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KBA introduces new press sheet scanning system

Jun 1, 2010 12:00 AM,

KBA North America (Dallas, TX) introduces its new DensiTronic PDF reader for KBA sheetfed offset presses

Saving sheets

Jun 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Raymond J. Prince

Over the years, economics, time and space have changed many pressroom practices — some for the good and some for the worse

Get up to speed

Jun 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Kenneth Rizzo

Manufacturing. That's a difficult concept for some print managers to grasp. As proud as we all are of our arts and crafts roots, times change and so must we. Printers procure raw materials, expedite them through specific equipment and processes and then package and ship the end products. Effective manufacturing requires efficient, economical and cost effective managers. Progressive print managers

QuadTech files new patent infringement claim

May 25, 2010 12:00 AM,

QuadTech Inc. (Sussex, WI) has filed legal action in the United States district court (Northern District of California) against Q.I.

Shanghai Electric to assume full ownership of Goss

May 20, 2010 12:00 AM,

Shanghai Electric (Group) Corp. (SEG) will acquire 100-percent ownership of Goss Intl. in June, 2010, exercising an option established when it became a shareholder in the company in September, 2009

Kodak sponsors Offset & Beyond, exhibits at Ipex 2010

May 18, 2010 12:00 AM,

Kodak (Rochester, NY) is a premier sponsor of the 2010 Offset & Beyond Conference, taking place this week in Baltimore, MD. The conference is targeted to printers throughout the graphic communications industry looking for technological innovation and new thinking

RIT offers free print ‘checkup’ online

May 14, 2010 12:00 AM,

In the first phase of its plan to develop and offer process audits and certification services to North American printers, Rochester Institute of Technology has launched a Web-based survey to determine the extent printers conform to well-defined printing standards

Agfa introduces :Antura ecofriendly fountain solution

May 11, 2010 12:00 AM,

Agfa Graphics will demonstrate at Ipex 2010 that commercial printers using :ThermoFuse-based digital plates from Agfa can produce high-quality print on their sheetfed presses

Sprint to win

May 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

As average run lengths continue to decrease, time and cost efficiency is imperative to making print profitable. Computer-based automation from web-to-print portals to production workflows and management information systems provides a path to short-run print production with minimal handling. InfoTrends' (www.infotrends.com) surveys of commercial print providers have shown a progressive decline in long

Define short run

May 1, 2010 12:00 AM,

Follow AMERICAN PRINTER on Twitter or Facebook. See our handy links at www.americanprinter.com. Short run is 1,000 press sheets. But it depends on what width the project is and how many forms. Book printer Short run, hmmm: Multiple pages = 50 copies, single page = 100. Small commercial printer What a great question. There is no range really, but with offset you wouldn't print 10 sheets. Anything 1,000

Get out the old-age asterisk

May 1, 2010 12:00 AM,

Industry consultant Clint Bolte (www.clintbolte.com) says the defintion of short run differs from one buyer to the next. He also notes that sheetfed offset printers can go pretty low these days: If a printer is running process color presses in the pre-1995 era, he or she will consider short run work to be in the 1,000 to 2,000 impression range, says Bolte. The same printer with the same journeyman

Who should check a job?

May 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Raymond J. Prince

Many issues arise in a printing firm that need to be addressed with standard procedures. I see questionable practices, at times, that need to be given some thought. Likewise, some procedures need to be implemented. Let's look at three of these. Proofreading and changing customer files | Many times we see printers proofreading a PDF file for mistakes in grammar and spelling. I surveyed 20 companies

KBA Continues its Long-Time Position as World Leader in Large-Format Presses

Apr 29, 2010 12:00 AM,

KBA (Dallas, Texas) has installed in the past two years over 20 large-format presses in North America and continues to expand and solidify its long-time market lead in the large format segment with a bevy of large, respected, high-profile packaging and commercial customer installations throughout North America

GraphTec wins PGAMA ‘Best of Show’

Apr 5, 2010 12:00 AM,

GraphTec, a commercial printing company from Jessup, MD, has earned the “Grand Q” award in the 2010 “Excellence in Print” competition sponsored by the Printing & Graphics Association MidAtlantic (PGAMA)

LED & sheetfed UV

Apr 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

While LED lamps are old news on inkjet presses, they are something of a novelty on the sheetfed side. LED inks for inkjet [applications] have been available for a couple years now, says Mike Sajdak, senior R&D chemist for INX (Schaumburg, IL). They offer less heat generation, a smaller footprint and faster startup times. Offset LED inks are a little newer. At Drupa 2008, Ryobi (xpedx) teamed with

Sheetfed waste: Get everyone involved

Apr 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Raymond J. Prince

Sheetfed waste has been a big issue lately. Let's look at overall plant waste and then sheetfed waste. There are good figures available on spoilage but not on waste for a plant. The usual approach, and not a bad one, is to look at waste in each area of the plant. The first step would be to define the waste and then measure it. Once we have those figures, we can form a team to attack each area and

Japs-Olson awarded web, sheetfed G7 Master Printer designation

Mar 30, 2010 12:00 AM,

Minneapolis-based Japs-Olson Co. has received the G7 Master Printer Certificate of Excellence for 2010 for its sheetfed and web presses

Presstek to show larger format DI press at Ipex

Mar 23, 2010 12:00 AM,

Presstek, Inc. (Hudson, NH) will demonstrate the new Presstek 75DI digital offset press at Ipex, May 18-25, 2010, in Birmingham, England

Heidelberg USA widens scope of demo center

Mar 12, 2010 12:00 AM,

Heidelberg USA has announced the launch of its North American Print and Packaging Technology Center (Technology Center) in Kennesaw, GA

NY printer adds custom Speedmaster XL 105 UV press

Mar 4, 2010 12:00 AM,

Diamond Packaging, a high-end printing and packaging company based in Rochester, NY, recently installed an 8-color, UV-capable Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105