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Next Up: FSC Certification
Even as Graphic Communications adjusts to life with the latest digital press, it is busy with several other major projects. It recently received its FSC chain-of-custody certification.
“The university’s thinking green,” Brown explains. He decided to obtain certification to show the in-plant’s support of the university’s goals. Also, he learned that several departments would not send the in-plant their business because it couldn’t put the FSC logo on the printed pieces. Most local printers are FSC certified, he says.
“If we don’t do it, we lose that business,” Brown admits.
The shop is also testing processless plates on its Fuji platesetter so it can eliminate chemicals.
As if the iGen4 and FSC certification weren’t enough, the in-plant has also upgraded its bindery and mail areas. It recently installed a Standard Horizon 5500 StitchLiner (see sidebar) and replaced its Bryce 30K addressing system with a new Videojet 4320 ink-jet addressing and imaging system.
“It’s just built better,” says Brown of the new Videojet addresser. “It’s a more robust system.” That’s important, since the in-plant handles 85 percent of the university’s mailings. Because the new system can produce bar codes, the university can now take advantage of more postal discounts.
On top of all this—or perhaps because of it—the in-plant is planning to make one of the biggest changes of all this fall. Brown plans to change the shop’s name from Graphic Communications to University Printing Services, which he feels will highlight the in-plant’s true strength: printing. This should take effect just prior to the in-plant’s annual October open house, during which Xerox representatives will be on hand to show applications for the iGen4.
Keeping up with the latest technology through equipment upgrades like these is part of the in-plant’s survival strategy, Brown says.
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.