New Press in the Pinelands
FOR STEVE Amitrano, getting a four-color press was always in his long-range plans. For many years, his six-employee in-plant at New Jersey's Burlington County College (BCC) had been running tons of four-color work on its two-color presses, fitting it in between two-color jobs.
"It wreaked havoc with our schedule," notes Amitrano, manager of the BCC Print Facility.
Recently, after months of research, planning and even a little demolition, the in-plant successfully installed its first four-color press, a Ryobi 524GE, purchased from xpedx. With a maximum printing area of 19.88x13.78˝, it boasts speeds of up to 11,000 sheets per hour.
"This was a good fit for us," he affirms.
Customers have been keeping the press busy with work since virtually its first day of operation, Amitrano says. The design department, in particular, has been eagerly routing their previously outsourced four-color projects to the in-plant.
"The flood gates opened," Amitrano remarks. "It runs nearly every day."
Located on a 225-acre campus just outside the small town of Pemberton, N.J., BCC sits at the edge of New Jersey's Pinelands, a heavily forested, largely undeveloped area stretching across the state. Amitrano came to the in-plant in 2000 and has studiously maintained a five-year strategic plan for the in-plant ever since.
That plan brought in a new Fuji processless computer-to-plate system back in March 2009. The plan also included a four-color press, though space limitations had been keeping that purchase on a back burner. But when a buyer expressed interest in the shop's old Heidelberg KORD, which has been collecting dust in the corner, the newly freed-up space set things in motion.
First Amitrano talked to customers about their future needs, to make sure there would be enough work to justify a four-color press. Satisfied there would be, he then got permission to start his research.
Bob has served as editor of In-plant Impressions since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited nearly 170 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, co-sponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.