Sustainable CTP 

Dec 01, 2010

Rye, NY-based polyester plate manufacturer Mitsubishi Imaging (MPM) Inc. (www.mitsubishiimaging.com) presented its next generation of ecofriendly CTP systems, the new Processless DigiPlate PDP-VL and Thermal DigiPlate System, at Graph Expo. The new PDP-VL plate will be available early next year in polyester or paper base, sheet or roll format, at various thicknesses. PDP-VL, compatible with most current

Professional certification 

Dec 01, 2010

Last month, I described the need for a professional certification exam as one way to assess learning outcomes for our Graphic Communications degree program students at Illinois State University. The real benefit Of course, the primary reason for professional certification tests is to help employers evaluate potential new hires, analyze job performance and motivate employees to enhance their skills

Color instrument testing 

Dec 01, 2010

Grand Rapids, MI-based FineEye Color Solutions (www.fineeyecolor.com) is the exclusive worldwide distributor for the Voglesong COLORef 1.0, a new ISO-compliant and NIST-traceable color Certified Reference Material used to verify the performance of spectrophotometers, colorimeters and densitometers. The $300 CRM, readable by a full range of devices, offers the same color characteristics, precision

Colex wins SGIA Product of the Year for finishing 

Dec 01, 2010

Colex (www.colex.com), the exclusive distributor in North America of Fotoba cutters, introduced the world's only 67-inch automatic cutter to SGIA Expo and won SGIA's Product of the Year award in the Finishing Equipment category. The new, automatic-feed Fotoba Dreamcut XLD-170 is designed for cutting and trimming flexible inkjet and photo media. The 2010 SGIA Expo drew more than 21,000 imaging professionals

Ink partnership comes with a free dispenser 

Dec 01, 2010

Parsippany, NJ-based Sun Chemical (www.sunchemical.com) demonstrated its Dispenser Program for commercial printers in the Pitman Company booth at Graph Expo. Designed to manage spot color inventory, Sun Chemical claims the program can decrease a printer's overall ink spend by up to 35% when blending inks in-house and up to 46% if blended inks are purchased. The GFI dispensing unit is free for printers

People 

Dec 01, 2010

Pictorial Offset Corp. (www.pictorialoffset.com) recently opened its newest office in Los Angeles, headed by senior vice president Steve Mahr. IWCO Direct (www.iwco.com) has appointed Frank Boncore director of mailing operations, Hamburg, PA. Specialty Print Communications (www.specialtyprintcomm.com) has a new strategic sales team led by Bill Mattran, senior vice president, business development:

Partners in the Agfa and Pitman booths 

Dec 01, 2010

Press | Sun Chemical demonstration of GFI's automated Mx12 Ink Formulation Dispenser using Sun Chemical's SmartColour Global Shade Library; SGBlue CAP (Clean Air Plant) air purification system. Packaging | Cyrel FAST plates and direct-to-plate products from DuPont and Toray. Also the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 Printer designed for proofing flexographic and gravure print jobs that require the color white;

APEtc. 

Dec 01, 2010

What a year it was 

Dec 01, 2010

What were some of the key trends of 2010? Well, leggings made an unfortunate comeback. There's even something called an unfortunate combination of jeans and leggings best left to middle school girls. Men and women, generally on the younger side, took to wearing snap brim hats not seen since the Eisenhower administration. (Unless you are Bear Bryant, Frank Sinatra or Karl Malden, it's a difficult look

Chemistry-free plates, printer/proofer upgrades 

Dec 01, 2010

Long Beach, CA-based Epson (www.epson.com) combines an Epson Stylus Pro 7900 printer with a plate curing device, RIP and plate guide attachment. The high-resolution aluminum press plate is chemically coated to work with the standard Epson UltraChrome Ink Technology. Once imaged at up to 175 lpi and heat cured, the Epson DirectPlate Technology is recommended for up to 20,000 impressions. The Epson

Earning customer loyalty 

Dec 01, 2010

Do you know how loyal your customers are? Or, do you just feel in your gut that you're doing great and customers push as much your way as they can? Last year a printing company owner in Colorado shared that he almost lost a longtime customer. What surprised him most was that the two sat together each month at a local business meeting. The customer could not tell him face-to-face that he was blowing

WI printer JP Graphics wins 2010 CIPPI Award 

Dec 01, 2010

Appleton, WI printer JP Graphics Inc. (www.jpinc.com) won Best Process Automation Implementation, North America in the 2010 Jrgen Schnhut Memorial CIP4 International Print Production Innovation (CIPPI) Awards. CIP4 (www.cip4.org) annually honors printers, publishers and/or prepress services that apply with the most compelling case study in three topical categories and four regions. Additional 2010

At your service 

Dec 01, 2010

Dallas-based KBA North America (www.kba.com) promoted KBA Service Select for its entire line of presses from the small footprint Genius 20-inch to the large-format Rapida 205 81-inch press. Programs maximize the customer's return on investment and minimize downtime. CardPak (Solon, OH) is installing at KBA Rapida 106 41-inch, 10-color perfecting press with coating tower and 12-ft. extended delivery.

A recession is a terrible thing to waste 

Dec 01, 2010

As our economy begins to show signs of emerging from a brutal recession, there is a bright spot, because the downturn has encouraged many printers to make long-overdue changes in their business. Most traditional printers had seen their businesses steadily eroding over the past few years, yet somehow the alarm bells didn't ring loudly enough. It took a sharp fall-off in sales to prove that the old

Succession planning 

Dec 01, 2010

Lean & mean 

Dec 01, 2010

While the country begins to emerge from the Great Recession, the print industry remains in decline. As of August 31, sales were down 19.9% from their pre-recession peak and 22.5% from their all-time peak, according to NAPL economists. Further, their latest data indicates approximately 7,200 establishments or 20.5% of the industry have disappeared since 2000. Productivity has increased over that time

2011 Industry Events 

Dec 01, 2010

Graphics of the Americas The industry's second largest annual expo and conference in the United States will be held from February 24 to 26 in the Orange County Convention Center (Orlando, FL). See www.graphicsoftheamericas.com. January 31-2 PODi AppForum 2011, PODi the Digital Printing Initiative, The Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, www.appforum.org February 2-5 MFSA Mid-Winter Conference, Doral Resort,

Briefly noted 

Dec 01, 2010

Agfa has hired former Pitman president Jim Sause as executive vice president of business development and marketing. Ruben Silva, previously managing director for Agfa Graphics Canada, has been promoted to vice president of sales and service, Agfa Graphics North America. Times-Shamrock Communications invested in a progressive multisite equipment and plate deal with Agfa, at Graph Expo. Times-Shamrock

What is stupidity in the pressroom? 

Dec 01, 2010

A good friend of mine (Bill McLauchlan) likes to state, Stupidity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. Once, while spraying weeds, I realized that I had been using the same spray for 30 years on Canadian Thistle with the same results: The thistle came back each year. Now I was the stupid one. So often this is what we are doing in our pressrooms. Problems will not just go away if

Holiday thoughts 

Dec 01, 2010

More HP news 

Dec 01, 2010

Book printer Webcom (www.webcomlink.com) installed Canada's first HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press in October. The press is the centerpiece of Webcom's new multimillion-dollar BookFWD production program, which also houses an HP Indigo 7000 digital press. Webcom's BookFWD investments leverage breakthrough inkjet technologies, streamlined workflow and unique bookbinding systems to significantly reduce

Solution to color measurement discrepancies 

Dec 01, 2010

Grand Rapids, MI-based X-Rite (www.xrite.com) announced XRGA, a new metrology standard designed to reduce measurement discrepancies between legacy instruments previously developed by X-Rite and GretagMacbeth. Applying advancements in color science and new international standards, it promises to improve inter-model agreement. The former X-Rite and the former GretagMacbeth each had, for historical reasons,

Nine critical terms 

Dec 01, 2010

In the bad old days, only stripper and bleeding in the gutter had two or more meanings. These days, the graphic arts industry is characterized by terms that defy precise definitions and impair communications. Some trade associations and consultants publish research using these undefined terms, thereby making their survey results questionable. Here are nine of the terms to which different people provide

Wide-format metallics 

Dec 01, 2010

Irvine, CA-based Roland DGA Corp. (www.rolanddga.com) introduced two VersaCAMM VS 8-color wide-format metallic inkjet printer/cutters: the 54-inch VS-540 and 42-inch VS-420. The new VS models join Roland's 64-inch VS-640, which was introduced earlier this year as the company's largest and most advanced VersaCAMM to date. Equipped with Roland print/cut technology, the VersaCAMM VS prints images and

Workflow update and faster chemistry-free plates 

Dec 01, 2010

In Ridgefield Park, NJ-based Agfa's (www.agfa.com) booth, attendees saw demos of :Apogee 7, the latest version of Agfa's automated workflow that includes :Apogee Impose, an Agfa-developed imposition module that relies on live job information rather than templates to perform imposition. :Apogee 7 allows print buyers to go beyond the web-to-print screen to create new jobs in the prepress stage with