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Nov 1, 1998 12:00 AM, JILL ROTH

Since 1983, the Web Offset Assn. (WOA) and the Web Printing Assn. (WPA), formerly the Non-Heatset Web Section of Printing Industries of America, have conducted an industry survey that checks the pulse of the web printing industry. The 1998-1999 Market Outlook for Web Offset Printers, with an expanded format, provides insights into the state of the web printing industry both today and 12 months out.



If you think you can't judge a book by its cover, you haven't visited Mid-City Lithographers (Lake Forest, IL). The 60,000-sq.-ft. facility produces textbook covers, software package wraps, playing cards, baseball cards and more. Mid-City has the capacity to produce one million covers a day for books used by moms, motorcycle enthusiasts and school kids just to name a few.If you own a Better Homes


Nov 1, 1998 12:00 AM, WILLIAM C. LAMPARTER

Effective maintenance can be the hidden difference between a cost-effective, profitable printer and a competitor that is on the brink of production disaster.One characteristic of a plant in trouble is poor equipment maintenance, lack of a maintenance budget (or an inadequate one), reliance on operators to perform unsupervised preventive maintenance and a fix-it-when-its-broke operations mentality.Conversely,

In Control: Advanced Press Controls for Web Printing Operations

May 1, 1998 12:00 AM, Debbie Peterson

Color-to-color register, cut-to-print register, web guides, color management systems. Alone, these items may not have earth-shattering effects on the web printing process. When banded together, however, web press controls maintain print quality on-press, reduce paper and ink waste, slash makeready times, and allow operations to use fewer and, perhaps, less-skilled operators.This equipment has evolved


Oct 1, 1997 12:00 AM, Elias Crim

Gary Thomas is happy that his new telecommunications file transfer system was up and running in a single day--but only, he adds, after 12 months of research!Is Thomas, the systems manager for Embassy Graphics (Winnepeg, Manitoba), typical in his long-term quest for the grail of telecomm knowledge? How much should a manager know before taking the leap into this complex area?We asked a number of seasoned


Sep 1, 1997 12:00 AM, Michael D. Vinocur

Over the past several years, those making a living from selling prepress services have been forced to weather a storm of dreary predictions. Yet, intimations of impending death and doom generally end up being premature. One is reminded of Mark Twain's cable from London to the Associated Press in 1897 stating: "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."In the early 1980s, there was talk of the

Productivity: Prepress Productivity

Aug 1, 1997 12:00 AM, Dr. Patrick P. Bergmans

Productivity may be the single most important factor for achieving financial success in prepress operations. But what is productivity? How do you measure it? How is it achieved? And how does productivity relate to turnaround?In simple terms, productivity can be expressed as the ability to produce the maximum number of jobs in the minimum amount of time at minimal operational expense. Just as important

Productivity: Who Cares About Formats?

Aug 1, 1997 12:00 AM, American Printer Staff

A common misconception in evaluating prepress systems is overestimating the value of the hardware and underestimating the value of data. Computer hardware typically is written off in two to four years. Accelerating this effect is Moore's law, which roughly states the computers become twice as powerful every 18 months.Data, on the other hand, is the most important and most durable asset of any prepress

Productivity: More Than a Print Spooler

Aug 1, 1997 12:00 AM, American Printer Staff

A graphic arts server is a key element in achieving productivity in prepress operations. But how do you know which server to buy or what functions it needs to have?Before answering that question, let's consider the terminology used in developing server architectures. Currently, the trend in the graphic arts industry is to use a client/server configuration. But what does that mean in actual operation?Powerful


Apr 1, 1997 12:00 AM, Michael Reiher

Imagine you're thinking of purchasing new wood flooring for your home, but you're not sure what kind of wood or flooring material will suit your lifestyle. Wear length, appearance and up-keep all are questions you need to find answers to before making an investment.You find yourself procrastinating because you're not sure what to buy and you're short on time to research the subject properly. Then

Secrets of success

Jul 1, 1996 12:00 AM,

R.R. Donnelley & Sons. Banta Corp. Quebecor Printing. World Color Press. Quad/Graphics. These behemoths all scored stellar marks in AMERICAN PRINTER'S listing of the Top 100+ printers (by annual sales) in North America.The question is, how did they make the arduous climb to the top? And how do they remain firmly ensconced there, despite a formerly precarious economy, reported lack of skilled employees,

The benefits of gifting shares

Jul 1, 1996 12:00 AM, Shelly, Donald F., Jr.

Most printing company owners are familiar with the concept of gifting shares to their children. Often advisors recommend it as an estate planning technique or method for making children shareholders in the company.Is gifting a good idea? What are the benefits and pitfalls?Gifting assets without triggering gift taxes can be accomplished under two provisions outlined in the tax code.Under the first

A dry run

May 1, 1996 12:00 AM, Petersen, Debbie

Given the pros and cons of waterless technology, is the process viable for web offset printing?As a web printer, do you crave higher quality? What about faster makereadies? If you want it, you've got it with web offset presses equipped for waterless printing--at least according to many experts.Waterless webs, which run without fountain solution, boast the same advantages as do waterless sheet-feds.

Blanket statements

Feb 1, 1996 12:00 AM, Ferris, Fred

Okey, okay, it's true. They're not as exciting as, say, a brand-new eight-color press with all the fancy features. And, they certainly aren't one of the larger expenditures a printing firm must concern itself with.But, printing blankets are one of the most important factors influencing quality print output. They're an important investment, and may be the ultimate determination of customers' acceptance

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