Inkjet to the Rescue

Having an inkjet press has enabled the World Bank Group’s in-plant to print important publications for prestigious events under very tight deadlines, greatly increasing its value to the organization. Standing with the press are (from left) Ashley Childers, customer service representative; Jimmy Vainstein, senior project manager; and operator Jason Barrett, holding a copy of a recent high-profile book, “Voice and Agency.”

The inkjet production press has been a valuable addition to the World Bank Group’s in-plant, enabling the shop to transform itself from a printer of black-and-white operational documents into a full-color publication printer with growing volumes.

Wesley Troup, press technician, and Juan Arias, project coordinator, page through a proof of a book printed by the HP Inkjet T-230.

After their recent panel discussion, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shakes hands with Isobel Coleman, senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, who is holding a copy of the book “Voice and Agency” printed by the in plant. Watching is Jeni Klugman, director of Gender and Development at the World Bank Group.

Jimmy Vainstein (center), senior project manager, holds a copy of the book “Voice and Agency” printed on the in-plant’s inkjet press. With him are (from left) Marlon Hyde, press technician; Jason Barrett, press unit lead; Wesley Troup, press technician;  Ashley Childers, customer service representative; Juan Arias, project coordinator; Antonino Smillo, bindery unit lead; and Kithsiri Wijedasa, prepress technician.

Standing near the new inkjet press in the World Bank’s expansive new print facility are Les Barker, Jimmy Vainstein and David Leonard.

Showing off the World Bank’s new inkjet press are David Leonard, Jimmy Vainstein and Les Barker.

Jason Barrett (left) and Jimmy Vainstein stand near The World Bank's new HP Inkjet T-230 production inkjet press.

Jimmy Vainstein (left), printing facility manager at The World Bank's Printing & Multimedia Services operation, and IPG Editor Bob Neubauer stand with the in-plant's new HP Inkjet T-230.

Standing with the new HP T230 Color Inkjet Web Press in World Bank’s Printing & Multimedia Services operation are (from left) Jason Barrett, Carl Amt (top), Marlon Hyde and Jimmy Vainstein.

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.

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.”

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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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