Over the past couple of years, there has been a noticeable increase in envelope printing at in-plants. The trend has been enabled by the availability of small digital envelope presses from companies like Xanté, PSI Engineering, Intoprint Technologies and OKI Data Americas. All of the devices use the same OKI print engine but offer different feeding options. These devices hit the market just as many in-plants' old offset duplicators were breaking down and their operators started retiring.
In October, the 36th annual Southeastern University Printing and Digital Managers Conference took place in Nashville, Tenn. Host Jack Williams, of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, welcomed more than 30 higher-ed in-plant managers from all over the southern U.S. and as far away as the state of Washington.
University of West Alabama recently took delivery of a Xanté Ilumina Digital Envelope Press. Now envelope jobs have gone from two-hour projects to just eight minutes per box.
About 30 in-plant managers met in Auburn, Ala., in October for the 35th annual Southeastern University Printing and Digital Managers Conference (SUPDMC). It was hosted by Glenda Miley, manager of Auburn University's CopyCat operation, who put together an informative, interactive and fun agenda that kept all attendees involved.
Last month, Ricoh’s Production Printing Business Group (PPBG) brought a dozen in-plant managers to Milwaukee for its annual In-plant Advisory Council meeting. Attendees toured the world-class Briggs and Stratton in-plant and attended two days of meetings, during which they were asked for opinions and feedback on new Ricoh products, services and strategic directions.
Auburn University’s stationery and envelopes had always been printed on offset presses. The very suggestion of printing them digitally brought deep frowns to the faces of university officials. But that didn’t stop Glenda Miley, manager of the Alabama university’s all-digital CopyCat operation, from trying.