The upgrade involves the installation of an Océ DPS400 production system networked to a print server to handle the bulk of the printing, along with Océ DocWorks as the basis for the software. The Océ DPS400 can print up to 6000 images per hour. Customers will now be encouraged to submit jobs electronically to the print department rather than hard copy, although the system would still handle hard copy input.
According to David Harrison, Murdoch Print manager, the company went with Océ after a long tender process.
"We had a good idea of what we wanted. The National In-Plant Printing and Publishing Association regularly keeps its members up to date with what is available and we were able to see what organisations such as our own could accomplish with new technology. We called in a number of companies to look at our business plan and provide solutions in line with out requirements. The solution by Océ-Australia Limited was ideal for what we wanted and they won the contract," says Harrison.
"We believe the system we have installed is the first fully-integrated digital document system in Western Australia and I think it’s the first at any university in Australia."
The department takes care of the printing needs of more than 11,000 students and staff at the university, operating at more than 25 million impressions a year at its on-campus location. It restricts itself to copying and digital printing, outsourcing its offset work to outside suppliers.
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