Innovative Applications with Wide-format Printing
BOB NEUBAUER, Editor-in-Chief, In-plant Impressions , NAPCO Media
NATHAN THOLE, Director , Printing and Copy Services at Iowa State University
LIZ BOWDEN, Duplicating Services Manager , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
SUMMARYSeeing is believing, so this session will feature examples of innovative wide-format applications that in-plants are producing in-house. In-plant managers from the University of Illinois and Iowa State University will talk with IPI Editor Bob Neubauer about the new types of work they are handling and describe how these jobs were produced, which equipment and substrates were used, and challenges they faced installing the graphics.
In-plants need to shift from simply surviving during the pandemic to thriving. Consultant Howie Fenton will discuss how in-plants can recover lost revenue, rebuild their operations, accelerate their adoption of digital technologies, and rethink their operations to come out stronger once the pandemic has ended.
HOWIE FENTON, Owner, Howie Fenton Consulting
We are excited to show you a customer interview where he shares how their team found new Large Format Graphics In-Plant business opportunities in this Covid-19 era. You will see how Chuck Werninger, Senior Manager, IT Administrative Services, at Houston Independent School District has significantly increased his large format graphics production to meet the school districts needs for social distancing and other graphics signage since the pandemic started. You will learn how their business unexpectedly changed and how they adopted Canon’s Colorado 64” roll printer with UV gel technology to help support the demands of safely reopening their school districts.
Roland DGA application engineer, Scott Burgess, will share three essential workflows in wide-format printing that can expand your in-plant print shop’s capabilities and lower your costs. This short demonstration will cover dozens of popular applications made possible with one printer, key workflows, including software, material and finishing techniques, and average production costs, for comparison to outsourced pricing.
By increasing automation in their operations, in-plants are reducing touches and labor costs, saving their parent organizations money. One great example is Tacoma Public Schools Printing and Graphics. In this session Production Lead Mike Griswold will relate how implementing Web-to-print and workflow automation software has driven volume to his print center, saved thousands of dollars for the school district and offered flexibility as needs change – as they have to a great extent during the coronavirus pandemic.
This is the 3rd generation of Fujifilm’s highly successful J Press product line. The J Press 750S incorporates the industry leading capabilities and quality of previous generations while delivering higher and higher levels of productivity. When quality matters, only the J Press features an inline, and real time, scanning system that makes automatic nozzle corrections on the fly and requires zero intervention from the Operator. The J Press 750S features Fujifilms ColorPath SYNC Brand Color Optimizer allowing users to quickly and accurately predict the entire Pantone library in only minute.
In-plants may have top-of-the-line equipment, facilities, funding, and staff, but if they don’t have a strategic plan to guide them toward their goals, they will never achieve greatness. In this session, Consultant Greg Cholmondeley will go over the steps in-plants should be taking to create a five-year strategic plan and highlight the 10 key elements to include.
GREG CHOLMONDELEY, President, Cholmonco Inc.
Tecnau is a leader in feeding and finishing systems for high-speed inkjet presses, both continuous web-fed and sheet-fed. Northern-Italy-based Tecnau also has offices in the Boston area, as well as Sweden, and has a worldwide customer base. Founded more than 30 years ago, the company offers a broad portfolio of solutions for an array of applications, giving in-plant printers the ability to produce books, booklets and manuals; brochures and calendars; postcards, letters and statements. After a brief overview of the established product line, Scott Peterson, product marketing manager at Tecnau, will introduce us all to their newest finishing systems. The Revolution 50 series offers cut and stack finishing for the newest generation of high-speed continuous inkjet presses, with capability of running at speeds up to 750 feet per minute, and compatibility with coated papers. The just-announced Stack 1212 also cuts and stacks heavy ink-coverage applications across a wide gamut of papers, but this time the focus is on sheet-fed input, or more specifically, B2/B2+ sheets. Finally, Tecnau will also give us a bit of a peak at their Splicer Roll 40 system, which gives continuous inkjet press users dual unwinders and dual rewinders to keep their press up and running.
Transitioning from offset and toner technologies to production inkjet is a big move for an in-plant, yet so far dozens of in-plants have done it. This session brings together three in-plants that use production inkjet presses to discuss the challenges they faced when replacing multiple devices with an inkjet press, the types of work they are successfully printing with inkjet, quality considerations, volume requirements, and much more. In-plants looking into inkjet should not miss this session.
BOB NEUBAUER, Editor-in-Chief, In-plant Impressions , NAPCO Media
GARY BENSON, Print Operations Manager , Compassion International
DAVID ROBERTS, General Manager, Graphics SBU, PRIDE Enterprises
KRISTEN HAMPTON, Director of Print and Mail Management , State of Michigan's Department of Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB)
C.P. Bourg Technology enables our users to “do more with less” That’s more work with less labor, less waste and less time. C.P. Bourg designs and develops Automated Perfect Binding and Booklet Making technology for the broad spectrum of the printing industry including traditional offset, Digital Toner and ink-jet workflows. C.P. Bourg has pioneered many industry first’s including “Dual Mode” functionality, a feature that enables our in-line (attached to a printer) finishers to also operate off-line identical to any standalone bindery device. C.P. Bourg finishers have been designed to finish versioned, variable and high value personalized products with “zero waste”. C.P. Bourg has developed scalable technology that enables our users to add automation and features as their workflows evolve.