Bucknell Blazes a Digital Trail
Bucknell University's Office of Publications, Print and Mail has become one of the first in-plants to install the new Xerox Color 800 digital press. The 80-page-per-minute, 2,400x2,400-dpi printer debuted at On Demand this past spring.
"We love it," enthuses Director Lisa Hoover. "The quality is fantastic."
The Xerox 800 replaces the Lewisburg, Pa., in-plant's Xerox DocuColor 7000, which had come to the end of its lease. Also new at the 23-employee operation are a Xerox DocuColor 252, a Xerox 4595 monochrome device and a Nuvera 100—a slight downgrade from the shop's previous Nuvera 120, due to the decreased need for black-and-white printing.
Among the most impressive features of the 800, Hoover notes, are the fact that it uses no fuser oil, and it can run at its rated speed for all weights of stock. The 7000, she says, used to slow down for heavier stocks. The 800 can also run textured stocks, which the shop uses for items like invitations.
"Before we had this machine, we had to do them on the press," she notes. "And that's a lot of work setting up a traditional printing press for a couple hundred invitations."
Then there's the quality of the 800's output.
"Between the 7000 and the 800, there definitely is improvement in quality," Hoover affirms.
The machine uses low-melt EA Dry Ink, which has more consistent toner particles and produces a smooth, offset-like finish.
"We see better quality, particularly in large screened areas," she says. "The screens are much smoother. No banding."
Color print volume at the shop has jumped noticeably since the 800 arrived. Previously, the in-plant printed a monthly average of 36,000 color digital impressions.
"Within the first month, we ran 125,000," Hoover reports, though she acknowledges that was during the busy period at the start of the semester.
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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.