Appleton, WI printer JP Graphics Inc. (www.jpinc.com) won Best Process Automation Implementation, North America in the 2010 Jrgen Schnhut Memorial CIP4 International Print Production Innovation (CIPPI) Awards. CIP4 (www.cip4.org) annually honors printers, publishers and/or prepress services that apply with the most compelling case study in three topical categories and four regions. Additional 2010
Not long ago, the standard short-term product in the outdoor advertising industry was as it had been for a hundred years: a short-lived paper poster printed with solvent-based inks. The outdoor advertising industry's new standard involves next-generation polyethylene (PE) printing substrates and UV-curable printing inks. Driven by an application from Lamar Graphics (www.lamargraphics.com), Canada-based
Dallas-based KBA North America (www.kba.com) promoted KBA Service Select for its entire line of presses from the small footprint Genius 20-inch to the large-format Rapida 205 81-inch press. Programs maximize the customer's return on investment and minimize downtime. CardPak (Solon, OH) is installing at KBA Rapida 106 41-inch, 10-color perfecting press with coating tower and 12-ft. extended delivery.
Web-to-print provider PrintPlace.com won a ISO 12647 Standards Gap Analysis Audit in the IDEAlliance G7 Summit competition run by KEE Consultants (www.keeconsultants.com) and sponsored by Alwan Color Expertise (www.alwancolor.com). We produce thousands of pages per day and understand what every page should look like in terms of CIElab and process control aim points, without having to visually inspect
Brandon Lutze, a Cal Poly Graphic Communication (www.grc.calpoly.edu) senior, took first place in the GAERF 2010 Student Design Competition, Post Secondary category. The contest challenged students to create marketing materials designed to promote next year's Graph Expo show. Royal Oak High School (Royal Oak, MI) won the 2010 Frederick D. Kagy Education Award of Excellence. The award will be presented
Montreal-based Ultimate Technographics Inc. (www.imposition.com) announced the release of its 64-bit version of Impostrip OnDemand Scalable Server Edition, designed to bring more speed and efficiency to high volume printing. Its prototype earned Worth a Look honors at Print 09 after being presented in HP's booth among the partner solutions adapted for the HP Inkjet T300 press. Since, Ultimate made
Graphics of the Americas The industry's second largest annual expo and conference in the United States will be held from February 24 to 26 in the Orange County Convention Center (Orlando, FL). See www.graphicsoftheamericas.com. January 31-2 PODi AppForum 2011, PODi the Digital Printing Initiative, The Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, www.appforum.org February 2-5 MFSA Mid-Winter Conference, Doral Resort,
Transcontinental (www.transcontinental.com) (Montreal) will close its 180-employee plant in Boucherville, QC, Canada, on December 17, 2010.
Rye, NY-based polyester plate manufacturer Mitsubishi Imaging (MPM) Inc. (www.mitsubishiimaging.com) presented its next generation of ecofriendly CTP systems, the new Processless DigiPlate PDP-VL and Thermal DigiPlate System, at Graph Expo. The new PDP-VL plate will be available early next year in polyester or paper base, sheet or roll format, at various thicknesses. PDP-VL, compatible with most current
Colex (www.colex.com), the exclusive distributor in North America of Fotoba cutters, introduced the world's only 67-inch automatic cutter to SGIA Expo and won SGIA's Product of the Year award in the Finishing Equipment category. The new, automatic-feed Fotoba Dreamcut XLD-170 is designed for cutting and trimming flexible inkjet and photo media. The 2010 SGIA Expo drew more than 21,000 imaging professionals
Parsippany, NJ-based Sun Chemical (www.sunchemical.com) demonstrated its Dispenser Program for commercial printers in the Pitman Company booth at Graph Expo. Designed to manage spot color inventory, Sun Chemical claims the program can decrease a printer's overall ink spend by up to 35% when blending inks in-house and up to 46% if blended inks are purchased. The GFI dispensing unit is free for printers
In the bad old days, only stripper and bleeding in the gutter had two or more meanings. These days, the graphic arts industry is characterized by terms that defy precise definitions and impair communications. Some trade associations and consultants publish research using these undefined terms, thereby making their survey results questionable. Here are nine of the terms to which different people provide
No more photobook gutter clutter: Mohawk debuts Panoramic papers certified for the HP Indigo and featuring TRU-Flat binding technology: www.mohawkpaper.com. Weko showcased the Procoat system for the application of surface protection chemicals for digital webs. See www.weko.net. Graph Expo first timer: Dallas-based Multicam (maybe you saw the Foam Cor weaponry) solutions for signage/wide format cutting:
At Print 09, it was obvious that web-to-print (W2P) was becoming so ubiquitous that it was difficult to find vendors that didn't offer it. This year was no different. Some of last year's players did not exhibit, while others sent only individual representatives to roam the hall. Still, there was a strong presence by companies vying for printers' online presence. The state of W2P For business-to-business
Do you know how loyal your customers are? Or, do you just feel in your gut that you're doing great and customers push as much your way as they can? Last year a printing company owner in Colorado shared that he almost lost a longtime customer. What surprised him most was that the two sat together each month at a local business meeting. The customer could not tell him face-to-face that he was blowing
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'
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
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
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
Targeting high quality, short-run printing, Valhalla, NY-based Fujifilm's (www.fujifilmgs.com) Graph Expo demonstration featured the company's JDF-enabled Workflow XMF and 3D virtual proofing on the Digital Inkjet J Press 720 (see Digital Domination, AMERICAN PRINTER, November 2010). Workflow XMF is a pure PDF workflow that offers cross-media capability for digital and offset equipment. PDF content
While the country begins to emerge from the Great Recession, the print industry remains in decline. As of August 31, sales were down 19.9% from their pre-recession peak and 22.5% from their all-time peak, according to NAPL economists. Further, their latest data indicates approximately 7,200 establishments or 20.5% of the industry have disappeared since 2000. Productivity has increased over that time
Last month, I described the need for a professional certification exam as one way to assess learning outcomes for our Graphic Communications degree program students at Illinois State University. The real benefit Of course, the primary reason for professional certification tests is to help employers evaluate potential new hires, analyze job performance and motivate employees to enhance their skills