Keeping up with technology is another a big issue. The in-plant recently bought a new 40˝ Fuji imagesetter, but not until after having some deep discussions on the viability of computer-to-plate solutions.
Despite its size, the in-plant is not opposed to expanding if it can offer new products or services cost effectively. Budworth is always on the lookout.
Recent company mergers with McDonnell Douglas and Rockwell have opened up interesting possibilities for the in-plant, since these operations have in-plants of their own. A corporate-wide print management team has been formed and has accomplished a major consolidation of vendors for copiers, high-speed duplicators and paper. Work has also been sent digitally to other locations where it was printed.
Like most in-plants, Boeing's boasts of providing extremely quick turnaround and the ability to handle last-minute changes.
"A customer can make changes fairly late in the process," Budworth points out. "And while we don't like for them to do it, if there is a need to change something in the data, they can do that at any time"—without incurring hefty charges.
These benefits, Budworth says, are what keep customers coming back. After all, he adds, "We can't go out and overtly sell our services. We don't get an opportunity to advertise 'two-for-one' specials in the Boeing News."
—by Bob Neubauer
• Logic computer management system
• Scitex Smart scanner
• Agfa MultiStar 600 RIP
• Fuji 40˝ imagesetter
• Agfa SelectSet 5000 imagesetter
• Four-color 28x40˝ Heidelberg
• 281⁄2x351⁄4˝ Heidelberg SORDZ
• 211⁄2x251⁄2˝ Heidelberg KORD-64
• 211⁄2x251⁄2˝ Heidelberg MO
• 11x151⁄2˝ Heidelberg TOK
• 11x17˝ A.B. Dick 9865
• Eight Xerox DocuTechs
• Eight Xerox 6135s
• Two Kodak 1392 printers
• Horizon collators
• C.P. Bourg collator
• Rollem TR42 perforator/slitter
• Stahl folder
• Baum folder