At the recent In-plant Printing and Mailing Association conference, Document Solutions at The University of Texas at Austin was honored as IPMA’s 2015 Print Center of the Year. This award recognizes an in-plant that has excelled not only in managing its operation efficiently, but has also furthered the objectives of its parent organization.
In December, The University of Texas at Austin Document Solutions installed a new five-color 24x29˝ Komori Lithrone SX29 press with a coater.
Judging by the content of the sessions at last month's Southeastern University Printing and Digital Managers Conference (SUPDMC), the threat of outsourcing still weighs heavy on the minds of higher-ed in-plant managers. Throughout the three-day conference, held on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin, speakers repeated the worrisome message that outsourcing companies are relentless and every in-plant should expect—and prepare—to be called into question.
The University of Texas at Austin Document Solutions has undergone more changes during 2012 than in the previous 20 years combined. So says Director Richard Beto, who oversees a staff of 55 employees in this Central Texas print and mail operation.
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.
A quick look at the agenda for the upcoming In-Plant Printing & Mailing Association (IPMA) conference reveals an information-packed three-day event is in the works. The annual in-plant conference will take place in Kansas City, Mo., from June 24-27.