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An offset pioneer

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

In 1990, Chicagoans crossing the intersection of Ravenswood Ave. and Irving Park Rd. might have noticed signs promoting a new condo development on that corner. Most were probably indifferent. After all, many old factories all across the city were being converted into upscale housing. And the name of this particular development, Post Card Place, hardly hinted at its historical significance. But from

Meet the presses

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

Graph Expo and Converting Expo will be held Oct. 15-18 at Chicago's McCormick Place. The show's organizer, Graphic Arts Show Co. (GASC) ( promises four days of comparison shopping, networking, live equipment demonstrations, seminars and critical investment decision making. Here are some pressroom highlights. Look for more show news at High-volume press fulfills

Saying YES to JDF!

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

Joe Novak doesn't have an easy job. He's the director of technology for Williamson Printing Corp. (Dallas), one of the largest printers in the United States. We're a different breed of printer, says Novak. We do so many different things. Williamson, a perennial fixture at the Premier Print Awards, won 121 total awards in the 2005 competition for products and services ranging from direct mail to annual

Going with the flow

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

Associates Graphics Services embraces lean manufacturing, the team-base systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste. The facility was designed to streamline the movement of jobs through the plant. Potential bottlenecks have been eliminated, and there's almost no inventory sitting on the floor.

Quick fixes

Jul 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Patrick Henry

A modern printing press has three times more electrical components than platforms of just a generation ago--far too many to cover with on-site diagnostic visits. Hence the necessity of remote diagnostic support.

A family of possibilities

Jun 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Nsenga Byrd Thompson

Family-owned Utah Paperbox finds the perfect mix of flexibility and quality with its MAN Roland 707 Plus, designed for high-speed, unitized, sheetfed printing.

Who wants to be average?

Jun 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Katerine O'Brien

RT Associates is automating Web-to-print from start to finish.

Ellerhold & XXL

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

With models ranging from 20 to 81 inches, KBA North America has presses for practically everyone. At a recent open house held at its Radebeul, Germany facility, attendees learned the story behind KBA’s largest press, the 81-inch Rapida 205.

Exceeding expectations

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

This past February, Komori Corp. hosted a press event at its two main manufacturing facilities. Twenty-five journalists from 15 countries visited the company’s Sekiyado and Tsukuba plants. In addition to touring the respective web and sheetfed manufacturing facilities, attendees got a preview of two new sheetfed perfectors Komori introduced at IPEX.

A vision for the future

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

Bloomington Offset Process, Inc. (BOPI), has aggressively moved into the digital age with the introduction of CIP3- and CIP4-equipped equipment and two HP Indigo 3000 digital presses. BOPI now specializes in six-color jobs on 40-inch machines, short-run on-demand, variable-data printing, mailing and fulfillment and online procurement.

To be sure, to be sure

May 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Steve Voecks

The steps preceding a perfect-match mailing are a cinch. You print, fold, insert and inkjet every day. It's the verification part that gets tricky. How do you ensure everything stays in order? And what happens when it doesn't?

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.

Flexible options

Apr 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

For small-format printers, polyester computer-to-plate (CTP) systems have long been considered the most viable, cost-effective tool to bring their prepress operations up to date. Although some four-up metal CTP platesetters also run two-up, the first metal CTP systems were aimed toward larger shops producing longer runs with higher image quality standards—and deeper pockets.

Which side are you on?

Apr 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Patrick Henry

The gap between what half-web presses can do and what long perfectors can't is closing. Nonetheless, after speaking to the major half-web and long perfector vendors, it seems that there's a place for both.

What static can do is shocking

Mar 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By David J. Bentley, Jr.

Why is static electricity a concern? It can cause four problems.

A bright future

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

Hybrid UV is providing double-digit growth for equipment and press suppliers, not to mention commercial printers who are expanding into new markets while improving production efficiencies. Here, we present some users' stories.

Solving the pallet problem

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

Cox NC Publications used to rely on plastic and wood pallets as an intermediate step in its commercial printing process. But the company found that ROPAK collapsible containers from LINPAC Materials Handling reduce damage and save on packaging costs.

Optimizing press delivery

Feb 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By AP Staff

One key to production efficiency and cost savings is having advanced press delivery systems and efficient processes in place, to ensure a short and smooth workflow between pressroom, finishing, packaging and shipping operations. Automation and flexibility are essential elements in optimizing press delivery, says Jeff Woloshyn, press delivery product manager for Muller Martini (Hauppauge, NY). We work

Through thick & thin

Feb 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Ed Boyle

Why some commercial printers are doing more packaging work.