Color Copier Drives Six-color Press Purchase
The demand for four-color work has jumped considerably at South Dakota State University—from 3 percent of the in-plant’s volume up to 22 percent.
“A good share of that has been driven by the color copier,” remarks Dennis Lundgren, printing production manager, referring to his Xerox 250.
With only a pair of two-color presses available to take on this color work, the 14-employee shop had been doing a lot of outsourcing. That all changed in March when the Brookings-based in-plant added a six-color, 22x28˝ Akiyama press with a coater. To save money and time on the front end, the in-plant also replaced its imagesetter with a Fuji computer-to-plate system.
But why a six-color and not a four-color? And why Akiyama, which is not exactly a common choice among in-plants? Serendipity certainly played a role, Lundgren acknowledges.
Back when he was still contemplating a four-color press, Lundgren says a former employee paid a visit.
“He said, ‘you’ve got to get a five-color, at least,’ ” Lundgren recalls. The reason? The school’s PMS 287 blue was not buildable from four colors.
“It’s very important to be able to run that 287 blue as a spot color,” he notes.
Then, while touring another print shop to see its CTP system, his staff was impressed by that printer’s six-color Akiyama. It had fewer transfer points than the Heidelbergs they had seen (three transfer cylinders, one per unit), so paper stayed more flat, without a lot of tight bends.
“We eliminated a lot of registration problems by going to the Akiyama press,” Lundgren says. Since Akiyama presses do not come in five-color configurations, he says, the shop went with a six. Computerized color control and automated ink fountain settings make the press easy to work with, he says, and job settings can be stored and recalled the next time a job is printed.
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.