In-plant Graphics July 2011
Though Brian Wadell passed away on May 17, his 2011 article detailing all the ways his in-plant benefits the University of California-Davis is well worth another look. He shared it hoping other managers could use his list to help justify their own in-plants.
Brigham Young University last won the In-Print Best of Show award in 1995. Since then, Doug Maxwell, director of BYU's Print & Mail Production Center, has watched dozens of his in-plant's excellent pieces fall just short of the grand prize.
BYU's Print and Mail Production Center (PMPC) opened its photo book operation by "kind of hand-assembling" books, according to Assistant Director Thomas Roylance. But the in-plant quickly recognized the need for a true production solution.
I'm on my way home from the IPMA 2011 conference in Charleston as I write this. After spending four days with in-plant managers from around the country, it's a little sad to have to say good-bye to them all and head back to real life.
When Graph Expo 2011 kicks off in Chicago on September 11, in-plant managers who walk the floor at McCormick Place will notice one big difference from last year: the resurgence of offset printing. True, there were presses at last year's show, most notably in Presstek's booth. But three offset giants—Heidelberg USA, Komori America and Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses—all chose to sit that show out.
Wes Morgan experienced the evolution of prepress technology as he moved through the Virginia printing industry en route to his current position with Afflink Business Services.
When Simon Fraser University's in-plant introduced photo books in September 2009, its original goal was to create more demand for graphic color work.
There was something about the recent In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA) conference in Charleston, S.C., that really made it stand out; something more than the great sessions and packed vendor fair; something beyond the fact that Ricoh Americas launched a major color print system there, bringing the event into the national spotlight.
As he sat on the edge of his seat at the IPMA awards banquet last month, watching the video that would reveal the non-offset Best of Show winner, Jimmy Friend tried to stay calm. But after seeing piece after excellent piece get eliminated until only the University of North Texas and Briggs & Stratton were still standing, his heart began to race.