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University of Southern Indiana Installs Presstek 52DI

Friday, September 07, 2012

Press release from the issuing company

Founded in 1965, the University of Southern Indiana enrolls nearly 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 70 undergraduate majors, 10 master's programs, and one doctoral program. The University’s Publishing Services department, with 11 employees, houses a full-service printing and copy operation, coordinating the production of publications from initial idea to the last staple.


Publishing Services was outsourcing the vast majority of its 4-color work. They were seeking a solution that would allow them to recapture outsourced work, improve overall quality, and provide reduced turnaround times.


Presstek 52DI digital offset press


  • Virtually eliminated outsourcing of 4-color printing, saving time and money for the University
  • Moved runs as low as 500 from toner to digital offset for higher quality
  • Easily added new capacity within a space-constrained environment

Saving Time and Money for the University of Southern Indiana

Terri Bischoff, Assistant Director of Publishing Services, says, “I had exposure to DI technology at a commercial printer where I was previously employed, and understood the benefits of the process.” After researching digital printing technology options, Bischoff and Director Leslie Parker decided that a Presstek 52DI digital offset press would be the best fit and capable of handling the majority of the shop’s 4-color printing based on run lengths, sheet size and quality requirements, adding, “We had the money in reserve, skilled staff, and adequate space. We believed we could make this investment without breaking the bank and that now was the perfect time to make the switch.”

The Presstek 52DI is a highly automated 52cm landscape digital offset 4-color press. The 52DI features support for 300 lpi and FM screening, the ability to go from digital file to printed sheet in 10 minutes, and a small environmental footprint. The press prints up to 10,000 sheets per hour, and can be purchased with inline aqueous coater.

Prior to acquiring the DI, Bischoff reports that Publishing Services was outsourcing 75% to 85% of its color work. With the Presstek 52DI in place, the department, which has first right of refusal for all University printing, has now been able to bring almost all of that back in house, a tremendous cycle time and financial benefit for the University.

Bischoff and Parker were particularly attracted by the 52DI’s automated performance, and its small environmental and physical footprint, adding, “We really like the waterless printing technology and the types of inks the press uses, as well as the fact that it does not use metal plates.” Like many in-plant operations, Publishing Services is space-constrained; Bischoff indicates that the press, with its small footprint as compared to other offset press options, fit perfectly into the shop.

Publishing Services already had a Presstek Vector TX52 platemaker in place, using chemistry-free Freedom Pro plates for its two-color press. “When I got here five years ago,” she explains, “we were still using film-based platemaking, and disposing of the chemistry was a real dilemma, to say nothing of the productivity impact. Considering our great Presstek experience with the Vector TX52, adding the DI press was the next logical step.”

Customers have noticed the difference and have been impressed, according to Bischoff. “Not only do they appreciate the improved quality,” she says, “but they also like the fact that we have complete control over the job rather than outsourcing the work to an outside firm who is juggling the priorities of many customers.” Bischoff also points out that if a quick reprint is needed or if a job needs to be put back on press for any reason, having the DI on site is ideal. In addition, if there is a problem with a file, Publishing Service’s design group is right next door and can expeditiously address any issues. “If we are working with an outsourced vendor,” she says, “these types of issues can add lots of cycle time and/or cost to the job.”

Publishing Services finds it economical to move runs as short as 500 from its toner-based digital press to the Presstek 52DI. “It saves us time and money, and the quality is better,” Bischoff explains.

Bischoff is also very pleased with Presstek service and support. She says, “If we have any issues, they always work through them with us. Even late in the day we are able to reach live technical support, and that is important to us. We have a great technician in our region, and he is extremely responsive. Overall, it is a terrific partnership.”


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