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The rules

May 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Frank J. Romano

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.

A knack for stacks

Apr 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Werner Rebsamen

What are we going to do with these "haystacks" of digitally printed sheets? Binding short runs of soft- and hardcover books just got easier.

Take a letter

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

A sampling of recent mailing-related products and services.

What static can do is shocking

Mar 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By David J. Bentley, Jr.

Why is static electricity a concern? It can cause four problems.

Things that make you go hmmm...

Mar 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Milt Vine

We were intrigued by the unusual postpress applications Seattle Bindery exec Milt Vine described in his e-mail newsletter. We asked him to share some stories with our readers.

Solving the pallet problem

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

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.

Pushing the envelope

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

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.

Think outside the box

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

A folder/gluer update.

Crease of mind

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

Inline and other options for scoring, perfing and slitting.

Strong to the finish

Dec 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

AMERICAN PRINTER covered a wide range of postpress topics in 2005--everything from punching and drilling to perfect binding, inline finishing and foil stamping. Here are some highlights as well as developments to keep an eye on in 2006.

Do you speak postpress?

Nov 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Shelley Gabert

How many languages are spoken in your postpress department? The reality is that many binderies are bilingual. But as many postpress and bindery supervisors can attest, language barriers do exist and overcoming them isn’t easy.

Service and stitchability

Nov 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Carrie Cleaveland

When Des Plaines Publishing Co. (DPPC) added its first piece of bindery equipment in April 2005, employees went through a sense of production vertigo. The crew was completely new to saddlestitching. Most had not even see a stitcher before.

Beware of dry air

Oct 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Eileen Duigan-Woods

In high-speed presses, a new element of stress is added as machinery heat causes a serious drop in relative humidity (RH) resulting in static electricity and web breaks. Paper is very sensitive to environmental changes and the HVAC needs careful control within the plant.

Something in the air

Oct 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By AP staff

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.

Fancy finishing

Sep 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By AP staff

The Foil Stamping and Embossing Assn.'s 2005 Gold Leaf Award winners.


Sep 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

From Sept. 9-15, Chicago’s McCormick Place will host the biggest printing and converting event of the year. There will be few true surprises, but even the most jaded observers will find some jaw-dropping technology.

Know your folding lingo

Aug 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Trish Witkowski

The language of folding often has been miscommunicated, misinterpreted and misconstrued. So we’re going to set the language straight once and for all. Here’s a handy guide you can share with your customers and their designers.

Greetings from Mailville

Jul 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Mary Ann Bennett

Printers are expanding into the mailing/fulfillment industry in an attempt to significantly increase their bottom lines. It is a logical move for printers to make, because a good deal of printed material is sent on to a letter shop or a mail house for processing. Logical in concept? Yes. Easy to accomplish? Maybe.

Short-run die cutting

Jun 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Bob Trkovsky

There are three main types of die cutting technology: platen presses, rotary die cutters and optically registered gap presses.

Now cut that out!

Jun 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Katherine O’Brien and Carrie Cleaveland

Cutters are the Jude Law of most printers’ postpress operations: they’re extremely busy and essential to advancing the action. Like the ubiquitous actor, many cutters also boast a versatile supporting cast--modular material handling equipment that eliminates operator fatigue as well as process bottlenecks.