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Rise & shine

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By AP staff

The use of foil stamping, embossing and holography represents quality, added value, shelf presence, individuality and security. To promote and acknowledge continued creativity in this area, the Foil Stamping and Embossing Assn. (FSEA) (Topeka, KS) honored the winners of its annual Gold Leaf awards competition in May during the IADD/FSEA Odyssey in Milwaukee. This year's awards drew more than 300 entries.

Hands off

Jul 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Carrie Cleaveland

Picture this: An automated jogger aligns whole skids of paper in one turn. Lifts are loaded, a gripper loading system brings lifts to and from the knife, paper is cut, a turning gripper turns and positions lifts for cutting, waste is removed, gripper systems transfer the finished cut lift and the finished product is palletized onto a skid and the operator has nothing to do but watch and load skids.

The truth about RFID printing

Jun 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Frank Romano

The hype of printed electronics, especially RFID, is out of sync with reality at least as far as the printing industry is concerned. There is no doubt that the future will see a wide variety of products printed with tags that broadcast their identity, use and authenticity. The application of printed electronics gives rise to appellations such as smart labels, smart cards and smart packaging. This

Going for the Fold

Jun 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

In the summer of 1962, 14-year-old Tuck Tucker launched his career in the printing industry. His father put him to work in the bindery. I spent three summers in the bindery, recalls Tucker. Over the course of his high school and college vacations, Tucker did a stint in every department. I worked wherever my father told me, he says. Tucker's father, Wiley Tucker, Sr., co-founded Tucker-Castleberry

The mailstream maelstrom

May 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Glenn Toole

If you are like 80 percent of today's mailers, then you have not yet invested in a matching system. If you are now looking into this technology, there is an even greater chance that you have yet to master the buzz words and discern which features are essential to your operation. Inserting systems commonly are used to insert printed products (personalized or non-personalized) into envelopes. Window

Two for the show

Mar 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

A Graph Expo visit led to new punching, perfect binding and coil binding capabilities.

Package deal

Jan 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

Heidelberg expands its range with die-cutters and folder/gluers.

About PUR binding

Dec 5, 2006 12:00 AM,

Stepping up

Dec 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By AP staff

GLS adds a die cutter to meet customer demand.

Air Care

Dec 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Cedar Graphics eliminates some nagging static and humidity problems with the installation of several Princess 2 humidification units from ML Husson.

Finishing Touch

Nov 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Carrie Cleaveland

With the combined folding and creasing capabilities of Morgana’s DigiFold, Allegra Print & Imaging is poised to keep growing.

Short Story

Nov 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

A digital book printing update.

Cover 2 cover

Oct 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By AP Staff

Fully automated bookletmaking In booth 2446, Standard Finishing Systems will launch the new Standard Horizon SPF/FC-200A fully automated bookletmaker, complementing the Standard Horizon SpeedVAC 100 collator. The SPF/FC-200A includes advanced setup automation through a touchscreen control console. Precise stepper motors drive end stops and plates to the exact location for the sheet size and finish

Foiled again!

Oct 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Whether it's a Valentine's Day card or a video game you bought for your kid, a foil stamped and/or embossed image will catch your eye. The use of foil stamping, embossing and holography represents quality, added value, shelf presence, individuality and security. To promote and acknowledge continued creativity in this area, the Foil Stamping and Embossing Assn. (FSEA) (Topeka, KS) honored the winners

Addressing the issues

Sep 20, 2006 12:00 AM, By Jill Roth, special projects editor

Mailing basics

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Steve Voecks

You're a successful small commercial printer. You do it all: design, print, assemble, and send jobs to the mail house. Wait, why are you sending jobs to a mail house? Running mailing equipment is not the difficult part. It's the required postal knowledge that makes a mail house seem like the best choice. But like most printers, you're not comfortable outsourcing the final part of the job to someone

A stitch in time

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Carrie Cleaveland

Every minute counts, and on a deadline, those minutes can be costly. The average commercial printer will produce a variety of jobs on a range of stocks, leading to different makeready times when those jobs reach the saddlestitcher. When stitching jobs of various sizes and lengths, slow changeovers can be costly. To keep pace with newer equipment additions and remain competitive, Suttle-Straus (www.suttle-straus.com),

Bindroids: born or made?

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

Is a nerd born or made? I can only go by my own experience as the youngest of seven siblings. I don't think any of us qualified as genuine geeks. Most of my siblings were excellent athletes, and while several were exceptionally smart, we had no chess enthusiasts or Star Trek fans. But even by 1970s standards, we were a nerdy looking bunch. My brother Peter looked a lot like on My Three Sons. And my

Cutting time

Jul 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

Pepper Printing and The Hennegan Co. recently installed new automated Polar cutters from Heidelberg. As a result, these two very different companies have gained similar benefits: decreased costs, less physical toll on cutter operators, and better postpress productivity. Cutter automation is helping ease the bottleneck between increasingly efficient pressroom operations and the loading dock.

Back to school

Jun 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

Operating a folder is one of the most challenging bindery jobs, despite newer machines' high level of automation. Consequently, some vendors offer group folding classes several times each year to supplement the initial training that is conducted onsite when a printer purchases and installs a folder.