The Envelope 
Opportunity

At Eastern Kentucky University, Director Richard Tussey and Production Coordinator Sarah Gregory discuss an envelope job being printed on the in-plant’s OKI CX3641.

Andrea Lopiano, prepress assistant at Virginia Tech, runs post cards on the shop’s Intoprint Technology C9850.

Operator Jonathan Brown (left) and Manager Glenda Miley stand with Auburn University’s Xanté Ilumina Digital Envelope Press. Thanks to it, the in-plant is now the university’s official printer of #9 and #10 one- and two-color envelopes.

Manager Steve Aicholtz (left) and operator Frank Torres are more than happy with the Community College of Philadelphia’s PSI LM3655 envelope printer.

By addressing envelopes with his in-plant’s PSI 3655 envelope press, Steve Hagen, from Northern Arizona University, saves customers from having to print labels.

Digital envelope printing is skyrocketing at in-plants thanks to the availability of new digital envelope presses.

LIKE ANY in-plant manager, Glenda Miley is always on the lookout for new services her in-plant can offer. Still, when the manager of Auburn University’s CopyCat operation spotted an ad in IPG for Xanté’s Ilumina Digital Envelope Press two years ago, she didn’t recognize the opportunity right away. Her first thought was, “We don’t print that many envelopes.”

Then she thought about it some more and realized there was no reason her in-plant couldn’t print more of them. So after showing samples of envelopes printed on the Ilumina to her university and making her case, CopyCat won the bid to become Auburn’s official printer of #9 and #10 one- and two-color envelopes.

Now, a year and a half after acquiring a Xanté Ilumina Digital Envelope Press, Miley considers it one of the best moves the Auburn, Ala., in-plant ever made.

“Our campus, which is used to offset, just loves the quality of the envelopes and the speed that I can get them out,” she enthuses. “They can’t believe that they’re getting envelopes on the same day that they put the order in.”

As a result, orders have been streaming in, to the tune of roughly 50,000 envelopes a month.

“We’ve done more than a million envelopes on it,” Miley proclaims, proudly. She couldn’t be happier with her decision to start printing envelopes.

Over the past couple of years, there has been a noticeable increase in envelope printing at in-plants. The trend has been enabled by the availability of small digital envelope presses from companies like Xanté, PSI Engineering, Intoprint Technologies and OKI Data Americas. All of the devices use the same OKI print engine but offer different feeding options. These devices hit the market just as many in-plants’ old offset duplicators were breaking down and their operators started retiring.

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Bob has served as editor of In-plant Graphics since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited more than 130 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Graphics.
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