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
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,
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
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.
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
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
Unisource introduces PorcelainECO, a premium coated paper that is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certified and has a post-consumer waste (PCW) content of 10%. See www.unisourceworldwide.com.
Very few of my readers work from home. Even if you are in sales and spend most of your time on the road, you still have an office you must visit regularly. As for the rest of us, we spend every day in an office or a factory. This means we commute between work and home twice daily, five to seven days per week. Whether our trip is five blocks or 50 miles, each of us has found the best way to get to
Family ties: Bob Ott celebrates 66 years in printing Every day, without fail, whether a weekday or weekend, Robert B. Ott Sr. walked into The Hennegan Co. office wearing a white shirt and tie. In honor of his final day on the job, the entire office wore white shirts and ties. I've just always worn a tie, and I didn't stop when everything got more casual, says Ott, who served as president of the company
A companion follow-up to the Monadnock's popular Respect Nature promo Respect Design is said to be both an educational and provocative addition to the series. The promotion showcases bold images from nature and contrasts these with images of outstanding achievement in architecture industrial design and fashion. Respect Design offers several print demonstrations featuring high-resolution multi-color
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
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
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
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
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
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
Los Angeles-based Warbasse Design CEO and art director Philip Warbasse recently announced an important shift in integrated media, based on his firm's partnership with machine vision company WiMO Reality. Warbasse is known for integrating printed 2-D codes with mobile web applications in projects such as Disney's TRON Legacy and HBO's True Blood (see Quick Response, July 2010). This new alliance brings
Founded in 2005, Dscoop (the Digital Solutions Cooperative) is an independent global community of graphic arts business owners and technical professionals who use HP Indigo and Scitex equipment and related solutions. The group held its sixth annual conference in Orlando this February. The numbers were impressive: 2,000+ total attendees, 95 exhibitors and 120 educational sessions. Last year's event
Spontaneous and outrageous dancing broke out during Don Goldman's 2009 trip to Senegal with his Salem, MA, drum circle. Goldman, an MIS guru, supports humanitarian projects via African Development through Drum and Dance (A3D). The group has provided computers and sewing machines to two schools near Dakar. A $6,000 A3D donation funded the construction of 100 badly needed desks. Incorporating a welded
Using image recognition and OCR technology, WiMO Reality provides a unique platform for Warbasse and his elite group of mobile designers and developers to bring new marketing strategies to their clients and share their experiences with Wimo. Wimo Reality has impressed us from the start as an extremely forward-thinking company that is focused on long-range opportunities with both 2-D codes and image
In the late 1990s, John Harrison and Michael Jahn, then with Agfa, gave many people their first glimpse of a PDF-powered workflow. Their evangelism included a book, video interviews with industry leaders, and a 50-city tour with speakers from Adobe and Agfa. Agfa's Peter Broderick with Patrick Gypen, Connie Ohlsten and Christel Van den Eynde helped us develop an unprecedented program, recalls Harrison.
CIP4 is calling for entries in the 2011 CIPPI Awards program. The award categories highlight the benefits of process automation. This program is a great way for printers to let the world know about some of the most efficient, most productive production environments anywhere, says CIP4 executive director James Harvey. Any printer, prepress service or publisher may apply for the CIPPI awards. Each application
Sun Chemical is raising prices in North America, effective April 1, 2011. The increases: 4% for SunLit Diamond, SunLit Intense and SunLit Exact sheetfed process color inks. 8% for all other sheetfed process color inks. 7% for all energy curable (EC) narrow web, tag, and label printing inks. 7% for all EC packaging printing inks. 7% for all EC commercial printing inks.
PRIMIR's (www.primir.org) Megatrends in Digital Printing Applications study, conducted by IT Strategies, investigated which major production printing applications will migrate from analog to digital, when and why. It forecasts few applications to toward digital by 2014, some by 2020 and most in decades, if at all. While the study notes digital printing has made inroads in book printing and applications
I often find myself wistfully recalling the good old days. Remember print's golden era of 2007? Not that 2007 was any great shakes, but that was the last time the U.S. industry grew. Brace yourself NAPL predicts sales from printing and related sources to grow 1% to 3% this year. But even if we finish at the top of that range, our sales volume would still be $17.8 billion, or 18.1%, below pre-recession