It's In The Mail
Mailing services are a natural addition to any in-plant. Here's a look at some of the equipment that can make your mailing operation successful.
By MIKE LLEWELLYN &012;Nearly half of all in-plants provide mailing services, according to a recent IPG survey. And why not? Who better to oversee mail than the people printing it?
At the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, the mailing services operation recently moved into the printing facility, bringing all 87 print and mail employees together.
"We're hoping that one-stop shopping will really add to the value we bring to the university," says Robert Miller, production manager. A few months ago, he says, the mail operation installed an inserter that folds printed pieces inline, gathers other material and inserts them all into envelopes before ink-jetting the address info, plus a separate message, if desired.
Similarly, at the University of Oklahoma, in Norman, the 69-employee in-plant just installed a Pitney Bowes ink-jet printer, which prints address and bar code information on envelopes in automated presort order. This saves the in-plant 7.8¢ in postage per envelope.
"You make a little bit of profit without having to do any work," remarks John Sarantakos, administrator of the print and mail center.
To help out the growing number of in-plant managers like these who oversee mailing, IPG has put together the following useful information on some of the latest mailing systems available.
Automatic Rate Updates
The Pitney Bowes DM Series mail metering products sort, weigh and price mail. The four models are driven by IntelliLink technology, which automatically updates postage rates and discounts. The DM 900 can feed, seal, print postage and stack mail at speeds up to 240 pieces a minute. The DM550 can feed various sizes of mail up to 5⁄8˝ thick and includes an integrated weigh and feed feature that increases productivity.