable platforms, it can also print on more unusual materials such as glass, glass doors, plywood, aluminum, RFID card and MDF board.
The company owns several machines: one UV-curable flat-bed swissQprint Impala, an Agfa :Jeti 3312, three Mimaki eco-solvent printers, one Epson Stylus Pro GS6000, an Epson Stylus Pro 9900 and an HP Latex L26500 engine, as well as an Aristo 2432 GL cutter and router.
Double P drives all of its eight printers and flat-bed cutters using GrandRIP+, and the company is also in the first phase of implementing Caldera’s wide-format business workflow solution, Flow+. Before installing Caldera, the company used several different RIPs with their various color engines, but encountered difficulties matching color between devices.
As well as slow RIP speeds, Double P had issues with PDF files, spot colors and transparencies. One of the key features that made the company choose Caldera was its master-slave architecture. “We can scale up easily and training time is reduced,” explains Jana Partlova, chief executive of Double P. Another feature of the product that influenced her choice was Caldera’s incorporation of the Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) and greater color consistency. Since integrating the Caldera RIP into its workflow, the company can manage printing, cutting and color-matching of files across all its devices, thereby reducing production errors.
“RIP time has been reduced thanks to an interface that drives all the printers,” Partlova continues. “Moreover, the visual user option enables an efficient RIP workflow. Now that we have Caldera, we can run very complex files containing everything from printing to cutting data in a few simple steps. We have improved quality and service for our clients.”
Partlova is convinced that sustainable production will become critical to succeed in this market. “Greener technology will be the future; we’ll see more infra-red and UV-curing, and more dye-sublimation platforms. Materials will change from PVC to PET, PP, and PE. Recycling of substrates will be the key feature,” she predicts.