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University of North Texas installs new 6-Up Ryobi 755 Press & new proofing system

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Press release from the issuing company

The University of North Texas has a new RYOBI 6-up multicolor offset printing press and a modern new proofing system from xpedx that will allow the university to keep the majority of its printing needs in-house, providing the quality and customer support UNT Printing and Distribution Solutions has become known for across campus.

The new equipment was necessary as good deal of work was being sent to outside vendors because the university’s two-color presses weren’t capable of handling the increasing amount of high-volume four-color work that university departments needed, according to Jimmy Friend, director of UNT Printing and Distribution Solutions.

“The new equipment allows us to keep production of more of our publications, student recruitment and donor solicitation materials in-house,” Friend said. “For example, currently we’ve got a 32-page magazine with cover on the press that we could not have produced with our old equipment. “

UNT Printing and Distribution Solutions, located on the main campus in Denton, just north of Dallas, is a nationally recognized in-plant, with 38 separate regional and national print awards in its trophy cabinet.  Following an exhaustive review of five 6-up presses, the choice came down to the RYOBI 755xlw 5-color 23x29-inch press with coater from xpedx.  

“As a publicly funded institution, we have an obligation to find the absolute best value for every single dollar we spend,” explained Friend.  “The RYOBI 755 was equipped with exactly the features we needed.”

In addition, following a detailed review of their current and long-range needs, xpedx also helped UNT apply for G7 color calibration and print process certification from IDEAlliance.  As part of the equipment services agreement, xpedx also supplied UNT with an Epson Stylus Pro 7900 with spectrophotometer, driven by an EFI Colorproof XF color management system.

Through a bid process, the university acquired a RYOBI 3304 DI press in March 2010 and the 5-color press in July 2010.  This represented a modernization of the university’s offset press capabilities.

“The Ryobi DI, of course, met the need of the mid-range jobs between the HP Indigo and long-run jobs. But we couldn’t do those longer-run jobs on our old 2-color 40-inch press.” Friend said the university now is able to produce 10,000- to 70,000-piece runs with the RYOBI 755 with coater.  

The sale was handled by Dallas-based xpedx representatives W. Scott Brown (offset press specialist) and David Iley (pre-press and graphics specialist).  G7 certification process was coordinated through IDEAlliance by Scott Dunlap of xpedx Cleveland and a national team of xpedx graphics specialists.

About the UNT Printing and Distribution

Serving the University of North Texas campus community for more than 85 years, UNT Printing and Distribution Solutions is recognized as a high-quality printing and mailing provider for its campus community.  In partnership with its clients, employees and suppliers, PDS employs environmentally sustainable resources and more efficient technologies in the delivery of printing and mailing work products and services.  Through its commitment to excellence and quality improvement, UNT Printing and Distribution Solutions is a national leader among in-plant print and mailing operations.  University of North Texas is one of the state’s largest universities with more than 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students.



By Bob Neubauer on Jan 11, 2011

Glad to see you're covering this. UNT is one of the busiest in-plants out there, and a great example of how much an in-plant can benefit its parent organization. (Though I should point out, this installation actually happened back in the summer: http://bit.ly/dKnScM )


By Edward Daniel on Jan 24, 2011

Agree with Bob, "Glad to see you're covering this"


By Eric Vessels on Jan 24, 2011

Thanks for the link to your site Bob and the additional info. This news item would have been more timely, but we don't control when vendors issue press releases about installations.

Agreed on it being a great story though!


By Chuck Werninger on Jan 25, 2011

I totally agree, theirs is a great story and I'm glad you're covering it! These guys are doing a fantastic job and keeping the pressure on all the rest of us in-plants. They're earning some well-deserved and hard-earned honors and deserve the credit.

Challenging times in tough economies force poor-performing businesses to fail in any industry, not just printing. UNT is a great indicator that well-run and progressive-thinking business who aren't afraid to reinvent themselves, to think outside the box and to focus their energy on providing value to their parent organization (in-plants), owners (private businesses) or investors (public) will succeed.

I firmly believe that real winners have a way of finding success in any sport, industry or business and am not surprised to see UNT continue to succeed. Jimmy has built a great team, found the work to keep them busy and found the equipment to reward them with great results. Great work Jimmy and Clem!


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