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USA WEEKEND celebrates its 20th anniversary

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

Today, the publication reportedly is distributed in more than 600 newspaper markets, where it is seen by more than 49 million readers. Over the past 20 years, circulation grew a whopping 75 percent to its current 22.7 million.

Back to pressroom basics

Sep 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Eric A. Gutwillig and Tony Prieto

Does this sound familiar? Your press was delivered, the installer and demonstrator did their jobs, the iron looked pristine, yielded excellent print quality and generally delivered as promised. A few months later, however, print quality and press performance mysteriously deteriorated, even though you didn't change a thing. In many cases, maintenance issues are to blame.

PRINT 05

Sep 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

From Sept. 9-15, Chicago’s McCormick Place will host the biggest printing and converting event of the year. There will be few true surprises, but even the most jaded observers will find some jaw-dropping technology.

Fix presses faster with remote service

Jul 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By John McKeon

Vendors at PRINT 05 & CONVERTING 05, September 9-15 in Chicago, will showcase the power of remote diagnostics.

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.

Cataloger sees the light

Apr 1, 2005 12:00 AM, AP staff

Arandell Corp., one of the largest catalog printers in the U.S., found a more cost-effective approach to energy savings in its decision to change plant lighting from the common high-pressure sodium variety to T8 fluorescent technology from Orion Energy Services.

April Cover Story: Hot spots & cool dots

Apr 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel and Katherine O’Brien

Today’s screening technology is enabling printers to achieve truly dazzling results. But before reviewing the latest AM, FM and hybrid offerings, printers should consider what they’re trying to do, rather than how it can be done. In other words, they should think outside the dot.

Twice as nice

Feb 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel, managing editor, and Katherine O’Brien, editor

When printers and vendors discuss perfecting, adjectives such as efficiency and flexibility begin to fly. Unlike a straight press, a perfecting press requires only one makeready for both sides while virtually eliminating manual paper handling and drying time. And new press improvements have drastically reduced marking problems while enabling printers to pursue new applications.

Twice as nice, Part 2

Feb 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel, managing editor, and Katherine O’Brien, editor

As one printer told us, "You can’t add a perfecting press and expect it to generate business just because it’s an efficient press. It has to be part of a solution to a customer’s business problem."

Imposition software, CIM & you, Part 2

Feb 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Hal Hinderliter

With the arrival of computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM), the graphic arts industry is teaching disparate islands of computerized production to communicate. Estimating systems can now talk to prepress, which can share data with the pressroom, bindery and shipping departments, all through the magic of the eXtensible Markup Language (XML). With better integration and streamlined tasks, it’s no wonder some pundits have predicted the prepress department’s demise. But as long as there are jobs that need imposing, prepress will remain a vital function.

Imposition software, CIM & you, Part 1

Feb 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Hal Hinderliter

With the arrival of computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM), the graphic arts industry is teaching disparate islands of computerized production to communicate. Estimating systems can now talk to prepress, which can share data with the pressroom, bindery and shipping departments, all through the magic of the eXtensible Markup Language (XML). With better integration and streamlined tasks, it’s no wonder some pundits have predicted the prepress department’s demise. But as long as there are jobs that need imposing, prepress will remain a vital function.

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).

The evolution of the press check

Jan 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

Press checks have been a mainstay of print buyers' job requirements since the advent of commercial printing. Now that the portable document format (PDF) and the Internet enable printers to quickly transmit increasingly accurate proofs anywhere in the world, the onsite press check is no longer the only game in town. However, some print buyers--particularly those with challenging print jobs--still expect press-side proofs.

Web Offset Report 2005

Dec 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By Jill Roth

Sales are rising, but productivity challenges remain.

Pikes Peak climbs higher with cold UV

Nov 1, 2004 12:00 AM,

Pikes Peak Litho, a four-time winner for its large-format printing, art prints and point-of-purchase materials, has installed a 400-watt/inch cold UV curing system on its 77-inch, seven-color Harris press. It consists of both inter-deck and delivery lamp assemblies. The system was purchased through PRI Technologies (www.superblue.net/irdryers.htm). Printing with hybrid inks and UV coating inline allows

What's in your workflow?

Nov 1, 2004 12:00 AM, AP staff

Workflows have moved far beyond merely converting PostScript into one-bit TIFF data. A selection of recent product introductions follows, including some tools specifically designed for smaller operations.

(Race)track lighting

Sep 1, 2004 12:00 AM,

CeeLite's new lighting technology was showcased at NASCAR's Pepsi 400 race at the Daytona International Speedway in July. The flat, flexible light bulb, distributed by Tekgraf Corp. (Greenville, SC), has a surface illumination that can be tailored to fit various shapes for backlighting and sign applications. Here, it lit up the side of an 18-wheel trailer featuring a tribute to the late Dale Earnhardt.

Web Offset Survey 2004

May 27, 2004 12:00 AM, By Jill Roth

January cover story: Safety first

Jan 1, 2004 12:00 AM, by Leslie Shiers, Assistant editor | lshiers@primediabusiness.com

Implementing a safety program in your pressroom can lessen health risks, increase OSHA compliance and boost employee morale

Security blankets

Oct 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Mayu Mishina, Managing editor | mmishina@primediabusiness.com

New printing blankets for the pressroom