NYPD In-plant Installs Digital Envelope Press
The New York Police Department’s Printing Section has made the switch from offset to digital envelope printing, and Director Julio Rosado couldn’t be happier.
“It gives us the options to offer something that we’ve never had before,” says Rosado.
With the new Printware iJetColor Pro industrial envelope press in place, the 27-employee operation can now offer four-color end-to-end envelope printing — a big upgrade from the one-color envelope printing the shop was doing on its Multigraphics duplicator and Halm envelope press. The Multi would routinely damage envelopes while printing, Rosado says, plus “it took two people to operate.” By contrast, the iJet Color doesn’t require a lot of mechanical experience to run, he says, and maintenance is not complicated; the print heads and inks are easy to replace.
Installation and training went smoothly, Rosado reports, and were completed in one week. The shop has used the iJet Color to print variable data projects like business cards and flyers in addition to different sized envelopes. The iJet Color can print 1,750 high-quality 1,600x1,600-dpi variable images per hour, but will print as fast as 7,120 pph at lower resolutions.
The NYPD Print Section has made some other recent additions, including a Standard Horizon RD-4055DMC rotary diecutter with dual magnetic cylinders and a Summa Model S2 140 class T series vinyl cutter. The biggest piece of “new” equipment, though — a two-color, 29˝ Heidelberg Speedmaster SX 74 — was actually purchased five years ago and has been in storage in an NYPD warehouse in Brooklyn waiting for the facility to undergo extensive refurbishing. Rosado expects the press to be running by August.
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