I.O. Technologies (Las Vegas) has signed an agreement with Agfa Professional Support (APS) (Mortsel, Belgium) that allows Agfa to market and sell Ollé courses published by I.O. Technologies and their exclusive distribution partner, the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY). Agfa has launched the new Ollé course offerings on their Agfa Academy Training Center, located on the Web at www.agfa.com/graphics/academy,
Muller Martini Corp. (Hauppauge, NY) has launched a new Digital Finishing Division designed to bring professional binding capabilities to on-demand, variable-data and one-to-one workflows. According to Andrew J. Fetherman, manager of the new division, Muller Martini is working to adapt the technology from some of its high-volume machines and scale it to the digital workflow. The division’s first product
NUR America, Inc. (San Antonio, TX) has selected ILFORD Imaging USA, Inc. to distribute its Salsa Ultima, Fresco HiQ, FabriGraph and Blueboard series of digital production printers, and the full line of NUR inks in the U.S.
Agfa Professional Support (APS) (Mortsel, Belgium) and RIT (Rochester, NY) have launched a new online training center, www.agfa.com/graphics/academy. The site features seven courses, including Becoming a Print Professional, Digital Asset Management, Variable Data Imaging and Color Management. More classes will be added in the future. In other news, APS is launching an e-store, which will allow customers
MAN Roland (Westmont, IL) has developed a new approach to emergency press repairs that will allow press operators to fix most mechanical, electrical and procedural problems by themselves. Called TeleTech, the new offering connects printers to an expert group of technicians, called the Rapid Response Team (RRT). An on-phone technician discusses the problem with the press operator, and can usually walk
R.R. Donnelley (Chicago) announces its digital solution centers, where staff will specialize in preparing files for print. The first center, based 60 miles southwest of Chicago in Pontiac, IL, will serve trade and consumer-magazine clients. The move is part of the printer's effort to standardize its entire workflow and file-format specifications for specific customer markets. R.R. Donnelley has selected
Lastra America Corporation (LAC) (Manerbio, Italy), a subsidiary of Lastra SpA, has acquired Western Litho Plate and Supply Co. (St. Louis). "Western’s plate product line compliments our current offerings and the equipment business presents us with an opportunity to expand our analog prepress business into the area of computer-to-plate," says Lastra SpA president Roberto Ziletti. Western Lithotech’s
Presstek, Inc., (Hudson, NH) has appointed Edward J. Marino as president and CEO, succeeding Robert W. Hallman. Marino has served on Presstek's board of directors for two years. He is currently president and CEO of Lightning Source, Inc., a print-on-demand and digital content delivery company serving the book-publishing industry. Previous positions include president of Danka Services International
ScenicSoft, Inc. (Lynnwood, WA), a print and prepress software provider, and Wohlenberg have completed testing CIP3 connectivity between UpFront 1.5 and Preps 4.1, and all Wohlenberg cutters of the cut-tec series 76-185 PS and PPS with the autoprogrammer v2.22 software. Wohlenberg offers its customers two options to connect with the CIP3 workflow. The standard disk drive in new Wohlenberg cutters
IBM (Boulder, CO) and Hitachi Koki (HKK) (Tokyo) today announced an investment in Aprion Digital (Netanya, Israel), a supplier of digital inkjet printing technology, for an undisclosed sum. According to IBM, the intent of the investment is to remain at the forefront of technology advancements that provide leading-edge printing solutions. IBM Printing Systems will collaborate with its long-term partner
International Paper’s (IP) (Memphis, TN) Coated and SC Papers Div. has integrated directly with Time Inc. for the system-to-system transmission of purchase orders, change orders and order acknowledgements using the papiNet Extensible Markup Language (XML) standards. This complete integration between the IP division’s internal system to Time’s paper-management system allows the two companies to do
CPS Corp., a sister company of INX International, has been accepted into the National Environmental Performance Program. Administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this program recognizes organizations for their ongoing support efforts to protect the environment.
Yupo Corp. America (Chesapeake, VA) has purchased the in-mold label and non-label specialty paper businesses from Kimberly-Clark Corp. This follows Yupo's December purchase of Kimberly-Clark's direct thermal paper business. The company's products, formerly available under Kimberly-Clark's Kimdura brand, will now be available under the Yupo brand synthetic paper. The buyout will extend Yupo's reach
Image Arts Etc. (San Diego) has introduced a new conversion program for independent photographers, one-hour photo labs, frame shops and business-graphics service bureaus to convert to retail digital-imaging centers. Independents can join the Image Arts Etc. franchise network at a reduced franchise and royalty fee. The program helps them re-image, re-design, re-merchandise and even relocate their existing
The Board of Directors of Messe Düsseldorf Asia has announced it will postpone Printec Asia, The All-Asia Print Media, Publishing and Converting Technology Exhibition, originally scheduled for Nov. 26-30 in Singapore. The decision to postpone the show is largely due to a lack of support from major industry players to sustain a regional show in Singapore. Messe Düsseldorf Asia will continue in-depth
MAN Roland (Westmont, IL) has launched the North American chapter of PowerPrinters, a user group for MAN Roland operators. As part of the launch, MAN Roland offered a week-long advanced printing course at its Graphic/Training Center. The PowerPrinters course concentrates on a different operational area on each of its five days. Classroom presentations are limited to an hour each day to maximize prepping
Heidelberg (Kennesaw, GA) is teaming up with the International Publishing Management Association (IPMA) (Liberty, MO) to present a series of digital road shows aimed at educating existing in-plant and corporate customers and prospects. The road show seminars focus on strategies for marketing the in-plant's digital printing capabilities. Seminar topics include ideas on how to match current needs and
Time Inc., a division of AOL Time Warner, has renewed an agreement to use WAM!NET's (Eagan, MN) managed networking and data-storage services as part of its production workflow. WAM!NET is used to connect Time’s New York headquarters with 10 U.S. printers and provide secure, remote access to almost one terabyte of digital content. Time, which produces multiple publication versions to more than 268
Industry commentator and analyst Dr. Joe Webb (Harrisville, RI) has built a new website, www.drjoewebb.com, for printing and publishing executives. The site offers exclusive reports, personalized feedback via a special question-and-answer section and a new program for sales lead development.
Presstek, Inc. (Hudson, NH) has installed a Ryobi 3404DI direct-imaging (DI) press at its demonstration center, and has also completed a comprehensive DI training session for Ryobi dealers. The Ryobi 3404DI is an A3 (two-page), four-color offset DI press that uses Presstek’s ProFire imaging and PEARLdry thermal plate technology. The primary markets for this press are commercial, quick and in-plant
ScenicSoft, Inc. (Lynnwood, WA), a print and prepress software provider, and Müller Martini (Hauppauge, NY) have announced a working CIP3 link based on the PPF format. This link connects ScenicSoft's print-production planning tool, UpFront, and Müller Martini's saddlestitching systems. The two companies will demonstrate the CIP3 link at Ipex. The introduction of CIP3 integration reportedly cuts the
Agfa Graphic Systems (Ridgefield Park, NJ) and the Printing Industry of the Carolinas (PICA) are co-sponsoring a series of PDF and digital proofing seminars. The workshops, being held April 8-11 in various locations in North and South Carolina, will focus on issues related to PDF and digital proofing. Topics for the seminar include "Distiller vs. Normalizer," "Digital Proofing: Your Options Kept Simple"
Canon U.S.A., Inc. (Lake Success, NY) has placed first in overall market share for copiers in the U.S. in 2001, according to Gartner Dataquest. This marks Canon’s fourth consecutive year in this position. The Dataquest studies focused on market share for color, and for black-and-white copiers of both digital and analog technology, combined. These also included PC copiers and copiers in Segements 1-6,
Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) (Palo Alto, CA) has completed its acquisition of Indigo N.V. under a previously announced offer agreement between the two companies. Indigo will extend HP’s printing systems portfolio beyond inkjet and laser jet technology intoa third, high-speed color print technology. In related news, Tokyo-based Toppan Forms Co. Ltd., an information-manager service and business-form company,
Exhibitors in the Screenprinting & Graphic Imaging Assn.’s (SGIA) Virtual Trade Show (VTS) are now offering free samples, two-for-ones, zero interest lease/purchases, trial packs, closeouts and discounts. To visit the virtual trade show, click on the VTS icon at www.sgia.org.