On 3rd March, the new unique equipment was officially launched at Voronezh State University Publishing House.
At the opening ceremony, VSU Rector Dmitriy Endovitskyy welcomed the audience:
– “We have recently had a major reorganization: keeping all the employees of the university's printing house and preserving its potential, we created a new unified structure – VSU Publishing House. This enabled us to achieve certain synergy that allows us to reach an entirely different level of publishing and printing. Today, we have formed a publishing and printing centre which is unique for the Central Black Earth Region”.
– “Today's event signifies one of the positive changes in the university's life, its modernization programme and image building. What we have isn't a single machine, but a mini-shop floor which provides for truly high-level printing problem-solving. The new equipment is going to significantly reduce the production costs”, noted the VSU Publishing House Director Dmitriy Diakov.
Thanks to the new machines, VSU now has the most modern complete cycle digital publishing house at its disposal. The equipment purchased includes high-performance black-and-white and colour print systems produced by the Japanese corporation Konica Minolta, as well as a post-processing set made by the Japanese company Horizon.
This equipment is one of the best in the market. The advantages of the digital printing centre open up new opportunities for publishing teaching materials and manuals, as well as scientific literature, increasing the quality and speeding up the overall process of dealing with the orders. The Publishing House is going to be able to perform the so-called on-demand printing of as few as one copy of a book. This is especially relevant for the university, where the average number of copies does not exceed 100–200. The centre also includes one unique element – a paper moistener, which reduces the negative impact of high temperatures. The environmental compatibility of the machine is also worth noting. The equipment uses a unique polymeric toner which reduces the temperature of the fuser. As a result, the toner does not chalk and the printed image lasts much longer than the one made by a usual laser printer.
Answering the questions about the new printing centre, VSU Publishing House Director Dmitriy Diakov stated that the total workload of the products printed at Voronezh State University – the largest university in the Central Black Earth Region – will only account for 35–40% of the total potential capacity of the new equipment.