EFI helps Loughborough University streamline its design and print services

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Loughborough University has streamlined its design and print services and improved control of its corporate identity across all types of printed application following the installation of EFI's flexible web-to-print solution Digital StoreFront.  Reducing departmental costs, and simplifying online ordering and execution of jobs have led to greater efficiencies, resulting in increased throughput across all production equipment via a more refined workflow.

Loughborough in Leicestershire is one of the country's leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. For the past 30 years its Design and Print Services have been paramount in providing departments, services and on- and off-campus organisations with professional design, print, photography, video and web design services.

"We were aware that having an online store, and managing it in-house, would enable us to streamline and improve our print services across campus, providing an accessible workflow for users, and we chose EFI™ Digital StoreFront after consultation with other universities and councils," states Helen Clarke, Business and Administration Manager. "We have seen a dramatic take up of the service throughout October 2012, providing an 82% increase in job submissions since the software was installed. Because it is essential that a coherent and consistent visual identity is applied across all of our communications, we will be moving forward with Digital StoreFront to provide a simplified collection of document templates that our print customers can use both on and off campus, and that support our documented visual identity guidelines."

Powered by EFI Fiery® front-ends, which provide a direct link to Digital StoreFront, Loughborough University's print facilities focus on a Canon imagePress 1135 production engine with inline finishing and a Canon imagePress C7000 for colour production, with complementary wide-format printers, booklet makers, folding, binding and stitching equipment. Being able to offer such a broad range of services from a large number of sources relies on a sleek and efficient interface with users, proving the value of Digital StoreFront in educational environments as well as within the commercial print sector.

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