Colgate Trades iGen3 for Color 1000September 1, 2012 By Bob Neubauer
When Colgate University Document & Mail Services installed its Xerox iGen3 in 2008, the 10-employee in-plant was very happy with the results. But a lot can change in a few years.
“The business model we had five years ago...has changed considerably,” notes Director Bob Keats. “With the iGen, there was no way to hook any finishing equipment to it. We had a space limitation.” So booklet making had to be handled offline.
To remedy that situation while at the same time upgrading the technology in its Hamilton, N.Y., operation, the in-plant recently swapped that iGen3 for a new Xerox Color 1000 with a Plockmatic booklet maker on the end. So far it’s been a big hit. It’s easier to operate, boasts self-diagnostic capabilities and produces excellent quality work.
“Our communications department likes the print quality much better,” says Keats. He credits the new low-melt EA Dry Ink, which requires no fuser oil to deliver a smooth, offset-like finish at resolutions of 2,400x2,400 dpi.
Like the iGen, the 1000 can run a range of media weights and sizes, from lightweight 55 gsm to 350 gsm. One difference, notes Keats, is the maximum sheet size on the Color 1000 is slightly smaller: 14.33x20.5˝ on the iGen3 vs. 13x19.2˝ on the 1000.
“But I’ve only found two jobs that we did in the last two years that I couldn’t reformat to fit the smaller sheet size on the 1000,” he says. “So we didn’t really lose much there.”
Keats notes that switching to the new digital press was a fairly easy transition for his operators, and he praises the ease of use of the Color 1000.
“The operator interface is much easier to use,” he says, adding, with a laugh, “Even I could run it if I really, really had to.”
One thing he doesn’t miss is the frequent recalibration required with the iGen3. The new machine features Full Width Array and Automated Color Quality Suite color management tools, which constantly monitor image quality and make small adjustments while running.