Savings In Black And White
With high-speed, black-and-white printers designed to bear the brunt of an in-plant's workload, managers want to see how fast the machines cut costs.
By Mike Llewellyn
JIM ALLEN, the newly appointed manager of Printing Services at New York City's Fashion Institute of Technology, runs a pair of Océ 2600s to handle flyers, instructional packets for professors and countless other nuts-and-bolts projects that come into the in-plant every day.
With black-and-white printing accounting for 85 percent of the in-plant's workload, the 2600s have become the backbone of the FIT shop.
"They're definitely workhorses," says Allen. "They do almost all of the work."
That's how many managers are characterizing their in-plant's high-speed black-and-white operations. Color may be critical—and it's important to be able to impress customers with slick aqueous coating or eye-catching finishing—but at the end of the day, it's digital black-and-white printing that's paying the bills at a lot of in-plants.
Doing It All With Digital
To get his customers to understand what digital printing can do, Doug Miller, director of printing and graphics at Grand Rapids Community College, spent the better part of a year replacing all of the campus analog copiers with digital devices. The move, which Miller says was part of a campus-wide document management program, was capped off by the installation of a Heidelberg Digimaster 9110.
"We had reviewed extensively the difference between the Xerox and the Canon, looking into pricing and productivity."
Miller says the 16-employee Michigan in-plant installed the Digimaster because the shop was more interested in being assured of productivity than boasting a speedy machine.
That's not to say the Heidelberg isn't fast. At 110 ppm, it's among the fastest black-and-white printers on the market for high-speed, quality digital output. But Miller says the current machine actually replaced a Xerox DocuTech 135, which printed 135 ppm.