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,

Trade show transitions 

Nov 01, 2010

Even five years ago it was obvious that Graph Expo was evolving beyond its old iron roots. But I know I wasn't alone in wondering about the show's prospects this year. Would people come? More importantly, would they be qualified attendees? The answer is yes. People did come. It was a vibrant, encouraging event. Hats off to GASC. The lousy economy, coupled with the nonparticipation of some top press

Digital domination 

Nov 01, 2010

The inkjet theme seen earlier this year at Ipex continued at Graph Expo 2010. Digital and mailing vendors occupied floor space once given over almost entirely to offset technology. Going digital Years ago, Indigo founder Benny Landa declared, Everything that can go digital, will, and that someday Palo Alto, CA-based HP (www.hp.com/go/gsb) would occupy a larger booth than Heidelberg. His prediction

Industry Events 

Nov 01, 2010

December 6-10Orientation to the Graphic Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester, NY, (800) 724-2536, http://printlab.rit.edu 2011 January 31-2PODi AppForum 2011, PODi the Digital Printing Initiative, The Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, www.appforum.org February 2-5MFSA Mid-Winter Conference, Doral Resort, Miami, FL, www.mfsanet.org 24-26Graphics of the Americas, Orange County Convention

Production intelligence 

Nov 01, 2010

Automate processes, eliminate waste Schaumburg, IL-based Technique-MIS (www.technique-mis.com) offers an integrated suite of modular applications; users select the appropriate components for their business. Technique-MIS Version 5, launched at Graph Expo, includes seven major enhancements: CRM Community Feeds | Live feeds from customers' RSS and social networking activities. Mobile CRM | Access to

Briefly noted 

Nov 01, 2010

Adphos (www.adphosna.com) highlighted a fully variable process color Kodak inkjet press printing at 1000fpm as well as other solutions using its NIR drying technology. Business forms and apparel printer Ennis Inc. (www.ennis.com) has installed an MGI Meteor DP60 Pro digital press at its Ft. Scott, KS, plant. The press will produce plastic gift, loyalty and security cards, as well as personalized postcards.

2010 Must See 'ems 

Nov 01, 2010

For details and the 2010 and winners, see www.mustseeems.com. Software Apogee Impose, Agfa Graphics Process Metallic Color System, Color-Logic i-cut Suite, Esko Artwork QReate and Track, interlinkONE TransPromo Portal, Pitney Bowes Offset products 75DI press, Presstek Prosper S10 Imprinting System with Process Color, Kodak Offset plates :Amigo TS, Agfa Trillian SP thermal plate, Kodak Stylus Pro 7900CtP

End notes 

Nov 01, 2010

Postpress vendors were busy at Graph Expo 2010. From scoring and creasing accessories to soft cover book lines targeting the latest high-speed digital web presses, there was something for practically everyone. Almost 20 vendor and user groups held their events in conjunction with the show, including Dscoop, Xplor and the Imaging Network Group. New approach We're pleased to have the newspaper people

A tribute to Dick Gorelick 

Nov 01, 2010

Longtime AMERICAN PRINTER columnist Dick Gorelick passed away in September after years of declining health. Many were not aware of his condition, because he kept writing and consulting without letup throughout an arduous regimen of hospitalizations, treatments and surgeries. Telephone calls were so cheerfully answered that few realized the chatty Gorelick was often talking from a hospital bed. Dick's

Top 12 critical technologies for 2011 

Nov 01, 2010

At the 2010 Executive Outlook conference preceding Graph Expo, the Must See 'Ems Selection Committee identified 12 technologies that are critical to print business survival: 1. Computer IT | Effective use of the computer with application of information technology (IT) in both the running of the business and production aspects of a printing company. 2. Multiple Products | Acquiring and implementing

The power of synergy 

Nov 01, 2010

The global recession has pushed vendors across the industry toward a service and support approach in mature markets such as the United States, while they emphasize growth opportunities in emerging markets around the world. Canon (www.usa.canon.com) is no exception, but its executives and those of Netherlands-based Oc (www.oce.com) which Canon is in the process of acquiring as a subsidiary are bullish

APEtc. 

Nov 01, 2010

Quality assurance for education 

Nov 01, 2010

There is a growing trend toward an environment of accountability in higher education. Early in 2006, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings issued A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of U.S. Higher Education. The report concluded that there is a lack of accountability and transparency in colleges and universities. In many degree programs, a new emphasis is being placed on a kind of quality

Are we enabled by babble? 

Nov 01, 2010

Not too many years ago, the print community had a unique language with shared meanings. We knew the definition of and The industry's definitions of those words haven't changed much. However, that isn't the case with other words and terms, many of which now mean different things to different people under different circumstances. A consultant to print buyers recently observed that there is lack of clarity

Folding carton press advancements 

Nov 01, 2010

Recently I had the opportunity to test several new large-format 57-inch and larger presses going into the folding carton market. The test results as well as productivity measurements, and even print quality measurements, were impressive. I found that the data begs the question, Is it worth keeping an old press or rebuilding it? Here is a short review of the press results: Dry solids: Even and virtually

Nimble & quick 

Nov 01, 2010

Will Rogers, Oklahoma's favorite son, famously declared he never met a man he didn't like. Similarly, John Roberds and Jan Fairless, president and vice president, respectively, of Odyssey Digital Printing never met a Xeikon press they didn't like. The Tulsa, OK, shop's pressroom houses a Xeikon 50D and 5000 as well as the first U.S. installations of the 3300 (2008) and 3500 (2010). Other equipment

Installations 

Oct 01, 2010

Courier Corp. has purchased a second HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press. The first has been successful especially for

APEtc. 

Oct 01, 2010

People 

Oct 01, 2010

Koenig & Bauer AG's (KBA) supervisory board has appointed a new CFO, Axel Kaufmann, effective October 1, 2010. While the creation of the new post was prompted by the growing complexity of financial processes and regulations, KBA reports, it will also allow president and CEO Helge Hansen to focus more intensely on the group's strategic realignment. Kaufmann's experience includes playing an instrumental