Ecofriendly coated paper 

May 01, 2011

Unisource introduces PorcelainECO, a premium coated paper that is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certified and has a post-consumer waste (PCW) content of 10%. See www.unisourceworldwide.com.

New routes, wrong turns & the road less traveled 

May 01, 2011

Very few of my readers work from home. Even if you are in sales and spend most of your time on the road, you still have an office you must visit regularly. As for the rest of us, we spend every day in an office or a factory. This means we commute between work and home twice daily, five to seven days per week. Whether our trip is five blocks or 50 miles, each of us has found the best way to get to

We love these legends 

May 01, 2011

Family ties: Bob Ott celebrates 66 years in printing Every day, without fail, whether a weekday or weekend, Robert B. Ott Sr. walked into The Hennegan Co. office wearing a white shirt and tie. In honor of his final day on the job, the entire office wore white shirts and ties. I've just always worn a tie, and I didn't stop when everything got more casual, says Ott, who served as president of the company

Paper gets much respect 

May 01, 2011

A companion follow-up to the Monadnock's popular Respect Nature promo Respect Design is said to be both an educational and provocative addition to the series. The promotion showcases bold images from nature and contrasts these with images of outstanding achievement in architecture industrial design and fashion. Respect Design offers several print demonstrations featuring high-resolution multi-color

Not while I'm around 

May 01, 2011

In 1976, schoolyards were abuzz with the latest achievement in gum technology: Bubble Yum. Unlike established brands such as Bazooka or Double Bubble, Bubble Yum wasn't rock hard. But then dark rumors began to circulate. Evil whispers swirled around the playground about a secret ingredient that was responsible for the gum's pillowy texture. Soon kids everywhere knew about it. According to those who

Teachable transactional documents 

May 01, 2011

Consumers are taking more control than ever, dictating to businesses how they want to be communicated with, what they expect and how businesses can deliver. Delivering tips that your customers are looking for before they even realize they are looking for it is a great way to enhance your relationship. For many businesses, this can be achieved most effectively by educating and helping customers make

Redesigned fiber paper allows superior images 

May 01, 2011

Rolland Enviro100 Digital is a 100% post-consumer fiber paper. Manufactured using local and renewable biogas energy, the paper is FSC-, EcoLogo and Processed Chlorine Free certified. Enviro 100 Digital offers an improved whiteness and brightness as well as a much smoother finish, which provides even more vibrant colors. As a complement to Rolland Enviro100 Satin for commercial printing, this paper

The digital connection 

May 01, 2011

While run lengths decrease and the overall number of label jobs is growing, Jack Willemsz, founder of label printer W&R Etiketten (Tilburg, The Netherlands), has seen pressure building on the high end of the market. To increase his company's flexibility and competitiveness, he implemented a management information system (MIS) and recently invested in the company's first digital label press, the Xeikon

Premium papers make the grade 

May 01, 2011

Epson's Cold Press and Hot Press (available in Bright and Natural) are acid-free, 100% cotton papers that enable rich, deep blacks and a wide color gamut. These papers provide an elegantly textured finish for artistic expression and is said to provide extremely smooth finish for the finest detail. Velvet Fine Art paper features 100% cotton rag base, buffered and acid free and is coated with Epson's

Hit the mark 

May 01, 2011

Do you remember wanting the shiny new toy, as a kid, because everyone else had one? The 2-D code is that new toy. This has led to the creation of QR (quick response) Codes and other 2-D codes because it's the hip thing to do. Often, the focus is on the code itself, with little or no thought given to the functionality or the action that occurs after it is scanned. The evidence is out there. 2-D codes

GPO celebrates 150-year milestone 

May 01, 2011

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is celebrating 150 years of producing and delivering government information for all three branches of the Federal Government and the public. GPO opened its doors in 1861, on the same day President Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office. GPO's partnership with the print industry is responsible for producing 75% of the government's printing needs. GPO is an

Modern media 

May 01, 2011

For a printing firm that began as a publisher, evolving with the market's need for creative, multimedia solutions comes naturally. Fry Communications (www.frycomm.com) in Mechanicsburg, PA, began in 1934 as a small, family publisher of weekly shopping guides. Since then, it has grown into a diversified, four-plant (totaling 1 million sq. ft.) operation with 1,000 employees in its eponymous divisions

Start spreading the On Demand news 

May 01, 2011

It's back to the Big Apple in 2012 The OnDemand Expo and Conference was held March 22-24, 2011 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. As in prior years, the show was colocated with the AIIM show, which has been renamed info360. OnDemand also marked the debut of the Publishing Xchange Conference. Experts from the printing, publishing and marketing industries addressed the

Swatchbook offers sophistication for stationery 

May 01, 2011

Appleton Coated's Conqueror swatchbook exhibits its selection of premium business communication papers and new, matching envelopes. Presented in Laid, Wove and super-smooth CX22 finishes and a choice of shades, the papers offer rich tactility and dependable printability. Complementing the strength and versatility of Conqueror's premium business communication papers, Number 10 size envelopes in Conqueror

Oce, EFI expand partnership 

May 01, 2011

Oce and EFI are extending their long-term partnership to include a new worldwide referral agreement. Oce will refer customers to EFI for MIS systems including EFI Pace and Monarch.

Inkjet canvas options offer versatility 

May 01, 2011

Every printer knows that great printing starts with quality materials. In Part 1 of this two-part series, AMERICAN PRINTER offers the skinny on the latest offerings in paper and ink. LexJet is diversifying its canvas line with neutral white/OBA-free and bright white inkjet printable canvas products, Sunset Reserve Matte Canvas and Sunset Reserve Bright Matte Canvas. They round out a diverse portfolio

From radical workflow concept to mature standard 

Apr 01, 2011

In the late 1990s, John Harrison and Michael Jahn, then with Agfa, gave many people their first glimpse of a PDF-powered workflow. Their evangelism included a book, video interviews with industry leaders, and a 50-city tour with speakers from Adobe and Agfa. Agfa's Peter Broderick with Patrick Gypen, Connie Ohlsten and Christel Van den Eynde helped us develop an unprecedented program, recalls Harrison.

Shine on, print survivors 

Apr 01, 2011

CIP4 is calling for entries in the 2011 CIPPI Awards program. The award categories highlight the benefits of process automation. This program is a great way for printers to let the world know about some of the most efficient, most productive production environments anywhere, says CIP4 executive director James Harvey. Any printer, prepress service or publisher may apply for the CIPPI awards. Each application

Ink prices continue to escalate 

Apr 01, 2011

Sun Chemical is raising prices in North America, effective April 1, 2011. The increases: 4% for SunLit Diamond, SunLit Intense and SunLit Exact sheetfed process color inks. 8% for all other sheetfed process color inks. 7% for all energy curable (EC) narrow web, tag, and label printing inks. 7% for all EC packaging printing inks. 7% for all EC commercial printing inks.

Analog printing to dominate decade 

Apr 01, 2011

PRIMIR's (www.primir.org) Megatrends in Digital Printing Applications study, conducted by IT Strategies, investigated which major production printing applications will migrate from analog to digital, when and why. It forecasts few applications to toward digital by 2014, some by 2020 and most in decades, if at all. While the study notes digital printing has made inroads in book printing and applications

Remembering & repeating the past 

Apr 01, 2011

I often find myself wistfully recalling the good old days. Remember print's golden era of 2007? Not that 2007 was any great shakes, but that was the last time the U.S. industry grew. Brace yourself NAPL predicts sales from printing and related sources to grow 1% to 3% this year. But even if we finish at the top of that range, our sales volume would still be $17.8 billion, or 18.1%, below pre-recession

Don't let negative reviews ruin your reputation 

Apr 01, 2011

The Internet has changed the game. Everyone has free rein to post a complaint and destroy your reputation. Protecting yourself involves posting positive content to drive down negativity. Try searching your company, and see what you come up with. Many potential customers, investors and employees will do an online background check before working with you. While its best to monitor performance

Drive down time lost to remakes 

Apr 01, 2011

As I write this, I am in a large plant having coffee while I wait for a set of plates to be remade for a press test. It has been one hour. What good is it to have a high-speed, fast-makeready, state-of-the-art press when we waste so much time waiting for plates? At times, it truly seems that the term Press Down is not understood by prepress. Often, going to the next job/form is not a great option.

Exchanging ideas with future generations 

Apr 01, 2011

When Durango, Mexico, native Patty Linden was a high school senior, she lived with us as an exchange student. Youth Exchange is a wonderful program whereby teens from around the world spend a year in another country, living in the homes of native families, attending local schools and speaking the native language. Youth Exchange is a life-changing program for both the students and their host families.

A career as a bookbinder 

Apr 01, 2011

Excerpt: At the HBI/LBI Fall Conference, we learned that there are only 19 certified library binding establishments left. One owner is abandoning library binding altogether for more profitable endeavors like on-demand and photo book printing and binding. It looks like the expansion of our trade association to include other, similar segments of our industry was timed just right. We live in a world