Avoid a tablet generation gap 

Jul 01, 2011

If you want to know if someone is 35 or older just sneak a peek at the bottom of their feet. Our soles are dirty and calloused from powering our Flintstone Mobiles. A Pew Research report found: Millennials (AKA the 18-34 year olds) are the only generation that is more likely to own a laptop computer or netbook than a desktop: 70% own a laptop.

Seeing the light 

Jul 01, 2011

IST METZ held its Fifth UV Days at its sprawling headquarters near Stuttgart, Germany, this May. The three-day event, which attracted about 550 attendees from 30 different countries, featured four printing demos on sheetfed, digital, label and pad printing equipment. IST converted part of its massive Plant 2B building into a temporary UV Lounge complete with couches, chairs and refreshment stations.

Industry | Events 2011 

Jul 01, 2011

Introducing PMA (www.pmai.org), The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations, recently launched CliQ (www.cliqworld.com) with how-to tips, product reviews and monthly photo contests. CliQ brings extensive changes to the PMA 2011 annual convention. PMA has formed a partnership with the Consumer Electronics Assn. to co-locate CliQ (formerly the PMA show) with the 2012 International CES , scheduled

Printers to the trade 

Jul 01, 2011

Wholesale printing is a sensitive business. One trade shop will serve numerous commercial printers, some of which are sure to be competitors. Integrity is everything in this segment of the market, says Raymond J. Prince, vice president of NAPL's Technical Consulting Group. In my opinion, 95% of [printers to the trade] are great, but a few have salespeople who do not recognize the special relationship

How to save money on ink 

Jul 01, 2011

We all like to save money on our raw materials, but there are good ways and bad ways to do it. The cheapest ink might be what you need to do the job. Or, it very well might not be what is needed, and it could be costing you a lot of money. Test a set of inks for at least 30 days on press in production. If there are issues with quality or service, they will show up in this timespan. I have several

Cookie support 

Jul 01, 2011

The annual cookie program is a major fundraiser for the Girl Scouts of the Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys Council (River Valleys) (www.girlscoutsrv.org). Encouraging Scout participation is critical to the success of the program. In the past, staff had provided vital information through a monthly e-mail that only reached parents or troop leaders. River Valleys felt that communicating directly

Improving the USPS 

Jul 01, 2011

The annual National Postal Forum (NPF), held in San Diego, May 1-4, 2011, hosted approximately 4,000 attendees. Here are some highlights relevant to U.S. printers: Free Confirm Data Effective with the anticipated pricing change in January 2012, the United States Postal Service (USPS) will begin offering free Confirm mail tracking data for mailers participating in Intelligent Mail Full-Service. Remember,

Benefit from change 

Jul 01, 2011

The new, electronica-esque drupa song was written to express drupa's themes of dynamics, optimism and a focus on the future. Messe Dsseldorf promises it will get you in the mood for the May 2012 show. See www.drupa.com.

New approach to mechanical binding 

Jul 01, 2011

The EcoBinder coil binding system from Kugler-Womako (www.kw.kpl.net), a Korber PaperLink company, eliminates traditional plastic combs or wire spirals in favor of 22-mm wide printable paper rings. Input and output stations are located next to each other one worker can operate the entire machine. In the semi-automated version, bundles are inserted by hand. At 15 cpm and with no manual intervention

Reducing the book's carbon footprint 

Jul 01, 2011

The Green Press Initiative's Book Industry Environmental Council encompassing publishers, printers, paper suppliers and non-governmental organizations aims to achieve a 20% reduction in the book industry's carbon footprint by 2020. In 2007, their study concluded annual emissions are 12.4 metric tons, as an industry, and about 8.5 metric lbs. per printed book. Cascades' Julie Loyer explains the group's

Don't be a museum piece 

Jul 01, 2011

Midway Village is one of thousands of living history museums scattered throughout the United States. It has a museum full of indoor exhibits, but the main draw is its outdoor collection of restored pioneer-era buildings. Midway Village features 26 historical structures, including a general store, hardware store, blacksmith shop, schoolhouse, town hall, police station, plumbing shop, bank, hotel, hospital,

Michael Scott, have you met The Printz? 

Jul 01, 2011

How do you leverage social media to promote digital, offset, wide-format and photobook capabilities? Canada's TPH/The Printing, a quick printing specialist with 70-company owned locations, recently wrestled with this B2B branding challenge. Teaming with Endeavour Marketing (Toronto), TPH launched a series of seven videos starring The Printz. This shaggy Nordic character something like a cross between

Feeding the elephants while searching for greener pastures 

Jul 01, 2011

Until a few years ago, printers could earn a living just by being good operators paying attention to executing well in sales and manufacturing. They weren't profit leaders but they could get by, doing the same old things a little differently. Now, doing the same old things just doesn't work at all, and more than one third of all printers have disappeared. The dual challenge The economics of a printing

7 tips for continuous improvement 

Jul 01, 2011

Our company has spent the past two years implementing lean manufacturing principles throughout our operation. During this time, we've learned a lot and realized tremendous benefits. The biggest benefit printers will notice with lean is a reduction in process lead times, resulting in lower costs, higher quality and improved on-time deliveries. This translates into greater customer loyalty and a higher

Brochure showcases paper highlights 

Jun 01, 2011

Domtar (www.domtar.com) will serve up a new print promotion for Lynx Opaque Ultra titled Lynx On Tap. This beer-themed brochure employs graphics and custom detailing to show the full range of color and ink hold-out of Lynx Opaque Ultra. Lynx Opaque Ultra has a 96 brightness rating, true white shade, opacity and uniform formation. The brochure was printed conventionally with 4-color process, one spot

Bulkley Dunton, xpedx to distribute Appleton's Utopia inkjet papers 

Jun 01, 2011

xpedx and Bulkley Dunton are the exclusive U.S. distributors of Appleton Coated Utopia Inkjet papers, expanding a long-standing relationship among the three companies. The Utopia inkjet papers were co-developed with HP, and optimized for HP's new web inkjet presses, including the T200, T300, T350 and T400 presses. The papers can be used on other new-generation inkjet web presses including the Kodak

Design center shows quality of digital paper 

Jun 01, 2011

Sappi has launched a Digital Design Center online, which allows printers to create custom marketing tools to promote their own digital printing capabilities. The Digital Design Center invites printers to customize the marketing tool by inputting print shop specific information such as: Products, Services and Sustainability. It provides information about the digital printing and paper segment as well

A sweet reward 

Jun 01, 2011

Tags for the Tell Tale Preserve Co., a new patisserie and delicatessen in San Francisco, received top honors in PaperSpecs Gallery's (www.paperspecsgallery.com) Design of the Month awards. Chef William Werner created the Tell Tale Society, which is comprised of people who sign up to receive a bag filled with seasonally influenced preserves, confections, cookies and cakes, both sweet and savory, each

Try a little social media 

Jun 01, 2011

I don't remember when I first met Jim David, vice president of marketing for Ussery Printing. But I admire his Facebook feed. David's posts don't push the Dallas-area printer's capabilities. He often has a funny graphic arts related news item to share or an interesting statistic on direct mail's effectiveness. I am an information junkie, David says of his online activities. I try to [read and post]

Paper replaces PVC for gift cards 

Jun 01, 2011

Monadnock Paper Mills (www.mpm.com) launches Monadnock Envi Card Stock, The Un-Plastic, creating a renewable wood fiber alternative to PVC card materials. Envi Card Stock is recommended for gift cards, loyalty cards, membership cards, hotel keys and durable signage. It is durable, recyclable and prints using offset, thermal or digital printing techniques. It can be embossed, foil stamped and laminated,

Embrace technology 

Jun 01, 2011

Graph Expo 2011 (www.graphexpo.com) is billed as, The most comprehensive trade show for prepress, printing, finishing, converting, mailing, wide format and digital technologies in the Americas in 2011. Themed Embrace Technology, the big show will take place September 11-14 in Chicago's McCormick Place South. More than 500 exhibitors are expected to show their wares. Twenty or more co-located industry

Logos that educate 

Jun 01, 2011

Finch Paper (www.finchpaper.com) unveils its latest educational offering on the company's website, a new Environmental Logos section. Designers and printers seeking to prominently display the environmental attributes of the paper they use can download several industry logos to help communicate environmental responsibility to customers' audiences. The logos, available in EPS and JPEG formats, clearly

A press manufacturer's worst nightmare? 

Jun 01, 2011

The answer is not you, but bad power, power outages and power surges to the pressroom sheetfed or web. With older presses, there are some issues; with newer, more complex presses, these become severe. The cure varies depending on the consistency of power in your area. The first protection you will need for delicate computer equipment is commonly called a buck booster to increase voltage in case of

A Father's Day salute 

Jun 01, 2011

Don Burdge is president of LA-based BurdgeCooper. He's also an Eagle Scout, as is his son. But in Don's eight years of serving as counselor for the Graphic Arts and Pulp and Paper merit badges, only one scout contacted him. He never showed up for the appointment, recalls Burdge. Mark Barbour, curator at the Printing Museum (Carson, CA), and I discussed hosting a Merit

Appearance & reality 

Jun 01, 2011

Gmund 925 paper is produced with a mixture of pure silver ions, boasting the first presentation of this effect in the paper industry. Silver's shiny look and metallic properties guarantee a well-balanced relationship between appearance and reality in Gmund 925, the company reports. Designed for presentations, its brushed surface emphasizes elegance and a technically skillful character. The palette