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Inkjet developments

May 1, 2001 12:00 AM,

Demand for digital inks, primarily inkjet formulations, is forecast to advance 10.6 percent yearly to $290 million in 2004, driven by rapid growth in the use of computer printers. Increases also reflect a trend toward shorter run lengths in applications ranging from commercial printing of inserts and direct mailings to the printing of specialized designs for the textile industry. Even faster market

HYBRID PRINTING: the BEST of both worlds

May 1, 2001 12:00 AM, DAVID DAVIS Director, INTERQUEST, a consulting firm in Charlottesville, VA, specializing in elect

Digital printing and offset lithography are spoken of in either/or terms. This is natural, since the industry has experienced overlaps between printing processes before. Lithography and letterpress printing coexisted for a while, and there are still scattered enclaves of hot metal equipment. Offset was, however, a true displacement technology for letterpress. The situation with digital and photomechanical

One singular sensation

May 1, 2001 12:00 AM, by Katherine O'Brien, Editor |

This past year, Sun Chemical Corp. (Northlake, IL) and Flint Ink (Ann Arbor, MI) announced what some observers consider the most significant conventional pressroom advancement in years: single-fluid inks. Single-fluid inks eliminate water and dampening systems, which minimizes dot gain while

Water-washable ink steps up to the plate

May 1, 2001 12:00 AM, Arthur W. LeFebvre, Waterless Printing Assn. |

At Drupa 2000, Sun Chemical Ink (GPI) (Northlake, IL) announced the release of DriLith W2 for sheetfed presses operating waterless, and Instant Dry W2 for Heidelberg's Quickmaster DI presses. The new waterless inks have been modified to allow the use of a press wash solution consisting of water and a mild surfactant

Hot times for hybrid inks

May 1, 2001 12:00 AM, David Savastano, editor, Ink World,

Generally combining the properties of UV and conventional inks, hybrid inks are growing, with many companies working on new formulations. Sun Chemical, Flint Ink, Superior Printing Ink, INX, Braden Sutphin, and Environmental Inks and Coatings are just a few of the companies working on these systems. Making a UV hybrid makes a lot of sense to the printer, says Harvey Brice, president, Superior Printing


Apr 1, 2000 12:00 AM, Mayu Mishina

Paper is almost always the most expensive aspect of a web printing job," says Jack Hobby, vice president of marketing, Heidelberg Web Systems. It's no surprise, then, that printers are "extremely interested" in reducing waste, according to Hobby.In this age of squeezed profit margins, waste reduction is key to achieving better financial gains. "Where they once printed a single run of 1 million copies


Feb 1, 2000 12:00 AM, Debbie Johnson

Look for paper allocations in some markets and slightly higher prices as the Internet drives print business-at least for todayIt's a fine time to be selling paper in the U.S. Amidst the gloom-and-doom predictions of the paperless office and speculation that e-commerce will kill print demand, something unpredicted has happened: demand.There are many contributing factors. Asia is recovering nicely,


Feb 1, 1999 12:00 AM, Katherine O'Brien

Maybe you saw this cartoon in the Wall Street Journal: "Just tell me Norm," pleads a CEO to his CFO in a conference room bristling with complicated financial charts and bar graphs. "Are we doing good or bad?" The same applies to the paper market--you can pore over pulp production, inventory reports and global economic conditions, but most printers are itching to cut to the chase. Is it going to be

PDF: Is It Soup Yet?

Apr 1, 1998 12:00 AM, Michael D. Vinocur

It's now been well over a year since Adobe Systems released Acrobat 3.0, the application that was supposed to make Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) become the "digital master file" for much of our prepress workflow. During these 14 months, there have been a rash of magazine articles, books and seminars touting PDF.Today, however, the question remains whether PDF is ready for prime time. Is PDF


Mar 1, 1997 12:00 AM, Jill Roth, et al

Computer-to-plate (CTP) has been with us for many years. By the early 1990, for example, black-and-white CTP devices were being marketed and gaining acceptance among printers. Early units exposed paper and polyester plate materials. They filled a specific niche, but were not of much interest to those handling four-color work.The picture changed in 1995, however, when systems addressing the color market


Mar 1, 1997 12:00 AM, Elias Crim

Forecasting the paper market, even for seasoned experts, can be a frustrating task. "Even with all the time and effort we spend on market analysis, I'm sometimes tempted to look at a forecast and say, 'Great, then let's plan for the opposite to happen,'" comments Mike Stickel, Simpson Paper's vice president and general manager of coated and specialty lines. Many other industry experts would be tempted


Jan 1, 1997 12:00 AM, David Spiel

While many printers know how to throw a punch, very few are aware of what to look for when buying a punch. Remember, a punch is not a drill; if you are using a machine that rotates drill bits to create round holes, you are using a drill. A machine that uses reciprocating dies is a punch.Punches are necessary to produce hole patterns for double-loop wire, plastic comb and spiral or Plasticoil bindings.

Modest expansion

Dec 1, 1996 12:00 AM, Roth, Jill

Industry experts forecast moderate growth with stable interest rates and tight labor markets in 1997It was a very good year for printers during 1996, claims Ron Davis, PhD, chief economist for Printing Industries of America (Alexandria, VA). Third-quarter print sales in 1996 increased nine percent over 1995, with both the South and Midwest regions enjoying sales growth exceeding 10 percent. Even the

Knowing your audience

Nov 1, 1996 12:00 AM, Behrens, John C.

Can a printer be too elite, too discriminating or too crass with its promotions and direct mail? It certainly can. What's worse, it may take a great deal of time, diplomacy and tact to discover the problem and win back the audience you've alienated.A classic example can be found in many fundraising campaigns' direct mail materials. Some are based on faulty assumptions, such as equating a person's

Last but not least

Oct 1, 1996 12:00 AM, Dilger, Karen Abramic

binding solutions play vital roles in short-run digital printing.No one can deny that digital printing is taking off. Without a doubt, on-demand services offer new opportunities and profitable ventures to printers.In the midst of the excitement, however, many firms can make a drastic mistake. They may become fascinated with the printing technology and virtually ignore the rest of the process. Often

Key into profits

May 1, 1996 12:00 AM, Petersen, Debbie

Database management services are one way to unlock the secrets to making money from storing digital data"It's nothing new," comments one graphic arts expert.He's right. In one form or another, printers and prepress houses always have stored customers' information. In today's digital world, however, clients can retrieve stored data, browse through it and reuse it, all without leaving their offices.

How much will the paper cost?

Apr 1, 1996 12:00 AM, Merit, Don

Almost all paper is sold by the pound, not by the sheet. Therefore, knowing the number of sheets does not tell us the cost of the paper. First, we must determine how many pounds of paper a certain number of sheets will make. Then, we ask paper merchants the cost per pound for that amount.The basis weight of the paper is the starting point for calculating pounds, while basis size is the starting point

Value of an ink goes well beyond price.

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

No, this isn't another article about ink pricing, although I may mention it in passing. Neither is it concerned with the low profitability we are experiencing in our industry, even if that is a major factor in addressing, as the title suggests, "the value of ink."The value of ink is predicated on many things. All too often, we encounter the problem of printing companies purchasing based solely on

Determining your paper waste.

Jan 1, 1996 12:00 AM, Merit, Don

What is the correct percentage of paper waste to assign to a job? This question is asked frequently. When it's phrased in this manner, there is no proper answer. Two separate questions are necessary: "How many sheets or cut-offs must be assigned to each make-ready?" and "How many sheets will be wasted during the run?"The answer to the first question is not expressed as a percentage, but as an absolute

Testing inks for product resistance.

Oct 1, 1995 12:00 AM, Scarlett, Terry

While printing inks generally are known for providing printed products with an image, they frequently must be more than just decorative. One important property of ink, especially in package printing, is the ability to withstand the effects of coming in contact with the product inside the package. While this concern primarily is directed toward package printing, often brochures or instruction sheets