Chemistry-free plates, printer/proofer upgrades 

Dec 01, 2010

Long Beach, CA-based Epson (www.epson.com) combines an Epson Stylus Pro 7900 printer with a plate curing device, RIP and plate guide attachment. The high-resolution aluminum press plate is chemically coated to work with the standard Epson UltraChrome Ink Technology. Once imaged at up to 175 lpi and heat cured, the Epson DirectPlate Technology is recommended for up to 20,000 impressions. The Epson

Better billboards 

Dec 01, 2010

Not long ago, the standard short-term product in the outdoor advertising industry was as it had been for a hundred years: a short-lived paper poster printed with solvent-based inks. The outdoor advertising industry's new standard involves next-generation polyethylene (PE) printing substrates and UV-curable printing inks. Driven by an application from Lamar Graphics (www.lamargraphics.com), Canada-based

WI printer JP Graphics wins 2010 CIPPI Award 

Dec 01, 2010

Appleton, WI printer JP Graphics Inc. (www.jpinc.com) won Best Process Automation Implementation, North America in the 2010 Jrgen Schnhut Memorial CIP4 International Print Production Innovation (CIPPI) Awards. CIP4 (www.cip4.org) annually honors printers, publishers and/or prepress services that apply with the most compelling case study in three topical categories and four regions. Additional 2010

G7 consultation winner 

Dec 01, 2010

Web-to-print provider PrintPlace.com won a ISO 12647 Standards Gap Analysis Audit in the IDEAlliance G7 Summit competition run by KEE Consultants (www.keeconsultants.com) and sponsored by Alwan Color Expertise (www.alwancolor.com). We produce thousands of pages per day and understand what every page should look like in terms of CIElab and process control aim points, without having to visually inspect

At your service 

Dec 01, 2010

Dallas-based KBA North America (www.kba.com) promoted KBA Service Select for its entire line of presses from the small footprint Genius 20-inch to the large-format Rapida 205 81-inch press. Programs maximize the customer's return on investment and minimize downtime. CardPak (Solon, OH) is installing at KBA Rapida 106 41-inch, 10-color perfecting press with coating tower and 12-ft. extended delivery.

Graph Expo 2010 honors 

Dec 01, 2010

Brandon Lutze, a Cal Poly Graphic Communication (www.grc.calpoly.edu) senior, took first place in the GAERF 2010 Student Design Competition, Post Secondary category. The contest challenged students to create marketing materials designed to promote next year's Graph Expo show. Royal Oak High School (Royal Oak, MI) won the 2010 Frederick D. Kagy Education Award of Excellence. The award will be presented

Succession planning 

Dec 01, 2010

Digital domination 

Nov 01, 2010

The inkjet theme seen earlier this year at Ipex continued at Graph Expo 2010. Digital and mailing vendors occupied floor space once given over almost entirely to offset technology. Going digital Years ago, Indigo founder Benny Landa declared, Everything that can go digital, will, and that someday Palo Alto, CA-based HP (www.hp.com/go/gsb) would occupy a larger booth than Heidelberg. His prediction

Are we enabled by babble? 

Nov 01, 2010

Not too many years ago, the print community had a unique language with shared meanings. We knew the definition of and The industry's definitions of those words haven't changed much. However, that isn't the case with other words and terms, many of which now mean different things to different people under different circumstances. A consultant to print buyers recently observed that there is lack of clarity

Production intelligence 

Nov 01, 2010

Automate processes, eliminate waste Schaumburg, IL-based Technique-MIS (www.technique-mis.com) offers an integrated suite of modular applications; users select the appropriate components for their business. Technique-MIS Version 5, launched at Graph Expo, includes seven major enhancements: CRM Community Feeds | Live feeds from customers' RSS and social networking activities. Mobile CRM | Access to

Folding carton press advancements 

Nov 01, 2010

Recently I had the opportunity to test several new large-format 57-inch and larger presses going into the folding carton market. The test results as well as productivity measurements, and even print quality measurements, were impressive. I found that the data begs the question, Is it worth keeping an old press or rebuilding it? Here is a short review of the press results: Dry solids: Even and virtually

2010 Must See 'ems 

Nov 01, 2010

For details and the 2010 and winners, see www.mustseeems.com. Software Apogee Impose, Agfa Graphics Process Metallic Color System, Color-Logic i-cut Suite, Esko Artwork QReate and Track, interlinkONE TransPromo Portal, Pitney Bowes Offset products 75DI press, Presstek Prosper S10 Imprinting System with Process Color, Kodak Offset plates :Amigo TS, Agfa Trillian SP thermal plate, Kodak Stylus Pro 7900CtP

Nimble & quick 

Nov 01, 2010

Will Rogers, Oklahoma's favorite son, famously declared he never met a man he didn't like. Similarly, John Roberds and Jan Fairless, president and vice president, respectively, of Odyssey Digital Printing never met a Xeikon press they didn't like. The Tulsa, OK, shop's pressroom houses a Xeikon 50D and 5000 as well as the first U.S. installations of the 3300 (2008) and 3500 (2010). Other equipment

A tribute to Dick Gorelick 

Nov 01, 2010

Longtime AMERICAN PRINTER columnist Dick Gorelick passed away in September after years of declining health. Many were not aware of his condition, because he kept writing and consulting without letup throughout an arduous regimen of hospitalizations, treatments and surgeries. Telephone calls were so cheerfully answered that few realized the chatty Gorelick was often talking from a hospital bed. Dick's

The power of synergy 

Nov 01, 2010

The global recession has pushed vendors across the industry toward a service and support approach in mature markets such as the United States, while they emphasize growth opportunities in emerging markets around the world. Canon (www.usa.canon.com) is no exception, but its executives and those of Netherlands-based Oc (www.oce.com) which Canon is in the process of acquiring as a subsidiary are bullish

Quality assurance for education 

Nov 01, 2010

There is a growing trend toward an environment of accountability in higher education. Early in 2006, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings issued A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of U.S. Higher Education. The report concluded that there is a lack of accountability and transparency in colleges and universities. In many degree programs, a new emphasis is being placed on a kind of quality

Industry Events 

Nov 01, 2010

December 6-10Orientation to the Graphic Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester, NY, (800) 724-2536, http://printlab.rit.edu 2011 January 31-2PODi AppForum 2011, PODi the Digital Printing Initiative, The Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, www.appforum.org February 2-5MFSA Mid-Winter Conference, Doral Resort, Miami, FL, www.mfsanet.org 24-26Graphics of the Americas, Orange County Convention

Briefly noted 

Nov 01, 2010

Adphos (www.adphosna.com) highlighted a fully variable process color Kodak inkjet press printing at 1000fpm as well as other solutions using its NIR drying technology. Business forms and apparel printer Ennis Inc. (www.ennis.com) has installed an MGI Meteor DP60 Pro digital press at its Ft. Scott, KS, plant. The press will produce plastic gift, loyalty and security cards, as well as personalized postcards.

End notes 

Nov 01, 2010

Postpress vendors were busy at Graph Expo 2010. From scoring and creasing accessories to soft cover book lines targeting the latest high-speed digital web presses, there was something for practically everyone. Almost 20 vendor and user groups held their events in conjunction with the show, including Dscoop, Xplor and the Imaging Network Group. New approach We're pleased to have the newspaper people

Top 12 critical technologies for 2011 

Nov 01, 2010

At the 2010 Executive Outlook conference preceding Graph Expo, the Must See 'Ems Selection Committee identified 12 technologies that are critical to print business survival: 1. Computer IT | Effective use of the computer with application of information technology (IT) in both the running of the business and production aspects of a printing company. 2. Multiple Products | Acquiring and implementing

Trade show transitions 

Nov 01, 2010

Even five years ago it was obvious that Graph Expo was evolving beyond its old iron roots. But I know I wasn't alone in wondering about the show's prospects this year. Would people come? More importantly, would they be qualified attendees? The answer is yes. People did come. It was a vibrant, encouraging event. Hats off to GASC. The lousy economy, coupled with the nonparticipation of some top press

APEtc. 

Nov 01, 2010

Installations 

Oct 01, 2010

Courier Corp. has purchased a second HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press. The first has been successful especially for

People 

Oct 01, 2010

Koenig & Bauer AG's (KBA) supervisory board has appointed a new CFO, Axel Kaufmann, effective October 1, 2010. While the creation of the new post was prompted by the growing complexity of financial processes and regulations, KBA reports, it will also allow president and CEO Helge Hansen to focus more intensely on the group's strategic realignment. Kaufmann's experience includes playing an instrumental

Industry Events 

Oct 01, 2010

October 3-6Graph Expo 2010, GASC, McCormick Place, Chicago, www.graphexpo.com 13-15SGIA 2010, SGIA, Las Vegas, www.sgia.org 13-15Color Printing Fundamentals, RIT, Rochester, NY, (800) 724-2536, http://printlab.rit.edu 20-22Lithographic Troubleshooting, RIT, Rochester, NY, (800) 724-2536, http://printlab.rit.edu 26-28Digital Printing Bootcamp, RIT, Rochester, NY, (800) 724-2536, http://printlab.rit.edu