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The Image Store

Mar 1, 1997 12:00 AM, Fred Ferris

"The printer or trade shop that holds the image owns clients' printing work" is a relatively new, but increasingly true adage. Just ask the growing number of graphic arts firms delving into the storage and management of their customers' digital image libraries."Graphic arts firms and their customers are starting to realize that images have a lot of value," stresses Gary Stephens, president and COO

CTP is Faster

Mar 1, 1997 12:00 AM, American Printer Staff

"This is a major step for a company our size to take," asserts Mike Lafferty, president of Thomas Graphics. "But in our business it's all about getting the plates to the press as quickly as you can, so it was really a no-brainer. Last Thursday, on our six-color press, our press operator hung and ran 44 plates in one shift. Some people might say, 'Yeah, that's bull,' but I'm telling you the truth.

THERMAL CTP PLATE BUYERS' GUIDE

Mar 1, 1997 12:00 AM, American Printer Staff

For more information, please refer to the chart on page 41 of the March 1997 American Printer.

A Viable Production Tool

Mar 1, 1997 12:00 AM, American Printer Staff

"You know what really amazes me?" asks Curtis Fong, executive vice president of Fong & Fong. "So many of these CTP articles that say the technology isn't mature seem to come from people who have no experience with it. Who's writing this stuff? Who are they talking to? My department supervisors and I read these articles and we laugh. CTP is a reality. It works well for us."Without further ado, here

SURVEYING YOUR CUSTOMERS

Jan 1, 1997 12:00 AM, Katherine O'Brien

How would you complete the following statement: Conducting a customer satisfaction survey is a good idea because: a) it's a good way to identify new sources of business while strengthening relationships with existing customers; b) this data could help maximize our investment in new technology; c) rumor has it our competitors are doing surveys, so we'd better hop on the bandwagon, too; d) all of the

MANAGING PAPER COSTS

Jan 1, 1997 12:00 AM, Fred Ferris

Is there anyone in the printing industry who is not painfully aware of the paper pricing fluctuations during the past few years? Since paper represents approximately 30 percent of the total cost of producing a job, hikes in paper pricing have made dents in printers' profits.Today, paper prices have eased, however. Nevertheless, managing paper costs remains vitally important and requires consistent,

Curbing workers' comp costs

Nov 1, 1996 12:00 AM, Lowther, Nancy

Both small and large firms can curtail employee injuries in their companiesDid the check you just wrote to the Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) leave you frustrated - not only because injuries continue to occur at your shop, but also because these payments eat up hundreds of thousands of dollars in company profits?WCB costs continue to skyrocket. The average cost of a claim has more than tripled

Quality newsletters capture customers.

Oct 1, 1996 12:00 AM, Behrens, John C.

They've become sleeker, slicker, easier to read, more graphically attractive, more informative and an excellent place to search for ideas and how-to answers.A Web page on the Internet? No. It's a newsletter sent to a select audience that is continually updated and monitored. Successful newsletter stories are everywhere, and printers are becoming much more involved in developing them properly instead

How long on press?

Jul 1, 1996 12:00 AM, Merit, Don

If there weren't so many differences between jobs, calculating press time would be a snap. Depending on the number of colors, we would just allow a fixed amount of time for wash-up and makeready. When it comes to running, once we figured out the number of sheets, we would know how many impressions. If the job prints one side, it's the same quantity. If it prints two sides, we would double the figure.

Calsonic's booming with CTP

May 1, 1996 12:00 AM,

Few industries are as competitive as is commercial printing in the United States. No matter where your company is located or which market niches it serves, there's always somebody trying to eat your lunch.Given that, the folks at Calsonic Miura Graphics must be pretty hungry. Just barely five years old, this Irvine, CA-based printer already has crested the $17-million mark and is projecting $21 million

Change for the better

May 1, 1996 12:00 AM, Petersen, Debbie

Continually reshaping its market to capitalize on societal shifts has made this 109-year-old printer a successOn a cold New Year's Day in 1886, three young men pooled their resources to establish a printing company in Cincinnati. John and James Hennegan and James Kelley started with $1,000 in stock and machinery, as well as $500 in cash, to create what would become, by 1994, a $58 million, 350-employee

The next revolution? Computer-integrated manufacturing links all print production functions.

Apr 1, 1996 12:00 AM, Lamparter, William C.

Digitally oriented print manufacturing technology, coupled with increasingly sophisticated business information and production/process control systems, are setting the stage for the eventual linking of print production into a continuous computer-controlled stream from prepress to distribution.Computer-Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) promises to be the next "revolution" that will enable print production

Can you afford CTP?

Jan 1, 1996 12:00 AM, Vinocur, Michael D.

For the past decade, printers have been scrambling to cope with digital prepress technologies. Though many larger North American printing operations have been at it since the early '80s, others only have taken the plunge over the past few years. Firms have had to spend anywhere from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars on workstations, servers, imagesetters and digital proofers. Then, just

Low-cast color proofs

Nov 1, 1995 12:00 AM,

Falcon Industries (Golden Valley, MN) anticipates that its new Talon One proofing system will be ready for volume shipping by December 1995. Successful beta testing has been performed at customer sites during the past few months. Company president Michael Ryan, who spent 23 years with Kodak (15 of those in color proofing prior to starting Falcon Industries), believes the market is ready for a high-quality

Prepress in transition

Jan 1, 1995 12:00 AM, Roth, Jill

Sales are soaring as the industry changes, but what does it take to be a winner?Every service bureau, color separator or commercial printer can point with assurance to the many changes "desktop publishing" has wrought. Low-cost, easy-to-operate electronic technologies have democratized the way pages are produced. No longer is it the quiet craftspeople in the trade shops that have the keys to the mysteries