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Changing the Game, One Application at a Time

Sat, 20 Oct 2018 07:01:48 +0000

For years, Ricoh USA has been dedicated to giving printers the tools they need to stand out from the competition, grow their capabilities and grow their businesses. Increasingly, for signage shops, that means expanding capabilities to include sheet-fed options.

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The Week that Was (10/15/18)

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 19:24:53 +0000

On this episode of The Week that Was, the first installation of a Landa S10 series nanographic digital printing press will be installed in the U.S.; Bill Farquharson offers some advice for cutting prices; and this week is everything 2018 SGIA Expo, so check out our coverage.

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New Services Open New Doors

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 16:13:06 +0000

Plum Grove is the perfect example of how a traditional commercial printer found success by branching out into new services and product extensions.

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Packaging Expert Saul Salinas Joins Best Press

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:02:34 +0000

Best Press, a leading commercial printing, packaging and direct mailing company, announces the appointment of Saul Salinas in the role of Finishing Director and Packaging Business Development. Mr. Salinas has more than 20 years of experience, collaborating with customers and printers about package design and manufacturing.

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Scott Dempster Joins Johnson & Quin as National Sales Director

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:39:19 +0000

Johnson & Quin announced that Scott Dempster has joined the company as National Sales Director. Dempster will be responsible for new business development and fostering relationships with accounts in a variety of vertical markets throughout the country.

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The Return of TransPromo? An Outlook on the Future of Transactional Communications

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:11:21 +0000

Despite setbacks, TransPromo projects continued to emerge and have now have become “table stakes” in good business communications. Changing customer preferences have played a pivotal role in the emergence of better transactional communications, and TransPromo has made a comeback as a result.

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Cal Poly Creates Endowment Honoring Eric Steinbach of Quad/Graphics

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:01:00 +0000

Cal Poly hopes to raise to $200,000 for scholarships and professional development in an endowment created to honor the late Eric Steinbach, former president of publishing solutions for Quad/Graphics Inc. Steinbach also was a member of the university’s Graphic Communication Department advisory board for 24 years.

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Will You Cash in on Year-End Buying Trends in Promotional Products?

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 22:04:21 +0000

Odds are that at this time of year, your clients may be asking you about promotional products, even if you are not in the promo business. Promo products are convenient, cost effective, and highly appreciated. That's why they're producing a buying trend right now that is unmatched in the retail marketing world.

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Why You Should Follow These Three Ways to Build Leadership

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:12:32 +0000

Jeff Bezos of Amazon recently said that if he makes three high-quality decisions a day, he has fulfilled his CEO responsibility. He knows that there are better ways to build leadership than simply holding meetings. Consistent accountability, singularity of purpose, and a focus on primary goals are among the very best.

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IWCO Direct’s Kurt Ruppel Named Vice Chairman of the EMA Board of Directors

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 17:28:42 +0000

IWCO Direct's Kurt Ruppel, a recognized expert on postal regulations, has been named vice chairman of the board of directors of EMA (formerly the Envelope Manufacturers Association). Ruppel has supported IWCO Direct’s marketing and postal strategy efforts for more than 30 years, including educating staff and customers about rates and regulations.

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Professional Logotip Design Secrets

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:38:47 +0000

Behind every big brand stays well-designed logo   For many companies, a strong logo is exactly what users connect with a particular brand. A successful logo design is a recognizable symbol of your brand and helps customers recognize your products and services. When it comes to branding, the true logo design is the most important […]

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Build Your Brand: 5 Pointers for an Excellent Print Marketing Material

Thu, 28 Jun 2018 17:43:50 +0000

Although the most popular form of marketing today is digital marketing, print still manage to retain its relevance in building a brand. Printed marketing is a tangible way to make your brand known, and it’s an essential component of any business marketing strategy.   There’s also a financial advantage if you include this form of […]

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Olympus returns to Nilpeter for third FA-4* flexo press

Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:47:09 +0000

Olympus returns to Nilpeter for third FA-4* flexo press

Additional to existing kit, the machine was installed towards the end of April and cost around €1m (£877,000). A boom in demand in the wine and personal care markets prompted the buy. It is the third...

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Not Just a Small Thing: 5 Reasons Why Business Cards Still Matter in Digital Age

Thu, 07 Jun 2018 19:45:59 +0000

Some may likely consider a business card as merely a small thing. However, this small thing can also have a significant impact on your business or career success, even in our time when almost everything is digital. Although deemed as old school, your business card is something that can’t be entirely replaced by digital stuff. […]

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Real Print and Finish event postponed

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:05:49 +0000

Real Print and Finish event postponed

The event had been set to run from 17-19 April at Apex’s premises in Hemel Hempstead but has been postponed due to a series of delays to the shipping of the LED-UV equipped SRA1 RMGT (Ryobi) 924 four-colour...

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Apex and IFS join forces for fourth Real Print and Finish event

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:02:00 +0000

Apex and IFS join forces for fourth Real Print and Finish event

The three-day event will take place from 10am to 5pm each day over 17-19 April at Apex’s premises in Hemel Hempstead. Apex will exhibit a raft of equipment, including an SRA1 RMGT (Ryobi) 924 four-colour...

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Offset Printing Trends for 2018

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 18:24:15 +0000

It’s a new year and an exciting time for sign companies. While digital printing continues to grow, offset printing still offers the highest quality and top economy for many clients. Offset printers can benefit by keying into the following top trends for 2018: 1. Push to Stop Printing Push to Stop, or “autonomous, navigated printing” […]

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The Color Company set for UK’s first Speedmaster CX 75

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 11:51:00 +0000

The Color Company set for UK’s first Speedmaster CX 75

The 15,000sph B2 press, which was first announced earlier this year, is intended as a more compact and lower-cost alternative to the Speedmaster XL 75. The Color Company has ordered a five-colour 750x530mm-format...

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Apex to use Ipex for RMGT 928P UK show debut

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 11:53:04 +0000

Apex to use Ipex for RMGT 928P UK show debut

The system on show will be an eight-colour SRA1 convertible press equipped with LED-UV curing. The machine, which costs around £1.3m to £1.4m depending on specification, delivers a one-pass instant curing...

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Bobst demonstrates enhanced flexo process for corrugated

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:59:28 +0000

Bobst demonstrates enhanced flexo process for corrugated

THQ FlexoCloud, where THQ stand for Tres High Quality, is claimed by the firm to offer improved print quality and lower production costs using a combination of pre-press, anilox roller and ink technology....

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EFI names new UK agent for Jetrion

Fri, 12 May 2017 11:49:12 +0000

EFI names new UK agent for Jetrion

The agent in Stockport, Cheshire, supplies kit for self-adhesive labels and narrow-web packaging and also handles gear from Flexor, Flexomaid, Rotary Technologies, Teknek, Nikka, CPS and DMS. “End-users...

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KBA has had a positive Q1 in Europe with orders and revenue up

Wed, 10 May 2017 11:11:14 +0000

KBA has had a positive Q1 in Europe with orders and revenue up

The German press manufacturer maintained revenue over the period at a similar level to the first quarter of 2016 - €259.1m (£218.4m) compared with €258.8m - but higher raw material costs meant gross profit...

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Dats Print Services opts for secondhand Speedmaster

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:00:32 +0000

Dats Print Services opts for secondhand Speedmaster

The press, which was bought from Heidelberg, was installed at the Irthingborough, Northamptonshire-based firm’s 2,800sqm premises around three months ago. Dats production director Ian Brown said: “Although...

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Swallowmax triples output with Komori spend

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 12:13:24 +0000

Swallowmax triples output with Komori spend

The four-colour Lithrone G29 with H-UV curing system was installed on Valentine’s Day and cost just shy of £500,000. It replaced a 22-year-old Lithrone 528 at Swallowmax's factory in Enfield. Director...

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On Press Troubleshooting Part 2

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:49:21 +0000

In this Part 2 of On Press Troubleshooting we will present some of the problems that can occur in printing press-room explained by some of the experts in this field. We will start with 3 typical offset printing problems presented and explained by Bill Kozak in his Offset Pressman (http://offsetpressman.blogspot.com) blogspot. High Dot Gain Ink […]

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Ipex reveals Dscoop participation and other new exhibitors

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:52:20 +0000

Ipex reveals Dscoop participation and other new exhibitors

The HP graphic arts user co-operative will host its third UK event at the four-day show, which will take place from 31 October to 3 November at Birmingham’s NEC. Pureprint Group business development...

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Printing Technology: How the Industry Has Changed

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 19:15:12 +0000

  Printers are now commonplace in nearly all offices and most homes. But did you know that the use of printing can be dated back to the year 3000 BC? Today, we have laser printers, digital printing and 3D printers and, because of their affordability, most people have a basic printer in their own home […]

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What Sets Offset Printing From Print On Demand

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 12:10:25 +0000

One common misconception the general public has about the printing industry is that it is being put to rest by the digital industry. However, just as we continue to move forward with digital advancements, print technology also proceeds in its way by responding to the call of our time. Demand for quicker, less complicated, and […]

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Printfine targets growth with UK first

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:47:00 +0000

Printfine targets growth with UK first

The Liverpool-based high-end litho and digital commercial printer spent £1.3m on the five-colour Komori GL40 e-UV plus coater, which was installed with temperature control, water treatment and filtration...

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Willow ramps up quality and speed with Xerox purchase

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:16:00 +0000

Willow ramps up quality and speed with Xerox purchase

The seven-staff company in Newton le Willows, Merseyside, spent around £36,000 on the machine, which was delivered at the end of July and replaced a Heidelberg GTO. “We were impressed with the speed...

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Benders Paper Cups opts for KBA/Flexotecnica EVO XD

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 12:05:51 +0000

Benders Paper Cups opts for KBA/Flexotecnica EVO XD

The Wrexham, North Wales-based paper cups producer will take delivery of the gearless flexo press, which replaces two rival machines, in October. The EVO XD, which has an operating speed of 450m/min,...

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Eastsign unveils flexible textiles press

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 11:53:43 +0000

Eastsign unveils flexible textiles press

The FOT series flatbed thermal transfer machines are suitable for jobs such as garments, flat sheets, cut pieces and seat pads, according to the Hong Kong-based firm. Features include a three-way open...

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Memjet and HP reach settlement

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 07:52:06 +0000

Memjet and HP reach settlement

Last year Memjet filed a claim in the United States District Court in California alleging that Hewlett-Packard Company had infringed eight of its patents relating to its own trademarked ‘Waterfall’ single-pass...

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Direct Services buys Truepress Jet520

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 09:41:21 +0000

Direct Services buys Truepress Jet520

The printer will use the new inkjet web press to produce direct mail and transactional documents and said it chose it for its “excellent print results and reliable colour management” and lack of click...

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Walsh signs €6m three-press Komori deal

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 09:31:36 +0000

Walsh signs €6m three-press Komori deal

The company has bought a GLX-840RP 4/4 fixed perfector and a Lithrone GL 540 plus coater, both be installed in the next few months, and a Drupa-launched GL 529 plus coater, which will be delivered in early...

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Mohndruck purchases In-Log post-press solution

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 09:15:54 +0000

Mohndruck purchases In-Log post-press solution

It is also fitting out its finishing systems with In-Log flowline trimmers from Mertens Maschinenbau.   The new press is equipped with folders for both short- and long-grain applications for increased...

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KBA show sales exceed €100m

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 08:49:00 +0000

KBA show sales exceed €100m

The German press giant, which has switched its focus from publishing presses to packaging presses over the past decade, said it had been especially pleased with the volume of German and Indian deals signed...

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Books prove big for Indian web press makers

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 10:10:41 +0000

Books prove big   for Indian web press makers

Pawan Tyagi, general manager at The Printers House (16-B57), which has an installed base of some 2,500 four-tower units, said: “70% of our enquiries have come from customers printing books.” This was...

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Komori presses enjoy ‘huge interest’

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 10:02:16 +0000

Komori presses enjoy ‘huge interest’

The NS40 is Komori’s version of the Landa S10; both machines use a Komori chassis and transport system with Landa’s Nanographic imaging system. One of these presses will go to Cassachrome, Belgium,...

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Konica signs US deals for B2 inkjet

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 09:56:03 +0000

Konica signs US deals for B2 inkjet

The manufacturer’s US division has signed up PostcardMania, in Tampa, Florida, and Cohber Press in Rochester, New York. The US deals represent Cohber’s first foray into inkjet. The company’s resident...

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Barley Print boosts firepower with Heidelberg

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 11:23:00 +0000

Barley Print boosts firepower with Heidelberg

The family-run business said its Heidelberg XL105-5XL, which replaced an eight-colour Heidelberg 102 six weeks ago, has improved print set-up times, increased capacity and enabled the company to take on...

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Quinn’s orders LE-UV Speedmaster XL 106

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 10:29:00 +0000

Quinn’s orders LE-UV Speedmaster XL 106

The machine is expected to be installed at the Belfast-headquartered firm's new 2,462sqm plant in Runcorn, North West England at the end of January 2017 and commercially running by March. Managing...

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Komori sells first IS29 inkjet to India

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 09:59:32 +0000

Komori sells first IS29 inkjet to India

Komori said it had sold another nine offset presses in the first six days of Drupa to India, including six Enthrones. Dulari specialises in wedding, photo, and commercial print in the state of Punjab....

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China sales surge for Landa at Drupa

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 09:34:14 +0000

China sales surge for Landa at Drupa

According to Asia Pacific director of sales Michael Mogridge, the technology is proving so popular in the region Landa is limiting orders to companies with sales of $100m (£68m).  Huanran Huang, chief...

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Centrum Printing invests in a KBA Rapida 145

Sun, 05 Jun 2016 10:14:45 +0000

Centrum Printing invests in a KBA Rapida 145

The Rapida 145, with a sheet size of 1,060x1,450mm will be delivered in September.  This investment comes almost exactly three years after the printer bought a Rapida 162a in order to target new markets...

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Canon boasts strong sales growth

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 10:19:46 +0000

Canon boasts strong sales growth

Canon Europe head of commercial print group Peter Wolff said his team was selling Océ ColorStream 6000 Chromas daily, while Australian printer Direct Image signed for the new flatbed Océ Arizona 2280 on...

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Elanders boosts flexibility with HP buys

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 10:05:36 +0000

Elanders boosts flexibility with HP buys

Elanders Sweden has ordered an HP Indigo 7900 and two B2-plus HP Indigo 12000s, to replace its current three 7600s at its Stockholm and Gothenburg sites respectively, and its first HP PageWide Web Press...

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Offset Printing Solutions for Customized Plastic Cards

Sun, 29 Nov 2015 09:02:04 +0000

The printing industry has been trough a lot of technology changes in the last decade or so, today’s most commonly commercial printing option remain as follows; offset printing, and computer-direct-to-plate digital printing. It might become confusing at times knowing what printing option to choose for your upcoming project, so let us try and explain it […]

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How Printing Is Evolving To Make Short Runs Profitable

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 19:33:03 +0000

Some 36% of the global print industry’s revenue is generated through commercial printing, making it the dominant sector. Yet, as everyone in business will attest, that revenue means little without significant profit. With demand for shorter print runs, and quicker throughput, those margins are being squeezed. Firms with direct mail, point of sale and general […]

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How To Specify Printing Color

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:54:59 +0000

How To Specify Printing Color Against “On Screen” Viewing RGB, CMYK, and Pantone There are three common ways to specify color for use in traditional offset printing and for on screen viewing (like for web sites) and inkjet printing: RGB, CMYK and Pantone. RGB RGB is the language of web sites, PDFs and anything intended […]

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