What's your tipping point to bring a digital job back to offset?




Founded in 1995, One Step Inc., based in Davenport, IA, began as a digital-only shop, and didn’t install their first offset press until 2002. “We were reluctant to get out of digital and into offset,” May noted, “but hybrid printing drove us into combining the offset and digital production lines.”

“When you look at digital, and where it’s at, we found the offset cost per impression and the throughput speeds just made more sense than going after digital.”

One Step purchased and installed an RMGT 9 Series Offset Press and also invested in the LED-UV technology upgrade, making it a powerful addition to their operation.

“We choose this press because of its LED-UV curing technology,” said Doug May, President at One Step. “It has a faster speed to market, with no dry time and no coatings needed on 95% of the jobs we run. And then you add in the ability to run shorter runs cost effectively — it’s application based, but we have run as few as 2,000 8.5x11-inch sheets — and it was a great investment.” ​ “Reliability and cost per copy come into play when comparing digital and offset,” May said. “With the big press, we always know exactly what the cost and throughput will be, every time. Not to mention, if a technician comes in to service a digital press during a shift, you’re down; offset requires less maintenance so the shop has more up time.”

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