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
There's a difference between a magazine column and an article. This is a column. It incorporates opinion and experience. An article, on the other hand, is intended to be impartial, helpful and informational. Of course, writers interpret various content differently. There's the debate surrounding the possibility or impossibility of achieving impartiality in an article, try as one might. Some writers
Carl Gerhardt, president and CEO of Allegra Network and Mike Stevens are well known to quick and small commercial printers. Both are former shop owners: Carl and his wife, Judy, opened an American Sir Speedy center in Colorado Springs in 1985. Stevens launched Express Press in Fargo, ND, in 1983.
A typical complaint I hear from print managers across the industry is, People do not do things consistently, citing reasons such as: The problem is with the people. They just do what is comfortable. They are lazy. They feel they know more than everyone else. They don't care. People don't come to work trying to cause problems. They want to do a good job. People apply their own best practices when: there
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) announces the appointment of Shannon Palmer as executive director. Finch Paper has appointed Dr. Peter J. Veverka to senior product development engineer. A published scholar and author of several patent applications, Dr. Veverka comes to Finch after a 15-year tenure with International Paper.
No matter how sophisticated your equipment, quality printing begins with the right paper.
RR Donnelley lands major international contract RR Donnelley & Sons Co. has secured a multimillion-dollar, multiyear contract with Shop Direct Group (SDG), the United Kingdom's largest online and home shopping retailer. Under the terms of the contract anticipated to start in March, RR Donnelley will provide a broad range of services, including premedia, print management, transactional print, fulfillment
FedEx Office (formerly FedEx Kinko's) has introduced FedEx Office Print & Go, which enables customers to print documents directly from BlackBerry smartphones and USB flash drives on its digital copy machines. It is enabled by the HP ePrint mobile printing application and can be found on some Canon devices in the self-service area of the company's retail locations. Diamond Packaging's (www.diamondpackaging.com)
Ray Prince should change the spelling of his surname to Because there is no in Prince. Donate your personal collection of graphic arts and printing related books to Cal Poly's Graphic Communication Special Collection, he suggests. The Graphic Communication program is alive and well. They are in need of a great printing library. Dick Popp, Roger Ynostroza and Prince already have made arrangements to
A few years ago, Bruce Boyarsky was waiting to disembark from a cruise ship. I can't wait to get back to work, Boyarsky told his family. A fellow passenger overheard this remark and demanded to know Boyarsky's occupation. I told him that I owned a bindery and that I loved what I did, Boyarsky recalled. He didn't understand how someone could love a job. But I love this business.
Joe the printer puts in way too much time at the shop. As owner of a commercial printing facility, he always seems to have too much work but never quite enough business. His family doesn't think he takes enough vacation, and his wife Fanny long ago cultivated other interests to keep herself busy. Joe has a cell phone and a Facebook account, although he doesn't use them much. His kids are more up on
Good thing they didn't give him a gold watch When Mike Stinnett retired from Royal Oak High in Michigan, his fellow graphic arts teachers presented him with the perfect gift: a section from a California Job Case. The case contents reflect Stinnett's eight years of service to the school. Charlie Chard, a fellow retiree, helped Stinnett convert the job case into an end table. The red oak table, complete
Sorrento Mesa Printing is a six-employee, $1 million shop. From its industrial park address to its pragmatic approach to equipment acquisitions, there's nothing fancy about this 24-year-old operation. Scott Cappel, Sorrento Mesa's owner and founder, was the NAPL/NAQP 2010 Printer of the Year. Success is a combination of hard work and lucky breaks, he says. Sometimes you make your own luck and sometimes
Printing Industries of America and the CIP4 organization have announced the availability of JDF Product Certification for Integrated Digital Printing. It applies to color, highlight color and duplex monochrome digital printing systems, including those with inline finishing capabilities. Certified integrated digital printers have the ability to count every event performed by an integrated digital printer
On Demand Expo, colocated with AIIM Intl.'s info360 conference and expo, will take place March 22-24, 2011, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. A new Publishing Xchange conference program is designed to bring together the combined shows' digital print, publishing, multichannel marketing and enterprise information management professionals.
Print buyers are becoming more numerous, many with little print experience. Here are six problems I have heard about recently: Fronting postage for a customer standard operating procedure (SOP) not followed. I have heard of three instances in which the printers found themselves bearing the cost due to nonpayment. With electronic transfer of funds, there is no reason to ever front postage money. Keep
On January 13, 2011, the United States Postal Service (USPS) notified the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of its intent to change prices for Mailing Services products, which includes First-Class Mail (FCM), Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Extra Services. Upon PRC approval, the new prices will take effect on April 17, 2011. New pricing for Shipping Services, including Priority Mail
Educate your customers when you miss their deadline. Often it is not your fault, but the customer is always right.