Twice The Color—Without The Cost
Customers wanted more color. But Arkansas State University Printing Services had only a one-color, 29˝ Heidelberg press.
Posing with Arkansas State University Printing Services' new MAN Roland R204E press are (front row, from left) Director David Maloch, L. C. McHalffey (press operator), Allison Brown (printing management student), and Terri Collins (accounting tech). Standing behind Maloch: Homer Hallet (press/bindery operator), Phareta Calkin (prepress tech), and Mark Meyer (assistant director).
For years, the nine-employee operation had been running four-color work on the press, in addition to black-and-white book jobs. But despite operating the press eight hours a day, five days a week, the shop was having a tough time keeping up.
"You can imagine that was an ordeal," remarks David Maloch, director. "We were just getting into a lot of time crunches on delivery."
So Maloch started looking into a two-color press. When he talked to MAN Roland about it, however, the company offered him twice was he was looking for.
"MAN Roland came out and gave us a proposal on a four-color, with an educational discount, for just a few dollars more than what a two-color was going to cost," Maloch reveals.
So the in-plant took it. In June, the Jonesboro-based operation installed a 20x29˝ MAN Roland R204E press with an operator console in the delivery end. With auto ink keys, registration and job memory, plus a Calypso chiller and Baldwin blanket washers, the press is major step up for the in-plant.
"It's really expanded our capacity," enthuses Maloch. The shop used to have to stop printing four-color jobs to print books; now the one-color press can print books all the time. And where one four-color job often took two days previously, now two jobs can be run in one day.
The in-plant was fortunate to have a university vice president with some printing experience who understood the advantage of a four-color press over a two-color. Also, because the university runs a printing management program, with the in-plant serving as a lab, the new press will expose students to four-color printing the way it's done in the commercial world—on a four-color press.