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The Week That Was With Julie G (5/22/2017)

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:49:49 +0000

This week, Julie Greenbaum highlights industry news about LSC Communications closing its Salem, Va., book printing plant, impacting 140 workers; Mossberg & Co. buying 94-year-old Foster Printing; Precision Dialogue, an RR Donnelley company, signing a new multi-year agreement with Wolverine Worldwide; the Postal Service Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan revealing a new feature, Informed Delivery; and the printing industry achieving a major victory over patent trolls.

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AF&PA Survey: Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased 7% in April

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:56:53 +0000

According to the latest American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) April 2017 Printing-Writing Paper Report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 7% in April compared to April 2016.

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LSC Communications to Close Virginia Book Printing Plant; Layoffs Impact 140 Workers

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:29:05 +0000

Chicago-based LSC Communications filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act Notification Act (WARN) notice on May 22 that it intends to permanently close its 278,000-sq.-ft. book manufacturing facility in Salem, Va., and lay off the approximately 140 workers employed there. The notice indicated that the layoffs are scheduled to begin July 23, and last during a two-week period.

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Direct Mail: It’s All In the Quality of the Letter

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:47:32 +0000

Recently, direct mail letters have gotten a bad reputation, but a good letter can really generate sales. How do you know if you have a good letter or not? We will break it down for you here. First of all, your letters need to be personalized. Gone are the generic letter days.

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GLGA Recognizes Outstanding Craftsmanship at the Graphics Excellence Celebrations

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:27:28 +0000

The Great Lakes Graphics Association in its annual Graphics Excellence Awards (GEA) Celebrations on May 24, 2017, recognized companies throughout Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin for their superb craftsmanship in the design, creation and production of outstanding printed projects they produced for their customers. The Fox Company of West Allis, Wis., took Best of Show winner.

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Printing Impressions Wishes Our Readers a Happy Memorial Day

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:10:13 +0000

In honor of Memorial Day, the offices of Printing Impressions magazine will be closed on Monday, May 29. Please look for your next edition of the "Today on PIworld" e-newsletter — your daily resource for the latest printing industry news, commentary, and video interviews and highlights — in your inbox on Tuesday, May 30.

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The One Thing We Should Stop Stealing

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:55:50 +0000

There is one discipline that you should adopt and stick with above all else if you truly want to be successful. It is the foundation to successful athletic teams, as well as a disciplined focus in the military.

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For Sellers, There’s No Time Like the Present

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:27:23 +0000

You may be at the peak of your career as a printing company owner and still years away from selling what you’ve created. Nevertheless, you need to prepare for that step while time is still on your side.

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ISA 2017: Wide-Format Innovation Was on Display

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:01:15 +0000

The ISA International Sign Expo 2017 ended on a high note at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center here with record numbers: more than 20,500 attendees and nearly 600 exhibitors in the 210,000-sq.-ft. space. According to the association, the show blew past projections for educational events, surpassing previous records by nearly 40%.

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Crossmark Printing: Commercial Shop Making Acquisitions, Adding W2P, Wide-Format

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:17:30 +0000

Crossmark Printing is a 19-employee commercial printing operation that's grown methodically through select acquisitions based on opportunity and fit — but now finds itself at a crossroads in terms of the need to expand its product offerings, develop online ordering capabilities and invest to market itself better.

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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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Ricoh in eastern Europe first

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 09:58:25 +0000

Ricoh in eastern Europe first

Vice-president of EDC Poland Piotr Rogut said there were three reasons why he chose the €2m, 1,200dpi machine: “Cost, quality and the relationship between our company and our suppliers.” It will join...

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HP secures huge Indigo sales

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 10:20:12 +0000

HP secures huge Indigo sales

US-based web-to-print photo giant Shutterfly has signed a deal for 25 B2 Indigo 12000s at the show, with all set be installed in the coming months in time for the company’s peak season in the autumn. ...

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KBA claims biggest press at show

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:46:06 +0000

KBA claims biggest press at show

KBA (16-C47) also has a flexo press on its 3,000sqm booth for the first time.  A double-pile delivery previously only seen on banknote presses has been added to the Rapida 145 for quality-critical...

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Durst unveils single-pass printers for corrugated and labels

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:40:10 +0000

Durst unveils single-pass printers for corrugated and labels

The industrial inkjet specialist is showing the new Rho 130 SPC, which has a print speed of up to 9,350sqm/hr. Durst said the press offers the industrial productivity required to transform the packaging...

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Konica Minolta reveals B1 UV inkjet and launches KM-1

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:34:28 +0000

Konica Minolta reveals B1 UV inkjet and launches KM-1

The new B1 inkjet press, KM-C, is targeted at the commercial print and packaging sectors and is the first printing system Konica Minolta has developed from top to bottom. The machine uses technology...

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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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Control Of CtP Plates After Their Developement

Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:35:27 +0000

For the evaluation of the quality of offset printing plates appropriate measuring control strips have been developed and new types of measuring devices are also created. Unlike measuring control strips, which were used for control of the quality of the process of making printing plates by conventional methods, CtP technology provides the ability this measuring […]

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Colors – RGB and CMYK

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:31:08 +0000

This tutorial is primarily related to work with colors and color in digital printing and is related to the work with Photoshop and similar programs for photo editing, and bitmap graphics. The theme color, scientifically speaking, is so extremely complex that only for the basics, we can write a whole book. The phenomenon of colors […]

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Nanography New Page For Effective And Profitable Printing?

Thu, 25 Dec 2014 23:04:24 +0000

Nanography printing combines the characteristics of offset printing with the flexibility of digital printing. No longer do we have to choose between the versatility of digital printing and a low cost per page and high productivity of offset printing. With nanography we get both. Short evolution of nanography. We are surrounded by different offset printings […]

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Use Of Graphics Standards In The Packaging Industry

Sun, 02 Nov 2014 12:22:10 +0000

The clients and manufacturers of packaging are in a perpetual struggle about proofs and printed products, color intensity, uniformity of the product to the original, colors, etc.. Almost 90% of all complaints in the printing industry refers to the printed color. The main reason are the expectations of buyers and predictability of the results of […]

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