X-Rite (Grandville, MI) announced the 939 portable 0°/45° spectrodensitometer for multi-site and multi-unit users. It features a new, high-resolution, 31-point spectral engine that reportedly yields an average agreement of .15 delta-E and a maximum of .30 delta-E. The spectrodensitometer can store more than 3,000 color references and samples and is said to be easy to calibrate for either black-and-white
Bestcolor (USA) (West Chester, OH) the North American subsidiary of Best GmbH, has named David Bowden director of research. Bowden holds several patents relating to color management and has more than 25 years experience in the application of color theory to printing and publishing with companies that incude X-Rite, Color Savvy Systems and Minolta.
London Litho (Lincolnwood, IL) has announced a series fo seminars demonstrating the newly SWOP-certified CGS Publishing Technologies International's (Minneapolis) ORIS digital proofing system. The seminars will be held at London Litho branches across the Midwest. Attendees can compare the output of their current contract proofer or press output to that produced using the ORIS Color Tuner workflow
Consolidated Graphics (Houston) has signed a definitive agreement for the acquistion of the business and assets of S&S Graphics Inc. (Laurel, MD), a half-web and sheetfed printing company serving the Baltimore/Washington DC metropolitan area. George Solan, founder and president of S&S Graphics, will remain with the company following the acquisition. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Kinko’s (Dallas) has launched the Kinko’s Sign and Banner Centers. The new centers extend Kinko’s existing nationwide sign, poster and banner capabilities with a growing network of dedicated departments within existing Kinko’s locations. Kinko’s Sign and Banner Centers are currently open in more than 20 markets around the country, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and Los Angeles.
Mail-Well, Inc. (Englewood, CO) has completed the sale of its Mail-Well Label Div. for an undisclosed amount. The purchaser is Renaissance Mark, a privately held company owned by Greg Mosher and Arsenal Capital Partners (Denver). "The sales of our label division is a key step in the implementation of our strategic plan, narrowing our lines of business and reducing our debt load," says Paul Reilly,
Seybold Publications and Seybold Seminars will release results and analysis of a new competitive test on PDF workflow for print production, as well as results of a survey on PDF usage, Sept. 10 during Seybold San Francisco 2002. The test, or shootout, and survey are designed to measure the effectiveness of PDF in the printing and publishing industries. Phase one of the shootout will measure how different
Drent Goebel host an open house June 18 and 19 in Eerbeek, Holland. Visitors will see live print demonstrations of flexible packaging on a six-color variable-sleeve offset printing (VSOP) press. A fast, six-color print job change with 12 offset sleeves will be an integral part of the demo. The open house will include an English-spoken seminar on VSOP. The VSOP project is run in cooperation with a
Installation has begun of a four-unit Rotoman web offset press in the research and training facility of GATF (Sewickley, PA). The system arrived one year after MAN Roland (Westmont, IL) signed its pledge to donate the Rotoman to GATF. GATF’s Rotoman is a four-couple press integrated with a 1:2:3 combination folder. It is equipped with Power Plate Loading (PPL), AC shaftless drives, and MAN Roland’s
This is an exclusive online sidebar to May's "CTP moves forward" article. CTP used to be the sole domain of the big guys. While computer-to-polyester-plate has been a viable option for smaller printers (and polyester-plate and imagesetter manufacturers agree that quality on these plates has increased significantly since the first-generation products), metal-plate imaging has still been out of reach
Mark Tays, a pressroom manager for the Webco Printing Co. (Omaha, NE), took top honors in a Web Press Skills Contest at the Web Offset Assn.’s annual meeting earlier this month. The competition, sponsored by MAN Roland (Westmont, IL) and GATF (Sewickley, PA), was conducted on a pair of Web Offset Training Simulators provided by Sinapse Graphic International. The tournament put the contestants’ trouble-shooting
CAP Ventures, Inc. (Norwell, MA), a consulting and research firm serving the digital business and visual communications industry, has acquired InfoTrends Research Group, Inc., a consulting firm that tracks the digital photography, Internet imaging, image processing and scanning markets.. InfoTrends will retain the InfoTrends brand as a subsidiary of CAP Ventures, Inc. Founder Kristy Holch will remain
Nipson America has been formed, and will assume marketing, sales and support for the line of digital presses throughout North America. Alain Flament, former director of business development for Xeikon America's black-and-white products, will assume the position of president of this new U.S. subsidiary. Nipson America will be headquartered in Chicago, IL, and will maintain a nationwide staff of sales,
Heidelberg's Print Media Academy (Heidelberg, Germany) will be launching its first ever "Summer University" program in August, aimed at owners and managers of printing companies and media businesses. Fees for the international six-day training course are $2,500, and do not cover travel and accommodation costs. The Summer University will focus on topics such as innovation management, marketing and
One of the greatest challenges for graphic-arts companies is hiring and training employees. According to Jim Clark, process improvement manager at McNaughton & Gunn, Inc. (Saline, MI), and president of the Assn. for Graphic Arts Training (AGAT), employers must establish a training program that not only assesses current skills and requirements, but also maps out ongoing employee development. He notes
QTI (Sussex, WI), manufacturer of auxiliary controls for web-offset printing, has signed a licensing agreement with Penn Graphics (Hamburg, PA), conferring exclusive manufacturing and distribution rights for the SMC Horizontal stacker and bundler product line to Penn Graphics. Under terms of the agreement, Penn Graphics will offer the following models: 650 horizontal brick stacker, 700ILF stacker,
The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) (Rochester, NY) has unveiled expanded programs and other enhancements at its newly named School of Print Media (SPM). Formerly known as the School of Printing Management and Sciences, SPM was developed in response to advances in digital technology. Enhancements include new-media publishing and graphic-media curricula at undergraduate and graduate levels.
Ink manufacturer INX International Ink Co. (Elk Grove Village, IL) has reorganized into three divisions--Offset Ink, Liquid Ink and Metal Deco Ink. Each division consists of sales and marketing, R&D, technical service and production resources. The divisional approach will reportedly enable INX to concentrate expertise on a specific product-line level, while field operations will allow for delivering
Enfocus Software (San Mateo, CA), publisher of Adobe PDF tools, has launched a multilevel PDF/X initiative designed to offer comprehensive training and support to PDF users (creators and receivers) working toward PDF/X compliance. Detailed information on the initiative will be available at www.enfocus.com/pdfx, which is currently being built. The initiative includes co-sponsorship of "The PDF/X Guide"
Apple (Cupertino, CA) has introduced Xserve, server hardware for its UNIX-based OS X server software. It can hold nearly half a terabyte of data per machine, and more than 20 terabytes per 42U rack. The server’s 1U rack-optimized design enables users to stack up to 42 units--or up 84 PowerPC G4 processors--in an eight-ft.-tall rack, with up to 630 gigaflops of processing. Xserve also features Server
Larry Warter, director of new business development at Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. (Hanover Park, IL), has been awarded the International Prepress Assn.’s (IPA) (Edina, MN) Leonard Holzinger Award in recognition of his contributions to the IPA and the graphic communication industry. Warter received the award at IPA’s Premedia 2002 technical seminar taking place May 14-16 in Chicago. He is a member of the
Presstek, Inc. (Hudson, NH) has realigned into two customer-oriented business units--direct imaging (DI) and computer-to-plate (CTP). The DI business unit will include all on-press DI equipment and consumables; the CTP unit will focus on off-press equipment and consumables. The two units will share manufacturing and engineering resources. Presstek’s Lasertel subsidiary will continue to supply Presstek
Quebecor World Inc. (Greenwich, CT) announced plans to open a new retail offset production facility in Riverside, CA. The facility is said to be part of Quebecor’s strategic growth initiative to provide the most flexible and competitive North American manufacturing platform for the mass production of inserts and mailers. The Riverside plant will focus on the retail market, servicing the Southern California
IIR Exhibitions, organizer of Ipex 2002 in Birmingham, England, announced that 65,451 graphic-arts professionals attended the April show. According to IIR, this number--which is currently being verified by an auditing bureau--represents just over 70 percent of the number of people who attended Ipex 98. Overseas visitors accounted for 36 percent of attendees, while the percentage of attending senior
Xerox Corp. (Rochester, NY) has reportedly received $496 million in financing from GE Capital, secured by portions of Xerox’s lease receivables in the U.S., which will be amortized into the year 2005. Xerox and GE Capital expect to complete additional U.S. securitizations this year while the two companies finalize the agreement for GE Capital to become the primary provider of equipment financing for