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Digital Print Forum

Jul 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By John Parsons

The overall conclusion of the 2009 IPA Digital Print Forum was that digital presses are maturing and capable of challenging traditional offset in most areas. The report also asserts the need for standards as a prerequisite to the continued growth of digital print.

Inkjet web innovations

Jul 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

This May, HP (Palo Alto, CA) Inkjet Web Press user O'Neil Data Systems (Los Angeles) hosted an open house to demonstrate this new technology. O'Neil is the site of the first HP Inkjet Web Press beta installation and began commercial production on the press earlier this year. The company demonstrated variable, color newspaper production, running a special edition of Investor's Business Daily during

Xerox takes a real world approach

Jul 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

Xerox (Rochester, NY) will be keeping it real at PRINT 09. Its 28,000-sq.-ft. booth will feature an extensive range of cutsheet and continuous feed devices as well as wide format and workflow solutions. As part of its emphasis on real customers, Xerox Premier Partners will vie for Best of the Best accolades (and tickets to a U2 concert) rather than PIXI awards. Competition categories include collateral,

Best of On Demand 2009

May 1, 2009 12:00 AM,

InfoTrends, in partnership with the ON DEMAND Conference & Expo, has announced the Best of Show Awards for the 2009 event.

Consolidated Graphics adds Kodak NexPresses

Dec 12, 2008 12:00 AM,

Consolidated Graphics (CGX) (Houston) entered the photo products market in 2005 with a fleet of Kodak NexPress Digital Production Color Presses, and with its recent purchase of two additional S3000 models now operates more than 30 NexPresses around the world

Market fresh

Dec 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Jill Roth

R and R Images, Inc. (Phoenix) doesn't sell printing; it sells marketing ideas. By doing so, it has shown clients the value of variable-data printing (VDP). Anyone who needs a way to target messages to individuals should look to VDP as a starting point, says Rod Key, CEO of the $6.5 million firm. With its stable of three HP Indigo digital presses running three shifts a day and one Quickmaster DI press

On the go at Graph Expo

Oct 1, 2008 12:00 AM,

Graph Expo takes place Oct. 26-29, 2008, in Chicago. It's the biggest U.S. graphic arts event of the year, with upwards of 31,000 people expected to jam the aisles at McCormick Place to see more than 600 exhibitors. Here are some show highlights. More to come! Expanded range of sheefed inks Van Son Holland Ink's (Islandia, NY) VS series of commercial sheetfed printing inks supports faster makereadies

Making a go of transpromo

Oct 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Patrick Henry

Transpromotional documents (or transpromo as everyone calls them) are untried novelties for most print service providers. But not for One2One Communications ( of Bolingbrook, IL, whose vice president of sales, Travis Howe, was a speaker at the recent TransPromo Summit in New York City. One2One, according to Howe, has been talking to its customers about putting personalized marketing

Strength in numbers

Jul 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

Founded in 1981, Einstein Printing (Dallas) is a $1.4 million printer. There's nothing flashy about the nine employees or the mix of digital and offset equipment in the 5,800-sq.-ft. operation. And founder Keith Einstein seems like many other entrepreneurs a hard working guy who isn't afraid of a challenge. Like any printer, Einstein must contend with an uncertain economy, fierce competition and the

Bouncing back

Jul 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

Mele Printing (Covington, LA) can measure its history using several milestones. Mallery Mele founded the company in 1985 as one-man walk-up copy shop called Mele's Instant Printing. A few years later, the employee ranks had swelled to three. By 1996, the company was a 15-person operation doing $2 million in annual sales. In 1996, we acquired a printer in New Orleans, says Mele. We began opening branch

A Goodway to profit

Jun 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Jill Roth

Located just off Route 128/95 and convenient to New England's major technology centers, Goodway Group of Massachusetts, Inc. (Burlington, MA) is firmly committed to digital technology. When high tech required shorter runs and quicker turnarounds, Goodway met the demand by developing and hosting one of the first Web-based just-in-time documentation ordering systems. This program, created in the 1990s,


Jun 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

Wednesday is InRegister day Editor's Picks features selected highlights from AMERICAN PRINTER's InRegister newsletter. InRegister is published on alternating Wednesdays. For a free subscription, see Want to comment on something in this issue? Drop us a line at We look forward to hearing from you! Let's talk about specs BRIDG's ( has

Everything that can go digital

May 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

In keeping with its goal to become the leader in digital graphic arts, HP (Palo Alto, CA) has taken on the largest digital printing technology exhibit space at Drupa (Hall 8A), which is the third largest stand overall. Digital pages yield more value than analog pages, Stephen Nigro, HP's senior vice president, Graphics and Imaging Business, told the media and analysts gathered for HP's pre-Drupa summit

Drupa hoopla

Mar 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

In January, Drupa show organizer Messe Dsseldorf hosted a conference preview for 130 members of the international trade press. While most of the 11 participating vendors are holding back some news until May, a few tantalizing hints were dropped. Stay tuned! Xerox & inkjet: more to come It's hard to believe Xerox's (Rochester, NY) first Drupa was in 2000, a show that ushered in a host of new digital

It's no myth

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 AM,

As part of the session Xerox's Bob Wagner led on the top digital print misconceptions, attendees received A Formal Investigation into the Urban Legends of Digital Color Printing. (See With sponsorship from Adobe Systems and Xerox, commercial illustrator Jeff Moores set up a booth where he sketched attendees. The portraits were created using Adobe Photoshop CS3

Building blocks

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Patrick Henry

On the cover Frank Cost, codirector of RIT's Printing Industry Center, took this photo of Bethany Robinson, print operator and template designer at ColorCentric Corp. (Rochester, NY). Cost used a Nikon D200 camera equipped with a AF-S Nikkor 18-200 f3.5-5.6 G ED, which he calls The most amazing lens I've ever owned. The images were shot without a flash at the widest setting (28mm equivalent), ISO

Get personal

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Ideal Printers, Inc., based in Houston, TX, is a full-service communications firm that provides graphic design, printing, fulfillment and warehousing. In June 2006, it began to offer personalized URLs (PURLs) in variable-data printing campaigns. To help promote the new service, the company used a hand-delivered, personalized postcard invitation and three e-mails to a free seminar and tour demonstrating

Mighty DICE

Dec 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Jill Roth

Las Vegas once again hosted the Digital Imaging Customer Exchange (DICE) conference. Having started out as Indigo Customer Exchange (ICE), the organization has reengineered itself by broadening its membership to include users of high-end digital color presses. The organization is entirely run by and for owners of digital printing technology, making it quite unique in the industry. Although attendance

Bills & thrills

Oct 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Patrick Henry & AP staff

Transaction documents include commercial invoices, credit card bills, 401(k) summaries, loan payment notices and checking account statements. When envelopes bearing transaction documents arrive in the mail, the urgency of what's inside them all but guarantees opening, perusal and response. Promotional documents containing sales and advertising messages arrive in the mail, too, but to a very different

Cultural exchange

Sep 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

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