Microdynamics Doubles Its Digital Capability with Canon Solutions America

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MELVILLE, N.Y., Jan. 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., today announced that Microdynamics Group, a Naperville, Ill.-based transactional print and mail resource company, has installed its second Océ ColorStream® 3900 digital color printing system in just over a year.

Microdynamics was founded in 1974 by Chairman and CEO Thomas Harter, Sr., as a provider of computerized microfiche processing services. Since then, the company has evolved into one of the nation's fastest growing print service providers, delivering personalized, transactional printing, inserting, and mailing services to companies across a number of industries, including insurance, utilities, banking & financial services, and collections.

An early adopter of inkjet technology, Microdynamics enjoyed the competitive advantage inherent in a color printing solution. However, the quality of its chosen inkjet system never lived up to the marketing department's standards. That led Microdynamics to embark on a search for a digital color printing solution that would enable it to meet current customers' expectations and attract new business.

Expectations Exceeded

After carefully considering a number of digital printing solutions, Microdynamics selected the Océ ColorStream 3900, part of the Océ ColorStream 3000 Twin Series. Impressed by the near-offset quality, speed of operation, and quality control features, Microdynamics made the decision to purchase the digital color printing system right on the tradeshow floor at Graph Expo 2012. As a long-time customer of Canon Solutions America, Microdynamics also had first-hand knowledge of the stellar service and support that backs up every purchase – and that played a big role in the company's decision.

"Another company was more economical on the acquisition cost, but from a service perspective, they were pretty risky in North America," said Thomas Harter, Jr., President. "The quality and the speed of the Océ ColorStream 3900, along with the quality in both output and service quality we've experienced with Canon for over a decade, made the decision easy for us."

Canon Solutions America lived up to Harter's expectations, providing "phenomenal" assistance throughout installation and ramp-up at the company's Naperville production facility. Canon representatives and technicians ensured the new Océ ColorStream 3900 was integrated into Microdynamics' production workflow and running smoothly.

Immediately, Microdynamics reaped a rich return on its investment. "The Canon solution has increased our throughput four to five times with significantly better quality," said Harter. "Just the sheer volume in terms of how fast the machine can print and the ability to start and stop print jobs without having to change paper between print jobs has really increased our efficiency on the floor."

Encore Performance

Microdynamics was so impressed with the Océ ColorStream 3900, it purchased a second one – again right on the tradeshow floor – at PRINT 13 in Chicago this past September. The second system is being installed in the company's Milwaukee, Wis. Facility. Its addition to Microdynamics' arsenal of high-volume print engines makes the company a "100 percent Canon shop." Eventually, Harter hopes to make that a "100 percent ColorStream 3900 shop."

"Internally, we have a roadmap to get to a completely digital color platform over the next two to three years," said Harter. "Eventually, we plan to migrate off monochrome altogether and run completely on the Océ ColorStream 3000 series of full-color, high volume inkjet printing systems."

With its added MICR, the Océ ColorStream 3900 gives Microdynamics the ability to compete more effectively in the growing transactional document business, producing robust, color, customized transactional documents that double as powerful marketing tools.

"It's opened up opportunities in the form of new markets and new services, such as performance statements or wealth management packages," said Harter. "It's absolutely critical to competing for future deals, as well as retaining our current clients."

Microdynamics' newly expanded capabilities have positioned the company to meet the lofty expectations the industry has for the company by delivering an on-time, high-quality, cost-effective product every time.

"Microdynamics' high-profile clients demand quality and uptime, so it's incumbent on them to deliver the kind of service and output that will keep them coming back for more," said Francis A. McMahon, Vice President, Marketing, Production Print Solutions division of Canon Solutions America. "No matter what their clients send their way, the Océ ColorStream 3900 has given Microdynamics the ability to deliver on their promise of a high-quality, cost-effective solution."

About the Océ ColorStream 3000 Twin Series

The Océ ColorStream 3000 Twin Series is the series of high-speed, high-quality full-color inkjet printers with a speed from 157 up to 417 feet per minute for 344 up to 1818 letter images per minute. Through its unique combination of productivity, efficiency and quality it simplifies and accelerates the transition from monochrome to full color or even 5 or 6 colors. The Océ DigiDot® multilevel dot modulation produces crisp details and smooth halftones at full rated speed. It offers productivity and flexibility for high-speed color and monochrome production of transaction, TransPromo, direct mail, book and manual applications with the reliability, print quality and media range associated with the Océ DigiDot technology. The Océ ColorStream 3000 Twin Series provides a modular offering in various single and twin configurations. The flexible Océ ColorStream 3000 Twin Series system allows you to adapt the printing mode to match your pace of the transition to color. A full-color Océ ColorStream 3000 Twin Series press can be set up as a monochrome-only system when needed. The production and media flexibility contributes to a future-proof system that simplifies the transition of applications and business models to more sophisticated documents with variable personalization and smarter communication in color.

The series consists of four printer models ranging from 157 up to 417 feet per minute, which translates from 344 up to 1818 letter impressions per minute. The configurations easily support monthly volumes of up to 56 million letter impressions. The Océ ColorStream series starts with the Océ ColorStream 3200 system printing at 157 feet per minute with a maximum print width of 17". The remaining three models feature a print width of up to 21.25". The Océ ColorStream 3500 system prints at 246 feet per minute, the Océ ColorStream 3700 prints at 328 feet per minute and the Océ ColorStream 3900 prints at 417 feet per minute.

About Microdynamics Group

Headquartered in Naperville, Illinois, Microdynamics Group is listed as one of Crain's "Fast Fifty," a list of the fastest growing businesses in the Chicago area, as well as on the Inc. "Top 5000" list of the fastest growing companies nationwide. Microdynamics delivers over 60 million high-quality documents every month using the latest high-volume print engines, producing everything from traditional monochrome output to documents with full-color variable data. Each printing facility is networked to ensure a smooth and accurate job flow. For additional information, please visit www.microdg.com.

About Canon Solutions America, Inc.

Combining the strengths of the former Canon Business Solutions, Inc. and Océ North America, Inc., Canon Solutions America provides industry leading enterprise services, advanced production print technology and large format solutions supported by exceptional professional service offerings. Canon Solutions America helps companies of all sizes to improve their business by increasing efficiency, controlling costs and becoming more environmentally conscious. A wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A, Inc., Canon Solutions America is headquartered in Melville, NY and has nearly 7,000 employees in over 130 offices across the country. For more information on Canon Solutions America, please visit www.csa.canon.com.


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