In-plant Graphics February 2012
Missouri's State Printing Center has relocated, along with the state's mailing operation, into a 250,000-square-foot building about seven miles from the State Capitol. "Because so much of what we print gets mailed anyway, it's really nice to have us all here together," says State Printer Rodney Vessell.
When Colorado merged its print and mail operations with its document imaging/data entry units in 2005, the state was looking to increase efficiency and save money. Under the direction of Manager Mike Lincoln, the resulting Integrated Document Solutions (IDS) unit has been doing exactly that ever since.
To Naomi Quiram, it is vital to keep as much print work in-house as possible. "It is always difficult when you outsource because of the time requirements," says Quiram, director of Print and Mail Services at Gustavus Adolphus College, a private liberal arts college in St. Peter, Minn. Her in-plant's recent installation of a Standard…
When in-plant manager Tim Mulvey noticed that his tabletop folder was beginning to wear out, he knew it was time for a new folder. He chose a Morgana DocuFold Pro, which was installed last October at Arapahoe County Printing Services in Littleton, Colo.
The 10-person in-plant at humanitarian organization World Vision, in Federal Way, Wash, has installed a new Baum 20 Autoset folder to produce event kits. With the Baum folder and its Konica Minolta C6000 high-end copiers, World will now be able to produce these products totally in-house.
Still one of the strongest parts of the in-plant industry, government in-plants are being challenged to get leaner and update their services. Our new survey of this sector shows an increasing number have added capabilities like wide-format printing, scanning/archiving, fulfillment and online ordering. They’re also doing more four-color printing and variable data to accommodate the increasing demand.
A highlight of new computer-to-plate solutions from Agfa, Fujifilm, Glunz & Jensen, Heidelberg, Kodak, Mitsubishi Imaging, Screen (USA), Presstek and Xanté.
Even though Indiana University Document Services will be moving to a new facility at the end of the Spring semester, the 25-employee in-plant had no reservations about bringing in new bindery equipment in the final months at its current location.
Most of the finishing touches at Highmark's two main Pennsylvania facilities are applied using inline equipment from C.P. Bourg. In Pittsburgh, three of the Xerox iGen4s have Bourg BMEx booklet makers with BCMEx creasers, and all three Nuvera 288 EAs at both the Pittsburgh and Camp Hill locations have Bourg BDFx finishers to stitch, fold and trim booklets, reports and various other documents.
When it comes to the legislative agenda in a presidential election year, 'tis best to strike while the iron is hot. And that iron cools off considerably once school lets out. When the weather heats up, silly season begins in Washington, D.C. All attention will turn to the November elections, and virtually nothing will get done in Congress. That's hardly a bold prognostication; historically, except for any must-pass legislation needed to keep the government running, Congress hangs its "out to lunch" shingle around mid-year to focus on elections.
Since installing a Rollem Auto 4 numbering system, the City of Spokane's in-plant can now do numbering for a variety of print jobs, including forms for the parks and recreation department and booklets for various city agencies.
LOUIS FERREL wakes up each morning in the driver's seat, operating ahead of schedule even before he assumes his official duties as manager of printing services for Houston's Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro). What gives him such a head start?
When the Oregon State University Printing & Mailing Services in Corvallis, Ore., needed to complete an annual project for the state of Oregon that required the binding of 13,000 manuals, the in-plant's production manager, Judy Bankson, turned to a Sterling Digipunch from Spiel Associates.