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

Recent tweets 

Dec 01, 2010

No more photobook gutter clutter: Mohawk debuts Panoramic papers certified for the HP Indigo and featuring TRU-Flat binding technology: www.mohawkpaper.com. Weko showcased the Procoat system for the application of surface protection chemicals for digital webs. See www.weko.net. Graph Expo first timer: Dallas-based Multicam (maybe you saw the Foam Cor weaponry) solutions for signage/wide format cutting:

The A to Z of W2P 

Dec 01, 2010

At Print 09, it was obvious that web-to-print (W2P) was becoming so ubiquitous that it was difficult to find vendors that didn't offer it. This year was no different. Some of last year's players did not exhibit, while others sent only individual representatives to roam the hall. Still, there was a strong presence by companies vying for printers' online presence. The state of W2P For business-to-business

Better billboards 

Dec 01, 2010

Not long ago, the standard short-term product in the outdoor advertising industry was as it had been for a hundred years: a short-lived paper poster printed with solvent-based inks. The outdoor advertising industry's new standard involves next-generation polyethylene (PE) printing substrates and UV-curable printing inks. Driven by an application from Lamar Graphics (www.lamargraphics.com), Canada-based

G7 consultation winner 

Dec 01, 2010

Web-to-print provider PrintPlace.com won a ISO 12647 Standards Gap Analysis Audit in the IDEAlliance G7 Summit competition run by KEE Consultants (www.keeconsultants.com) and sponsored by Alwan Color Expertise (www.alwancolor.com). We produce thousands of pages per day and understand what every page should look like in terms of CIElab and process control aim points, without having to visually inspect

Balancing document, BPO business 

Dec 01, 2010

Following recent changes at Xerox, including its acquisition of business process outsourcing (BPO) firm Affiliated Computer Services, chairman and CEO Ursula Burns says the company is focused is on being in the document management business and the business process management business. In the commercial print realm, Burns is open to partnership not a merger/acquisition with an offset vendor, if customers'

Working smarter 

Dec 01, 2010

While this year's Graph Expo attendees saw fewer offset press exhibitors, software, service and supplies were out in force. Here is a selection of workflow, CTP and offset introductions, along with more news from the digital exhibitors (see our digital, MIS and postpress coverage in the November 2010 issue). This year's show at Chicago's McCormick Place, October 3-6, attracted just under 20,000 attendees

Graph Expo 2010 honors 

Dec 01, 2010

Brandon Lutze, a Cal Poly Graphic Communication (www.grc.calpoly.edu) senior, took first place in the GAERF 2010 Student Design Competition, Post Secondary category. The contest challenged students to create marketing materials designed to promote next year's Graph Expo show. Royal Oak High School (Royal Oak, MI) won the 2010 Frederick D. Kagy Education Award of Excellence. The award will be presented

'World's fastest' imposition software 

Dec 01, 2010

Montreal-based Ultimate Technographics Inc. (www.imposition.com) announced the release of its 64-bit version of Impostrip OnDemand Scalable Server Edition, designed to bring more speed and efficiency to high volume printing. Its prototype earned Worth a Look honors at Print 09 after being presented in HP's booth among the partner solutions adapted for the HP Inkjet T300 press. Since, Ultimate made

Goss at Graph Expo 

Dec 01, 2010

Now a wholly owned subsidiary of Shanghai Electric, Bolingbrook, IL-based Goss Intl. (www.gossinternational.com) represents Akiyama products in North America, including the M-600 Folia web-to-sheet press. New Goss Universal press models are now available for newspaper and semi-commercial applications. Goss Lifetime Support now includes Goss ServiceFSA flexible service agreements that allow customers

Workflow, G7 solution and the latest CTP 

Dec 01, 2010

Targeting high quality, short-run printing, Valhalla, NY-based Fujifilm's (www.fujifilmgs.com) Graph Expo demonstration featured the company's JDF-enabled Workflow XMF and 3D virtual proofing on the Digital Inkjet J Press 720 (see Digital Domination, AMERICAN PRINTER, November 2010). Workflow XMF is a pure PDF workflow that offers cross-media capability for digital and offset equipment. PDF content

Transcontinental closes printing plant 

Dec 01, 2010

Transcontinental (www.transcontinental.com) (Montreal) will close its 180-employee plant in Boucherville, QC, Canada, on December 17, 2010.

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