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Mailing & fulfillment

Jun 1, 2004 12:00 AM, by Marcus J. Smith

Mailing and fulfillment, if done right, can be a profitable new-business opportunity for printers. According to Clint Bolte, principal, C. Clint Bolte & Associates (Chambersburg, PA), the Direct Marketing Assn. (DMA) is forecasting an annual 4.9 percent growth in direct mailing through 2007. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is also doing its share to drive this business: A new ad campaign launched in

A field guide to folding

May 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By Trish Witkowski

I have spent the past seven years of my life researching brochure folds. So when I say folding is my passion, I'm not kidding. You'll frequently find me out by my mailbox, gingerly separating the wafer seal or fugitive glue on a direct-mail brochure, in search of a new folding specimen for my collection. Once in a while I do find one, and it's glorious. After doing a little victory dance, I classify

Better folding by design

Mar 1, 2004 12:00 AM, by Trish Witkowski

Better folding by design

Diecrafters, Inc.: the finishing touch

Mar 1, 2004 12:00 AM, AP staff

Spotlight on Diecrafters, Inc. (Cicero, IL), a finisher of print products

Heidelberg USA president to deliver VUE/Point address

Feb 27, 2004 12:00 AM, AP staff

Heidelberg USA president Niels M. Winther will deliver an address at VUE/Point on the current economic market and the future of print.

On-demand postpress options

Feb 1, 2004 12:00 AM, AP staff

On-demand postpress options

Producing hardcover books inline: a Drupa preview

Feb 1, 2004 12:00 AM, by Werner Rebsamen

A diagram and explanation of an inline book-production system, featuring end-to-end automation and new sewing and back-gluing machines

An introduction to lamination systems and materials

Jan 23, 2004 12:00 AM, by Jeff Burton, Contributing editor |

An introduction to lamination systems and materials

Troubleshooting wide-format laminating mistakes

Jan 1, 2004 12:00 AM, by Katherine O'Brien, Editor |

Troubleshooting wide-format laminating mistakes

Look, Ma, no hands!

Oct 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by AP staff |

A case study of Quad Graphics' fully-automated cutting system

Material handling keeps jobs moving

Oct 1, 2003 12:00 AM, AP staff

New products that help automate postpress operations

Fast and accurate pharmaceutical folding

Sep 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by AP staff |

Bindgraphcs provides fast and accurate pharmaceutical folding

RFID and bar codes may co-exist for now

Sep 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Nsenga Byrd Thompson, Staff editor, PFFC magazine |

From inventory management to security applications, radio frequency identification (RFID) is a hot topic. According to, an RFID system comprises a reader, its associated antenna and the transponders (tags/RFID cards) that carry the data. One of the key differences between a bar code and an RFID tag is that you don't have to physically see a tag to read it a wireless reading device can automatically

Capitalizing on mailing and fulfillment

Sep 1, 2003 12:00 AM, AP staff

Story on Graph Expo 2003 mailing and fulfillment exhibits and new products

Wrapper's delight: new poly- and shrink-wrap options

Sep 1, 2003 12:00 AM, AP staff

New poly- and shrink-wrap options

Building better binderies through benchmarking

Aug 15, 2003 12:00 AM, by Robert Diehl and Peter Doyle, Contributing editors |

This article is excerpted from the book, "Benchmarking the Bindery." To order, contact NAPL at (800) 642-6275, option 3. Many companies have a wealth of data but seldom share it with the people producing its products. Benchmarking provides a means for an organization to identify, gather and share its accumulated information. When properly applied, benchmarking leads to continual process improvement.

Do you want that booklet stapled, stitched or squashed?

Jul 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Katherine O'Brien, Editor |

A review of the latest bookletmakers

PUR and perfect binding

May 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Chuck Cline, President, Binding Solutions LLC |

There are a number of binding options, including polyurethane reactive (PUR), ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) hotmelt and polyvinyl acetate (PVA) cold emulsion adhesives, or Smythe sewing. PUR has only been in bookbinding since about 1989, and the first test in North America was run with a homemade application system. But many bindery managers have come to value it for premium books, annual reports,

Faster bookletmaking

May 1, 2003 12:00 AM,

When Gene Joynt founded American Business Printing (ABP) as a business-forms company in 1977, he adopted a simple credo: Do whatever it takes to serve the customer. In its early years, the York, PA, shop's primary clients were the state of Pennsylvania and federal agencies. The work was fairly straightforward, consisting mostly of continuous-run, snap-set business forms produced on ABP's Didde roll-to-sheet

Tight staples and square spines

Apr 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Samantha Oller, Senior associate editor |

BIA honors outstanding binding and stitching Each year, the Binding Industries Assn. International (BIA) (Chicago) recognizes exceptional binding and finishing applications with its Product of Excellence (POE) Awards. The judges rate entries on degree of difficulty, uniqueness of design, and quality of workmanship and materials, in categories ranging from folding, stitching and perfect binding to