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Iron giants

Sep 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Patrick Henry

AMERICAN PRINTER asked the major manufacturers of VLF presses and three of their customers about the realties of stepping up to production in formats that make 40-inch presses seem tiny. KBA (Williston, VT), MAN Roland (Westmont, IL), and Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses USA (MLP USA) (Lincolnshire, IL) currently offer VLF equipment; Heidelberg (Kennesaw, GA) expects to unveil the first of its VLF

And so it Goes

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

Founded in 1879, Goes Lithographing Co. has occupied the same 75,000-sq.-ft. building the founder built on Chicago's South Side in 1904. The influence and industry contributions of this fifth-generation family business are equally enduring. As noted in Walter Soderstrom's history of lithography, Goes can claim bragging rights as the first installation of the Harris rotary offset press. According to

Up close & personal

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

This past May, KBA North America (Williston, VT), hosted a group of U.S. and Canadian printers at its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Radebeul, Germany. Highlights included product demonstrations on the Rapida 105 41-inch 5/5 perfector press as well as a large-format Rapida 142 56-inch 4/4 perfector press. Visitors also had the opportunity to see several nearby printing operations. The

The all-rounder plus

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

In Booth 646, MAN Roland (Westmont, IL) will show the Roland 700 HiPrint with the company's InlineFoiler. MAN Roland unveiled the Roland 700 HiPrint along with the Roland 700 DirectDrive press at the company's World premiere Roland 700 next generation event in Offenbach, Germany, March 27-28, 2007. At the premiere, Michael Nitsche, head of sheetfed product marketing for MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG,

Modern times

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

From lobby to loading dock, Modern Postcard (Carlsbad, CA) lives up to its name. Cofounder and senior vice president Jim Toya-Brown design-ed the 75,000-sq.-ft. facility to foster an open working environment. The glass and concrete exterior signals that this is no mere manufacturing plant, an impression that is reinforced by the lobby's hardwood floors as well as the dramatic sweep of the massive

On the double

Jul 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

Perfecting presses are becoming increasingly popular as U.S. printers continue to seek operating efficiencies and a competitive edge in tight markets. Although perfecting tends to run slower than printing one side straight through, users report it cuts press checks and turnaround times roughly in half. Automation features on press amp up productivity even further. If these stories are any indication,

Trading up

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

From a garage to greatness In 1939, when Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard launched their company, they had many strikes against them. They had only $538, a used Sears-Roebuck drill press and executive offices in a garage. Similarly, when Greg Moquin launched his printing company in the early 1980s, he had little money, a 1960-something Davidson press and a that doubled as a storage area for his car,

Roll goals

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

For many years, roll sheeting was something most printers preferred to leave to their packaging counterparts. But as long perfectors have gained popularity, some printers are finding that sheeters do, indeed, prosper. In addition to dramatic paper savings, other advantages include enhanced versatility and better print quality. C. Clint Bolte, president of consultancy C. Clint Bolte and Associates

Hitting color

Jun 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Dan Remaley

You know the common statement when the proofs don't match the press: It must be a film, plate or proof! I've been the person who had to visit the printer, conduct a press check and determine what was wrong. This helped me understand the entire printing process, from scanning to proofing, platemaking and printing. Through process control measurements, we can define where the problem lies. The control

Hustle & Grow

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

Less than five years ago, 4Over Inc. (Glendale, CA) had a handful of employees working out of a 2,000-sq.-ft. building. The centerpiece of the new company was a circa 1988 two-up, five-color Heidelberg GTO. Things were difficult at first for Zarik Megerdichian and his wife, Tina Hartounian, the cofounders of 4Over. The first two operators they hired couldn't print in register or achieve consistent

Profitable plastics

Jun 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Sixty years ago, James Wolff entered the printing industry as an apprentice. Today, Wolff is president of General Press Inc. (Natrona, PA). As with all journeys of this magnitude, Wolff has faced many challenges along the way. In recent years, faced with a marketplace rife with plant closings and consolidations, Wolff recognized the survival of his employee-owned company would be based on its ability

Going digital, Staying lithographic

Mar 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Patrick Henry

Digital presses computer-controlled, plateless devices using electrostatic toner to image printing forms began to appear in the early 1990s. By then, conventional offset lithography was almost a century old, and some said the emergence of the new process was a sign that offset's antiquity was catching up with it. But digital had its detractors, too, and it seemed at first that nobody who favored one

What causes doubling on a web or sheetfed press?

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

When looking through a 100x glass or microscope, a double will show itself rather prominently in the 15 percent to 25 percent dots. It will show as a light dot beside or overlapping a strong dot. Two sheetfed causes Doubling can occur two ways on a sheetfed press. The first is premature contact with a blanket normally on the first unit of the press caused by stiff paper or board slapping the blanket.

Old Faithful

Jan 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Patrick Henry

Many sprawling plants trace their roots to a single small-format press. We’ve all heard inspirational tales of Chiefs and Multis clattering away in basements and even some entrepreneurs’ bedrooms. But today, small-format presses face considerable competition from evolving toner-based equipment, as well as increasingly efficient larger format presses. What next for these workhorses? Here are some insights from Hamada, Heidelberg, KBA, Komori, Presstek, Ryobi/xpedx, Sakurai and Screen USA.

Air Care

Dec 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Cedar Graphics eliminates some nagging static and humidity problems with the installation of several Princess 2 humidification units from ML Husson.

Triple threat

Nov 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Blanks Printing & Imaging’s latest KBA press prints plastic, lenticular and canvas jobs.

Baker named president of Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses

Nov 1, 2006 12:00 AM,

Marke Baker, most recently vice president of customer service, officially became president of Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses (Lincolnshire, IL) on October 1, 2006. A member of MLP U.S.A.'s executive staff since 2002, Baker has served as director of customer service, web products specialist, web installation manager and national service manager for web and newspaper presses. In his new capacity, Baker

Lapinski to head MAN Roland's North American operations

Nov 1, 2006 12:00 AM,

MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG has named Vince Lapinski CEO of MAN Roland Inc. (Westmont, IL) effective January 1, 2007. Lapinski will succeed Yves Rogivue, who has headed MAN Roland's North American operations for the past six years. Vince has an impressive track record in revitalizing MAN Roland's newspaper and commercial web businesses, Rogivue says. His customer-focused approach has helped MAN Roland

Short Story

Nov 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

A digital book printing update.

Heidelberg USA launches program for small printers

Nov 1, 2006 12:00 AM,

Heidelberg USA (Kennesaw, GA) has announced the launch of a new program for small businesses. Called Heidelberg Printers Advantage, the program is designed to provide small printers with information and business solutions to help them solve problems unique to small business enterprises. Membership is free, and printers need not own a Heidelberg press to register. Heidelberg's Printers Advantage is