Top 50 Managers Meet In Chicago
In-Plant Graphics hosted the second annual Top 50 roundtable in Chicago recently, bringing together managers from around the country for some intensive discussions.
For the second year in a row, In-Plant Graphics hosted a roundtable luncheon for the Top 50 in-plants. Managers from some of the largest in-plants in the country met in Chicago during Graph Expo to discuss the challenges they share, and to learn from each other's experiences.
For some it was a reunion. For others there were a lot of new names and faces to remember. But for everyone it was a welcome break from the crowds at Graph Expo, taking place just across the street.
What brought these managers to Graph Expo itself was the tremendous amount of gear on display. At the Top 50 roundtable, they revealed what they had come to inspect.
Computer-to-plate systems were one big draw, as representatives from the in-plants at Brigham Young University, the Government Printing Office, Unisys and Louisiana State University all expressed their interest in upgrading to film-free workflows.
Bob Schwenk from GPO said his organization was particularly interested in exploring violet-polymer plates, and companies like Esko-Graphics were certainly stepping up to pitch what they had.
But more than anything, most of these managers just wanted to see what was available.
"We're very open this year," said Rick Neumann, director of the Print Solutions Group at Best Buy Corp. "We're interested in short-run digital color, [Xerox] iGen3, short-run digital/offset, and small finishing equipment."
Mark Dreimiller from Progressive Corp. was also interested in the Xerox iGen3—but had his eye on the Nexpress 2100, as well, which was drawing crowds at the enormous Heidelberg exhibit.
"We're also interested in looking into wide format," he said.
Rich Evans from SAFECO said, "We're just gathering knowledge this year; we're probably not going to buy. But we are interested in variable data printing." He indicated that he too was checking out the NexPress.