Intelligencer — One-stop Initiative
"No matter where we need the imaging system—on-line, off-line or in-line, for a 50,000 or 5,000,000 piece run, the Videojet SR integrates with any of our presses both quickly and easily," says Baker.
When Intelligencer Printing decided to incorporate ink-jet imaging into its 100,000-square-foot printing operation, it employed the resources of two outside consultants who were experts in the nuances of postal regulations. All of the major imaging product manufacturers were reviewed, even though both consultants recommended Videojet as the supplier of choice.
Bill Spencer, Intell's bindery superintendent, spearheaded the project following the marketing decision to bring the imaging process inside. He was soon joined by Michael Stief, director of manufacturing, and Baker, forming the core of the purchasing team.
Seeing is Believing
Spencer and Stief traveled to a large printer on Long Island to see the Videojet SR in operation. Stief remembers, "We were astonished to see virtually untrained people running the SR. We were also greatly impressed with its ability to print high resolution art and addresses on glossy coated media—at over 700 feet per minute. Plus, our host told us that the system was efficient and cost-effective, with great turnaround times."
By then, Steve Brody, Intell president; Julie Butler, MIS manager; and Mark Newkirk, customer service manager, had joined the team as well. With all functional areas of the company represented, the decision to purchase the Videojet SR50B was unanimously confirmed.
Prior to its installation in June 1997, Stief recalls, "Our first shift operator, Steve Nemith, went through the operator and technical training courses at Videojet's headquarters in Wood Dale, IL. From the moment it was up and running, the SR has been super reliable. Steve has gone on to train the operator of our second shift, and our third shift operator is presently in training, so we'll soon be running 24 hours a day. We were really surprised, as we had heard that these systems were not user-friendly," he adds. "Our concerns were completely unfounded."