In-Plant Impressions

In-Plant Impressions In-plant Impressions, formerly In-plant Graphics, is the only graphic arts magazine in the world written specifically for in-plants. For 65 years In-plant Graphics has been serving the in-plant industry.

IPG is the only graphic arts magazine in the world written specifically for in-plants. Based in Philadelphia, IPG has been published since 1951 and focuses on helping in-plant managers increase productivity and stay competitive. Articles cover successful in-plants, new graphic arts technologies and other prepress, printing, bindery and mailing issues.

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Mike Lloyd has come a long way since his days of running a press at a Chicago printing company in the 1980s. After worki...
11/22/2021

Mike Lloyd has come a long way since his days of running a press at a Chicago printing company in the 1980s.

After working his way up through the ranks for the past 36 years, including a stint in the military, he now serves as director of Campus Support Services at UNCW.

Learn more about his story here: http://ow.ly/syhu50GTE9G

Mike Lloyd has come a long way since his days of running a press at a Chicago printing company in the 1980s.

After working his way up through the ranks for the past 36 years, including a stint in the military, he now serves as director of Campus Support Services at UNCW.

Learn more about his story here: http://ow.ly/syhu50GTE9G

In October, the in-plant at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances relocated into a spacious facility that is twice as large as...
11/19/2021

In October, the in-plant at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances relocated into a spacious facility that is twice as large as its old one. It went from 7,000 to 14,000 sq. ft.

The move gave the in-plant an opportunity to redesign its workflow, positioning equipment so work moves more smoothly through the plant: http://ow.ly/IQ0L50GS9hv

The Inkjet Summit, an invitation-only, hosted event specifically designed for senior-level managers and business executi...
11/18/2021

The Inkjet Summit, an invitation-only, hosted event specifically designed for senior-level managers and business executives at printing companies, is returning to Austin, Texas next year.

In 2022, a key focus of the program is leveraging production inkjet technology’s benefits to bring customers back to print: http://ow.ly/EFcX50GReSW

The Inkjet Summit, an invitation-only, hosted event specifically designed for senior-level managers and business executives at printing companies, is returning to Austin, Texas next year.

In 2022, a key focus of the program is leveraging production inkjet technology’s benefits to bring customers back to print: http://ow.ly/EFcX50GReSW

When Butler University Print, Copy and Mail Services installed a new 44" HP DesignJet Z9+ aqueous wide-format printer a ...
11/17/2021

When Butler University Print, Copy and Mail Services installed a new 44" HP DesignJet Z9+ aqueous wide-format printer a few months ago, the quality upgrade did not go unnoticed.

Check it out: http://ow.ly/yHan50GPR2Z

When Butler University Print, Copy and Mail Services installed a new 44" HP DesignJet Z9+ aqueous wide-format printer a few months ago, the quality upgrade did not go unnoticed.

Check it out: http://ow.ly/yHan50GPR2Z

In-depth financial analysis is a key component of a robust decision-making process. Assuming the new technology will ena...
11/16/2021

In-depth financial analysis is a key component of a robust decision-making process.

Assuming the new technology will enable us to take on new offerings, and/or allow us to do what we do now in a faster, more cost-effective way, what will the payback look like in terms of time and money?

Here's what you need to know: http://ow.ly/iB7350GOZzR

In-depth financial analysis is a key component of a robust decision-making process.

Assuming the new technology will enable us to take on new offerings, and/or allow us to do what we do now in a faster, more cost-effective way, what will the payback look like in terms of time and money?

Here's what you need to know: http://ow.ly/iB7350GOZzR

The last two years have been challenging, but it appears that the worst is over, and we are emerging in a new normal. In...
11/15/2021

The last two years have been challenging, but it appears that the worst is over, and we are emerging in a new normal.

In a new blog on Rochester Software Associates, Consultant Howie Fenton summarizes the current state of the in-plant industry: http://ow.ly/S9YC50GMxwi

The last two years have been challenging, but it appears that the worst is over, and we are emerging in a new normal.

In a new blog on Rochester Software Associates, Consultant Howie Fenton summarizes the current state of the in-plant industry: http://ow.ly/S9YC50GMxwi

In 2018, NAPCO Research and PRINTING United Alliance conducted the first print industry convergence study. The analysis ...
11/11/2021

In 2018, NAPCO Research and PRINTING United Alliance conducted the first print industry convergence study. The analysis of commercial, in-plant, packaging, wide-format, garment, and industrial PSPs validated the convergence phenomenon.

Three years later, this subsequent study reassessed the degree to which convergence is occurring across print segments: http://ow.ly/MkSs50GLKzy

In 2018, NAPCO Research and PRINTING United Alliance conducted the first print industry convergence study. The analysis of commercial, in-plant, packaging, wide-format, garment, and industrial PSPs validated the convergence phenomenon.

Three years later, this subsequent study reassessed the degree to which convergence is occurring across print segments: http://ow.ly/MkSs50GLKzy

The volatility in the supply chain has resulted from the unusual patterns of demand since early 2020. Last year, demand ...
11/09/2021

The volatility in the supply chain has resulted from the unusual patterns of demand since early 2020. Last year, demand dropped off significantly as COVID-19 disrupted businesses.

In 2021, many companies are looking to regain the market share they lost. That, in turn, has led to an extreme swing from almost no print demand at all to a demand that exceeds 2019 levels. It’s a shift the paper mills just can’t make quickly.

Learn more about the paper shortage here: http://ow.ly/RqZ550GJyCk

The volatility in the supply chain has resulted from the unusual patterns of demand since early 2020. Last year, demand dropped off significantly as COVID-19 disrupted businesses.

In 2021, many companies are looking to regain the market share they lost. That, in turn, has led to an extreme swing from almost no print demand at all to a demand that exceeds 2019 levels. It’s a shift the paper mills just can’t make quickly.

Learn more about the paper shortage here: http://ow.ly/RqZ550GJyCk

With support from the Richardson ISD community and a 2021 bond election, the district's in-plant was able to upgrade and...
11/08/2021

With support from the Richardson ISD community and a 2021 bond election, the district's in-plant was able to upgrade and become a fully digital and more productive in-plant.

Check it out: http://ow.ly/Y3AI50GIGbZ

With support from the Richardson ISD community and a 2021 bond election, the district's in-plant was able to upgrade and become a fully digital and more productive in-plant.

Check it out: http://ow.ly/Y3AI50GIGbZ

Are you interested in sharing your insight and unique knowledge at the the largest in-plant event that brings print and ...
11/05/2021

Are you interested in sharing your insight and unique knowledge at the the largest in-plant event that brings print and mail professionals together for education, a vendor fair, industry awards, an in-plant tour, and more?

Then apply to be a speaker at the In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association 2022 Educational Conference: http://ow.ly/iTJQ50GH8ku

Are you interested in sharing your insight and unique knowledge at the the largest in-plant event that brings print and mail professionals together for education, a vendor fair, industry awards, an in-plant tour, and more?

Then apply to be a speaker at the In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association 2022 Educational Conference: http://ow.ly/iTJQ50GH8ku

Congratulations to Julio Rosado who was just named In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association's Member at Large Represent...
11/04/2021

Congratulations to Julio Rosado who was just named In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association's Member at Large Representative.

Julio has been recognized throughout his career for his attention to detail and extraordinary commitment to his customers.

Learn more about his story here: http://ow.ly/JN2K50GGf1i

Congratulations to Julio Rosado who was just named In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association's Member at Large Representative.

Julio has been recognized throughout his career for his attention to detail and extraordinary commitment to his customers.

Learn more about his story here: http://ow.ly/JN2K50GGf1i

RR Donnelley has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Atlas Holdings in an all-cas...
11/03/2021
RRD Agrees to $2.1B Offer from Atlas Holdings

RR Donnelley has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Atlas Holdings in an all-cash transaction with a total enterprise value of approximately $2.1 billion.

The printing industry acquisition agreement has been unanimously approved by the RRD board of directors. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Atlas Holdings will acquire all of the outstanding shares of RRD common stock, and RRD stockholders will receive $8.52 per share in cash for each share of...

In the first quarter of 2020, Dede Simmons, Print Manager at the University of North Alabama, implemented Print Shop Pro...
11/02/2021

In the first quarter of 2020, Dede Simmons, Print Manager at the University of North Alabama, implemented Print Shop Pro from edu Business Solutions to equip her department with better management tools and enable Web-to-print capabilities.

Read how the system has been working for the in-plant: http://ow.ly/qN3Q50GEEba

In the first quarter of 2020, Dede Simmons, Print Manager at the University of North Alabama, implemented Print Shop Pro from edu Business Solutions to equip her department with better management tools and enable Web-to-print capabilities.

Read how the system has been working for the in-plant: http://ow.ly/qN3Q50GEEba

11/02/2021
New Video: IPI Tours Five In-plants in PA

This video offers an inside look at the in-plants at the Dauphin County Library System, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Messiah University, Dickinson College, and Penn State Health.

Click here to watch the full video and follow along as IPI Editor Bob Neubauer goes on his first in-plant road trip in years: http://ow.ly/xy6650GEtgw

As announcements of price increases continue to roll out on both raw materials and ink itself, the surge in dollar signs...
11/01/2021

As announcements of price increases continue to roll out on both raw materials and ink itself, the surge in dollar signs has immediate effects on printing shops everywhere trying to fill an onset of orders.

Learn more about the effects of global supply chain challenges on the world of digital ink: http://ow.ly/fLTR50GCukg

As announcements of price increases continue to roll out on both raw materials and ink itself, the surge in dollar signs has immediate effects on printing shops everywhere trying to fill an onset of orders.

Learn more about the effects of global supply chain challenges on the world of digital ink: http://ow.ly/fLTR50GCukg

Could the toner and paper shortages brought on by supply chain disruptions fuel the ill-advised push toward digital dist...
10/29/2021

Could the toner and paper shortages brought on by supply chain disruptions fuel the ill-advised push toward digital distribution of educational materials?

It’s being pondered at one London, Ontario, school district: http://ow.ly/H8Fl50GBcph

Could the toner and paper shortages brought on by supply chain disruptions fuel the ill-advised push toward digital distribution of educational materials?

It’s being pondered at one London, Ontario, school district: http://ow.ly/H8Fl50GBcph

The ability to reduce human intervention, boost visibility across end-to-end workflows, and create seamless progression ...
10/28/2021
PDF + JDF = ADF: The Formula for Print Shop Success

The ability to reduce human intervention, boost visibility across end-to-end workflows, and create seamless progression from job onboarding through to delivery, are critical components of successful and smart print production environments.

Workflow automation has transcended the ‘nice to have’ bracket and entered into essential territory. Jonathan Malone-McGrew, senior director of Engagement at Solimar Systems discusses why automated factories are the path forward.

Digital printing led to transformational industry change. High-speed, roll-fed inkjet presses continue to gain users and...
10/27/2021

Digital printing led to transformational industry change. High-speed, roll-fed inkjet presses continue to gain users and present profitable opportunities across all segments.

This asset provides valuable insights for in-plant printing operations about today’s inkjet systems: http://ow.ly/3Xw150GzAvX

Digital printing led to transformational industry change. High-speed, roll-fed inkjet presses continue to gain users and present profitable opportunities across all segments.

This asset provides valuable insights for in-plant printing operations about today’s inkjet systems: http://ow.ly/3Xw150GzAvX

E-commerce is exploding, and direct-to-garment aligns perfectly with a digitized marketplace. By 2024, two-thirds of app...
10/26/2021

E-commerce is exploding, and direct-to-garment aligns perfectly with a digitized marketplace. By 2024, two-thirds of apparel in the U.S. will be purchased online.

Learn more about why you should expand into direct-to-garment printing here: http://ow.ly/NAVk50GyHy2

E-commerce is exploding, and direct-to-garment aligns perfectly with a digitized marketplace. By 2024, two-thirds of apparel in the U.S. will be purchased online.

Learn more about why you should expand into direct-to-garment printing here: http://ow.ly/NAVk50GyHy2

Deep inside the Pentagon, the U.S. Navy maintains an in-plant operation to produce high-profile documents supporting the...
10/25/2021
Keeping Navy Printing Shipshape

Deep inside the Pentagon, the U.S. Navy maintains an in-plant operation to produce high-profile documents supporting the Navy’s mission.

Deep inside the Pentagon, the U.S. Navy maintains an in-plant operation to produce high-profile documents supporting the Navy’s mission.

In a new blog on the Rochester Software Associates site, Consultant Howie Fenton discusses how to 1) identify the risk, ...
10/22/2021

In a new blog on the Rochester Software Associates site, Consultant Howie Fenton discusses how to 1) identify the risk, 2) decide if it is a good risk or a bad risk, and 3) offer a plan to mitigate or minimize the risk.

Here's what you need to know: http://ow.ly/CT0d50GufCF

In a new blog on the Rochester Software Associates site, Consultant Howie Fenton discusses how to 1) identify the risk, 2) decide if it is a good risk or a bad risk, and 3) offer a plan to mitigate or minimize the risk.

Here's what you need to know: http://ow.ly/CT0d50GufCF

In this article, we’re sharing how the global supply chain disruption has affected various printers, how the allocation ...
10/21/2021

In this article, we’re sharing how the global supply chain disruption has affected various printers, how the allocation system has stifled expansion plans, and more.

For those printers struggling to just find enough paper to meet deadlines and fulfill customer jobs, we’re also highlighting six paper buying tips for a tight market: http://ow.ly/chKY50GufF1

In this article, we’re sharing how the global supply chain disruption has affected various printers, how the allocation system has stifled expansion plans, and more.

For those printers struggling to just find enough paper to meet deadlines and fulfill customer jobs, we’re also highlighting six paper buying tips for a tight market: http://ow.ly/chKY50GufF1

A manager who’s not afraid to roll up her sleeves and pitch in, Lisa Pitts also keeps a close eye on customer satisfacti...
10/20/2021

A manager who’s not afraid to roll up her sleeves and pitch in, Lisa Pitts also keeps a close eye on customer satisfaction and the well-being of her staff.

Check out her story: http://ow.ly/AITv50GufEb

A manager who’s not afraid to roll up her sleeves and pitch in, Lisa Pitts also keeps a close eye on customer satisfaction and the well-being of her staff.

Check out her story: http://ow.ly/AITv50GufEb

At Ferris State University, the in-plant recently installed a Melco EMT16X embroidery machine to tap into the garment pr...
10/19/2021

At Ferris State University, the in-plant recently installed a Melco EMT16X embroidery machine to tap into the garment printing market.

The four-employee shop was urged to move into T-shirt and apparel production by the school’s marketing department, which was fielding numerous garment requests every week: http://ow.ly/YfBU50GtY9W

At Ferris State University, the in-plant recently installed a Melco EMT16X embroidery machine to tap into the garment printing market.

The four-employee shop was urged to move into T-shirt and apparel production by the school’s marketing department, which was fielding numerous garment requests every week: http://ow.ly/YfBU50GtY9W

Each December, we rank the country's largest in-plants by annual sales and number of employees.We've put together a shor...
10/18/2021

Each December, we rank the country's largest in-plants by annual sales and number of employees.

We've put together a short survey to help us compile data about the largest operations. Take the survey now to see where you rank: http://ow.ly/7AzG50GtfWE

Each December, we rank the country's largest in-plants by annual sales and number of employees.

We've put together a short survey to help us compile data about the largest operations. Take the survey now to see where you rank: http://ow.ly/7AzG50GtfWE

Putting University of Hartford's Print and Mail Services in charge of garments has many advantages for the university, t...
10/15/2021

Putting University of Hartford's Print and Mail Services in charge of garments has many advantages for the university, the chief being control of brand consistency.

The in-plant is already monitoring this in the other printing it does, and understands the importance of color accuracy, particularly in UHart’s red logo: http://ow.ly/756D50GsaV0

To help the Miami-Dade Internal Services Department Print Shop maintain flexibility in delivering fast and inexpensive p...
10/14/2021

To help the Miami-Dade Internal Services Department Print Shop maintain flexibility in delivering fast and inexpensive print-on-demand work, Graphics Services Manager David Campos started looking into inkjet options.

Ultimately, they chose two RISO, Inc. Valezus T2100 inkjet printers and a Riso GD 9630: http://ow.ly/Ybwn50Grukk

When in-plants add new services, it makes them more valuable to the parent organization, while heightening the potential...
10/13/2021

When in-plants add new services, it makes them more valuable to the parent organization, while heightening the potential for expanded revenue streams.

At the State of Tennessee’s Document Solutions operation, that new service came in the form of office signage: http://ow.ly/3IcE50GqM01

When in-plants add new services, it makes them more valuable to the parent organization, while heightening the potential for expanded revenue streams.

At the State of Tennessee’s Document Solutions operation, that new service came in the form of office signage: http://ow.ly/3IcE50GqM01

Thinking back on how cumbersome and time-consuming shop management used to be, Dede Simmons, Print Manager at University...
10/12/2021

Thinking back on how cumbersome and time-consuming shop management used to be, Dede Simmons, Print Manager at University of North Alabama's Print Services, is ecstatic about the efficiency its new print management system has brought to her in-plant.

Check it out: http://ow.ly/YZx150Gqgec

After visiting five in-plants in central Pennsylvania last week, Bob Neubauer discovered that effects of the pandemic co...
10/11/2021

After visiting five in-plants in central Pennsylvania last week, Bob Neubauer discovered that effects of the pandemic continue to reverberate and make shop employees' lives more difficult, but all say their parent organizations appreciate their efforts and continue to give them strong support.

Check out which in-plants he visited: http://ow.ly/lNsb50GpuUX

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For 65 years In-plant Impressions has been serving the in-plant industry. IPI is the only graphic arts magazine in the world written specifically for in-plants. Based in Philadelphia, IPI has been published since 1951 and focuses on helping in-plant managers increase productivity and stay competitive. Articles cover successful in-plants, new graphic arts technologies and other prepress, printing, bindery and mailing issues.

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“One of the biggest things we were able to do was fully automate our print center and our workflow." Learn how LMI's Phil Ward provides outstanding service to end users thanks to their work with Ricoh, via In-Plant Impressions: https://bit.ly/2UZ73iC #RicohChangeMakers #ChangeForBetter #InPlant #Print #Workflow #Leadership #Automation
“One of the biggest things we were able to do was fully automate our print center and our workflow." Learn how LMI's Phil Ward provides outstanding service to end users thanks to their work with Ricoh, via In-Plant Impressions: https://bit.ly/3wJLpfj #LookAtRicoh
Offset or digital? Check out why UniPrint chose offset. Maybe because Komori’s versatile Lithrone G37 press #prints jobs 60% faster? The rest of the story is in In-Plant Impressions. Take a quick read: https://www.inplantimpressions.com/article/offset-business-still-strong-at-ohio-state/
TODAY #Webinar Bob Neubauer presents NEW #inplant research & moderates LIVE conversation w/State of CO & Hillsboro Schools: Workflow Automation's Role in Post-COVID Recovery. Register -> http://bit.ly/3dGyS6y. New eBook! In-Plant Impressions #Recovery #workflowautomation #productionprint #WTP #outputmanagement
3/17 #Inplant #Webinar LIVE conversation w/ Mike Lincoln & Dave Bryson, Workflow Automation's Role in Post-COVID Recovery. Info & register -> http://bit.ly/3dGyS6y. NEW In-Plant Impressions research. #Recovery #workflowautomation #productionprint #WTP
#webinar LIVE conversation w/2 #inplant #print managers and new eBook, Tips for Surviving the Pandemic and Recovering. Get it all 3/17 at Workflow Automation's Role in Post-COVID Recovery. Info & register: http://bit.ly/3dGyS6y. In-Plant Impressions #Recovery #workflow #WTP #outputmanagement.
In-Plant Impressions recently spoke with four managers at in-plants around the country to learn more about the challenges they have faced in the workplace based on their race and how they’ve handled them.
#InPlant #webinar: Workflow Automation's Role in Post-COVID Recovery 3/17. Live conversation with two #InPlant managers. Info & register: http://bit.ly/3dGyS6y. In-Plant Impressions #Recovery #workflowautomation #productionprint #WTP #outputmanagement
See the latest issue of In-Plant Impressions to see several Roland DG in-plant users win recognition in the In-Print 2020 Awards Competition. We'd like to congratulate Excellus BlueCross BlueShield , University of Nevada, Reno and BucknellU for their amazing work. Read it here>>>https://bit.ly/2U3W9nY #RolandDGA #Inplantimpressions #latgeformat #printing #BTBYB
In-Plant Impressions has a variety of FREE COVID-19 resources to help promote safety protocols. Access these resources in the link below! https://www.inplantimpressions.com/article/free-templates-for-covid-19-signage/ There are so many great options to choose from!
Our Marketing Director’s latest In-Plant Impressions #inplant blog. The post discusses RSA in-plant pandemic survey results and other ways we’ve supported in-plants during the pandemic. https://bit.ly/3f6SZZ2
Tacoma Public Schools in-plant flooded with work. In-Plant Impressions interviews customer, Mike Griswold. https://bit.ly/2VzSy1v. Learn more about them in this case study: http://bit.ly/TSDCase. #inplantawareness