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Azusa Pacific University: Course Work, Made Simple

Thanks to a new acquisition in the bindery, Azusa Pacific University Duplicating and Graphics has streamlined course pack production and is now producing much more professional looking course packs.

February 2010 By Chris Bauer
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THE BEGINNING of the college semester is always a bustling time for the employees at Azusa Pacific University Duplicating and Graphics. Located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles, the in-plant serving this private Southern California Christian university is usually busy producing course packs and other materials prior to students arriving on campus.

But thanks to a new acquisition in the bindery, the shop's two full-time employees and 19 student workers were able to streamline the course pack production process the past two semesters, turning course packs around faster and making them look much more professional. That new equipment was a Gateway Bookbinding Systems PBS 3000 automatic coil inserter, which the in-plant installed in May 2009.

"We found that we were doing a lot of hand binding, and that was costing us a lot of time and labor," recalls Donna Rutherford, Duplicating Services and Graphics Center manager. "We had a small tabletop spiral binder, and it just wasn't working for us."

Prior to the Spring 2010 term, the shop produced 1,250 course packs using the new coil inserter. Another 450 that required coil larger than 20 mm were done by hand. Rutherford notes that the in-plant just purchased an accessory kit from Gateway that will give the shop the ability to coil books larger than 20 mm.

Customers like the clean look of work coming off of the new bindery equipment, Rutherford points out.

"When we did the binding by hand and clamped it off, it often was too large or it wasn't sticking properly," the in-plant manager says. "This machine is so precise and accurate that when it clamps it off, it looks professional."

Now 85-90 percent of the university's course packs are being spiral bound, to the delight of the school's bookstore and students. The machine is also being used to handle jobs from outside the university. Rutherford estimates that 3-5 percent of the shop's work comes from insourcing.

"We try to partner as much as we can with the community," Rutherford says. "We are able to produce work for them at a reasonable price."

The addition of the Gateway equipment has allowed Azusa Pacific University's in-plant to offer faster turnaround times and more binding options to local schools, churches and businesses.

The all-Xerox shop depends on a Xerox DocuTech 6115, Xerox 4110, and a brand new 70-ppm Xerox 700 digital color press to produce jobs for its internal and external clients. The 700 replaced a Xerox DocuColor 5252, which Rutherford says "just wasn't producing the quality we needed." Art and design students rely on the in-plant to print their class projects, she says.



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