Making Block Changes for Repetitive Jobs

Richard Korbyl manages the family business, Columbia Awards, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He has been involved with the awards industry for over 20 years. If you have any questions or comments, contact Richard at 1-780-438-3266 or

Repetitive and mundane engraving jobs can strangely end up being some of your most profitable. Often, these repetitive jobs involve a consistent design along with some simple line changes. These line changes, also known as block changes, usually take the form of a name or date change. 

Many of your customers will gladly supply you with some sort of electronic list, whether it is a Microsoft Word document or a spreadsheet. By using the pre-made list, you can minimize the chance of human error (at least on your behalf!).

Using the client-supplied electronic list can save you the hassle of retyping the information. On the most basic level, the laser operator simply copies the block changes and then pastes that information into CorelDRAW using the universal copy and paste method. Another technique to expedite the process is to have both screens open and visible, which will minimize having to switch screens.

—Richard Korbyl, Columbia Awards