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'

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

Industry Events 

Oct 01, 2010

October 3-6Graph Expo 2010, GASC, McCormick Place, Chicago, www.graphexpo.com 13-15SGIA 2010, SGIA, Las Vegas, www.sgia.org 13-15Color Printing Fundamentals, RIT, Rochester, NY, (800) 724-2536, http://printlab.rit.edu 20-22Lithographic Troubleshooting, RIT, Rochester, NY, (800) 724-2536, http://printlab.rit.edu 26-28Digital Printing Bootcamp, RIT, Rochester, NY, (800) 724-2536, http://printlab.rit.edu

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