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January cover story: Safety first

Jan 1, 2004 12:00 AM, by Leslie Shiers, Assistant editor |

Implementing a safety program in your pressroom can lessen health risks, increase OSHA compliance and boost employee morale

The Green Printer

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

Maryland walks the eco-friendly talk Roger Telschow likes to point out that Ecoprint began as a low-overhead operation literally. The Silver Spring, MD, printer's first facility was actually an old school bus bought at auction. Telschow removed the seats, bolted a Multilith to the floor and business took off from there literally. We parked the bus in the emergency exit lane outside of our apartment


Feb 1, 2002 12:00 AM,

An increasing number of Global 2000 companies are reporting and promoting their environmental and sustainability initiatives, knowing that effective sustainability strategies can yield increased employee motivation, customer loyalty and superior profits. Market research firm Nima Hunter, Inc. (New York City) will conduct a series of Greening of Print studies that survey and forecast how these beyond-compliance

Green business makes its mark with EPA

Nov 1, 2001 12:00 AM, Daniel J. Fiorino, director of EPA's Performance Incentives division

Companies that demonstrate responsible environmental citizenship tend to be perceived well in the eyes of customers, local communities, suppliers, distributors, and investors. Their "green" citizenship can translate into a stronger bottom line, local support, and fulfillment of their corporate mission. Now, a new program initiated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adds value to the

How safe is your printing plant? A safety checklist

Oct 1, 2001 12:00 AM, A. James Oldebeken, president, Printing Industries of the Heartland

Printing Industries Assn. of the Heartland (PIAH) worked in conjuction with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S. Dept. of Labor to develop the nation’s first printing-specific Comprehensive Safety and Health Program (CSHP). Brian Rutherford is director of environmental health and safety for PIAH. In his role, Rutherford coordinates PIAH’s PrintGuard safety training with

Applying ergonomics in postpress operations

Oct 1, 2001 12:00 AM, BY ALLISON K. MCLEAN Associate editor |

A discussion about safety in the printing industry is remiss without a look at ergonomic considerations, as the two are inextricably linked. By definition, ergonomics is an applied science concerned with designing and arranging objects or equipment with the physical and psychological health of users in mind. Ergonomics has recently become an industry buzzword, mainly because of the Occupational Safety

Fox River Paper acquires Gilbert Paper

Oct 1, 2001 12:00 AM, AP Staff

Fox River Paper (Appleton, WI) has acquired the Gilbert Paper Co. business and selected assets from Mead Corp. (Dayton, OH). Fox will produce and sell all of the Gilbert products as part of a separate branding strategy. Approximately 100 current Gilbert Paper Co. employees will join Fox River Paper, however, there will likely be job reductions related to the integration of the companies’ converting


May 1, 2001 12:00 AM, SAMANTHA HOOVER Associate editor |

WE CAN HANG 10 PLATES IN 10 TO 25 MINUTES [ON OUR PERFECTOR]. WE GET OUR FIRST PULL IN 30 MINUTES. The progress of technology and the evolution of the printing market are clearly evident at Sprint Denver, a general commercial printer in Colorado. The company, which has 100 employees and produces high-end annual reports and brochures, has the oldest six-color, 40-inch Komori sheetfed press in North


Jan 1, 2000 12:00 AM, Katherine O'Brien

Sifting through environmental developments of 1999 is much like watching a Flintstones rerun. It's the same background endlessly spooling along as a familiar plot unfolds in the foreground.Consider this year's environmental news. In July of 1997 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued new national ambient air quality standards, changing the ozone standard from a concentration limit of 0.12


Aug 1, 1999 12:00 AM, JILL ROTH

"I get mail, therefore I am," quips Dilbert as he riffles through a pile of envelopes addressed to "resident," finally coming upon the one that is personally addressed. And consumers appear to agree with the famous cartoon character. "Anything that's got my name on it, I open, because you never know what it will be," comments one focus group participant in a recent study of direct mail trends commissioned


Dec 1, 1998 12:00 AM, KATHERINE O'BRIEN

Legislatively speaking, the printing industry's year was similar to that of the Chicago Cubs--some positive things happened, but, in general, the hopes of the faithful were raised only to be dashed yet again. Although 1999 promises to be fairly quiet on the legislative front, we have adopted the motto eternally on the lips of optimistic Cub fans --'Wait 'til next year!'We lead off with our Greg Maddux


Jul 1, 1998 12:00 AM, Lisa Leland

Many in industry believe it is hard to balance profitability with being a friend to the environment. But not at Sleepeck Printing Company. The 93-year-old lithographic printer has successfully followed a path of environmental commitment and fiscal soundness for decades.Simply, the full-service sheet-fed printer in Bellwood, IL does more with less, continually exploring efficient processes, cutting

Industry News

Apr 1, 1997 12:00 AM,

A CALL FOR ENTRIES The Pittsburgh-based Graphics Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) is seeking nominations for the InterTech Technology Awards. Since 1978, these awards have honored outstanding innovations in the graphic communication industries. To be considered, the technology must be recently developed and proven in industrial applications. Entries are judged by an independent panel of industry experts

Vegetable oils help reduce VOCs

Apr 1, 1996 12:00 AM, Scarlett, Terry

Using vegetable oils in printing inks is by no means new. In fact, early printing and writing inks dating back to the Chinese in 2500 BC probably were formulated with some form of carbon black and vegetable oils or gum resins.Many early printers were their own inkmakers. We know from early publications that Gutenberg, while keeping his formulas secret, indicated linseed oil was the basis of his original

Green teams

Feb 1, 1996 12:00 AM, Jeffrey, Noel

If you manage a prepress house or printing business, you may be looking to cyberspace to market your services or transfer electronic files. No matter how high you fly though, you still have to keep your eyes on theground. Carefully monitoring the wastewater you discharge into the local sewer system--if you are allowed to discharge at all--is one responsibility. Hazardous waste disposal and overall

The UV prescription

Jan 1, 1996 12:00 AM, Scarlett, Terry

Combine flexo preparatory plates, narrow web presses and UV-curable inks for high-quality pharmaceutical printingGovernment regulations and business opportunities do not seem to go hand in hand, but now and again one begets the other. Right now just such an occurrence exists in the pharmaceutical industry.Two situations have combined to produce a potential bonanza for printers and their suppliers.

Greening your bottom line

Apr 1, 1995 12:00 AM, Ferris, Fred

Environmental awareness and efforts can make effective marketing toolsTraditionally, printers haven't exactly been known for their marketing expertise; luckily, some traditions are changing. The number of graphic arts firms, big and small, that are devising, producing and implementing some type of marketing initiative is swelling.And of course, as more and more printers realize the benefits of self

1995 directory of recycled papers

Mar 1, 1995 12:00 AM,

Environmental issues and regulations promise to hold sway over many business decisions for the foreseeable future. Therefore, printing firms increasingly are having to incorporate environmental concerns into their management decisions.The most visible and tangible issue to printing customers - and possibly the public at large - is paper. That's the product print buyers actually see, and waste paper