Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Costs and Quality Tips for Managing Document Production. (Products Spotlight: Digital Duplication)

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Costs and Quality Tips for Managing Document Production. (Products Spotlight: Digital Duplication)

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Understanding costs. As an administrator, you need to know your printing solutions -- their strengths and weaknesses -- in order to get the best results. Typical midvolume copiers, which produce relatively high-quality black-and-white copies, are most cost-effective for runs of up to a few dozen pages. For more than 30 copies, up to a few thousand, digital duplicators can handle most jobs with speed and ease. Beyond that, consider a highvolume offset press, either in-house or outsourced.

Spread the word. Make sure teachers and staffers have clear guidelines about how to produce various types of documents. Many of today's digital duplicators have a minimum-count feature that solves the problem of people using them for making a single copy. If you make it a priority to keep track of reproduction costs, the savings can be significant.

Color counts. Color can improve retention up to 30 percent, and digital duplicators are the only truly practical choice for inexpensively brightening up, say, 200 copies of a newsletter with spot color. Few schools have invested in costly color copiers, and the per-copy cost of offset can be prohibitive. …

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