In five short years, the annual meeting of Dscoop--an association of businesses that use HP Indigo digital presses, both roll- and sheetfed--has grown from a modest 300 to a startling 1,700 attendees, a measure of the success of HP in penetrating commercial and industrial print markets. Last week, Dscoop5 dominated the massive Gaylord Texan Hotel near Dallas, TX, USA, for three days of educational sessions and exhibitions.
HP Indigo, of course, stands out as the main supplier and the only press vendor at the event. But Dscoop has attracted the attention of 88 additional suppliers whose products were on exhibit and demonstration in a large hall at the Gaylord. Fully operational machinery, such as the Digicon II from AB Graphic and a finishing unit from Delta Industrial Services, drew crowds on Thursday night shortly after the official opening of the conference.
The majority of attendees were from the commercial printing segment and utilize HP Indigo's sheetfed presses, but the narrow web printers in the rollfed business were well represented. Among label converters are Innovative Labeling Solutions, Dion Label, Lightning Labels, Taylor Made Label, CL&D Digital, Prestige Label, Nosco, and Sancoa. Several others, who are not Indigo owners--including Stixon Labels, Amherst Label and Lauterbach Group--attended as prospective customers.
The program of educational sessions was highlighted by a focus on Lean printing with L&NW columnist Tom Southworth, a consultant with ConnStep. Southworth spoke in everyday terms about the nuts and bolts of the Lean process, emphasizing that it requires a full-time, visible commitment by top management to be successful. "Lean requires only that you commit to change," he said. "Lean is easy; believing in Lean is hard. Lean demands a disciplined, daily approach. Lean could show short-term P&L hits. Lean is not an overnight success. Lean is not a tool--it is a way of life."
For the label and packaging people in the group, Hewlett-Packard conducted some targeted sessions, including a close look at the WS6000 rollfed press, the company's newest Indigo. The press operates at a higher speed and has a repeat of 36", more than triple that of the popular ws4500 press. HP also unveiled its Label and Packaging Capture Business Success Kit, a marketing tool for converters that aids them in securing new business for their digital presses. Included in the kit are samples of labels, flexible packaging...