The new generation of designers is learning its craft in a world where everything happens in real time, driving new relationships with technology and the printing industry. Examples can be found in every print growth area. Print-on-demand services require designers and printers to share a commitment to frequent, rapid turnarounds. Personalized, variable-data printing can improve response rates when
This past June, about 15 members of the Digital Solutions Cooperative (Dscoop), an HP Indigo press users group, participated in a conference held at the press vendor's headquarters in Rehovot, Israel. Attendees mingled with senior HP executives, previewed new technology and discussed best practices with their fellow printers. Addressing HP Indigo's vision and mission, Alon Bar-Shany, vice president
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
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
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
Since its inception in 1879, Goes Lithographing has produced multicolor labels, posters and images for various trade channels to distribute. Years ago, office forms and one-color checks were among the most popular products. Goes' archives include images stored on stone, metal, glass, film and digital media. In the early days of the company, artists rendered graphics that Goes reproduced for sale to
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,
It's not just about digital printing machines. That's the message Xerox (Rochester, NY) will stress at Graph Expo in booth 1219. We're going to continue a theme that we've had for awhile on building applications that make digital printing easy to apply, says Ursula Burns, president of Xerox Corp. We're trying to give our customers end-to-end solutions in a box, such as the Book Factory. It's not only
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
You never know what you'll find at Graph Expo. Consider this story: Impressions Printing (Oklahoma City) is a small commercial printer specializing in everything from monochrome and color digital to full-color offset printing. In October 2006, company president John Braaten and vice president Jason McWilliams spent three days at Graph Expo. One item on their agenda was a follow-up visit with Spiel
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,
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,
With the right combination of consumables and know-how, and close interaction with the designer, UV jobs enable printers to add significant value to print products without jobbing out specialty effects or applying them offline.
Model Graphics and Media has installed an HP Indigo press ws4050 for short to medium runs of high quality, full-color labels. It allows the 39-employee firm to capture applications ranging from St. Patrick’s Day lapel badges for a local Irish pub to vibrant brand-assured labels for a leading consumer products company.
With the help of wide-format digital imaging, you can offer current clients a broader range of services while you broaden your customer base.
How personalized print, URLs and landing pages improve direct mail results.
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.
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Cedar Graphics eliminates some nagging static and humidity problems with the installation of several Princess 2 humidification units from ML Husson.