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On-demand postpress options

Feb 1, 2004 12:00 AM, AP staff

On-demand postpress options

The true costs of building a digital color business

Feb 1, 2004 12:00 AM, by Barbara A. Pellow

The true costs of building a digital color business

Variable-data software update

Jan 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By Hal Hinderliter |

Variable-data software update

What's next for digital printing?

Dec 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by David Davis, Director, INTERQUEST |

While 2004 is a Drupa year, this article is intended as an outlook for digital printing in 2004, not a pre-Drupa review per se. Industry vendors keep a fairly tight wrap on product announcements leading up to the international show, which is my way of disclaiming prior knowledge. Anything I get right is by virtue of observation and/or luck. Software and workflow Since there will be few significant

VARIABLES: growing a variable data printing operation

Nov 18, 2003 12:00 AM, Jill Roth, special projects editor

Marketing and sales play a key role in developing a variable-data print business

The Copies Overnight/Copresco Story

Sep 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Steve Johnson, President, Copresco |

A digital-printing pioneer reflects on 16 years of changing technology

Do you want that booklet stapled, stitched or squashed?

Jul 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Katherine O'Brien, Editor |

A review of the latest bookletmakers

A Basic Guide to Variable Data Printing

May 23, 2003 12:00 AM,

Special advertising section from Heidelberg Click here to download the report: A Basic Guide to Variable Data Printing.

Real-world variable-data printing

Mar 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Mayu Mishina, Managing editor |

Printers know that variable-data printing (VDP) can be a lucrative business, and a useful technology for customers who know how to take advantage of it. But what was once heralded as The Next Big Thing hasn't yet lived up to expectations. In the January Digital Printing Report, RIT (Rochester, NY) professor Frank Romano laments that despite a steady increase in digital-press installations since the

9 ideas for better on-demand binding

Mar 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Frank Shear, President, Seaboard Bindery |

On-demand projects offer different finishing challenges than long-run, high-volume jobs. Quick setup and turnaround times are essential poor planning will severely impact production schedules. Saddlestitching, perfect binding and mechanical binding all have different layout and trim requirements, which may affect how the book is printed. The same is true for other finishing processes, such as folding,

Controllers for digital printers

Mar 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by David Davis, Director, INTERQUEST |

A digital printing system, whether it's a desktop unit, a black-and-white copier/printer, a production color copier or a digital press, has two main components: the print engine and the print controller. The engine and the controller are often developed and manufactured separately, and later integrated into the final product. The print controller is responsible for interfacing with a host system and

A new look at book production

Nov 1, 2002 12:00 AM,

Advertorial by Oce Printing Systems USA, Inc. All printers face the same problems shorter runs, tighter cycle times, competitive differentiation. In order to survive, there must be a greater emphasis on managing production costs in a more efficient manner. And forward-looking printers also are starting to play a greater role in their clients' distribution needs. The competitive picture is constantly

Hybrid printing: the best of both worlds

Oct 1, 2002 12:00 AM,

We've always been leading edge, says Ron Ward, CEO of commercial printer Miller Johnson Inc. (Meriden, CT). Since its founding in 1936, the 70-employee company has moved from letterpress to offset to digital printing. Its entry into the digital market about eight years ago was precipitated by the desire to satisfy client needs. With the turnarounds being so tight, it's difficult to accomplish all

Making the franchise decision

Sep 1, 2002 12:00 AM, BY SAMANTHA OLLER Senior associate editor |

Few things arouse such controversy among independent quick printers as the franchise system. Many will claim that joining a franchise is akin to becoming a corporate drone, and balk at the notion of paying fees to do business. I see this industry in particular as being full of folk wisdom what Donald Krause identified in Sun Tzu, The Art of War for Executives, explains quick-print consultant Tom Crouser

CLUSTER PRINTING: one controller, many engines

Jul 1, 2002 12:00 AM, BY DAVID DAVIS Director, INTERQUEST, (Charlottesville, VA), a consultancy specializing in electronic

Until recently, some desktop and workgroup printers were rejected for production work because they lacked the necessary speed and print quality. But even as these barriers fell monochrome printers have broken the 100-ppm mark another obstacle remained. Few devices offered extensive production tools and utilities. Today, cluster-printing products are filling that void. A clustered printing system consists

Unique Printers: traditional + digital

Jun 1, 2002 12:00 AM,

Unique Printers and Lithographers (Cicero, IL) offers traditional commercial sheetfed printing, via a six-color Heidelberg sheetfed press, a six-color Komori Lithrone (each press has a seventh unit for aqueous coating), and smaller one- and two-color presses. But the firm bucks tradition by also offering digital printing, in the form of a sheetfed Indigo digital offset color press. Its first Indigo

On-demand finishing options

Mar 1, 2002 12:00 AM, BY ALLISON K. MCLEAN Associate editor |

When Xerox introduced the DocuTech in the early 1990s, it created a new kind of printing: on demand. This breakthrough also ushered in new finishing challenges. On-demand finishing obviously must be done quickly but printers can't skimp on accuracy or quality, either. On a variable-data job, each piece is unique; a zero-tolerance waste strategy is a must. And it doesn't matter how fast you can print

Binding hardcover books on demand

Mar 1, 2002 12:00 AM, by Werner Rebsamen, Contributing editor and bindery consultant |

In the mid-1970s, book manufacturers typically stored books for publishers. For example, a major New Jersey book manufacturer had 26 million books in its warehouse mostly Disney and Dr. Seuss titles. Maintaining high inventories was inefficient and costly, but the technology at the time left little choice. There was no computer-controlled or servo-motor-driven hardcover binding equipment. It took


Feb 1, 2002 12:00 AM,

Printers view digital printing as a complementary process rather than a displacement technology, according to Interquest (Charlottesville, VA), a consulting firm specializing in electronic printing and publishing. A recent study, Digital Printing Market Potential, commissioned by the Graphic Arts Marketing Information Service (GAMIS) of PIA (Alexandria, VA) and conducted by Interquest, found that

CASE STUDY: The on-demand advantage

Jan 1, 2002 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Despite having to compete against a dozen printers nearby and dozens more just 20 to 30 miles away in Nashville, Copy Solutions (Brentwood, TN) boosted its annual sales by 50 percent last year. Owner John Woodbury has managed such growth by providing customers with rapid delivery of high-quality, digital print-on-demand services, and by keeping his eyes open for new opportunities. Copy Solutions primarily