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Jun 1, 2008 12:00 AM

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Let's talk about specs

BRIDG's ( has published a guide to specs and standards called “Printer's Survival Guide.” This handbook will help printers print color-managed files using the latest quality control techniques. Other popular BRIDG's guides cover proofing, color management, digital workflow, CTP, screening, JDF and print characterization. See

Digital print can do it all

“Conventional wisdom holds that digital printing is restricted to smooth stocks and white paper,” says Louis Crockett, president, Keiger Printing Co. (Winston-Salem, NC). “We wanted to show the variety of paper stocks, finishes and colors we can print.”

Deborah Wentworth, Keiger's creative director, dreamed up a new promotional piece, “Digital Imaging Sample Book.” “We demonstrated excellent digital printing on stocks from ultrasmooth to heavily textured and even synthetics, such as transparencies and magnets,” says Wentworth. “Some sections are diecut to reveal the page beneath for a comparison of different finishes and the effect that has on the ink color and coverage.”

Keiger won “Best of Show” in the 2007 Printing Innovation with Xerox Imaging (PIXI) awards.

Paper companies, vendors and other printers are impressed, too. Many have asked buy or license the sample book.

Keiger is a 65-year-old printing company. Fifteen years ago, it branched out from its traditional offset roots. A Xerox DocuTech gave way to a DocuColor and, a few years ago, the company installed an iGen3 digital production press.

Know your digital presses

SpencerLab Digital Color Laboratory (Melville, NY) has expanded its website. Sections are dedicated to print and image quality, ink/toner yield and cost per print, throughput speed performance, ease of use and functionality, and reliability.

Free reports in the “Learn” area discuss color, printer architecture and technology, print quality, consumable yield and cost per print, throughput speed performance, usability and functionality, and user-oriented testing issues. See

How does digital print measure up?

This past April at IPA's Technical Conference, Ryerson University's Abhay Sharma presented the Digital Print Forum results. The study involved eight digital presses and one offset press.

“The intention is not to rank or identify ‘best’ systems but to explore the state-of-the-art for important characteristics,” says Sharma.

Researchers from Ryerson, RIT, Western Michigan University and Q-Lab investigated color, sheet-to-sheet variability and physical properties such as rub resistance, cracking, fading, press speed and the ability to match GRACoL on a digital press. De-inkability and recyclability of prints from the various digital presses also were evaluated.