On Feb. 5, an unveiling ceremony was held in the Senator Burns Building to thank Xerox for donating a new iGen4 digital production press to SAIT’s Graphic Communications and Print Technology (GCPT) program.
One of only eight such units in the city, the $1-million printer will allow students in GCPT to work with the latest in digital technology.
Adam Harder, a second-year GCPT student, spoke on behalf of himself and his program at the ceremony:
“[We’re] going to learn the digital side of printing using the best equipment in the business. What better way for us to be prepared for the workforce?”
The vice-president and general manager of western regional operations for Xerox Canada, Brad Stanghetta, also spoke, citing the printer’s benefits beyond the walls of SAIT.
“Our industry partners are very thankful for SAIT allowing us to do this,” he said.
“Being able to train their students on the latest and greatest technology, they come out of the program 100 per cent job-ready.”
The ceremony was also attended by SAIT President Dr. David Ross, and the dean of the School of Information and Communications Technology, Mary Resch, along with the chair of the GCPT program, Gerald Flim.
In an interview after the ceremony, Flim noted that Xerox also provided a monetary contribution for installation and maintenance of the printer.
“SAIT and Xerox have a long-standing relationship and this only strengthens it,” said Flim.
“Xerox has the contract for all on-campus printing.
“All the course guides, any pamphlets or posters, XDocs in the Crandell building, it’s all Xerox.”
The new iGen will afford GCPT students a better understanding of current technology when they enter the workforce.
Other SAIT programs also stand to benefit from Xerox’s donation.
Projects produced by the Journalism program such as The Press and Day in the Life have typically been printed by GCPT students, and the plan is to do that using the new press in the future.
Brenda Klassen, a GCPT instructor, explained that the iGen4 will make designing these projects much easier and more stylish.
“The press will take a 14.33” x 20.5” press sheet which means that when we know a job is going to run on the iGen, we can customize the format accordingly,” she said.
“We’re working on the Day in the Life, currently.
“Rather than a standard tabloid format, we can design a 10” x 10” format for interest.”
There are hundreds and hundreds of billions of pages printed on offset technology that’s being transferred to digital right around the world. To be able to train on technology like this is a big deal. – Brad Stanghetta
Klassen further explained that the digital equipment will allow students to learn an entirely new technology.
“Instead of toner falling onto the paper and getting fused, the image on the iGen is produced by toner floating on a cloud of humidity, imaging a photo-receptor belt, which in turn images the paper,” she said.
“All around, it makes them (students) more employable.”
For more on the new press technology, visit the Xerox’s information page on the iGen4 by clicking here.