Briggs & Stratton Swaps Indigo for NexPress
Adding an HP Indigo 5000 in 2005 was a great decision for Briggs & Stratton Graphic Services. It moved the 34-employee, Milwaukee-based in-plant into variable data printing and high-quality digital color.
“It was a really, really great starting point for us,” says Manager Debbie Pavletich. “But I think we’re ready for that next step.”
So the shop recently replaced its leased HP Indigo press with a new five-color Kodak NexPress S2500. Printing 83.3 pages per minute at 600 dpi, the S2500 boasts an 11,000-sheet capacity and can print on a range of substrates of different sizes and weights. Bundled in with the new lease was a Kodak NexGlosser.
“One of the main reasons that we went with the NexPress is that it offered a couple of features that the HP Indigo didn’t have,” explains Pavletich. “It’s a larger sheet size. We can print to 14.33x20.5?.” The maximum sheet size on the 5000 was 12x18?, she says. Now more items can be grouped on a sheet, she says, which cuts costs.
Kodak’s new Dimensional Clear Dry Ink was another reason for the switch to a NexPress. The ink creates a raised effect that gives images a dimensional feel that mimics the surface of the items in a photograph.
“We think that we may have a good application for it,” Pavletich says. Namely, business cards.
Being able to negotiate the glossing unit into the deal was another plus. Had the shop kept the HP Indigo 5000, it would have had to pay for a UV coater. Getting the glosser with the NexPress was much more affordable.
Operators are in the process of learning the new machine, but Pavletich thinks the transition will go smoothly.
“Because we had some experience with the Indigo, it’s not as challenging for the operator,” she says. Kodak has been very helpful, she adds. “So far we’ve been really happy with support.”
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, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.