QR Codes 101 

Feb 01, 2011

In the past two years, we've heard quite a Quick Response (QR) Code buzz in the printing industry. In an increasingly wireless world, they offer instant gratification. Invented in Japan in 1994, these codes are becoming more commonplace in the United States, particularly as smart phone usage grows. QR Codes are two-dimensional matrix (as opposed to bar) codes that connect the physical world to the

Mel Printing amps up digital performance 

Feb 01, 2011

Mel Printing Co., Inc., a 50-year-old Detroit area commercial printing and mailing company is the first in its region to purchase a new HP Indigo 7500 digital press. This adds to its existing lineup of high-end multicolor print capability with both analog and digital equipment. Print manufacturing is changing rapidly, and [we are] committed to investing in the highest quality technology for our customers'

Print adapts to the wireless age (Not bad for a 500-year-old technology) 

Feb 01, 2011

When you care enough to send some augmented reality Hallmark has offered cards with sounds since 2006. Augmented reality cards debuted in January 2010. The card recipient visits www.hallmark.com/extra and follows the directions to view a 2D or 3D animated feature by holding the greeting card up to a web camera. The animation tracks with the movement of the card. We say: Neat-o. But we hope Grandma

It's all in the cards 

Feb 01, 2011

Ageneration ago, a business card was a printed product. If you were in business, a business card was essential, and it was printed. Period. When I opened my new printing company 24 years ago, the first thing I did was order letterhead, envelopes and business cards. That is what everyone did. (I didn't print them myself because I was not in the stationery business.) Here in the 21st century, the first

Bindery news & installations 

Feb 01, 2011

Smyth sewing for the digital age Smyth USA recently debuted the Digital Sewing Line for inline production of digitally printed books. It can process roll fed or flat sheets from any digital press. The Digital Sewing Line folds, inserts and produces Smyth sewn books in one operation. It's a dual use machine capable of producing hybrid books in any configuration of conventional and

Rock on 

Feb 01, 2011

You are only as good as your last job, says Greg Smith, president of Georgia folding carton maker Printed Specialties Inc. (www.printedspecialties.com). PSI had a great year in 2009, despite a very tough economy. But the additional business put a strain on PSI's ability to turn jobs as quickly as its customers had come to expect. Smith moved quickly, bringing in new pressroom and finishing equipment

Digital print then vs. now 

Feb 01, 2011

Floral-patterned toilet paper won't be going digital anytime soon. But just about everything else is fair game, says Benny Landa, founder of Indigo. Since the mid-1980s, when we started the development of the Indigo digital printing press, I have believed that all printing will become digital, he says. Christopher Morgan, senior vice president of HP's Graphics Solutions global business unit says digital

Black-and-white & read all over QR Codes offer Ohio paper growth potential 

Feb 01, 2011

Based in Dayton, Ohio, the Dayton City Paper is an alternative weekly with a dynamic mix of arts, entertainment, culture, events, dining, and politics. Over the past 15 years, the paper has continued to transform, providing its readers (who average between 32 and 37 years of age) information of interest for the active and professional community. As a publication funded strictly by advertisers, part

Mailing essentials 

Feb 01, 2011

Whether it's management software, conversion and presort systems or the right tabber or inserter, the foundation of any efficient mailing service center starts with good equipment. The following equipment and software can help keep your mailing operation productive and profitable. Dual-head tabber The Pitney Bowes (www.pb.com) W360 multifunction tabber system provides several tabbing applications

Send the very best 

Feb 01, 2011

I am from Mundelein, a small town north of Chicago. I usually just tell people I am from Chicago because to do otherwise is to engage in the conversational equivalent of a constantly reconfiguring GPS, as the listener struggles to arrive at some point of reference. It's near the Wisconsin border, I often say, a statement analogous to saying someone with a first aid kit is a doctor. Occasionally, a

Kudos to these creative types 

Feb 01, 2011

Serving Naperville since 1985 Kent and Julie Phillips launched their Sir Speedy franchise during the closing days of the Reagan Administration. Kent worked in the printing industry virtually since childhood. Prior to launching the Illinois shop, he was a business management consultant with Sir Speedy's corporate office. Adding mailing services, promotional products and integrated direct marketing

People 

Feb 01, 2011

Public Printer Bill Boarman has named Davita Vance-Cooks as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). Vance-Cooks is Boarman's principal advisor on overall management of the agency, responsible for formulation and coordination of all internal and external agency policies. KBA North America has named George Drew as its new project manager for North America. Drew will be managing

Industry | Events 2011 

Feb 01, 2011

FEBRUARY 24-26 Graphics of the Americas (GOA) / FESPA Americas 2011, Printing Assn. of FL, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL, www.graphicsoftheamericas.com MARCH 1-3 MailCom 2011, Washington Hilton, Washington, DC, www.mailcom-conference.com 13-16 Vision3 Summit, NAPL/NPES/PIA, J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort, Palm Desert, CA, www.vision3summit.org. 23-25 Lithographic Relationships

Ensure press operator safety when running UV 

Feb 01, 2011

The UV process is wonderful for many reasons: High gloss. Sharp dots, especially on uncoated stock. Instant drying. No VOCs in the ink. Printed waste can be recycled. High rub. No setoff. But you have to use it properly to reap the benefits. UV inks, like any chemical, must be handled safely. Based on the input of several ink companies and associations, as well as printers, here are some tips: Show

The selling revolution 

Feb 01, 2011

No one questions the technological revolution that has characterized the graphic arts industry during the past several decades. An equally important revolution in print selling has taken place during the same period. The difference in management of the two revolutions lies in the fact that, usually, it is simpler to replace equipment than a serviceable sales or customer service representative. This

Leveraging digital ads 

Feb 01, 2011

Adobe has released a research study titled Digital Ad Engagement: Perceived Interactivity as a Driver of Advertising Effectiveness. The study exposed participants aged 18 to 32 to print or iPad versions of advertisements featured in a past issue of a digital magazine. Participants were surveyed to measure perceived interactivity, perceived engagement, message involvement, attitude toward the ads and

The best of both worlds LED & UV will coexist 

Feb 01, 2011

There's been a lot of talk about the potential advantages of LED curing technology on sheetfed presses. But don't mothball those UV lamps just yet, advises Bill Bonallo, vice president of IST America Corp.'s (Bolingbrook, IL) sheetfed group. The complete replacement of conventional UV technology on a large scale seems improbable, says Bonallo. We think it will supplement conventional UV and may actually

State of consumables 

Feb 01, 2011

PRIMIR (www.primir.org) has funded a new research study, Printing Industry Consumables Usage & Trends. The results of this research will provide an understanding of the usage trends for flexo, gravure, offset, digital and wide-format consumables. Consumables included in the study are: coatings (UV and aqueous); toner; inks; blankets; plates; and pressroom chemistry including fountain solutions, silicone

Green initiatives & common sense 

Jan 01, 2011

Many programs are hogwash, hence the term When someone does something that is both sensible and sustainable, it deserves to be recognized. Green is suddenly everywhere. Hardly a month goes by without an ecology minded group promoting a new green incentive. Kermit the Frog would be proud. Our story My company, Copresco, found ways to dramatically impact our energy consumption: A new lighting system

RR Donnelley expands Internet services with acquisition 

Jan 01, 2011

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. has acquired 8touches, an online provider of tools that allow real estate sales associates and other marketers to create customized communications materials such as direct mail, flyers and brochures. 8touches' branded online resources provide access to more than 1,000 customized templates into which profiles, MLS data and pictures for selected listings can auto-populate.

Mastering LinkedIn 

Jan 01, 2011

In the spring of 2008, I addressed the Consolidated Graphics (CGX) national sales force and told them they needed to get on LinkedIn. I told them it was the best thing since sliced bread, and their personal brand depended on a venue like it. Within two months, I wondered what all the fuss was about, decided to write it off and moved on. I had shown up on LinkedIn, sat on the sidelines and expected

AMS introduces offset LED-UV perfecting system 

Jan 01, 2011

Air Motion Systems has announced an LED-UV based printing system, for offset printing and perfecting. It uses a UV LED light source to instantly dry inks and varnishes at top press speeds without marking, powder, heat or wasted energy. By instantly drying both the front and back-side sheets inline, the LED-UV printing process reportedly eliminates marking and dramatically speeds jobs through postpress.

More suggestions for the PMG 

Jan 01, 2011

My somewhat simplistic advice is for Patrick Donahoe to stay on the course he's set: customer focus, business development and a leaner operation. Also, get the USPS into a more proactive stance on public and legislative issues. Be more out-front with its own story about what it needs to do, or needs from Congress. The agency has a long history of silence and that does it a disservice when so many

What's your maintenance budget for a 4-year-old press? 

Jan 01, 2011

How electronic is the press? The more electronics, the more maintenance is required. In a large printing company that charted cost of maintence as a percentage of sales, the percentage kept increasing over a 30-year period. Look at your press today you need an electrical expert as well as a mechanic. Is it UV or conventional? A full UV press will last longer than a conventional press, due to not having

A trusted resource 

Jan 01, 2011

Put the reader first. That's our goal at AMERICAN PRINTER. We've been a trusted resource for commercial printers since 1883. We are proud to enter our 128th year of serving the commercial printing industry. But we are prouder still to be innovators rather than curators. In 2011, we have a fresh look and renewed commitment to bringing senior executives cutting edge content across all media. We have