Azusa Pacific University: Course Work, Made Simple
THE BEGINNING of the college semester is always a bustling time for the employees at Azusa Pacific University Duplicating and Graphics. Located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles, the in-plant serving this private Southern California Christian university is usually busy producing course packs and other materials prior to students arriving on campus.
But thanks to a new acquisition in the bindery, the shop's two full-time employees and 19 student workers were able to streamline the course pack production process the past two semesters, turning course packs around faster and making them look much more professional. That new equipment was a Gateway Bookbinding Systems PBS 3000 automatic coil inserter, which the in-plant installed in May 2009.
"We found that we were doing a lot of hand binding, and that was costing us a lot of time and labor," recalls Donna Rutherford, Duplicating Services and Graphics Center manager. "We had a small tabletop spiral binder, and it just wasn't working for us."
Prior to the Spring 2010 term, the shop produced 1,250 course packs using the new coil inserter. Another 450 that required coil larger than 20 mm were done by hand. Rutherford notes that the in-plant just purchased an accessory kit from Gateway that will give the shop the ability to coil books larger than 20 mm.
Customers like the clean look of work coming off of the new bindery equipment, Rutherford points out.
"When we did the binding by hand and clamped it off, it often was too large or it wasn't sticking properly," the in-plant manager says. "This machine is so precise and accurate that when it clamps it off, it looks professional."
Now 85-90 percent of the university's course packs are being spiral bound, to the delight of the school's bookstore and students. The machine is also being used to handle jobs from outside the university. Rutherford estimates that 3-5 percent of the shop's work comes from insourcing.