University of Oregon Adds 10 New Printers
After 30 years, Xerox’s reign at University of Oregon Printing & Mailing Services has come to an end. The 46-employee in-plant, which has used Xerox DocuTechs and DocuColors since the mid ’70s, has just installed 10 new printers and copiers from Canon and Ikon, after Ikon Office Solutions turned in the lowest bid. Director J.R. Gaddis says the new equipment saved the university 20 percent over previous costs.
The newly installed equipment includes:
- Three Ikon PrintCentrePro 1050s
- One Ikon BusinessPro 560
- One Canon imageRUNNER 7095
- Two Canon imageRUNNER 5055s
- Three Canon imageRUNNER 3025s
The in-plant also retained a Xerox 6060 color printer.
The imageRUNNER 7095, running at 95 pages per minute (ppm), will provide variable data printing for the phone bills and other personalized jobs the in-plant handles, Gaddis says. The PrintCentrePro 1050s, made by Konica Minolta, will be the main production devices. They run 105 ppm, with a monthly duty cycle of 1.5 million pages. They use Simitri polymerized toner to produce resolutions of 1,200x600 dpi. The Ikon BusinessPro 560 prints 55 ppm in color and black-and-white.
Gaddis acknowledges that, overall, the equipment runs a little slower than the previous equipment, but the quality is better. The new machines can also scan to PDF or e-mail, a capability the in-plant previously did not have.
The in-plant’s mail center also received a recent upgrade. The shop added a Secap Jet 1 ink-jet addressing system with an inline tabber and a feed table. It can process up to 30,000 pieces per hour and features a 4,000-watt dryer for drying on aqueous and coated stock. This will further speed up the process, Gaddis says.
The shop will now be able to take advantage of USPS automation discounts, since its previous system could not produce a readable bar code.
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, co-sponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.