Roland DGA introduces the Blue Back Matte Paper media for its award-winning wide-format, ecosolvent inkjet printers and printer/cutters, including VersaCAMM, VersaArt and SOLJET models. A medium weight, 5-mil media, Roland Blue Back Matte paper is an affordable solution for creating high-quality indoor posters, displays and POP graphics, as well as temporary signs and bus shelter inserts. Quick drying,
Consumers are taking more control than ever, dictating to businesses how they want to be communicated with, what they expect and how businesses can deliver. Delivering tips that your customers are looking for before they even realize they are looking for it is a great way to enhance your relationship. For many businesses, this can be achieved most effectively by educating and helping customers make
Wouldn't it be great if PDF could do variable data, and do it well? Dov Isaacs, principal scientist, workflow & interoperability, Adobe Systems, presents at the Ghent Workgroup's (www.gwg.org) seminar in Chicago, April 27, 2011. He says printers can expect to see more developments in this area in time for Drupa 2012.
Excerpt: Because high-recycled printing papers (those with 90% recovered fiber) are newer to the market than conventional papers, the process modifications required to print on them are not widely known. Recycled paper is comparable with conventional paper in terms of quality, price and press performance. (Take a close look at the inside pages of this May 2011 issue of AMERICAN PRINTER, which is printed
Unisource introduces PorcelainECO, a premium coated paper that is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certified and has a post-consumer waste (PCW) content of 10%. See www.unisourceworldwide.com.
Very few of my readers work from home. Even if you are in sales and spend most of your time on the road, you still have an office you must visit regularly. As for the rest of us, we spend every day in an office or a factory. This means we commute between work and home twice daily, five to seven days per week. Whether our trip is five blocks or 50 miles, each of us has found the best way to get to
A companion follow-up to the Monadnock's popular Respect Nature promo Respect Design is said to be both an educational and provocative addition to the series. The promotion showcases bold images from nature and contrasts these with images of outstanding achievement in architecture industrial design and fashion. Respect Design offers several print demonstrations featuring high-resolution multi-color
In 1976, schoolyards were abuzz with the latest achievement in gum technology: Bubble Yum. Unlike established brands such as Bazooka or Double Bubble, Bubble Yum wasn't rock hard. But then dark rumors began to circulate. Evil whispers swirled around the playground about a secret ingredient that was responsible for the gum's pillowy texture. Soon kids everywhere knew about it. According to those who
Rolland Enviro100 Digital is a 100% post-consumer fiber paper. Manufactured using local and renewable biogas energy, the paper is FSC-, EcoLogo and Processed Chlorine Free certified. Enviro 100 Digital offers an improved whiteness and brightness as well as a much smoother finish, which provides even more vibrant colors. As a complement to Rolland Enviro100 Satin for commercial printing, this paper
While run lengths decrease and the overall number of label jobs is growing, Jack Willemsz, founder of label printer W&R Etiketten (Tilburg, The Netherlands), has seen pressure building on the high end of the market. To increase his company's flexibility and competitiveness, he implemented a management information system (MIS) and recently invested in the company's first digital label press, the Xeikon
Epson's Cold Press and Hot Press (available in Bright and Natural) are acid-free, 100% cotton papers that enable rich, deep blacks and a wide color gamut. These papers provide an elegantly textured finish for artistic expression and is said to provide extremely smooth finish for the finest detail. Velvet Fine Art paper features 100% cotton rag base, buffered and acid free and is coated with Epson's
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 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.
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
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
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
Spontaneous and outrageous dancing broke out during Don Goldman's 2009 trip to Senegal with his Salem, MA, drum circle. Goldman, an MIS guru, supports humanitarian projects via African Development through Drum and Dance (A3D). The group has provided computers and sewing machines to two schools near Dakar. A $6,000 A3D donation funded the construction of 100 badly needed desks. Incorporating a welded
Sun Chemical is raising prices in North America, effective April 1, 2011. The increases: 4% for SunLit Diamond, SunLit Intense and SunLit Exact sheetfed process color inks. 8% for all other sheetfed process color inks. 7% for all energy curable (EC) narrow web, tag, and label printing inks. 7% for all EC packaging printing inks. 7% for all EC commercial printing inks.
I often find myself wistfully recalling the good old days. Remember print's golden era of 2007? Not that 2007 was any great shakes, but that was the last time the U.S. industry grew. Brace yourself NAPL predicts sales from printing and related sources to grow 1% to 3% this year. But even if we finish at the top of that range, our sales volume would still be $17.8 billion, or 18.1%, below pre-recession
In the late 1990s, John Harrison and Michael Jahn, then with Agfa, gave many people their first glimpse of a PDF-powered workflow. Their evangelism included a book, video interviews with industry leaders, and a 50-city tour with speakers from Adobe and Agfa. Agfa's Peter Broderick with Patrick Gypen, Connie Ohlsten and Christel Van den Eynde helped us develop an unprecedented program, recalls Harrison.
As I write this, I am in a large plant having coffee while I wait for a set of plates to be remade for a press test. It has been one hour. What good is it to have a high-speed, fast-makeready, state-of-the-art press when we waste so much time waiting for plates? At times, it truly seems that the term Press Down is not understood by prepress. Often, going to the next job/form is not a great option.
CIP4 is calling for entries in the 2011 CIPPI Awards program. The award categories highlight the benefits of process automation. This program is a great way for printers to let the world know about some of the most efficient, most productive production environments anywhere, says CIP4 executive director James Harvey. Any printer, prepress service or publisher may apply for the CIPPI awards. Each application
Excerpt: At the HBI/LBI Fall Conference, we learned that there are only 19 certified library binding establishments left. One owner is abandoning library binding altogether for more profitable endeavors like on-demand and photo book printing and binding. It looks like the expansion of our trade association to include other, similar segments of our industry was timed just right. We live in a world
PRIMIR's (www.primir.org) Megatrends in Digital Printing Applications study, conducted by IT Strategies, investigated which major production printing applications will migrate from analog to digital, when and why. It forecasts few applications to toward digital by 2014, some by 2020 and most in decades, if at all. While the study notes digital printing has made inroads in book printing and applications
Thumb Media Group (TMG) is a division of Fry Communications and National Publisher Services. TMG's mobile publishing platform provides a rich media presentation on almost any smart phone. NYLON magazine's mobile edition incorporates Mozine 4.0 and features integrated advertising campaigns from Fortune 500 brands. TMG partnered with mobile ad agency iVdopia