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Meet the presses

Feb 1, 2006 12:00 AM, AP staff

Here is a brief overview of press vendors' current offerings suitable for packaging work.

Chemistry lesson

Jan 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Smtyh Austin wasn't satisfied with the precision of the hand-mixed press chemistry, or with its ability to precisely reproduce the formulations when it was time to run the next batch of the same labels, and so turned to RBP Chemical's Concept 21 system.

Great expectations

Jan 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Bob Rosen

Many graphic arts CEOs don’t spend much time worrying about manufacturing, reasoning “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But in many plants, the manufacturing is broke and it does need fixing because it isn’t producing the results a company needs to be competitive and profitable. Merely producing jobs correctly and delivering them on time isn’t good enough.

The match game

Jan 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Joseph Marin

This article can be used as a guide to implement the first steps toward ensuring the first good sheet matches the last good sheet of a press run as closely as possible.

November Cover Story: Proof positive

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

The key to achieving the best quality inkjet proof is to combine the right equipment, software and consumables to match your pressroom equipment. The following products represent the latest developments in inkjet for contract quality proofing.

7 days in September

Nov 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Rebecca Hoeckele

On Sept. 17, 2004, the last remnants of Hurrican Ivan spawned 50 twisters in a single day. At approximately 6:30 p.m., one of those tornadoes struck United Litho's Ashburn, VA, facility. None of the 22 employees in the plant will forget that day--or the remarkable events that followed.

Beware of dry air

Oct 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Eileen Duigan-Woods

In high-speed presses, a new element of stress is added as machinery heat causes a serious drop in relative humidity (RH) resulting in static electricity and web breaks. Paper is very sensitive to environmental changes and the HVAC needs careful control within the plant.

Build it or buy it?, Part 1

Oct 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Julie Shaffer and Joseph Marin

There are two primary ways to build a prepress workflow solution: Acquirie a single-vendor “turnkey” system or put together a “do-it-yourself” (DIY) system.

Bright lights, better productivity

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

A selection of key PRINT 05 hybrid/UV introductions follows.

Something in the air

Oct 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Like many printers, Imagine! found that low RH causes a host of production problems that reduce throughput and efficiency. Maintaining consistent RH levels mitigates or eliminates most dry air problems.

Build it or buy it?, Part 2

Oct 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Julie Shaffer and Joseph Marin

The build-it or buy-it workflow decision depends on business needs and in-house resources. DIY workflows have come a long way and are much easier to use as well as more reliable than they’ve been in the past. They also allow users to graduate into a fuller featured, or turnkey, workflow system if/when that time comes.

Back to pressroom basics

Sep 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Eric A. Gutwillig and Tony Prieto

Does this sound familiar? Your press was delivered, the installer and demonstrator did their jobs, the iron looked pristine, yielded excellent print quality and generally delivered as promised. A few months later, however, print quality and press performance mysteriously deteriorated, even though you didn't change a thing. In many cases, maintenance issues are to blame.

Printed packaging: a market to watch

Sep 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By AP staff

About one third of the world's annual print market volume by value is held by packaging, and this $250,000 million market is growing.


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

From Sept. 9-15, Chicago’s McCormick Place will host the biggest printing and converting event of the year. There will be few true surprises, but even the most jaded observers will find some jaw-dropping technology.

Small press, big performance

Aug 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel and Carrie Cleaveland

NAPL’s fundamentals to success include quality, service, speed, price, reliability, responsiveness and relationships--capabilities press manufacturers have been working to facilitate with increased automation and other productivity enhancements on small-format offset presses.

August Cover Story: Made you look!

Aug 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Shelley Gabert and Katherine O'Brien

Today, printers are using the lenticular process for sophisticated effects on applications ranging from labels to posters to packages and even plastic cups. But as we’ll see, while the results are a real visual treat, printing lenticular isn’t child’s play.

Fix presses faster with remote service

Jul 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By John McKeon

Vendors at PRINT 05 & CONVERTING 05, September 9-15 in Chicago, will showcase the power of remote diagnostics.

Choosing the best press

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

We spoke to some leading printers, several of whom participated in a "Press Crossover" panel at the recent VUE/Point conference. We asked them what was in their pressroom and why. Most said their decisions were driven by the desire to solve their customers’ problems. All had interesting insights to share.

The DIfference

Jun 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Cary Sherburne

In 1985, Tony Ngo purchased Oakmead Printing, Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA) and began the process of transforming it for the digital age. Ngo integrated DI technology as he outgrew two-color presses due to the longer, two-pass cycle times they required to produce four-color printing.

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.