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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

More evidence of flourishing in-plants

Further to my last post, more in-plant news from south of the border (meaning the Canadian border) includes a recent resurgence from the brink of extinction by the Association of College and University Printers (ACUP).  Their late-April conference in Pennsylvania attracted nearly 100 higher-ed in-plant managers from all over the U.S.A., as well as from Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., and Canada. 

And recently in British Columbia, the in-house print facility of Simon Fraser University, called Document Solutions (or “Docsol” in campus lingo), installed an HP Indigo 7500 press, rated for a monthly production of up to 3.5-million colour pages or 6.5-million monochrome pages.  The academic in-plant provides marketing collateral and printed materials for an organization comprising an estimated 35,000 students, 950 faculty, and related services.  The university's main campus is in Burnaby (about 20 km from Vancouver), with satellite campuses in Vancouver and Surrey.

Lilian Ding, Director of Document Solutions, told PrintAction they chose the HP Indigo 7500 to help them lower operating costs while providing the colour, quality, and consistency their customers require.  Since acquiring the machine, Ding also reports an increase in project volumes because of the new versatility it supplies.  See further details at: 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

University Health Network’s in-plant is even busier than I described

Sorry, I got the math wrong in the last paragraph of my June-2012 column for PrintAction about University Health Network (UHN)’s remarkably successful in-plant printing operation in Toronto, run by longtime manager Joe Carrelas.

Joe just e-mailed me to say that, although he liked the article, the last paragraph incorrectly recorded the annual total produced by UHN’s copier fleet as 4,674,000 copies, whereas in fact this figure only represents the fleet’s quarterly output.

The fleet’s annual total would be 4 x 4,674,000 or 18,696,000 copies.

Adding this figure to the 13,000,000 yearly impressions produced by UHN’s print shop brings the organization’s annual total to a whopping 31,696,000 impressions.

So although my column was accurate when it said they were busy, it didn’t quantify the half of it.  PrintAction and I sincerely regret the error.

Also on the subject of in-plants, my search of the upcoming seminar program offered at the Graph Expo trade show (Chicago, 7-10 October 2012) turned up seven sessions of specific interest to in-plants.  They include “Empowered In-plants: Tell-All Success Stories from the Field”, a panel comprised of a “dream-team” of top in-plants chosen by their peers   

Readers wanting more details on Graph Expo seminars can conduct their own search at: