Utah In-plants Gather for Two Events (Includes Video)
Last week in Salt Lake City, two separate in-plant events took place. IPG Editor Bob Neubauer attended both, and spoke with managers from the in-plants at Brigham Young University, Davis School District, Intermountain Healthcare, the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS, the University of Utah, DMBA and others.
On Thursday, Intermountain Healthcare’s Design & Print Center hosted the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association’s chapter meeting. IPG's Neubauer gave a brief presentation about changes in the in-plant industry during his 22-year tenure as editor. Representatives from Ricoh and Rochester Software Associates also gave presentations.
Then visitors were shown the inner workings of Intermountain’s Supply Chain Center and Fulfillment Center. They also toured the Design & Print Center, which boasts a number of Ricoh production color and black-and-white printers, as well as two Kodak Digimaster EX300s. The in-plant also provides wide-format printing with an HP Designjet Z6200 and laser etching, using a Universal Laser engraving system.
The unusually warm fall weather continued on Friday when Deseret Mutual Benefit Administrators (DMBA) Central Services hosted the second IPMA Road Show event. (The first was in Columbia, Mo., two weeks ago.) Canon Solutions America representatives gave a presentation on their digital press, workflow and Web-to-print technologies, and then visitors got a tour of DMBA’s Central Services department. The in-plant's HP Indigo 7000 digital color press was recently joined by a new Ricoh Pro C7100x, which the shop added specifically to print ID cards. The machine currently has the clear toner option, and will soon be adding the white toner option as well.
Throughout both events, managers mingled and compared notes. They listened to a representative from SpencerMetrics explain how DMBA's CONNECT system lets the shop analyze actual job cost data, to make more accurate pricing and scheduling decisions. And they examined output from various devices in the in-plants.
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, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.