July 2014


IPG Wins Excellence Award

In-plant Graphics has won an Award of Excellence in APEX 2014, a competition for communications professionals.

A Healthier Way to Print

For many years at Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS), associates had free reign to print as many brochures, booklets, flyers and forms as they saw fit, with very little monitoring of costs. When materials became outdated, thousands of copies were discarded and more were ordered.

Canon Debuts Devices at Customer Event in Germany

To demonstrate its numerous printing systems to the European market, Canon recently held a two-week event at its Customer Experience Center in Poing, Germany, called Canon for Business 2014. More than 2,600 customers visited the facility, where they attended seminars and watched demos of of Canon’s wide-format, cut-sheet and continuous-feed devices.

Checklists: A Simple Tool with Complex Benefits

Looking for a simple tool that will drive your operation to higher levels of efficiency and effectiveness? The checklist may be what you are looking for.

Digital Press Slashes Overtime at Gustavus Adolphus

No one likes paying overtime. Yet it was all but unavoidable at Gustavus Adolphus College Print and Mail Services when graduation time rolled around.

Excellus BCBS Honored for Promotional Excellence

By increasing production capabilities and maintaining a customer-centric marketing approach, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield Document Services was able to improve its reputation in the company.

From the Editor: Two Decades of IPMA

As I was preparing my presentation for last month's In-plant Printing and Mailing Association conference, I realized this would be my 20th time attending the event. I guess I'm officially one of the old-timers now.

Hot Products

Interesting hot products for in-plants

In-plant Meetings at Graph Expo

Even in the middle of summer, with vacation on the top of your mind, it’s not too early to start thinking about Graph Expo. The Chicago trade show (September 28-October 1) promises to have plenty of exciting new technologies on display (particularly of the inkjet variety).

IPMA Goes Full Throttle in Milwaukee

Despite some chilly spring weather, Milwaukee gave a warm welcome to the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association last month. More than 130 in-plant managers were on hand to celebrate IPMA's 50th anniversary during a very busy conference. Their ranks included many first-time and long-absent attendees, which added a new dynamic to the discussions throughout the four-day event. A number of government printers from the National Government Publishing Association, now part of IPMA, were there this year, as well as two attendees from Australia.

Keeping Print Alive

Having turned an early interest in the graphic arts into a lifelong career, Gordon Rivera, coordinator of Campus Graphics at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, Calif., is still a big believer in the printing process.

Photo Finish for BYU

When Utah photographer Wally Barras learned last year that Brigham Young University Print and Mail Services had entered a case-bound, photo-filled memory book featuring his photos into the In-Print 2014 contest, his response was quick and certain:

Print Management Adds Value in Torrance

When Gerry Pinela took over as supervisor of Central Services for the City of Torrance, Calif., in June of 2007, the job submission process at the nine-employee in-plant was somewhat laborious. Customers filled out a three-part NCR form, and then the staff manually entered the job information into an Excel spreadsheet. The manual process was time consuming and lacked the tracking and reporting capabilities Pinela needed to effectively manage the workflow.

Printing the Winning Tickets

Season ticket holders at East Carolina University (ECU) used to get a lot more mail at the start of football season. Their tickets for Pirate home games would come in one mailing, their parking passes in another, then their Pirate Club membership cards in a third. It was up to the fans to keep them all straight.

World Bank In-plant Hailed for Innovation

In 2013, The World Bank’s Printing & Multimedia Services unit became one of the first in-plants to invest in a high-speed inkjet press. The new technology enabled the shop to acquire new clients, produce jobs that were previously outsourced, print more pages, increase revenue and reduce cost.