COT's Division of Printing Services Moves to New Location, Offers New Services
The Commonwealth Office of Technology's Division of Printing Services (DPS) recently moved its main Frankfort office to 101 Twin Oaks Circle, near the intersection of Interstate 64 and U.S. Highway 127. Previously, the office was located on Myrtle Avenue in Frankfort for many years. The new location provides additional space which allows the division to acquire new equipment and offer additional services to its state agency customers. The phone number of the office remains the same: (502) 564-2670.
The entrance to the Division of Printing Services' new office location at 101 Twin Oaks Circle in Frankfort.
DPS employees Steve Jackson (left) and Ralph Eversole prepare the new Ryobi four-color printing press for another high-speed production run.
DPS employees (l-to-r) Jeff Hedges, George Hinkle, Dick Lewis and Maribeth Smith work on a print job near two new Canon wide-format printers.
A posterboard in the new office displays a variety of print samples available from DPS.
The office relocation represented an important milestone for DPS, marking a new beginning as the division began its move toward a more digital, customer friendly environment. Older labor-intensive equipment is being replaced with newer, more advanced technology which is driving higher productivity and quicker turnaround times for state customers. The upgrades have also helped reduce expenses in many areas, allowing DPS to pass the savings along to its customers while staying within its operating budget.
At the new Twin Oaks Circle location, DPS recently added an advanced Ryobi four-color offset press, along with a new workflow system and computer-to-plate platesetting system from Mitsubishi. The systems work together to allow the division to again offer high quality four-color offset products, which had been unavailable for some time due to high cost. DPS has also made significant upgrades to its wide-format printing equipment with the purchase of two Canon wide-format color printers. These devices print on various types of media at sizes up to 60 inches wide. DPS can also print on weather-proof material for customers that need to display banners and posters outside for an extended period of time.
The improvements are not limited to the new location on Twin Oaks Circle. DPS has two other copy centers in Frankfort that are also offering new services. The copy centers now use high-volume printers from Canon with inline Booklet Makers and Perfect Binders to produce finished bound books. These devices enable DPS to produce high quality products with a quicker turnaround time by eliminating the need to ship books to other locations for finish binding. Copy center print volumes have been rising steadily, currently averaging over 2.6 million impressions a month, a 10 percent increase in production since the upgrades were implemented.
DPS has also added new software that provides many additional customization options for black and white printing. The division is installing Web-based Digital Store Front software that will soon allow customers to submit print requests, view proofs, review printing options and make other choices from their office PC via the Internet. The tool will offer many advantages to DPS customers and when fully implemented will streamline the process of ordering print jobs while improving efficiency and productivity.
Anyone interested in seeing the new DPS office and learning more about the new printing options available is invited to stop by the new location to take a tour and observe the state's new printing capabilities in action. Additional information, including a brochure describing most services, is available on the DPS Web site.