Edinburgh University takes more print in-house
December 16, 2009 by Michael
Cutting costs is important for all establishments in the current economic climate. The University of Edinburgh is looking to reduce the costs of its four colour work by bringing more of the work in-house.
The University will make savings after investing in a new Presstek 34DI digital offset press. The press is housed at the University’s printing services department. The aim is to concentrate on medium and short run work and keep 10% of it at the in-house facility. Printing services manager Stuart Mclean said:
The purchase was made in order to cut the costs of B3 work while improving both quality and productivity
The department used the new press on several jobs and found that certain jobs were 40% cheaper to produce. Before investing in the new equipment, the print department was handling more work involving depth of colour and solids. They had to wait overnight for work to dry before they could finish it. However, this is no longer the case and turnaround time has been reduced.
The University will also be able to handle new business, which would not have been possible without the new Presstek 34DI press.
This is all good news for the University, though not so good news, for example, for printing companies in Edinburgh who may have lost that 10% of previously outsourced work.
Advances in digital print are making such shifts possible in large establishments. However, they have also opened up new printing opportunities for print companies.