Wide-format printing has taken off in the in-plant market. According to a recent IPG survey, more than 65 percent of all in-plants are now handling wide-format printing, many using more than one device. They’re printing everything from posters and signage to window clings and vehicle wraps.
Thanks to the recent addition of a Xerox Color 1000 Press with in-line trimming and booklet making, Delta Dental of Michigan Corporate Services produces full-bleed booklets on demand, reducing waste and saving time for the dental health plan administrator.
When Ken Macro began listing some of the available, affordable 3D printing technologies during his keynote at last year's Association of College and University Printers (ACUP) conference, many of those in the room sat up straight and listened. The Caly Poly department chair mentioned devices that sold for as little as $1,385, putting 3D printing technology within reach of in-plants.
When the Oblate Missionary Society Inc. (OMSI) installed a Ricoh Pro 900 digital color printer in 2008, the fund-raising arm of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate had no idea that it was the first installation in the country.
Big changes are taking place at the San Bernardino Community College District. The in-plant there recently added new computer-to-plate, cutting and creasing equipment, and is set to move into a new facility that’s three times the size of the old one.
Rita Kirkeby, head of the sign shop for Mammoth Mountain Ski Area (MMSA), smiles when people assume she takes the summer off.
In-plant managers often talk about the challenge of outsourcing. Even with printing resources in-house, companies still outsource printing. In some cases the reason is due to the perception of the in-plant and lack of understanding among organizational departments about what services the in-plant actually offers.