Last month I had an opportunity to moderate a webinar on the topic "Justifying Your In-plant's Value in Tough Times." It's obviously an important subject for in-plants, as evidenced by the 250+ people who signed up for the live event. I was glad to see so many familiar managers on the attendee list from all over the U.S. and Canada.
The 47th annual Association of College & University Printers conference has come to a close. Nearly 100 in-plant managers from 70 universities met in Harrisburg, Pa., recently for two days of educational sessions, followed by a trip to Lewisburg to tour Bucknell University's in-plant and see its Xerox Color 800 press in action. This was followed by a special screening of the documentary Linotype, The Film at The Campus Theatre.
xpedx and Ryobi Ltd. have agreed to end their distribution relationship in the United States and Canada. Effective October 1, Ferrostaal AG will be master distributor for Ryobi offset printing presses in these markets.
Maybe Wayne Guiney should have been a politician. At least that's what some people have said to him, because his people skills have kept the staffs he's managed at multiple in-plants on his side.
On Sunday, college and university in-plant managers from all over the U.S., Canada and even the U.K. will assemble in Dallas for the 46th annual Association of College and University Printers conference.
AN IN-PLANT is a perfect candidate for applying Lean production practices. We are essentially a manufacturing environment that uses multiple steps in various processes. We utilize a variety of equipment, technology, human resources and supplies. There is an ever-present risk of waste and errors, and quality and speed are at the forefront of our concerns.