The printing needs of Mine Safety Appliances Co. (MSA) along with the definition and functions of ondemand digital printing seemed to be complimentary. Not only can digital presses improve turn around times, but they are also said to be economical for short print runs. Therefore, the focus of this study was to evaluate several on-demand digital printers and determine which press was most appropriate for MSA. After investigation, it was determined while no one press satisfied all of the areas, the Indigo Omnius met the most needs. The Omnius could save time and money printing bags, labels, and a variety of other packaging items. The Omnius, however, had some drawbacks. These drawbacks included not being able to print on both sides of a substrate and not having in-line finishing options. Also, the finishing options were quite costly to purchase separately. A cost analysis determined that the implementation of the Omnius at MSA was a project worth considering. However, further investigation beyond this thesis is recommended. This future investigation should focus on determining a better way to print manuals and evaluating whether or not options such as leasing or purchasing from a vendor that owns an Omnius, would be more beneficial to MSA than buying and implementing a press.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Digital printing; Digital printing presses; Mine Safety Appliances Company

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Document Type


Department, Program, or Center

Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology (CAST)


Goodwin, Daniel

Advisor/Committee Member

Tea, Barry

Advisor/Committee Member

Olsson, David


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