An In-plant Pioneer
Ralph Sperrazza has been at the forefront of the digital revolution and has brought new technologies and techniques to the in-plant at Pitney Bowes.
by CHRIS BAUER
ATTENDING THE 1990 IPMA conference, Ralph Sperrazza recalls walking through and seeing a table covered with copies of the May 1990 issue of the then IN-PLANT Reproductions magazine with his picture on the cover. He sums up that experience with one word: "Amazing."
"Ten years goes by very fast," admits Sperrazza, 1990 Manger of the Year, who is general manager of the document services division for Pitney Bowes, of Stamford, Conn. He remembers getting a warm response from his industry peers after winning the award, and being asked to speak at conferences such as On Demand.
"I received phone calls from people from all over the place," Sperrazza explains. "I feel it was a real confidence booster—especially having my picture on the cover of a magazine." He says it also showed his superiors that he was leading the department in the right direction—especially with technology.
From The Digital Frontier
Sperrazza was one of the early pioneers of the digital revolution in the in-plant industry. He has transformed his in-plant into a digital shop, adding an Indigo E-Print 1000 and three Xerox DocuTechs. This has enabled the in-plant to offer on-demand printing, better document management services and to eliminate nearly 7,000 square feet of warehousing space.
Sperrazza reports that 95 percent of the work the in-plant does now comes to the shop digitally. Most jobs come in on disks, but some are submitted via an internal network, and there are plans to enable jobs to be sent via the Web. Once jobs are sent, the in-plant then decides if it is more cost effective to print them digitally or to go to one of the offset presses.