Inkjet to the Rescue
Inkjet technology is transforming in-plants like the World Bank Group's Printing & Multimedia Services operation, opening their doors to work they couldn't previously touch and letting them save the day in tight deadline situations.September 2014 By Bob Neubauer
It was a high-profile event for the World Bank Group. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was participating on a panel discussing empowering women toward prosperity.
As part of the event ("Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity") a book of the same name was being launched. The World Bank Group's Printing & Multimedia Services operation had planned to print 500 copies of the 200-page book on its Kodak NexPress digital presses, but delays kept the Landover, Md.-based in-plant from receiving files until 9:00 a.m. the day before the event. With the job estimated to take 12 hours to print, there would not be enough time to print and bind the books.
The in-plant, however, had a trick up its sleeve: an HP Inkjet T-230 production inkjet press, installed a year and a half ago.
"We printed that in less than two hours," reports Jimmy Vainstein, senior project manager, with a touch of pride. Books were bound in record time, he says, and delivered the same afternoon.
"The client was incredibly happy," he says.
Vainstein had been concerned about the quality of the photos coming off the inkjet press, because of the heavy ink coverage required, but despite his worries, he says, "the photos looked amazing."
Having a production inkjet press enabled the in-plant to print this important book with a turnaround time no outside printer could match.
"There was no other way they could have done it without us," Vainstein says.
Providing value like this demonstrates how crucial the in-plant is to the World Bank Group.
"We felt that we were part of the World Bank Group's mission," Vainstein notes. "The staff felt very happy that we could be part of the event."
Since adding the inkjet press in 2013, Printing & Multimedia Services has saved the day many times. Last-minute orders of booklets for important meetings are accomplished without a hitch. The press has transformed the in-plant from a printer of black-and-white operational documents into a full-color publication printer with growing volumes.
"We work in an environment where reports and publications are constantly being modified and updated while the desire for fast turnaround remains," observes Ashley Childers, a customer service representative for Printing & Multimedia Services. "With the speed of the HP press, we are now able to deliver publications with really short turnaround times when needed.