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Jim Shea is a relative newcomer to Lane Press. Coming to us from IBM where he was a product engineer, something strikes him about Lane: A conspicuous lack of ego. A common drive to get things right that trumps the need to be right. Jim says that while his job places him at either end of a press, he’s encouraged to speak up about anything that looks amiss across the process. And that the people around him with 20, 30, 40 years of experience are readily willing to share their know-how. “There’s no competition,” he says. “It’s about making a quality product.”
We’re sticklers for it. What you see here are “color bars” peeking out at the fold of signatures ready for binding. These bars represent a complex formula of color values specific to our process. Our press technology reads these and monitors the resulting color, but so do we. Our pressmen ensure we’re spot-on by manually checking the “density” in these bars, with a tool called a spectrophotometer, and adjusting when they need to.
Our press operators are true craftspeople – and as with any craft, they didn’t develop their skills and instincts overnight. Many measure their time at Lane in decades. And while our presses are enhanced with technology and driven by data, their expertise continues to matter. These ink-stained hands belong to Head Pressman Joe Charboneau, 39 years with Lane. Only experience has taught him when to speed the press up or slow it down, when to change blankets, or when to adjust the delicate balance of ink and water.