The customer-conscious printer is always right! 

Dec 01, 2004

Data Communique’s willingness to adapt to the needs of specific customers is the driving force behind the company’s evolution. What started as a traditional corporate printer and fulfillment house has become a leading innovator in data conversion; document, data and content management; desktop publishing; electronic receipt and delivery of files; and electronic on-demand publishing.

November cover story: Die cutters do more with less, part 2 

Nov 01, 2004

More printers are looking beyond flat printed sheets to an expanding world of die cutting opportunities. Here's a sampling of recent introductions.

November cover story: Die cutters do more with less 

Nov 01, 2004

More printers are looking beyond flat printed sheets to an expanding world of die cutting opportunities. Here's a sampling of recent introductions.

August cover story: The latest and greatest midrange saddlestitchers 

Aug 01, 2004

New saddlestitching upgrades have made some of the bells and whistles of automation available to smaller print shops. Vendors also have improved manual stitchers for optimal output. The different levels of automated equipment on the market mean you can pick and choose the technology you need at the price you want to maximize your ROI. Here we cover the latest midrange saddlestitchers on the market

Mechanical-binding options 

Jul 01, 2004

Fully digital puncher; automated coil binder The Quantum P70iX by General Binding Corp. (GBC) (Skokie, IL) is a fully digital, high-speed production punch designed for the digital-print market. The system reportedly supports all common punching patterns, including three-hole, comb, Velobind, Twin-Loop wire and Color Coil. Custom die patterns are also available. The puncher is preprogrammed for common

Mailing & fulfillment 

Jun 01, 2004

Mailing and fulfillment, if done right, can be a profitable new-business opportunity for printers. According to Clint Bolte, principal, C. Clint Bolte & Associates (Chambersburg, PA), the Direct Marketing Assn. (DMA) is forecasting an annual 4.9 percent growth in direct mailing through 2007. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is also doing its share to drive this business: A new ad campaign launched in

A field guide to folding 

May 01, 2004

I have spent the past seven years of my life researching brochure folds. So when I say folding is my passion, I'm not kidding. You'll frequently find me out by my mailbox, gingerly separating the wafer seal or fugitive glue on a direct-mail brochure, in search of a new folding specimen for my collection. Once in a while I do find one, and it's glorious. After doing a little victory dance, I classify

Drupa developments 3 

May 01, 2004

JDF-enabled workflow, press innovations Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) (Heidelberg, Germany) will offer more than 50 innovations at Drupa. Its modular, JDF-enabled Prinect workflow components reportedly integrate business-management and technical functions into one comprehensive data and workflow. Said to be adaptable to each printing company's individual requirements, the Prinect family

You want it when? 

Apr 01, 2004

In the early days of on-demand printing, few perfect-binding options existed. And, in some cases, the finished books weren't likely to win any ribbons for quality. Today, printers have far more choices, ranging from simple tabletop machines to true hardcover book-production lines. Better spine-preparation techniques are helping on-demand and other short-run users produce durable books. Quality adhesive

Finishing solutions for digital print 

Feb 23, 2004

Finishing solutions for digital print

On-demand postpress options 

Feb 01, 2004

On-demand postpress options

Producing hardcover books inline: a Drupa preview 

Feb 01, 2004

A diagram and explanation of an inline book-production system, featuring end-to-end automation and new sewing and back-gluing machines

An introduction to lamination systems and materials 

Jan 23, 2004

An introduction to lamination systems and materials

Tracking RFID progress 

Jan 01, 2004

Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is, some say, set to become the new universally used method for tracking products through the global supply chain. Pundits believe that RFID's automatic identification and data-collection systems could make bar codes a thing of the past, especially if Wal-Mart doesn't back down from its mandate that all vendor shipments must have RFID tagging by 2005.

Troubleshooting wide-format laminating mistakes 

Jan 01, 2004

Troubleshooting wide-format laminating mistakes

Diecutters: the shape of things to come 

Nov 01, 2003

Inline diecutting options available for printers to extend postpress capabilities

Graph Expo 2003 

Nov 01, 2003

A review of the best of Graph Expo 2003.

Look, Ma, no hands! 

Oct 01, 2003

A case study of Quad Graphics' fully-automated cutting system

Material handling keeps jobs moving 

Oct 01, 2003

New products that help automate postpress operations

Fast and accurate pharmaceutical folding 

Sep 01, 2003

Bindgraphcs provides fast and accurate pharmaceutical folding

Wrapper's delight: new poly- and shrink-wrap options 

Sep 01, 2003

New poly- and shrink-wrap options

Capitalizing on mailing and fulfillment 

Sep 01, 2003

Story on Graph Expo 2003 mailing and fulfillment exhibits and new products

Building better binderies through benchmarking 

Aug 15, 2003

This article is excerpted from the book, "Benchmarking the Bindery." To order, contact NAPL at (800) 642-6275, option 3. Many companies have a wealth of data but seldom share it with the people producing its products. Benchmarking provides a means for an organization to identify, gather and share its accumulated information. When properly applied, benchmarking leads to continual process improvement.

Do you want that booklet stapled, stitched or squashed? 

Jul 01, 2003

A review of the latest bookletmakers

Faster bookletmaking 

May 01, 2003

When Gene Joynt founded American Business Printing (ABP) as a business-forms company in 1977, he adopted a simple credo: Do whatever it takes to serve the customer. In its early years, the York, PA, shop's primary clients were the state of Pennsylvania and federal agencies. The work was fairly straightforward, consisting mostly of continuous-run, snap-set business forms produced on ABP's Didde roll-to-sheet