SITUATED ON the banks of the Cape Fear River, Wilmington, N.C., is rich in both history and great food. It was also home to the 2005 Southeastern University Printing and Duplicating Managers Conference (SUPDMC), held in October.
Hosted by Don Harty, manager of Printing Services at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and Roland Falana, general manager of Office Products & Services at Duke University, this year's conference was also rich in education and entertainment.
With approximately 60 in-plant representatives and 16 vendors in attendance, the conference focused on the changing face of printing. Sessions covered document management, in-plant closings (and how to prevent them), how to make change positive and a roundtable discussion on digital printing.
Doug Lee, from IKON Office Solutions' Raleigh office, began the sessions with his presentation on "Document Management Strategy." He pointed out the important areas needed for a successful document management system. Beginning with a digital storefront for customers, Lee suggested ways to capture documents into your system, archiving these documents for easy retrieval and utilizing text-searchable PDF files.
Roundtable: Digital Printing
With digital color printing on everyone's mind, three in-plant managers fielded questions during a roundtable discussion about why their in-plant chose its particular digital press.
On the panel were:
• Mike Loyd, of Louisiana State University, which operates two Kodak NexPress 2100s.
• Duane Fitch, of the University of Illinois, which runs a Xerox iGen3.
• Conference host Roland Falana, of Duke University, which has an HP-Indigo press.
The discussion covered the process involved with choosing a digital press, the changes needed within the facility and the steps taken to convince upper management of the benefits. The short-run market and variable data capabilities were the deciding factors for most of the participants.
Are You In Danger of Closing?
This session provided attendees with a plan of action that could be tailored to individual shop needs. Presented by Bob Davis, director of Reprographic & Imaging Services, Yale University's internal provider of design, Web, print, copy and mail services, the session gave attendees clear instructions on how to create a plan of action to protect their in-plants. Questions such as these, he said, need to be asked during an in-plant evaluation: