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

Mail flap 

Sep 24, 2010

Industries coalesce on postage battleground

Managing through changing times 

Sep 01, 2010

The National Assn. for Printing Leadership (NAPL) (www.napl.org), announced its 2009 Management Plus Award recipients at the 2010 Top Management Conference in February. This year, 18 companies were recognized with Gold, Silver and Merit awards, along with this year's William K. Marrinan Hall of Fame recipient Classic Graphics (Charlotte, NC). Joseph P. Truncale, NAPL president and CEO, says, They

Printers get good feedback 

Sep 01, 2010

Response rates always are on the minds of business executives when thinking of gathering feedback from customers. You don't want to annoy your customers or tick them off by surveying them. How many of us have received that dreaded phone call? We try to be polite, but it can be an annoyance. How many of us got those census calls over the past year? I had to block the 877 number that just kept coming

Executive Outlook focused on change 

Sep 01, 2010

NAPL chief economist Andy Paparozzi and industry consultant Steven Schnoll will host this year's Executive Outlook conference, themed, “The challenge of change in the new era of print.” The conference will be held Saturday, October 2, the day before Graph Expo opens.

Installations 

Sep 01, 2010

Los Angeles printer Lithographix Inc. (www.lithographix.com) has expanded and updated with a new Mitsubishi 40-inch, 8-color sheetfed press with UV capability and retrofitting its other 40-inch press for UV. Lithographix recently installed two new 6-color, 8-ft.-wide Durst Rho 800 UV flatbed high-speed printers; and two new Durst Rho 500R Superwide (16 ft.) digital UV printers. Seattle printer Olympus

Switching gears 

Sep 01, 2010

Visit Graph Expo now AMERICAN PRINTER is sponsoring Graph Expo 2010: A Virtual Preview. It's a free interactive tour of new equipment and products as well as a convenient way to network with industry experts and to plan your show agenda. The Virtual Preview also features presentations from industry experts including Frank Romano, Jim Hamilton, Mary Redmond and Jeff Hayzlett. Vistors can view their

The medium and the message 

Sep 01, 2010

I've been around more than the majority of AMERICAN PRINTER readers. That leads me to feel trepidation about writing this column, so let me provide a word of warning: It isn't intended as a discourse about the good old days. The good old days weren't all that good At least, they weren't better than the present. There always have been recessions, employees who won't work overtime, customers that don't

Educating the educators 

Sep 01, 2010

There are dozens of professional associations for people in the graphic communications industry, but there is only one professional association for print-oriented graphic communications education: the Intl. Graphic Arts Education Assn., or IGAEA (www.igaea.org). While the focus is education, the IGAEA encourages membership from industry. Many companies including Heidelberg USA, Hurst Chemical Co.,

Unisource partners with The Print Council 

Sep 01, 2010

Norcross, GA-based paper, packaging and supplies distributor Unisource Worldwide Inc. (www.unisourcelink.com) has committed a $100,000 grant to The Print Council if other members match that amount through pledges by September 30, 2010. With this additional funding, The Print Council will strengthen its ongoing efforts to support paper-based communication in an increasingly digital world, says Unisource

People 

Sep 01, 2010

Presstek (Greenwich, CT) has hired former Pitman Co. president Joe Demharter as vice president of sales. Merced, CA printer BrightDart (www.brightdart.com) has hired John Cordero as production manager. Chicago-based Affinity Express Inc. (www.affinityexpress.com) has hired David Kang as executive vice president and chief digital officer. Niles, IL-based JohnsByrne Co. (www.johnsbyrne.com) has appointed

It's like printing $100 bills 

Sep 01, 2010

Taylor Corp. is known within the world of printing as the parent of trade thermographer Carlson Craft. It is better known to its neighbors and the general public through the common ownership it shares with the Minnesota Timberwolves basketball team.

AP, Etc. 

Sep 01, 2010

Ensuring Excellence 

Sep 01, 2010

Edison Lithographing & Printing Corp. (North Bergen, NJ), founded over 50 years ago, has built its reputation on doing more than paying lip service to quality and customer service. We act on it, says CEO George Gross. Edison is not afraid of change, and we understand the need to be constantly moving forward. G7 has enabled us to provide our customers with the highest possible quality while not impeding

Six keys for selling a business 

Sep 01, 2010

In any company, neglecting to carry out a business plan throughout its entire life cycle can negatively impact its value when ownership decides to sell. Six critical elements must be in place before executing a successful sale of your print and graphic communications operation

Industry Events 

Sep 01, 2010

Graph Expo is just around the corner Did you catch the Graph Expo 2010 Virtual Preview? View the presentations and more at www.graphexpo.com/virtualpreview. Graph Expo convenes October 3, 2010, at Chicago's McCormick Place. Highlights include the preshow Executive Outlook Conference; numerous colocated user group meetings; educational seminars on a wide range of industry topics; and nearly 500 exhibitors

InfoTrends forecasts digital color growth 

Sep 01, 2010

InfoTrends' (Weymouth, MA) U.S. Production Printing & Copying Market Forecast for 2009-2014 predicts color printing will increasingly erode the black-and-white market in terms of placements and impressions, rising from 65% share of revenue in 2009 to 77% in 2014. According to the forecast, In terms of impressions, it is important to note that a significant number of monochrome pages are being printed

G7: Your bottom line 

Sep 01, 2010

G7 can be very valuable to printers beyond simply being able to use the G7 logo to attract customers. Most successful G7 printers benefit from faster makereadies, improved ability to do reprints and color match between presses, as well as reduced waste and labor costs. Getting all these benefits requires more than simply becoming G7 Qualified. One of the fundamental concepts behind G7 is having a

Quad/Graphics begins plant consolidation 

Sep 01, 2010

Sussex, WI-based Quad/Graphics (www.qg.com) is closing five plants as part of its ongoing integration following the acquisition of World Color Press Inc. (Worldcolor). The company expects operations to cease at the following plants by the end of 2010: Clarksville, Tenn.; Corinth, Miss.; Lebanon, Ohio; Reno, Nev.; and Dyersburg, Tenn. Worldcolor had announced plans to close the Dyersburg plant in the

G7: the basics 

Sep 01, 2010

The G7 name represents its grayscale calibration technique and the seven ISO ink colors it requires.

NAPL economists predict bumpy recovery 

Sep 01, 2010

While early 2010 data showed a pickup vs. 2009, the latest Printing Business Conditions data indicates U.S. printers are not yet seeing steady growth.

100 Words or Less: Hosting a successful customer education event 

Sep 01, 2010

We can do it 

Sep 01, 2010

Thanks to Stephen Sondheim and Elaine Stritch, I was familiar with Ladies Who Lunch. But I only just learned about Girls Who Print, a LinkedIn group founded about a year ago. (Thanks to Concord Litho for sharing the news on its Twitter feed.) First things first. Men are welcome to join Girls Who Print. We have fun teasing them, says Mary Beth Smith, the group's founder. If they can stand the heat,

USPS proposes price increase 

Sep 01, 2010

The U.S. Postal Service Governors have recommended postage price increases that fall between 4% and 6% for the majority of products and services.

Controlling color: Solid ink density or gray balance? 

Sep 01, 2010

I have been asked many times, “What is the proper way to control ink color during the press run? Should solid ink density or gray balance be used?” To properly answer the question, a series of press runs under very controlled conditions recently was conducted using three different types of paper and two variables, to ascertain the benefits of two control points.