(l to r) Terri Bischoff, asst. director of publishing services, Bill Forston, pressman, Leslie Parker, director, George Masterson, DI pressman
Presstek, Inc., a leading supplier of digital offset printing solutions to the printing and communications industries, announced that the University of Southern Indiana’s Publishing Services has installed a Presstek 52DI digital offset press. The shop has 11 full-time employees, including three graphic designers. The shop also has first right of refusal for the University’s printing work. The University of Southern Indiana is home to approximately 11,000 students.
“I had exposure to DI technology at a commercial printer where I was previously employed,” said Terri Bischoff, Assistant Director of Publishing Services. “I understood the benefits the process could bring to our business. Prior to acquiring the Presstek DI, we were outsourcing 75% to 85% of our color work, and have now been able to bring almost all of that back in house, a tremendous cycle time and financial benefit for the University.”
“We are seeing a growing number of DI press installs in in-plant operations,” said Joe Demharter, Presstek’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Its high level of automation, small physical and environmental footprint and extreme quality make it especially attractive to the in-plant environment as these shops work to better serve their parent organizations.”
Publishing Services was seeing a growing demand for 4-color work, and with two 2-color presses in place, had to outsource the vast majority of it. Bischoff’s analysis revealed that the Presstek 52DI would be capable of handling the majority of the shop’s 4-color printing based on run lengths, sheet size and quality requirements. “We had the money in reserve, skilled staff, and adequate space. We believed we could make this investment without breaking the bank and that now was the perfect time to make the switch. The press has exceeded our expectations, and our customers are thrilled. In addition, the University is pleased with the level of environmental sustainability the press brings to our shop.”
The Presstek 52DI is a highly automated 52cm landscape digital offset 4-color press. The 52DI features support for 300 lpi and FM screening, the ability to go from digital file to printed sheet in 10 minutes, and a small environmental footprint. The press prints up to 10,000 sheets per hour and has an optional inline aqueous coater available.