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ContiTech produces climate-neutral printing blankets

Mar 3, 2010 12:00 AM,

Northeim, Germany-based ContiTech Elastomer Coatings has introduced a climate-neutral process for making its printing blankets

New advances in press technology

Mar 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Raymond J. Prince

Recently I have had the opportunity to work on a number of new presses that incorporate the latest technology for inspecting print defects, as well as some with automatic color control. We have had web offset press color control for years. The first on the market was GMI (now owned by AVT), with its Color Quick system. This system, mounted in the web, would control color automatically +/- 0.06 D.

IPEX says offset to stay strong at 2010 show

Feb 26, 2010 12:00 AM,

Almost 150 lithographic technology companies from across the globe will take over one third of the Ipex 2010 net floorspace when the international exhibition opens at the NEC, Birmingham, UK, May 18 - 25

EPG now exclusive worldwide distributor for Colortronix

Feb 11, 2010 12:00 AM,

Essex Products Group (Centerbrook, CT), manufacturer of KeyColor integrated ink control systems, has finalized an agreement with Colortronix LLC naming EPG the exclusive worldwide distributor of Colortronix products

Heidelberg’s George Clarke leads Ipex 2010

Feb 8, 2010 12:00 AM,

George Clarke, president of Ipex 2010 (, is managing director of Heidelberg UK. George will celebrate his 25th anniversary with Heidelberg, this year

Goss will sell and support Akiyama in the U.S., Canada

Feb 2, 2010 12:00 AM,

Goss Intl. has integrated Akiyama Intl. Co.'s North American organization within its American operations, assuming responsibility for sales and support of Akiyama products, including Jprint presses, in the United States and Canada

How to make some easy money

Feb 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Raymond J. Prince

Recently, in my travels, I have seen much used equipment on the market, as well as printers asking how to make existing equipment last longer. The first question I am asked about used equipment is, How good is it? Well, that can take some extensive testing. As a general observation, presidents of printing companies treat their personal cars better that their most expensive presses. If you wish to

At your service

Feb 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel and Nsenga Thompson

While the economy has been rough on U.S. printers as well as OEMs, we're seeing a greater emphasis on service programs. We're all, as manufacturers, trying to get away from a reactive situation by designing programs to be more proactive to get in ahead of time, prevent problems and offer solutions, says Marsden Davies, Service Select manager, KBA North America (Dallas). Patrick Callahan, director

Equipment rebuilding

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Raymond J. Prince

Equipment today is being rebuilt by original manufacturers as well as independent companies with good results. The new or rebuild decision is indeed complex and needs to be grounded in fact, dollars and a look to the future. Depending on the age and condition of the equipment, a full remanufacture might be necessary. This involves testing the equipment as well mechanical and electrical inspection

3 keys to UV

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By David Fox, NAPL associate consultant (

Testing for proper cure | When UV ink cures, it changes chemically. Measuring and analyzing this change is possible under laboratory conditions, but out on press, it's a bit more subjective. The main objective always should be satisfying the customer, thus it might be more appropriate to say UV ink is adequately cured once it behaves as the customer wants. Some of the principal methods for testing

Time to shine

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

UV practically promotes itself As we asked printers how they are promoting their UV capabilities, a clear trend emerged. Most are too busy with client work to toot their own horns. We heard several tantalizing tales of self-promo projects shelved for lack of time. May this continue! Our UV coverage continues in April with with a look at environmental considerations and in May with an

Amazing stories

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

Bill Bonallo, vice president of IST America Corp.'s (Bolingbrook, IL) sheetfed group has long championed UV printing developments. But, as regular readers know, he's not afraid to tell it like it is. He's previously tackled proper component configuration and testing tips (Tough Enough, January 2009; and It's all about UV flexibility, June 2009); perfecting challenges (A perfect application, May 2008);

Briefly noted

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

At PRINT 09, Presstek ( earned Must See Ems accolades for its 52DI-UV and 34DI-UV digital offset presses. In November, the vendor teamed with Cyber, a multinational turnkey solutions provider and a Presstek distribution partner, to host an open house attended by more than 200 customers. Cyber is headquartered in Singapore and also distributes the Presstek 52DI in Malaysia, Indonesia,

Boosting productivity in the pressroom

Dec 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Raymond J. Prince

All printing companies have different equipment of various ages. This makes target numbers very difficult to write about. With that said, there are definitely ways to improve productivity in YOUR pressroom.

Dynamic dimensional packaging

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

The Colad Group, LLC, presentation and promotional packaging provider in Buffalo, NY, recently purchased a Xeikon (Itasca, IL) 6000 digital color press.

Small-format press made here

Nov 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Nsenga Thompson & Katherine O'Brien

Baum's (Sidney, OH) Baum Print 18 small-format offset press is made in the United States. It reportedly offers bearer-to-bearer pressure for consistent dot transfer; sensor-controlled pile feeding; outstanding sheet separation; electronic sheet-travel monitoring; precise sheet alignment; helical gearing; AutoPlate integrated register system; large inking/dampening unit; laser-slit knife-type ink fountain;

DI solves POP challenge

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

Odyssey Digital Printing ( in Tulsa, OK, needed a solution that could more easily handle the heavier ink coverage and stocks required for its retail point-of-purchase (POP) printing. After participating in in-depth customized demonstrations of the latest generation of Presstek DI presses, founder and president John Roberds upgraded to a Presstek 52DI to complement his fleet of

On-press color measurement & defect detection

Nov 1, 2009 12:00 AM,

KeyColor ColorInSpec printing system from Essex Products Group (Centerbrook, CT) offers color correction on press in real time as well as simultaneous defect detection. Using technology from Apollo Systems, ColorInSpec reads an entire color bar on every impression, reducing costly makeready while monitoring defects according to customer-set tolerances. Color measurement and defect detection are also

2 in 1 Perfectors maximize pressroom efficiency

Nov 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Patrick Henry

Technologies for sheetfed perfecting have been on the market for more than 30 years. All of the companies AMERICAN PRINTER contacted already had the capability prior to their most recent installations of equipment for one-pass, two-sided printing. Waiting for the 10-color Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 perfector installed at Communicorp Inc. (Columbus, GA) last November was a 3/2 Speedmaster CD 102

Keep it rolling

Oct 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By AP staff

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