In-plants Collaborate on HP Digital Press Deal
A partnership between two Salt Lake City in-plants has resulted in both shops installing seven-color HP Indigo 7000 digital color presses. What’s more, a pooled click charge arrangement has reduced costs for each.
Brigham Young University and Deseret Mutual Benefit Administrators (DMBA) each took delivery of their first high-speed digital press during the summer. Both in-plants cited the same key reason for choosing HP over Xerox: “You get charged by the color,” reports Chris Anderson, Graphics Services foreman at DMBA.
Since much of his shop’s work is two-color or black only, HP only charges them for those colors. With a Xerox digital press, he says, they would be charged a full click charge, whether the job was one or four colors.
“You can print just PMS colors and not pay for other colors,” adds Doug Maxwell, director of BYU’s in-plant. This works out great for jobs that require only BYU’s PMS 282 blue plus black.
Deciding to get the HP Indigo press was a difficult process, recalls Thom Roylance, BYU assistant director. The in-plant had outgrown its Xerox 6060 and needed to step up into the big leagues to meet the demand for brochures, business cards, newsletters, CD covers, course packs and more. The BYU team investigating digital printers actually preferred the Xerox iGen4’s larger print area (14.25x20.43˝ vs. the HP Indigo’s 12.48x18.26˝).
But in the end, Roylance says, “HP offered us a steal of a deal for the 7000.” It was a floor model, he points out, so it was “slightly used.”
It’s working out great for producing family history books, he says. In the past, the in-plant would insert preprinted color pages into the black-and-white printer that was producing the bulk of the job.
“Now we just run it all on the Indigo, and it’s a lot more efficient,” Roylance says.
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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.