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April Cover Story: Hot spots & cool dots

Apr 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel and Katherine O’Brien

Today’s screening technology is enabling printers to achieve truly dazzling results. But before reviewing the latest AM, FM and hybrid offerings, printers should consider what they’re trying to do, rather than how it can be done. In other words, they should think outside the dot.

Supersize it!

Mar 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel, managing editor and Katherine O’Brien, editor

KBA North America (Williston, VT) can claim several pressroom bragging rights. Founded 188 years ago, the world's oldest press vendor now offers the world's biggest sheetfed press: the 81-inch Rapida 205.

Bigger is better

Mar 1, 2005 12:00 AM,

Good things don’t always come in small packages. In fact, in today’s printing industry, bigger is better. That’s the claim made by highly satisfied printers who have grown their businesses based on new workflows revolving around KBA’s new 56-inch, 64-inch and even the brand new, 81-inch Rapida 205, the worlds largestsheetfed offset press. With the efficiencies such large-format presses deliver, coupled with the high quality and the opportunity to offer customers more options, large format appears set to give the 40-inch press some tough competition.

What’s the big idea?

Mar 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Katherine O’Brien

We recently asked our InRegister readers to tell us about their wide-format inkjet and flatbed digital projects. Responses ranged from banners to bus shelters to an unusual Central Park installation.

Twice as nice

Feb 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel, managing editor, and Katherine O’Brien, editor

When printers and vendors discuss perfecting, adjectives such as efficiency and flexibility begin to fly. Unlike a straight press, a perfecting press requires only one makeready for both sides while virtually eliminating manual paper handling and drying time. And new press improvements have drastically reduced marking problems while enabling printers to pursue new applications.

Twice as nice, Part 2

Feb 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel, managing editor, and Katherine O’Brien, editor

As one printer told us, "You can’t add a perfecting press and expect it to generate business just because it’s an efficient press. It has to be part of a solution to a customer’s business problem."

Imposition software, CIM & you, Part 1

Feb 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Hal Hinderliter

With the arrival of computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM), the graphic arts industry is teaching disparate islands of computerized production to communicate. Estimating systems can now talk to prepress, which can share data with the pressroom, bindery and shipping departments, all through the magic of the eXtensible Markup Language (XML). With better integration and streamlined tasks, it’s no wonder some pundits have predicted the prepress department’s demise. But as long as there are jobs that need imposing, prepress will remain a vital function.

Imposition software, CIM & you, Part 2

Feb 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Hal Hinderliter

With the arrival of computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM), the graphic arts industry is teaching disparate islands of computerized production to communicate. Estimating systems can now talk to prepress, which can share data with the pressroom, bindery and shipping departments, all through the magic of the eXtensible Markup Language (XML). With better integration and streamlined tasks, it’s no wonder some pundits have predicted the prepress department’s demise. But as long as there are jobs that need imposing, prepress will remain a vital function.

Mixing small batches of ink in-house

Jan 1, 2005 12:00 AM, AP staff

Mercury Print Productions (Rochester, NY) has grown from one $400 printing press in founder Valerie Mannix's basement to a custom-designed 70,000-sq. -ft. facility. Mercury’s latest innovations include the recent installation of an Offset Paste Litho (OPL) series paste ink dispenser from INX International Ink Co. (Elk Grove Village, IL).

The evolution of the press check

Jan 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

Press checks have been a mainstay of print buyers' job requirements since the advent of commercial printing. Now that the portable document format (PDF) and the Internet enable printers to quickly transmit increasingly accurate proofs anywhere in the world, the onsite press check is no longer the only game in town. However, some print buyers--particularly those with challenging print jobs--still expect press-side proofs.

It's a "DI"fferent world, part 2

Nov 1, 2004 12:00 AM, John Zarwan and the AP staff

It's been almost 13 years since Heidelberg launched the first direct imaging (DI) press, but some pundits say recent imaging technology, plates and press introductions could puch DI to new levels of popularity.

What's in your workflow?

Nov 1, 2004 12:00 AM, AP staff

Workflows have moved far beyond merely converting PostScript into one-bit TIFF data. A selection of recent product introductions follows, including some tools specifically designed for smaller operations.

It's a "DI"fferent world, part 1

Nov 1, 2004 12:00 AM, Katherine O'Brien and the AP staff

It's been almost 13 years since Heidelberg launched the first direct imaging (DI) press, but some pundits say recent imaging technology, plates and press introductions could puch DI to new levels of popularity.

(Race)track lighting

Sep 1, 2004 12:00 AM,

CeeLite's new lighting technology was showcased at NASCAR's Pepsi 400 race at the Daytona International Speedway in July. The flat, flexible light bulb, distributed by Tekgraf Corp. (Greenville, SC), has a surface illumination that can be tailored to fit various shapes for backlighting and sign applications. Here, it lit up the side of an 18-wheel trailer featuring a tribute to the late Dale Earnhardt.

Sheetfed presses are faster, LARGER and longer

Aug 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By American Printer staff

It might have been dubbed the JDF Drupa, but there was no denying the explosion of sheetfed press innovations. Consultant Clint Bolte (Chambersburg, PA) noted that increased efficiencies in inline finishing and value-enhanced production could be seen across all formats. Bolte also cited three trends: Small-format presses with automated plate loading and specialty packaging options, such as UV drying,

Cleaner and greener

May 1, 2004 12:00 AM,

Metropolitan Fine Printers has implemented a program, developed by Kimberley Clark of Canada and Unisource Canada in partnership with Newalta Corp., to clean its pressroom equipment with fully recyclable manufactured rags in lieu of standard cloth cleaners. www.metprinters.com

March cover story: Sheetfed UV

Mar 1, 2004 12:00 AM, by Mayu Mishina, Managing editor | mmishina@primediabusiness.com

Sheetfed UV differentiation can pay dividends

January cover story: Safety first

Jan 1, 2004 12:00 AM, by Leslie Shiers, Assistant editor | lshiers@primediabusiness.com

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

Security blankets

Oct 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Mayu Mishina, Managing editor | mmishina@primediabusiness.com

New printing blankets for the pressroom

Halfsize presses

Sep 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Molly Joss, Contributing editor | APeditor@primediabusiness.com

Facing the reality of shorter print runs and faster turnaround times, many printers are using halfsize presses to remain competitive while controlling costs. Bruce Tietz, a technical consultant with GATF (Sewickley, PA), cites lower labor costs, reduced overhead and smaller capital outlays as potential halfsize-press benefits. According to the consultant, printers typically