Three UK In-plants Add DI Presses
Three university in-plants in the UK have installed Presstek digital offset presses in recent months. In addition to Glasgow Caledonian University, which (as reported in IPG’s May issue) has installed a landscape-format Presstek 52DI, Aberystwyth University and the University of Edinburgh have each installed Presstek 34DI digital offset presses. In fact, this is the second 34DI for Aberystwyth, which is located in Wales.
“The second Presstek DI press has boosted our capacity and now we do 90 percent of our printing in house,” praises Howard Adair, manager of the Design, Print and Postal Services Department. “It’s made perfect commercial sense; the press has helped us dramatically reduce our costs, plus we’re turning work around far more quickly.”
The University of Edinburgh’s Printing Service Department has had similarly good experiences.
“The DI press has been in production for three months and is very reliable,” says Stuart Mclean, Printing Services manager. “We’ve benchmarked it against our other printing devices and found that, on short runs, it’s up to 40 percent cheaper to print them on the DI press, and it’s 4 percent cheaper to print 4,000 copies of a 28-page document. And that doesn’t take into account the ease and speed of imaging and printing on the DI press, and the superb quality it produces.”
Adds Andrew Scott, Head of Print Design Services at Glasgow Caledonian University: “The new press is the cleanest, most environmentally friendly printing press available today. The waterless process and the automation greatly reduce the use of harmful chemicals.”