We have noted a real uptick in humor, reports IAPHC's Kevin Keane. Keane is one our favorite Facebook friends he's a wealth of fantastic (and often funny) links. He shared most of the following items with us, and we can't wait to read his next post. See Kevin's blog at www.IAPHC.org. The power of video CL Graphics' marketing guru Peter Gault reports outstanding customer response to his Social Media
High-speed inkjet presses are changing the book manufacturing game. That's the message we heard loud and clear at Offset Paperback Manufacturers' (OPM) open house this past November in Laflin, PA. OPM, an Arvato US Bertelsmann Co., has been cranking out books on its monochrome Kodak Prosper 1000 since July 2010. On the color side, the latest addition is a Kodak Prosper 5000XL. Muller Martini's Sigmaline
Oce and manroland AG have teamed up to offer a single source for print data management, digital printing, offset printing and postpress solutions. The two companies will jointly advise customers selecting advanced technology and workflow solutions. The partnership's strategy on inkjet entails its use as a supplement to offset printing for small runs and just-in-time production. Oc recently joined the
President Obama has sworn in William J. Boarman as the 26th Public Printer of the United States. Boarman will serve as CEO of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), leading more than 2,300 employees. This is a homecoming of sorts, as I began my career at GPO in the 1970s, says Boarman. For 150 years, GPO has been serving the information needs of Congress, federal agencies, and the public. I look
Faced with continued increases in the costs of raw materials and volatility in the global supply chain, Sun Chemical will raise prices in North America on February 1, 2011. The increases: $0.14/lb. for sheetfed blending bases. $0.10/lb. for sheetfed blacks, whites and varnishes. $0.12/lb. for heatset process black and color inks. $0.07/lb. for solvent-based liquid inks. $0.10/lb. for all white liquid
Costco Wholesale Corp. and Corbis Images have partnered to allow Costco members to purchase prints, posters and gicle canvas prints of thousands of Corbis Images of art, photographs and illustrations. The www.costco.com Photo Center features a collection of more than 20,000 digital images exclusively from the Corbis collection. Members have the copyright permission to use the images as they like.
Xerox Corp. (www.xerox.com) will invest $25 million in the coming year to expand its EA Toner plant to handle the increasing worldwide need for chemically grown toner used in Xerox printers and production presses. The project will increase Xerox's manufacturing capacity of EA Toner by 50% at its plant in Webster, NY.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
I hate to deal in but I believe there is one overwhelming truth in industries such as print that largely involve customized products and services: Nothing counts not equipment, technology, demeanor, experience of staff, physical facility, size of staff, anything unless it can be converted into perceived value to customers. Business is all about formation and retention of customers. Determining customer
As of May 2011, mailers need to use the Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) with either Full Service or Basic options to be eligible for automation discounts on letter-size and flat-size mail pieces. Although the USPS will still accept mail printed with POSTNET barcodes, mail printed with POSTNET barcodes will be ineligible for automation discounts. Mailing software provider Window Book offers these tips.
PODi, the Digital Printing Initiative, has awarded its 2011 Best Practices for digital printing, which recognize outstanding examples of digital printing and relevant marketing strategies. PODi accepts case studies for the competition throughout the year, and entries are judged on measured results, value proposition, functionality, scalability, relevance, creativity and innovation. The winners: Direct
December 2, 2010, marked Jack Potter's last day as Postmaster General. We would like to thank Jack for his 32 years of service with the USPS, particularly the past nine as PMG. During the longest tenure as PMG since the early 1800s, Potter dealt with many tough circumstances, including 9/11, the anthrax scare and declining mail volumes. He was an ally to the mailing community and his leadership has
The QR Code is one of many 2D code formats. Others include Microsoft Tag, EZCode, JagTag, Digimarc and Wikkit. Having recently spotted a few MS Tags in some national magazines, we wanted to revisit Quick Response: The Road Ahead for QR Codes, July 2010. Keep it simple At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is making it easy for people to learn about our company, products and services.
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Following recent changes at Xerox, including its acquisition of business process outsourcing (BPO) firm Affiliated Computer Services, chairman and CEO Ursula Burns says the company is focused is on being in the document management business and the business process management business. In the commercial print realm, Burns is open to partnership not a merger/acquisition with an offset vendor, if customers'
As our economy begins to show signs of emerging from a brutal recession, there is a bright spot, because the downturn has encouraged many printers to make long-overdue changes in their business. Most traditional printers had seen their businesses steadily eroding over the past few years, yet somehow the alarm bells didn't ring loudly enough. It took a sharp fall-off in sales to prove that the old
While this year's Graph Expo attendees saw fewer offset press exhibitors, software, service and supplies were out in force. Here is a selection of workflow, CTP and offset introductions, along with more news from the digital exhibitors (see our digital, MIS and postpress coverage in the November 2010 issue). This year's show at Chicago's McCormick Place, October 3-6, attracted just under 20,000 attendees
Now a wholly owned subsidiary of Shanghai Electric, Bolingbrook, IL-based Goss Intl. (www.gossinternational.com) represents Akiyama products in North America, including the M-600 Folia web-to-sheet press. New Goss Universal press models are now available for newspaper and semi-commercial applications. Goss Lifetime Support now includes Goss ServiceFSA flexible service agreements that allow customers