The Stevie Awards 

Nov 01, 2006

Six months ago, I asked AMERICAN PRINTER readers to help prove a point by sharing their variable-data printing (VDP) case histories. Not the same old stories we've heard over and over, but fresh examples that have been overlooked, perhaps because these projects didn't fit the expected profile of variable printing. I wanted to showcase these break the mold stories. Some industry experts reacted with, Variable-data printing (VDP), Web-to-print

Short Story 

Nov 01, 2006

A digital book printing update.

Learn by example 

Nov 01, 2006

A few of the Variables 2006 panelists shared their stories and offered some helpful advice.

Digitally cool 

Nov 01, 2006

Digital print marketer demonstrates the power of Xerox and XMPie.

Triple threat 

Nov 01, 2006

Blanks Printing & Imaging’s latest KBA press prints plastic, lenticular and canvas jobs.

A Big Package for Small Printers 

Oct 17, 2006

Komori and Fujifilm partner to provide a turnkey prepress/press system for small to mid-sized printers

Papa's got a Brand new Goss 

Oct 01, 2006

Visitors to Papa John's 36-acre campus in Louisville, KY, soon notice some quirky details. Consider the stop signs on the property. At first glance, they look like, well, stop signs: familiar red octagons. But upon closer inspection, the signs are wordless there's no on those signs, just a picture of a big red tomato. A stroll around the interior of Papa John's 133,000-sq.-ft. corporate headquarters

GraphExpo New Products 

Oct 01, 2006

Color proofs on Diamond Jet papers Mitsubishi Imaging (MPM), Inc., (booth 4629) has released a new color proofing solution using Diamond Jet proofing papers. With a new RIP proofing plug-in for Canon W6400 or W8400 imagePROGRAF printers, the solution also is designed to work with Mitsubishi's RipMate RIP, which powers the DPX family of platesetters, and the SDP RIP, which drives the Eco1630III platesetter.

An offset pioneer 

Oct 01, 2006

In 1990, Chicagoans crossing the intersection of Ravenswood Ave. and Irving Park Rd. might have noticed signs promoting a new condo development on that corner. Most were probably indifferent. After all, many old factories all across the city were being converted into upscale housing. And the name of this particular development, Post Card Place, hardly hinted at its historical significance. But from

Inkjet invaders 

Sep 01, 2006

In your busy days of satisfying customer expectations and making the most of your bottom line, you've likely heard of UV digital flatbed systems. These state-of-the-art inkjet printing devices and digital inks have opened new doors for commercial printing operations doors that previously were locked shut. Digital flatbeds changed all the rules of graphics, from what you can print to what you can print

Saying YES to JDF! 

Sep 01, 2006

Joe Novak doesn't have an easy job. He's the director of technology for Williamson Printing Corp. (Dallas), one of the largest printers in the United States. We're a different breed of printer, says Novak. We do so many different things. Williamson, a perennial fixture at the Premier Print Awards, won 121 total awards in the 2005 competition for products and services ranging from direct mail to annual

The Best & Brightest 

Sep 01, 2006

At a special banquet on March 2, 2005, the National Assn. for Printing Leadership (NAPL) (Paramus, NJ) presented 20 graphic communications companies with 2005 Management Plus awards. The event was held during NAPL's Top Management Conference in Orlando, FL. Awards include the William K. Marrinan Hall of Fame award, as well as Gold, Silver and Merit awards. Management Plus allows graphic communications

Decision points 

Sep 01, 2006

Decision Points 2006 was the theme for the 54th Annual Web Offset Management and Technical Conference held at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, this May. And new event planning decisions made by the Web Offset Assn. (WOA) board of directors and supplier advisory board were evident. As a veteran attendee of WOA conferences, this year's offering combined the traditional sessions with some fresh ideas.

The variety of variable printing 

Aug 01, 2006

Gutenberg didn't actually invent printing, but he did invent variable-data printing (VDP). I hear you cry, Variable-data printing is brand spanking new! It is the salvation of print. With variable, I'll amaze my customers and charge them any price I please. The salesman who sold me a $500,000 digital press last week told me so! Prior to Gutenberg, printing by any process meant the creation by hand

Green is the new CMYK 

Aug 01, 2006

Several readers responded to our call for green printers. We have no hazardous wastes at our facility, reports Dan Walker, quality system coordinator at Alcan Packaging (Atlanta). We conduct clean audits of our site on a monthly basis, with posted resultseveryone eagerly participates. Frank Miske III, vice president of sales, Custom Business Forms (CBF) (Minneapolis-St. Paul), says his company initiated

A clean start 

Aug 01, 2006

Printing technology manufacturers have achieved advancements that raise print quality to high levels across all press formats and, consequently, from one commercial print business to another. In a recent edition of his PrintForecast Perspective e-newsletter (, industry commentator Dr. Joe Webb notes, When we talk to print buyers, they claim that they see all printers

As big as all outdoors 

Aug 01, 2006

A few months ago, Los Angeles-based Lithographix and TracerGraphix sought set out to produce the largest lenticular sheet ever printed on a lithographic press.

Dscoop is Dlovely 

Aug 01, 2006

The Digital Solutions Cooperative (Dscoop), an HP Indigo users group, recently held its inaugural meeting in Ft. Myers, FL. More than 330 attendees were there, including both current and prospective Indigo customers, 70 Hewlett-Packard executives and technical experts, and representatives from 34 HP vendor partners.

The details are in the dots 

Jul 01, 2006

RIPit says its PerfectBlend hybrid screening technology offers printers the best of both worlds: a traditional AM halftone pattern over most of the tonal range and an FM pattern in the highlights and shadows. We asked some PerfectBlend users for their feedback.

Quick fixes 

Jul 01, 2006

A modern printing press has three times more electrical components than platforms of just a generation ago--far too many to cover with on-site diagnostic visits. Hence the necessity of remote diagnostic support.

Single-pass inkjet 

Jun 01, 2006

Inkjet offers alternatives to electrophotography at the high end; to all types of conventional printing technology for small to medium volumes of print-on-demand, just-in-time, and customized or personalized print; to continuous inkjet for industrial marking; and in the transactional printing and business color markets.

Ellerhold & XXL 

Jun 01, 2006

With models ranging from 20 to 81 inches, KBA North America has presses for practically everyone. At a recent open house held at its Radebeul, Germany facility, attendees learned the story behind KBA’s largest press, the 81-inch Rapida 205.

Inkjet advantage 

Jun 01, 2006

Rock-Tenn, a POP printer, discovers the fluidity of digital print.

The rules 

May 01, 2006

Over time, virtually every company will have a digital press to satisfy customer demands. How do you make a decision as to which of the many digital printers to acquire? Here are the nine rules for selecting a digital press.


Apr 01, 2006

Go ahead. Try something new. Digital wide-format printing is an area ripe for development, and commercial printers can create new revenue centers by using digital imaging.