Burst Pipe Triggers Flood of UpgradesJanuary 2013 By Bob Neubauer
This isn't the only thing new at Allegheny College. In recent months, Printing Services also added two laminators—a 55˝ GFP 455 cold laminator with heat assist for posters and a 27˝ Ultima 65 hot roll laminator for smaller jobs—plus a Compac shrink wrapper, a new Powis Parker Fastback binder and a Fletcher F-60 straight line cutter for poster trimming.
"The Fletcher F-60 takes the place of our classic drywall T-square and razor blade knife and provides for a much safer environment for each of us and faster, straighter cuts," Pritchard notes. "Now our student workers aren't as scared to trim posters. I should have made this purchase long before now."
In addition, the shop just installed a new black-and-white Konica Minolta bizhub PRO 951 in late January to replace its Ricoh Pro 907. Pritchard says Konica Minolta offered to pay off the lease on the 907 and proposed a very reasonable click rate. The 951 has inline booklet making, a GBC punch and two/three-hole drilling.
All these equipment upgrades at Allegheny College couldn't come without terrific support from upper management. Pritchard says the in-plant's history of great service and fast turnaround has shown the college how valuable it is.
"The administration, they back us 100 percent," notes Pritchard. "They want to keep us here."