The Ghent Workgroup’s Tools for Print & Production Workflows: Simple electronic job ticketing BCT tests workflows with GWG tools
Sixty-nine percent of consumers prefer to be contacted by direct mail for marketing and promotional purposes, according to a study by InfoTrends/CAP Ventures, CRM and ERP are giving marketers access to data that can more sharply target messages. An inline combination offers high-speed, personalized print…even if you're printing millions.
Faced with pricing pressures and the sense that print is simply a commodity, web offset printers have turned a corner during the past year. Hot topics include commodity pricing and improved automation.
As the largest segment of the printing industry in terms of volume and total sales, web offset printers dominate the graphic arts. The ups and downs of these web operations have an impact on the industry as a whole, and reflect on a large scale the changing attitudes and challenges of the industry.
The time is the early 1900s. In 1903, the Wright brothers got their first project off the ground in Kitty Hawk. On the other side of the Atlantic in 1906, Henry Royce and Charles Rolls formed the Rolls-Royce Co. In that same year, it has been reported that Harold M. Pitman founded the Harold M. Pitman Company in Chicago. But that is a myth.
Since the advent of thermal computer-to-plate (CTP) technology about 10 years ago, the industry has looked for a trouble-free, environmentally friendly platemaking system. The missing link has long been the digital plate. Today, however, printers are seeing the introduction of a variety of new technologies that fulfill the promise of chemistry-free operations in the plant.
Sales are rising, but productivity challenges remain.
PROCESS AUTOMATION Part 3: A progress report
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Marketing and sales play a key role in developing a variable-data print business
Special advertising report by KBA A slow economy coupled with a changing printing market are the challenges that the industry faces. Both printers and industry suppliers must be adept at innovation, flexibility and the ability to deliver outstanding products and service. KBA, the world's second-largest manufacturer of sheetfed presses, is more than up to the challenge. The German-based company boasts
Sponsored by Agfa Graphic Systems What if on your way home tonight you could approve a whole slew of tasks that would give you more time to relax and spend with your family? Tasks like getting dinner started or programming the movie you want to watch later that night. Or how about being alerted to certain grocery items you're running low on and being able to approve and order them? Better yet, how
Sponsored by Paperloop "Relevant-informative-accurate." That's how readers have been describing Converting Management magazine's three-part series on business management. In fact, reader response has been so great, we've added this fourth part to the series to look at what's ahead for printing and converting businesses. Focusing on non-technological trends, this advertising supplement, sponsored by
Sponsored by Paperloop 10 EMERGING BUSINESS PRINCIPLES 1. Account Development is Replacing Sales Management | God has not singled out your industry or your company to face the challenge of differentiation. Every company in every industry faces this challenge. It means that every company is working to separate itself from its industry counterparts, to create a unique customer constituency by offering
Advertorial by Oce Printing Systems USA, Inc. All printers face the same problems shorter runs, tighter cycle times, competitive differentiation. In order to survive, there must be a greater emphasis on managing production costs in a more efficient manner. And forward-looking printers also are starting to play a greater role in their clients' distribution needs. The competitive picture is constantly
Advertorial by Oce Printing Systems USA, Inc. Change is a part of business success in the 21st century. And the digital revolution of the past few years has set the stage for profitable change in the future. No matter how you look at it, it's all about change, observes Guy Broadhurst, manager of product marketing, Oc Printing Systems USA, Inc. (Boca Raton, FL). Coping with that change is crucial to
Advertorial by Xerox Supplies Business Group When Gutenberg first invented moveable type in the 15th century, little did he know that he would become the father of printing technology for more than 500 years. As the art of printing advanced, different types of paper stock and inks were developed to achieve the best quality results. Papers and inks are designed to get the most out of the press, whether
Advertorial by Xerox Supplies Business Group As never before, printers can choose the technologies that best match their target markets or emerging markets. Digital presses, for example, allow printers and their customers to make their investments work harder with just-in-time production, inventory management and print-to-order approaches. These digital presses also provide printers with the ability
Advertorial by Xerox Supplies Business Group Printers understand the importance of satisfying their customers' needs. Quality, reliability and service all play major roles. But each customer has different hot buttons. Some clients expect a hassle-free process performed in the fastest time possible. Others look for the highest possible quality. To be successful, commercial printers must be able to