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The medium and the message

Sep 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Dick Gorelick

I've been around more than the majority of AMERICAN PRINTER readers. That leads me to feel trepidation about writing this column, so let me provide a word of warning: It isn't intended as a discourse about the good old days. The good old days weren't all that good At least, they weren't better than the present. There always have been recessions, employees who won't work overtime, customers that don't

It's like printing $100 bills

Sep 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Steve Johnson

Taylor Corp. is known within the world of printing as the parent of trade thermographer Carlson Craft. It is better known to its neighbors and the general public through the common ownership it shares with the Minnesota Timberwolves basketball team.

Six keys for selling a business

Sep 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Carl Gerhardt

In any company, neglecting to carry out a business plan throughout its entire life cycle can negatively impact its value when ownership decides to sell. Six critical elements must be in place before executing a successful sale of your print and graphic communications operation

Controlling color: Solid ink density or gray balance?

Sep 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Raymond J. Prince

I have been asked many times, “What is the proper way to control ink color during the press run? Should solid ink density or gray balance be used?” To properly answer the question, a series of press runs under very controlled conditions recently was conducted using three different types of paper and two variables, to ascertain the benefits of two control points.

Printers get good feedback

Sep 1, 2010 12:00 AM,

Response rates always are on the minds of business executives when thinking of gathering feedback from customers. You don't want to annoy your customers or tick them off by surveying them. How many of us have received that dreaded phone call? We try to be polite, but it can be an annoyance. How many of us got those census calls over the past year? I had to block the 877 number that just kept coming

We can do it

Sep 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

Thanks to Stephen Sondheim and Elaine Stritch, I was familiar with Ladies Who Lunch. But I only just learned about Girls Who Print, a LinkedIn group founded about a year ago. (Thanks to Concord Litho for sharing the news on its Twitter feed.) First things first. Men are welcome to join Girls Who Print. We have fun teasing them, says Mary Beth Smith, the group's founder. If they can stand the heat,

DDS moves to larger location

Aug 30, 2010 12:00 AM,

Document Data Solutions (DDS), a leader in quality control, vision, piece-level tracking and inkjet solutions, has completed the move to its new Danbury, CT, location.

Affordable Mail Alliance reaches 1,000 members

Aug 27, 2010 12:00 AM,

The Washington, DC–based Affordable Mail Alliance -- a growing coalition of non-profits, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, major trade associations, consumer groups and citizens representing the vast majority of the mail sent in the United States -- has announced the addition of its 1,000th member group.

Industry responding to Unisource Print Council challenge

Aug 25, 2010 12:00 AM,

Within the first month of Unisource’s $100,000 Challenge Grant to The Print Council, six companies have signed up and joined together to promote the power of print.

InterACT 2010 report

Aug 20, 2010 12:00 AM, By Clint Bolte

Social media will not change marketing basics

Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award accepting nominations

Aug 12, 2010 12:00 AM,

Pittsburgh-based Printing Industries of America seeks to honor a business leader who has gone far beyond standard obligations and become a significant force in the graphic arts industry with a “Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award.”

I was a teenage printer

Aug 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Steve Johnson

High on a hill near the Mississippi River Palisades about midway between Hanover, IL, and nowhere sits Trinity Lutheran Church. In the church basement is a bookshelf, and on that shelf I recently found a Can of Squirms. Can of Squirms was a role-playing game created by religious publisher Arthur Meriwether Inc.'s Contemporary Drama Service in the 1970s, when such things were hip. It was a collection

Streaking on a multicolor sheetfed press

Aug 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Raymond J. Prince

There are many types of streaks: around the cylinder; across the cylinder; and radiating from the center of the gripper edge. Each may have many causes, and the press operator has the formidable job of determining this. Let's focus on the most common type, which is streaking across the cylinder. The first step is to ensure that the press is at manufacturer's specification for roller durometer, ink

Peer group effectiveness

Aug 1, 2010 12:00 AM, Michael Casey

Thousands of printer owners participate in peer groups, typically comprised of six to eight people who meet every 6 months. The goal is to drive the business by learning from each other and to leave with fresh ideas from a respected source. Usually the best-run printers in the industry participate in peer groups because these owners continue to invest in themselves and their business, and they are

Small steps can yield big rewards

Aug 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Dick Gorelick

During difficult economic times, there's a natural tendency to play defense to cut overhead, staff and investment. That's understandable, but these actions need to be combined with an imaginative offense. That offense need not require out-of-pocket costs. It can focus on systematic gathering, dissemination and use of information about customers and prospective customers to which your organization

The family that prints together

Aug 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

When Ed Engle was 14 years old, he wanted to earn some spending money in his spare time. So he reported to work at Ambassador Press (Minneapolis), the company his uncles, Marvin and Barry Engle, founded in 1960 in an old livery stable. Young Ed would hop on a bus to Printers Row and then immerse himself in the glamorous world of the graphic arts. I ran the folder and cleaned the bathrooms, Engle recalls.

PIA announces 2010 InterTech Technology Award recipients

Jul 28, 2010 12:00 AM,

Pittsburgh, PA-based Printing Industries of America has announced the recipients of the 2010 InterTech Technology Awards. The technologies receiving this prestigious award have been judged as truly innovative and expected to have a major impact on the graphic communications industry.

Messe Dusseldorf to promote International shows at Graph Expo

Jul 28, 2010 12:00 AM,

Messe Dusseldorf has announced plans to participate in Graph Expo 2010 to promote its international printing trade fairs, including drupa 2012, May 3-16, 2012, in Dusseldorf, Germany; Pack Print International 2011, August 31–September 3, 2011, in Bangkok; and All In Print China 2011, November 14–17, 2011, in Shanghai.

Xplor opens registration for sessions at Graph Expo

Jul 22, 2010 12:00 AM,

Xplor Intl, the electronic document systems association, announces the details of its education program to be hosted at Graph Expo 2010, October 3-6 in Chicago