PrintShop 101 is an interactive training program on CD-ROM that covers a multitude of topics for print shop and graphic arts employees. Its fourteen chapters cover topics from printing presses to proper telephone manners. Diagrams, photos, video clips and animations join with simple text to explain the basics of each topic. With the click of the mouse, all text can be converted to Spanish and back
"Print: The Original Information Technology" has been adopted as the theme of a print awareness campaign launched by Printing Industries of America (PIA) (Arlington, VA), the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) (Sewickley, PA) and the Printing Assn. of Florida (PAF). "Repositioning print media as an integral part of the information technology--or IT--sector of the U.S. economy will be a main
Dresner Investments (Chicago) announced the sale of Carqueville Printing Co. (Streamwood, IL) to Consolidated Graphics, Inc. (Dallas). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Dresner Investments initiated and acted as financial advisor in the transaction. Founded in 1864 and based in Streamwood, Illinois, Carqueville Printing Company is one of the Chicago area’s oldest and largest sheet-fed commercial
Berlin Industries, Inc., (Carol Stream, IL) has selected the PECAS Vision management information system from Radius Solutions (Chicago) for its printing plants in Las Vegas and Carol Stream, IL. The PECAS selection was a result of Berlin's search for a single system to standardize its business processes within and across the two plants. The company evaluated the suitability of two different kinds
Agfa Monotype Corp. (Wilmington, MA) and Lucid Dream Software, Inc., (Hoffman Estates, IL), have announced that Lucid Dream has licensed Agfa Monotype's color screening technologies. Lucid Dream will integrate the screening capabilities as part of a software upgrade that provides customers with 1-bit TIFF connectivity options. "To allow our Delta RIP customers the ability to connect to a variety of
Heidelberg's (Kennesaw, GA) proofing solution and ICC color management took top ratings in a recent eight-up digital color proofing study matching a digital color proof to a press sheet. The results were announced at the January 2002 GATF Tech Alert Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. In the ranking of seven companies which included Agfa, Kodak, Fuji Film, DuPont, CGS and Creo as well as Heidelberg, GATF
Some printers try to keep as much work in-house as possible. Do yourself a favor and keep the cutting and binding portions of your jobs together. This will reduce unproductive finger-pointing and increase vendor accountability. If printers cut jobs prior to outsourcing other postpress operations, they have by default accepted at least partial responsibility for the overall quality of the project.
PrintGlobe Inc. (Austin, TX) has launched PrintGlobe.com. Billed as a "business printing superstore," the website will provide businesses across the U.S. a means of ordering print, flags, banners, promotional products and custom graphic services. PrintGlobe.com offers more than one thousand different products. "We will do for business people who need anything printed what Amazon.com did for consumers
Fred Rogers, former DuPont executive and former managing director of the Research & Engineering Council of the Graphic Arts Industry, has been named recipient of the Edwin S. Wise Award for 2002. Sponsored by the Graphic Arts Sales Foundation (GASF) (West Chester, PA), the award honors contributions by an individual or organization to sales and marketing education in the graphic arts industry. Prior
HighWater Design Ltd (Cheltenham, England). and GraphLine, a U.S. distributor of graphic arts supplies , have announced a strategic partnership. GraphLine (Tamarac, FL) will distribute and support HighWater Design’s Platinum line of CTP devices in the U.S. and South America. All Platinum platesetters feature a flatbed vacuum loading system, precision pin register and built-in remote diagnostics via
MAN Roland (Westmont, IL) has installed its first DICOweb press, at a German printer. Nussbaum Medien (Media) (Weil der Stadt, Germany) publishes official gazettes and bulletins, the equivalent of community weeklies in North America. The company chose a coldset version of the DICOweb for this work but has reportedly tested a variety of inks and substrates on the machine, with an eye toward possibly
Fifteen Xerox (Rochester, NY) DocuPrint N4525 network laser printers have been purchased to print international daily newspapers at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. NewspaperDirect (New York City), which has an exclusive distribution agreement for out-of-market print-on-demand newspapers at the 2002 Olympic Games, will be partnering with the Newspaper Agency Corp. (Salt Lake City) to print
LDR International (Portland, OR) has installed a second Itoh paper cutter at Warren Industries (Racine, WI), a producer of game cards for various U.S.-manufactured game boards. Warren had older paper cutters on its finishing room floor until March 2001, when it installed its first Itoh RC-DX model 115. LDR is the exclusive distributor of Itoh paper cutters in North America.
Danaher Corp. (Washington, DC) has completed its acquisition of Marconi Data Systems Inc. (Wood Dale, IL), formerly Videojet Systems International, Inc. Effective immediately, Marconi will do business as Videojet Technologies Inc.
MacDermid ColorSpan, Inc. (Minnepaolis), a provider of wide-format digital color printers, is refocusing its business operations and marketing to address wide-format piezo-based inkjet printing. As part of this plan, ColorSpan will consolidate its operations, reducing selected staff this week. The company will also de-emphasize its in-house manufacturing operations and refocus on high value-added
Yves Rogivue, CEO of MAN Roland Inc. (Westmont, IL), recently gave a presentation on MAN Roland’s DICOweb plateless press and the evolution of Computer-Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) in printing to graphic communications students at the California Polytechnica State University (San Luis Obispo, CA). Rogivue’s presentation was part of the Cal Poly Graphic Communications Dept.’s Partners in Education
Allegra Network LLC (Troy, MI) has acquired the assets and franchise agreements of Insty-Prints (IPI), Inc. (Troy, MI), through its parent, Allegra Holdings LLC. The transaction occurred immediately following approval by IPI, Inc. shareholders at a meeting on Jan. 31. Some of the Insty-Prints locations will retain their brand name while others will assume the Allegra Print & Imaging brand. Allegra
ImageX, Inc. (Kirkland, WA) has received yet another Notice of Allowance covering online proofing of print-ready files from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Based on this notice, a patent is expected to be issued soon. The patent notification covers the components necessary to convert a graphic image file from PostScript to Bitmap format. This ability allows users without access to a PDF viewer
IO Technologies (Las Vegas), a graphic arts consulting and training company, has created seven new e-learning courses for RIT (Rochester, NY) and is developing more, including several certification courses. The seven classes currently offered online include: Introduction to Document Imaging Workflows, Becoming a Print Professional, Introduction to Getting It on the Web, Practical Color Management,
Agfa (Ridgefield Park, NJ) has announced it will conduct another Digital Solutions Road Tour this year. As with last year’s tour, Agfa will send out an 18-wheel semi-tractor trailor carrying various products to customers around the country. The 2002 tour will begin in southern California. The truck will remain on the West Coast during the winter months, then head back south and into Texas. Featured
Goss Graphic Systems, Inc. (Westmont, IL) announced Feb. 1 it has reached an agreement in principle for the sale of substantially all of its assets to a group of financial investors. As of Feb. 1, the sale was to be subject to any higher offers at a hearing to be held in the following week. The sale will include substantially all of the assets of the company’s U.S. operations, including sales, aftermarket
Httprint (San Francisco) has hired Steven M. Gutman to lead the custom-publishing arm of its managed services business. The company also announced that Jack Walklet will head the entire managed services group. Additionally, Mark Alioto has been promoted to vice president of sales for North America.
Creo Products Inc. (Vancouver, BC) has appointed Mark Dance CFO, effective April 30. Dance retains his position as COO and will continue to serve as a director of the company. He will replace Michael Graydon, who will continue with the company in an advisory role. Effective immediately, Creo has appointed Judi Hess to fill the position of president, Graphic Arts. Hess has held the position of corporate
Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (Tokyo), a provider of color filter arrays for flat-panel displays, and E Ink Corp. (Cambridge, MA), developer of electronic ink technology for paper-like displays, have announced a significant expansion of their strategic partnership to commercialize electronic paper. Under terms of the partnership, Toppan will manufacture front-plane laminate (FPL) products, components
Williamson Printing Corp. (Dallas) will be conducting the Williamson Institute this spring, a two-day seminar that introduces university students to the basics of commercial printing. Students from Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, the University of North Texas and Baylor University will gather at Williamson Printing for the educational event. Guest speakers will include Ray