Our partners at Hemet Unified School District were recently featured in an article in In-Plant Graphics.

When Hemet Unified School District adopted a new math curriculum last year, the southern California district ordered printed materials from the curriculum provider. It arrived on 52 pallets and was distributed to classrooms around the district.

Teachers quickly realized the materials weren’t set up exactly like they wanted. Lessons were in a different order than they would have preferred, and there was no color on any of the graphics.

When district officials discussed how to improve the process, Andrew McGuire, director of Purchasing, Warehouse and the Instructional Publication Center, suggested looking into the cost of printing the curriculum in-house, in the district’s Instructional Publication Center. The eight-employee in-plant’s Xerox Color 1000 was doing great work, but adding millions of pages of curriculum material would require more firepower.

After doing an ink coverage analysis with the district’s Xerox dealer, Image Source, McGuire concluded the in-plant could take on this crucial workload by adding two inkjet presses. So last December, the in-plant took delivery of:

  • A Xerox Brenva HD cut-sheet production inkjet press
  • A Xerox Rialto 900 roll-to-cut-sheet inkjet press

This has changed everything at the in-plant, altering the way jobs are processed and greatly increasing its workload. But it has allowed the in-plant to play a crucial role in improving the educational experience by helping teachers do their jobs better.

In its busiest month the Rialto printed 1.5 million pages, and the Brenva printed 1 million, he says.

“It allows us the ability to customize [the curriculum] the way that they want it,” notes Karl Melzer, manager of the Instructional Publication Center.

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