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UV cures all

Jun 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Samantha Oller, Senior associate editor | soller@primediabusiness.com

UV print applications

WHAT'S YOUR COMPANY'S O.R. QUOTIENT?

Jan 1, 2003 12:00 AM, BY I. GREGG VAN WERT Former NAPL president and principal of The Haven Group | ivangpr@aol.com

How employees perceive their company's view of the future has a profound effect on a business. It determines whether people will stay with their jobs or leave for more challenging or rewarding opportunities. If a CEO's expectations for the business compromise employees' personal values or sense of purpose, a spirit of conflict inevitably arises. If, on the other hand, employees embrace the future

a commitment to pressroom integration

Nov 1, 2002 12:00 AM,

Survival of the Fittest was Komori's Graph Expo show theme. With 10 live demonstrations per day, visitors had many opportunities to see Komori products in action. Given the current state of the economy, printers need to find ways to maximize their capacity, while keeping costs under control, observes Stephan Carter, president and COO of Komori America Corp. Komori is committed to helping customers

Inserts made simple

Nov 1, 2002 12:00 AM, BY MIKE CONLON General manager of Meredith Print Advantage | APeditor@primediabusiness.com

Magazine inserts are an effective way for companies to distribute information to a wide array of customers. They can be used to introduce a new product, publicize a special promotion or even kick off an advertising campaign. For printers taking on that kind of work, however, inserts can make the print-production process complex. Many insert programs are scheduled for placement in a variety of publications,

A new look at book production

Nov 1, 2002 12:00 AM,

Advertorial by Oce Printing Systems USA, Inc. All printers face the same problems shorter runs, tighter cycle times, competitive differentiation. In order to survive, there must be a greater emphasis on managing production costs in a more efficient manner. And forward-looking printers also are starting to play a greater role in their clients' distribution needs. The competitive picture is constantly

Edwards Brothers: partnering for life

Aug 1, 2002 12:00 AM, AP Staff

Company: Edwards Brothers, Inc. (Ann Arbor, MI) Executive: John Edwards, president/CEO Year founded: 1893 Annual sales: $76 million No. of employees: 750 Sq. ft.: 350,000, in four facilities Specialization: Short- to medium-run books and journals in one- and two-color printing As a book printer, Edwards Brothers, Inc. (Ann Arbor, MI) operates web and sheetfed presses. But recognizing that runs are

Blankets and quality assurance

Jun 1, 2002 12:00 AM, Ken Rizzo, GATFPress

Printers should choose blankets based on print quality and dot-gain characteristics. Document the effectiveness of new blankets during a specified period of time to keep track of performance for future purchasing. These data will also help determine the origins of poor print quality, blanket problems and potential machine deficiencies. Blanket specifications should include the following: Manufacturer

Blanket update

Jun 1, 2002 12:00 AM, by Allison K. McLean, Associate editor | amclean@primediabusiness.com

To paraphrase a popular tire manufacturer's slogan, so much is riding on your offset printing blanket. With today's tiny margins, the pressure is on to provide optimum print quality while avoiding blanket smashes and other productivity killers. Fortunately, sheetfed- and web-press blanket options abound. Although some blankets are specifically designed for certain applications, such as coating or

Publication printers hop on SWOP

Apr 1, 2002 12:00 AM, BY KATHY REILLY President of Print Production Advisory | kathyppa@ix.netcom.com

Unless a publisher doesn't accept advertising, or creates all of its ads, publication printers must cope with ad proofs coming from dozens of sources. To ensure that this hodgepodge of proofs will work together on press, everyone from designers to ad agencies to magazine publishers to printers must adhere to industry guidelines, such as GRACoL and SWOP. GRACoL (General Requirements for Applications

Closed-loop color-control update

Apr 1, 2002 12:00 AM, by Bob Erbstein, Principal, Graphic Transitions LLC | erbsteinb@earthlink.net

The first new generation closed-loop color-control system was introduced at Drupa 95. Since then, an estimated 332 systems have been sold for web presses. About 62 percent are retrofits; the remaining 38 percent are installed on new presses. Publication printers account for 49 percent of the total installations, followed by commercial printers (29 percent). (See Closed-loop color today, on p. 36.)

Making makereadies faster

Nov 1, 2001 12:00 AM, by Joe Lipetri, Contributing editor | APeditor@primediabusiness.com

The printing industry's razor-thin profits coupled with shorter run lengths leave no room for leisurely makereadies. A press that takes forever to get to that first saleable sheet eats up a lot of paper, time and, of course, money. Automation and computer integration are the hallmarks of makeready on a modern press. Digital links from the press to management-information-system (MIS) and platesetter

Makereadies: 106 ways to make them faster

Nov 1, 2001 12:00 AM, BY JOE LIPETRI Contributing editor | APeditor@primediabusiness.com

Makeready is what happens between the printing of the last good product sheet of one job and the first good product sheet of the next on a particular press. A press operator’s makeready duties can be loosely categorized as hard or soft. "Hard" makeready refers to mechanical tasks such as washing up and cleaning the press, changing plates, setting the press feeder, inking and dampening systems and,

Online calendering spreads

Aug 30, 2001 12:00 AM, BY HAROLD M. CODY Senior editor, Pulp & Paper magazine | www.paperloop.com

Calendering technology expands in U.S. as first online coated lines are ordered and two major lines on SC uncoated grades start up this year Online calendering continues to transform the papermaking process worldwide, providing mills with the technology to finish a variety of grades completely on line. Most printing-paper grades and many specialty grades are currently produced with online calenders

PRINT 01: Press trends

Aug 14, 2001 12:00 AM,

The presses exhibited at Print 01 will be well-dressed, to say the least, featuring everything from the highest levels of automation and full CIP3 workflow to automatic color monitoring and more. Being held Sept. 6-13 at McCormick Place (Chicago), Print 01 will showcase technology designed for faster makereadies, shorter runs and tighter turnaround. Attendees can expect to see a variety of hardware,

MOST POPULAR CATALOGS IN U.S.

Jul 1, 2001 12:00 AM,

The people have spoken: J.C. Penney is the most popular catalog in the country. Of the 498 catalog buyers surveyed in the 2001 Catalog Age consumer shopping survey, more than one-fourth said they'd bought from a J.C. Penney catalog last year. That's more than twice as many as had bought from the second most popular cataloger among respondents, Lands' End. The top 10 most popular catalogs and the percentage

ONLINE CASE STUDY EXCLUSIVE: Something special in the compressed air

Jun 1, 2001 12:00 AM,

For an industrial facility, theres a fourth utility: compressed air. Although its only a line item on the operating ledger, todays industrial market is beginning to recognize the savings available in terms of energy efficiency, air quality, equipment, reliability and customer service. The proper compressed air system can offer effective plant operation and energy savings that increase profitability.

SALES TIPS: Avoiding costly prospecting mistakes

Apr 13, 2001 12:00 AM, Peter Ebner, professional sales trainer and marketing consultant

It’s 7 p.m., and you’re about to sit back in your favorite chair when the phone rings. When you pick up the receiver, you are greeted with, "Good evenin. It’s Peter from ABC Carpet Cleaning. How are you tonight?" How would you respond to this call? If you were like most people, you would probably respond with three simple words: "I’m not interested." But why would you react in such a negative manner

Is there money in digital asset management?

Apr 1, 2001 12:00 AM, BY INTERNATIONAL PREPRESS ASSN. (IPA) An Edina, MN, trade association representing graphic communica

Yes, but DAM requires new sales skills and a keen eye on internal costs Today, digital asset management (DAM) systems are commonplace for larger prepress and printing operations, corporate clients and a limited group of large ad agencies. DAM systems provide centralized management of digital assets, a collaborative workflow, easy access to client legacy system information, centralized product and

Do you have an above-average PQ?

Apr 1, 2001 12:00 AM, by Richard C. Holliday, Contributing editor | rcholliday@3pinc.net

Nobody's perfect, but most makereadies can be a lot better The pressroom is the investment center of most printing operations. It's evident from the balance sheet as well as from a plant tour. Senior management, seeking to improve overall ROI, will find a world of opportunity here. Pressroom managers are well advised to start looking at increasing throughput and press utilization rates just as they