Quality Digital Color Comes to Fargo

Frank Duray monitors a job on the new Lanier Pro C900 digital color printer installed at North Dakota State University.

North Dakota State University Print and Copy Services has brought high-quality digital color printing to its Fargo campus. The six-employee in-plant has installed a Pro C900 color production system from Lanier, a Ricoh company. This replaces its 55-page-per-minute Lanier LC155.

“It does a great job,” raves Diane Ness, customer service manager. “The quality’s great. We’re doing some higher-profile documents with that now.”

This includes the cover for the school’s volleyball program.

“They used to have us do just the inside pages,” Ness reveals. Now that the in-plant has upped the quality of its color output, it is handling the whole job.

The same goes for jobs from the Fine Arts Department. In the past the department ordered a year’s worth of covers for its theater programs from an outside printer. Starting in December, the in-plant will be printing those covers, along with the inside black-and-white pages.

“That gives them the flexibility to change the cover and change the ads,” Ness says. “They were really excited about that.”

The C900 is handling about 300,000 impressions a month for the in-plant. Some of its work is being transferred off the shop’s offset presses, some is coming from its copiers and some is new work previously done outside.

Ness loves the machine’s inline spectrophotometer, and says the C900 holds color and registration very well.

“You can run thousands and it just seems to hold it,” she remarks.

The in-plant also added two black-and-white printers: a Lanier 1107 with a bookletmaker, and a Lanier 907 with a GBC punch.

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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