5 tips for print business survival 

Jun 01, 2011

Management fads come and go, even in our printing and bindery businesses: Six Sigma Sensitivity training Management by Objective (MBO) Core Competency Management by Consensus is one of the current fads. Twitter, which prides itself on wackiness, has a team of people whose job is to make people happy. Seriously. Fads are not without value they do, indeed, provide useful business practices to many companies.

People 

Jun 01, 2011

Kodak has named Eric Owen vice president, worldwide sales and business development, Digital Printing Solutions. KBA North America announces that Greg Schiefelbein has been selected as the new sheetfed district sales manager covering the Midwest territory of MI, IN, OH and KY. The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has appointed Charles Riddle to serve as chief information officer. Van Son Holland

Successful first year for Twin Rivers 

Jun 01, 2011

Maine-based Twin Rivers (www.twinriverspaper.com) is celebrating its first year of business achieving accomplishments in the areas of energy reduction, productivity improvements, product innovation and environmental sustainability. Twin Rivers manufactured 380,000 tons of free sheet and hybrid-groundwood papers in its first year. Over the next year, the company plans to aggressively grow in select

Double wide 

Jun 01, 2011

William J. O'Neil founded O'Neil Data Systems in 1973 to produce time-sensitive investment research publications. O'Neil went on to launch Investor's Business Daily in 1984. In 2011, thanks to its arsenal of continuous-feed inkjet web presses, the Los Angeles-based company is delivering massive amounts of customized information at speeds that were unfathomable even a few years ago. Pitney Bowes puts

Thrifty printers know their paper 

Jun 01, 2011

The ink (and often, bonding agent) contributes nearly 30% to the cost of an inkjet printing job, and the paper only contributes about 10%, or less, to the cost. Optimize absorption and ink-fastness for inkjet savings, advises this white paper from Finch. See Managing the Variable Characteristics of Inkjet Substrates for Profitability at www.finchpaper.com. Katherine O'Brien is the editor of AMERICAN

Paper choices made simple 

Jun 01, 2011

Boise (Boise, ID) expands its comprehensive sustainability initiative, Choices, with the goal of providing professional guidance to help customers or consumers make informed, effective choices about the use of paper. Boise created Choices as an open forum to discuss corporate responsibility, profitability, bottom-line value and positive social impact. The program provides educational tools, ideas

Inkjet for the rest of us 

Jun 01, 2011

The current high-speed inkjet web presses from vendors such as HP, Oce, InfoPrint, Screen and Kodak are exciting but impractical for most general short-run commercial printers. They're too expensive, too large, and too limiting for the range of substrates and formats commercial printers need, says David Davis, a director at Interquest (www.inter-quest.com). They're great for many specialty providers

What's your basis of comparison? 

Jun 01, 2011

Fuji's halfsize J Press targets short-run jobs. Although the press has some paper handling and other elements that are familiar to offset printers, it's clearly an inkjet press. Is it fair to compare the cost a J Press to that of a traditional 4-up offset press? As is the case with almost every product introduction, there is a premium for new technology, says Steve Sanker, director of digital inkjet

Paper a la carte 

Jun 01, 2011

Online publishing platform Blurb has launched ProLine featuring Mohawk (www.mohawkpaper.com) Superfine and Mohawk proPhoto papers. ProLine papers include two finishes: Pearl Photo and Uncoated. The ProLine Pearl Photo finish is Mohawk proPhoto with a luster semigloss surface that emulates real photographic papers. ProLine Uncoated is legendary Mohawk Superfine Ultrawhite in Eggshell finish. These

Heidelberg sells its first Ricoh Pro C901 

Jun 01, 2011

Heidelberg announced German printer Stnings is the first to buy a Ricoh Pro C901 Graphic Arts Edition from the offset press vendor. Heidelberg announced its global sales partnership with Ricoh just prior to digi:media, which took place in Dsseldorf from April 7 to 9, 2011. We can create high-quality short runs and personalized mailings, flyers and catalogs, said Stefan Willms, technical manager at

First Oce ColorStream 3500 to French printer 

Jun 01, 2011

Oc announced the first installation for its Oc ColorStream 3500 inkjet printing system at service provider Corus in Fontenay-sous-Bois near Paris. Corus designs and prints transactional documents. Typical jobs include bank statements, insurance statements, pay slips, invoices, subscription and payment notices from around 400 companies across all business sectors. Corus typically prints 20,000 jobs

Metallics education 

Jun 01, 2011

Curious About Print: Your Guide to the World of Curious Metallics, shows how to enhance creative applications during prepress, ease production, and accentuate printed communications and package designs using these papers. Printed using digital, offset and UV, the guide offers hints and tips to optimize image selection and reproduction, advice on working with metallic and UV inks, and recommendations

Swiftly downstream 

Jun 01, 2011

Harlequin (www.eharlequin.com), the world's largest publisher of romance novels, recently eliminated finishing bottlenecks with integrated, inline digital print and binding equipment. Its distribution center in Depew, NY, employs advanced conveying technology to minimize product damage and downtime, reaching a throughput rate of more than 1,000 paperback books per hour. High-volume publisher's need

Screen expands its inkjet reach 

Jun 01, 2011

With the introduction of the Truepress Jet520EX and the Truepress Jet520ZZ, Screen has expanded the level of choice in its own product line as well as in those offered through its partner, Ricoh/InfoPrint Solutions, InfoTrends noted in an October 2010 white paper. The increased speed (up to 220 meters per minute/721 fpm) and broader width (up to 570 millimeters/22.4 inches) of the Truepress Jet520ZZ

Brochure showcases paper highlights 

Jun 01, 2011

Domtar (www.domtar.com) will serve up a new print promotion for Lynx Opaque Ultra titled Lynx On Tap. This beer-themed brochure employs graphics and custom detailing to show the full range of color and ink hold-out of Lynx Opaque Ultra. Lynx Opaque Ultra has a 96 brightness rating, true white shade, opacity and uniform formation. The brochure was printed conventionally with 4-color process, one spot

Bulkley Dunton, xpedx to distribute Appleton's Utopia inkjet papers 

Jun 01, 2011

xpedx and Bulkley Dunton are the exclusive U.S. distributors of Appleton Coated Utopia Inkjet papers, expanding a long-standing relationship among the three companies. The Utopia inkjet papers were co-developed with HP, and optimized for HP's new web inkjet presses, including the T200, T300, T350 and T400 presses. The papers can be used on other new-generation inkjet web presses including the Kodak

Design center shows quality of digital paper 

Jun 01, 2011

Sappi has launched a Digital Design Center online, which allows printers to create custom marketing tools to promote their own digital printing capabilities. The Digital Design Center invites printers to customize the marketing tool by inputting print shop specific information such as: Products, Services and Sustainability. It provides information about the digital printing and paper segment as well

Not while I'm around 

May 01, 2011

In 1976, schoolyards were abuzz with the latest achievement in gum technology: Bubble Yum. Unlike established brands such as Bazooka or Double Bubble, Bubble Yum wasn't rock hard. But then dark rumors began to circulate. Evil whispers swirled around the playground about a secret ingredient that was responsible for the gum's pillowy texture. Soon kids everywhere knew about it. According to those who

Teachable transactional documents 

May 01, 2011

Consumers are taking more control than ever, dictating to businesses how they want to be communicated with, what they expect and how businesses can deliver. Delivering tips that your customers are looking for before they even realize they are looking for it is a great way to enhance your relationship. For many businesses, this can be achieved most effectively by educating and helping customers make

Redesigned fiber paper allows superior images 

May 01, 2011

Rolland Enviro100 Digital is a 100% post-consumer fiber paper. Manufactured using local and renewable biogas energy, the paper is FSC-, EcoLogo and Processed Chlorine Free certified. Enviro 100 Digital offers an improved whiteness and brightness as well as a much smoother finish, which provides even more vibrant colors. As a complement to Rolland Enviro100 Satin for commercial printing, this paper

The digital connection 

May 01, 2011

While run lengths decrease and the overall number of label jobs is growing, Jack Willemsz, founder of label printer W&R Etiketten (Tilburg, The Netherlands), has seen pressure building on the high end of the market. To increase his company's flexibility and competitiveness, he implemented a management information system (MIS) and recently invested in the company's first digital label press, the Xeikon

Premium papers make the grade 

May 01, 2011

Epson's Cold Press and Hot Press (available in Bright and Natural) are acid-free, 100% cotton papers that enable rich, deep blacks and a wide color gamut. These papers provide an elegantly textured finish for artistic expression and is said to provide extremely smooth finish for the finest detail. Velvet Fine Art paper features 100% cotton rag base, buffered and acid free and is coated with Epson's

Hit the mark 

May 01, 2011

Do you remember wanting the shiny new toy, as a kid, because everyone else had one? The 2-D code is that new toy. This has led to the creation of QR (quick response) Codes and other 2-D codes because it's the hip thing to do. Often, the focus is on the code itself, with little or no thought given to the functionality or the action that occurs after it is scanned. The evidence is out there. 2-D codes

GPO celebrates 150-year milestone 

May 01, 2011

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is celebrating 150 years of producing and delivering government information for all three branches of the Federal Government and the public. GPO opened its doors in 1861, on the same day President Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office. GPO's partnership with the print industry is responsible for producing 75% of the government's printing needs. GPO is an

Modern media 

May 01, 2011

For a printing firm that began as a publisher, evolving with the market's need for creative, multimedia solutions comes naturally. Fry Communications (www.frycomm.com) in Mechanicsburg, PA, began in 1934 as a small, family publisher of weekly shopping guides. Since then, it has grown into a diversified, four-plant (totaling 1 million sq. ft.) operation with 1,000 employees in its eponymous divisions