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Saying YES to JDF!

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

Joe Novak doesn't have an easy job. He's the director of technology for Williamson Printing Corp. (Dallas), one of the largest printers in the United States. We're a different breed of printer, says Novak. We do so many different things. Williamson, a perennial fixture at the Premier Print Awards, won 121 total awards in the 2005 competition for products and services ranging from direct mail to annual

Quick fixes

Jul 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Patrick Henry

A modern printing press has three times more electrical components than platforms of just a generation ago--far too many to cover with on-site diagnostic visits. Hence the necessity of remote diagnostic support.

Exceeding expectations

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

This past February, Komori Corp. hosted a press event at its two main manufacturing facilities. Twenty-five journalists from 15 countries visited the company’s Sekiyado and Tsukuba plants. In addition to touring the respective web and sheetfed manufacturing facilities, attendees got a preview of two new sheetfed perfectors Komori introduced at IPEX.

To be sure, to be sure

May 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Steve Voecks

The steps preceding a perfect-match mailing are a cinch. You print, fold, insert and inkjet every day. It's the verification part that gets tricky. How do you ensure everything stays in order? And what happens when it doesn't?

Industry News

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

News from: Firstlogic, WMU, Montalvo, Vertis, Xitron, Arjowiggins, Gane Brothers & Lane, PIA/GATF, Alladin Finishing, Tensor Group, GAERF, Padgett Printing, PrintPAC, Gorelick & Associates, IDEAlliance, Consolidated Graphics, WOA, Muller Martini, SMART Papers, MAN Roland Kodak GCG, xpedx, Enfocus, Citiplate, Presstek, Buhrs America, Bobst Group, Best Press, Onyx Graphics, Arjobex America, NUR America, Vijuk and Web Bindery.

Which side are you on?

Apr 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Patrick Henry

The gap between what half-web presses can do and what long perfectors can't is closing. Nonetheless, after speaking to the major half-web and long perfector vendors, it seems that there's a place for both.

What static can do is shocking

Mar 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By David J. Bentley, Jr.

Why is static electricity a concern? It can cause four problems.

Solving the pallet problem

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

Cox NC Publications used to rely on plastic and wood pallets as an intermediate step in its commercial printing process. But the company found that ROPAK collapsible containers from LINPAC Materials Handling reduce damage and save on packaging costs.

Optimizing press delivery

Feb 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By AP Staff

One key to production efficiency and cost savings is having advanced press delivery systems and efficient processes in place, to ensure a short and smooth workflow between pressroom, finishing, packaging and shipping operations. Automation and flexibility are essential elements in optimizing press delivery, says Jeff Woloshyn, press delivery product manager for Muller Martini (Hauppauge, NY). We work

Chemistry lesson

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

Smtyh Austin wasn't satisfied with the precision of the hand-mixed press chemistry, or with its ability to precisely reproduce the formulations when it was time to run the next batch of the same labels, and so turned to RBP Chemical's Concept 21 system.

Great expectations

Jan 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Bob Rosen

Many graphic arts CEOs don’t spend much time worrying about manufacturing, reasoning “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But in many plants, the manufacturing is broke and it does need fixing because it isn’t producing the results a company needs to be competitive and profitable. Merely producing jobs correctly and delivering them on time isn’t good enough.

The match game

Jan 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Joseph Marin

This article can be used as a guide to implement the first steps toward ensuring the first good sheet matches the last good sheet of a press run as closely as possible.

Web Offset Outlook 2006

Dec 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Jill Roth

Faced with pricing pressures and the sense that print is simply a commodity, web offset printers have turned a corner during the past year. Hot topics include commodity pricing and improved automation.

Web Offset Outlook 2006, Part 2

Dec 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Jill Roth

As the largest segment of the printing industry in terms of volume and total sales, web offset printers dominate the graphic arts. The ups and downs of these web operations have an impact on the industry as a whole, and reflect on a large scale the changing attitudes and challenges of the industry.

November Cover Story: Proof positive

Nov 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

The key to achieving the best quality inkjet proof is to combine the right equipment, software and consumables to match your pressroom equipment. The following products represent the latest developments in inkjet for contract quality proofing.

7 days in September

Nov 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Rebecca Hoeckele

On Sept. 17, 2004, the last remnants of Hurrican Ivan spawned 50 twisters in a single day. At approximately 6:30 p.m., one of those tornadoes struck United Litho's Ashburn, VA, facility. None of the 22 employees in the plant will forget that day--or the remarkable events that followed.

Beware of dry air

Oct 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Eileen Duigan-Woods

In high-speed presses, a new element of stress is added as machinery heat causes a serious drop in relative humidity (RH) resulting in static electricity and web breaks. Paper is very sensitive to environmental changes and the HVAC needs careful control within the plant.

Build it or buy it?, Part 1

Oct 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Julie Shaffer and Joseph Marin

There are two primary ways to build a prepress workflow solution: Acquirie a single-vendor “turnkey” system or put together a “do-it-yourself” (DIY) system.

Something in the air

Oct 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Like many printers, Imagine! found that low RH causes a host of production problems that reduce throughput and efficiency. Maintaining consistent RH levels mitigates or eliminates most dry air problems.

Build it or buy it?, Part 2

Oct 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Julie Shaffer and Joseph Marin

The build-it or buy-it workflow decision depends on business needs and in-house resources. DIY workflows have come a long way and are much easier to use as well as more reliable than they’ve been in the past. They also allow users to graduate into a fuller featured, or turnkey, workflow system if/when that time comes.