The gap between what half-web presses can do and what long perfectors can't is closing. Nonetheless, after speaking to the major half-web and long perfector vendors, it seems that there's a place for both.
HP's Graphic Arts Summit focused on new products, customer success stories and HP's strong involvement with the Sundance Film Festival.
Hybrid UV is providing double-digit growth for equipment and press suppliers, not to mention commercial printers who are expanding into new markets while improving production efficiencies. Here, we present some users' stories.
Cox NC Publications used to rely on plastic and wood pallets as an intermediate step in its commercial printing process. But the company found that ROPAK collapsible containers from LINPAC Materials Handling reduce damage and save on packaging costs.
Inkjetting in the bindery typically is associated with basic addressing applications. But inkjet printheads, inks and controllers are continuing to the push the envelope, so to speak. In general, users can expect better uptime, higher print quality, more environmentally friendly ink options, more sophisticated personalization and new developments in high-speed hybrid.
Applications for labels for corrugated boxes, folding carton projects & more.
Why some commercial printers are doing more packaging work.
Smtyh Austin wasn't satisfied with the precision of the hand-mixed press chemistry, or with its ability to precisely reproduce the formulations when it was time to run the next batch of the same labels, and so turned to RBP Chemical's Concept 21 system.
Many graphic arts CEOs don’t spend much time worrying about manufacturing, reasoning “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But in many plants, the manufacturing is broke and it does need fixing because it isn’t producing the results a company needs to be competitive and profitable. Merely producing jobs correctly and delivering them on time isn’t good enough.
In just four years Kansas City Digital Press (KCDP) has built a market for digital printing in the Kansas City, MO, area.
Like many printers, Imagine! found that low RH causes a host of production problems that reduce throughput and efficiency. Maintaining consistent RH levels mitigates or eliminates most dry air problems.
A selection of key PRINT 05 hybrid/UV introductions follows.
Once a paper or specialty media has been selected, it has to be stored, handled, conditioned and loaded properly to maximize performance and machine productivity. Here are some useful tips.
Does this sound familiar? Your press was delivered, the installer and demonstrator did their jobs, the iron looked pristine, yielded excellent print quality and generally delivered as promised. A few months later, however, print quality and press performance mysteriously deteriorated, even though you didn't change a thing. In many cases, maintenance issues are to blame.
Many commercial printers accustomed to long runs and tight margins first react to wide-format digital printing with, "Can I make money printing so few of anything?" The answer: Absolutely.
About one third of the world's annual print market volume by value is held by packaging, and this $250,000 million market is growing.
Some printers target business-to-business (B2B) customers. St. Joseph Press (LaGrange Park, IL) serves a more specialized B2B niche: religious to religious (R2R). Founded in 2004, the shop produces calendars, prayer and greeting cards, art prints, bookmarks and marketing materials as well as jobs for other religious organizations and non-profits.
Adding specialty imaging capability is cost-effective and profitable. It also is one of the fastest growing segments of the printing industry.
One of the most significant developments in the past few years in the wide-format imaging industry has been the introduction of flatbed inkjet systems. The digital imaging industry has embraced flatbed technology and the possibilities it brings.
Darwill, a full-service printer in Hillside, IL, developed an innovative, self-service online system called ForSite to manage development, distribution and dollars of nationwide marketing materials, completely replacing GMAC Home Services’ existing marketing procedure.
NAPL’s fundamentals to success include quality, service, speed, price, reliability, responsiveness and relationships--capabilities press manufacturers have been working to facilitate with increased automation and other productivity enhancements on small-format offset presses.
Today, printers are using the lenticular process for sophisticated effects on applications ranging from labels to posters to packages and even plastic cups. But as we’ll see, while the results are a real visual treat, printing lenticular isn’t child’s play.
Vendors at PRINT 05 & CONVERTING 05, September 9-15 in Chicago, will showcase the power of remote diagnostics.
What does it take to succeed with variable-data printing? Variable data printers share their success stories.
In 1985, Tony Ngo purchased Oakmead Printing, Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA) and began the process of transforming it for the digital age. Ngo integrated DI technology as he outgrew two-color presses due to the longer, two-pass cycle times they required to produce four-color printing.