I need to print 2.5 million invoices per month HOW I CAN DO THAT
Hi im new here
I have a new client that ask me if i can achieve the impresions of over 2.5 million invoices per month with a data variable software
I dont know how to do that
I read some in this forum before register in it and i see that you people can suggest me a very nice solution
The invoices are going to be printed in black
The size is 8 inches by 5.5 inches (21 cm by 14 cm)
Please i need some help here
I need to give and answer t my client and i realley need your help here
Thanks in adavnce
You have a tiger by the tail and don't even know it!
Making each one have different content (name, address, account number, invoice mount, etc.) is done with variable data software. I'm going to let someone else advice you on that.
But just do the math about the amount of printing involved. How many sheets are to be printed if done 2, 4, 8, or more up? Can your equipment do that much in a reasonable time?
You may not be ready for this opportunity.
As you are not aware of how to do this at the moment, I assume you do not do this volume of work on a regular basis. If I am wrong, I apologise and please disregard the following. On the basis you do not currently do this type of work however, it sounds like you would need to make a BIG investment in high volume mono presses to do this. Making a big investment in equipment to service ONE customer is a receipe for disaster in my opinion. If you were to loose this work in a few months time (your client could go bankrupt, change suppliers, bring it in house, etc...), could you still support your new investment or would you be left high and dry with expensive equipment and not enough volume?
I know if I was in this position, I would be looking for someway to service this client too, but with my sensible head on, if I did not already have the resources, I think I would have to bow out.
Before you 'bow out' as suggested you may just want to look at outsourcing it to someone who has the equipment...
After you put your markup on you may be priced out of the picture but it's worth a shot ? If they are a good client of yours it may make sense to do this on very small margin to win the work so that they stick with you...
There are a lot of things that printers outsource that are out of their league to do themselves... Maybe if you win it and get a few more clients along the same lines you can look at investing in the equipment...
But as someone said you are looking at big investment in equipment and just as importantly skilled people to manage the variable data...
It can be difficult to outsource this sort of thing though because you are dealing with peoples confidential information so you have to be very careful... Even when doing it in-house...
Last edited by natty; 07-18-2010 at 06:30 AM.
I only said 'I' would bow out. Having run my own print shop for over 10 years, I have, and still do outsource some jobs. I know how stressful it can be however when you are the middleman in an outsourcing position and there is a production problem. The 'problem' is completely out of your control, but you are still the person the client will be hounding. Not too bad when it is a relatively small order, but when you are looking at this many prints, I would not outsource it to a company I have never dealt with before. Just my opinion however
Originally Posted by natty
Hey man i hear you i am the same but some people are different and prefer the stress of managing people vs. the stress of managing machines...
Originally Posted by easiprint
Personally i'd rather have in house control like you but some people are different in their ways of thinking and in this case he doesn't have the capacity to do it himself so i just threw it in as an option rather than letting it go to waste...
I would kill to be in the position of someone asking me to do this sort of thing and it would seem a shame just to say 'no, can't do it' if you know what i mean ???
Unless you have the software and equipment (sounds like you may not) or are prepared to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars I would take the above advice and outsource or walk away. Your customer will respect you more by telling them you can't do something vs saying you can and come up short when he needs you the most.
I read carefully all your post and i have the concerns about the investemnet and the software i have to manage
The client will sign a contract with me for 3 to 5 years
I will have to manage 3 diferrents areas of my country side east, central and west areas so the bussines is still atractive.
Yes i only have to print black and in others ocassion very few color
They will provide me the main data that we are goint to print in the invoices
I need from you is it posible the name of the machines and the data variable software im be willing to spend with your master recomendation i know i will succes i this shot of bussines
Please tell me thew name of the machines, the amount of machines i have to buy and the data variable software i have to purchase
And other types of advices are welcome
With this inversion im going to to offer my new services to a new clients that will print a less or a similar amount of works
Please advise me well in rder that we can make a good and well advice investemet
Thanks for the answers
Canon IR 1135, 7150VP ($$$), KM 1600, Xerox nuvera or IGEN 110, rico 1137; EFI MicroPress, Xerox FreeFlow, o CREO; software like Planetpress, Lytro ( 4 xerox), Docform Pro (ricoh) ,PinNet.; Time to learn how to do this and..alot of money....
A run length of this type should be looked at in production delivery needs with cost requirements. It was suggested earlier to consider printing multiple up formats and I endorse this stating specifically onto hi speed webs.
This is due to time then paper cost and depending upon press layouts, to also apply in line all the variable data addressing. Do not take bids unless you know the business is capable of opearting this job press and technology meaning, having dedicated qualified staff.
This monthly work could be run for exmaple 4 up on a 20"x17" press conservately at 350 FPM assuming the personalized data adressing keeps up in ~ 30 hours per month.
If you were to purchase a multicolor Didde or any web to sheet press, you may easily accommodate the job needs accurately and profitably with the key being to address in line. Contact me off line if I may be of further assistance.
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Originally Posted by kachete