Paper choices made simple 

Jun 01, 2011

Boise (Boise, ID) expands its comprehensive sustainability initiative, Choices, with the goal of providing professional guidance to help customers or consumers make informed, effective choices about the use of paper. Boise created Choices as an open forum to discuss corporate responsibility, profitability, bottom-line value and positive social impact. The program provides educational tools, ideas

Inkjet for the rest of us 

Jun 01, 2011

The current high-speed inkjet web presses from vendors such as HP, Oce, InfoPrint, Screen and Kodak are exciting but impractical for most general short-run commercial printers. They're too expensive, too large, and too limiting for the range of substrates and formats commercial printers need, says David Davis, a director at Interquest (www.inter-quest.com). They're great for many specialty providers

What's your basis of comparison? 

Jun 01, 2011

Fuji's halfsize J Press targets short-run jobs. Although the press has some paper handling and other elements that are familiar to offset printers, it's clearly an inkjet press. Is it fair to compare the cost a J Press to that of a traditional 4-up offset press? As is the case with almost every product introduction, there is a premium for new technology, says Steve Sanker, director of digital inkjet

Paper a la carte 

Jun 01, 2011

Online publishing platform Blurb has launched ProLine featuring Mohawk (www.mohawkpaper.com) Superfine and Mohawk proPhoto papers. ProLine papers include two finishes: Pearl Photo and Uncoated. The ProLine Pearl Photo finish is Mohawk proPhoto with a luster semigloss surface that emulates real photographic papers. ProLine Uncoated is legendary Mohawk Superfine Ultrawhite in Eggshell finish. These

Heidelberg sells its first Ricoh Pro C901 

Jun 01, 2011

Heidelberg announced German printer Stnings is the first to buy a Ricoh Pro C901 Graphic Arts Edition from the offset press vendor. Heidelberg announced its global sales partnership with Ricoh just prior to digi:media, which took place in Dsseldorf from April 7 to 9, 2011. We can create high-quality short runs and personalized mailings, flyers and catalogs, said Stefan Willms, technical manager at

First Oce ColorStream 3500 to French printer 

Jun 01, 2011

Oc announced the first installation for its Oc ColorStream 3500 inkjet printing system at service provider Corus in Fontenay-sous-Bois near Paris. Corus designs and prints transactional documents. Typical jobs include bank statements, insurance statements, pay slips, invoices, subscription and payment notices from around 400 companies across all business sectors. Corus typically prints 20,000 jobs

Metallics education 

Jun 01, 2011

Curious About Print: Your Guide to the World of Curious Metallics, shows how to enhance creative applications during prepress, ease production, and accentuate printed communications and package designs using these papers. Printed using digital, offset and UV, the guide offers hints and tips to optimize image selection and reproduction, advice on working with metallic and UV inks, and recommendations

Swiftly downstream 

Jun 01, 2011

Harlequin (www.eharlequin.com), the world's largest publisher of romance novels, recently eliminated finishing bottlenecks with integrated, inline digital print and binding equipment. Its distribution center in Depew, NY, employs advanced conveying technology to minimize product damage and downtime, reaching a throughput rate of more than 1,000 paperback books per hour. High-volume publisher's need

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

Hit the mark 

May 01, 2011

Do you remember wanting the shiny new toy, as a kid, because everyone else had one? The 2-D code is that new toy. This has led to the creation of QR (quick response) Codes and other 2-D codes because it's the hip thing to do. Often, the focus is on the code itself, with little or no thought given to the functionality or the action that occurs after it is scanned. The evidence is out there. 2-D codes

Oce, EFI expand partnership 

May 01, 2011

Oce and EFI are extending their long-term partnership to include a new worldwide referral agreement. Oce will refer customers to EFI for MIS systems including EFI Pace and Monarch.

GPO celebrates 150-year milestone 

May 01, 2011

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is celebrating 150 years of producing and delivering government information for all three branches of the Federal Government and the public. GPO opened its doors in 1861, on the same day President Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office. GPO's partnership with the print industry is responsible for producing 75% of the government's printing needs. GPO is an

How many hickeys for you? 

May 01, 2011

When it comes to removing hickeys caused by substrate or press conditions, the arguments rage as to what works. In my experience, for most items to work, it is a matter of extent and implementation. Consider the pros and cons of these cleaning methods. Jogger/aerators These units turn the load, jog, aerate and position the substrate on the skid. Aerate is the key word. Blowing out all loose coating

Modern media 

May 01, 2011

For a printing firm that began as a publisher, evolving with the market's need for creative, multimedia solutions comes naturally. Fry Communications (www.frycomm.com) in Mechanicsburg, PA, began in 1934 as a small, family publisher of weekly shopping guides. Since then, it has grown into a diversified, four-plant (totaling 1 million sq. ft.) operation with 1,000 employees in its eponymous divisions

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