A New Generation Of Color
As the first in-plant to install the new NexPress 2100, World Bank has given the digital color device two enthusiastic thumbs up.
by CHERYL ADAMS
The first-run, beta-test results are in on the new NexPress 2100.
World Bank's Printing, Graphics and Map Design unit installed Heidelberg's high-speed digital color printer in February. One of the first jobs to run was a publicity folder with the image of a book cover on it.
"It got rave reviews," says Jane Bloodworth, business manager of the Washington, D.C.-based in-plant. "It turned out beautifully. The client loved it."
The NexPress 2100 digital production color press is the signature product of NexPress Solutions, a joint venture between Eastman Kodak and Heidelberg. The NexPress 2100 is part of World Bank's strategy to step up its digital printing capabilities, and migrate short-run offset work to digital.
"We're saving money for the bank by bringing external work back in-house," testifies Bloodworth, noting that World Bank was spending millions of dollars to have work produced externally. "Much of the outsourced work is four-color newsletters, two-color catalogs, the bank's phone directory. We've already migrated most of the black-and-white work back in-house in the past few years, but now we wanted to bring in all the color work. By using color digital devices, whatever make and model they happen to be, we can open up capacity for longer runs on our offset machines."
Other color digital devices include a Xerox DocuTech 2060 and two Canon CLC 5000s, which were installed last June to replace the in-plant's aging Xerox DocuTech 40 and Canon CLC 2000 color copiers. Unlike its copier counterparts, the NexPress was installed in the company's offset operation, not its digital one.
"We anticipate putting longer runs on the NexPress," explains Bloodworth. "We have both offset and digital facilities, and we do a lot of blended work. We'll do a cover in digital and text in offset, or vice versa. Then we bring them together in our bindery. We're also front-ending the NexPress from our offset prepress system."