World Bank Adds Inkjet PressApril 2013 By Bob Neubauer
The World Bank’s Printing & Multimedia Services operation has become one of the first in-plants to install a production inkjet press. Last month, the 42-employee in-plant fired up an HP T230 Color Inkjet Web Press in its Landover, Md., facility, 11 miles away from downtown Washington, D.C. With duplex printing speeds of 400 feet per minute, the inkjet press is a quantum leap over the speeds of the in-plant’s two Kodak NexPress 3000s and Océ ColorStream 10000. In fact, the first job run on the T230—800 copies of a 92-page book—would normally have taken up to eight hours to print.
“We did it in 38 minutes,” boasts Jimmy Vainstein, printing facility manager, who says operators were blown away by the difference. “Nobody could believe it.”
Vainstein says the in-plant decided to take the plunge into this new technology because of the ever-increasing demand for color printing, as well as the desire to capture more World Bank printing that is currently going to outside printers.
“With this new installation, we can now service [customers] in a blazing speed, and we can actually compete as well with any outside vendor in terms of price and capacity,” Vainstein says.
When the in-plant moved its main printing facility out of Washington, D.C., in 2011, it did not take its old Harris and Didde web presses, only its Presstek 52 DI press. The new inkjet press more than compensates for the loss of web offset capabilities
“We can now print close to offset speeds and close to price of offset, as well,” says Vainstein, who will offer a session about the benefits and challenges of implementing an inkjet press at the IPMA conference in June.
The in-plant plans to use the inkjet press to produce books, publications, reports and other items with high page counts. In time, personalized direct mail pieces may be transitioned to the press from the NexPress. The in-plant hopes to migrate 40 percent of its toner volume to the new press to take advantage of its phenomenal speeds and drastically lower costs, Vainstein says. This will open up available capacity across the shop.
On the back end, the press incorporates the Hunkeler POPP6 line of roll and sheet finishing equipment, as well as an inline Standard Horizon buckle folder and stacker.