More sheetfed presses news

View all the latest news here


Fullsize DI

Aug 15, 2003 12:00 AM, AP staff

This is an online sidebar to August's DI press story. While most of the direct-imaging (DI) presses on the market are smaller-format, Komori (Rolling Meadows, IL) does offer a fullsize model. Komori sells digital-imaging capability as an option to its Lithrone LS 40 sheetfed offset press. The "D" feature—LS40D—is not available as a retrofit on existing presses. Because Komori currently only has one

Why DI?

Aug 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Mayu Mishina, Managing editor |

Direct-imaging (DI) presses take advantage of two of the biggest trends in the graphic-arts market: short runs and digital workflows. Because DI presses feature on-press imaging rather than plates being made on a CTP device and then mounted on press they are said to boast automatic register and speedy makeready, key factors in a short-run printing environment. Current makeready times on these presses

Top 50: CRM is alive and does good

Jun 1, 2003 12:00 AM, AP staff

A Q&A with John Berthelsen, president of print firm Suttle-Straus, Inc., regarding his company's growth.

June cover package: Management Plus

Jun 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Katherine O'Brien, Editor |

NAPL's (Paramus, NJ) Management Plus program has recognized graphic-arts companies' business excellence for more than 20 years. The two-part program requires entrants to first complete a comprehensive self-evaluation form, which requests details on the company's financial performance, internal control systems, marketing/sales plan, vendor relations, business planning, human resources, environmental

UV cures all

Jun 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Samantha Oller, Senior associate editor |

UV print applications

Top 50 turns 10

Jun 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Mayu Mishina and Lori Kasallis |

In 1994, american printer took a page from Inc. Magazine's annual listing of the 500 fastest-growing private companies and began our own, industry-specific listing: the Top 50 Fastest Growing Printers. Our objective was to recognize those graphic-arts firms that, through creative vision, savvy management and hard work, grew rapidly in a short period of time. Our rules for the awards program were simple.

Top 50: Doing more with less

Jun 1, 2003 12:00 AM, AP staff

Kreger Printing, of Cincinnatti, has become a leaner, meaner business during the economic recession. Vice president Jack Noe shares insights on the company's survival.

Top 50: From international to local

Jun 1, 2003 12:00 AM, AP staff

Print company Calsonic Miura Graphics, of Irvine, CA, has become ColorGraphics-Orange County, and managed to merge two different cultures for profitable local sales.

Innovative perfectors

May 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Samantha Oller, Senior associate editor |

Fullsize perfectors are known for their voracious appetite, their ability to consume massive quantities of jobs and turn them around with print efficiencies and savings to boot. Often considered to be twice as productive as the average press, some printers contend that they are three times the machine as a straight press, since they turn over the sheets themselves and eliminate a great deal of drying

KBA: A Vision of the Future

Apr 23, 2003 12:00 AM,

Special advertising report by KBA A slow economy coupled with a changing printing market are the challenges that the industry faces. Both printers and industry suppliers must be adept at innovation, flexibility and the ability to deliver outstanding products and service. KBA, the world's second-largest manufacturer of sheetfed presses, is more than up to the challenge. The German-based company boasts

The Green Printer

Apr 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Samantha oller Senior associate editor |

Maryland walks the eco-friendly talk Roger Telschow likes to point out that Ecoprint began as a low-overhead operation literally. The Silver Spring, MD, printer's first facility was actually an old school bus bought at auction. Telschow removed the seats, bolted a Multilith to the floor and business took off from there literally. We parked the bus in the emergency exit lane outside of our apartment


Jan 1, 2003 12:00 AM, BY SAMANTHA OLLER Senior assoc. editor, ALLISON MCLEAN Assoc. editor |

Prior to buying a new sheetfed press, printers must ask themselves questions about what size press they need, its features and the supplier itself. Perhaps the most important questions that should be asked, however, have to do with whether the purchase makes business sense. We spoke to industry consultants, a financial advisor and sheetfed-press vendors on how printers can determine whether a new

a commitment to pressroom integration

Nov 1, 2002 12:00 AM,

Survival of the Fittest was Komori's Graph Expo show theme. With 10 live demonstrations per day, visitors had many opportunities to see Komori products in action. Given the current state of the economy, printers need to find ways to maximize their capacity, while keeping costs under control, observes Stephan Carter, president and COO of Komori America Corp. Komori is committed to helping customers

Inserts made simple

Nov 1, 2002 12:00 AM, BY MIKE CONLON General manager of Meredith Print Advantage |

Magazine inserts are an effective way for companies to distribute information to a wide array of customers. They can be used to introduce a new product, publicize a special promotion or even kick off an advertising campaign. For printers taking on that kind of work, however, inserts can make the print-production process complex. Many insert programs are scheduled for placement in a variety of publications,

Printing on plastic

Nov 1, 2002 12:00 AM, BY SAMANTHA OLLER Senior associate editor |

Mr. McGuire's career advice to a young Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate plastics could apply just as well to commercial printers seeking to differentiate themselves. Formerly the realm of specialty and packaging printers, printing on plastic is beckoning conventional shops, with innovations in ink and equipment easing the way. Plastics are, however, an entirely different animal from paper-based substrates.

A new look at book production

Nov 1, 2002 12:00 AM,

Advertorial by Oce Printing Systems USA, Inc. All printers face the same problems shorter runs, tighter cycle times, competitive differentiation. In order to survive, there must be a greater emphasis on managing production costs in a more efficient manner. And forward-looking printers also are starting to play a greater role in their clients' distribution needs. The competitive picture is constantly

Hybrid printing: the best of both worlds

Oct 1, 2002 12:00 AM,

We've always been leading edge, says Ron Ward, CEO of commercial printer Miller Johnson Inc. (Meriden, CT). Since its founding in 1936, the 70-employee company has moved from letterpress to offset to digital printing. Its entry into the digital market about eight years ago was precipitated by the desire to satisfy client needs. With the turnarounds being so tight, it's difficult to accomplish all

Four-up CTP: Don't forget the plates

Sep 1, 2002 12:00 AM, by Mayu Mishina, Managing editor |

We profiled smaller-format and midsize CTP users in August's Four-up CTP: cheaper, better, faster, more (p. 28). We continue our focus on CTP in this issue, with more user profiles and with slightly more emphasis on the plate side of the equation. According to a recent report by UK-based graphic-arts analysts Vantage Strategic Marketing, CTP plates accounted for 18 percent of the total plate market

Edwards Brothers: partnering for life

Aug 1, 2002 12:00 AM, AP Staff

Company: Edwards Brothers, Inc. (Ann Arbor, MI) Executive: John Edwards, president/CEO Year founded: 1893 Annual sales: $76 million No. of employees: 750 Sq. ft.: 350,000, in four facilities Specialization: Short- to medium-run books and journals in one- and two-color printing As a book printer, Edwards Brothers, Inc. (Ann Arbor, MI) operates web and sheetfed presses. But recognizing that runs are

Halfsize presses: one size fits many

Aug 1, 2002 12:00 AM, BY SAMANTHA OLLER Senior associate editor |

The halfsize-sheetfed-press market has shown more growth potential than that of the larger iron, and it's no wonder: Pressroom efficiencies and cost savings make the four- and six-up formats ideal for the industry's burgeoning short-run, fast-turnaround jobs. But although these applications may share common run lengths, they can differ greatly in production terms. The halfsize press has risen to the