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Big Upgrades at Methodist Healthcare

July 2013 By Bob Neubauer
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“A business card is very personal. It’s representative of the individual,” explains Michael Schaefer, Print Center director at Methodist Healthcare System. “So I tell the employees, ‘You may think it’s just a card, but that’s got their name on it.’”

No one wants to hand out a personal business card that has clamp marks on it from a cutter, he says, or is trimmed unevenly. To spare customers that embarrassment, the San Antonio-based in-plant recently installed a Duplo DC-645 slitter/cutter/creaser, primarily to trim business cards. Now, Schaefer says, those cards have a much cleaner, more impressive look. 

The DC-645 can also score thank-you cards and table tents, obviating the need to outsource the scoring and saving the company money. An employee can load the machine with thank-you cards to be scored, turn it on and then go do something else.

“Now I can have an employee perform two tasks instead of one,” Schaefer remarks.

The Duplo DC-645 isn’t all that’s new at the eight-employee in-plant. In recent months it has added:

  • A Xerox iGen4 digital color press
  • A Xerox Color 1000 Press with a Plockmatic booklet make
  • Two Xerox D125 monochrome light production printers
  • A CP Bourg booklet maker, inline with an existing Nuvera 120 EA
  • RSA WebCRD software
  • XMPie software

Initially, Schaefer did not think the in-plant could afford all this new equipment, but after crunching numbers, he created an ROI model that showed the in-plant could remain budget neutral, and possibly return a savings, by adding the equipment. The savings, he said, will result from eliminating some outsourcing, printing three-up on the iGen4 and experiencing more up-time with the newer equipment, resulting in more throughput. 

The iGen4 replaces the in-plant’s iGen3, which it had been using for nearly eight years. “It was time to upgrade,” confirms Schaefer. Combined with the additional capacity of the Color 1000, the in-plant is now prepared for nearly any type of project. 


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