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Bangkok University Puts Printing Pains In The Past


Overview:
  • Customer Name
    • Bangkok University




Business Overview

Bangkok University is to be found in the heart of Thailand’s capital. It was officially founded in 1962 and is the Kingdom’s oldest and largest private university. The main aim of the University is to help students reach their highest academic and practical potential. Bangkok University students are equipped with the vision, flexibility and adaptability to pursue their careers confidently in this competitive, fast changing world. The University serves as an academic center where students, experts and researchers meet. Together they work to exchange knowledge, both within the country and internationally. The result is the betterment of education and a greater service to society that adheres to the motto "Advanced Knowledge and Expertise".

Bangkok University offers courses both in English and Thai. The Thai programmes leading to bachelor‘s degrees are available in Business Administration, Accounting, Economics, Communication Arts, Humanities, Laws, Science (majoring in Computer Science), Fine and Applied Arts and Engineering. In 1985, Bangkok University‘s Graduate School began to offer MBA Degree courses. The medium of instruction is English. This graduate programme is fully accredited by the Ministry of University Affair. In 1989, the second graduated programme in Master of Arts in communication Arts (MACA) was launched. The programme is also taught entirely in English and is welcomed by many who pursue careers in the world of communication. This has brought about the extension of the programme to many other Thais who are not everyday users of English, and the Master‘s Degree in Communication Arts taught in Thai, as a result, started in 1991.

The Challenge

With more than 28,000 students across all faculties, the printing needs of the university are extensive. For example, they have stacks of lecture notes to print on a daily basis. The university also prints textbooks, which need to be updated on a regular basis. In the area of communications, leaflets are printed for dissemination and posters are printed to be put up around the campus. The high volume and diverse printing needs call for an in-house printing facility on-campus. This printing facility also doubles up as a print-for-pay outlet for students who print and copy lecture notes, supplementary materials, projects and assignments. Before the implementation of Canon machines, Bangkok University owned several machines to do the job of booklet production. One of which is a four-colour digital printer which prints at a speed of only 12.5 pages per minute at 600dpi. It can take media material of up to only 256 grams per square meter. Because of its speed and print quality, it is mostly used to print book covers. The rest of the materials will be printed on either its monochrome digital printer (for jobs of up to 500 pages) or its one-colour offset machine. Booklet finishing, which includes trimming and binding, is carried out on separate machines. The colour digital printer has sparked a number of complaints. Because of its age, there are regular paper jams and it often breaks down. So students have to waste lots of time finding an alternative located far away from the University. Breakdowns also meant that the University had to use an offset colour machine to run colour print jobs incurring unnecessary expense for short runs, and a longer turnaround time was needed to change the typesetting. Using an offset machine also obliged the University to print in large quantities to make the excercise financially worthwhile. But printing in large quantities meant higher inventory and storage costs - and text books with information that was outdated.

The Solution

After looking into a range different printing machine options, Bangkok University finally chose Canon’s imagePRESS C6000. The imagePRESS C6000 digital press was created to make digital printing more accessible for the print-for-pay and CRD market. It produces output that rivals offset quality, while maintaining colour consistency. It allows for a wide range of jobs, including saddle-stitch booklets, hard-copy reproductions, direct mail pieces and marketing collaterals. Aside from being able to accomplish the required jobs more efficiently, the implementation of the new imagePRESS C6000 also means that Bangkok University can now expand their scope of printing. Now, they print their employees’ namecards in-house. From time to time, they also run on-campus conferences and they are now able to print their conference materials themselves, rather than outsource them to an external party. This saved them money, but most importantly, they can accommodate last-minute updates to the materials. With the new printing system, catering to last- minute on-demand print jobs is a cinch.

The Results
  • All-in maintenance that reduced operating costs and eliminates uncertainty over budget expense
    • Weekly maintenance
    • Stand-by technicians for urgent cases
    • An all-in maintenance contract that covers the care of the toner, on-site service and parts, which helps reduce operating costs and eliminates uncertainty over budget expense
  • Improved ease of use for operators
    • Comes with software provides a centralized job management solution in a production print environment
  • Better cost control and cost efficiency
    • Allows for detailed records of all printing, scanning and copying activities
    • Easy to manage and control printing costs
    • All-colour short run jobs can be channelled to the imagePRESS 6000 for increased cost efficiency
  • High productivity and High output quality for fast turnaround time and increased customer satisfaction
    • Up to 60ppm for colour printing (A4/letter)
    • Can load paper, toner and waste toner while printing to minimise print interruption time
    • Advanced Air Feeding technologies to ensure smooth paper feeding to prevent paper jams – minimise machine down time
    • Gloss Optimization - gives natural finishing and livens up the glossiness of various media
    • 1200dpi x 1200dpi
    • Superior colour consistency: maintain colour value from first sheet to the last
    • Reproduction of colour close to offset print quality
    • Media acceptance from 64-300 gsm
  • Enhanced Finishing capabilities to cater to needs of university
    • Trimming
    • Saddle-stitch binding