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Small-format presses

Jul 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Lori Kasallis, Assistant editor | lkasallis@primediabusiness.com

Small-format presses

Hybrid printing: the best of both worlds

Oct 1, 2002 12:00 AM,

We've always been leading edge, says Ron Ward, CEO of commercial printer Miller Johnson Inc. (Meriden, CT). Since its founding in 1936, the 70-employee company has moved from letterpress to offset to digital printing. Its entry into the digital market about eight years ago was precipitated by the desire to satisfy client needs. With the turnarounds being so tight, it's difficult to accomplish all

Making the franchise decision

Sep 1, 2002 12:00 AM, BY SAMANTHA OLLER Senior associate editor | soller@primediabusiness.com

Few things arouse such controversy among independent quick printers as the franchise system. Many will claim that joining a franchise is akin to becoming a corporate drone, and balk at the notion of paying fees to do business. I see this industry in particular as being full of folk wisdom what Donald Krause identified in Sun Tzu, The Art of War for Executives, explains quick-print consultant Tom Crouser

FAMILY MATTERS

Aug 1, 2002 12:00 AM,

In Love, Power & Money: Family Business Between Generations, authors Dean Fowler and Peg Masterson Edquist relay true stories of what can happen when families fail to address critical questions about their business' future. Chapters cover topics such as family dynamics, employment strategies, business plans, and management and estate succession methods. The book costs $24.95. To order, contact Glengrove

MAY CTP ONLINE SIDEBAR: Small-format CTP

May 1, 2002 12:00 AM, By AP staff

This is an exclusive online sidebar to May's "CTP moves forward" article. CTP used to be the sole domain of the big guys. While computer-to-polyester-plate has been a viable option for smaller printers (and polyester-plate and imagesetter manufacturers agree that quality on these plates has increased significantly since the first-generation products), metal-plate imaging has still been out of reach

ACQUISITION CONSULTING FOR SMALL PRINTERS

May 1, 2002 12:00 AM,

Investment banking firm Compass Capital Partners (Radnor, PA) is offering a new acquisition-assistance service to printers with annual revenues in the $1 million to $10 million range. It will provide assistance for companies in valuing, documenting, negotiating and closing acquisitions of or by other printers.

Small-format presses: AN IPEX PREVIEW

Apr 1, 2002 12:00 AM, LAURETTA ROBERTS AND THE AP STAFF Executive editor, PrintWeek | APeditor@primediabusiness.com

Most quick and commercial printers' pressrooms have changed radically from just a few years ago, says Paris Walker, a 25-year quick-print veteran. Walker retired several years ago, but the former owner of Crown Graphics (Chattanooga, TN) still enjoys staying in touch with his fellow printers via the popular e-mail listserv at www.PrintWeb.org. Few printers are buying one-color presses, which may speak

DI presses: Where are they now?

Feb 1, 2002 12:00 AM, by Samantha Oller, Senior associate editor, and Allison K. Mclean, Associate editor | APeditor@primediabusiness.com

At Drupa 2000, 13 direct-imaging (DI) presses were announced. Two years later, a few of these presses haven't made it off the drawing board. Nonetheless, most major press vendors do have their DI ducks in a row. This article presents an overview of current sheetfed DI options and a glimpse into future press developments. HEIDELBERG Heidelberg (Kennesaw, GA) has approximately 700 DI press installations

Faster finishing for quick printers

Aug 1, 2001 12:00 AM, BY SAMANTHA OLLER Associate editor | soller@intertec.com

VENDORS ARE INTRODUCING INLINE FINISHING SOLUTIONS THAT OFFER PRODUCTION EFFICIENCIES FOR SMALLER RUNS Entry-level bindery equipment gets sophisticated The quick-print bindery is undergoing a transformation. Formerly an afterthought to the print shop's main business of offset printing and copying, binding and finishing capabilities are assuming greater importance among quick-print customers. In response,

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Take a new look at polyester CTP

May 1, 2001 12:00 AM, Mayu Mishina, managing editor

Once panned by "real" printers as producing low quality, polyester plates are slowly becoming fashionable in a CTP environment. Vendors targeting the quick and small commercial printer are offering direct-to-polyester plate alternatives to the typically more expensive metal platesetter systems. A.B. Dick (Niles, IL), for example, introduced the Digital PlateMaster 2508, which can image to polyester

CTP gets adopted

May 1, 2001 12:00 AM, MAYU MISHINA Managing editor | mmishina@intertec.com

Smaller printers continue to migrate to CTP, though vendors drop few hints about Print 01 With four months until Print 01, vendors are staying close to the vest about any CTP-related announcements they may make there. Many appear to be in a holding pattern for the time being, refining or commercially releasing the products that they announced last year at Drupa. What manufacturers will say is that

Imagesetters and beyond: CTP options for quick printers

Jan 1, 2001 12:00 AM, by Katherine O'Brien, Editor | kobrien@primediabusiness.com

Much has been written about new CTP options for midsize and larger commercial printers. But what if you're a smaller printer and can't justify investing in a thermal, violet or UV platesetter? What if a digital press doesn't figure into your plans?Not to worry - there's a CTP solution for you, too. Options for quick printers include converted

from Quick to Commercial

Nov 1, 2000 12:00 AM, SAMANTHA HOOVER

Taking chances, going digital and just plain moxie put these printers a step aboveDespite the blurring line between quick printers and commercial printers, the former remain distinctive from the start. Unlike commercial printers - many of whom have a long history in the graphic arts - quick printers are more likely to be entrepreneurs who went into printing because of it was an attractive business

SMART BROKERING: How do you minimize risks while maximizing rewards?

Sep 1, 2000 12:00 AM, SAMANTHA HOOVER

BUSINESS CARDS, LABELS, INVITATIONS AND EVEN REFRIGERATOR MAGNETS - MANY QUICK PRINTERS HAVE DABBLED WITH SUCH SPECIALTY ITEMS, BROKERING THEM OUT TO VENDORS AND MARKING UP THE PRICE FOR A NICE PROFIT. ALTHOUGH RELATIVELY COMMON AND INFORMAL AMONG QUICK printers, brokering can carry the same risks and demands the same consideration as a big-ticket job handled by a professional print broker. It's just

ALL IN THE FAMILY

Dec 1, 1999 12:00 AM, mayu mishina

If you closed your eyes and threw a rock in any direction at a quick-print gathering, chances are you'll hit someone who works in their family's business. This action is not advised, of course, as you may be hit yourself--with a lawsuit.The point is, family-owned companies almost seem to be a natural occurrence in the quick-print world, much like weather. But like the weather, working with your relatives

QUICK PRINT PROFILE

Jul 1, 1999 12:00 AM, DENNIS E. MASON

What exactly is a quick printer? There is, it seems, no simple answer to that apparently simple question. Even to those familiar with the industry, the diversity among those who call themselves "quick" printers is amazing-from the smallest of copy shops, through traditional walk-up storefront printers, to those that could easily be termed commercial printers.As american printer set out to analyze

WHAT IS A QUICK PRINTER?

Jun 1, 1999 12:00 AM, JILL ROTH

Pundits declare there are no quick printers. Industry observers proclaim quick printers are really just copy shops. Experts announce quick printers are simply another flavor of commercial printers. Quick printers even assert that they are business printers, imagers, document producers or even marketing consultants. So what happened to the steady, dependable, easily identifiable quick printer? Like

AMERICAN QUICK PRINTER: A GAME OF STRATEGY

Apr 1, 1999 12:00 AM, LISA LELAND

Compared to what any of us could accomplish, we are nearly comatose, claims centuries of human research. We only exer cise a teeny part of our physical and mental resources. Now apply this reality to the marketing of a quick print shop."From my own experience, there are two ways of 'being' inside this industry--reactive or proactive," testifies Kenny Frazier, owner of Cowtown Printing in Forth Worth,

CTP: Polyester Becomes Fashionable

Mar 1, 1999 12:00 AM, Katherine O'Brien

Polyester--now there's a word tainted with some unpleasant memories. Remember the Bee Gees with their Oreo-cookie-sized gold medallions, their improbable falsettos and yes, those shiny polyester shirts with the angel-wing collars? And, of course, there's the 1981 John Waters movie released in glorious "Odorama." (Polyester audiences were issued scratch-and-sniff cards . . .) Polyester definitely has

AMERICAN QUICK PRINTER: ONLINE FOR SUCCESS

Feb 1, 1999 12:00 AM, LISA LELAND

Queen Isabella might have had the same misgivings about the New World that some quick printers seem to have toward the Internet-- "Sure, Chris, but will anyone remember it tomorrow?"While many in the business domain see the Web as an historic opportunity of gold rush proportions, others, like some in the convenience printing industry, maintain "wait-and-see" stances."Printing is a tough commodity