Try a little social media 

Jun 01, 2011

I don't remember when I first met Jim David, vice president of marketing for Ussery Printing. But I admire his Facebook feed. David's posts don't push the Dallas-area printer's capabilities. He often has a funny graphic arts related news item to share or an interesting statistic on direct mail's effectiveness. I am an information junkie, David says of his online activities. I try to [read and post]

Paper replaces PVC for gift cards 

Jun 01, 2011

Monadnock Paper Mills (www.mpm.com) launches Monadnock Envi Card Stock, The Un-Plastic, creating a renewable wood fiber alternative to PVC card materials. Envi Card Stock is recommended for gift cards, loyalty cards, membership cards, hotel keys and durable signage. It is durable, recyclable and prints using offset, thermal or digital printing techniques. It can be embossed, foil stamped and laminated,

Embrace technology 

Jun 01, 2011

Graph Expo 2011 (www.graphexpo.com) is billed as, The most comprehensive trade show for prepress, printing, finishing, converting, mailing, wide format and digital technologies in the Americas in 2011. Themed Embrace Technology, the big show will take place September 11-14 in Chicago's McCormick Place South. More than 500 exhibitors are expected to show their wares. Twenty or more co-located industry

Logos that educate 

Jun 01, 2011

Finch Paper (www.finchpaper.com) unveils its latest educational offering on the company's website, a new Environmental Logos section. Designers and printers seeking to prominently display the environmental attributes of the paper they use can download several industry logos to help communicate environmental responsibility to customers' audiences. The logos, available in EPS and JPEG formats, clearly

A press manufacturer's worst nightmare? 

Jun 01, 2011

The answer is not you, but bad power, power outages and power surges to the pressroom sheetfed or web. With older presses, there are some issues; with newer, more complex presses, these become severe. The cure varies depending on the consistency of power in your area. The first protection you will need for delicate computer equipment is commonly called a buck booster to increase voltage in case of

A Father's Day salute 

Jun 01, 2011

Don Burdge is president of LA-based BurdgeCooper. He's also an Eagle Scout, as is his son. But in Don's eight years of serving as counselor for the Graphic Arts and Pulp and Paper merit badges, only one scout contacted him. He never showed up for the appointment, recalls Burdge. Mark Barbour, curator at the Printing Museum (Carson, CA), and I discussed hosting a Merit

Appearance & reality 

Jun 01, 2011

Gmund 925 paper is produced with a mixture of pure silver ions, boasting the first presentation of this effect in the paper industry. Silver's shiny look and metallic properties guarantee a well-balanced relationship between appearance and reality in Gmund 925, the company reports. Designed for presentations, its brushed surface emphasizes elegance and a technically skillful character. The palette

It's not about the press 

Jun 01, 2011

Yes, most presses look alike to the general public. Should we educate them on the differences? Don't bother.

Xerox update 

Jun 01, 2011

Ink purchase funds operational upgrades 

Jun 01, 2011

Fujifilm North America Corp.'s Graphic Systems Division (www.fujifilmgs.com) and Van Son Holland Ink Corp. of America (www.vansonink.com) announce a new program now available to Fujifilm customers who purchase Van Son inks for the first time. The Van Son Fujifilm Tech Advantage Program allows customers to use Van Son ink purchases from Fujifilm to help finance professional services such as G7 education

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

Creativity in the digital age 

May 01, 2011

Sappi Fine Paper North America launches the Flo Channel: Off Register, its online comedy video series developed with VSA Partners and aimed at the print community. The new video series features stories told by Second City Improv that demonstrate the trials and tribulations of what printers encounter daily, as they aim to please their demanding, edgy, black-glasses-wearing clients. The next video in

How many hickeys for you? 

May 01, 2011

When it comes to removing hickeys caused by substrate or press conditions, the arguments rage as to what works. In my experience, for most items to work, it is a matter of extent and implementation. Consider the pros and cons of these cleaning methods. Jogger/aerators These units turn the load, jog, aerate and position the substrate on the skid. Aerate is the key word. Blowing out all loose coating

Ink prices rising (again) 

May 01, 2011

With raw material costs continuing to escalate and crude oil prices climbing, ink companies have been raising prices. Flint Group (www.flintgrp.com) recently initiated a 5% increase in its sheetfed offset ink prices. In April, Flint announced further price hikes for all packaging and narrow-web inks in North America effective May 1, 2011. Water and solvent-based products will increase 8% with the

Affordable solution for high-end graphics 

May 01, 2011

Roland DGA introduces the Blue Back Matte Paper media for its award-winning wide-format, ecosolvent inkjet printers and printer/cutters, including VersaCAMM, VersaArt and SOLJET models. A medium weight, 5-mil media, Roland Blue Back Matte paper is an affordable solution for creating high-quality indoor posters, displays and POP graphics, as well as temporary signs and bus shelter inserts. Quick drying,

Step away from the e-blast 

May 01, 2011

Excerpt: It is critical to categorize customers when conducting e-blasts and direct mail. Begin with a defined process, a discipline and the right customer relationship management (CRM) software. Then get to know your customers and segment appropriately. Don't forget to train sales reps on the importance of this information and how information will be used. Simplify based on customer information that

PDF and VDP 

May 01, 2011

Wouldn't it be great if PDF could do variable data, and do it well? Dov Isaacs, principal scientist, workflow & interoperability, Adobe Systems, presents at the Ghent Workgroup's (www.gwg.org) seminar in Chicago, April 27, 2011. He says printers can expect to see more developments in this area in time for Drupa 2012.

Best practices for printing on recycled paper 

May 01, 2011

Excerpt: Because high-recycled printing papers (those with 90% recovered fiber) are newer to the market than conventional papers, the process modifications required to print on them are not widely known. Recycled paper is comparable with conventional paper in terms of quality, price and press performance. (Take a close look at the inside pages of this May 2011 issue of AMERICAN PRINTER, which is printed

Photographic look-and-feel for EP output 

May 01, 2011

The Professional Endura electrophotographic printing (EP) papers by Kodak utilize proprietary E-surface technology to create high-quality, photo-grade media for EP presses, offering the look, feel and surface of photographic paper. With these papers, customers can intermix media output from silver-halide printers and digital presses. This new line of paper works well on equipment that uses dry ink/toner-based