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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: