Texas Tech to Add Another Large Offset Press
When University Printing Services at Texas Tech University made the decision to step beyond two-color production and into high-quality offset printing a few years ago, the Lubbock-based in-plant chose a six-color ROLAND 300 perfector press with aqueous coating, from manroland.
As word spread, more work flowed in and the in-plant pushed that press to its limits. Now, nearly six years and 48 million impressions later, Printing Services is preparing to add a second ROLAND 300.
“We compete for business every day we come to work,” declares Director Randy Smith. “We do a substantial share of Texas Tech’s printing, but there’s a lot more potential for us. We’re further developing our service capabilities as a provider of ‘solutions for creative questions’ throughout the university community.”
Smith said bringing in a second ROLAND 300 press will enable his operation to deliver additional quality output with a single-shift operation.
“We are actively pursuing another ROLAND 300 just like the one we have now, in a very short time frame,” Smith adds. “We hope that it will be up and running before the end of the first quarter.”
All of this didn’t happen overnight, of course. Smith’s predecessors put into motion the process that led to the purchase of the first ROLAND 300 in 2004.
“This was a two-color shop, and it hadn’t invested in new technology for awhile,” Smith says. “There was a lot of business going elsewhere, the kind of work that required a multi-unit press.”
In-plant staff reviewed and compared several offset presses, but they were most impressed with the overall quality output of the ROLAND 300. Smith moved into his director’s position shortly before the ROLAND 300 arrived. Since its installation, progress has been rapid and University Printing Services’ annual revenue now exceeds $3 million.
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