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The UV prescription

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

Combine flexo preparatory plates, narrow web presses and UV-curable inks for high-quality pharmaceutical printingGovernment regulations and business opportunities do not seem to go hand in hand, but now and again one begets the other. Right now just such an occurrence exists in the pharmaceutical industry.Two situations have combined to produce a potential bonanza for printers and their suppliers.

Keep up with up-keep

Jan 1, 1996 12:00 AM, Lowther, Nancy

Maintenance "is a task that restores and retains the ability to produce and/or improve equipment capability," states Joe Strader, president of Dynamic Solutions (Glasgow, KY). He should know. He's been in the maintenance business for 17 years.If the first part of the definition didn't catch your attention, the last part, "improves capability," should because it means increasing productivity and reducing

Controls make the difference

Oct 1, 1995 12:00 AM, Lamparter, William C.

As the press becomes just one module in print production, controls gain importanceIt's not the printing units, it's the controls that make the difference!What's more, controls are becoming part of a more sophisticated, far-reaching printing production electronic highway, tying together the elements of a plant to create a quick response, flexible, digitally integrated manufacturing operation.All manufacturers

Beating the clock

Oct 1, 1995 12:00 AM, Ferris, Fred

This efficient trade shop consistently meets the high-pressure deadlines of its agency clientsPulling up to the unassuming building on this narrow Manhattan cross street, there is little indication of what is going on inside. It's another gritty looking exterior that seems to line many of the boulevards in the midtown area, essentially indistinguishable from any other gray structure.Riding the tired

Keeping your quality teams legal

Sep 1, 1995 12:00 AM, Gill, Brian W.

Employee involvement groups and quality teams have sprung up everywhere in the printing industry, addressing such issues as enhancing quality and productivity. Many companies believe these groups are an essential part of the decision-making process and will help them survive in today's competitive environment. However, keeping these groups legal in the eyes of federal law can be trying.In 1992, the

Planning jobs back to front

Sep 1, 1995 12:00 AM, Merit, Don

In many instances, estimators plan jobs based on the most economical way to strip, make plates and print, but this does not always lead to the best production method. Let's look at the following problem:What is the best way to run 100,000 12-page self-cover booklets with a page size of 8 1/2 x 11 inches, one color black, two sides, on 70-lb. uncoated offset with no image printing within 1/2 inch of

Testing the waters: pH and conductivity are keys to fountain solutionperformance.

Sep 1, 1995 12:00 AM, Jeffrey, Noel

Ink made with those new environmentally sound vegetable-oil additives dries too slowly. And problems with holding reverses open are caused by quirky designers who use funny fonts, right? Not necessarily. Ink salespeople use test results to defend their products, and the designer points out she's been using the typeface successfully for years. To discover the cause of these problems, we must go back

What is the best way to run this job?

Jul 1, 1995 12:00 AM, Merit, Don

The greatest challenge, and the most fun for estimators, is determining the best way to produce a job. Many computer-assisted estimating programs can arrive at the best plan by trial and error, but estimators can override the computer. The following procedure is used by estimators or computers to arrive at the best conclusion, which is the same as saying "the least expensive way."Consider a printing

Dealing with ink dispersion.

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

Having dealt with several ink properties relating primarily to an ink's performance on press, this month we examine an aspect that may be considered manufacturing related. However, it subsequently has considerable bearing on how well ink ultimately will behave during printing and afterward.The subject is dispersion. Inks are a complex mixture of pigments, varnishes, waxes, solvents and other additives.

Plate settings

Mar 1, 1995 12:00 AM,

From copper engravings to computer-to-plate, this printer has mastered electronic prepressBack in 1957, Harold Vanberg founded his company with a good idea and a few sets of copper engraving plates. Vanberg had bought the plates from his former employer, a Dallas printer that supplied plant tags and catalogs to rose growers in nearby Tyler. Thus was Horticultural Printers born.Vanberg initially took

Factors affecting ink performance

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

Water pickup is probably one of the most controversial and misunderstood ink characteristics. The numbers obtained on water pickup and the resulting curves plotted from this data are open to a wide range of interpretations.Nevertheless, printers and inkmakers insist on conducting this test and trying to predict an ink's performance based on water pickup values. The reason? The idea of a water pickup

Sheet-fed tip-sheet

Jan 1, 1995 12:00 AM,

An equipment roundup of the latest innovations in the mid-sized sheet-fed press arenaThe mid-sized sheet-fed press of 1995 is a distinctly different animal from its counterpart of the last decade. While the rapid-fire developments in the electronic prepress arena have been well-documented, the good old 40- to 53-inch sheet-fed press hasn't been lagging behind in technical progression.To say the least,