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New Printer at Printing and Mail Services Provides New Options

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
January 26, 2011

Pressure to keep up with demands for the Undergraduate Research Conference might be what led Printing and Mailing Services to buy a new printer but the benefits of the 60-inch Hewlett-Packard Designjet L25500 (HP) are even more than they imagined.

First, there’s the greenness. The thermal inkjet printer uses latex ink, producing odorless prints and low levels of volatile organic compounds, meaning there’s no smell.

Then there’s the speed—about six times faster than the printers previously used to produced posters and materials for the URC. That’s a big difference, what with more than 900 students presenting their research during the weeklong conference.

“We knew we needed a faster printer because we were having a hard time keeping up with URC,” says Paul Roberts, director of Printing and Mailing Services. “Sometimes we’d have to run overnight or, with late requests, tell people we couldn’t do it. For the most part, we were able to meet people’s needs but it was a lot of stress.”

The new HP can create materials that are 60 inches wide rather than the 40-inch width limit of the old wide format printers. And it can print on materials (canvas, vinyl and paper) that will last outdoors for three to five years without being laminated.

“This has opened up new avenues for us,” says Julie Pardus-Oakes, manager of pre-press operations. “For example, before we had to laminate things that were going to be outside. This printer can take thicker, stronger paper, so it doesn’t have to be laminated.”

In addition to eliminating the expense of lamination, the new printer can take different materials, creating such things as office window logos and car decals.

“There’s a lot of glass space on campus, lots of opportunity,” Roberts says.

Students will love another feature of the HP Designjet: custom wallpaper that they can hang in their dorm rooms and easily remove without hurting the walls. Pardus-Oakes says they have already had requests from staff members for the product.

“Someone was moving into an office that didn’t have a window so we made one,” she says. “It’s an inexpensive way to put up customized wall posters. If an office or department is doing a campaign, for example, they can put it up and take it down. “

The pre-pasted PVC-free wallpaper is flame retardant and odor-free. It comes in 54-inch by 100-foot rolls. The price is $5 per square foot. For more information, visit http://www.printing.unh.edu/.

A story on the new printer appeared in the January issue of Digital Output and can be read at
http://www.digitaloutput.net/content/ContentCT.asp?P=2476.


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