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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.

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.

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.

Welcome to my (monthly) world

Jan 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Steve Johnson

In previous issues of AMERICAN PRINTER, you might have noticed me on the back page, every other month. Beginning this issue, “Johnson’s World” will be here every month. Why? Does the printing industry need another commentator? What can you expect from me that you can’t get anywhere else? Glad you asked.

The price is right

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

Some quick printers might be surprised to learn that there are greater differences in pricing for specific products within individual markets than from one region to the next.

Indexx accelerates job throughput and sales

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

Indexx Printing Solutions was one of the first companies in North America to implement Metrix job planning software. After just five months using the software, the company sees impressive bottom-line savings.

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.

Little things mean a lot

Aug 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Dick Gorelick

Increased profitability is the result of a mosaic of attitudes and activities, no one of which is the sole contributor to a dramatic improvement in operating performance. There is no easy or fast answer. Aesop was correct: The tortoise frequently wins.

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.

Dealing with customer files

Apr 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By John Giles

You don’t have to turn a salesperson into a computer geek to handle customer-created files. A little education for your sales staff will go a long way toward training customers to properly construct files.

Mixing small batches of ink in-house

Jan 1, 2005 12:00 AM, AP staff

Mercury Print Productions (Rochester, NY) has grown from one $400 printing press in founder Valerie Mannix's basement to a custom-designed 70,000-sq. -ft. facility. Mercury’s latest innovations include the recent installation of an Offset Paste Litho (OPL) series paste ink dispenser from INX International Ink Co. (Elk Grove Village, IL).

EPA & OSHA: Common Misconceptions

Jan 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Gary Jones

Smaller printers frequently assume they are exempt from certain Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. But as you'll learn, compliance isn't optional. Here are the facts about some common issues.

EPA & OSHA: Common Misconceptions, Part 2

Jan 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Gary Jones

Smaller printers frequently assume they are exempt from certain Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. But as you'll learn, compliance isn't optional. Here are the facts about some common issues.

Marsid M&M: from mimeograph to Internet mogul

Nov 1, 2004 12:00 AM,

In 1972, Sid Halpern used a hand-cranked mimeograph to print circulars for local butcher shops in his laundry room. Thirty years later, Halpern's modest business has evolved into the Marsid M&M Group.

Short-run saddlestitching: Bridging the gap

Aug 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By Mark Hunt

Printers with sheetfed presses long have produced saddlestitched booklets using the traditional method of printing multiple-up, perfo- rating and signature folding offline, then loading the eight-, 16- or 32-page signatures into a saddlebinder for gathering, stitching and three-side trimming. Saddlebinding lines can be cumbersome to set up and changeover, and a certain amount of spoilage is inherent,

Getting better customer files

Jul 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By John Giles

You have to hand it to technology. While advancements such as FTP, e-mail and other file-transfer methods have streamlined print production and made it easier for printers to receive job orders from customers, they have also introduced a new problem to the production process: customer-created files. Quick printers can eliminate many of the problems usually associated with customer-created files, simply

Mechanical-binding options

Jul 1, 2004 12:00 AM,

Fully digital puncher; automated coil binder The Quantum P70iX by General Binding Corp. (GBC) (Skokie, IL) is a fully digital, high-speed production punch designed for the digital-print market. The system reportedly supports all common punching patterns, including three-hole, comb, Velobind, Twin-Loop wire and Color Coil. Custom die patterns are also available. The puncher is preprogrammed for common

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