Picking the Perfect Printer
DESPITE THE rise of digital color printing, in-plants still have a pressing need for good black-and-white printers. These devices form the backbone of many an in-plant.
In-plants can sink or swim depending on which printer they choose, though. To help you make the right choice, here are some tips from in-plant managers who have gone though the selection process.
First Tip: Know what you’re getting
“We did a lot of research,” says Bev Lucas, “and determined what features we needed, and determined which equipment would fulfill our requirements before we contacted vendors.”
As manager of Printing Services at Bellevue Community College, in Bellevue, Wash., Lucas was part of the team that selected the in-plant’s Xerox DocuTech 6115 (115 ppm), Canon imageRUNNER 110 (110 ppm) and imageRUNNER 105 (105 ppm). For Lucas, it was important to make an informed decision about these machines.
“We selected each model based on our needs and experience,” she explains. “Being a state institution, we have to go with the lowest bidder, unless there are exceptional conditions. We got bids from several places for Canon equipment, and got a favorable quote from Xerox.”
Xerox included a trade-in/buy-out-lease agreement for the in-plant’s old equipment.
Second Tip: Listen to other users
Laura Sicklesteel, manager of the Duplicating Center at the University of California, San Bernardino, had it narrowed to three: the Xerox Nuvera, Canon imageRUNNER 110 and Kodak NexPress E-125 (125 ppm). To guide her in her decision-making process, she listened to what other users had to say.
“The customer feedback and service reports I received from the vendors’ references made a difference,” Sicklesteel reports. Some customers only gave their vendors’ service departments medium grade marks.
“The Kodak NexPress had great references, and the customers really spoke highly of the transition from analog to digital being a reasonably easy process for their staff,” she says.