Advancements in West AlabamaNovember 1, 2013
Over the past 25 years, Printing Services at The University of West Alabama has not added a single employee. Yet, according to Director Jimmy Robinson, the workload has increased tenfold.
“So we have to get machines that are able to do things faster,” he says.
Recently, the four-employee in-plant did precisely this when it added three new printers to its Livingston, Ala., facility, as well as a wide-format laminator. What’s more, the shop is on the verge of launching its first MIS and Web-to-print system.
For improved digital color printing, UWA’s in-plant has replaced its Xerox 700 with a Xerox Color J75 Press. The 75-page-per-minute printer produces 2,400x2,400-dpi quality.
“It prints tabloid size at twice the speed as the 700,” remarks Robinson. “And that’s mostly what we do is the tabloid size.”
The shop uses the J75 to print direct mail pieces, booklets, brochures and covers for football programs, among other items.
At the same time, the in-plant replaced its Xerox 4127 with a new Xerox D125 featuring an inline GBC punch. With 2,400x2,400-dpi resolution printing, the D125 can print the high-quality black-and-white jobs that Robinson had previously been sending to the Xerox 700. This includes scores of 81⁄2x11˝, coil-bound booklets for bby Publications, a company acquired by the university.
“We do thousands of books for them,” says Robinson.
The new printers came with the EFI Fiery Command Workstation 5 management interface, which allows employees to run and monitor the printers from their desktops.
UWA Printing Services also recently upgraded its addressing equipment with a SECAP SA5000, which can print addresses at 22,000 pieces per hour on a range of media up to 1⁄4˝ in thickness.
“We got it for its speed,” Robinson reveals.
With the shop’s wide-format printing business booming, it also replaced its pouch laminator with a new 42˝ Xyron XM4400 cold laminator.