Every year, as I peruse the winning pieces on display at the In-Print awards reception, I'm amazed at how many of the in-plant managers all around me didn't even bother to enter. When I ask some of these managers why, they say, "we meant to, but we got busy." The real question should be, are you too busy to promote your in-plant?
Mail is a major part of many in-plant operations. Our data shows that more than 60% of in-plants offer mailing services. To analyze the growth of in-house mail and the opportunities mail can bring, IPG has launched a new survey. It's open to all in-plants, even those that don't offer mail services, and participants are eligible for prizes.
When we polled the country's largest in-plants in December to rank them by size, we also asked them about their plans to upgrade the technology in their shops. Here's what they plan to purchase in 2019 and where they see the most opportunity for growth.
Hundreds of in-plants call New York City home. IPG Editor Bob Neubauer visited three of them recently, in the investment banking, real estate and public transportation industries, to talk with their managers about the issues they face as in-plants in a big city.
When it comes to supporting the parent organization’s mission, few in-plants do it better than the Instructional Publication Center at Hemet Unified School District, which now prints all math curriculum materials thanks to the installation of two inkjet presses.
Before Frank Davis retired as director of Creative Communications for the University of Washington he had one final goal: upgrade the in-plant’s six-year-old Xerox iGen4 to a more state-of-the-art digital color device.
By bringing a private sector mindset to his school district in-plant, Martin James improved its service, savings and reputation.
Adding a hybrid flatbed printer to his in-plant, says Joe Morin, has "allowed us to expand well beyond our past capabilities to substrates such as acrylics, metals and wood.” The shop now prints signage for district schools, which is becoming a big business.
Print volumes are going down for types of work that have traditionally kept in-plants busy. At the same time, those in-plants producing wide-format projects have discovered a gold mine. Not only are the margins higher, customers are actively looking for new wide-format applications to order.
Here's why entering the In-Print contest can help your in-plant demonstrate its value to the organization while boosting the morale of your employees.
As we prepare to unveil our annual ranking of the largest in-plants in the December issue, we've decided to reveal some of the data a little early. Here are the 19 largest government in-plants, ranked by employees and then by sales.
At IPG's well-attended breakfast discussion during the SGIA Expo, Editor Bob Neubauer reviewed new research on the growth of wide-format at in-plants and discussed applications that are bringing them success. Listen to his informative presentation in this new podcast.
The demand for vehicle graphics is growing, but those who print them don't always get everything right. In a session at the SGIA Expo, Kim Magraw, national operations manager of Super Graphics, detailed some of the most common mistakes people make when printing fleet graphics and offered ideas on how to avoid them.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Publications has improved its efficiency and reduced costs with inkjet.
Since opening a new in-plant in 2009, Schneider Electric has expanded the operation significantly. In August, Schneider’s Print On Demand group moved into a brand new 6,100-sq.-ft. facility. IPG recently took a tour and produced this video.