Inline Punch Simplifies Course Pack Production at George Fox
As all university in-plant managers know, the approach of a new semester means it’s course pack time. At George Fox University, in Newberg, Ore., getting those course packs out has always required a lot of time spent manually punching and coil binding pages.
A recent installation, however, is destined to change everything for the shop’s one full-time, one part-time and five student workers. The in-plant added a 110-page-per-minute (ppm) Xerox 4112 with an inline GBC AdvancedPunch. This allows the shop to combine printing, punching and collating into one step.
“All we have to do is spin those little coils through it,” laughs Elizabeth Holme, Print Services coordinator for the 119-year-old Christian university.
By cutting out the manual punching, the new equipment has increased productivity, lowered costs and improved the professional look of course packs. Interchangeable die sets can be replaced by staff without the need for tools, allowing them to switch between coil and comb punching. It has a waste container sensor design and includes a large waste container to collect scrap punches.
The in-plant added the Xerox 4112 to replace its 4110 when the lease on it, and two other pieces of digital printing equipment, ended. Also new is a Xerox WorkCentre 5665 and a DocuColor 252. The latter, a 50-ppm color printer, has reduced a lot of the headaches the in-plant used to experience with its previous color printer.
“It’s a lot easier to work with,” acknowledges Holme. It warms up faster and the quality is noticeably better, she says.
Upgrading the three machines ended up saving the in-plant money.
“We came in at a better pricing than what we had gotten before,” she says.
Unfortunately, the 4112 and its inline punching unit arrived too late to help the shop with course packs for the spring semester, Holme adds, but she’s eagerly anticipating the fall semester.
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.