Tower Litho Awarded Grant to Develop Web-to-Print Service

Toronto-based Tower Litho recently received a $50,000 grant through the federal government's Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program (DTAPP) to adopt digital technologies to improve productivity.

Tower Litho is a trade printer in a 40-inch offset-press environment ranging from five-, six- and eight-color perfecting presses, an HP Indigo 7500 digital press and full bindery services. Andre Soriano, IT manager at Tower Litho, applied for the grant.

"When I first read the article about the DTAPP grant, what came to mind was how I could take advantage of it for our new digital department," Soriano said. "I started thinking about MIS, production workflow, advance training. When I started meeting with our technical advisor, I thought Web-to-print was a perfect project since it evolves around digital technology and business and production process efficiency.

"The Web-to-print was one of the projects we were brainstorming, but the costs and resources involved in developing and maintaining it is challenging. The grant definitely helps us fill that void."

As part of its “Powered by Technology” program, the funding will benefit Tower's Web-to-print development—one of the key technologies Tower Litho is developing. Web-to-print will automate order processing, job imposition, file transfers and all administrative functions. The grant paid for Tower Litho's HP SmartStream Director Web-to-print solution.

DTAPP is delivered by the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). It is a relatively new $80 million Canadian federal program to help small- and mid-size enterprises in all business sectors connect with technology. The program runs until March 31, 2014. Eligible firms may receive a financial contribution of up to $99,999 for a specific project; eligible costs can cover labor, contractors, travel, feasibility (and other studies) and training. Non-eligible costs include the purchase of computer hardware and/or off the shelf software.

HP encourages Dscoop member companies in Canada to apply for the grant to pay for HP SmartStream Director, Production Analyzer, Hiflex and more.

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