September 2013: Church of Scientology International Chooses Alwan PRINT Standardizer to Automate Plate Curve Correction with its GMI Closed-Loop Process Control SystemChurch of Scientology International Chooses Alwan PRINT Standardizer to Automate Plate Curve Correction with its GMI Closed-Loop Process Control System
Lyon, September 17 2013: Church of Scientology International's Dissemination & Distribution Center located in Commerce, California, announced that it has chosen Alwan Color Expertise's PRINT Standardizer software, to control the quality of its print production, to update G7® plate curves for its presses, and to monitor the efficiency of its printing facility.
Jud Posner, Pressroom Manager and G7 Expert, is thrilled: "Having invested a tremendous amount of time implementing a color management program we needed a method to maintain our standards. Alwan's Ink Optimizer ECO was a key part of our G7 & Color Management success and it only made sense to take this to the next level and implement Print Standardizer on all three of our presses. GMI's Clarios ColorQuick does a very good job when it comes to monitoring and automatically adjusting for ink densities, nevertheless, we needed print dot gain and gray balance to be monitored and adjusted as well. This is where Alwan Print Standardizer comes into the play."
Dave Hunter, G7®, G7®PC and PSA expert, is Alwan's representative in North America. He explains: "G7® conformance is paramount for all quality printers today. Achieving G7® conformance manually by printing a P2P, measuring it and correcting for plate curves is relatively straight forward for any consultant and customer to do. However, this manual press calibration has two severe limitations: first, it is costly, one hour print on a web press costs thousands of US Dollars; second, press TVI and gray balance change with time, temperature, humidity and jobs, even if all other printing process parameters remain exactly the same. Press curves should be monitored and corrected regularly, weekly or even daily, this can not be done manually or off-production. This is why I recommended Alwan PRINT Standardizer to Scientology printing plant, and results are there. Every job that ships out of their printing plant is compliant to ISO and to G7®."
Jud Posner adds: "It has been a long process. My goal was to be able to implement a system which can track with the inherent changes and variables of a high speed web press. We have been working with the Alwan Engineers for nearly a year making GMI data available to APS, and on getting APS to process more than 100,000 measurements per day and per press. APS now works with GMI's exported measurement files without question and everyone's efforts and hard work have definitely paid off."
Dave Hunter concludes: "With Alwan CMYK Optimizer in prepress controlling and standardizing incoming files to match SWOP® and GRACoL® color spaces, and Alwan Print Standardizer in the pressroom controlling and standardizing printing presses to match SWOP® and GRACoL® G7® gray balance, Scientology has a totally controlled and secured print production and a pressroom efficiency and productivity I rarely see. Every serious printer should have Alwan solutions today!"
About Church of Scientology International's Dissemination & Distribution Center
The new 185,000-square-foot Church of Scientology International Dissemination and Distribution Center is a one-of-a-kind printing and production facility. It houses manufacturing, distribution and administration all under one roof and is manned entirely by Church staff members. This new Center generates dissemination materials for the more than 10,000 Scientology Churches, Missions and affiliated groups worldwide, enabling these organizations to meet the unprecedented demand for Scientology services and programs.
The anchor of the printing plant is a custom-built 121-ton web press. Among other materials, it prints Church magazines in 15 languages, with a global circulation of millions. The facility additionally includes both sheet-fed and digital presses to produce the hundreds of thousands of informational pieces Church organizations use to introduce their communities to the Scientology religion and its services.
The Scientology International Dissemination and Distribution Center further produces all educational materials for Church-sponsored humanitarian programs, including the world’s largest non-governmental human rights initiative and the world’s largest non-governmental drug awareness program. The Church provides these educational materials to schools, civic groups, government, law enforcement and institutions in the private sector free of charge. Inasmuch as all materials are now produced in-house, for the same it previously cost to produce 3.5 million drug education booklets, the Church can now produce 35 million and reach 10 times the number of at-risk youth.
The facility further includes a warehousing and distribution department. The mailing system is fully automated and is capable of addressing 150,000 pieces every eight hours. The entire shipping line is capable of shipping better than 500,000 boxes and individual items each week.