September 2014


A Healthy Outlook

When Debbie Burke and her staff enter their hospital in-plant each day, one question constantly remains on their minds: 'What else can we do to better serve the hospital, its patients and its staff?'

Best Practices: Don’t Assume, Ask

Sometimes, it’s best not to simply follow directions. For Michael Smedberg, manager of the Amtrak Headquarters Reprographics Facility, communicating with his colleagues before starting a job can be helpful for both parties.

Best Practices: Solving Poster Problems

Poster Day was causing problems, and Jim Sabulski knew he had to do something about it.

Digital Upgrades Support High-end Marketing at Marist College

As departments at Marist College increasingly use their copiers for smaller jobs, the in-plant has found itself handling more of the color-critical variable data marketing work needed by the Poughkeepsie, N.Y., college.

Does Your Team Work?

For us fans of team sports, isn't it exciting to see our favorite teams blend their individual talents and abilities and achieve success as a unified team? The good news is that our teams in the business world can also achieve success. One key to making that happen is teamwork.

Event Highlights Fujifilm’s Inkjet Strategy

In June, Fujifilm’s Graphic Systems Div. showcased its production inkjet strategy by holding an event at Gilson Graphics, in Grand Rapids, Mich., an early adopter of cutsheet and continuous-feed Fujifilm inkjet presses.

Fall for IPMA at a Nearby Regional Meeting

Over the next two months, the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association is holding regional meetings in 13 locations across the United States. Free to all in-plant professionals, not just IPMA members, the regional meetings are a local, convenient and affordable half-day educational outing focused on raising the bar to establish and maintain your competitive edge.

Florida Tax Office Brings Printing In-house

When the vendor that had been printing automobile vehicle registrations for Pasco County (Florida) residents mistakenly sent the personal information of nearly 2,000 car owners to the wrong people, it was the last straw for Tax Collector Mike Fasano. He told the Tampa Tribune in April, “We’re bringing all of the printing services in-house beginning next month.”

Free Lunch…and More

IPMA’s Annual Lunch & Learn at Graph Expo is just around the corner. It will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 11 - 1 in room N426abc of Chicago’s McCormick Place.

From the Editor: In-plant House Calls

I don’t typically have many events to attend in the summer, but in July Konica Minolta invited me to New York City to see the launch of its bizhub PRESS C1100. I also visited in-plants while in the Big Apple.

Hot Products

Hot products for the in-plant market.

In-plants and Inkjet: A Good Mix

Across the country, several in-plants have added production inkjet presses. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield installed one about a year ago and is seeing significant cost savings as a result. The State of Colorado is about to add one as well.

Inkjet to the Rescue

It was a high-profile event for the World Bank Group. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was participating on a panel discussing empowering women toward prosperity.

Making Villanova Proud

Ask Michael George what else he might have done with his life had he not become an in-plant manager and his answer comes quickly.

MBO Looks Beyond Folding

Touting what he called “the new MBO America,” Lance Martin, director of sales, told a group of industry journalists last month that the company wants to shed its image as a manufacturer of folding machines and focus on its range of products and services. These include web finishing, packaging, mailing and pharmaceutical folding systems, as well as an analysis service in which MBO technical experts will analyze customers’ folding processes and recommend improvements.

NACUMS Brings 85 Managers to Tacoma

In July, about 85 university mail managers gathered in Tacoma, Wash., for the National Association of College and University Mail Services (NACUMS) conference. The event included two dozen educational sessions and roundtable discussions, a vendor exhibit area, an awards banquet and a tour of the Print and Mail Operation at the University of Washington.

Stephen F. Austin State University Named '2014 Print Center of the Year'

Stephen F. Austin State University Printing Services has been selected as the 2014 Print Center of the Year by the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA). The award recognizes an in-plant that excels in efficient management practices while furthering the objectives of the parent company. The Nacogdoches, Texas-based in-plant received the award at IPMA’s Annual Awards Banquet in Milwaukee in June.

Ten Reasons Why In-plants Should Offer ePublishing

Have you noticed the recent transition of in-plant production capabilities? Since mobility has become standard in our day-to-day lives, digital capabilities have interjected into the "lives" of in-plants—and that's a good thing.