Eminence Business Media

Eminence Business Media

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Galloways increases proofing accuracy and reduces ink costs with GMG colour solutions

Galloways, UK  has invested in GMG proofing and colour management software to offer its clients a high level of colour accuracy from proof to print, while reducing ink costs. Based in Cheshire, Galloways is a leading commercial printer producing a wide variety of printed literature for a number of major advertising, design and marketing agencies, as well as a diverse range of direct clients. With over 140 years’ experience in the printing industry and with extensive in-house capabilities, the company prides itself on offering customers printed products executed to a very high standard.

As with most printers in the current economic climate, the way in which Galloways operates has had to change significantly over the last few years. While they produce print across the full spectrum, they recognized that a niche area for them was print requiring a high level of colour accuracy which can be costly due to the additional time and technology required. A solution that could offer both enhanced quality and produce cost efficiencies in the process was always high on the company’s agenda.

Matt Galloway, Sales and Business Development Manager, Galloways, said: “We’re always looking for ways to tailor our colour critical service and we monitor the market carefully for the latest software solutions. Through our meetings and discussions with GMG we felt that they would be an excellent partner for us and their products would help us to achieve our goals.”

“We were impressed with the results of the press/ink tests and the clarity and detail highlighted in the reports. Galloways produces a lot of colour critical work matching print to a physical product so our expectations were extremely high but so far we have been very happy with the solutions recommended by GMG.”

With guidance from GMG Technical Sales representative, Paul Bromley, Galloways has invested in GMG ColorProof software to drive its two 44-inch Epson Stylus Pro 9890 SpectroProofers for the production of high-accuracy digital proofs. Used alongside GMG ColorServer it offers the company the perfect solution for a standardised and simplified proofing and colour management model that delivers consistent colour print results time and again. With GMG ColorServer, data from different sources will behave identically on the press; the result is a marked reduction in make ready times and paper waste.

Galloways also uses the GMG Ink Optimizer software solution for fully automated ink reduction. Using GMG DeviceLink technology, the CMY colour component is reduced and the black component increased, resulting in significant ink savings for the company without affecting the proof to print balance.

Galloways has also more recently invested in CoZone Collaborate, GMG’S comprehensive web platform that includes a collaborative cloud-based content approval and monitor proofing workflow. This will enable Galloways to manage, review, proof and approve jobs within a secure online hosted soft-proofing environment. It is a cost-effective, scalable and easy-to-use system for collaborating, reviewing, proofing and approving media files prior to production, which speeds up the whole process for Galloways’ clients.

Besides the two Epson Stylus Pro printers, Galloways’ production environment includes a 5-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 press, 6-colour Speedmaster CD 102 press, and Ricoh Pro C751EX production printer. Since installing GMG software, the company is able to calibrate its proofing system, digital print presses and litho presses to the same standard each day. This gives Galloways the assurance that its printed collateral, whether on coated or uncoated material, is colour accurate however it is printed. This also gives its clients peace of mind that the final product will look exactly as designed.

Matt says: “Since investing in GMG Solutions, we have been very happy with the results, knowing should we require any advice or have any particular client demands GMG support is there for us. Our investment has given us even greater confidence in our proof versus print results and the flexibility of producing both coated and uncoated proofs for approval is proving a real hit with our clients.’

GMG MD Toby Burnett says: “Galloways is a great example of a high end printing company where the importance of getting it right first time is the only option. Working in partnership with GMG has helped them to manage all processes within the litho and prepress department, from order to print, which in turn has improved productivity and the bottom line.”