Fox Valley Trades iGen3 for NexPress
For more than two decades, Fox Valley Technical College has used Xerox copiers and printers, both in its seven-employee in-plant and all around campus. That all changed in June when, after a thorough review of its document output devices, the Appleton, Wis., college replaced all of its Xerox equipment with Ricoh devices.
“Ricoh was a better fit,” explains Shana Farrell, manager of Printing Services, who says the school liked Ricoh’s approach to document output management.
As part of the contract, her in-plant’s Xerox equipment was also exchanged for Ricoh and Kodak devices. The biggest change was replacing a Xerox iGen3 with a Kodak NexPress SE2500—a big change, but one that brought several advantages, Farrell says. These include Kodak Dimensional Printing, a process that creates a clear “raised” layer on top of a page element, and a NexGlosser near-line glossing unit, which will eliminate the need for most laminating.
In addition, the in-plant has traded its Xerox DocuTech 115 and Nuvera 120 for two Kodak Digimasters (a 138 and a 150) with in-line finishing. The shop also added a Ricoh Pro C900 color printer and two Ricoh 907 monochrome printers as backup devices. All of the in-plant’s new digital equipment has been placed in its Digital Print Center.
Around campus, the new contract included numerous inkjet printers and stand-alone devices. Also new, Farrell says, is a chargeback system for the networked units, using PCS Director from Print Audit. She hopes this accountability will help drive more work to the in-plant. The college also plans to implement a pay-for-print system for cost-recovery purposes.
On the software side, the in-plant moved from PrintShop Mail to Printable’s FusionPro 7.0 with a DirectSmile plugin. Farrell looks forward to using the variable data software’s ability to produce variable images. The in-plant also exchanged its Xerox Digipath makeready software for Alto Imaging software and switched from Xerox FreeFlow Web Services 5.0 to WebCRD from Rochester Software Associates.
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.