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Tasty digital & offset combinations

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

Things that seeming wouldn't go together often do. At IPEX, many digital players stressed their products' abilities to work in harmony with the offset process.

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.

Peer groups then & now

May 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Dick Gorelick

Attendees at a peer group in l986 all had children in the graphic arts business. All were pessimistic about the future of the industry and stated or implied a sense of guilt about allowing their children to follow their footsteps. Our firm’s clients might not be representative of the industry, but in 2005, these children are engaged, optimistic and, for the most part, successful CEOs.

A knack for stacks

Apr 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Werner Rebsamen

What are we going to do with these "haystacks" of digitally printed sheets? Binding short runs of soft- and hardcover books just got easier.

Ready for action

Mar 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Jill Roth

HP's Graphic Arts Summit focused on new products, customer success stories and HP's strong involvement with the Sundance Film Festival.

DICE keeps rolling in Las Vegas

Jan 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By M. Richard Vinocur

Since HP withdrew its support to ICE, I’ve been speculating that ICE would consider changing its name to DICE (The Digital Imaging Customer Exchange). In November, I traveled to Las Vegas for ICE’s annual conference. Sure enough, the group voted and will now be known as DICE.

Welcome to my (monthly) world

Jan 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Steve Johnson

In previous issues of AMERICAN PRINTER, you might have noticed me on the back page, every other month. Beginning this issue, “Johnson’s World” will be here every month. Why? Does the printing industry need another commentator? What can you expect from me that you can’t get anywhere else? Glad you asked.

Digital entrepreneurship

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

In just four years Kansas City Digital Press (KCDP) has built a market for digital printing in the Kansas City, MO, area.

Papers for digital printing

Oct 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Tamara Pope

Once a paper or specialty media has been selected, it has to be stored, handled, conditioned and loaded properly to maximize performance and machine productivity. Here are some useful tips.

Variable printing, invariable success

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

Take one printing company, an influx of digital technology, clients with high expectations, and a whirlwind of incoming data describing not just the printed piece, but its individual end recipients. What do you get? A booming business in providing variable-data print (VDP) products that can put static mailers and generic advertising messages to shame.

Meet the short-run nuns

Sep 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

Some printers target business-to-business (B2B) customers. St. Joseph Press (LaGrange Park, IL) serves a more specialized B2B niche: religious to religious (R2R). Founded in 2004, the shop produces calendars, prayer and greeting cards, art prints, bookmarks and marketing materials as well as jobs for other religious organizations and non-profits.

Get Inline!

May 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Katherine O’Brien

Several digital press vendors have recently introduced inline or nearline coating options to protect output against flaking, scuffing and other mail stream maladies. Here’s a sneak preview of some inline and related developments that will be shown at the OnDemand Show this month.

Real books, real fast

May 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Katherine O’Brien

Muller Martini’s SigmaLine is a modular system for producing books on demand. Users can opt for a complete line or partial configurations that may include a high-speed, roll-fed printer with a perfect binder, cooling tower and trimmer.

Database basics

May 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Hal Hinderliter

If you’re afraid of accepting a customer’s harmless little database file, you might be missing out on everything from simple addressing jobs to profitable personalized marketing campaigns.

May Cover Story: Offset & digital convergence

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

Printers with offset and digital equipment can offer a diversity of services that enables them to form stronger bonds and mutually beneficial partnerships with their clients. But for commercial shops with a large offset base, becoming a streamlined, all-in-one print provider is a challenging prospect.

Marsid M&M: from mimeograph to Internet mogul

Nov 1, 2004 12:00 AM,

In 1972, Sid Halpern used a hand-cranked mimeograph to print circulars for local butcher shops in his laundry room. Thirty years later, Halpern's modest business has evolved into the Marsid M&M Group.

Making the UP3I digital-print connection

Sep 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By Dominic Quennell

Most graphic-arts professionals have heard of JDF. But only a few are familiar with an initiative targeting digital printers: the universal printer pre- and post-processing interface (UP3I). The UP3I interface standard helps users integrate and control all prepress, press and postpress systems' data. Functions such as automatic job setup and synchronization, document finishing control, error recovery

Variable printing in the Illinois Senate race

Jun 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By Steve Johnson

Although he didn't come out on top in the Illinois primary election this spring, Andy McKenna won, hands down, the prize for best use of variable data in a political campaign. There's a lesson to be learned from the digitally printed, variable-content postcards McKenna employed in the eleventh hour of his senatorial campaign even if you shy away from political printing. I've observed that variable

Digital paper

Mar 1, 2004 12:00 AM, by American Printer staff

A Q&A with consultant Merilyn Dunn on digital paper concerns and new product introductions

Heidelberg USA president to deliver VUE/Point address

Feb 27, 2004 12:00 AM, AP staff

Heidelberg USA president Niels M. Winther will deliver an address at VUE/Point on the current economic market and the future of print.