Some in-plants are printing more color than ever. Others are faithful to black and white. Why the difference? We found out.
COLOR ME aggressive—or color me unemployed.
Those might be your only choices as the demand for color printing and copying continues to rise and leave unprepared managers drowning in it's wake.
Still, not every manager who decides against increasing his or her in-plant's color printing is necessarily unprepared. Some managers feel that taking on color work would be too expensive or time consuming to justify the effort. They say increased demands on their time and budgets would leave little left for black-and-white work—their bread and butter—and would cripple their overall productivity.
Yet, in-plant managers who have taken on color work, and the expense and responsibility that come with it, say that it's made their in-plants stronger and less susceptible to the threat of facilities management.
Nevertheless, some managers insist it's not that easy—or even necessary. For them color printing isn't a luxury, or even a choice. It's taboo.
"In our organization we have support from the top down that says, you'll get it in black and like it," reveals Mark Brennan, reprographics manager for Middlesex County, N.J. "If you ask anybody would they like to have color, yeah, they'd like to have it. But nobody's really leading the charge and saying: 'Look you've got to do this for us.' "
That's just it, say in-plant managers who've taken on color work. You have to be the one leading the charge.
The difference between an in-plant that takes on color work and one that doesn't, say in-plant managers, is a mixture of foresight, planning and aggressiveness.
"You have to challenge [management] constantly to try to improve your service," opines Dale Rollins, manager of graphic communications for the city of Plano, Texas. "I don't mean to keep up with the Joneses, I mean for your own survival."