Manchester Metropolitan University upgrades its printing equipment

July 10, 2011 by  

Manchester Metropolitan University has increased the productivity of its in-house printing set-up by installing new equipment.

The university has installed three wide-format printers to allow them to process more of their in-house art production printing with a quicker turnaround time. This is a boost for the university as it has increased productivity, with a job that previously took 15 minutes now taking just two minutes. The newly installed Océ Colourwave 600 machines offer full colour printing.

Altrincham, Manchester and the wider Cheshire and Greater Manchester regions are home to thousands of students who rely upon printing services offered by either universities and colleges themselves or the services offered by local printing companies. At key times during the academic year, turnaround times for in-house printing at Manchester Metropolitan University could be up to three days, whereas the new printers will allow students to print their dissertations, artwork and documents with a turnaround of just eight hours.

Whilst these turnaround times are fast, students and colleges often choose to outsource important printing jobs to local printing companies who have experience in turning around high-quality, full colour printing jobs at high speeds.

The ICT team leader at Manchester Metropolitan University, John Haigh, said that the new printing equipment:

“Certainly helped remove the pressure of peak workloads, and means that we no longer have the same degree of bottlenecks in production. The feedback from staff and students has been overwhelmingly positive.”

This investment in printing technology also shows a continued appreciation of the value of printed work in a world where digital versions of essays, dissertations and course work are increasingly accepted.