Screen expands its inkjet reach 

Jun 01, 2011

With the introduction of the Truepress Jet520EX and the Truepress Jet520ZZ, Screen has expanded the level of choice in its own product line as well as in those offered through its partner, Ricoh/InfoPrint Solutions, InfoTrends noted in an October 2010 white paper. The increased speed (up to 220 meters per minute/721 fpm) and broader width (up to 570 millimeters/22.4 inches) of the Truepress Jet520ZZ

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

It's not about the press 

Jun 01, 2011

Yes, most presses look alike to the general public. Should we educate them on the differences? Don't bother.

Xerox update 

Jun 01, 2011

Ink purchase funds operational upgrades 

Jun 01, 2011

Fujifilm North America Corp.'s Graphic Systems Division (www.fujifilmgs.com) and Van Son Holland Ink Corp. of America (www.vansonink.com) announce a new program now available to Fujifilm customers who purchase Van Son inks for the first time. The Van Son Fujifilm Tech Advantage Program allows customers to use Van Son ink purchases from Fujifilm to help finance professional services such as G7 education

5 tips for print business survival 

Jun 01, 2011

Management fads come and go, even in our printing and bindery businesses: Six Sigma Sensitivity training Management by Objective (MBO) Core Competency Management by Consensus is one of the current fads. Twitter, which prides itself on wackiness, has a team of people whose job is to make people happy. Seriously. Fads are not without value they do, indeed, provide useful business practices to many companies.

People 

Jun 01, 2011

Kodak has named Eric Owen vice president, worldwide sales and business development, Digital Printing Solutions. KBA North America announces that Greg Schiefelbein has been selected as the new sheetfed district sales manager covering the Midwest territory of MI, IN, OH and KY. The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has appointed Charles Riddle to serve as chief information officer. Van Son Holland

Step away from the e-blast 

May 01, 2011

Excerpt: It is critical to categorize customers when conducting e-blasts and direct mail. Begin with a defined process, a discipline and the right customer relationship management (CRM) software. Then get to know your customers and segment appropriately. Don't forget to train sales reps on the importance of this information and how information will be used. Simplify based on customer information that

Start spreading the On Demand news 

May 01, 2011

It's back to the Big Apple in 2012 The OnDemand Expo and Conference was held March 22-24, 2011 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. As in prior years, the show was colocated with the AIIM show, which has been renamed info360. OnDemand also marked the debut of the Publishing Xchange Conference. Experts from the printing, publishing and marketing industries addressed the

Swatchbook offers sophistication for stationery 

May 01, 2011

Appleton Coated's Conqueror swatchbook exhibits its selection of premium business communication papers and new, matching envelopes. Presented in Laid, Wove and super-smooth CX22 finishes and a choice of shades, the papers offer rich tactility and dependable printability. Complementing the strength and versatility of Conqueror's premium business communication papers, Number 10 size envelopes in Conqueror

Photographic look-and-feel for EP output 

May 01, 2011

The Professional Endura electrophotographic printing (EP) papers by Kodak utilize proprietary E-surface technology to create high-quality, photo-grade media for EP presses, offering the look, feel and surface of photographic paper. With these papers, customers can intermix media output from silver-halide printers and digital presses. This new line of paper works well on equipment that uses dry ink/toner-based

Inkjet canvas options offer versatility 

May 01, 2011

Every printer knows that great printing starts with quality materials. In Part 1 of this two-part series, AMERICAN PRINTER offers the skinny on the latest offerings in paper and ink. LexJet is diversifying its canvas line with neutral white/OBA-free and bright white inkjet printable canvas products, Sunset Reserve Matte Canvas and Sunset Reserve Bright Matte Canvas. They round out a diverse portfolio

Creativity in the digital age 

May 01, 2011

Sappi Fine Paper North America launches the Flo Channel: Off Register, its online comedy video series developed with VSA Partners and aimed at the print community. The new video series features stories told by Second City Improv that demonstrate the trials and tribulations of what printers encounter daily, as they aim to please their demanding, edgy, black-glasses-wearing clients. The next video in

We love these legends 

May 01, 2011

Family ties: Bob Ott celebrates 66 years in printing Every day, without fail, whether a weekday or weekend, Robert B. Ott Sr. walked into The Hennegan Co. office wearing a white shirt and tie. In honor of his final day on the job, the entire office wore white shirts and ties. I've just always worn a tie, and I didn't stop when everything got more casual, says Ott, who served as president of the company

Ink prices rising (again) 

May 01, 2011

With raw material costs continuing to escalate and crude oil prices climbing, ink companies have been raising prices. Flint Group (www.flintgrp.com) recently initiated a 5% increase in its sheetfed offset ink prices. In April, Flint announced further price hikes for all packaging and narrow-web inks in North America effective May 1, 2011. Water and solvent-based products will increase 8% with the