New Digs, New Color PressDecember 2013 By Bob Neubauer
Sometimes “temporary” can last a long time. For 32 years, the in-plant at California State University-Fullerton was housed in a “temporary” location on the north side of campus. This past summer, the long wait for new digs finally ended when the in-plant’s printing operation was relocated to the second floor of the library in the center of campus.
On the heels of this move, the shop replaced its four-year-old Kodak NexPress digital color press with a new Xerox Color 1000.
“We’re very happy with it,” remarks Steve Ernsberger, supervisor of the shop, which employs three full-time and six student workers. “The color is just phenomenal. I’ve never seen a digital press print quite like this before.”
There’s no streaking, and registration and consistency are spot on, he says. With resolutions of 2,400x2,400 dpi, the digital press also boasts a clear dry ink station, which will apply a spot varnish to logos or other parts of a page to enhance the look.
At 100 pages per minute, the Color 1000 is also faster than the NexPress, Ernsberger says. Plus it’s quieter and requires less maintenance, he adds. In fact, the press emails a Xerox technician when something needs replacing.
“I don’t even have to schedule maintenance,” Ernsberger proclaims.
The machine has an inline booklet maker, which handles collating, folding and stapling, so jobs come off the press ready to ship.
“It saves a lot of time,” he says. This is important, since the in-plant strives for 24-hour (if not same-day) turnaround. Making this a little more challenging is the fact that the in-plant’s bindery is still in the “temporary” location while renovations are being completed on its new facility in the basement of the library.
“Right now we’re running stuff back and forth,” Ernsberger notes.