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Jul 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Hybrid UV XL 105 goes to Carded Graphics Carded Graphics (Staunton, VA) recently installed one of the first hybrid UV Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 presses in the United States. The packaging printer and folding carton converter built a 60,000-sq.-ft. addition to accommodate the press, which will double the company's production capabilities. There isn't much we can't print In addition to the the 7-color

Ultra flexibility

Jun 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

MAN Roland (Westmont, IL) unveiled a new corporate identity at Drupa. The two companies that merged in 1979, MAN and Roland, now are united in a single lowercase name: manroland. The parent company based in Germany is manroland AG, and the U.S. division is manroland USA Inc. On the perfector front, manroland pushed the envelope with its Roland 900 XXL, touted as the first to process sheets up to 1,300

Double stuff

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

Among the excitement of inkjet products and press demonstrations from Fuji, Kodak, Screen and others at Drupa which we'll cover next month were a wealth of interesting and innovative offset press offerings, particularly in the perfecting department. Size matters: large-format perfecting KBA (Williston, VT) notes its large-format perfector experience goes back to IPEX in 1993, where it unveiled a Varimat

Going greener

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

According to Joerg Daehnhardt, director of product management for Heidelberg USA (Kennesaw, GA), reducing startup waste should be a top priority for environmentally minded printers it's the one area with the largest impact on a press' environmental performance. Anicolor & more Heidelberg's innovations for streamlining waste include the new Anicolor inking unit option on its Speedmaster 52. A keyless

A perfect UV application

May 1, 2008 12:00 AM,

Many commercial printers have embraced UV printing in recent years. Benefits include instant curing, fancy effects and, depending on the press configuration, enhanced process flexibility. We're doing things that people only talked about [when UV was just coming on the market], says Bill Bonallo, director of sheetfed sales and business development, IST America (Bolingbrook IL). We're working on some

Hybrid UV then & now

May 1, 2008 12:00 AM,

To understand where hybrid UV is today, you have to understand its roots. In the mid-1980s, some progressive package printers tried combining the best of the conventional and UV printing worlds with the wet trap application of UV coating over non-UV or conventional inks. Initially, things looked promising freshly printed, coated and cured sheets looked glossy and felt dry. But the gloss level soon

Fast, fancy & flexible

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

UV is providing strong growth for equipment and press suppliers, not to mention commercial printers who are expanding into new markets while improving production efficiencies. Here, we present some users' stories. Impress Communications (Chatsworth, CA) is more than a printer according to Paul Marino, president. Founded in 1989, the 75-employee company specializes in visual communications. The 35,000-sq.-ft.

Full speed ahead

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

In April, Koenig and Bauer (KBA) gave international customers and the trade press a preview of its Drupa plans at its headquarters in Radebeul, Germany. Key announcements included the new Rapida 75 and Rapida 106 as well as the upgraded Rapida 105. The vendor also detailed quality control innovations and a new consulting initiative. KBA, best known for its packaging presses, emphasized its comprehensive

Productivity push

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

Komori (Rolling Meadows, IL) Drupa display will include eight offset presses ranging in size from the small format Spica 529P to the System 38S 16-page web. Highlights for the 85-year-old vendor include the next generation of its LS technology and the KHS-AI advanced intelligence print start system. Key Komori Drupa developments Advanced intelligence (AI) on sheetfed presses Komori's original KHS

How Low can you Go?

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien & Debora Toth

Makereadies have been drastically reduced over the past few years. Thanks to ink presets, automatic plate changing and other innovations, it's possible to switch from one job to the next in just 10 minutes. For this feature, we asked some top press vendors to highlight technology that supports quick-turn, short-run work. Stay tuned with Drupa around the corner we can expect more uptime improvements.

Big boxes

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

Welcome to the future, said Bernhard Schreier, Heidelberg CEO, greeting journalists at the vendor's new packaging showroom in Wiesloch, Germany. The future Schreier outlined holds the prospect of strong growth in the packaging sector and developing nations in general, tempered by the reality of a sputtering U.S. economy and mature press markets in industrialized countries. Heidelberg's response includes

Grand opening

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

This past fall, xpedx Printing Technologies hosted an open house for the trade press at its new 20,000-sq.-ft. Ryobi press demonstration and learning center. (xpedx is the exclusive North American distributor for Ryobi branded presses.) A quick glance around the Lenexa, KS, showroom reveals how far Ryobi has evolved from its duplicator roots. Two models from the 750 line of 6-up presses are on hand

Building blocks

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Patrick Henry

On the cover Frank Cost, codirector of RIT's Printing Industry Center, took this photo of Bethany Robinson, print operator and template designer at ColorCentric Corp. (Rochester, NY). Cost used a Nikon D200 camera equipped with a AF-S Nikkor 18-200 f3.5-5.6 G ED, which he calls The most amazing lens I've ever owned. The images were shot without a flash at the widest setting (28mm equivalent), ISO

Let there be light

Nov 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Raymond J. Prince

To properly operate a press, we need to take into consideration the lighting of the area around the press, the color viewing area and the lighting in between the units themselves. The area around the press needs to have approximately 100-ft. candles of light to allow the pressman to see everything nearby, including dirt a well-lit pressroom is cleaner than a poorly lit one. Place two fluorescent fixtures

Making History

Nov 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

If you venture south of Chicago's Loop to a neighborhood encompassed by Congress Pkwy. on the north, Polk St. on the south, Plymouth Ct. on the east, and the Chicago River on the west, you'll see a lot of printing history. Of course, you'll have to look pretty closely, because this history is now hidden behind lofts, condos, restaurants and even student housing. But you can still see the ornate quarters

From Good to Brilliant

Nov 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

You have been running your family's printing business for decades. You've changed the direction of the business and grown it from $1 million to $60 million in annual revenue. But every so often, you daydream about what you would do differently if you were starting from scratch. You imagine what the new plant would look like, the kind of customers you'd like to serve and the corporate culture you'd

It's a pip

Nov 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By AP Staff

After spending two decades in corporate America, some people would be ready to pack their bags for Florida or Arizona. But Ernie Lederer wasn't ready to retire. The former telecommunications executive had no prior printing experience but was intrigued by the opportunity to acquire a 10-employee PIP Printing & Document Services franchise in Springfield, VA. Four-color gap Lederer bought the business

Bills & thrills

Oct 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Patrick Henry & AP staff

Transaction documents include commercial invoices, credit card bills, 401(k) summaries, loan payment notices and checking account statements. When envelopes bearing transaction documents arrive in the mail, the urgency of what's inside them all but guarantees opening, perusal and response. Promotional documents containing sales and advertising messages arrive in the mail, too, but to a very different

Green company

Oct 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Carrie Cleaveland

For many printers, the idea of altering operations to become environmentally friendly inspires fear as well as excitement. Some jump right into making improvements, while others hesitate to tackle the challenge. LAgraphico (, a $39 million, 210-employee graphic solutions provider in Southern California, not only took on the task and investment, but has made it a point to constantly

Sustainability products & news

Oct 1, 2007 12:00 AM,

VOC-free pressroom products Huber GmbH (Troisdorf, Germany) offers fountain solution additives, washers, cleaners and pressroom chemicals for printers of all sizes. Its B-Matic Wash 100 is VOC-free and certified for use with automatic blanket and roller cleaning systems on Heidelberg, MAN Roland and KBA presses. See www.huber-troisdorf.comCircle 170 or visit Day Intl. opens