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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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The Association of College and University Printers conference returned in-person for the first time in three years. Host...
04/21/2022
ACUP+ Returns

The Association of College and University Printers conference returned in-person for the first time in three years. Hosting more than 40 higher-ed and K-12 in-plant managers, it was quite the success!

http://ow.ly/b2nP50IO7Gx

After two years of virtual conferences, in-plant managers finally got a chance to get together in person again when the Association of College and University Printers held its recent conference in Vancouver, Washington.

The opening session of ACUP 2022 is about to begin in Vancouver, Wash. More than 50 higher-Ed in-plant managers are here...
04/04/2022

The opening session of ACUP 2022 is about to begin in Vancouver, Wash. More than 50 higher-Ed in-plant managers are here, together for the first time in 3 years.

Despite receiving fewer entries than in a normal non-pandemic year, it took the judges all day Monday to examine the In-...
03/10/2022

Despite receiving fewer entries than in a normal non-pandemic year, it took the judges all day Monday to examine the In-Print 2022 contest entries and pick winners.

As a result, 57 pieces were selected to win prizes in In-Print 2022, the only printing contest exclusively for in-plants: http://ow.ly/ej6850Ig2Mi

In our FREE webinar on 3/15 at 2 p.m. EST, the team at the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Print Shop will share how the...
03/08/2022

In our FREE webinar on 3/15 at 2 p.m. EST, the team at the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Print Shop will share how they have brought value to their healthcare organization, taken advantage of opportunities to add services and bring work in-house, and how that led to them doubling the size of their in-plant in 2021.

Register today: http://ow.ly/qroW50Ie7le

Some excellent booklet entries in this year’s In-Print contest. It’s been tough for our judges to pick the winners.
03/07/2022

Some excellent booklet entries in this year’s In-Print contest. It’s been tough for our judges to pick the winners.

The In-Print 2022 contest judging is moving right along, with judges inspecting annual reports now.
03/07/2022

The In-Print 2022 contest judging is moving right along, with judges inspecting annual reports now.

Over the years, IPI has profiled the careers of many women who manage in-plant printing operations around the country.In...
03/07/2022

Over the years, IPI has profiled the careers of many women who manage in-plant printing operations around the country.

In celebration of Women's History Month, we'd like to share some of these stories again to highlight the important role women play in the in-plant industry: http://ow.ly/6ElE50IbPuS

On Monday, the judges of the In-Print 2022 contest will examine each entry with loupes, weeding out those with cracked f...
03/04/2022

On Monday, the judges of the In-Print 2022 contest will examine each entry with loupes, weeding out those with cracked folds or bad registration, then selecting Gold, Silver and Bronze winners.

Check out who this year's judges are: http://ow.ly/jtbv50IaoA1

California Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed Paul G. Dixon of Sacramento as the new State Printer.As the new State Pri...
03/03/2022

California Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed Paul G. Dixon of Sacramento as the new State Printer.

As the new State Printer, he inherits an in-plant that has seen sweeping changes over the past few years. It is the largest state printing operation in the country: http://ow.ly/jWPa50I9bWq

March is Women's History Month. This led Editor-in-Chief Bob Neubauer to make an observation he's mostly kept to myself ...
03/02/2022

March is Women's History Month. This led Editor-in-Chief Bob Neubauer to make an observation he's mostly kept to myself all these years: the in-plant industry employs a lot more women as managers and directors than the commercial printing industry.

Read more insight here: http://ow.ly/KzsA50I88Xv

03/01/2022

In May 2020, when the pandemic was still fresh, Editor-in-Chief Bob Neubauer spoke with the directors of three large university print and mail operations about how they were coping with the current crisis.

Now, Bob revisits these conversations to learn how to learn how the directors have rebounded after nearly two years of COVID-19: http://ow.ly/ueXg50I6Y2O

Yale University Printing & Publishing Services, the third largest university in-plant according to sales, has hired form...
02/28/2022

Yale University Printing & Publishing Services, the third largest university in-plant according to sales, has hired former Bucknell University in-plant manager Lisa Scott (Hoover) as director of the 40-employee operation.

Check it out: http://ow.ly/Ruhl50I60Y2

Troy Ingram has spent his entire career working for California school district in-plants. He started in 7th grade, as pa...
02/24/2022

Troy Ingram has spent his entire career working for California school district in-plants. He started in 7th grade, as part of a program in Los Angeles that offered trade experience as electives, and discovered a love of print in the graphic arts program.

Check out his story: http://ow.ly/zFkl50I3BLU

A global printer manufacturer has expressed “deep concern” about the potential knock-on impact of the reclassification o...
02/22/2022

A global printer manufacturer has expressed “deep concern” about the potential knock-on impact of the reclassification of a chemical used in some inkjet inks as a Class B drug.

Get the facts: http://ow.ly/RBp450I1eoA

02/21/2022
ACUP+ is Back! Here's What to Expect

Who else has missed in-plant conferences? In April, we are finally able to gather in-person for the first time in three years at the Association of College and University Printers conference.

We spoke with ACUP+ board member Tom Lydon to learn more: http://ow.ly/a6n450I0rnW

Digital press manufacturers and paper suppliers have invested heavily in research and development initiatives that have ...
02/18/2022

Digital press manufacturers and paper suppliers have invested heavily in research and development initiatives that have resulted in today’s substrate flexibility.

But, there are still steps that printers can take in house to maximize the results they can achieve with digital printing: http://ow.ly/blhw50HYGsb

Wide-format printers surveyed by PRINTING United Alliance and NAPCO Research view 2022 with a mix of optimism and realis...
02/17/2022
Economic Outlook 2022: Graphic and Sign Production

Wide-format printers surveyed by PRINTING United Alliance and NAPCO Research view 2022 with a mix of optimism and realism.

Central to their plans: capital investment that promotes productivity, expansion into new markets, and automation.

Wide-format printers view 2022 with a mix of optimism and realism. They expect to grow and see opportunity in a broad range of products. But they also expect supply shortages and labor shortages.

One of East Tennessee State University Postal and Passport Services' most successful initiatives is its software system,...
02/15/2022

One of East Tennessee State University Postal and Passport Services' most successful initiatives is its software system, which was built in-house.

This continually upgraded software distributes the new addresses to students while allowing them to submit forwards, holds, close requests, updated information, additional authorized users, and more.

Learn more about the in-plants recent upgrades: http://ow.ly/p1vj50HVTB6

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the sweeping Postal Service Reform Act of 2021, clearing the way for...
02/14/2022

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the sweeping Postal Service Reform Act of 2021, clearing the way for the USPS reform legislation to move on to the Senate, where a companion bill already has similar bipartisan support.

Here are some key provisions within the Act: http://ow.ly/1kO150HUxbT

PRINTING United Alliance's Premier PRINT Awards competition has officially opened!This all-encompassing program highligh...
02/10/2022

PRINTING United Alliance's Premier PRINT Awards competition has officially opened!

This all-encompassing program highlights printing technology across market segments: http://ow.ly/aR9q50HS1zF

As we approach the second-year anniversary of the pandemic, it is important to adopt a strategy like video communication...
02/09/2022

As we approach the second-year anniversary of the pandemic, it is important to adopt a strategy like video communications to demonstrate your responsiveness to changing customer and employee needs and for use to increase satisfaction, awareness, and sales.

Here's what you need to know: http://ow.ly/UIN750HQOWo

When you are attending a conference this year, attend for the education. Attend for the experience. Attend with the unde...
02/08/2022
Building on a Strong Foundation

When you are attending a conference this year, attend for the education. Attend for the experience. Attend with the understanding that there is a master blueprint, and we are all part of something bigger.

Just as a construction foreman wants to be sure the building’s base is strong before adding new levels, in-plant managers who attend industry conferences are building upon the foundations laid by those who have gone before them.

Treat promotional products not as a simple add-on, but as a missing piece that can unlock the full potential of your cus...
02/07/2022

Treat promotional products not as a simple add-on, but as a missing piece that can unlock the full potential of your customers’ overall print marketing and advertising strategy.

Here's what you need know: http://ow.ly/qbrh50HOq15

It's In-Plant Awareness Month! How are you celebrating?
02/04/2022
February is In-plant Awareness Month

It's In-Plant Awareness Month! How are you celebrating?

Though in-plants all around the country will be promoting the value they provide to their parent organizations during In-plant Awareness Month, they'll be doing it much differently than in years past. Here are some ideas.

Though nearly three-quarters of in-plant managers say the COVID-19 pandemic had no impact on their salaries, the data in...
02/03/2022

Though nearly three-quarters of in-plant managers say the COVID-19 pandemic had no impact on their salaries, the data in our new salary survey implies otherwise.

Check out some key findings from the report here: http://ow.ly/JbfG50HLQvx

Ranking in-plants by the average amount of sales each employee generates allows us to compare the efficiency and product...
02/02/2022

Ranking in-plants by the average amount of sales each employee generates allows us to compare the efficiency and productivity of different-sized operations. It often brings smaller in-plants to the top of the list.

Access your FREE copy of our new report here: http://ow.ly/RwYr50HKCin

For the 19% of in-plants that do sell promotional products, there are always new promo products to discover.Why not add ...
02/01/2022

For the 19% of in-plants that do sell promotional products, there are always new promo products to discover.

Why not add a little splash of pizzazz where possible? Promo Marketing talked to a few suppliers about what is coming down the pipeline in 2022 to created this list of 10 new promotional products to spark creativity: http://ow.ly/svvC30s9iNX

Those in-plants that were stressing about meeting the In-Print 2022 contest deadline on Monday can breathe easier. The c...
01/31/2022

Those in-plants that were stressing about meeting the In-Print 2022 contest deadline on Monday can breathe easier. The contest deadline has been extended two weeks, to Feb. 14.

Here's what you need to know: http://ow.ly/5QjX50HIlOO

The sea change brought by B2 digital finishing cannot be understated.Download our FREE resource to learn how B2 digital ...
01/28/2022

The sea change brought by B2 digital finishing cannot be understated.

Download our FREE resource to learn how B2 digital finishing is solving critical problems that have been limiting high-speed inkjet opportunities until now: http://ow.ly/rkw150HGV94

Though the past decade has brought steady increases to managers’ salaries, that changed in 2021. Average salaries remain...
01/27/2022

Though the past decade has brought steady increases to managers’ salaries, that changed in 2021. Average salaries remained virtually stagnant compared with 2019, climbing just a paltry 0.3%.

This is just one of the findings in In-plant Impressions’ new salary survey report. Access your free copy to learn more: http://ow.ly/Wnv750HFLhe

Equipment upgrades weren’t the only changes Director Don McCarty brought to East Tennessee State University's mail opera...
01/26/2022

Equipment upgrades weren’t the only changes Director Don McCarty brought to East Tennessee State University's mail operation.

From 2018 to 2020, he completely redesigned the department and was heavily involved with its massive renovation: http://ow.ly/2Rls50HELbX

Growing up in Marshall, Minnesota, with passions for graphic design and photography, Lisa Stelter dreamed of pursuing a ...
01/25/2022

Growing up in Marshall, Minnesota, with passions for graphic design and photography, Lisa Stelter dreamed of pursuing a career in the latter and made plans to study the discipline.

Now, as the Manager of Print and Mail Services at Sanford Health, Lisa's journey has led her to exactly where she wants to be: http://ow.ly/r2cN50HCAwO

As paper prices increase (and then increase again), some in-plants have raised their prices; others have tried, but thei...
01/24/2022

As paper prices increase (and then increase again), some in-plants have raised their prices; others have tried, but their efforts have met with resistance.

Check out some first-hand accounts from in-plant managers here: http://ow.ly/eOBI50HBCuA

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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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