April 2015


A Wild Wide-format Ride

Most in-plants’ print jobs center around the core business of their parent companies. But, on any given day, Brian Kniceley’s shop on the shores of Lake Erie could be producing a range of items including window décor for a donut shop, props for a magic show, vehicle decals, or informational signage about the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

An Educational Mission

“Just being in the room when decisions are being made, a lot of times, is the biggest challenge” for in-plants, declares Chuck Werninger, director of Administrative Services at the Houston Independent School District (HISD). “A lot of shops are deleted from the plan before they ever hear about the plan.”

An Offset Upgrade at Texas DOT

Thirty years is a long time to keep a press running—even a Heidelberg. But over the past three decades, the folks at the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) did their best to take care of their four-color Heidelberg MOVP perfector, even if it did cost them an average of $60,000 a year for repairs.

Augmented Reality: Printing Supercharged

Explaining the impact of augmented reality (AR) to someone is a remarkable experience—only surpassed by the enjoyment of hearing what that same person would do with these tools if given a chance to use them for an upcoming project.

Challenging the ‘Go Paperless’ Ruse

Major global corporations are still using inaccurate and misleading environmental claims to encourage consumers to go paperless.

Dwayne Magee: Continuous Improvement

When Dwayne Magee waxes nostalgic about his childhood, he paints a picture that some might interpret as “grim.”

“It was just like growing up in the 1800s,” recalls the director of Messiah College Press & Postal Services. “For the first year we lived there we used outhouses.”

From the Editor: Inkjet, AR and More

This month is the start of the busy spring conference season, which means between now and June I’ll be seeing a lot of in-plant managers. That’s fine with me, since I always enjoy hearing about the challenges and changes they’re facing back home.

Inkjet's Rapid Acceleration

These are good days for the production inkjet printing business. Both users and manufacturers are growing, everyone seems to be making money and promises of technology advancement are being delivered upon. If there is any complaint from users of inkjet equipment, it seems to be that the technology is evolving too rapidly.

Jetcomm Inkjet Conference Tours World Bank In-plant

More than 150 HP inkjet production press users from around the world met last month in Washington, DC, for the first Jetcomm conference. In addition to letting inkjet press users connect and…

Out With Offset, In With Indigo

Edward Sala says on the day University Communications at Washington State University installed its new HP Indigo 10000, it was as if “one switch went on and one switch went off.”