August 2007 Issue


Adobe Backs Down

As promised, Adobe announced its decision on August 1 on how it would respond to the concerns of the printing industry. To the surprise of many, the company said it would remove the “Send to FedEx Kinko’s” service and functionality from the latest versions of Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat. The decision followed a forum Adobe hosted in San Francisco during which a dozen industry representatives, including two from the in-plant sector, expressed their strong objections to the FedEx Kinko’s link appearing on Reader and Acrobat. An Adobe press release stated: “The versions of Adobe Reader and Acrobat that are scheduled to be released in

Free In-plant Workshops Return

Starting this month, xpedx will offer its MBA of Finance workshops in several locations. Titled “Winning by the Numbers,” the free sessions will take place in these cities: Philadelphia September 18 Houston September 25 Dallas November 6                  Denton, Texas* November 7 Chicago TBD To register, visit * This workshop will be part of the TACUP conference (

IPMA 2007: Beyond the Numbers

When I attended my first IPMA conference in 1995, more than 650 people packed the Nashville convention center—and I knew none of them. Having just returned from my 13th conference, I can tell you that a few things have changed. For one thing, I know a lot more people now. That’s a little misleading, though, because with about 100 in attendance this year, the task was a lot easier. Yes, that was quite a drop in numbers from the pre-Internet glory days, when conferences and chapter meetings were the only ways managers could find one another, chew the fat and get advice.

IPMA Names Outstanding Contributors

Larry Clements and Liz Hunter were both honored as Outstanding Contributors by the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association during its conference in June. Clements, who retires this month as director of Printing and Mailing Services at Redlands Community College, in El Reno, Okla., has volunteered his photography services to IPMA for many years. He has been an In-Print contest judge for a number of years and coordinated the opening and sorting of entries in the most recent contest. An IPMA member for 20 years, he has served on the international board as well as in nearly every office in his local chapter. Liz Hunter,

Monadnock Graphic Arts Printing & Packaging Papers Now Made with 100% Renewable Electrical Energy & Manufactured Carbon Neutral

BENNINGTON, NW—August 1, 2007—Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. announces that all its Graphic Arts Printing and Packaging Papers are made using 100% renewable electrical energy and are manufactured carbon neutral. Monadnock is continuing its leadership in sustainable manufacturing by making significant investments to continue to reduce its carbon footprint and overall environmental impact. “In 2006, 49% of our electricity was self-generated”, says Michelle Hamm, Manager of Environmental Services. “Since 1904, Monadnock has derived much of its energy from mill owned and operated low-impact hydroelectric generation facilities, and Monadnock remains committed to the use of low-impact hydroelectric power.” Monadnock has made a considerable investment in Green-e

MU, OU Share Promotional Excellence Award

Promoting your services is one of the keys to any in-plant’s success. Recently two in-plants were honored for their self-promotion efforts. During the IPMA conference in June, University of Missouri-Columbia Printing Services and University of Oklahoma Printing Services shared the stage to receive the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association’s Promotional Excellence award. The University of Missouri used its invitation to participate in a procurement department vendor fair as a way to draw attention to its many services, from wide-format printing and mounting to variable data printing on its Xerox iGen3. Attendees were given brochures, magnets, pads, pens and other promotional items, and

Océ VarioPrint 6250 Receives Prestigious PIA/GATF InterTech Technology Award

TRUMBULL, CT—July 27, 2007—Océ, a global leader in digital document management and delivery solutions, announces the Océ VarioPrint 6250 digital duplex printer with revolutionary Océ Gemini Instant Duplex technology has received a 2007 InterTech? Technology Award from the Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF). Inaugurated in 1978, the PIA/GATF InterTech Technology Award honors excellence in innovative technology for the graphic communications industry. The Océ VarioPrint 6250 is the only digital printer recognized with an InterTech Award this year. PIA/GATF sponsors the award, while an anonymous, independent judging committee of industry experts and users choose the recipients. “Recipients of this prestigious award not

Pope’s In-plant Adds MBO Folder

The Vatican’s in-plant, called Tipografia Vaticana, recently ordered its first MBO folding machine, the K 800 Perfection combination folder with Navigator control. The in-plant, which dates from 1587, primarily deals with printing papal files, official documents of the Holy See and liturgical books. “The challenge for the folding machine in this case is not only the high throughput, but also the use of very different types of paper, ranging from thin printed paper to very heavy types,” says MBO Germany Managing Director Manfred Minich. The in-plant selected the MBO model not only to reduce changeover and downtimes, but because its High-Grip spiral fold rollers with

Two Employees, Four Colors

When a two-employee in-plant gets a four-color press, you know there’s a lot of demand for color. That’s exactly the case at Iowa Bankers Association, in Johnston, Iowa, which counts 93 percent of the state’s banks as members. “Everything just started moving to four color,” remarks Todd Palmer, print shop coordinator. He produces the newsletters, conference promotional materials, marketing brochures and other items for those member banks. When the amount of four-color work he and his coworker Kristi Junkin were printing on their two-color Hamada increased dramatically, Palmer knew it was time to upgrade. He did a cost justification for a four-color press, with

UK University In-plants Gather in Manchester

The UK University Print Managers Group met for its 10th annual conference recently near Manchester, England, drawing 55 attendees from Scotland, Northern Ireland, England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland. Similar to ACUP, the conference featured sessions on staff development, marketing, remaining competitive, sustainable procurement, working for the environment, working with Marketing and more. There was also a problem-solving workshop along with discussions of online services and digital printing strategies. Next year’s event will take place June 1-4 in Bournemouth, England.

Washington State Department of Printing Wins Design Award

The Washington State Department of Printing (PRT) has received two American In-house Design Awards from Graphic Design USA, a national magazine for design professionals. PRT’s Graphic Design Manager, Starlit Bear, designed the winning pieces: a 2006 Executive Summary and a 2005 Fiscal Report. Bear created the award-winning Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation 2006 Executive Summary for Greg Griffith, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer. The six-page tri-fold layout effectively showcased several success stories of historic preservation in Washington. The second award was for the 2005 Fiscal Report for the Department of Ecology’s Model Toxics Control Account. Trish Akana, Program Manager, was seeking to create

Western & Southern Financial Takes Top Management Award

Western & Southern Financial Group’s 18-employee in-plant was awarded the 2007 Management Award from the In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA) for providing outstanding support to its parent company. Not only did employees successfully move and integrate equipment from a member company’s in-plant into their Cincinnati facility, they handled a major increase in jobs with a 98 percent on-time record, while saving hundreds of thousands of dollars. “In 2006, our print shop experienced a 56 percent increase in jobs completed and a 20 percent increase in total impressions over 2005,” notes Daniel B. Cowan, print shop manager. “This, together with the savings we’re able to