Cincinnati Excited About Novel Equipment Choice
They looked at an HP Indigo. They tested Xerox and Canon digital printers. But in the end, the City of Cincinnati’s Printing Services operation made an unexpected and original choice: The in-plant installed a Meteor DP60 Pro from MGI USA.
Though not as well known as Xerox and Canon, MGI has been gaining recognition in recent years, most recently at PRINT 09 when it earned three “Must See ‘ems” awards, including an encore “Must See ‘em” for its Meteor DP60 Pro multi-substrate digital press.
For the City of Cincinnati, the decision to go with the Meteor DP60 Pro came down to letterhead. The nine-employee in-plant needed a digital color printer to print letterhead that could be run back through a laser printer. After rigorous testing, the in-plant found that other devices, despite their claims, could not do this.
“The Meteor DP60 Pro was by far the best option,” says Steven Howe, manager of Printing Services, Stores and Mail Operations for the city. “It was the only press that was truly laser safe, and the quality was outstanding.”
This was a far cry from his initial reaction when a dealer first suggested this unknown product from a French company.
“I just wouldn’t give them the time of day,” he laughs.
His shop had been searching for a replacement for the two-color ABDick Century 3500 press it had been using to print letterhead.
“The 3500 had been a sore spot for quite a while,” he says. “Parts were not readily available. Color consistency was not the best.”
And to top it off, the city was about to move to a three-color logo. The shop needed to be able to reproduce this consistently.
After testing many other devices, Howe eventually decided to give the Meteor a shot as well.
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.