From Modest In-plant To Powerhouse
For decades, new equipment was a rarity at the New York City Department of Health’s Reproduction Unit. Like many in-plants, the 18-employee shop languished in its basement abode, accepting equipment handouts from other agencies and buying inexpensive, small equipment when it could cobble together some funds.
Then, about four years ago, everything changed. The Health Department invested $1.13 million in new press, computer-to-plate and bindery equipment for the in-plant. Then federal bio terrorism grant money funded more than a dozen additional machines. This astounding equipment infusion is unlike anything ever seen in the in-plant world.
“We were just knocked out,” proclaims Bruce Krueger, director of Graphic Services. “We thought it was just great.”
The capital investment by the Health Department was something he and Nick Monello, director of the Reproduction Unit, had been requesting for many years. By modernizing the in-plant’s capabilities, they reasoned (and getting a four-color press, in particular), more business would remain in-house instead of being sent to outside printers, at a higher cost.
“After begging for about 16, 17, 18 years, that’s when they finally gave in,” he reveals.
As a result, the shop bought:
- A five-color Ryobi 750 perfector press
- A Perfecta 92 TVC guillotine cutter
- A Presstek Dimension 412 CTP system
- A Duplo System 5000 booklet maker
But in a strange twist to this success story, the Health Department decided to relocate the in-plant a few years ago so electrical work could be done in its facility. The shop “temporarily” moved to a new location across the street. This created the question, where should the new equipment go? Krueger wasn’t happy with the answer.
“The equipment was in storage for three years,” he proclaims.
The Department also decided that the in-plant should open a satellite shop across the river in Brooklyn, in case something happened to the main shop.
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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, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.