Building a Smarter In-plant
Press operators can do time and material entries, and Meyers says they have found it to be very user-friendly and easy to navigate.
"That is key as well, so you know what you have and to make sure you are charging out the right amount," Meyers contends. "Even if you are just doing cost recovery, it is obviously important to know that you are covering your costs."
A Productive In-plant
Michigan Farm Bureau's eight-person in-plant produces work using a Kodak NexPress 2500 SE and a Kodak DigiMaster EX150, plus ABDick 9970, 9860 and 350 offset presses. The NexPress 2500 is used to produce postcards, fliers, brochures, manuals, and a variety of other materials. The machine also outputs a lot of greeting cards, Christmas cards and wedding invitations. Templates are loaded to the shop's Web site. All postcards have raised information with the organization's branding.
The shop's bindery boasts a Baum folder, GBC coil binder, and a new Challenge 305XT cutter, which replaced a 30-year-old Challenge cutter. A 54˝ Xerox 8254E wide-format printer handles large-scale projects like banners and posters.
Meyers feels that the company sees the value of having all of these printing and finishing capabilities in-house.
"Events come up pretty quick for the company, and the in-plant is able to turn around jobs quickly," she says. One such event is the Michigan Farm Bureau's large annual meeting, Meyers points out.
"For that event alone, I don't know how they would handle it without having an in-plant," she confides. "There is no way an outside printer would be able to meet the deadlines and get everything done."
Even though it is an annual event, it often comes down to the wire getting jobs submitted from various customers, she notes.
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