GMG ColorServer

Saji S, director of Kollam-based Sujilee Printers says the workflow is easy to use and saves money with predictable colour output, faster makeready.

10 May 2013 | By PrintWeek India

What does the GMG software do?
It’s a JDF-enabled PDF pre-press workflow system which allows jobs to be visually tracked at every stage from origination to proofing, imposing and managing final output. The software has tremendously improved quality and saved us money through faster makeready.

Why did you choose this GMG software?
Because it provided a robust, open solution that was easy to operate. It provided job tracking and had built-in quality and production control. It also allows us to drive our wide range of output devices and provides excellent value. 
Did you look at any other colour management tools? 
Yes. We considered other workflows in depth before we decided on the GMG ColorServer.
Why did you make the purchase? 
To give better quality results to our existing clients and save money with predictable colour output, faster makeready, quicker drying, reduced set-off, ink saving.
What features do you particularly like? 
Its flexibility and ease of use in pre-press, proofing and press standardisation. 
Is there anything that you wish it had that it doesn’t?  
The system meets all of our requirements. 
How fast is it? 
To be efficient, a workflow system has to process jobs at least as quickly as the output devices can image them, and not cause a bottleneck. It’s quite quick and one of the fastest system, plus it can work with PDF, TIFF, Jpeg and EPS format. All my files are processed within a few minutes. 
How reliable is it?
It is very reliable. Our team is well-trained with the software and know how to solve the problems.
What’s the quality like?
Good. We now have better quality control and less wastage. I have seen marked quality improvements in coated, uncoated and special papers. 
How easy is it to use?
Very simple and automated.
How much time or money has it saved? 
The productivity has increased and quality control has improved. I have reduced my rejections. 
Has it won you any new work? 
It has got me premium quality export jobs and my sales force is confident to meet the top print buyers.
Would you say that it offers value for money?
Yes, it offers value for money.
Were there any difficulties experienced during the installation or after?
We had some teething issues after installation but after sorting out the issues, we never faced problems. Percept’s technical team educated us about the use of the software.
What about the pre and after-sale service?
Percept has technical and sales team both in Bengaluru and Chennai. They are very prompt and respond to our issues. The Percept Print Solutions team is highly experienced. 
Who do you think the GMG software is right for?
The software is right for any commercial printer who has a four-colour machine. It can also be used by flexo, gravure and newspapers printers. But one condition, colour management requires discipline and if you are ready to  maintain the process under recommended guidelines, it works very well to your advantage.
Under what circumstances would you buy another?
I can manage all my requirements as of now with one license and would buy another, if we plan to expand our operation.

User’s verdict
Speed 4/5
Quality  4/5
Reliability 4/5
Value for money 5/5