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Make the most of existing iron

Oct 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

For those printers who are unable to finance major equipment purchases in this economy, what can be done to make the most of the equipment they have?

Offset, inkjet & toner

Aug 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

PRINT 09 has presses in all varieties

Quick thinking

Jul 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

American Printer asked representatives from some leading press vendors for an overview of the key speed and automation technologies for commercial printers

Great printing and some tasty BBQ, too

Jul 1, 2009 12:00 AM,

Some people know Highlight Printing (Minneapolis) for its digital, offset, mailing and distribution services. Others know it for its chicken, ribs, pork butt and brisket. Owners Lisa and Don Bickford have hosted a customer luncheon for the past five years. Don, a champion on the competition barbecue circuit, caters the event. Don's team (Full Frontal BBQ) won 5th place for ribs and 7th place for its

It's all about UV flexibility

Jun 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Bill Bonallo

It's essential to understand your UV system's potential as well as proper component configuration. It really comes down to flexibility.

High energy UV

Jun 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

The second annual Print UV Conference was held this March in Las Vegas. The sold-out event attracted 150 attendees and a broad range of sponsors. According to Steve Metcalf, president and CEO of Air Motion Systems (AMS), the conference's success is a testament to the technology's growth. Just trying to cover UV in one breakout session is inadequate, he says. Once a printer invests in UV it opens the

Eight Costly Printing Issues

May 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Ken Rizzo

If you're not adding value, you are creating waste. Printers add value when their processes change or convert the form, fit, and/or function (print, cut, fold, collate, stitch, etc.) of materials and items into the final product.

Cleaner Consumables

Apr 1, 2009 12:00 AM,

Ecofriendly products for the pressroom

All aboard!

Feb 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien and AP staff

Offset printing currently accounts for about 20 percent of package printing, with folding cartons and labels representing the most popular applications. For this feature, we've highlighted printers producing labels, boxes, maps, point-of-purchase, signage and more. Litho Press Inc. (Indianapolis) largely credits its new manroland 900XXL 73-inch, 6-color press with UV coater for its strong showing

Air care

Feb 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By American Printer staff

DuraColor LLC, a $17 million printer in Racine, WI, has come a long way from a predecessor company's bankruptcy in 2004. The company's sales success has stemmed from its ability to meet tough deadlines with quality printing, which has enabled it to attract and maintain a stable of major clients. An ISO-9001-2000 company, DuraColor employs 60 and operates two shifts. DuraColor does both standard and

Tough enough: UV Innovation

Jan 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By American Printer staff

While conventional lithography is the industry standard, ultraviolet (UV) printing widens the scope to more challenging substrates and demanding applications. On a press fitted for UV, the lamps cure the specially formulated inks and coatings immediately upon exposure. This not only helps eliminate dot gain but increases scuff resistance and enables multiple effects to be applied inline, often in

Ciba closes MetalFX business

Dec 12, 2008 12:00 AM,

The Ciba Coating Effects Segment Leadership Team has decided to close the MetalFX business. The main reason cited is a mismatch with the company’s core business, not the MetalFX product’s market potential

Marketing niche

Nov 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

As a child, Bruce Leone used to watch his grandfather print. He was a preacher and he had an old Multilith press in his basement, Leone recalls. That's how he made side money. That impressed me. Leone founded Ink Inc. (Louisville, OH) 23 years ago. The 8,550-sq.-ft., all-Heidelberg shop has seven full-time employees and emphasizes its design capabilities. We position ourselves between an agency and

10 Maintenance Tips

Nov 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Michael Reschauer

Focus on training. Make time for training with every new piece of equipment you bring into your shop, and be sure to schedule regular training updates for all of your employees. Be proactiveDon't wait for problems to arise to address maintenance issues. Preventive maintenance helps ensure that small problems are caught and corrected before damaging the machine itself or to the jobs you are running.

Harmony upgrades with Heidelberg

Oct 7, 2008 12:00 AM,

Harmony Press (Easton, PA) has announced the purchase and installation of a new 8-color Heidelberg press designed to improve operational efficiencies for the company and spur economic development in the company’s area

Learning large

Oct 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Jill Roth

Heidelberg's (Kennesaw, GA) Print Media Demonstration Center (PMDC) has grown into a state-of-the-art facility that showcases the company's prepress, press and postpress equipment. More importantly, the PMDC is a venue that allows printers to participate in educational sessions, product demonstrations and workflows designed to increase efficiency. A demo room is nothing new in this industry, observes

Total productive maintenance

Sep 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Ken Rizzo

Making equipment as efficient and profitable as possible. That's the premise behind total productive maintenance (TPM), a lean manufacturing strategy that optimizes preventive, corrective and predictive maintenance. Seichi Nakajima, a mechanical engineer, is credited with integrating preventive maintenance (PM) and total quality management (TQM) to create TPM. TPM uses small teams to achieve zero

Boosting sheetfed press speed

Jul 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Raymond J. Prince

Well, that title got your attention didn't it? It bothers me to see presses running slowly, especially new presses. Let's look at why presses run slow and then how we can boost the speed. Why presses run slow Old and out of tune Doubling problems Improperly set feeder Broken parts Worn parts No fine tuning being done Bad ink/poor traps, excessive dot gain, bad tack Poor prepress Bad paper (wavy) Where

Strength in numbers

Jul 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

Founded in 1981, Einstein Printing (Dallas) is a $1.4 million printer. There's nothing flashy about the nine employees or the mix of digital and offset equipment in the 5,800-sq.-ft. operation. And founder Keith Einstein seems like many other entrepreneurs a hard working guy who isn't afraid of a challenge. Like any printer, Einstein must contend with an uncertain economy, fierce competition and the

Bouncing back

Jul 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

Mele Printing (Covington, LA) can measure its history using several milestones. Mallery Mele founded the company in 1985 as one-man walk-up copy shop called Mele's Instant Printing. A few years later, the employee ranks had swelled to three. By 1996, the company was a 15-person operation doing $2 million in annual sales. In 1996, we acquired a printer in New Orleans, says Mele. We began opening branch