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Ames On Demand -- Still Rolling On

April 2003

Plain 11x17˝ sheets cut off a roll and perforated by the DocuSheeter cost $8.55 per thousand, versus $9.90 per thousand for 8.5x11˝ pre-perforated sheets. Plus, even for non-perforated applications, rolls saved $1.65 per thousand compared to buying 11x17˝ sheets.

The DocuSheeter's running perforator option is also very simple to use. Its perf wheels resemble pizza cutters that perforate the paper before it's sheeted and fed into the printer. "The setup takes only minutes, and you can quickly lower the perf wheels into position; and if you don't need them, you just lift them up," explains Shea.

Since the DocuSheeter DT was installed, AOD has experienced other benefits, as well. For starters, since sheets are fed one at a time to the DocuTech, with no pulling a sheet off a stack, the DocuSheeter significantly lessens paper jams.

"The manufacturer said the printer would jam less," Shea says. "I admit, in the beginning, I thought this was a little bit of an over-promise, but it's not. The printer with the DocuSheeter never jams and it runs longer."

The DocuSheeter also improved overall productivity, especially during the company's peak demand period, from July through September, including a huge crunch in August due to the beginning of the college season.

"The DocuSheeter, with its 20 hours or so between roll changes, allowed us to handle the workload during our busy season without adding labor for that printer," Shea reveals.

"It's a beautiful thing," confirms Jose Colon, AOD's DocuTech lead. While the lab workbooks started out as a small piece of business, they're now a significant part of the company's ongoing workload, resulting in several million impressions per year.

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