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Total productive maintenance

Sep 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Ken Rizzo

Making equipment as efficient and profitable as possible. That's the premise behind total productive maintenance (TPM), a lean manufacturing strategy that optimizes preventive, corrective and predictive maintenance. Seichi Nakajima, a mechanical engineer, is credited with integrating preventive maintenance (PM) and total quality management (TQM) to create TPM. TPM uses small teams to achieve zero

This long perfector is a web press

Jun 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

At Drupa, Goss International. (Bolingbrook, IL) unveiled the M-600 Folia, a new dryerless web press intended as a long perfector alternative. Utilizing standard 16-page Goss M-600 printing units and new sheeter technology developed exclusively with VITS, the 30,000 sph press prints high-quality sheeted products on coated stocks without a dryer. Live demonstrations stressed fast makereadies, low waste

No dryers or gutters

Jun 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

Graham Trevett, vice president of sales for Goss Intl., says potential M-600 Folia applications include books and magazines. It's [competitive] with a dedicated perfector doing signature work, he says. Unlike a sheetfed press, the M-600 has a fixed cutoff, but Trevett notes this potential limitation is offset (so to speak) by several factors. The blanket-to-blanket M-600 units print simultaneously

Going greener

Jun 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

According to Joerg Daehnhardt, director of product management for Heidelberg USA (Kennesaw, GA), reducing startup waste should be a top priority for environmentally minded printers it's the one area with the largest impact on a press' environmental performance. Anicolor & more Heidelberg's innovations for streamlining waste include the new Anicolor inking unit option on its Speedmaster 52. A keyless

Productivity push

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

Komori (Rolling Meadows, IL) Drupa display will include eight offset presses ranging in size from the small format Spica 529P to the System 38S 16-page web. Highlights for the 85-year-old vendor include the next generation of its LS technology and the KHS-AI advanced intelligence print start system. Key Komori Drupa developments Advanced intelligence (AI) on sheetfed presses Komori's original KHS

How Low can you Go?

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien & Debora Toth

Makereadies have been drastically reduced over the past few years. Thanks to ink presets, automatic plate changing and other innovations, it's possible to switch from one job to the next in just 10 minutes. For this feature, we asked some top press vendors to highlight technology that supports quick-turn, short-run work. Stay tuned with Drupa around the corner we can expect more uptime improvements.

Building blocks

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Patrick Henry

On the cover Frank Cost, codirector of RIT's Printing Industry Center, took this photo of Bethany Robinson, print operator and template designer at ColorCentric Corp. (Rochester, NY). Cost used a Nikon D200 camera equipped with a AF-S Nikkor 18-200 f3.5-5.6 G ED, which he calls The most amazing lens I've ever owned. The images were shot without a flash at the widest setting (28mm equivalent), ISO

Chill roll marking

Nov 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Ken Troemel, Andy Grzesik and Mark Blitshteyn

Variations in web tension often lead to web lift-off from the surface of the chill roll. In the boundary layer between the web and the roll, condensed ink solvent that has not been flashed off in the oven builds up on the exterior surface of the chill rolls, forming a condensate. The problem usually begins to develop on the first chill roll, its surface becoming glossy over time. This solvent will

Bills & thrills

Oct 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Patrick Henry & AP staff

Transaction documents include commercial invoices, credit card bills, 401(k) summaries, loan payment notices and checking account statements. When envelopes bearing transaction documents arrive in the mail, the urgency of what's inside them all but guarantees opening, perusal and response. Promotional documents containing sales and advertising messages arrive in the mail, too, but to a very different

Hitting color

Jun 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Dan Remaley

You know the common statement when the proofs don't match the press: It must be a film, plate or proof! I've been the person who had to visit the printer, conduct a press check and determine what was wrong. This helped me understand the entire printing process, from scanning to proofing, platemaking and printing. Through process control measurements, we can define where the problem lies. The control

Page churners

Apr 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Debora Toth

A few years ago, some industry observers doubted web offset's ability to compete with sheetfed presses' shorter run lengths, quality and technical advancements. But web offset press manufacturers have responded to the challenge. The global market for commercial web presses (sold by all suppliers) has averaged about $1.1 billion per year over the past three years. MAN Roland and Goss reportedly control

What causes doubling on a web or sheetfed press?

Mar 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Raymond J. Prince

When looking through a 100x glass or microscope, a double will show itself rather prominently in the 15 percent to 25 percent dots. It will show as a light dot beside or overlapping a strong dot. Two sheetfed causes Doubling can occur two ways on a sheetfed press. The first is premature contact with a blanket normally on the first unit of the press caused by stiff paper or board slapping the blanket.

Air Care

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

Cedar Graphics eliminates some nagging static and humidity problems with the installation of several Princess 2 humidification units from ML Husson.

Web Offset Survey

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

Because of web offset’s prominence, AMERICAN PRINTER publishes an annual report for this market segment. The resulting report provides a unique view of the current state of the web printing industry as well as a peek into the coming year.

Lapinski to head MAN Roland's North American operations

Nov 1, 2006 12:00 AM,

MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG has named Vince Lapinski CEO of MAN Roland Inc. (Westmont, IL) effective January 1, 2007. Lapinski will succeed Yves Rogivue, who has headed MAN Roland's North American operations for the past six years. Vince has an impressive track record in revitalizing MAN Roland's newspaper and commercial web businesses, Rogivue says. His customer-focused approach has helped MAN Roland

Short Story

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

A digital book printing update.

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

Papa's got a Brand new Goss

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

Visitors to Papa John's 36-acre campus in Louisville, KY, soon notice some quirky details. Consider the stop signs on the property. At first glance, they look like, well, stop signs: familiar red octagons. But upon closer inspection, the signs are wordless there's no on those signs, just a picture of a big red tomato. A stroll around the interior of Papa John's 133,000-sq.-ft. corporate headquarters

Addressing the issues

Sep 20, 2006 12:00 AM, By Jill Roth, special projects editor

Decision points

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

Decision Points 2006 was the theme for the 54th Annual Web Offset Management and Technical Conference held at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, this May. And new event planning decisions made by the Web Offset Assn. (WOA) board of directors and supplier advisory board were evident. As a veteran attendee of WOA conferences, this year's offering combined the traditional sessions with some fresh ideas.