Acme Bookbinding and The HF Group to Merge

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Acme Bookbinding Company (Acme) and The HF Group (HFG) are pleased to announce a new partnership and that, effective immediately, these two established family businesses have merged.

Acme and HFG are industry leaders in the fields of trade & edition binding, library binding, pre-binding, digital printing and binding, print on demand (POD), deluxe leather hand binding, book and paper conservation, digital conversion of books and paper documents, and records & data storage and management. The merger of Acme and The HF Group brings their combined resources, vision and commitment to new opportunities created by recent market transitions.

“The book manufacturing industry has experienced rapid change as the Internet Revolution has necessitated new products and services. With this merger, Acme and HFG not only leverage their strengths in mature markets, but increase their capacity in growing markets. Acme and HFG, while growing and investing in these new markets will continue to preserve historic treasures, build tomorrow’s collectible, convert analog to digital for wider access, store and secure data, deliver a book that memorializes a life, or a creative dream, and with a product that always brings a smile,” said Paul Parisi, President of Acme.

The focus of the new company will be to provide affordable products that exceed client expectations in its core book and binding markets, while growing in emerging markets. Jim Heckman, Vice President of The HF Group, said, “By joining forces, our new company will increase manufacturing scale so that we can be the best provider for the continuing demand for high-quality traditional book products, but more importantly, strengthen our capability in growth areas such as short-run digital and on-demand books.”

Both Acme and HFG have roots in the library binding industry. Both have also invested heavily in technology to diversify their product mix and to maximize efficiency. Acme has focused on the trade binding segment. Acme’s “coffee table” hard cover and soft cover bindings are considered to be of the highest quality and the Boston, Massachusetts operation is a unique facility qualified to serve discriminating publishers, designers, printers and authors. HFG has diversified and grown its historical preservation services through Etherington Conservation, its book and paper Digitization division and County Records restoration division. Both Acme and HFGhave experience in digital short run and print on demand book manufacturing, producing a myriad of book products including travel books, year books, children’s books, photo books and books for the self-publishing author. The combined company is committed to further investment in its digital and on demand production, which it currently serves from its facilities in Boston, Massachusetts and North Manchester, Indiana.

Jay Fairfield, President of The HF Group says, “Publishers, scholastic, and library markets, booksellers, printers and binders are all looking for partners and service providers who evolve, grow and remain financially strong as industry paradigms change. The heart of this merger and the partnership among the Parisi, Heckman and Fairfield families is our combined experience, manufacturing resources and leadership in our core markets as well as in our growth markets.”

09/07/12

Edge Imaging Adds Second MGI Meteor

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Edge Imaging, a leading Canadian school photographer, has installed a MGI Meteor DP8700 S digital press. The Meteor DP8700 S joins a suite of other MGI equipment, including a Meteor DP60 Pro multi-substrate digital press, UVarnish offline UV coater and two PunchCard Pro credit card (CR-80) format die cutters. KBR Graphics, MGI’s distribution partner for eastern Canada, handles all sales and support for the equipment.

Headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, Edge Imaging is the fastest growing school photographer in North America. One in every four schools in Ontario have switched their business to Edge Imaging within the last five years, a direct result of their unwavering commitment to innovation, quality (developing their own in-house processes for color management and photo retouching) and customer service. Edge Imaging has won multiple awards, including 2009 Business of the Year from the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, and boasts a 98% customer satisfaction rating.

Edge Imaging added their first MGI digital press, a Meteor DP60 Pro, in 2009. The Meteor DP60 Pro had an immediate impact on their business, allowing them to drastically expand their product offerings, improve productivity and keep more of their print projects in-house. Student ID cards are one of Edge Imaging’s key applications, with over one million cards produced between August and December each year. Thanks to the Meteor DP60 Pro, they were able to reduce their turnaround time for ID cards by 50%. Other new applications included yearbooks, photo books, envelopes, signage and many other projects that utilized the Meteor DP60 Pro’s multi-substrate and format capabilities.

As business continued to grow, Edge Imaging needed to add another digital press in order to meet increasing customer demand. In May, they installed a MGI Meteor DP8700 S from KBR Graphics, the first in North America. With print speeds up to 4,260 A4/letter pages per hour, the Meteor DP8700 S was the perfect complement to the Meteor DP60 Pro, doubling total print production capacity.

Both MGI Meteor presses in Edge Imaging’s facility; the Meteor DP60 Pro is in the background, the Meteor DP8700 S in the foreground

The two MGI digital presses worked side-by-side in multi-shift operation during Edge Imaging’s busy summer production season, often combining capabilities on projects. One example is a student planner, which features a personalized cover printed on synthetic material on the Meteor DP60 Pro, while the full color, personalized pages were printed on uncoated paper on the Meteor DP8700 S. In addition, the Meteor DP8700 S produced a variety of yearbooks and photo books, along with photo information kits distributed to all the schools Edge Imaging services.

“The Meteor DP8700 S has been a great addition to our workflow and was a workhorse during the height of our production schedule,” said James Dunning, Production Lab Manager at Edge Imaging. “Not only is the print quality outstanding, the increased production capacity the Meteor DP8700 S affords has enabled us to keep all our work in-house for the first time. We also really appreciate the great support that we get from KBR Graphics.”

First introduced at drupa 2012, the Meteor DP8700 S is the newest member of MGI’s flagship series of dry toner digital presses, offering users the power of digital production on paper, envelopes and specific synthetics with variable data/personalization, at an affordable price point and with no click charge.

For more information, please visit http://www.mgiusa.com.

09/07/12

Diversified Graphic Machinery Names New Sales Administration Manager

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Kristy Mayerhofer has joined Diversified Graphic Machinery, a global leader in FOILDEX cold foil technology as Sales Administration Manager. The announcement was made today by Michael DeBard, President, DGM.

Mayerhofer, who brings extensive senior management and financial experience to her new position was most recently Controller/Office Manager for an east coast private equity firm. In her new role, Mayerhofer will be responsible for sales support and administration, contracts and account maintenance for DGM’s entire line-up of print enhancement equipment for the global packaging market. She will be located in DGM’s corporate headquarters in Red Bank, New Jersey.

09/07/12

basysPrint Embraces Asia Pacific Growth

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basysPrint, will show how its UV-Setter Series opens up market opportunities in Asia Pacific and Korea at KIPES 2012 (Korea International Printing Machinery & Equipment Show), on Stand 530. The event at the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) will take place from September 5 – 8.

In partnership with local dealer S&I Systems, basysPrint will demonstrate how its single cassette 865 VF UV-Setter and multiple cassette 867UV-Setter offer customers the choice of exposure resolutions of 1500dpi or 2400dpi. They will see how the unique flatbed design enables digital imaging of a wide variety of plate sizes while dual plate loading offers production speeds of up to 145 plates per hour.

A key feature is the modular design: customers can start with the basic manual version and easily upgrade to either a semi-automatic or fully-automatic model depending on their needs and demands.

Other features include the unique Dynamic Autofocus system that handles plate undulation – even for substrate thicknesses up to 10mm – and a new remote monitoring system allowing management and control via smartphones or tablet-type devices.

The UV-Setters deliver increased flexibility and enable additional revenue streams to be generated. Christophe Lievens, basysPrint’s Director of Sales and Marketing, explains: “As well as imaging UV plates for offset printing, the UV platesetters have a wide range of uses from imaging coating plates for spot varnish printing to all kinds of screen printing applications and even image dies for flexible die-cutting.”

He adds: “We are delighted that, with our valued distributor S&I Systems, we are able to showcase all these capabilities to key markets at KIPES.”

09/06/12

Donna Dabney Joins The Conference Board

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The Conference Board today announced that Donna Dabney has joined The Conference Board as Executive Director of the Governance Center. In this new role, Ms. Dabney will lead a team that will explore restoring trust in public corporations, identifying sustainable corporate governance policies and understanding global governance issues. The Governance Center will continue to sponsor rigorous governance research and education and will serve as a neutral forum for directors, investors and management.

“Donna’s rich and deep experience in the area of corporate governance will help the Conference Board expand and influence this important sector of our business,” said Sal Vitale, Executive Vice President, The Conference Board. “We are very proud to have Donna join our executive team and look forward to making full use of her knowledge and skills for our members.”

Prior to joining The Conference Board, Ms. Dabney was Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Corporate Governance Counsel of Alcoa Inc. Ms. Dabney has served as a member of management for over 15 years on the boards of Alcoa and Reynolds Metals Company and has expertise in governance issues related to executive compensation. At Reynolds she served as chief mergers and acquisitions counsel, Secretary to the Board of Directors and served on the committee with management oversight of the global operations of the company. Before joining Reynolds she practiced law with the Richmond, Virginia, firm of McGuire Woods and served on the faculty of Old Dominion University. She is graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.

09/06/12

Groups to File Amicus Briefs Supporting Forest Roads Petition

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Groups representing a broad range of interests will file more than a dozen amicus briefs supporting arguments made by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and other petitioners in their brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a Ninth Circuit decision requiring industrial discharge permits for logging roads.

Among those who filed briefs are 31 state attorneys general, dozens of state and local forestry associations, and other well-respected national organizations. Collectively, the briefs affirm the need to reverse the Ninth Circuit’s erroneous decision that overturned the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) long-standing interpretation of the Clean Water Act.

“This large number of supporting briefs highlights the significant negative consequences that would occur if the Ninth Circuit’s decision stands,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “We hope the Supreme Court sees the potential far-reaching effects their decision will have on the U.S. paper and wood products industry and its nearly 900,000 employees.”

“The Ninth Circuit’s ruling upends a successful decades-long compliance process, and the resulting confusion will disrupt the fiber supply chain that allows our industry to operate.”

For over 35 years, EPA has effectively regulated runoff from logging roads through state best management practices that are adapted to local conditions, which AF&PA and others maintain is the appropriate course of action.

The court is expected to hear arguments on the case in December and issue a final decision by June 2013.

09/06/12

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Thick card labels for furniture and curtain sample books are produced on one Intec CP2020.

Innov8, the worldleading supplier of such books is based in the Sharjah free zone in the United Arab Emirates. It has already produced 100,000 prints in just two months on its Intec system.

“The heavy card labels, produced on the Intec, containing the batch number and pattern type, are stitched onto the back of each sample by a sewing machine and into each pattern book containing 30 to 40 samples,” explains Kerry Button, International Sales Director at Intec Printing Solutions Limited. “The company produces hundreds of sample books each week. They are distributed to customers around the world including the UK. It’s a great achievement for this small company, which employs 20 staff and the Intec CP2020 has quickly become an essential part of the process.”

Company boss Evens Mutikani adds: “The factory is as automated as the process of making the pattern books allows but there is still a heavy reliance on skilled labour to ensure each book is of the desired quality and meets the customer’s standards.”

Prior to one of his suppliers introducing him to the Intec, Mr Mutikani, who emigrated to the UAE from Leicester, UK, was having great difficulty printing onto different thicknesses of card.

Meanwhile just down the road in Sharjah, the Intec CP2020 at Al Jasim Printing Press L.L.C. sits next to a Xerox 700 in the firm’s graphics studio. Sales Manager Feroz Ali Merchant says: “We do all of our short run heavy stock printing over 300gsm through the Intec, which has helped us sell more to our existing customers and also find new ones.”

Kerry Button adds: “Feroz has shown me samples of envelopes and business cards produced on his Intec. The business has been so pleased with the results that they are now looking to purchase another system for their shop in Dubai. Another totally satisfied Intec customer.”

09/05/12

GPA Gives Back to the Community

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In an effort to give back to the community, on August 18th, over 20 GPA employees, friends and family members volunteered their time at the Greater Chicago Food Depository for the second year in a row.

This year, the GPA group helped package 5,700 pounds of bulk elbow macaroni into 2,800 two-pound bags. They worked in groups to shovel the macaroni into bins, fill, weigh and close individual bags, then label and box them to be sent out. The bags are distributed to individuals in need throughout Cook County, IL, including older adults, children, the working poor, single-parent families and the newly unemployed.

"I am honored that the GPA team had the chance to again contribute to thewonderful work that the Greater Chicago Food Depository does for the community. In a time where so many people are in need, it’s especially critical to support one another whenever possible. We look forward to future opportunities where the GPA tea

m can help make a positive difference in the community,” said Tom Brooker, President of GPA. The Greater Chicago Food Depository distributes 64 million pounds of food, including more than 21 million pounds of produce, to 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in Cook County. Nearly 142,000 men, women and children turn to the Food Depository’s network each week, and nearly 678,000 people turn to the network annually.

GPA is the premier source for specialty substrates and solutions for offset and digital printing. Products include coated and uncoated papers, pressure sensitive and specialty papers, synthetic films and substrates exclusively engineered for HP Indigo presses. GPA is an HP Indigo Preferred Partner and a Diamond Partner of Dscoop (Digital Solutions Cooperative). For more information on GPA or the products it offers, visit www.askgpa.com or contact GPA Customer Support at 800-395-9000.

09/05/12

Louisiana Post Offices Remain Open for Business

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Louisiana Post Offices remain open for business and letter carriers will continue to deliver mail throughout the state where roads are accessible, postal officials announced today.

Flooding has kept nine Post Offices inaccessible for mail delivery on Tuesday, but the Postal Service has designated alternate locations for customers to pick up their mail and Social Security checks.

“We will continue to deliver mail to every address we can reach safely,” said Louisiana District Manager Bruno Tristan. “We moved the alternate Post Office from Bell Chase to Harvey for most of our inaccessible locations because it is a larger facility.”

Here are the cities inaccessible for delivery and the alternate locations where checks will be available to residents who present government issued identification such as a driver’s license. Customers can come as early as 10 a.m. to pick up their mail at the alternate site.

Customers with questions or concerns about their mail should call 1-504-589-1130 or 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777).

09/05/12

RTUG's Best Practice Research for Web-to-Print

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RTUG, the global users group for Red Tie LTD and the web to print community, has released its highly anticipated series of best practice research reports on web-to-print. The initial three reports cover topics such as building the vision for web-to-print, creating a workflow and operations procedure as well as taking w2p to the next level. Anyone involved in the web-to-print community is invited to visit www.redtieusers.com/marketplace and download the best-practice series.

RTUG’s report series offers information not available from software vendors, trade magazines and alike. The research is based on based on over 10 years of hands-on experience with developing, selling and leading web-to-print systems for printing companies. Our information is completely independent, un-biased and is a culmination of interviews, trial and error and successes spanning the globe. The authors of these reports have been employed by printing and marketing companies to build and manage online print systems, allowing them to experience first hand the successes and failures of print e-commerce.

Operating as an independent and un-biased group, RTUG is an assembly of Red-Tie customers and associated partners within the business of online print management. The group is designed to openly discuss and share Print OnDemand experiences and work collectively to ascertain and deliver unbiased business, marketing, and technical knowledge to allow members to successfully sell and implement print portals. For more information, contact info@incresolco.com

09/04/12

Mississippi Post Offices Open

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Posts Offices are open and mail delivery has resumed throughout Mississippi. Hurricane Isaac produced torrential rains, severe winds, flooding and road hazards that forced the temporarily suspension of delivery and retail services in some areas of the state.

Social Security checks will be delivered today and the Postal Service has special procedures in place to ensure customers receive their checks. Letter carriers will attempt to deliver all Social Security checks as addressed.

If customers are no longer at their homes due to conditions caused by Hurricane Isaac, or if the roads to their homes are too dangerous to travel, letter carriers will return the Social Security checks to the Post Office at the end of their delivery day.

Customers who do not receive their Social Security checks at their homes before 4 p.m. may visit their Post Office between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to pick up their checks. Customers must have proper I.D. to pick up their checks.

“Many of our customers have experienced personal damage and loss. We are providing a little extra service to do what we can to eliminate some of the stress the storm has caused,” said Mississippi District Manager Elizabeth Johnson.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

09/04/12

Intec Hires New Accounting Manager

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Intec Printing Solutions Ltd has hired a new Accounting Manager. Debbie Musselwhite takes over from Julie Hudson, who has worked at the company for the past 13 years, and is taking early retirement. Debbie, who prior to her role at Intec, had a similar position at Certis Europe, the crop protection product specialist in Salisbury, also lived near Rotterdam in Holland for six years.

She has held accounts roles at Southampton General Hospital, the NAAFI (the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes) and Refuge (the domestic abuse charity, in London).

09/04/12

Neenah Paper Showcases the Beauty of Engraving with New Website

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Neenah Paper has launched The Beauty of Engraving (www.thebeautyofengraving.com), a website that celebrates this printing art form with a virtual gallery of high-quality products, a history of engraving, tips for designers and limited-edition engraved samples created and curated by some of today’s most prestigious and popular design, branding and typography talent.

Prominent engravers from around the world were personally invited to submit their work and each month the site will feature a different engraver and designer. Designers were asked to develop a design specifically for The Beauty of Engraving and engravers will be paired with each of these designers to produce limited edition prints. These unique prints will be available for free to a limited number of site visitors each month. Neenah Paper will curate the first online issue and other upcoming designers include Erik Marinovich, Marian Bantjes, Armin Vit and Vanessa Kreckel.

“At Neenah Paper we’ve always valued both design and printing craftsmanship, so it’s exciting to create a site that shares the beauty and the art of engraving – exposing this age-old printing technique to a whole new generation of designers and print specifiers,” said Tom Wright, senior director of advertising and design for Neenah Paper.

“We want to remind people that engraving has a rich history and an exciting future ready to be discovered again. It’s the ultimate way to distinguish a brand on paper or communicate your most important invitations and announcements,” Wright added.

Like any craft, the essence of the hands-on technique can only be grasped while watching. Neenah Paper has created a video, availableon the website homepage, with Two Paperdolls and I Do Films that communicates the art of engraving today. The video demonstrates how the timeless craftsmanship of engraving mixes beautifully with current design typography, coming to life on rich, 100 percent cotton fiber paper.

The new website – thebeautyofengraving.com – offers modern-day uses as well as historical context. Additionally, informative material describes the techniques and tools that are best suited for engraving, including CRANE Papers, which are marketed and sold by Neenah Paper.

CRANE Papers are 100 percent tree-free and have always been the paper of choice for engraving artists, letterpress printers and branding design firms for exquisite identities. These premium papers are made from pure cotton linterfibers.

“You can’t fool a true artisan or craftsman,” said Wright. “CRANE Papers are the top choice for their most prestigious work. And, designing for and engraving on these papers is considered the pinnacle of the craft.”

In addition to featuring the work of artists, The Beauty of Engraving website and video highlight CRANE and Neenah Paper, and engravers and designers can request a free sample of CRANE Papers for comping and showcasing their projects.

08/31/12

Zund to Demo Sustainable Practices at EcoPrint 2012

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Sustainability benefits society in three ways - ecologically, socially and economically– and this has been Switzerland-based Zünd’s philosophy since its inception in 1984. All of Zünd’s leading edge cutting systems are developed, manufactured and operated with highest respect for the environment and for society as a whole.

As such, Zünd has made the decision to exhibit at the EcoPrint show, scheduled for 26th and 27th September 2012 in Berlin, where it will highlight its longstanding eco-friendly business practices. The company will be on stand 3-225.

Zünd cutting systems offer more than just efficient production combined with low energy consumption. They are modular systems – designed to grow with customers’ businesses and changing requirements – and can be continually upgraded with tools, additional productivity and automated material handling features.

Zünd systems are made to last. By combining Swiss manufacturing quality and excellence with a modular design, Zünd assures an average product life of close to 20 years.

Lars Bendixen, product manager at Zünd, comments, “Not only are our cutters of exceptional high quality, they are durable and have a clear migration path. In essence, they grow with our customers’ businesses. Unlike other solutions in the digital printing marketplace, Zünd cutters do not become quickly obsolete as a new technology arrives.”

Rather than focus on specific products at EcoPrint 2012, Zünd has made the decision to highlight the company’s sustainable and environmentally-friendly business ethos. Such as:

• Zünd cutting systems typically use 40% less electricity compared to competitive systems

• Zünd’s energy neutral assembly facilities result in 80% less CO2 emissions annually

• Continuous product development and optimisation ensures that Zund cutters minimise the use of aluminium - resulting in 500 fewer tonnes of annual CO2 emissions (not including transportation to and from the factory.)

• Zünd’s local sourcing policy assures the shortest transportation possible of parts to the factory

• The company’s ISO 14001 certification

• The company’s sustainability award from Zürcher Kantonal Bank

• Zünd’s buildings have ‘living rooftops’ which help to replace of lost meadowland

• Zünd’s on-site water management prevents fresh rain water mixing with drain water Lars Bendixen continues, “There are more and more demands on print service providers to offer more sustainable print options at present and we believe that this will continue. Therefore, it is only natural that such print service providers should now start to look into the environmental practices of their equipment suppliers and demand that they meet the same exacting standards.”

Karl Zünd, founder of Zünd Systemtechnik AG concludes, “It is for this reason that we are exhibiting at the event. We want to demonstrate to current and future customers that we have long been and will continue to be a sustainable business – both in terms of our business practices and in the products that we sell.”

For more information on Zünd, please visit www.zund.com

For more information on EcoPrint, please visit www.ecoprintshow.com

08/31/12

New Officers and Directors Named to Printers' Association Board

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The Printing and Graphics Association MidAtlantic (PGAMA) is happy to welcome a new Chairman, Officers and Directors to its Board of Directors for the 2012-2013 term.

With one-year terms beginning September, 2012 the Board officers are:

Rusty Coolidge, Chairman; from Chroma Graphics in Upper Marlboro, MD
Patricia Crowe, Vice Chair/Treasurer; from Art Litho Printing Solutions in Baltimore, MD
Matthew Anson, Secretary; from Bindagraphics in Baltimore, MD
Newly elected Directors to the Board are:

Brendan Connors, from MOSAIC in Cheverly, MD
Meredith Mayes, from Colorcraft of Virginia in Sterling, VA
Kirk Swain, from DirectMail.com in Prince Frederick, MD

The Board of Directors oversees and gives direction on programs and benefits for PGAMA members that help to keep their graphic communications businesses vital. The Association provides members with opportunities for executive development and skills training, regulatory guidance, and political advocacy, along with benefits including group insurance plans, electricity discounts, and retirement packages.

The new Board members were voted into office, and have volunteered to serve. Each individual works in a leadership role at their respective companies, all of which are businesses that are active members of the Association.

Returning members to the Board are David Mecklenburg (Sales and Marketing Network Chair) from Techna Graphics, Inc. in Washington, D.C.; Holly Budd from Williams & Heintz Map Corp. in Capitol Heights, MD; Greg Falkenstein from Prisco Printers’ Supply in Prince Frederick, MD; Jay Goldscher from Whitmore Group in Annapolis, MD; Russ Hewitt from Graphtec in Jessup, MD; Dan Kovalsky from Constellation Energy in Baltimore, MD; Michael Marcian from Corporate Press in Lanham, MD; Ron Patton from Standard Graphics in Arlington, VA; Anthony Piccirilli from Doyle Printing & Offset in Hyattsville, MD; John Snyder from HBP/Balmar in Hagerstown, MD; andSteve Bearden (Ex-Officio) from Linemark Printing in Upper Marlboro, MD.

08/31/12

Offizin Scheufele Invests in Heidelberg Prinect

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Offizin Scheufele Druck& Medien GmbH & Co. KG (www.scheufele.de), a traditional print shop based in Stuttgart, has gradually been creating a fully integrated end-to-end workflow since 2000. This ensures the company remains competitive by minimizing its cost base and making it as transparent as possible. Thanks to ongoing investments in Prinect products from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg), Offizin Scheufele now boasts a fully integrated print shop. The company covers the entire commercial portfolio and has a broad customer base in the industrial and publishing sectors. In addition, Scheufele employees design websites for customers and provide advice on all aspects of bookmaking.

"In order to integrate the entire production operation step by step, we gradually modified our operating procedures and adapted the workflow," explains print shop operations manager Ingo Bauer. "This gradual changeover went hand in hand with a continuous learning process that ensured optimum workflow operation and integration. Introducing a workflow means changes for everyone and the aim of our step-by-step approach was to give all our staff the opportunity to gradually adapt to the structural changes in their day-to-day work," he adds.

Full integration with Prinect
Prinect Prepress Manager now ensures that the company's key prepress functions are automated - from accepting, checking, and processing data to impositioning, plate imaging, proofing, and approval cycles. Prepress data is automatically transferred to the presses for ink presetting. Following prepress connection, the next step was complete pressroom integration with Prinect Pressroom Manager. A Speedmaster XL 105-5 L from Heidelberg is equipped with the integrated spectrophotometric inline measuring system Prinect Inpress Control, which measures process colors, spot colors, and register simultaneously on the fly. This halves makeready times, cuts paper waste by a third, and thus results in substantial overall cost savings. The inline system forwards corrections directly to the Prinect Press Center control station. "The measuring system was a key factor in our decision to purchase the Speedmaster XL 105," stresses print shop manager Bernd Eisinger. "Inpress Control ensures narrower color tolerances and makes all corrections on the fly, which maximizes our productivity and quality," he adds. The Speedmaster is also equipped with the AutoPlate XL automatic simultaneous plate changer, which cuts makeready times by as much as 60 percent.

Offizin Scheufele has been using Prinect Image Control for optimum process control since 2008. The spectrophotometric quality measuring and control system measures and controls compliance with color standards offline during the printing process. Small color measuring elements known as Mini Spots can be positioned as required on the print sheet using Prinect Signa Station impositioning software and evaluated spectrophotometrically using Prinect Image Control.

Prinect Pressroom Manager, which was installed midway through 2011, has enabled Offizin Scheufele to achieve a further significant increase in productivity and storage capacity. Connection to the Polar cutting system in postpress represents the finishing touch to the workflow.

"Remaining at the forefront of process integration pays off for our company and has enabled us to build on our market position despite fierce competition," reveals Offizin Scheufele's managing director Jürgen Keidel.

08/29/12

Kern Set to Dazzle at Cross Media with White Paper Solutions

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Next week’s Cross Media is set to be the debut for one of Kern’s White Paper Solutions. Kern has the industry’s widest selection of white paper solutions which includes the K515 EasyMailer and the super-flexible PageMailer which will be demonstrated on the Konica Minolta stand (No 22). Other machines in Kern’s portfolio include the Multi PageMailer, Self Mailer and the K3400 module which integrates in to the K3500 to manufacture envelopes inline.

The Kern PageMailer offers customers the chance to process full colour digital print on demand with impressive speeds of 30,000 items per hour and is suitable for a wide range of applications, particularly PINS, Letters and Direct Mail. Being able to use regular plain paper means that jobs are quicker, simpler and above all, cheaper to produce as stocks of specialist pre-printed papers and envelopes are unnecessary. Each document can include different customer data and images, opening the door to more accurate targeting and higher response rates.

With a theme of ‘Plan, Create, Target and Distribute’ Konica Minolta will showcase a new colour printer and Objectif Lune/PrintSoft will provide the creative software element.

“We’re delighted to have been invited onto Konica Minolta’s stand,” said Clive Martin, Kern’s Strategic Business Manager. “It gives us an opportunity to show how easy it is to integrate the PageMailer with printer vendors, such as Konica Minolta, and software products with great results.

08/29/12

Muller Martini's VSOP on Display at Label Expo

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From September 11-13, Muller Martini will be in Chicago at Label Expo Americas to showcase its innovative Variable Sleeve Offset Printing press (VSOP), which provides a one-stop solution for a variety of packaging needs, including shrink sleeves, wet-glue, wrap-around and in-mold labels; films, laminates and food packaging; liquid packaging; and carton printing.

The VSOP features a unique sleeve technology which allows print sizes to be changed without having to remove entire inserts, making the process quick, simple, and highly efficient considering the infinite variety of print lengths inherent in packaging. In addition, the press delivers the first-class printing quality needed to meet the demanding requirements of the packaging market.

Muller’s new generation VSOP features an impressive list of functionality and operational advancements, including:

New ergonomic construction, allowing for easier machine access for sleeve changes and daily operation Innovative electronic control technology utilizing fewer components for greater machine reliability Efficient external roller setting feature reduces the initial and operational roller setting time by half Optimized ink train design delivers consistently reproducible ink settings Modular design philosophy enables flexible machine configurations for a wide range of hybrid packaging printing applications At Label Expo Americas, Muller Martini’s booth will display a VSOP print tower which has been modified with a see-through doorway. This provides booth visitors a unique perspective to the VSOP’s changeover technology. The demonstration reveals how easy and fast it is to change the sleeves and begin a new job.

The VSOP’s flexibility and proficiency make it the most dynamic web press technology available in today’s packaging market, affording numerous opportunities for label, flexible packaging, folding carton, and packaging printers to grow their business.

Label Expo Americas takes place September 11-13 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago). Muller Martini will be at Booth #820.

08/29/12

GMG Debuts at Labelexpo Americas

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GMG Americas, a leading developer and supplier of high-end color management software solutions, will be participating in booth 6408 as an exhibitor for the first time at Labelexpo Americas, demonstrating solutions for the color management, proofing, and short run production of labels. On display will be two solutions introduced at drupa: GMG OpenColor, a revolutionary spot color tool for labels and packaging greatly extends color control and repeatability; and GMG CoZone a comprehensive cloud solution for professional media and color management users that redefines how color management will be used in the future. In addition, advances and upgrades to the GMG prepress portfolio, featuring products such as GMG FlexoProof, GMG ColorProof, GMG ProductionSuite, GMG ColorServer and GMG InkOptimizer will all be showcased.

GMG OpenColor: Accurate color, no matter the process
GMG OpenColor creates high-quality multicolor profiles that simulate the printing behavior of diverse printing technologies, media types, and screens—if necessary, without use of ‘proprietary chart based’ press fingerprinting. While the increasing use of multicolor printing reduces the amount of press units used by assuring accuracy to the necessary spot colors, there must be the ability to simulate spot color overprints, one of the biggest challenges for label printers. GMG OpenColor addresses this complex problem, resolving CPC color accuracy expectations across different printing processes and numerous converters.

GMG OpenColor analyzes each ink color and substrate, applying them to a specific printing process (flexo, offset, digital, gravure). Then process-specific information is added (ink rotation, trapping, etc.), and the final press condition is simulated. If needed, OpenColor can create a profile with very few color wedges automatically on the fly—step scales of spot colors on the substrate.

Adding additional overprint readings increases accuracy. OpenColor supports up to 15 colors, is offered with standard targets, and is compatible with Equinox, Hexachrome, and other multicolor technologies.

GMG CoZone: A comprehensive cloud solution for professional media and color management users
CoZone is GMG’s new, modular cloud-based tool for companies across the entire packaging/label supply chain. Many companies just don't have the resources to manage color the way they want, along the entire supply chain. How do they connect? CoZone is GMG’s new, modular cloud-based tool for companies across the entire supply chain from creation to press. It’s a flexible, modular-based business model, without the need to use expensive local hardware or software, appeals to small agencies as well as large corporations. With CoZone customers can let people collaborate on files without additional investment in infrastructure and support, CoZone dynamically provides the resources needed with little user interaction. In its first release CoZone.Collaborate is available for collaboration and approval of PDF or image documents. Later this year multimedia and web file formats will be fully supported for collaboration as well. With CoZone.Collaborate the entire approval/sign-off experience is more collaborative and streamlined.

CoZone.Collaborate lets users track project status and efficiently manage the production processes. GMG CoZone will continuously evolve to a complete end-to-end solution. The next steps are CoZone.Manage to apply color management to files in the CoZone cloud and CoZone.Deliver the integration to the cloud of local GMG ColorProof systems. Deliver will enable CoZone customers to create and track hard proofs at practically the click of a button anywhere on the world to verify content and color accuracy on GMG-quality hard proofs, providing a true quality reference at the end of the complete process.

Providing accurate color throughout Labelexpo
At Labelexpo, GMG will be partnering with a number of companies, with software solutions throughout the floor. Sharing the GMG booth is Beyond Manufacturing, featuring a contract-quality, double-sided proofing on press substrates with varnish, die cutting and embossing — all powered by GMG color technology. At Roland booth 6412 will be a new, complete label proofing and prototyping system—including diecutting—featuring a Roland BN-20 printer powered by GMG ProductionSuite, for label, tag and decal proofs and prototypes on white, clear and foil substrates. The GMG-Roland mini label system includes a GMG ProductionSuite package with a RIP, PDF editor, Roland BN-20 driver, step and repeat to place as many labels on the substrate as possible, cutting integration, GMG InkOptimization to conserve ink, and GMG SmartProfiler to easily create profiles to match brand colors. The color gamut and resolution of the Roland printer is also powered by GMG ProductionSuite software. Narrow Web flexo printers can use this system to produce color accurate prototype labels that are virtually identical to the final flexo products.

Visitors will also be able to experience GMG solutions at the Pitman (5403), Hewlett-Packard Company (3223), Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. (929), and Nazdar (455) booths, working with diverse output devices and production environments.

“GMG is making the most of its first official visit to Labelexpo. While we have been present at Labelexpo and have always offered solutions for packaging—most notably FlexoProof—this year we have developed solutions that have been widely accepted by tag and label printers,” reports Joe Varone, GMG Americas Vice President of Sales. “As the trend to digital printing becomes even more significant, we believe it is paramount to offer consistent color between a broad range of print processes, to satisfy brand owners. For that reason, GMG believes that GMG OpenColor and GMG CoZone will be well received.”

08/28/12

CPSC Commissioner Nancy Nord to Discuss CPSIA Regulations at SGIA Expo

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As we gear up for the 2012 SGIA Expo (Las Vegas, October 18–20), SGIA is excited to announce a new addition to this year’s educational program. The Honorable Nancy Nord, Commissioner of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), will sit down for a conversation with SGIA’s Marci Kinter about navigating the recent changes to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which went into effect on January 1, 2012.

Upon its implementation, the Act now requires that all children’s products be tested and verified so that both lead and phthalate limits are met. This invaluable session will discuss where we are now, after 10 months in practice and provide an overview of the testing programs that must be implemented by February 2013, among other important updates.

This presentation is a must-attend for any facility involved in the manufacture of children’s products. But your information resources don’t stop there. SGIA members can take advantage of additional, exclusive fact sheets right now:

Component-Part Testing
General Conformity Certificate
Small Batch Manufacturers
Tracking Labels

For more details about this session and many more educational opportunities at the 2012 Expo, visit SGIA.org, Keyword: Expo. Don’t forget to register for your free Expo pass by September 8.

08/28/12

GAERF Sponsors PrintED National Teachers Conference

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The idea of a PrintED National Teachers Conference (PNTC) was first discussed in 2011. Thanks to $20,000 funding from the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF), and a plan to co-locate the meeting with the 87th annual International Graphic Arts Education Association (IGAEA) Conference, the concept became a reality when the PNTC took place July 22-24, 2012, on the campus of Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.

There were 36 registrants for the three-day conference, representing 16 different states. Attendees included: secondary and post-secondary instructors, department of education supervisors, Printing Industries of America affiliate personnel, and one vendor representative.

The conference program was tailored to provide PrintED-specific information to attendees, interspersed with IGAEA hands-on sessions held in the university's state-of-the-art classrooms and labs. Monday's program kicked off with timely and informative presentations by two knowledgeable and respected speakers. Chief architect behind the international award-winning education campaign "Print Grows Trees," Printing & Graphics Association MidAtlantic (PGAMA) President Kerry C. Stackpole, spoke of dispelling the myths about the impact of paper and print on the environment. Immediately following, Philip Beyer, President of Beyer Printing and Ebiz Products and author of "System Busters: How to Stop Them in Your Business," discussed how organization, planning and standardization in production practices are critical to the success of any manufacturing operation.

Based on the feedback and participant survey results, the 2012 PrintED National Teacher's Conference was a success. Survey respondents unanimously indicated that they would like to see a PrintED conference offered next year. Most importantly, the content delivered was on target, relevant and well-received by the participants. Co-locating with the annual IGAEA conference provided an optimum forum that added to the success of both conferences.

"GAERF is proud to continue its commitment to supporting education initiatives by bringing together graphic communications educators from across the country to gain knowledge, share ideas with colleagues, and ultimately help to expand the PrintED program nationwide," says GAERF President Ralph Nappi. "The PrintED National Teachers Conference, held in conjunction with the IGAEA National Conference, provided the ideal venue for a national learning community to take hold. We are grateful to PGAMA and to Clemson University for the time and effort expended in planning and executing these highly successful co-located events."

For more information about PrintED visit www.gaerf.org or contact GAERF Director Eileen Cassidy at e-mail: ecassidy@npes.org or phone: 703/264-7200.

08/28/12

3D Systems Launches Cubify Bracelets

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3D Systems Corporation announced today the immediate availability of Cubify Bracelets another personalization app designed specifically for printing on its Cube 3D printer. Cubify Bracelets makes it possible for anyone to create and 3D print their own individualized bangles at home.

Designed to be stylish, chunky and colorful, Cubify Bracelets come in three sizes and sixteen styles so kids and adults alike can enjoy customizing and accessorizing. Adding a whole new meaning to friendship jewelry, now everyone can create secret messages or place their name on the inside or outside of the bracelet along with special characters and symbols.

"Cubify Bracelets is another fun and playful app that unleashes everyone's creativity to instantly make and print custom jewelry that expresses their personality and style," said Cathy Lewis, Vice President of Global Marketing for 3D Systems. "With every new app, our rapidly expanding Cubify community gets to celebrate their creativity and share their amazing tags, rings, bracelets and earrings with their friends and family."

Be the first to register and start making your custom bangles on Cubify today.

08/27/12

Introducing the FINAT Young Managers Club

Press release from the issuing company

How has the YMC evolved since its initiation in 2009?
YMC was founded in 2009 with the election and appointment of the YMC board during the annual FINAT congress in Antalya, Turkey. The board exists of young professionals from Belgium, India, Italy, Slovakia and Spain representing small and large companies that are active in the global labeling value chain. Initially, we held a few small conferences to get a feel of what we wanted to become and achieve. As we saw more and more members join from India we staged a larger event at Labelexpo India in close collaboration with Tarsus.

In order to comprehend what is going on in our industry globally, and align our business to the changing requirements, young managers (those under 40) are very keen to connect with peers in the labeling industry from around the world. From that the idea to organize a global congress originated and we are looking forward to an exciting programme at Westin Hotel, Berlin, Germany, on 28-30 November 2012. This is being run in close collaboration with TLMI (US), LMAI (India) and hosting association VskE (Germany).

What holds your future strategy?
In just three years we have grown into a truly global organization and have attracted over 60 members. Currently we have a vast majority - 70% - from Europe, 20% from Asia, particularly from India and the remainder from US and Latin-America. Our aim is to expand that number, in geographies, cultures, company type, and gender. Therefore we plan to organize more networking and learning events that cater for the needs of these young professionals who are likely to look for information, solutions and answers that differ from those more experienced managers have. That is why we envision a more hands-on approach. Through workshops and presentations we want to provide practical information that helps develop both personal and managerial skills. Inspires and supports them in their strategic and operational activities. We are very grateful for the 'heritage' received from our predecessors, but believe we can help fix some of the 'blind spots' for the younger generation.

Why is expanding membership important?
Recruiting members is an ongoing process and the board's priority. We deploy our network and make use of social media. But the best way to attract new members is still by sharing our passion and informing them of the benefits of becoming a member through personal conversations. Apart from attracting new members we also aim to making existing ones more active. With the support of the FINAT board and members, we believe YMC can become a leading association for young managers. Provide guidance, and develop a social and global framework. The goal is also to further connect with other associations and make the global congress a recurring event.

Why become a YMC member?
Because we believe it is the best networking platform for young managers. There are so many interesting young global citizens and professionals out there. We are highly educated, ambitious and excited about the future. Being a member and becoming part of this community is fun, interesting and rewarding. It makes you grow, in all respects. In order to understand the world, you have to be part of it. So far, we have only received very positive feedback.

What do you see as your generation's opportunities and challenges?
To connect and operate in a global organization and world, we benefit from the availability of much faster communication, smarter devices, and people who are multilingual with greater intercultural experience and empathy. The downside is the 'speed' at which we live and work. We need to be cautious about not wanting to chase short term profit, making the wrong decisions through lack of time or long-term vision. There is also the price pressure from both supplier and customer. And the need for a flexible business model that can bring more added value to customers.

A challenge, particularly for second and third generation successors of family run business, is to consolidate their business. It is often said that the first generation brings the foundation, the second builds the actual house, but the third one needs to keep it future proof. Yet, last but not least, there remains the big question on how to embrace the whole environmental/sustainability issue. This can make or break our industry.

08/27/12

Heidelberg Sustainability Report for 2011/12 Financial Year

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"The Heidelberg Group is exemplary in its industry in terms of sustainability. We understand sustainability as a long-term balance of environmental protection, business, and social responsibility." These are the first sentences of the environmental policy that Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) adopted in late 2011, the practice of which is presented in its latest sustainability report. The company's environmental policy provides a binding framework for all Heidelberg divisions and external partners and suppliers as well. It defines the holistic, comprehensive approach that Heidelberg takes for ensuring sustainability. The aim is to avoid negative impacts on the environment as far as possible; if that cannot be done then to minimize them, and when this encounters limits to compensate them. From the development of products across their manufacture and use by customers to final recycling or disposal, all stages of the product lifecycle are taken into account.

The sustainability report that Heidelberg has just published for its 2011/12 financial year provides a thorough look at the company's environmental goals and measures and how it works to achieve and implement them. These activities are illustrated by descriptions of concrete projects such as the planning and building of a highly efficient cogeneration plant at the company's largest site, in Wiesloch-Walldorf, and the certification under DIN EN ISO 50001 of the energy management system of its foundry site in Amstetten.

"No other manufacturer of printing equipment has a set of instruments for precisely analyzing and optimizing the carbon footprints of its products and services. Many of our customers very attentively monitor this process and know that we offer them a large number of environmentally friendly solutions that pave their way to green printing," says Stephan Plenz, member of Heidelberg's management board and responsible for the subject sustainability.

Since the drupa trade show in May 2012, Heidelberg has offered its customers the additional service of ensuring the carbon neutrality of all of the machines it produces. The associated CO 2 emissions are offset by purchasing carbon credits for a reforestation project in Togo in West Africa. Recently Heidelberg began selling its Speedmaster Anicolor SX 52 press model, which already prevents environmental burdens due to its short inking unit and associated extremely low startup waste, exclusively on a carbon-neutralized basis. Heidelberg bears the associated costs.

At drupa in Düsseldorf, Heidelberg once again emphasized its leadership in the field of green printing by presenting numerous innovations including in-press energy efficiency measurement, heat recovery in the sheet drying process, and new consultancy services to help customers improve and reduce their energy use. The company's entire trade show exhibit was also carbon-neutralized: Right from the planning and tendering stages, Heidelberg stressed eco-friendly pro-cesses and the use of reusable or recyclable materials. The CO 2 emissions caused by the transport companies while their trucks traveled to Düsseldorf and back were also precisely calculated. Setup and takedown of the machines, their manufacture, and operation of them at the show were all analyzed in order to determine and offset the associated CO 2 emissions. This also applied to the materials consumed, such as paper, inks, coatings, and cleaning agents. All of the Heidelberg presses exhibited at drupa 2012 had been carbon-neutralized.

The 2011/12 sustainability report also reports in detail on a German packaging printer as an example of how to comprehensively implement a thoroughly sus-tainable approach that also makes good business sense.

The report is rounded out by reports and articles on environmental, business-related, and social topics and by information on sites and projects.

08/27/12

3D Systems' ProJet 5000 Delivers Large Format Precision Plus Speed

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3D Systems Corporation announced today the immediate availability of its new ProJet 5000 large format professional 3D printer, offering a 2X print speed increase and the highest print resolution available in its class. The new ProJet 5000 is equipped with 3D Systems' most advanced print-head technology, delivering higher print rates and print resolution to produce high precision, razor-sharp features.

Designed for production durability and productivity, the ProJet 5000 comes standard with the only 5-year manufacturer's print head warranty, demonstrating 3D Systems' commitment to lower users' total cost of ownership. Built for factory performance, the ProJet 5000 is compact, quiet and easy to use. Now companies of any size can enjoy the benefits of on-demand, in-house production of high quality, extremely detailed prototypes and functional parts up to 21 inches, or 550 millimeters, in length.

"With the ProJet 5000, our customers can economically print larger, single piece, high-definition parts in-house," said Buddy Byrum, Vice President Product & Channel Management for 3D Systems. "With faster print speed and higher resolution, the new ProJet 5000 delivers even more value for automotive, aerospace, footwear, appliances and packaging design and manufacturing applications."

The ProJet 5000 prints durable, high-definition VisiJet MX plastic parts that stand up to the most challenging exposure environments and provide best-in-class functional performance for product development, testing, rapid tooling and casting applications.

With up to eight material delivery modules, the ProJet 5000 can be configured for flexible materials management and delivers the longest unattended, continuous operation available today, exceeding 80 hours.

Part stacking and nesting capabilities combined with its oversized print volume provides unmatched productivity, giving users the flexibility to produce both larger parts and more parts in a single build than any other professional 3D printer on the market.

Find out how the ProJet 5000 will produce for you in one of the company's case studies.

08/25/12

Standard Register Introduces Identity Authentication Solution

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Recognized for its expertise in managing critical communications for healthcare, Standard Register has introduced a new solution that assures the accuracy of one of the most critical data points in medical records – the patient’s identity. A vital component in Standard Register Healthcare’s suite of patient access solutions, the Identity Authentication Solution offers healthcare providers an efficient, reliable way to validate patient identities and verify addresses as they are admitted for care. Medical identity theft is one of the fastest growing types of fraud in healthcare. It’s expected that 1.85 million people in the U.S. this year, up from 1.49 million a year ago, will become victims according to a 2012 study by the Ponemon Institute. The study estimates medical identity theft costs the U.S. economy $41.3 billion annually.

“Medical identity theft hurts everyone,” says Sonya Lemmerbrock, who manages Hospital Workflow Solutions for Standard Register Healthcare. “Victims are hurt financially and their medical records are compromised. Providers are left with unhappy patients, bad debt and soiled reputations. And fraudsters, themselves, are at serious medical risk when they assume the identity of a victim with specific medical problems. Therefore, we’ve configured a simple solution aimed at authenticating a patient’s identity and reducing the associated problems it creates,” she said.

Medical identity theft takes many forms. Standard Register Healthcare’s Identity Authentication Solution targets the fraudster who assumes another person’s identity to secure medical care. The Web-based application enables the hospital registrar to conduct a real-time search of public and proprietary databases to compare and verify whether the personal information provided on the patient’s driver’s license or other government-issued ID is accurate or not. Within seconds, a report is generated, allowing the registrar to note any discrepancies and take appropriate action.

According to Lemmerbrock, the application also has a substantial impact on efficiency. By automatically verifying patient demographic data and auto-populating that data to the hospital’s health information system improves data accuracy and downstream processes, thereby reducing administrative costs, payer denials and bad debt write-offs.

The Identity Authentication Solution complements Standard Register Healthcare’s suite of patient access solutions which leverages SMARTworks Clinical Enterprise to capture patient signatures, photos, insurance information and medication history in addition to managing electronic feeds and paper outputs to support patient identification and clinical workflows.

Standard Register Healthcare will be hosting a webinar, “Creating a Foundation to Improve Cash Flow,” that focuses on the new solution on September 20 at 2:00 pm EDT. Those wanting to attend the 45-minute online session can register now.

08/25/12

DGM Names Quenzer National Sales Manager

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Diversified Graphic Machinery has named Dan Quenzer National Sales Manager for its complete line up of print enhancement equipment, including its exclusive, Foildex in-line cold foil system, Cast and Cure holographic effect system, hot foil stamping and die-cutting equipment and technologies to the world packaging market.

“Dan Quenzer’s 25 years of senior sales management, operations and service experience with major press manufacturers will allow him to make an immediate and significant contribution to the DGM team,” said Michael DeBard, President of DGM. “We are extremely pleased to have him on board.”

Quenzer joins DGM following successful stints as Western Regional Sales Director for Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses, District Sales Manger for Komori America Corporation and General Manager of Western Regional Sales and Service for MAN Roland. He will be located in DGM’s regional offices in Henderson, Nevada.

08/25/12

elan - Discover the Future of Color Print Technology

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With a few hundred million drops of ink, color inkjet printing takes a quantum leap. The new, high-speed Delphax elan Series — powered by advanced Memjet technology — combines power and convenience to give you an edge on the competition. Take advantage of vibrant colors to open new markets, expand applications and increase your profitability.

With more than 70,400 jets that fire up to 700 million drops of ink per second, the incredible elan Series breaks down every barrier to revolutionize affordable color printing.

Vibrant colours: up to 1,600 dpi: CMYK plus 2 spot colors, MICR Extraordinary speed: Up to 500 A4 images per minute
Sheet-fed flexibility: Up to 18” x 25.2” (450 mm x 640 mm) – SRA2
Easy to use: Exceptional digital versatility with standard PDF workflow

Roll with higher quality, lower cost label printing
Use the Colordyne CDT-1600 PC Sprint Series to print high-speed, full-color label and tags cost-efficiently and take the lead in more print-on-demand applications. The production-class system is the world’s first roll-to-roll, digital print system that delivers up to 1,600 x 1,200 dpi on pre-die-cut labels and non-die-cut master rolls. Make precise registration adjustments quickly via the proven and reliable web handling system. Add an optional inline finishing system for professional-quality results.

Robust ink delivery system: Print in up to 5 colors; CMYK or CMYK plus 1 spot
Reliable web control and guide: Take advantage of Servo-driven web control and ultrasonic web guide for precision lateral control and accuracy 1,600 x 1,200 dpi: Crisp, high-quality images with precise registration Powerful media feed system: Produce continuously at 32 inches per second (160 feet per minute)

Contact us at:

USA: +1 952-939-9000 info@delphax.com
UK: +44 (0) 1293 551051 infoUK@delphax.com
Vsit our website www.delphax.com
For all press inquiries contact: Sanja Wallace at swallace@delphax.com

08/23/12

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All Covered Acquires WaveTwo's Healthcare IT Services Practice

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All Covered, a division of Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. (Konica Minolta) focused on delivering high?performance Managed IT Services, is pleased to announce that WaveTwo, a Healthcare IT and Managed IT consulting company based in Irving, Texas, has joined All Covered.

With the addition of WaveTwo, All Covered significantly expands its healthcare market presence which is a key component of Konica Minolta’s EnvisionIT Healthcare solution offering. EnvisionIT Healthcare provides Managed Print Services, Managed IT Services via All Covered, integrated healthcare solutions, professional services, hardware and support, all under a single platform.

“Hospitals and physician offices are looking for comprehensive IT solutions that include hardware, software and managed IT services to help improve patient care, drive down operating costs and meet the demands of electronic medical records,” said Todd Croteau, President of All Covered. “WaveTwo allows us to strengthen our healthcare industry expertise with a broad and talented group of professionals and continue to meet the growing needs of healthcare organizations through Konica Minolta’s EnvisionIT offering or All Covered’s IT Services.”

Since 2002, WaveTwo has been providing businesses with Health IT Solutions, Business Intelligence and strategic IT Services. The company specializes in Health IT consulting that solves clinical problems using technology to support a smarter, more efficient healthcare practice. WaveTwo services range from daily infrastructure support, to enterprise level support systems, healthcare solutions implementations and customizations to dashboards to electronic health records.

John Arnott, Sr., Managing Partner of WaveTwo said, “We are excited to join forces with All Covered and Konica Minolta as they are committed to providing the best solutions possible for vertical market customers. Our healthcare customers will benefit from its award winning office technology solutions, integrated software and national managed IT services.”

08/23/12

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Presstek to Be Acquired by Affiliate of American Industrial Partners

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Presstek, Inc., a leading supplier of digital offset printing solutions to the printing and communications industries ("Presstek"), today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement under which it would be acquired by MAI Holdings, Inc., an entity affiliated with American Industrial Partners Capital Fund IV, L.P. ("AIP").

Under the terms of the agreement and plan of merger, which has been unanimously approved by the Company's Board of Directors, Presstek's shareholders will receive $0.50 in cash for each share of Common Stock. This represents a premium of 16.3% over closing share price of the Common Stock on August 22, 2012. The agreement is subject to the approval of shareholders and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2012. In connection with the transaction, AIP has obtained the agreement of Presstek's largest shareholder, IAT Reinsurance Company, Ltd. and its affiliates, which own 24.5% of the outstanding Common Stock, to vote in favor of the merger at the special shareholders meeting to be called for that purpose, subject to certain conditions.

In announcing the agreement, Stanley E. Freimuth, Presstek's Chairman, President and CEO, said: "We are excited to combine the financial resources of AIP with the strong product portfolio of Presstek. We believe that this combination will help to fuel the growth of the Company, which has been challenging over the past few years as a result of the worldwide economic downturn. AIP is no stranger to our industry. One of its portfolio companies, Mark Andy, Inc., is the world's leading designer of narrow and mid-web flexographic equipment and aftermarket products serving the label, packaging and specialty printing markets. We look forward to working with Mark Andy in areas where it makes sense for both companies."

AIP is an operationally focused private equity investment firm that applies a collaborative approach with management in building and improving middle-market companies. In commenting on the transaction, Richard Hoffman of AIP said, "Presstek represents a very attractive portfolio investment for AIP. The company has best-in-class technologies, headlined by its highly efficient and versatile 75DI digital offset printing press, and we look forward to partnering with Presstek's management team to help the company and its product portfolio achieve their full potential."

GCA Savvian Advisors, LLC has served as financial advisor and McDermott, Will & Emery, LLP has served as legal counsel to Presstek in connection with this transaction. Ropes & Gray, LLP has served as legal counsel to AIP in connection with this transaction.

08/23/12

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Top Resources from Printing Industries Press at GRAPH EXPO 2012

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Printing Industries of America invites you to booth #4045 during GRAPH EXPO 2012, October 7?10, at McCormick Place South in Chicago. Printing Industries Press will be at the booth, offering the bestselling and newest titles from its catalog for the printing and graphics industry.

Top resources on topics such as technology trends, management issues, sales and marketing insights, and Lean and operational excellence practices will be available at the booth. Each year at our on-site bookstore, Printing Industries Press offers visitors the chance to browse our publications in person, ask questions of the editorial and technical staff on hand, and take advantage of discounted special show pricing.

This year, visitors will enjoy daily discounts of 30% off 5 more titles, 20% off 3–4 titles, and 10% off 1–2 titles. Booth visitors are also encouraged to take advantage of the “Book of the Day” discount—50% off of member price of the day’s special selection.

The “Book of the Day” Discount schedule includes:

Sunday: JDF Workflow: A Guide to Automation in the Graphic Communications Industry
Monday: Inkjet! Everything You Need to Know about Inkjet History, Technology, Markets, and Products
Tuesday: Direct Mail Pal 2012: A Direct Production Handbook
Wednesday: Social Media Field Guide: A Resource for Graphic Communicators
For a complete listing of Printing Industries Press’s titles and industry resources, visit printing.org./store.

For more information about Printing Industries of America’s booth #4045 at GRAPH EXPO 2012, including a schedule of seminars and speakers, visit printing.org/graphexpo.

08/22/12

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Olympic Success for Wyndeham Group

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Following months of planning Wyndeham Group has completed the last project as a print supplier to Haymarket Media Group and LOCOG for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The production of a significant amount of the Olympic printed programmes was produced by the Group’s Wyndeham Heron facility near Colchester with support from its sister sites Wyndeham Peterborough, Wyndeham Roche and Wyndeham Grange. The contract required Wyndeham Group to print a number of magazine products including 2012 Hours to Go, Our Greatest Team, Olympic Preview, Official International Football, Official Olympic Souvenir Programme, Official Paralympic Souvenir Programme, Olympic Review, and 16 issues of the Official Daily Programme. All titles were produced to demanding schedules and utilised all aspects of Wyndeham Heron’s equipment together with a retro-fitted sticker applicator on one of the binders to apply a Holographic sticker to a number of titles.

Gary Charlton, Head of Production at Haymarket, commented: “Wyndeham Group has performed brilliantly on the daily programmes and souvenir guides for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The project required complex logistical planning and Wyndeham Group worked with us every step of the way. The quality of the final products is testament to all their hard work. As a long-term print supplier to Haymarket, I am delighted that we have been able to work with Wyndeham Group on this project.”

Paul Utting, Chief Executive Officer at Wyndeham Group, added: “We were absolutely delighted to be appointed as a key supplier for such a prestigious national project and Wyndeham Heron, together with our other subsidiaries, rose to the challenge and delivered time-sensitive, high quality products we can be proud to be associated with. The teamwork displayed by all the companies involved has been outstanding.”

08/22/12

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Quark Releases Preview of iPad App for Grid-based Design

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Quark announced today the preview release of Quark DesignPad, a new app for aspiring designers that helps them explore the fundamentals of grid-based design and create professional-looking artwork from a mobile device. Using simple multi-touch gestures, Quark DesignPad allows design neophytes to experiment with different layouts. Users start with pre-defined grid-based designs for standard document types such as ads, posters, newsletters, and brochures and can then interactively customize the layouts. Quark DesignPad enables design students and long-time professionals alike to start a design on-the-go, share it on Twitter, by email, or further develop it in QuarkXPress® 9.

The Quark DesignPad Preview app is free to download from the App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quark-designpad/id551786067?ls=1&mt=8. Users are encouraged to share their feedback on http://forums.quark.com.

Gavin Drake, Vice President of Marketing at Quark, said, “At Quark we are always looking at innovative ways to make graphic design accessible to the whole spectrum of creative professionals – be it a long-time print designer looking to break through in the digital arena without having to learn to code, or a student approaching desktop publishing for the first time. Now with Quark DesignPad everyone can get real hands-on experience creating grid-based designs to create a variety of document types, making it a valuable teaching aid for the education sector. At the same time, Quark DesignPad is a useful tool for experienced creative professionals to start a design on the go and finalize it on their computer using QuarkXPress 9.

“We are looking forward to hearing from the design community on this new approach to grid-based design and we invite designers, students and teachers to send us their feedback to make Quark DesignPad the essential iPad app for creative professionals.”

Quark DesignPad Preview’s features include:

Pre-defined grid-based layout types such as ads, posters, newsletters, and brochures
Slider controls to adjust the layout including columns, rows, text, and picture areas
‘Randomize layouts’ option
Text control including fonts, color, and inset position
Color and opacity control on boxes and frames
Copy and paste functionality for inputting text directly into the layout
Choice between pictures on the iPad or an online selection of free stock photos
Supports both US and international document sizes with selectable units of measure
Guides switch (on/of)
Customizable number of columns and rows, text and picture areas, caption positions and more
Option to save custom layouts for future reuse
Swipe-and-pinch functionality to position, crop, and resize pictures
Option to add background images as well as floating text and image boxes
Email and Tweet functionality to send designs to colleagues and friends directly from the iPad
Ability to create a QuarkXPress 9 version of the layout for even greater control to complete the design

For more information on Quark DesignPad please visit www.quark.com/en/products/designpad

DesignPad can be downloaded for free from http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quark-designpad/id551786067?ls=1&mt=8.

To download DesignPad’s User Guide, please visit http://www.quark.com/pdfs/QuarkDesignPad_Guide_US_Web.pdf.

To provide feedback, ask questions and converse with other users, users can visit forums.quark.com and enter the new DesignPad forum.

08/22/12

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Industrial Litografica Chooses EPG KeyColor Systems

Press release from the issuing company

Industrial Litografica S.A. de C.V. has ordered its fourth EPG KeyColor C remote ink control system in 18 months to help keep pace with customer demand for consistent colorful metal decorating on packaging and promotional items, and to help save time and reduce waste. The purchase also included EPG’s (www.epg-inc.com) AutoSet presetting and AutoKey closed-loop software interfacing with an X-Rite EasyTrax scanner with spectral photometry capabilities. The technology was integrated into a Crabtree of Gateshead Marquess press.

Industrial Litografica, (www.gindustrial.com.mx) a Grupo Industrial company located in Colonia Neuva Anzures, Mexico, prints steel plate and aluminum for aerosol, food, and beverage cans, promotional buckets, and container caps and crowns. EPG integrated ink control systems with presetting and closed-loop software significantly reduce makeready time and waste. AutoKey interfacing with an X-Rite (www.xrite.com) scanner helps maintain color consistency throughout the run. KeyColor systems are integrated into original equipment by leading press manufacturers and installed worldwide as press retrofits.

“At Industrial Litografica the customer is the ultimate supervisor,” says Juan Carlos Gallegos, General Manager of Industrial Litografica. “They want just-in-time service and accurate brand color on every product. Since integrating the EPG KeyColor systems and scanning densitometry in 2011, we’ve reduced re-wash of defective sheets and increased overall productivity. Presetting gets us to color much more quickly and closing the loop with the X-Rite scanning systems produces reliable colors.

“We are loyal to EPG because their technology is high-quality, cost-effective, easy to use, and gets the job done. We also appreciate that they are dedicated to service—something we value in our business relationships,” says Gallegos.

Indusrial Litografica acquired its first KeyColor C system, along with AutoSet and AutoKey software, and an X-Rite EasyTrax scanner in 2011. That technology was integrated into a Crabtree press. Two other KeyColor C systems, also with presetting and closed-looping software and X-Rite scanners, were installed earlier this year, also on Crabtree presses.

“Industrial Litografica works with some of the most renowned, trusted global brands,” says Peter Griffin, President, EPG. “We are very pleased that KeyColor systems are part of their metal decorating technology, helping them to efficiently manufacture packaging and promotional items that have shelf appeal and deliver a message of quality.”

For more than two decades, EPG has been helping printers save time and money with state-of-the-art KeyColor systems. KeyColor Systems are integrated into original equipment by leading press manufacturers and installed worldwide as press retrofits for commercial, packaging, metal decorating, and newspaper printing. KeyColor products include ink key control systems and presetting and scanner interface systems. For more information about EPG and integrated color control systems, contact Helga Kollegger, Sales Administrator; e-mail sales@epg-inc.com; telephone +1-860-767-7130; fax +1-860-767-9137. EPG’s headquarters is located at 30 Industrial Park Road, Centerbrook, CT 06409. Visit the EPG website at www.epg-inc.com.

08/21/12

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Fairfax Media Orders Q.I. Press Controls' mRC

Press release from the issuing company

Australia’s Fairfax Media is to switch its flagship hybrid print site in North Richmond to Q.I. Press Controls’ mRC control technology following a pilot scheme at the end of last year. Presstech equipment installed with the 12-year-old press will be replaced by systems which are “faster, less obtrusive and less costly to maintain,” according to print site general manager Michael Gee.

Fairfax brought in Q.I. Press Controls last year to provide print-to-cutoff control on two manroland Uniset 70 towers recently converted to UV printing, to deliver the closer tolerances needed for commercial work. Now the Dutch press controls specialist will installmRC-based systems for colour registration across the whole press. The 22-camera order also extends closed loop cutoff control to four webs, and includes Q.I. Press Controls closed loop fan-out control with integrated ABD air bustle device on the UV towers. Three operator control stations will allow control over the equipment from each individual folder.

The busy site north of Sydney, New South Wales, prints a wide variety of suburban, regional and agricultural newspapers and magazines. Among these is the heatset/UV ‘Good Weekend’ supplement for the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ and a range of group real estate and lifestyle products. The unusual Uniset press combines horizontal web-lead units for heatset production with UV and coldset towers to deliver 32 tabloid pages of heatset, 32 pages of UV and 64 pages of coldset through three folders.

Gee says the pressing need was to replace the 20-year-old technology installed with the press with modern systems with smaller marks – of special importance on work including bleeds – and for which spare parts were cheaper and more readily accessible. “The old marks take a lot of space, which create issues with commercial work,” Gee says. Fairfax already had experience of Q.I. Press Controls technology from installations in nearby Newcastle, at double-width print sites in Ormiston (Queensland) and Christchurch (New Zealand), and from the pilot scheme at North Richmond.

We’ve always liked their innovation and ideas,” says Gee, “and had received good reports from the other sites about performance, parts and reliability. “Additionally, our own first stage installation has been fantastic… it just works. The whole deal is a complete system that’s right for us.”

Q.I. Press Controls managing director Menno Jansen is delighted with the order, which follows a seven-year-relationship with the Australian publisher. “Although this press had another company’s system on it, we’ve always kept in touch,” he says. “The success of the cutoff controls needed when the UV equipment went in has meant we have been able to convince them of the benefits of a complete Q.I. Press Controls System. “It was an argument reinforced by the strong performance of our technology at some of their other sites and the strength and presence of our agent Ferrostaal who have assisted us in securing this fantastic deal.”

08/21/12

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xpedx Names Beverly Pruden Vice President, Marketing-Print

Press release from the issuing company

Beverly Pruden has joined xpedx as Vice President, Marketing-Print. In her new role, Bev will help xpedx continue to expand its services to paper and graphics supplies customers in North America.

Pruden and her team will focus on providing integrated operations, streamlined workflow and improved productivity to printers in digital, flexo, offset and wide format, as well as supply chain and sustainability solutions to publishers and end users. She will report to Steve Bowden, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Strategy.

“Beverly has a proven track record of success throughout her career,” Bowden says. “We are confident she will be instrumental in moving the xpedx Print segment to a higher level.”

According to Bowden, that means continued investment in capabilities that will help xpedx customers grow their businesses.

“Beverly’s organization will develop strategies to provide our customers with increased access to digital and wide format substrates, equipment and integrated systems, as well as the expertise needed to create efficient, profitable operations in today’s competitive print marketplace.”

Pruden was vice president of marketing for Lexis Nexis for the last six years, and previously was a group brand director at Coca Cola.

She and her husband will continue to live in the Cincinnati area.

08/21/12

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"Go Green with Prisco" at Graph Expo

Press release from the issuing company

While others talk about environmental remedies and workarounds, Prisco’s (Printers’ Service) over one hundred years of experience in the pressroom, enables us to deliver solutions that really work. We are pleased to announce that printers can learn about and view several of the components of our “Go Green with Prisco” solutions for reducing their environmental impact at Prisco Booth #201, Graph Expo 2012, October 7-10, 2012, in Chicago.

REDUCE FOUNTAIN SOLUTION WASTE AND IMPROVE QUALITY
PRISCO leads the way, with cost effective FloClear systems for fountain solution recycling. The patented FloClear technology, winner of the PIA/GATF Intertech Award, is the world’s leading process for recycling fountain solutions at quality printing plants across the globe. Fountain solution life is extended and its clarity maintained for months of press operation. The FloClear HS will be on display at our booth. Prisco is proud to offer this world class technology for every pressroom application.

REDUCE WATER CONSUMPTION
Would you like to reduce waste water in your CTP plate production by up to 90%? Then take a look at the PriscoTech WaterMizer. This system permits recycling and reuse of plate processor wash water that used to go down the drain. The system has the added benefits of allowing a plate processor to be installed without having to move drain lines and permits the use of “process water” to wash plates, thereby improving plate quality.

REDUCE SOLVENT PURCHASES
We are pleased to offer the PriscoTech SolvKlene II Solvent Recycling Systems which can be seen at our booth. Several years of use in day-to-day production have confirmed the durability and highly efficient performance of this system. SolvKlene II has allowed users to drastically cut solvent consumption, reduce VOC emissions, waste hauling costs and overall operating costs. All these benefits are achieved while reducing the overall negative impact on the environment.

LOWER VOC LEVELS
To round out our offering for sustainable production, Prisco will be showing our complete range of low- and no-VOC fountain concentrates, low-VOC solvents, ultra-low VOC aqueous coatings, energy-curable coatings and PREPAC products. Integrating these consumables into your production PROCESS ensures that VOCs are reduced while increasing Quality and Productivity.

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTS FOR THE PRESSROOM
You will find a solution for every pressroom need at Prisco’s Booth #201. Information on our complete line of pressroom products will be on display including: aqueous and UV coatings, adhesives, roller and blanket washes, web press fountain solutions and printing blankets.

To see solutions that have been proven to really work in reducing environmental impact, increasing quality and increasing productivity in thousands of pressrooms worldwide, visit Prisco in Booth #201, Graph Expo 2012, South Hall, October 7-10, 2012.

08/20/12

SGIA Announces Garment Screen Printing Workshop

Press release from the issuing company

SGIA is excited to announce our new Workshop, “Totally T-shirts! Garment Screen Printing: Basic to Advanced” (November 12–16). Whether you’re new to the screen printing industry, or a seasoned professional, this workshop is designed to give you lots of hands-on experience and plenty of practice with advanced techniques.

Industry veteran Charlie Taublieb will encourage attendees to take an active role in this class by stretching, coating, exposing, and setting up the press. This intensive five-day Workshop offers the full range of training and hands-on printing including:

* Advanced screen making techniques using the latest high-tech equipment
* Artwork and separations
* Press setup and registration
* Critical facts for using plastisol, water-based, discharge, burnout, and more
* Parameters for proper flashing and curing

This class is designed for shops that want to step up their game to become professional and profitable garment screen printers, and those that simply want to take control of artwork and produce stunning results.

For more information about this, and other, SGIA education opportunities, and to register, visit SGIA.org, Keyword: Events.

08/20/12

Polestar Wins Gold

Press release from the issuing company

With the final day of the London 2012 Olympic Games on Sunday, so Polestar Colchester completed its own printing marathon, having produced the Official Olympic Games Daily Programme for Haymarket Media’s Network Division during the 16 days of the event.

Gary Charlton, Head of Production at Haymarket Media’s Network Division said:

‘Polestar has done an amazing job on the Olympic Games Daily Programmes, as have all our suppliers. This has been a huge logistical challenge and everyone involved, from account management, to press and despatch staff, all played a part to ensure that we achieved the desired result. Everyone that has seen the programmes has commented on their quality. I cannot praise those that played a part highly enough.’

Consisting of 64pp text plus 4pp cover, the programmes were printed as three sections each night, with data supplied at 20.00hrs and initial collections of finished products from 00.30hrs.

‘What made this production special was the fact that it was a daily magazine produced overnight to deadlines that newspapers would draw breath at,’ said David Gray, Sales Director at Polestar. ‘The Polestar Colchester team rose to the challenge and we all found it a really rewarding experience to have worked for Haymarket Media’s Network Division to produce a printed product that we know will be kept for years as a memento of an unforgettable day by many thousands of people who visited the London Olympics.’

08/20/12

Pitney Bowes to Host 2012 Customer Summits at U.S. Mail Services Sites

Press release from the issuing company

Pitney Bowes Inc. today announced it is hosting a series of U.S. Customer Summits at its mail presort services sites from August 17 through October 31. The “Customer Appreciation and Innovation Summits” will take place at 31 Pitney Bowes locations throughout the U.S.

Mailers who attend a Summit will benefit from learning about trends and recent changes in the mailing industry, and better understand practical solutions to help them maximize productivity and increase efficiency. Topics covered will include:

Unleashing the power of the Intelligent Mail barcode; Technology solutions that can help provide greater reporting and tracking capabilities for increased visibility of First-Class Mail and Standard Mail;

Updates on USPS delivery standard changes; and The benefits of Standard Mail for direct mail communications.

In addition, customers will be able to see Pitney Bowes’s latest presort services technology and solutions in action.

“Our Customer Summits are a unique opportunity to learn about the challenges and opportunities America’s largest mailers are facing today,” said Jay Oxton, president of Mail Services, Pitney Bowes. “The events will also serve as a forum for mailers to exchange ideas and share practical solutions for effectively reaching customers.”

For additional information on the Customer Summits including locations, dates and seminar topics, please visit: http://www.pb.com/MailServices/customer-appreciation-days/index.shtml

As the nation’s leading mail presorter, Pitney Bowes enables customers to receive significant postage discounts on First-Class letters and flats, and Standard Mail. Pitney Bowes currently handles 14 billion pieces of mail per year through its 36 facilities across the United States.

08/17/12

Neenah Paper Supports SGP as Gold Patron

Press release from the issuing company

Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), a non-profit organization providing sustainability certification in the graphic communications industry, today announces the Gold Patron support of Neenah Paper. Additionally, Elizabeth Corbett, Director of Sales, New Business Development for Neenah Paper, is joining SGP's board of directors. Neenah Paper manufactures premium writing, text, cover, specialty, and private watermark papers, as well as many popular FSC Certified recycled papers and tree-free papers. The company recognizes the importance of aligning with organizations that promote sustainable printing in the graphic communications industry. Neenah Paper's involvement with SGP also provides the company with opportunities to advance its environmental initiatives within the Certified print community.

"Neenah Paper is pleased to be able to participate and sponsor the effort to drive education and awareness of holistic sustainable choices, which incorporate paper as well as the entire printing supply chain," comments Elizabeth Corbett, Director of Sales, New Business Development for Neenah Paper. "Our members have a passion for driving meaningful sustainability improvements while continuously educating the printer and corporate communities."

"We are very excited to have Neenah Paper join the SGP community. As a strong sustainability advocate for the graphic communications industry, Neenah Paper adds tremendous value to our organization," states Marci Kinter, Chair of the SGP Program. "We are also excited to have Elizabeth Corbett, serve as a member of the SGP Board of Directors. SGP looks forward to a long and productive relationship with Neenah Paper."

Neenah Paper's goal is to manufacture products in a sustainable manner by reducing or recycling water, using less energy, incorporating renewable energy sources into its processes, and pursuing manufacturing waste reduction. The company has been recognized by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin at the "Celebration of Conservation" for its contribution to the state Natural Area's Program. Neenah Paper is also involved in several environmental conservation programs, including an initiative in concert with the NRF to help reforest an area of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, one of the world's most biologically diverse regions.

08/17/12

Intec: Funding is Not an Issue

Press release from the issuing company

You won’t hear that statement very often these days when there are still so many complaints from small businesses unable to secure finance.

Peter Swann, Channel Manager at Intec Printing Solutions Ltd in Poole, Dorset, says access to cash does not prevent businesses from investing in new equipment.

“I have a pile of good quality prospects and when buying a Glunz & Jensen PlateWriter it’s not uncommon for them to pay a 50 per cent deposit and the final balance from their reserves,” he explains.

Mr Swann, who has worked in the print industry for over 30 years, adds: “We’re a niche player in the printing sector offering relatively low cost solutions and the majority of our customers have strong reserves. They feel that because interest rates are so low their money is better spent buying capital equipment outright rather than being tied into monthly repayments.

“Probably the largest obstacle preventing prospects from investing is uncertainty of the future,” he concludes, “which is madness when they run antiquated, inefficient equipment.”

08/17/12

Solimar Systems Releases Rubika 3.5

Press release from the issuing company

Solimar Systems, Inc., a leading global provider of production printing and secure document delivery solutions, today announced the release of an enhanced version of Rubika with expanded features for high volume transactional printing and online viewing environments. The new Rubika 3.5 functionality reduces postal costs, accelerates postal delivery times, and increases document workflow control.

Rubika 3.5 supports new commingling functionality, which allows users to easily combine and blend mailings into a single mail stream thereby eliminating USPS processing steps, reducing delivery times and lowering postage costs.

In addition to the new commingling module, Rubika 3.5 enhancements include:

Support for processing Extensible Markup Language (XML) data in the Import, Address Cleanse, Assembly and Commingling modules.
Expanded options for Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP) formats when reading and storing indexing data.
Enhanced management of tables, subreports and counting variables in the Archive Assistant module.
Added features to the Assembly, Export and Finishing modules to provide users with expanded flexibility.

"Using Rubika 3.5, our clients can now easily implement the new postal commingling capability to enable deeper postal savings and benefit from faster delivery times," said Mary Ann Rowan, CMO and Vice President of Sales for Solimar Systems. "Rubika is designed for organizations that are looking for a powerful, yet nontechnical solution for changing or updating existing document workflow processes. By leveraging Rubika's straightforward user interface, our clients continue to build automated document workflows without the expense and time of reprogramming or recomposing."

Rubika simplifies the document reengineering process by eliminating the need for recoding, reprogramming or recomposing on host systems. Rubika enables users to automate manual processes, increase postal savings, add content to documents, leverage finishing equipment, and dynamically modify data streams prior to printing.

08/16/12

PriscoDigital Now an IDEAlliance Member and G7 Expert

Press release from the issuing company

PriscoDigital LLC is pleased to announce its membership in the IDEAlliance and certification as a G7 Expert. With our membership, PriscoDigital joins a global community of leading content and media creators, print service providers, material suppliers and technology partners to provide the highest level of technical guidance to the industry. The mission as an IDEAlliance member is to establish and promote the best standards for offset and digital print producers. PriscoDigital, as a member of the IDEAlliance and G7 Expert, will assist customers with G7 training, oversee activities that enable clients to achieve G7 Master Printer Qualification and participate in IDEAlliance conferences.

Steve Zunde, President of PriscoDigital said that, “sending our staff to the IDEAlliance for G7 Expert Certification reflects our comittment to provide a full suite of services to our customers. We believe that color management and process control is the key to assure printed product quality and assist in our customers’ marketplace competitiveness.”

PriscoDigital offers a wide range of training and consultative services to our customers that enable them to achieve the highest possible quality levels in their wide format printing operations. Visit www.prisco.com for a complete list of services available from PriscoDigital. We cordially invite you to meet our G7 experts, at Booth 201, Graph Expo 2012, Chicago, October 7-10, 2012.

08/16/12

Sprouts Farmers Market Extends Its Relationship with FlexPrint

Press release from the issuing company

FlexPrint, Inc. announces that Sprouts Farmers Market is extending its relationship with FlexPrint, Inc., a leading provider of managed technology services. The new partnership will connect Sprouts Farmers Market's existing 108 stores with 38 new stores acquired in its recent merger with Sunflower Farmers Market, spanning Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, with more on the way!

"Having already been a FlexPrint customer, we knew the reliability and extraordinary customer service experience FlexPrint provides," said Doug Sanders, President at Sprouts Farmers Market. "That existing relationship, combined with FlexPrint’s national coverage made it an easy decision to expand our relationship with them.”

"Sprouts Farmers Market is an amazing story and we are pleased to be a trusted partner that has the ability to support their explosive growth," said Corey Rivard, Vice President of Sales Operations at FlexPrint, Inc. “It’s exciting to be a part of one of the country’s leading natural foods grocers’ success.”

08/16/12

RIT to Recognize Printing Pioneer Isaiah Thomas

Press release from the issuing company

Isaiah Thomas was an American patriot who dedicated his life to printing and publishing, and the American Antiquarian Society has made its mission preserving his life’s work along with the accomplishments of other patriot printers.

The Isaiah Thomas Award in Publishing is coming full circle as Rochester Institute of Technology honors the American Antiquarian Society, a national research library of American history, literature and culture founded by Thomas, with the award during a reception on Sept. 20 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass. The event “Celebrating the Life of a Patriot Printer: A Tribute to Isaiah Thomas” will also include a panel discussion.

“This year marks the 28th year of this award celebration and the 75th anniversary of the School of Print Media. These factors, combined with the bicentennial celebration of the American Antiquarian Society, made presenting the organization founded by Thomas with an award in his honor very fitting,” says Twyla Cummings, associate dean at RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences and the Paul and Louise Miller Distinguished Professor in the School of Print Media. “I feel that it is essential for our students to understand the rich history of the newspaper publishing industry and the importance of preserving it for future generations.”

The school will also pay homage to Thomas, who spent his life dedicated to publishing and printing, with a panel discussion titled “Preserving the History of News in a Digital Age.”

David Pankow, director of RIT Cary Graphics Art Press, will moderate the panel that includes Vincent Golden, curator of newspapers and periodicals at the American Antiquarian Society; Frank Romano, president of Museum of Printing and professor emeritus at RIT; Franziska Frey, Malloy-Rabinowitz Preservation Librarian at Harvard University; Bruce Gaultney, publisher of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette; and Alex Rogala, editor of RIT’s Reporter magazine.

The panel will discuss the history and future of print media as well as Thomas’ legacy.

Thomas was an American newspaper publisher and author and founder of the American Antiquarian Society. He performed the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Worcester, Mass., and reported the first account of the Battles of Lexington and Concord.

The Isaiah Thomas Award in Publishing recognizes outstanding contributions made to the publishing industry.

The American Antiquarian Society is an independent research library founded in 1812. The library’s collections document the life of America’s people from the colonial era through the Civil War and Reconstruction, including Thomas’ printing legacy.

RIT’s School of Print Media established the Isaiah Thomas Award in 1979 to honor leaders in the newspaper industry. The award is named in tribute to Thomas, an early leader of the American printing industry. In 1779, Thomas created The Massachusetts Spy at a print shop known as the “sedition factory” by the British colonial government. Additionally, in 1810, Thomas wrote The History of Printing in America, which was regarded as the basic source of information on early American printing and publishing.

The Paul and Louise Miller professorship is an endowed chair at RIT that was established in 1976 by the Trustees of the Gannett Foundation in honor of Paul and Louise Miller. Paul Miller rose to a position of international influence in both the Gannett Corp. and The Associated Press, becoming president of Gannett Corp. in 1957 and elected president of The Associated Press in 1963. One of the professorship’s goals is to bring greater recognition to the newspaper industry.

08/15/12

A.C. Printing Installs an MGI Meteor DP8700 XL

Press release from the issuing company

A.C. Printing Co., located in Olathe, Kansas, has installed a MGI Meteor DP8700 XL multi-substrate digital press.

Founded in 1973, A.C. Printing is a family-owned commercial print shop that serves the greater Kansas City area. With an array of offset and digital equipment, A.C. Printing has a diverse clientele including large and small businesses, non-profit organizations and the design community.

A.C. Printing had offered some digital services previously, but clients’ demand for more short run color projects with higher quality standards led them to search for a new production color digital press. After examining all the options available, A.C. Printing chose the MGI Meteor DP8700 XL from Styers Equipment Company, MGI’s distribution partner for Kansas/Missouri.

“The flexibility of the Meteor DP8700 XL really set it apart from the other digital presses,” said Greg Russell, owner of A.C. Printing. “We loved that it could print on sheets up to 13x40” long, and the huge range of substrates opened up a whole new range of applications for us. It’s also made our shop more profitable & efficient on our short run four-color jobs while maintaining the color matching & quality standards of our DI offset presses.”

Since installing the Meteor DP8700 XL in April, A.C. Printing has taken full advantage of their new capabilities, with projects including 40” fold out brochures, full-color VDP (variable data printing) and an assortment of applications printed on plastics. They’re also moving into new markets, such as retail signage and niche opportunities like static clings, loyalty cards, vinyl labels and envelopes.

“We’ve been very pleased with the impact the Meteor DP8700 XL has had on our business,” added Russell. “Being able to expand our product line significantly has opened the door to new clients, plus we’ve strengthened existing client relationships with the new services we can provide.”

The most versatile digital press in the global graphics market, the Meteor DP8700 XL offers users the widest range of substrates available (paper, plastics & envelopes), the largest sheet size among production sheetfed digital presses (up to 40" in production), laser-safe prints via oil-free, dry toner, no click charge and an economical total cost of operation, and a print resolution of 3600 DPI / 270 LPI with 25 different line screens (including stochastic), including the ability to select 2 different line screens within the same job.

08/15/12

GAERF Announces Winners of 2012 Student Design Competition

Press release from the issuing company

The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) has announced the winners of the GAERF 2012 Student Design Competition. This fourth annual contest challenged secondary and post-secondary students to produce marketing materials that position themselves as the ideal candidate for the career of their choice in the graphic communications industry.

From among the 176 entries, six winners were chosen, three at the secondary level and three at the post-secondary level.

Winners at the secondary school level were:

1st Place: Stephanie Miller, Careerline Tech Center, Holland, MI (Instructor: Sally Salkowski)

2nd Place: JoJo Sounthone, Careerline Tech Center, Holland, MI (Instructor: Sally Salkowski)

3rd Place: Marisa Visser, Careerline Tech Center, Holland, MI (Instructor: Sally Salkowski)



Winners at the post-secondary school level were:

1st Place: Iris Calderon, Riverside City College, Riverside, CA (Instructor: Richard Finner)

2nd Place: Helen E. Krieger, Illinois Valley Community College, Oglesby, IL (Instructor: Francie Skolnac)

3rd Place: Gary Thomas, Pinellas Technical Education Center, Clearwater, FL (Instructor: Milton Watts)

First place winners and their instructors will receive a two day all-inclusive paid trip to attend GRAPH EXPO 2012 in Chicago, IL. In addition, they will be presented with a $2,000 check during GRAPH EXPO 2012's Career Awareness Day, on Wednesday, October 10, 2012. Second place winners will each be awarded $1,500, and the third place winners will each receive $1,000.

"GAERF is proud to continue its commitment of supporting education initiatives that encourage skill, creativity and self-expression in students through the art of design and production," said GAERF President Ralph Nappi. "The GAERF 2012 Student Design Competition has served to recognize our best and brightest students, as well as the significant commitment of their instructors."

All student entries will be featured in a special display within GRAPH EXPO 2012's Education Main Street pavilion and posted on two websites: www.gaerf.org and graphicCOMMcentral.org.

08/15/12

Elephant Print and Display Celebrates 10 Years with a Rebrand

Press release from the issuing company

East Sussex-based digital print company Elephant Graphics is marking its 10-year anniversary by undergoing a complete rebrand, and will now be known under its new trading name of Elephant Print and Display, as the business continues to enhance its reputation and grow its client base.

Formed in 2002 by Directors Jason Gadd and Jamie Benson, both former pre-press operators, Elephant Print and Display has a staff of 6 people and operates as a digital only printing company based in two converted barn units in scenic surroundings near Lewes in East Sussex.

As part of the business rebrand, the company’s website has been updated and overhauled and a new company logo bearing the new trading name created.

Commenting on the decision to rebrand the business, Director Jason Gadd said, “This was an opportunity to realign ourselves to the marketplace we are in. People understandably thought we were a graphic design company, but the new logo is a fresher version of the original and we have kept the red and black colours for a modern, high impact image.”

Gadd continued, “Our website has been updated by an old friend of mine from art college days. She works from home and it's been great to work with her on this project. We have tried to make the site as accessible as possible and nothing is more than 3 clicks away.”

Explaining how the business came by its original name, Gadd stated, “The name Elephant Graphics was chosen as we wanted something slightly quirky, and it worked well with the fact that were producing elephant sized graphic panels. In addition we both really like elephants!”

Elephant Print and Display operates with an Indigo 3050 press and HP designjet large format printers, with most print finishing handled in-house together with bookletmaking, perfect binding and wiro-binding alongside both large and small format laminating facilities.

Having invested in a range of pre-press kit and large format machines, Elephant was fortunate to get a significant job to produce 176 panels for BAA at Gatwick Airport, which depicted scenes of Sussex going all the way down one of the airport’s many walkways.

“That job gave us the momentum to really get started. We have produced some really fantastic work over the years including large displays for renowned local artist Chris Drury (Elephant recently produced an image 9 metres x 4 metres for an installation in Finland), as well as some really high-end brochures for op design agencies.”

Since its formation, Elephant Print and Display has gradually moved from producing large format work and repro services (such as drum scanning, retouching etc.) into short-run digital print, initially with a Xerox DocuColor press and then onto HP Indigo. As part of its business philosophy, Elephant uses environmental responsibility as a factor in procurement, energy usage and waste minimisation, and where possible advises its client to choose environmentally friendly products such as FSC certified papers.

Elephant Print and Display has also seen a growth in the variable data side of its business, which has helped the company to get more value from its digital press, so much so that it now regularly produces gift vouchers for a local company with personalised content and has become more adept at producing work of this kind.

Gadd stated, “We are always looking at new technology and enjoy researching and keeping up to date with our industry. Our business has become so reliant on e-mail now and we are looking at moving towards web to print in the near future.”

Elephant Print and Display services a mainly business orientated customer base, built up of design and marketing agencies, local authorities, other print companies and freelance graphic designers.

08/14/12

GPO Awards Contracts for Security Electronics in U.S. Passport

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The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has awarded two contracts for the covers of the U.S. passport, which includes an embedded, secure electronic chip and antenna, following a competitive procurement process. The contracts have been awarded to Gemalto, Inc., and Infineon Technologies North America Corp. As part of the process, companies had to meet the international standards established by the United Nations' International Civil Aviation Organization. The contracts are for up to five years.

GPO produces the U.S. passport for the Department of State at the agency's secure production facilities in Washington, D.C., and the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. GPO has produced more than 80 million passports containing secure electronic features since they were introduced in 2005. GPO has been responsible for all passport production for Department of State since the 1920s.

Link to image of U.S. passport: http://www.gpo.gov/images/news-media/image/300/PassportCover.gif

"GPO is the Federal Government's recognized provider of secure official credentials," said Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. "We are proud to be involved with the Department of State in the production of the U.S. passport, which is known worldwide as the gold standard of all U.S. identity documents."

GPO is the Federal Government's primary resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government in both digital and tangible formats. GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies. In addition to publication sales, GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through GPO's Federal Digital System (www.fdsys.gov) and through partnerships with approximately 1,220 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program. For more information, please visit www.gpo.gov. Follow GPO on Facebook, Twitter, and on YouTube.

08/14/12

Straw-Based Copy Paper Now Available in Canada

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Today marks an important step forward in protecting forests: straw-based copy paper with 80 per cent less forest fibre than traditional paper is now widely available to Canadian consumers, small businesses and home offices at Staples Canada.

The paper is designed and produced by the entrepreneurial Winnipeg-based company Prairie Pulp & Paper Inc. It contains 80 per cent straw from leftover by-product of harvested wheat crops and 20 per cent Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood fibre. Aptly marketed under the brand name Step Forward Paper, it is a step forward in protecting forests and supporting farmers with new revenue streams, and FSC certified by the Rainforest Alliance.

“Paper made from leftover straw produces high quality and performance that compares with other copy and printer papers,” said Pete Gibel, Vice President of Merchandising at Staples Canada. “It’s an easy and cost-effective way for consumers and small businesses to conserve our world’s forests without sacrificing quality.”

Step Forward Paper is accessible to consumers exclusively through Staples stores across Canada and online at Staples.ca thanks to the support of Canada’s leading national distributor Unisource Canada, which teamed up with Staples Canada to make it happen.

“We are always looking to bring innovation to the market and we feel that Step Forward Paper is a technology breakthrough that will be remembered as a defining turning point in the paper industry,” said Dan Barbagallo, President of Unisource Canada. He added, “With this new alternative fibre product you no longer have to make trade-offs. Our customer Staples, consumers and the environment are all winners.”

Jeff Golfman, Prairie Pulp & Paper Inc. President, explained, “Step Forward Paper is the first paper of its kind to hit shelves in North America, and the first step toward meeting more of our paper needs from straw instead of ancient forests.” The paper is presently made at a facility in India. “Our goal is to establish a market that will support our plans to build a new state-of-the-art facility in the Canadian prairies in Manitoba, which will in turn enable us to produce this straw paper with an even smaller footprint,” said Golfman.

Prairie Pulp & Paper Inc. is working in partnership with Canopy, the award winning not-forprofit environmental organization that is collaborating with large paper customers to protect forests by developing the North American straw paper industry. Canopy’s highly successful book (Margaret Atwood) and magazine (Canadian Geographic) straw paper trials have already established momentum and appetite for straw paper products.

“Our market survey continues to quantify a clear and growing demand from large paper customers for paper made from leftover straw,” said Amanda Carr, Canopy’s Campaign Director. “Now we’re excited because shoppers like you and I can pick up Step Forward Paper and support a straw paper industry in North America, a key to protecting our endangered ancient forests,” noted Carr.

08/14/12

manroland sheetfed and Baumann Hold Open Day

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The manroland sheetfed printing technologies and solutions unveiled at drupa 2012 sparked huge interest amongst customers.

As a result, customers were invited to a special event in June held at manroland’s Print Techology Centre in Offenbach hosted by manroland sheetfed and their German sales partner Baumann, who are located in Hessia, Germany.

During the open day around 40 customers witnessed the high productivity and efficiency of manroland sheetfed presses. The event kicked off with a welcome speech by manroland sheetfed’s Dr. Peter Conrady, Deputy Vice President Sales, who extended, of behalf of the company, a warm welcome and heart-felt thanks to the customers for their support and trust.

This was followed by a detailed introduction on the ROLAND sheetfed offset product range from the ROLAND 200 to ROLAND 900, as well as presentations on value added printing (VAP) solutions. The delegates were suitably impressed with the new developments of the ROLAND 700 HiPrint, showcased at drupa 2012, namely:

* A custom-designed Performance Package. The ROLAND 700 HiPrint could be further optimized for different application requirements

* The new generation InlineFoiler with indexing function, which saves up to 55% in consumption of cold foil.

* InlineColorPilot with InlineRegister and Colorimetry– the print quality measuring and regulation system integrated inside the press - capable of controlling and adjusting the register automatically, producing quality reports based on colorimetry (Lab values)

* InlineInspector 2.0 offers the full sheet inspection down to 200dpi, along with PDF comparison down to 4pt text (multiple camera system) to ensure accuracy and readability of the final print products.

* New version of Quickstart plus containing a series of improvements in paper infeed and ink/water balance process, which can further optimize the start-up process after a job break

* Autoprint smart, as well as make-ready settings, job data processing is also improved.

* QuickChange Color plus Self Learn 2.0, color zone will be intelligently preset to further reduce the starting waste.

* Process Monitor offers deep analysis, display and evaluation of printing quality and print run stability. Delegates took part in live demonstrations of manroland presses to help them stay ahead of their competition. These included a Low Energy Curing (LEC) process, a LEC-UV process on a ROLAND 500 for commercial print and a ROLAND 200 with InlineCoater for quick changeover from paper to stiff cardboard.

The hybrid machine “Offset meets Digital”
With everybody talking about digital printing in the print industry, manroland sheetfed have the perfect solution to combine the unbeatable quality and design opportunities of offset printing with digital printing to individualize packages, labels and mailings. The inkjet head is integrated in a specially adapted application module which is ideally located between the last printing unit and the coating unit or delivery, the best conditions for industrial production with the proven performance of offset printing! With manroland’s partner Atlantic Zeiser a proven technology for monochrome printing impression has been achieved.

From the feedback the delegates found the day to be useful with one delegate stating “We really appreciate that manroland has provided us with such an opportunity to witness their most advanced printing technologies. We are also very glad to see the rapid development of the new manroland sheetfed. With such sophisticated technological support by manroland, and with what Dr. Peter Conrady has just presented, we are confident that we are able to ‘ride on the waves of the fast changing global printing industry with ease’.”

manroland sheetfed plan to hold a number of similar open days in Offenbach in the future.

08/13/12

2012 PIFE Fall Conference

Press release from the issuing company

Printing Industry Financial Executives (PIFE) is pleased to announce the 2012 PIFE Fall Conference, Come Together for Financial Success, November 7–9 in Coronado (San Diego), California. This annual conference is continually ranked one of the best networking opportunities for chief financial officers, vice presidents of finance, chief operating officers, and controllers.

Attendees will benefit from gaining a better understanding of their company’s prior performance and learn how to execute future initiatives successfully. PIFE encourages companies to gear up for financial success and learn about new economic developments to navigate today’s ever-changing financial marketplace.

"Every company is faced with strategic decisions that must be made and implemented to ensure their ongoing success. As members of our management teams, we have to spend time going beyond the day-to-day finance and accounting issues and consider important strategies that can be implemented in our own companies," - Gary Belting, Mossberg & Company, Inc., South Bend, IN

This three-day conference will be held at Loews Coronado Bay Resort San Diego in Coronado, California. PIFE has reserved a special block of rooms for conference attendees at a discount rate, please use program code “LPIA” when making reservations. The discounted rate will be available until Friday, October 5, 2012. To make your reservation, please contact the hotel directly at 619-424-4000.

The 2012 PIFE Conference will be held in conjunction with the Label Printing Industries of America (LPIA) Innovation Conference—Performance Features of Forward Progress. For more information, visit www.lpiafall.printing.org.

To register for the 2012 PIFE Fall conference, contact Justin Goldstein at 800-910-4283 ext. 806 or jgoldstein@printing.org. For more information on the conference, visit http://www.printing.org/financialfall

08/13/12

Truepress Jet2500UV Helps Digital One Color Tackle Unique Printing Projects

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Great things happen when creative minds come together. The team at Digital One Color, a specialist in large-format digital printing based in San Diego, Calif., recently helped Sony Electronics Inc. rebrand the interior of its headquarters in San Diego. The project required more than 7,500 square feet of wall graphics to be printed on adhesive-backed vinyl and installed throughout the building’s 11 floors in a single weekend.

The Screen Truepress Jet2500UV board and roll inkjet printing system played a key role in meeting the ambitious project’s compressed deadline.

“We printed stunning graphics on 3M IJ40 series vinyl film,” recalled Tom Wilson, production manager. “A lot of the colors Sony chose were in the RGB color space. The Truepress Jet2500UV was able to hit those brighter colors better.”

One of the production challenges that Digital Color faced involved the use of large solid colors in the graphic designs.

“Any imperfection in the ink lay down really stands out when you do an entire wall of magenta or some other color,” Wilson said. “Imperfections aren’t as apparent in smaller graphics that are made up of different textures. The inkjet heads on the Truepress Jet2500UV fire just right to prevent uneven lay down of ink.”

Established in 2005, Digital One has grown into a 36-employee operation with $5.5 million in annual sales. In addition to expert printing, Digital One provides all the mechanical functions that go into sign fabrication, including painting, heat bending, cutting and installation. The company focuses on producing “high-end jobs we can be proud of,” said Paul Moebius, owner.

“We have a willingness to take on unique projects and see them through to completion, combined with a sense for creative solutions that are financially viable for our clients,” Moebius said. “The Truepress Jet2500UV has lived up to our quality standards.”

To augment its printing capabilities, Digital One wanted a versatile, UV-cured inkjet device that could print fine detail on retail signage and POP displays, as well as quickly turn around vinyl banners and stickers.

“The Truepress Jet2500UV is constantly running because it is so flexible in the range of printing it can accomplish,” Moebius said. “It prints legible 3-point type and knockout type without the ink spreading into the type. We can flip a switch, load a roll of banner material and print the roll unattended at high speed.”

The first big test of the Truepress Jet2500UV’s speed and precision came soon after its installation. Digital One was contracted to produce more than 6,700 prints to replace the artwork in every guestroom in the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas. The process called for a reverse print with a white flood on quarter-inch clear acrylic sheets. Each print was centered in a 4-inch clear border. The Zund L-2500 CNC cutter/router trimmed the prints to their specified sizes.

“The quality was near photographic,” Moebius said. “The Truepress Jet2500UV delivered the job on time. It met all our expectations, and the client was happy with the results.”

In June, Digital One added Screen’s new UV Cut Filter to the Truepress Jet2500UV. The UV Cut Filter reduces heat from the UV lamp used to cure the Truepress inks by 90 percent.

“The heat can cause thin substrates to bow or waffle,” Moebius explained. “Most times, this is not a problem, but sometimes the media waffles enough to cause a head strike. The UV Cut Filter allows us to print in the best quality mode on very thin styrene and window film under 0.020 inches without having to worry about the possibility of head strikes.”

08/13/12

USPS Ends Third Quarter with $5.2 Billion Loss

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The Postal Service ended its third fiscal quarter (April 1 – June 30) with a net loss of $5.2 billion, compared to a net loss of $3.1 billion for the same period last year. Contributing significantly to the quarter’s $5.2 billion loss was $3.1 billion of expense for the legislatively mandated prefunding of retiree health benefits. These expenses, along with the continued decline of First-Class Mail volume, more than offset the quarter’s 9 percent growth in revenue from Shipping Services and package delivery. Despite continued success in generating new package delivery revenue, improving efficiency and reducing costs, large losses are expected to continue until legislative changes are made in line with the Postal Service Business Plan to return to financial stability.

The Postal Business Plan includes measures that require urgent legislative changes, including:

A refund of $11 billion of pension plan overfunding needed to pay down debt and invest for future growth Transition to a five-day schedule of weekly mail delivery The elimination of prefunding for retiree health benefits with the introduction of a Postal health insurance program, independent of the current federal programs.

“We remain confident that Congress will do its part to help put the Postal Service on a path to financial stability. We will continue to take actions under our control to improve operational efficiency and generate revenue by offering new products and services to meet our customers changing needs,” said Postmaster General and CEO Patrick Donahoe. “Moving forward with our business plan will make the Postal Service financially self-sustaining, provide a platform for future growth and preserve our mission to provide secure, reliable and affordable universal delivery services for generations to come.”

The Postal Service was forced to default on a $5.5 billion prefunding payment for retiree health benefits on Aug. 1, due to insufficient cash resources. Absent legislative changes, the Postal Service will also default on a second similar payment of $5.6 billion due by Sept. 30, 2012. Current projections show very low levels of cash, and no remaining borrowing capacity, at the end of the current fiscal year and through October 2012. In response, the Postal Service will continue to prioritize payments to employees and suppliers to ensure completion of its mission to provide high-quality mail service to the American people.

“The Postal Service has successfully improved productivity while removing nearly $14 billion from its annual cost base during the past five fiscal years,” said Acting Chief Financial Officer Stephen Masse. “These operational actions to improve efficiency will continue in the future, but we urgently need the legislative changes noted above to restore our short-term liquidity and provide a stable base for the future. In the meantime, we will prioritize our cash resources to ensure that we deliver on our mission.”

Results of Operations
New products and successful marketing campaigns continue to fuel growth in the Postal Service package business. Shipping Services and package revenue totaled $3.3 billion in the third quarter, a 9 percent increase, on a volume increase of 43 million pieces, or 5.2 percent. Additionally, Every Door Direct Mail continues to grow as local businesses capitalize on the product’s targeted advertising impact and ease of use.

Other details of the third quarter results compared to the same period last year include:

Total mail volume of 38.5 billion pieces, a decrease of 1.4 billion pieces, or 3.6 percent. This reflects the continued decline of First-Class Mail (volume decline of 4.4%) due to the on-going shift of communications and transactions to electronic alternatives; Operating revenue of $15.6 billion, a decrease of $153 million, or less than 1 percent; Operating expenses of $20.8 billion increased by $1.9 billion, or 10.2 percent. This increase was driven by $3.1 billion of expenses for mandated prefunding of retiree health benefits, which unfortunately cannot be paid in cash. The third quarter results bring the year to date net loss to $11.6 billion, compared to $5.7 billion for the same period last year. Contributing significantly to the year to date loss was the $9.2 billion expense accrual for the prefunding of retiree health benefits, which unfortunately cannot be paid.

Complete financial results are available in the Form 10-Q at http://about.usps.com/who-we-are/financials/welcome.htm

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

08/09/12

SGIA Provides Insight into New OSHA Hazard Communication Standard

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SGIA continues to be the best resource to stay informed about major changes the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released to its Hazard Communication Standard. By June 1, 2015, all Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and warning labels must conform to the new standard, which will require an understanding of the new hazard determination provisions for chemical manufacturers.

SGIA has already disseminated a wealth of information resources for the specialty imaging community. Last month, the Association’s Vice President of Government and Business Information, Marci Kinter, led a Webinar that illustrated the necessary practicality of the new requirements, which was attended by more than 200. SGIA members can access Kinter’s presentation in our Webinar Archive.

Since the overwhelming success of the Webinar, SGIA is excited to announce its newest Workshop, “Hazard Communication and Chemicals: A Roadmap to Compliance” (October 30–November 1, 2012), designed specifically for suppliers preparing and distributing chemicals into printing facilities; suppliers of both digital and screen printing chemistries; and those responsible for the creation and oversight of SDS and warning labels. Attendance at this Workshop will provide participants with the tools needed to develop an implementation strategy. Course topics will include:

New health hazard classification system, including the use of bridging principles when the toxicity of the entire mixture has not been tested Physical Health Hazard evaluations, including a discussion on combustible dust
New warning label formats such as required warning statements, pictograms and supplemental warning information
SDS format, both required and non-mandatory sections

For more detailed information about the recent changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard, visit SGIA.org, Keyword: HazCom, where members can delve deeper still with exclusive fact sheets.

08/09/12

Quad/Graphics' Actable Powers MAXIM MOTION App

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Quad/Graphics, Inc., announced today that its Actable interactive print solution is the enabling technology behind Maxim magazine’s new MAXIM MOTION app. Debuting in the September issue, MAXIM MOTION allows readers to launch an on-page video of cover model Bar Refaeli simply by scanning the cover image with a smartphone or other mobile device. Additional on-page, image-activated videos appear throughout the magazine, which hits stands nationwide on August 14.

Quad/Graphics’ Actable interactive print solution allows publishers to create engaging multichannel editorial and advertising experiences. Once Maxim readers download the free MAXIM MOTION app, they can instantly interact with the printed page and launch related content directly from images, eliminating the need for QR codes. In Maxim’s September cover application, a combination of image recognition and augmented reality techniques gives app-enabled mobile device users the appearance of a video screen on the cover page. The screen then seamlessly animates with Bar Refaeli’s image and video.

“MAXIM MOTION is the latest example of how Quad/Graphics is helping our customers redefine print by seamlessly integrating it with mobile technology to create a compelling call to action that can be measured with sophisticated data analytics and reporting,” said Joel Quadracci, Quad/Graphics Chairman, President & CEO. “We understand the pressure our customers are under to integrate print with other media and we are well-positioned as their one-stop technology integrator.”

Maxim Editor-in-Chief Dan Bova said: “For the longest time, Maxim readers have stared at our covers praying that the women will come to life – and now they do! Of all the amazing possibilities this technology provides, the best part is that it is just plain fun to use. ”

08/09/12

Wright Enterprises Expands Management Team

Press release from the issuing company

Wright Enterprises Holding Co. (parent company of Wright Business Graphics and Wright Imaging) announced the addition of Mike Zinder as General Manager of the company’s Kent, Washington facility. Most recently Zinder was the Vice President of Operations for Emerald City Graphics, a division of Houston-based Consolidated Graphics.

“We are excited to have Mike joining our senior management team. Mike is a 35-year industry veteran with diverse background in graphic design, commercial printing and packaging. These are three high growth segments of our business and it is particularly gratifying to be able to recruit an individual with Mike’s depth of experience and successful track record. We remain committed to prescriptively transforming our business; bringing additional value and revenue streams to our distributor partners,” commented Dan Adkison, President & COO.

“I am excited to be joining the Wright Business Graphics family”, said Mike Zinder. “The company’s time-honored dedication to their customers and employees is evident throughout the organization. From the senior management team to the many dedicated production personnel, these are quality people with a passion for the business. My industry experience, Six Sigma training and leadership skills are a perfect fit here.”

For more information, call (800) 547-8397 or visit www.wrightbg.com.

08/08/12

Flint Group Awards German Scholarship

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The German Scholarship Programme started in summer semester 2011. The Programme was established by the German government under the patronage of Prof .Dr. Annette Schavan, German Minister for Education and Research. The objective of the Programme is to support talented and capable apprentices, to honour excellent performance and to encourage a new culture of foundation in Germany into action. In addition to particular success at school or university special value is placed on high social commitment.

Now two scholarships have been awarded by the Stuttgart Media University (HdM), which are financially supported by the government and selected companies. There were more than 30 applicants for the two scholarships, and one of the two awardees was Yvonne Lechner from the German-Chinese double degree program for printing and media technology. This globally unique course leads to a double degree as an engineer-bachelor of the HdM and of the Xi’an Technological University. Advanced knowledge of media technology as well as the Chinese language are taught as core subjects of the degree program.

On June 28, 2012 Ms Lechner received her certificate from Dr. Erich Frank, Head of Tech nology Management/Regulatory Affairs at Flint Group. “Since I was a little girl I’ve been fascinated by the Chinese language and culture. The fact that I also show interest in sciences and in painting in my spare time are the optimum conditions to combine all my interests”, explains Ms Lechner.

Flint Group is particularly interested in promoting a competent next generation in the subject of printing and collaborates on joint projects with the HdM in Stuttgart as well as other Universi ties around the world. For example, the K+E-Award has been presented for almost 60 years, twice per year, for the best master thesis in printing technology.

For more information about Flint Group please visit www.flintgrp.com or contact info.flexo@flintgrp.com.

08/08/12

Call for Nominations for the 2012 NAQP Industry Awards

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The National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) announces a call for nominations for the NAQP Industry Awards. These awards recognize those in the graphic communications industry who have made significant contributions and had a positive impact on the quick and small commercial printing industry.

“Now is a good time to think about and recognize the great work that you have observed your colleagues and suppliers doing over the course of the year,” says Mitch Evans, Managing Director of NAQP and NAPL Senior Consultant.” One of the best ways to honor these individuals is to nominate them for an NAQP Industry Award. The Industry Awards are among the highest honors a quick or small commercial printer can receive.”

“It was a great honor to be recognized by my friends and colleagues in the industry. It's a day I'll remember forever,” says Craig Dellinger, President of New Haven Print in Fort Wayne, Ind., and recipient of the 2011 Printer of the Year Award. His comment is indicative of the feelings of gratitude and honor expressed by award recipients when their contributions to the printing industry are recognized.

Nominations may be submitted for four awards:

• Printer of the Year—Presented to the quick or small commercial printer who exemplifies the best in the industry. Criteria include operating a successful, customer responsive business, demonstrating creativity/vision, exhibiting service to community groups and industry organizations, and serving as a role model for future generations.

• Industry Award of Distinction—Presented to an educator, supplier, journalist, author, or other non-printer who has supported and advanced the quick and small commercial printing industry.

• Supplier of the Year—Presented to a member supplier company showing consistent and outstanding products, service, or support to the industry.

• Product of the Year—Presented to a company that has produced a new or enhanced product that improves industry offerings, profitability, or service.

Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of industry experts. Submission deadline is August 27, 2012. Winners will be notified in September and awards will be presented at the 2012 Owners Conference on Saturday, Oct. 6, in Chicago.

For more information about Industry Awards nominations, guidelines, deadlines, categories, and more, visit http://www.napl.org/2012IA.

08/08/12

AMP Invests in a Speedmaster XL 106

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For 33 years, AMP Printing and Graphics, one of the San Francisco Bay Area's premier commercial printers, relied on the legendary dependability and print quality of its Heidelberg machines, all of which were from 12 to 20 years old. Push came to shove, however, when the Dublin, CA-based company determined that it would need to invest in a 10-color Speedmaster XL 106 perfecting press with two-sided UV printing, coating capabilities and two dryers in order to stay competitive.

"Our decision had a lot to do with economics," said Jeff Main, who, together with his wife, Kathy, president of the company, made the financial commitment to move forward with this major capital expenditure. "While we've always been successful running Heidelberg presses, we were losing ground in an extremely competitive market because we were working with aging, less-productive equipment. There was never an issue with our name, reputation or the quality of our work, just with what it cost us in terms of the time and labor needed to sustain that level of excellence," he said. "No matter how hard or how long we worked, we just couldn't compete on productivity. We made up our mind to retool and update our pressroom in order to work faster and more efficiently while growing the business." Doing as well as the competition wasn't an option. "We wanted to lead, not follow," Main said.

That quest ultimately led AMP's management team to visit Heidelberg's factory in Wiesloch, Germany, and to tour a number of Europe's most progressive printing facilities. What Main saw caused him to re-think his original investment plans.

"It wasn't until we saw the new technology of the XL 106 that we decided to invest in a brand-new UV press," Main said. "It was immediately clear that no other press manufacturer could beat the Speedmaster XL 106 in terms of print quality, speed, performance, and ease of use." The fact was, AMP Printing had never bought a new Heidelberg press before, let alone a two-sided UV perfector.

"Had you asked me a year ago if I'd ever buy a perfector, I would have said no, given the subpar perfecting capabilities of some older equipment I'd seen," Main said. "When I went to Germany to view the Speedmaster XL 106 in action, I never imagined that I would wind up buying a perfector. But the technology and the quality exceeded all my expectations. Heidelberg has absolutely perfected the perfecting press."

For Main, the overseas trip was a revelation in more ways than one. "When we saw European printers running demanding automotive catalogues at full speed, we realized that the quality would match our standards," Main explained, "but what really sealed the deal were the unbelievably fast makereadies enabled by the new technology. We saw setups that took well under 10 minutes-and that was for getting color and register on both sheet sides. The XL 106 perfector is truly revolutionary and a total mind-changer in my case. It's the best investment this company has ever made."

Thanks to automated features like Prinect Inpress Control and AutoPlate XL, AMP will be able to address its productivity issue by expanding its capacity, attracting additional high-end work, and by producing many more jobs per day-most in just one press pass. This will streamline press checks, as well as enable a customer to walk out the door with a finished sample after just one setup.

"We're already known for our ability to produce high-end UV projects on a wide range of synthetic substrates," Main explained. "The XL 106 is as versatile as we are - we'll be able to run it as a straight 10-color press or a 5/5 double-coating machine. And it's fast - you have to see it running flawlessly at 15,000 sph in perfecting mode to believe it can be done. We'll also be able to change all the plates in less than two minutes, as well as measure every sheet through the press for color and register in real time," he continued. "Prinect Inpress Control will enable us to offer an unprecedented level of color stability throughout the run, and help our operators relax while running such a long, complex machine."

By virtue of its shortened makeready times, rapid inking with low-VOC UV inks, and dramatically lower material waste, the Speedmaster XL 106 also supports the company's longstanding policy of sustainable print production, an essential concern for any printer subject to California's strict environmental protection laws. The company is a certified Green Printer with a longstanding commitment to "Print Responsibly" in every area of the business.

With its choice of press squared away, the company felt it needed to create what Main termed a "closed-loop" situation at AMP by also purchasing a Suprasetter 105 chemistry-free CtP unit with Heidelberg's complete Prinect prepress and production workflow. Once the new press is installed, AMP also plans to take advantage of Heidelberg's Print Color Management service to further optimize its pressroom efficiency. The company also works with Heidelberg Saphira consumables from prepress to plating to press.

Beyond the stunning capabilities of Heidelberg's flagship Speedmaster XL 106, it was Heidelberg's "mindset of service" that proved decisive for AMP.

"Our experience in dealing with Heidelberg for more than three decades has shown us not only that Heidelberg engineering is rock-solid, but also that we'll be well taken care of in terms of service and parts. After all, any press you install is only as good as the support team that helps you look after it." AMP Printing and Graphics is a Certified Woman-Owned, G7-qualified, expert UV printer specializing in the production of high-end specialty marketing materials for customers in the retail, technology, medical, financial, education, and advertising markets. Its high-volume, state-of-the-art 70,000-square-foot facility in Dublin houses a variety of operational and technical capabilities, including sheetfed and digital offset presses, color-managed prepress, and a full suite of finishing services. The company, which was an early adopter of grand-format UV imaging, today boasts a range of solutions that produce work up to 10 feet wide at the highest possible resolutions, including a VUTEk HS 100 Pro, recently installed as part of AMP's capital expansion plan. The company reports annual revenue of more than $20 million. Despite the company's obvious success, sterling reputation, and depth of expertise, Main stays alert for opportunities to strengthen and improve his business. Regarding AMP's purchase and pending installation of a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 perfector, for example, "We knew we needed to make a change or risk becoming a casualty of a brutally competitive market," he said. "The new press represents the potential for substantial growth in sales and profits for us."

08/07/12

SGIA Symposium Explores the Shape of Things to Come

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Join SGIA at the 2012 Printed Electronics & Membrane Switch Symposium (Las Vegas, October 18–19), where industry expert, publisher and consultant Mark Fihn will delve into the increasingly broad spectrum of printed electronics — including displays, photovoltaics, sensors, batteries, logic and various novel advancements.

“One of the lessons learned about creating flexible displays, is that if the display is flexible, it’s desirable for other components to also be flexible,” said Fihn. “Accordingly, the focus in the industry has shifted a bit — such that devices are being developed that are somewhat simpler than displays. The industry has shifted from development of ‘flexible displays’ to implementation of ‘flexible electronics’.”

His opening keynote presentation, “The Shape of Things to Come — Interacting Within the World of Printed Electronics,” will highlight challenges for application, both technological and market-driven, as well as the enormous opportunities presented by several large market needs.

In addition to this in-depth talk, the Symposium educational program is stacked with the most relevant industry information in the form of invaluable presentations and panel discussions, including:

“Inkjet Inroads in Printed Electronics”
“Rapid Prototyping of Capacitive Touch Keypads”
“Controlling Silver Migration in PTF Circuitry”
“Printed Batteries and Their Applications”
For more information about the Printed Electronics & Membrane Switch Symposium, visit SGIA.org,Keyword: PEMS. And while you’re there, register today and save $50, but hurry, prices will increase after September 8.

08/07/12

School of Visual Arts Chooses Visual Magnetics for Innovation Lab Installations

Press release from the issuing company

Visual Magnetics (@VisualMagnetics), developer of the revolutionary Visual Magnetics Graphic System that matches magnetic-receptive technologies with high-quality print media, today announced that the School of Visual Arts in New York City has incorporated a range of Visual Magnetics materials in the construction of an Innovation Lab that will be the heart of its new Design for Social Innovation master’s program, which is geared toward designers looking for meaningful and engaging work through which they can make a significant contribution to society.

In addition to its extensive success in the retail design industry, Visual Magnetics materials are ideal to incorporate in to architectural projects that aim to create an environment with a perfect blend of elegant aesthetics and high functionality, such as design studios, within firms and higher education institutions.

Visual Magnetics’ Dynamic Spaces concept utilizes the company’s innovative magnetic-receptive graphics materials to unlock the potential of ordinary walls. A Dynamic Space is a wall-to-wall interactive environment with the versatility to adjust and evolve as needed; walls can be transformed based on practical requirements or aesthetic preferences. A wide range of Visual Magnetics MagnaMedia can be combined for a custom mix of high functionality and visual excitement. MagnaMedia wide-format printable substrates fall into three major categories: writable surfaces, photo-quality films and digital fabrics.

Dynamic Spaces will provide a truly hands-on experience where ideas can flow naturally and innovation can be born collaboratively. MagnaMedia writable materials such as dry erase or chalkboard wallcoverings create sprawling workspace surfaces not limited to a digital screen. Graphics of any size can be integrated into a Dynamic Space; when printed on MagnaMedia, graphic elements such as murals, way finding signs, event posters and student exhibition signage can be applied with ease.

Visual Magnetics became involved with SVA’s Innovation Lab project during its construction phase, enabling the company to create customized installations tailored to the school’s specific needs. By the start of the program this fall, the space will be fitted with 2,700 sq. ft. of VM-ActiveWall magnetic primer, 1,650 sq. ft. of VM-DRYerase, 475 sq. ft. of VM-CHALKboard, and a seventy-foot photo installation by renowned artist Simo Neri printed on VM-POLYeight, a print film made from recycled post-consumer plastics.

“This program was developed to help new leaders emerge who can make a real impact in the world. It is the first of its kind and will pioneer new approaches. I cannot imagine a better partner to help make this space innovative than Visual Magnetics,” said Cheryl Heller, founding Chair of Design for Social Innovation at SVA. “Visual Magnetics provided exactly what we were looking for - versatile, high-quality media that can be layered and replaced almost effortlessly to create a dynamic workspace that’s as exciting as the program itself.”

“Our idea for creating Dynamic Spaces is all about pushing the limits of what was previously possible in terms of the interactivity and versatility of wall space,” said Tori Deetz, brand manager, Visual Magnetics. “The nature of our technology allows for the rapid development of new, innovative materials based on the actual needs of the designers who use them. Being a part of the Design for Social Innovation Lab gives us the perfect opportunity to challenge SVA students to explore the limitless possibilities of our products.”

08/07/12

Verso Paper Announces Permanent Shutdown of Sartell Mill

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Verso Paper Corp. today announced that after conducting a comprehensive assessment, Verso has made the difficult decision not to reopen its paper mill in Sartell, Minnesota. Verso’s decision is based on the length of time that it would take to rebuild the mill structures and systems that were destroyed in the Memorial Day fire and explosion, and the marketplace challenges that would present.

The permanent closure of the Sartell Mill will reduce Verso’s annual coated groundwood capacity by 180,000 tons or approximately 20 percent, and will eliminate approximately 35,000 tons of annual supercalendered paper capacity.

Verso President and CEO David Paterson met with state and local officials earlier today to deliver the news in person. “After a thorough review of the many factors involved following the Memorial Day tragedy, we have made the very difficult decision not to reopen the Sartell Mill,” Paterson said. “The mill has not been competitive for a number of years and, despite our employees’ dedicated efforts since the December 2011 shutdown of two of the facility’s three paper machines, our assessment indicates that it is impossible for the mill to achieve a competitive position in today’s marketplace, especially after a setback of this magnitude and duration. We will work closely with local and state officials to develop options for the future use of the mill site.”

“We know that the decision to permanently close the mill will have a significant impact on many people across this region, especially our Sartell Mill employees and their families,” said Verso Senior Vice President for Manufacturing and Energy Lyle Fellows. “We continue to work with affected employees to help them access the resources needed to identify alternative employment opportunities.”

Verso has been working with Sartell Mill customers to make necessary production transitions since the mill was idled by the Memorial Day fire and explosion. “Even in the face of sudden and challenging circumstances, our customers knew they could depend on Verso to deliver high-quality paper products and exceptional customer service,” said Verso Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Product Development Mike Weinhold. “Our team has worked hard to make needed shifts in production and we are meeting our customers’ needs at Verso’s other mills.”

The mill closure will result in an aggregate pre-tax charge to earnings of approximately $114 million, which is expected to occur primarily in the third quarter of 2012. This includes approximately $19 million for severance and benefit costs; approximately $81 million in non-cash charges primarily related to the impairment of property, plant and equipment; and approximately $14 million related to other costs. The severance and other shutdown costs require the outlay of cash, which is expected to occur primarily in the third quarter of 2012. Settlement negotiations regarding this loss claim with our insurance carrier are continuing and we expect resolution in the coming months.

Costs associated with shutdown activities are based on currently available information and reflect management’s best estimates; accordingly, actual cash costs and non-cash charges and their timing may differ from the projections stated above. “The Sartell Mill has a long and proud history, and we thank all of our employees, the community and the many local and state officials who have partnered with us over the years,” said Sartell Mill Manager Matt Archambeau. “It’s impossible to put into words how much your support has meant to our company.”

08/06/12

Muller Martini at Labelexpo Americas

Press release from the issuing company

Muller Martini will be in Chicago at Label Expo Americas to showcase its innovative Variable Sleeve Offset Printing press (VSOP), which provides a one-stop solution for a variety of packaging needs, including shrink sleeves, wet-glue, wrap-around and in-mold labels; films, laminates and food packaging; liquid packaging; and carton printing.

The VSOP features a unique sleeve technology which allows print sizes to be changed without having to remove entire inserts, making the process quick, simple, and highly efficient considering the infinite variety of print lengths inherent in packaging. In addition, the press delivers the first-class printing quality needed to meet the demanding requirements of the packaging market.

Muller’s new generation VSOP features an impressive list of functionality and operational advancements, including:

New ergonomic construction, allowing for easier machine access for sleeve changes and daily operation
Innovative electronic control technology utilizing fewer components for greater machine reliability
Efficient external roller setting feature reduces the initial and operational roller setting time by half
Optimized ink train design delivers consistently reproducible ink settings
Modular design philosophy enables flexible machine configurations for a wide range of hybrid packaging printing applications
At Label Expo Americas, Muller Martini’s booth will display a VSOP print tower which has been modified with a see-through doorway. This provides booth visitors a unique perspective to the VSOP’s changeover technology. The demonstration reveals how easy and fast it is to change the sleeves and begin a new job.

The VSOP’s flexibility and proficiency make it the most dynamic web press technology available in today’s packaging market, affording numerous opportunities for label, flexible packaging, folding carton, and packaging printers to grow their business.

Label Expo Americas takes place September 11-13 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago). Muller Martini will be at Booth #820.

08/06/12

Philipp Litho Purchases a KBA Rapida 145

Press release from the issuing company

KBA North America announces that Philipp Lithographing Company, a leading ultra-high-quality large format printer based in Grafton, WI, will be adding its third large format KBA press to its arsenal. A new Rapida 145 57-inch six-color press will be delivered in September and be installed beside its existing KBA Rapida 205 81-inch and Rapida 162A 64-inch on the pressroom floor.

“Having been in business for nearly 100 years, we have built an excellent reputation as a dependable, ultra-high-quality, fast-turnaround firm with superior value-added service,” says Peter Buening, President and CEO of Philipp Litho. “Our customers like to give us challenging jobs because they know we can handle them. To continue to maintain this level of service, we decided to invest in a new large-format KBA press to produce our existing work faster and more efficiently and to open up our capacity to allow for even more throughput.”

Buening and his management team first learned about the new press from an introductory presentation by the KBA sales and technical force before the press was officially unveiled at Drupa 2012 in May. What left an impression, says Buening, were the unique features found on the Rapida 145 (57”) not available on any other press of this size from any other competitors. Of specific interest was the Rapida 145’s extremely fast makeready, minimal makeready sheets, fast running speeds, and the KBA QualiTronic color control, which scans the sheets in the press while running and automatically adjusts density. Furthermore, the Rapida 145’s overall press size fits nicely within the company’s 55,000 sq. ft. plant and the maximum sheet size of 41 x 57-inches will accommodate much of Philipp’s work currently being run on the 64-inch press.

“We applaud Philipp Litho for taking the initiative to invest in this “Step-Change Technology”, says Steve Korn, KBA director of national and key accounts. “This capital investment will yield the benefits of expedited job to job change-over and higher throughput at lower operating costs and it will quite simply provide Philipp Litho with a competitive edge in the marketplace for many, many years to come.”

Philipp Litho has built a solid customer base in the large-format market providing printed sheets for the point-of-purchase (POP) display industry and top sheets and litho labels for the corrugated industry. Buening says the point-of-purchase market is growing and is relatively unaffected by offshore manufacturing. He finds that many corrugated companies have moved into the POP display market because it lends itself to their food and consumer product clients.

“As always, marketing allows little time for production so lead times are very short,” says Buening. “It is not uncommon for us to receive files in the morning from a client, get a proof out later that day, be on press with their job the next day, and ship a few hours later.” To accomplish these shorter and shorter turnaround times, Philipp Litho leans heavily on its press automation, its experienced craftsmen, and its extremely knowledgeable customer service reps. All of Philipp’s KBA presses (the Rapida 205 81-inch and the Rapida 162A 64-inch) are being used for packaging and POP. Philipp Litho has a full arsenal of presses capable of handling sizes as small as 19”x 23” all the way up to 59 ½” x 80 ½”. “The advantage to having multiple presses is that we can easily accommodate our customers’ varying needs,” says Buening. “We can print our customers’ multiple press forms at one time across all of our equipment, saving them time (due to simultaneous press approvals) and the hassle of having to source parts of a project to multiple printers.”

Buening cites KBA as one of the reasons his company has had so much success. “KBA is the reason we are in business today,” he says. “KBA is a very professional organization and continues to be the leader in large format technology. They provided the means for us to upgrade from the old technology on our old Harris presses to the most technologically-advanced large format, sheet-fed presses today. Our first KBA press, a Rapida 162A (64”), was installed in our plant in July of 2002 and our Rapida 205 (81”) was installed in December of 2005. After the addition of each of each of these presses we saw dramatic efficiencies take place as well as an increase in sales. We can’t wait for the installation of our new Rapida 145 (57”) in September to see the same.”

Formally introduced at Drupa 2012, the large-format KBA Rapida 145 (57”) is available with a host of options such as a maximum production speed of 17,000 sph in straight printing and unique automation such as the sidelay-free infeed DriveTronic SIS and DriveTronic SPC direct drives for fast, simultaneous plate changing; the CleanTronic Synchro system (two washing beams) for simultaneous washing of ink rollers, blankets, and impression cylinders parallel to plate changing. A new program for extremely fast inking unit washing (CleanTronic ReInk) and further parallel makeready processes contribute to significantly higher net production output. The new coater offers a simultaneous coating form changing (DriveTronic SFC) and a fast, one-man replacement of the exchangeable anilox roller sleeves (AniSleeve). Its new ErgoTronic console with wall screen, picture-in-picture function and integrated color measurement and control system (QualiTronic ColorControl) for quality monitoring are available. In addition, the new large-format Rapida presses feature inline register control (QualiTronic ICR), and with QualiTronic PDF it is possible to perform an inline comparison between the print result and the original PDF file.

08/06/12

Call for Entries for the 2012 NAQP Print Excellence Awards

Press release from the issuing company

The National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) announces a call for entries for the 14th annual NAQP Print Excellence Awards, formerly known as the PrintImage Excellence Awards. The competition recognizes quick and small commercial printers who have mastered the art of graphic communications.

Quick and small commercial printers are invited to compete in 11 categories, including Offset Four-Color (4-C Press), In-House Design, Self-Promotion, and Digital Copier and Press (Ink or Toner-Based).

Each year, hundreds of entries are submitted for the judges to review with only the best-of-the-best selected. Winners in each category will be presented with their awards at the 2012 NAQP Owners Conference, October 4-6, in Chicago. Winning companies will also be featured in NAPL’s [P]Review magazine and in Quick Printing magazine, be given a “Winner” icon for use on their website and marketing materials, and receive mention in a press release submitted industry-wide to all media.

“The Print Excellence Awards feature work from some of the most talented quick and small commercial printers from around the world. We’re happy to provide them with an opportunity to showcase their talents,” said Mitch Evans, Managing Director of NAQP and NAPL Senior Consultant. “The use of new equipment and techniques demonstrate how technology is changing the face of the printing landscape.”

The 2012 Print Excellence Awards will be judged by a panel of industry experts. Submission deadline is August 27, 2012. Winners will be notified in September. For more information about Print Excellence Awards submission guidelines, deadlines, categories, and more, visit http://www.napl.org/PEA.

08/03/12

TouchPoint Print Solutions Changes Name to OneTouchPoint

Press release from the issuing company

TouchPoint Print Solutions, a national provider of marketing and communication solutions, including agency services, digital and commercial print, direct mail, customized fulfillment, e-Solutions, and Business Process Outsourcing solutions announced today that its new name will be OneTouchPoint.

The name transition reflects the company’s strategic plan to integrate the entire OneTouchPoint platform in order to leverage the collective resources of its member companies. The OneTouchPoint companies and their locations are:

OneTouchPoint-CCI (Hartland, WI)
OneTouchPoint-Berman (Cincinnati, OH)
OneTouchPoint-Ginny’s (Austin, TX)
OneTouchPoint-NSO (Denver, CO)

“Successful companies are consolidating suppliers to improve their bottom lines and simplify operating processes. We see this new alignment as a great competitive advantage for OneTouchPoint and our clients,” said Tom Simunek, CEO. “Our customers value flexible and custom solutions with the strength of a national partner to support their growth initiatives. Together these companies form an enterprise that offers the flexibility, scope, and service that drives the value of end-to end solutions for print and multi-channel marketing collateral management.”

OneTouchPoint services include:

Marketing and Communication Services
Print and Marketing Collateral Management
Data Driven Digital Applications
Customized Fulfillment Services
Business Process Outsourcing Solutions
The OneTouchPoint rebranding strategy is in name only and is not associated with any financial transaction or merger. To learn more about OneTouchPoint, please visit www.1TouchPoint.com.

08/03/12

Rosemont Press Earns FSC Certification

Press release from the issuing company

Rosemont Press, Inc. is pleased to announce its certification by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Established in 1962, Rosemont Press is one of the largest family-owned commercial printing company in the New York metropolitan area.As an FSC-certified organization, Rosemont utilizes wood products from forests that are managed to high environmental, economic and social standards. Rosemont achieved its certified status following a rigorous application and auditing process. The FSC tracks the chain of custody of wood from managed forests through all stages of processing and distribution, including printed products. Similar to the growing market for recycled products, there is an increasing demand for FSC-certified products. Items printed by Rosemont for its clients will be entitled to special FSC labeling to announce the ecologically responsible nature of the products.

Says Rosemont president Patricia Reardon, “FSC certification is just one more step of many that Rosemont has taken to be a socially responsible company and reduce our impact on the environment.” Some of Rosemont’s other eco-friendly programs include the following:

* Recycle all paper (not used in final products), metal, ink, and wood
* Collect, store and dispose of ink, chemicals, solvents and press solutions ensuring they will not get into groundwater
* Institute the latest GRACol7 process standards resulting in significant reduction of consumable waste
* Utilize online proofing to reduce production of physical hard proofs
* Use “green” soy inks (safe, sustainable and renewable)
* Replace all corporate lighting with high-efficiency, low-watt usage lighting alternatives

Rosemont Press, Inc. is a full service printing and visual communications corporation with offices in New York City and a 40,000-square-foot production facility on Long Island. For more information, please visit www.rosemontpress.com.

The Forest Stewardship Council A.C. (FSC) promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests.

08/03/12

FESPA Calls for Nominees for Hall of Fame 2013

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FESPA is inviting printers, manufacturers, suppliers, print buyers and end users to nominate print solution providers (PSPs) into the FESPA Hall of Fame 2013. The Hall of Fame, seen first at FESPA Digital 2012, is the 'who's who' of leading printers across the global print community.

This initiative will culminate at the FESPA 2013 event in London (25-29 June 2013), where the overall Global Printer of the Year will be announced, alongside the top five printers in each country.

FESPA is encouraging the print industry to start nominating colleagues, who they feel deserve to be recognised and rewarded for their excellence. Nominate your print hero NOW www.fespa.com/halloffame

The Hall of Fame aims to highlight worthy individuals from all over the world who their peers hold up as inspirational role models. Printers can be nominated for having pioneered a new approach or technology, or demonstrated innovation in other ways. They may simply stand out on print skill or service for a leading stance on sustainability, or have made some other significant contribution to the industry.

FESPA Managing Director Neil Felton comments, "The initial Hall of Fame at FESPA Digital 2012 was extremely well received and we're thrilled to continue to celebrate the amazing and inspiring work of printers around the world. We want to encourage the print community to nominate colleagues and industry peers they admire, to help celebrate the exceptional work that they do every day."

Nominees who receive several votes will be inaugurated into the FESPA Hall of Fame offering a host of benefits as part of an exclusive group. With the chance to network with like-minded innovative entrepreneurs, nominees also receive VIP invitations to FESPA global events as well as discounted conference or summit delegate places, in addition to potentially gaining positive media coverage for their business.

Nominations will run until 21st January 2013, the global community will then be able to vote for their favourite 'print hero' until May 31st 2013. The five winners and top five nominees per country will be announced at FESPA 2013 on June 26th 2013 at an Awards Gala Dinner.

Making a nomination is simple. Printers, manufacturers, agencies, brands or suppliers wanting to nominate, simply visit www.fespa.com/halloffame

08/02/12

OfficeWare Changes Name to Konica Minolta Business Solutions

Press release from the issuing company

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) is pleased to announce that all business operations for Kentucky-based OfficeWare have been integrated into Konica Minolta Business Solutions. OfficeWare, a regional full-service business equipment dealership, was acquired in October 2011 and with the integration completed will change its name to Konica Minolta.

OfficeWare’s Louisville, Lexington and Bowling Green, Kentucky; Evansville, Indiana; and Marion, Illinois offices now serve the newly created Kentucky/Indiana Market for Konica Minolta Business Solutions. Craig Miiller, formerly the OfficeWare Vice President of Sales, is now the Market Vice President and is responsible for all Konica Minolta operations within the marketplace. In addition, all of the local market sales and service managers will remain in place as Konica Minolta employees.

"For the past 18 months, we have embarked on an aggressive growth strategy designed to increase our customer base and market share through organic growth, partnerships and acquisitions where there is clear value for our customers and the company,” said Rick Taylor, President and Chief Operating Officer, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “Integrating OfficeWare into the Konica Minolta family ensures that we have a strong presence across the Midwest and talented people who understand the needs of local customers. As we continue to grow, customers can count on Konica Minolta to provide them with innovative office technology, solutions and managed services.”

OfficeWare was founded in Evansville, Indiana and has been providing leading office technologies to a broad range of companies since 1957. OfficeWare has been recognized with multiple industry awards – including the "Dealer of the Year" from the Business Technology Association – and its 95 percent customer referral rating reflects the company's commitment to be a trusted business partner while improving customers’ productivity and reducing operational expenses.

08/02/12

Hollywood Monster: Going for Gold with £1 Million Project

Press release from the issuing company

As the attention of the world focuses on London, enormous banners and huge street dressings produced by a Midlands company could be seen by more than four billion TV viewers.

Birmingham-based signs and graphics specialists Hollywood Monster have been creating some of Europe’s largest ever banners, which are being installed at Westfield Stratford City and the surrounding area adjacent to the major sporting venues and athletes’ village.

Hollywood Monster has been working alongside retail giants Westfield on the prestigious £1 million-plus project in the build up to the world’s greatest celebration of sport.

It is the latest in a string of high-profile projects it has completed for the retail giant. The £1.45 billion Westfield Stratford City is Europe’s largest urban shopping mall with over 300 High Street names and 50 restaurants.

Hollywood Monster director Simon McKenzie said: “It’s a huge coup for us to work on such a prestigious project with Westfield Stratford – it’s part of the UK’s most ambitious regeneration project and of course it’s one that we’re really excited to be involved in.”

A creative team has been working on producing dozens of banners over the past three months at Hollywood Monster’s HQ, and its rope access installation team of 20 has been fitting the banners.

Simon added: “The calibre of contracts we’re awarded from Westfield is very high – there’s lots of scope for creativity and flair, something our team prides itself on. To see the full effect of the Stratford banners is just amazing – they’re going to have a massive impact throughout the world’s greatest sporting event.”

Hollywood Monster has installed approximately 4,000 square metres of sustainable vinyl applications to glazed elevations around the Westfield Stratford City centre, and dozens of flags and lamp-post dressings along with a 400metre double-sided crowd separation banner on the main walkway to the park.

Hollywood Monster employs around 80 people and works with major companies including Next, Virgin Media, LilyWhites, Ann Summers, Coach, Whistles, HMV, Westfield, Carillion, Morgan Sindall, Lovell Homes, Redrow and Bovis Homes. Sectors it is active in include commercial and residential property, construction, retail, corporate, exhibition, outdoor media, event, stadium, museum and theatrical.

08/02/12

Canopy Launches Search For North America's Greenest Printers

Press release from the issuing company

Today Canopy announces the release of the first comprehensive effort to identify North America’s greenest printers. The Green Print Leadership Survey will be circulated to the top 50 printers in North America to identify those demonstrating the highest green standards and engagement on forest conservation.

“Customers with sustainability goals, paper procurement policies and environmental programs are asking for our help to identify printers who embrace their green goals”, said Neva Murtha, Canopy Print Campaigner. “Our new survey is responding to the needs of a growing green marketplace by distinguishing printers moving forward on issues of sustainable paper purchasing and forest protection.”

The Green Print Leadership Survey is quick, convenient, strictly confidential, and no failing grades will be assigned as a result of participation. It will simply provide the raw data to identify and recognize North America’s greenest printers.

This effort to identify Green Print Leadership is of interest to many large-scale consumers of paper and print services. Sprint, who last month updated their Paper and Print Procurement Policy looks forward to the results.

"As a major print customer with a robust paper purchasing policy, Sprint is committed to working with printers that meet our goals. The forest conservation work Canopy advocates for is well aligned with our vision”, says Darren Beck, Corporate Responsibility Manager and Paper Leadership Council Advisor for Sprint.

This survey will mark the most comprehensive independent effort to identify, assess and celebrate North American printers for their green achievements.

“As more printers develop policies with support from Canopy, the Green Print Leadership Survey will help refine and distinguish the leaders from the pack” added Marcus Ginder, Canopy Print Campaigner.

Canopy will begin promoting the Green Print Leaders in the fall of 2012, through trade outlets, conventional news outlets, Canopy’s web site and social media, and our more than 700 corporate partners.

All printers are invited to complete the voluntary, no-fee online survey to gain third party recognition of their sustainability efforts. The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/M8K5XZH.

08/01/12

Intec Offers Free Print Shop Mail Suite for Three Months

Press release from the issuing company

“Targeted mailings have a far greater impact and subsequent hit rate,” according to Terri Winstanley, Head of Marketing and PR at Intec Printing Solutions Limited.

“Personalised envelopes containing special offers to relevant recipients, for instance, discounted gym memberships to fitness fanatics or meal vouchers for food lovers, can be easily produced with a clever piece of software called PrintShop Mail,” she explains.

“This well established industry leading solution is now readily available worldwide thanks to an agreement reached between Objectif Lune, the Canada based developer of the software, and Intec Printing Solutions Limited.”

Ian Melville, Managing Director of Intec Printing Solutions Limited, adds: “This arrangement is entirely unique to Intec Printing Solutions.

“With its excellent international relationships, Intec is well placed to offer this superior and well-established variable data solution not just to all Intec partners around the world and their Intec customers but to non-Intec users seeking a better, more user-friendly solution that delivers greater results.

“While most of Intec’s international partners have already signed up to offer this software there is still an opportunity for the remainder to commit, introducing them to a new revenue stream,” he says, adding: “Print Shop Mail Suite makes our printers even more versatile.”

For three months from August 1 to October 31 every new Intec printer will be shipped with a complimentary copy of PrintShop Mail Suite variable data printing software.

“The dongle, loaded with 5,000 free credits, is a great way of trialling PrintShop Mail Suite,” says Terri.

“Once the credits have been used, the dongle can be easily topped up on a pay as you go basis or the most cost effective solution, a one-off payment, buys unlimited lifetime use,” she concludes.

08/01/12

UK Government Minister Requests Intec Meeting

Press release from the issuing company

When it comes to export, the team at Intec Printing Solutions knows a thing or two about it. And so they should, as the company has been sending goods around the globe for the last 20 years.

On hearing that Intec has just been recognised as a top 500 distributor in Europe, UK Business Secretary Vince Cable congratulated the company and requested a private meeting to hear of issues it faces during the export process.

“Good communication is the bedrock of our business,” Intec Operations Director John Anderson told Dr Cable, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. “It ensures that we can keep in regular contact with our network of partners through video conferencing, Skype and email. As a company we have been severely hampered by slow or no connection speeds due to our broadband connection.

“It really is frustrating and embarrassing that connection speeds in Dorset are so slow when they are considerably faster in many developing countries,” said Mr Anderson.

During the event in Bournemouth, which was chaired by Robert Syms MP for Poole, Dr Cable said that he was keen for good communication to prevail and that this would hopefully happen when the 4G networks become reality. He added that he hoped Intec “continues to go from strength to strength in the future”. There was also discussion about the complicated process of export to China.

“We should be exporting to China and India but we are restricted by red tape,” said Mr Anderson. “The British government, on our behalf, could be ensuring a smoother and more balanced path.”

Intec Printing Solutions Limited is listed in Distributors in Europe – The Top 500, a report produced by IT Europa, the news and market intelligence specialist.

The report spans 38 countries and represents the most detailed view available of this key market sector, according to IT Europa Publications Ltd.

“The European market for IT products, including printers and consumables, has been highly competitive over recent years and the role distribution plays is crucial in increasing efficiency and ensuring cost-effective delivery,” said IT Europa Editor John Garratt. “The IT Europa Distributors in Europe - the top 500 database report provides detailed profiles of the leading distribution companies in Europe and every organisation within it has worked hard to build and sustain a business that delivers real value to its customers.”

Peter Scott, Chief Executive of Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry, added: “It is a significant achievement for Intec Printing Solutions to be included among the top businesses in a sizeable sector which is expanding at such a rapid rate, and with such wide European and global reach.”

Total revenues for all companies included in the Distributors in Europe – The Top 500 equal £112.47 billion ($174.23 billion or €125.47 billion) during the 2011 financial year, with a total staff figure of 75,614. Overall, total revenues of all companies increased 20.64 per cent in 2011 compared to 2010, and since 2009 to 2011 the market has increased by 36.26 per cent.

Visit the Intec website at www.intecprinters.com to listen to John’s radio interview on Wave 105.

08/01/12

GCE Appoints George Newkirk as Marketing Manager

Press release from the issuing company

In a continuing effort to strengthen its’ Industry presence, Gulf Coast Environmental Systems, a leading manufacturer of air pollution control systems and industrial ovens is pleased to announce that George Newkirk has joined the company as Marketing Manager.

Newkirk brings with him over three decades of industry experience including twenty five years with MEGTEC Systems located in DePere, Wisconsin. Most recently he has held the position of Regional Sales Manager at manroland Sheetfed, a printing press manufacturer located in Westmont, Illinois.

Ken Rogers, President of Gulf Coast Environmental Systems comments, “We are very pleased to have George join the “GCE” team. George exhibits a passion for the industry and has a proven track record of customer satisfaction throughout his career.”

About Gulf Coast Environmental Systems (GCE): Specializing in Air Pollution Control Equipment, Industrial Ovens, and Engineering Services worldwide. Capabilities range from initial project development through preventative maintenance programs. Each piece of equipment is specifically designed to meet your environmental and production efficiency needs.

Visit GCE’s website at www.gcesystems.com

07/31/12

Onpoint On Demand to Host an Informative Webinar

Press release from the issuing company

Onpoint On Demand a leading provider of multi-carrier shipping software to the graphic arts industry is building a national consultants network and will host an informative webinar on August 9, 2012 from 2 – 3 PM ET.

Onpoint’s best-in-class multi-carrier shipping platform delivered software as a service (SaaS) creates service opportunities for industry consultants. The subscription service, which is delivered in five different versions, requires many of the project management, deployment and consulting services that are typically associated with technology adoption.

“We want to make it easy for target customers to adopt our subscription service,” said Jack Perry, EVP Product Management at Onpoint On Demand. “If a prospective customer needs help, we want to make it easy for them to find a trained consultant in their region of the country that can manage the project.”

The information webinar will focus on the services that are required in the field, the consulting opportunities that are created, and how the program will be managed. Interested consultants should register to attend at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1431516104695915008.

07/31/12

Magnum Magnetics Announces Magnetizer Patent Approval

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This month Magnum Magnetics Corporation announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued US Patent 8,174,346 covering their Portable Desktop Magnetizer. This proprietary technology is designed as an economical solution for commercial printers to magnetize small to medium-sized jobs. This system is durable, reliable and requires low maintenance.

“The Portable Desktop Magnetizer was a product that we created due to the needs we saw from our customers who are in the print industry,” says inventor and Magnum Magnetics employee Trygve Koren. “Portability is the key to this magnetizer. Smaller shops that do not have the space to dedicate to our larger Industrial units, and the volumes that make would make a handheld unit unprofitable due to the amount of labor. The Portable Desktop Magnetizer allows for a motorized magnetizer to be placed on a desk and run by one operator, when not in use the PDM can be closed and stored safely.”

The Patent for the Portable Desktop Magnetizer covers the PDM-16 (Standard Energy) and the PDM-HE-16 (High Energy).

The Standard Energy Magnetizer features a 13” wide per pass magnetizing capability that provides a minimum 85 lbs. per square foot magnetic pull strength when used with 30 mil Magnum Magnetics magnetic sheeting. It offers high speed magnetization up to 50 feet per minute.

The High Energy Magnetizer features a 13” wide per pass magnetizing capability that provides an average range of 75 lbs. per square foot magnetic pull strength when used with 15 mil Magnum Magnetics high energy magnetic sheeting. It offers high speed magnetization up to 50 feet per minute.

"We are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of printers using our materials," explains Nicole Sheridan, Marketing Manager. "For years printers could not use magnetic materials in their equipment, now we have flexible magnetic materials designed specifically for offset, screenprint, flexo, inkjet, and digital such as Indigo and iGen." Many of Magnum Magnetics flexible magnetic products require post-printing magnetization; this is an economical solution that easily integrates in existing printing processes.

Magnum Magnetics is a U.S. manufacturer of flexible magnetic sheeting, magnetic strip, and magnetic extrusions. The company's magnet is tested and conforms to certified toy safety standards for heavy metals content. They are also able to customize their magnet and packaging to satisfy individual production requirements. Magnum Magnetics operates two facilities in Ohio.

07/31/12

vjoon K4 Now Supports Full Integration with New Adobe DPS API

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Managing Editor Inc. (MEI) today announced that the vjoon K4 Cross-Media Publishing Platform now supports the new interface to Adobe Digital Publishing Suite Folio Producer services. This constitutes an unprecedented level of integration that boosts efficiency by enabling tablet publishers to upload their folio files after planning, managing and organizing digital content in vjoon K4.

This integration also allows publishers to fully exploit the Adobe Folio Producer’s extensive feature set and eliminates the need to use Adobe Content Bundler. vjoon K4 is a product of vjoon GmbH of Hamburg, Germany, and MEI is the exclusive distributor of the software in the Americas.

“The new interface to the Folio Producer brings vjoon K4 together with the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite brilliantly, allowing our customers to reach even higher levels of productivity,” said Craig Roth, senior vice president of sales at MEI. “MEI customers are among the first and most successful Adobe DPS users worldwide. And now, with tight integration with vjoon K4, they are able to combine the absolute best solutions available for optimizing cross-media publishing workflows and creating rich, immersive tablet content.”

From Day 1, vjoon played a big part in developing this interface, so the API benefited from the valuable experience gained with vjoon K4 customers’ many successful tablet publications. As a result, vjoon K4 customers can now make full use of Adobe Folio Producer’s functionality. For example, push notifications, which let users determine when subscribers are alerted to a new edition, can now be used for integrated publications. Publishers can also pinpoint through vjoon K4 precisely which content of the published edition readers can share with friends and business partners via Web Viewer.

vjoon K4’s extended set of automated functions also helps streamline tablet publishing workflows. vjoon K4 uploads all content to Adobe Folio Producer, directly and automatically at the touch of a button. Automated functions also enable agencies to deliver individual ads in required formats, allowing publishers to integrate them with their content and then upload them along with the layout for the entire magazine.

In addition, vjoon recently announced that the new version of vjoon K4 also supports Adobe Creative Suite 6. This release is available now and being tested by many integration partners.

07/30/12

Langley Holdings plc Announce Half-Year Results

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Langley Holdings plc, the UK engineering group behind the takeover of German press manufacturer manroland sheetfed in February, have today released their half year results for the 6 months to 30 June 2012.

At €37.8 million, operating profits for the half year were up by almost 25% on the same period last year (2011: €31.3m) on revenues of €238,2 million (2011: €235.8 million). Pre-tax profits for the 6 months were €39.3 million (2011: €32.5 million). The group is forecasting pre-tax profits for the year to 31 December 2012 of €87.9m (2011: €76.3 million) on revenues of €554.3 million (2011: €494.7 million). At 30 June the group reported net cash of €182.3 million, which is forecast to rise to over €200 million by the year end. The group has no debt and financed the manroland deal from own resources.

The results do not include manroland sheetfed which, says Tony Langley in his Interim Chairman’s Statement, is generating positive cash flows and standing on its own feet financially and “trading within expectations”. Langley says the press builder will remain outside the group until at least a full year under its stewardship.

07/30/12

Conqueror's "Typographic Games" - Gold Medalist Wins Tickets to Olympic Games

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Conqueror's "Typographic Games" jury selected Graeme Gauld's illustrated letterform poster as the Gold Medalist. Gauld, who lives in South Africa, receives tickets to the 2012 Olympic Games, as well as a trip to London. His poster design was selected from more than 1,700 entries submitted from more than 60 countries on the theme of sport, based on the statement: "It's not what you win, but how you conquer it."

Conqueror is the global premium paper brand from Arjowiggins Creative Papers of Paris, France, which is distributed exclusively in North America by Appleton Coated. Learn more about Conqueror and the "Typographic Games" at Conqueror.com. The winning posters will be published in the international design magazine, "Creative Review."

In June, the international panel of jurors deliberated on the top 50 designs for the "Typographic Games." In addition to Gauld being named the Gold Medalist, the five Silver Medalists, who received a pair of special-edition Nike shoes, include:

* Luis Lourenco from Portugal
* Zuleika Arroyo from USA
* Liz Pod from Australia
* Tomomichi Nishioka from Brazil
* Richard Thomas from the United Kingdom

The seven Bronze Medalists were:
* Murat Ismail from the United Kingdom
* Aneta Romanska from Ireland
* Alexandre Kroner from Portugal
* Randula Gunasena from Sri Lanka
* Berk Kizilay from Turkey
* Stacy Frank from USA
* Zita Katona from the United Kingdom

The jury then made a separate selection with the U.K.'s Gavin McGregor winning the Special Jury Prize for this entry. A further eight entries were chosen by the jury for commendation, all of which were displayed at a launch * Charles Williams from the United Kingdom

* Mathias Doblhammer from Austria
* Jeffrey Chery from USA
* Ahmed Naseer from Singapore
* Anna Sau from Spain
* Enrico Visani from Italy
* Alexia Boiteau from the Netherland
* Liam Jeal from Australia

The jury, chaired by French type designer Jean Francois Porchez and was composed of journalists, bloggers, designers and typographers. The other jurors for Conqueror's "Typographic Games" were:

* Tim Lindsay, president of D&AD from the United Kingdom
* Étienne Hervy, artistic director of the Poster and Graphic Design Festival of Chaumont from France
* Patrick Burgoyne, editor of Creative Review from the United Kingdom
* Caroline Bouige, deputy chief editor of Etapes from France
* Christine Moosmann, editor of Novum from Germany
* Romain Colin, founder of Fubiz from France
* Joep Pohlen, designer from the Netherlands
* Yves Peters, typographer from Belgium
* Stephen Coles, typographer from USA
* Eric Chan, blogger and designer from Hong-Kong

07/30/12

KBA Cortina Prints Dubai's Gulf News in Berliner Format

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On 1 June this year, United Arab Emirates media major Al Nisr Publishing in Dubai, publisher of the Gulf News and a game-changer in the newspaper sector in the Middle East and beyond, started printing this prominent newspaper title and other products in waterless offset on a multi-unit Cortina with both coldset and heatset capabilities. The highly automated web press is the first Cortina installation outside Europe. Its inauguration marked a change of format for the Gulf News to the Berliner format, which is rapidly gaining ground in the international newspaper industry.

The double-wide, one-around hybrid press, which the investment-friendly media house selected after rigorously screening the technology available on the market, was installed along with cutting-edge Ferag mailroom systems in a new high-tech production plant on an industrial estate approximately 60km (37½ miles) outside the city, in the middle of the desert. It comprises twelve reelstands, twelve towers, four thermal dryers and three folders, and has a total capacity of either 96 full-colour Berliner format broadsheet pages or 192 tabloid pages in A4-plus format. Of these, up to 32 broadsheet or 64 tabloid pages can be produced in heatset mode. The Gulf News is printed partly on standard newsprint running through eight coldset towers, and partly on semi-coated stock, for which the remaining four towers operate with thermal dryers.

Superb quality and outstanding production flexibility
The ability to produce heatset and coldset webs via a common folder allows the press not only to print the English-language Gulf News with the superior ad quality that is part of its appeal, but also other hybrid products with an enhanced visual impact. Coldset and heatset products such as supplements and magazines can also be delivered via different folders. Irrespective of the production mode, the inks applied in all the waterless Cortina's towers are identical, which means that no change of ink is necessary when switching to a different type of stock. This delivers enormous flexibility and productivity gains compared to conventional wet offset presses with integrated thermal dryers. Detail definition and colour brilliance with the waterless offset Cortina are intrinsically high, as was recently demonstrated once again by the outstanding rankings of seven European Cortina users accepted for membership of the International Newspaper Color Quality Club from 2012-2014.

Pioneering spirit a long tradition at Al Nisr Publishing
The Cortina's inauguration paves the way for the expansion of waterless newspaper production beyond Europe and into the Middle East, and is a renewed demonstration of Al Nisr Publishing's tireless pioneering spirit, so vital for the newspaper industry. Managing director Obaid Humaid Al Tayer is visibly delighted with the performance of the new high-tech press and the quality it delivers. When placing the order he said: “For years we have driven advances in newspaper production on the Arabian peninsular with groundbreaking innovations. For example, the Gulf News was the first newspaper in the region to include weekly tabloid magazine inserts for leisure activities, families and younger readers, and to adopt a modern layout with in-depth business and sports sections. It was also the first to print small ads separately in special tabloid supplements, to produce certain sections in heatset on coated stock, to automate page production and to use recycled newsprint. With the innovative KBA Cortina we are planning to expand our acknowledged pole position in the Middle East. This high-tech press will enable us to respond with even greater agility to market demands, both in our main product, the Gulf News, and in our numerous supplements and magazines, while enhancing their high quality still further. From the economic perspective, the reduction in makeready times, waste, maintenance and labour input associated with the Cortina's automation and cutting-edge technology - which include KBA PlateTronic automatic plate changers and CleanTronic washing systems - was a key criterion influencing our investment decision. After just a few weeks of production we are confident that we shall achieve this objective.”

Hugely successful Emirates media group
Established in 1978 as a tabloid title with a daily circulation of some 3,000 copies, the Gulf News converted to broadsheet in the 1980s. Distributed not just in the United Arab Emirates but also in Bahrain, Oman, Saudi-Arabia, Qatar and Pakistan, the English-language title is published seven days a week and now has a daily circulation of over 120,000 copies. The print edition was joined by an online edition in 1996 (www.gulfnews.com). Alongside magazines such as Friday, InsideOut, Aquarius, Alpha, Wheels, Scene and the weekly tabloid Xpress Al Nisr Publishing runs two English-language radio stations and is also heavily engaged in cultural and sporting activities.

07/27/12

Ancient Ink Saved by Modern Inkjet Technology

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Epson’s large format printers help preserve Africa’s prehistoric rock paintings.

Large format printers donated by Epson are playing a key role in a world heritage project in Tanzania concerned with preserving hundreds of unique rock paintings.

Printed reproductions of the paintings are helping to raise awareness locally and internationally, create jobs and foster a sense of ownership and pride among the local community. First documented by anthropologist Mary Leakey in her 1983 book, “Africa’s Vanishing Art”, the paintings are found in their hundreds around the Kondoa province of central Tanzania, part of the Kondoa UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The paintings are some of the world’s earliest examples of rock art, and are estimated to date back as far as 29 000 years. They feature humanoids, animal-insect hybrid creatures, semi-realistic animals and geometric motifs, thought to be illustrations of a parallel supernatural universe experienced by Sandawe Bushman shamans in trance states. Unfortunately, the paintings are deteriorating through the effects of natural weathering, and from acts of vandalism that range from casual graffiti to uncontrolled dynamiting in search of fabled treasure.

The Rock Art Conservation Centre (RACC) in Arusha came about in 2009 through the efforts of Finnish paper-maker Seppo Hallavainio, who has lived in Tanzania for more than a decade. “The project started from a discussion with photographer and digital printing professional Gary Wornell, who had worked closely with Epson on several occasions,” said Seppo. “The plan was to make these little-known supernatural paintings known to the public. We started activities within the community, to educate them about what they have around them and how they might benefit from it, as it is they who should be the guardians of the rock art.”

The central idea was to establish a sustainable and self-supporting large-format printing facility for the reproduction of cave and rock paintings. This would generate revenue through sales of prints to tourists and other visitors to RACC in order to fund the protection and further study of the art. Michael Hunt, regional sales development manager for Africa, Epson Europe, and Shaun Robinson, account manager at Epson’s South Africa office, visited rock art sites at Kolo and Masange, as well as RACC, where they saw the activities already in progress. “They were very interested in what they saw and understood the value of using Epson equipment as a tool to make rock art more visible,” recalled Seppo.

In spring 2011, Epson delivered and installed two printers: an Epson Stylus Pro 9900 and an Epson Stylus Pro 3800, which print at up to 44 and 17-inch widths respectively, enabling prints to be made for sale in a variety of sizes. “Epson’s products are engineered to reduce impact on the environment at all stages of the product life cycle. But as well as helping to protect our planet’s future, these printers are preserving its past,” said Michael Hunt.

“At Epson, we believe in giving back to the communities that support us,” commented Shaun Robinson. “The rock art preservation initiative has given us the opportunity to preserve our planet’s heritage, while at the same time establishing potential future tourist attractions and revenue-earners for the local population.”

The sustainability aspect of the programme revolves around the use of handmade papers manufactured from readily-available local vegetation, such as mulberry, cotton and fig. Seppo, who is highly respected as a paper-maker in his native Finland, is teaching his skills to local women’s groups. Gary Wornell has put his years of expertise in coating and printing on a wide variety of media using Epson printers to use by ensuring the papers and printer work together reliably.

Wornell visited Tanzania to run a series of photography and print workshops in February 2012 for local schoolchildren, paper-makers associated with the centre, and both professional and amateur artists and photographers. “With the support of Epson and its versatile large format printers, we have made it possible to print reproductions of these remarkable images on locally-made paper - an innovative and exceptional use of technology in a developing region,” Wornell said.

07/27/12

GPO's Superintendent of Documents Honored

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The U.S. Government Printing Office’s (GPO) Assistant Public Printer, Superintendent of Documents Mary Alice Baish was recognized with other executives from Apple, Google, and Yale Law School as one of the top 50 contributors to the legal community. Fastcase, a legal research service, named the 2012 Fastcase 50 award recipients on July 19. As a member of GPO’s senior management team, Baish is responsible for overseeing the dissemination of Federal Government information in print and digital formats through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).

Baish joined GPO in January 2011. Previously, she served as the Director of Government Relations for the American Association of Law Libraries, a nonprofit educational organization that serves the information needs of the legal community. She is also a founding member of OpenTheGovernment.org, an organization created to promote democracy and end Government secrecy. She has worked with OTG.org, the White House and Office of Management and Budget in implementing President Obama’s Open Government Directive and with auditing agency Open Government Plans.

“I am honored to be recognized by the legal community with helping to provide the public with greater access to Government information,” said Assistant Public Printer, Superintendent of Documents Mary Alice Baish. “This award is a testament to the important work being done at GPO and by my fellow award recipients.”

GPO is the Federal Government's primary resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government in both digital and tangible formats. GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies. In addition to publication sales, GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through GPO’s Federal Digital System (www.fdsys.gov) and through partnerships with approximately 1,220 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program. For more information, please visit www.gpo.gov. Follow GPO on Facebook, Twitter, and on YouTube.

07/27/12

OKI's New Color and Monochrome MFPs Receive Multiple Editor’s Choice Awards

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OKI Data Americas announces that the recently-launched MB401 series of mono multifunction printers (MFPs) and the CX3535/4545 color MFPs have each earned the Better Buys for Business Editor’s Choice Award. The MB401 MFP series and the CX3535/4545 MFPs were noted as standouts in the black and white printer multifunctional and color printer multifunctional categories, respectively. The Better Buys for Business Editor’s Choice Award is given to products that deliver the highest level of performance and offer the greatest value within each individual category.

“OKI has produced two series of multifunction printers with highly competitive print speeds and enhanced functionality,” said Melissa Pardo Bunte, Editor of Better Buys for Business. “The MB401 series mono MFPs and the CX3535/4545 color MFPs are both impressive additions to OKI’s existing product portfolio and earned our Editor’s Choice Award for being standout devices within their respective products categories.”

Part of OKI’s second generation series of A4 monochrome multifunction printers, the MB461, MB471, MB471w, and MB491 models combine a powerful feature set with advanced multifunction capabilities at a competitive acquisition cost paired with a low total cost of ownership. As noted by Better Buys for Business, the MB401 MFP series offers enhanced features such as increased speed, higher-capacity toner cartridges, and wireless connectivity. These attributes make the MB401 MFP series a strong competitor in the small-to-midsize workgroup mono MFP space.

“OKI is honored to receive the Better Buys for Business Editor’s Choice Award for the MB401 MFP series,” said Hiroyuki Fukushima, Director of Non-Impact Printer Product Marketing for OKI Data Americas. “The MB401 MFP series delivers exceptional value, superior media handling and low total cost of ownership, all backed by an outstanding warranty. We believe SMB users will find these MFPs to be valuable and productive additions to their workplace.”

Better Buys for Business also considered the CX3535/CX4545 color MFPs to be a valuable supplement to OKI’s product portfolio, serving the mid and large workgroup categories. The A3 copier-based color MFPs combine versatility, high-performance, security and energy-efficiency with the ability to streamline document workflow processes through the consolidation of office equipment into a single device. Better Buys for Business noted the fast print speeds paired with excellent document and workflow management features such as its open platform technology among the devices’ competitive advantages.

“OKI is pleased to receive the Better Buys for Business Editor’s Choice Award for the CX3535 and CX4545 – two new high-performance color multifunction devices,” said Scott Raskas, Senior Marketing Manager of Color Products at OKI Data Americas. “We are confident that the versatility and advanced functionality of the CX3535/CX4545 color MFPs – including its open platform for ease of integration – will allow larger-scale workgroups to increase productivity and maximize efficiency in the workplace.”

The CX3535/CX4545s feature an open platform software architecture that allows customers and solution partners to create customized MFP solutions that meet their specific business needs. By expanding the integration capabilities of these MFPs with a host of business applications such as Google Docs, Microsoft SharePoint, and Microsoft Exchange, customers can increase efficiencies with document management workflows and output management solutions.

All OKI products are built on parent company OKI Data Corporation’s history of leadership and innovation. Most of OKI’s color printing solutions feature Single Pass Color as well as proprietary digital LED and HD Color technologies. These technologies allow OKI Data Americas to manufacture products that require fewer moving parts for increased reliability and outstanding color output quality.

OKI provides live#, toll-free technical support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, with agents based in North America. In addition, OKI live chat feature is available to customers within the US and Canada seeking online support on weekdays during normal business hours within the Eastern time zone.

07/26/12

Invitation Consultants Featured in Teen Choice 2012 Celebrity Retreat

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The votes are in -- more than 134 million of them -- for Teen Choice 2012. Big winners at Sunday's show included the stars of Twilight, Glee and Taylor Swift. The show was hosted by Demi Lovato and Kevin McHale.

Backstage Creations hosted the exclusive Celebrity Retreat backstage where performers Carly Rae Jepsen, FloRida, Big Sean and No Doubt received gift bags. Invitation Consultants designed the summer-themed VIP pass to the Retreat. Presenters and attendees -- including Zooey Deschanel, Peter Facinelli, Kendall & Kylie Jenner, Tia & Tamera Mowry and Jordin Sparks -- also visited the lounge and received bags, including Invitation Consultants surf-inspired stationery.

"We love the summer spirit of Teen Choice and were thrilled Backstage Creations chose our VIP pass to use for the backstage Retreat," said Creative Director Jennifer Reilly Kelmer. "We hope our surf stationery will be something the performers, presenters and attendees enjoy using this summer."

For a full list of the Teen Choice winners, nominees and performers, visit http://teenchoiceawards.com.

07/26/12

3D Systems Introduces Cubify Invent

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3D Systems Corporation announced today the immediate availability of Cubify Invent, the first 3D design tool developed specifically with 3D printing in mind, empowering users to turn their ideas into reality for just $49. From the 3D content-to-print innovator and leader, simply download a free trial of Cubify Invent and start creating and making today.

Cubify Invent combines the power of professional design software with intuitive, free tutorials that make learning fun and easy. People familiar with basic CAD tools like SketchUp, and new users alike, can quickly advance to create and make in 3D, transforming even their most complex designs into 3D printables with Cubify Invent. Cubify members can access cloud-printing services for their creations or print their designs on Cube, the world's first 3D printer for the home.

"We are thrilled to offer the most affordable and powerful 3D design tool on Cubify today. Cubify Invent, combines our extensive 3D printing and design expertise to deliver a unique create-and-make experience to beginners and professionals alike, and this is just the beginning," promised Cathy Lewis, Vice President of Global Marketing for 3D Systems.

Get your free trial of Cubify Invent today.

07/26/12

KBA: Reducing Energy Input on High-Output Presses

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Sheetfed offset printing is an energy-intensive process. So it is all the more important to develop energy-efficient assemblies and to utilise waste heat wherever possible. Koenig & Bauer (KBA) has long been pursuing this train of thought in the interests of its customers and the environment, and has come up with some useful ideas.

With a sheetfed offset press, the amount of energy consumed depends to a large extent on the type of job being printed. Alongside general efforts to optimise energy efficiency, from which any printer would benefit, there are some additional options for reducing the primary energy input where the financial outlay would only be worthwhile for specific print applications. Given the diversity of the production parameters involved, determining the potential benefits of recovering and reutilising waste heat off the press in the most effective way required a series of precise measurements taken over a prolonged period of time.

Drawing on a solid foundation of captured data, KBA has developed an array of standard and optional features for enhancing the energy efficiency of Rapida presses from the feeder to the delivery. The most effective examples are given below.

Efficiency-enhancing four-quadrant drives
Rapidas are fitted with four-quadrant drives which enhance overall press efficiency by feeding braking energy back into the grid. This has proven particularly effective at reducing power consumption during makeready processes. KBA favours direct belt drive onto the first impression cylinder.

Shaftless DriveTronic feeder
KBA's DriveTronic feeder has no mechanical gears, longitudinal shafts or other energy-guzzling consumable parts. In their place are direct drives which are much more efficient. Proportional valves, in conjunction with a self-regulating air-compression cabinet, ensure that only the volume of blower and suction air actually required at the sheet separator is provided. This means a lower energy input for the air supply. Individual, distributed blowers at the suction belt ensure an energy-efficient sheet transport.

DriveTronic SIS sidelay-free infeed
Unlike mechanical or pneumatic systems, KBA's sidelay-free DriveTronic SIS infeed, which is now available as an option in every format class, requires no air suction and therefore also reduces the amount of energy consumed by the air-supply system.

Energy-saving roller-bearing technology
Smooth-running roller bearings with reduced backlash allow the impression cylinders and transfer drums to be rotated with very little effort using a hand crank. This bearing technology, which has been incorporated in KBA presses for many years now, is a major factor in cutting the Rapidas' energy consumption. The venturi effect is exploited to reduce the volume of blown air applied at the sheet guides. Spoilers at the transfer drums are effective in preventing undercurrents.

Fewer rollers in the printing unit
The number of rollers in the inking unit has been reduced to promote a quicker response. At the same time the single-ribbon ink train has been optimised to minimise abrasion and energy losses. The same applies to the triple-roller dampening unit. The ability to disengage inking units not required for the production run is a further energy-saving option. This on its own can deliver a total energy saving of around 3kW per inking unit. It is also good for the environment and the budget, since it eliminates the need for costly roller paste and the time spent applying it and washing it off.

AirTronic delivery requires smaller volume of blown air
The KBA AirTronic delivery has fewer blower pipes and thus consumes less air. Energy-efficient venturi nozzles help to stabilise the air-cushioned sheet travel. Aerodynamic spoilers at the gripper carriages maximise energy efficiency by optimising air currents. Less air resistance and improved sheet guidance automatically reduce air consumption.

Energy-saving VariDry dryer
The new generation of KBA drying systems dramatically enhances the efficiency of the coating systems as well. For example, the VariDryBLUE infrared/hot-air dryers with heat recovery cut energy input by as much as 50 per cent compared to conventional systems. The new VariDry UV dryers have also been made much more energy efficient by optimising reflector geometry and heat management at the radiation units, thus substantially increasing the level of radiation efficiency. The use of electronic ballasts delivers further savings by reducing energy consumption in stand-by mode.

Free cooling of temperature control circuit
Another energy-saving option KBA offers is free cooling of the temperature-control circuit. With this system, where the outside temperature is low enough the return circuit is coupled directly to the temperature-control circuit. The level of utilisation depends on plant location and the volume of waste heat generated. Test measurements revealed that free cooling was effective for more than 1,000 hours, the equivalent of 11.5 per cent of the annual total.

Assuming 220 working days, each with two shifts, as the operating time for the dual-purpose cooling system, and an average power rating of 6kW for the temperature-control circuit, this represents a total input of 20.9MWh from the cooling circuit. If all other parameters remain unchanged, 1,000 hours of free cooling per year would cut power consumption to 6.45MWh. In the best-case scenario free cooling would be available for 3,000 operating hours, resulting in a potential cost saving of up to €850 per year.

Energy-efficient air supply
An energy-efficient air-compression cabinet should always be water-cooled. By modifying the deployment of different types of compressor energy input for the air supply can be cut by up to 24MWh per year compared to rival cabinets. This is equivalent to a saving of 28 per cent in electricity consumption.

Utilising waste heat in the return cooling circuit
The waste heat emitted by the press and the water-cooled ancillary devices, and recovered via the return circuit, is potentially a major source of energy, eg for heating purposes. However, it is advisable to consider a number of factors prior to utilising this energy. If the plant is heated via an economical high-temperature system, there is a problem.

The average temperature in the cooling-circuit feed flow is 40°C. The feed flow of a high-temperature heating system is generally around 70°C to 80°C and the return flow 50°C to 60°C. It is therefore inadvisable to re-utilise directly the heat in the return cooling circuit, since it would cool the heating circuit. One way of circumventing this would be to install a heat pump, which would raise the temperature from 40°C to the level required for heating.

A feasibility study for such an installation would have to factor in the cost of substituting gas for the heating, the different levels of usage (heating only in the winter months, press not continuously in operation) and the energy consumed by the heat pump. In the most favourable scenario the return on investment would be around 15 years, which would make the installation uneconomical. If, however, the printing plant is a new build with a low-temperature heating system, waste heat from the return circuit can be used to reduce energy consumption for heating. Waste heat could also be used relatively easily to heat the paper stores or similar.

Reutilising exhaust air from the IR dryer
Some of the energy contained in dryer exhaust air can be re-utilised directly via a heat exchanger to pre-warm the air entering the dryer, thus reducing energy input. Much bigger savings can be achieved by cooling the exhaust air and warming the inflowing air via an exhaust heat pump. Depending on the press type, this can deliver energy savings of up to 50MWh per year.

07/25/12

GPO Welcomes New Director of the Office of the Federal Register

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Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks welcomes Charley Barth as the Director of the National Archives' Office of the Federal Register (OFR). The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and the National Archives have worked together for more than 75 years to produce the Federal Register, a daily journal of Government that provides the public with access to Government information and Federal regulations. The Federal Register is made available in print and digital formats along with other publications including the Code of Federal Regulations and the Public Papers of the Presidents. Barth brings more than 20 years of records management experience in the Federal Government to OFR from previous positions at the Department of the Navy and Department of Homeland Security.

"On behalf of GPO, I welcome Charley to his new position as Director of OFR and to the long partnership enjoyed between the two agencies," said Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. "I look forward to working with Charley to ensure that we meet the needs of our Federal agency customers and the American people."

"The Office of the Federal Register and the Government Printing Office have been in a unique partnership for more than 75 years and I hope to be a part of that partnership expanding the means by which the American people have access to the information they need," said Director of the Office of the Federal Register Charley Barth.

GPO is the Federal Government's primary resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government in both digital and tangible formats. GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies. In addition to publication sales, GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through GPO's Federal Digital System (www.fdsys.gov) and through partnerships with approximately 1,220 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program. For more information, please visit www.gpo.gov. Follow GPO on Facebook, Twitter, and on YouTube.

07/25/12

Condat Obtains ISO 50001 Energy Management Certification

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Condat’s coated paper mill has obtained ISO 50001 energy management system certification. The factory is recognized as one of the most environmentally-friendly in Europe.

The certification, based on a cycle of continuous process improvement, entails the efficient use of available energy sources, thus contributing to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Condat mill is located on the banks of the Vézère river, in the Périgord region of France, in extraordinary natural surroundings.

The environment has always been a priority for Condat, part of the Lecta Group, leading it to adopt best practices to ensure sustainable industrial development. Witness to this are ISO 14001 and EMAS Environmental Certifications, FSC and PEFC Chain of Custody Certifications, ISO 9001 Quality Management Certification, and, now, the ISO 50001 Energy Management System Certification that the mill has secured.

With this achievement, the Lecta Group advances in its commitment to obtain energy efficiency certification for all of its manufacturing sites in 2012.

For more information about Condat´s commitment to a sustainable future, please visit the Environment section of this website: www.condat-pap.com

07/25/12

ARC Relocates Eastern Regional Offices

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ARC, the nation's leading document solutions company for the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry, today announced that its eastern regional headquarters, located at 853 Broadway in New York, NY, will be relocating to 14 Wall Street, Suite 5C, effective July 30, 2012.

With regional service centers located throughout the Northeastern and New England states of the U.S., ARC has provided document solutions for New York's biggest names in design and construction for more than 100 years. From its earliest days when the company provided services for some of Manhattan's iconic skyline properties, to today's high profile projects such as the Freedom Towers, ARC continues to provide a wide range of products and services to its customers including digital document management tools, managed print services, color imaging, technology consulting, as well as traditional reprographics services.

The company's new Wall Street offices will also feature a technology showcase where customers can explore document solutions of all kinds, including ARC's proprietary software and web applications, the latest imaging and digital printing technology, and integrated solutions such as the company's recent partnership with HP to bring document management to the touchscreen interface of Designjet printers.

Phone numbers and staff at the new Wall Street office will remain unchanged. For general information or to schedule a tour of the new offices and technology showcase, contact Richard Waters at 212-777-1110, or via email at richard.waters@e-arc.com. To explore ARC's full complement of services and global reach, visit the company's website at www.e-arc.com.

07/24/12

Job Costing Program Saves $15,000 Annually

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Dynamic Systems, Inc., a Washington software developer, specializing in data collection Has installed The CheckMate Job Tracking Program at a label converter/ fabricator.

Release of Job Data

In business since 1981, DSI has been providing Barcode Software that tracks inventory, Jobs, Tools & Equipment, Documents, and ID Badge Systems. Barcode data collection has been proven to be the most accurate method of counting or tracking items.

Labels West Sees Dramatic Savings & Improved Productivity

Labels West, a print manufacturer, installed the CheckMate JobData software, which is designed for small to mid-sized fabricators or manufacturers. The. Company manufactures custom self adhesive labels for food, wine and personal care packaging. They were wasting hours every week searching for the work packets for jobs that were on their manufacturing floor. By Using the CheckMate Job Data software they are now able to locate the jobs quickly, saving their workers over 20 hours a week or about $15,000/year.

Additional Benefits

Besides the time and money saving in locating the job packets, Labels West management can locate the job within the manufacturing process, allowing the production manager to forecast finish dates and identify any hold-ups or bottlenecks in the process. Along with improving efficiencies, they can respond more quickly and accurately to their customers’ questions about lead-times and expected complete dates.

Cost Jobs

Job Data includes the ability to record actual labor, parts and scrap against the jobs. The system installs on a Windows based PC, and is very easy to use. “I would highly recommend this solution. It installed easily, is stable and the technical support is excellent,” stated John Shanley, Owner of Labels West.

07/24/12

Heidelberg Successfully Develops IT as a New Area of Business

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Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is extending its portfolio for customers outside the print media industry. The Heidelberg CAx Quality Manager is a new CAD add-on that enables users in various sectors - such as mechanical and plant engineering, the automotive and aviation industries, medical technology, and the electrical industry - to quickly and reliably check the quality of their own product and production data (CAx data) and that of their suppliers.

Making complexity manageable

The quality of CAx data has a key impact on costs throughout the product life cycle. In addition to this, industrial products are becoming increasingly complex. To enable precise control right from the development stage, Heidelberg Engineering Consulting has developed a software product that can be integrated in Siemens' NX CAD system and thus incorporated in the product creation process. At the touch of a button, the Heidelberg CAx Quality Manager checks the quality of product data for the entire process chain - from development and production to assembly and service. Users can check individual components, complete assemblies, or drawings. The system indicates errors, suggests corrections, and documents all results. This enables errors to be identified and rectified at an early stage, which cuts costs. It also improves the quality of the existing CAx data, which provides a sound basis for modifying and further developing products.

Used to good effect at Heidelberg

Heidelberg has been using the system itself for its own CAx data checking for around six years and has made improvements to the software on an ongoing basis. Particular benefits of the current version include intuitive operation and the speed of the checking process. Customers can use the software in their existing work environment without much training and can also add their own checking routines. What's more, the software supports configuration of NX models in line with customized CAx methods and standards.

"Managing complex structures and processes is part of our core business here at Heidelberg. The Heidelberg CAx Quality Manager helps us a great deal in this respect. We have turned it into a market-leading technology, which we intend to expand further, and other sectors can now also benefit from this product," says Hartmut Ball, head of Engineering Consulting at Heidelberg. Four prestigious pilot customers from the mechanical engineering, automotive, and aviation industries are already using the Heidelberg CAx Quality Manager on a total of around 1,000 CAD workstations.

"Heidelberg is proving increasingly successful in opening up new areas of business. In addition to our other activities in new areas, primarily energy technology, we are now also gaining a foothold in IT. The volume of orders in these new areas of business has already reached the mid two-digit million euro range, which is fully in line with our target," says Stephan Plenz, Member of the Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment.

07/24/12

USPS Planning 2012 Holiday Mobile Shopping Promotion

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Cyber Monday was the busiest shopping day last year. Up 29 percent over 2010, Cyber Monday's purchasing surge was no doubt due to a number of deals offered by retailers. And with the deal the U.S. Postal Service is planning for online merchants this holiday season, Cyber Monday 2012 could be even better.

Designed to drive online product purchases by putting mobile-optimized promotional offers, coupons and catalogs into consumers' hands, the U.S. Postal Service's 2012 Holiday Mobile Shopping Promotion will offer online merchants an upfront 2 percent postage discount on Standard Mail and First-Class Mail letters, flats and cards (presort and automation) that include a mobile barcode or print/mobile technology - such as a QR code - that can be read or scanned by a mobile device and leads the mail recipient to a mobile-optimized shopping website. The promotion will run Nov. 7- Nov. 21, 2012.

Mailers may also qualify for an additional 1 percent postage rebate on their discounted mailings if a portion of their product orders are fulfilled via Priority Mail between Nov. 9, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2012. The 2012 Holiday Mobile Shopping Promotion is subject to approval by the Postal Regulatory Commission.

"This latest pricing incentive solidifies the Postal Service's leadership role as a catalyst of e-commerce trade between consumers and online merchants," said Gary Reblin, vice president, Domestic Products. "The reliability of mail to serve as the on-ramp for mobile commerce, along with the tremendous growth of mobile devices, gives online merchants a surefire way to generate sales this holiday season.

"By offering a short-term promotion linking mail and mobile devices during the key holiday purchasing timeframe, the Postal Service is providing online merchants with an incentive designed to increase industry adoption of a physical-to-digital marketing approach."

For additional information on the 2012 Holiday Mobile Shopping Promotion, go to RIBBS. Program registration opens Sept. 15, 2012, and continues through Nov. 21, 2012. Participants must agree to partake in a survey about the promotion.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

07/23/12

Estimator Announces New Version of Its Print Management Software

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The Estimator Corp today announced the availability of its award winning Estimating and Work-Flow Print- Management software. Version-109125

One of the exceptional new features allows for a Dutch layout to accurately calculate a 12 page Dutch folio layout for printing on 23X 29” stock, and even accurately and automatically includes the extra pocket when stitching.

Optional remote cloud access is also a staple of the new Estimator after winning last years Must- Seeums award at Graph Expo.

With a program and price for every budget Estimators can prove that it is the most cost-effective and least expensive system to operate available anywhere.

“We so confident that we will install the full-run no restrictions program in any plant matching your pricing for the press of your choice to prove our claim” says CEO Mark L Myers. “This is accomplished within a few days and requires only about 15 minutes of the printer’s time.”

For additional information visit our website www.estimatorcorp.com register and download the program or for a personal webinar, Call Mark @ 203 682 6436 or Gary @ 519 633 8640

07/23/12

PBI Offers Color Management Workshop

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If you’ve noticed your workflow being increasingly consumed by the tasks of color management and preparing files for print, then you need to get hold of the process by attending the first-ever Color Management Workshop presented by Print Buyers International this fall.

This half-day “master class” led by Daniel Dejan will help graphic designers, brand managers, and other production professionals better understand how to work with color and develop an optimized color workflow. The workshop will be held from 9:00 am – noon on Monday, October 8th, 2012, at McCormick Place in Chicago, just prior to the start of PBI’s 7th Annual Print & Media Conference Check it out here.

Developed in response to attendee requests at past Print & Media Conferences, the new Color Management Workshop will focus on a step-by-step review and discussion of optimizing one’s workflow by addressing critical areas where most print challenges develop. Topics to be covered will include:

* Color Theory: the impact of the RGB to CMYK conversion on print * Why WYSIWYG isn’t always true
* Which measuring instruments you can’t be without
* The impact of paper on color
* The value of SWOP, GRACoL, and G7 in increasing predictability of results
* Addressing the challenges of color management
* And more

The three-hour workshop will be presented by award-winning graphic designer Daniel Dejan. A highly respected speaker, educator, production manager, and print buyer, Dejan serves as the North American ETC Print & Creative Manager for Sappi Fine Paper and has been a proverbial “rock star” at Print & Media Conferences for years. In addition, each attendee will receive his or her own copy of Sappi’s Standard #2: Color Management and Calibration, and a copy of Dejan’s presentation for note-taking and future reference.

“This is a unique opportunity to sharpen your skills in workflow optimization and color management with one of the foremost experts in the field,” observes PBI founder and Conference host Margie Dana. “So much of production has moved out of the pressroom and onto the desktop, I feel confident this workshop will offer tremendous value to anyone that designs for or prepares files for print.”

Adding to the Workshop’s appeal are the great advantages that come with it. Register by September 4th, 2012, to benefit from PBI’s generous Early Bird discount. Learn and save more by adding one or two days at the 7th Annual Print & Media Conference to your Workshop registration. Every Workshop registration also includes a complimentary ticket to the Graph Expo Exhibit Hall with 400+ exhibitors, plus discounts on major airlines and 30+ Chicago area hotels. Just click on the “Learn More” link on the PBI homepage to get started.

Got questions? Get answers from PBI Executive Administrator Barbara Graham, 978-692-4651 or barbara@printbuyersinternational.com.

07/23/12

Informa Print & Media Group Acquires mediaPro

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Informa Print & Media Group, the organiser of Cross Media 2012 and Ipex 2014, has acquired mediaPro from CloserStill Media with immediate effect. Informa will integrate mediaPro within Cross Media 2012, which runs from 3-4 September 2012 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.

Cross Media 2012 is the event for marketers and agencies to discover how cross-platform campaigns can improve ROI, and for traditional print and media owners to understand the commercial implications and opportunities for their businesses. The free-to-attend event features six seminar theatres, over 70 inspirational speakers and more than 80 exhibitors.

mediaPro was conceived to help media professionals understand the shifting landscape of multichannel marketing, and to bring marketers, agencies and publishers together with a broad range of technology and solution providers. In 2011, the mediaPro seminar programme featured over 60 senior marketers from national and global brands, highlighting cutting edge campaigns and creative initiatives.

Nick Craig Waller, Event Director for Cross Media 2012 and Marketing Director for Ipex 2014 comments: "mediaPro is a well-known event brand for the media and marketing community, and we are delighted to be able to integrate it within Cross Media 2012 this year. This will enhance the educational content that we can offer visitors from the marketing community. The agency, marketing, publishing and creative visitor audiences that have gravitated to mediaPro since its launch will find all the guidance and inspiration they need at Cross Media 2012 - it's a perfect fit."

He continues: "Looking ahead to Ipex 2014, the acquisition of mediaPro reinforces our commitment to evolving Ipex to reflect the contemporary print value chain. We fully recognise that marketing and publishers play a critical role in creating, planning and delivering effective multi-channel campaigns with print at its core. With that in mind, Ipex 2014 will have a strong focus on helping media professionals and print service providers collaborate more closely to deliver optimum ROI for the brand owner."

Commenting on behalf of the Informa Print & Media Group, Trevor Crawford, Group Director says: "This acquisition reflects Informa's ongoing commitment to the print and media sector, and we look forward to further developing the Cross Media brand with the view to becoming an integral part of Ipex 2014. Nearly 400,000 people work in London's £32 billion creative industry and generate 16% of the city's gross value, making it the capital's second largest sector. And, as it hosts a large number of Europe's biggest advertisers and world-leading digital agencies, Ipex 2014, which is taking place from 26th March to 2nd April 2012 at London's ExCeL International Exhibition and Conference Centre is set to attract a wider audience of print specifiers than ever before."

Phil Nelson, Commercial Director of CloserStill, comments: "mediaPro has come a long way since its launch less than three years ago, attracting an audience of over 4,500 senior marketing decision-makers in 2011. There is a great fit between mediaPro and Informa`s print and marketing portfolio which should be to the benefit of exhibitors and visitors and help mediaPro to develop further and faster."

The acquisition of mediaPro is limited to the brand assets and intellectual property. No personnel will move to Informa Group.

07/20/12

NowDocs Releases NowPrint 8.1

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NowDocs International, Inc., the leading provider in patented Web-to-Print technology, has released the latest version of its web-based job submission and print production software tool, NowPrint 8.1.

This version is loaded with new features and restructured functionalities in NowDocs’ continual effort to improve the user experience. One of the most notable enhancements to NowPrint is the Reports User Interface page, giving users updated information immediately with four all-new reports.

Is your company struggling to keep up with demand while trying to increase efficiencies? NowPrint has added a Credit Card Processing solution to its software to get your customers through the entire process faster, in the secure NowPrint PCI compliant environment.

NowPrint 8.1 also includes a number of prominent improvements and upgrades.

* Updated Report User Interface, including the brand new Catalog Items Ordered by User Report, Credit Card Transaction Report and Updated Inventory – Total Usage Report.

* The mouse-over zoom functionality has been added to the Approver and Buyer’s Approval Preview page enabling users to view their data in a magnified window when changes are made to the document.

* Incorporated Adobe InDesign’s Auto Font Loading feature, allowing you to upload fonts to the NowPrint platform bypassing the NowPrint Support team, saving you time and money.

* Improved Personalized Product List Builder allowing the administrator to more efficiently maintain list data. “At NowDocs we understand how important progressive functionality is to you. With the new reporting features in NowPrint 8.1 it really helps you stay on top of your customers’ total usage in the system,” said Sam Froese, President of NowDocs, a Taylor Corporation company.

The NowDocs IT Technical Support team is always available to help with your web-to-print needs. They are available 24/7 for your convenience. NowPrint 8.1 is an upgrade that keeps our software on the cutting edge in the Web-to-Print industry.

07/20/12

Tobias Associates Announces the TBX 1000 Series

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The newly announced TBX 1000 Transmission Densitometer measures visual diffuse optical density (OD) to 6.00D .This wide measuring range uniquely allows evaluation of many types of film, laminates and substrate. The TBX 1500 in addition, calculates positive and negative dot areas; whilst the top of the range TBX 2000, also measures percent opacity and transmission.

‘Our latest incarnation of the TBX family of products is another example of the highest quality engineering for which Tobias has become rightfully famous’ comments Eric Tobias, CEO of Tobias Associates. ‘American designed and made here in Ivyland PA, USA, as have all of our units for over 50 years’. he added.

‘The TBX 1000 Series provides a very high degree of accuracy and precision and offers an optional color filter for special applications, it is very durable requiring minimal repair or maintenance’, adds Bill Bender International Sales Director, who has been with Tobias for over 34 years and manages the company’s successful global sales activities, through a dealer channel spread across six continents.

Further details are available on the Tobias Associates web site; www.densitometer.com

07/20/12

FlexTech Alliance Funded Project with Clemson University Completed

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Study focused on conductive ink characteristics in production roll-to-roll and roll-to-sheet manufacturing

FlexTech Alliance, focused on developing the electronic display and flexible, printed electronics industry supply chains, announced the completion of a research project with Clemson University for benchmarking printing processes in roll-to-roll manufacturing of printed electronics components. The FlexTech Alliance funded study is an important first step in understanding conductive printed features fabricated using full-scale printing presses as opposed to laboratory scale equipment.

The study, performed at the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics at Clemson University, yielded a number of insights into the performance of flexographically printed conductive features. A variety of factors were investigated including plate type and preparation conditions, plate tint and patterning, press speed, substrate type, printed feature size, press orientation, and line and gap width. The printed traces were evaluated by electrical and optical measurements. Over 45,000 resistances were measured, and nearly 1,000 three-dimensional optical profiles were obtained.

“The biggest roadblock in completing all of the press trials was obtaining the volume of conductive inks required to conduct the benchmarking,” commented Charles Tonkin, director of the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics at Clemson University. “However, we made tremendous progress in understanding the variables of anilox cell volume and its impact on conductivity, the printed feature performance of different substrate materials, the impact of orientation of the printed features relative to the press direction, and the inconsistencies between plate type and associated factors.”

“The benchmarks established by the Clemson University study significantly moves us along the path to commercialization,” said Michael Ciesinski, CEO of the FlexTech Alliance. “The study provides knowledge of critical factors influencing process variability for printed, flexible electronics. We’re now evaluating next steps to further the work Clemson has initiated.”

Full results of the study were made available to FlexTech Alliance members.

Clemson dedicated the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics in March 2009. It is the only university program in the country that brings together packaging science, graphic communication, and the materials, environmental science, manufacturing, marketing and psychology disciplines to study packaging methods. See http://sonocoinstitute.com.

07/19/12

Harper Announces Two Major Promotions

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Alan Rogers and Juan Bermudez, valued employees at global anilox roll supplier Harper Corporation of America, have been recognized for their professional performance with promotions. As of June 18, 2012, Alan Rogers is the Vice President of Sales for the United States and Canada and Juan Bermudez is the Vice President of Sales for Latin America.

In his new position, Rogers will oversee all Harper sale activity within the United States and Canada. Additionally, he will supervise the Customer Service team and head up corporate relations.

Rogers joined the Harper family on May 24, 2004 as a Technical Account Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech and has worked as a member of management at various organizations since 1987.

Bermudez, in taking on the role of Vice President of Sales for Latin America, will oversee the efforts of agents, sales, and growth within his territory. As such, he will head up the Latin America sales team.

On October 6, 1997, Bermudez joined the Harper family as a Regional Sales Manager for Latin America. Bermudez holds a Bachelor of International Studies and a Master of Business Administration in Management and Marketing. Additionally, he has earned FIRST certification as an Implementation Specialist, which allows him to bring a great deal of knowledge and insight into the flexographic industry.

Harper Corporation of America is looking forward to the accomplishments both Rogers and Bermudez will achieve in their new roles and congratulates them on their success.

For more information, please contact Jazmin Kluttz at 704-588-3371, ext. 4292, or jkluttz@harperimage.com.

07/19/12

Ironsides Introduces Dynamic Productivity Tracking

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Ironsides Technology has introduced a new job tracking and productivity reporting platform appropriate for any commercial printing and direct mail operation striving to reduce overhead costs and optimize throughput.

Dynamic Productivity Tracking enables printing and mailing organizations to gain a real-time understanding of the status of job production versus SLA’s and production schedules while measuring operator and equipment productivity across the entire production enterprise. The DPT software allows all authorized users, from their local or remote desktop, to understand all production and delivery metrics of current and historical jobs. Real-time job information is available in textural and graphical report formats.

Designed for direct mail and commercial printing operations, Dynamic Productivity Tracking eliminates the time consuming process reporting and job status logging of equipment operators and supervisors. DPT provides management with the necessary real-time information to optimize throughput, job balancing and labor costs. Scalable to add new devices and processes, Dynamic Productivity Tracking is field upgradable to Ironsides’ Automated Production Tracking which additionally provides enterprise wide piece tracking, integrity reporting and reprint automation.

Ironsides President, Bill Riley, explains “In an increasingly competitive marketplace, commercial printing and direct mail processors are looking for ways to streamline throughput and impact their bottom line. Dynamic Productivity Tracking provides our clients with a practical real-time strategy to reduce overhead costs, reduce the risk of late delivery penalties and optimize their production.”

Dynamic Productivity Tracking is immediately available from Ironsides Technology and is fully upgradable to Ironsides Technology’s APT software.

07/19/12

3D Systems' Cube Home 3D Printer Named Cool by Stuff Magazine

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3D Systems Corporation announced today that its Cube home 3D printer made Stuff Magazine's 2012 Cool List, ranking in the top five out of 19 hottest products for the year. Known for heralding what's new and breakthrough in gadgets, gear and technology, Stuff Magazine refers to this list as 'The Most Awesome Stuff of Now.' The 19 gadgets, trends, apps and items of intrigue that follow aren't just cool -- they're bona-fide tech milestones. See complete information on Cube at http://cool-list.stuff.tv/.

Stuff Magazine suggests that "Just as Apple blew minds by introducing the concept of a 'home' PC in 1976, so it could be the Cube and 3D printing. It's not the world's first 3D printer, but it is the first to tempt our inner mad scientist, with a (relatively) low price tag and user-friendly touchscreen. Files for your plastic 3D objects can be downloaded online, and a forthcoming app will allow you to scan items with your Kinect. Whether you want to print spare parts for ancient furniture or create jewelry from the waveform of your favorite song, the Cube points a big, plastic arrow towards an exciting, personalized future."

"We are thrilled and honored to have been selected for this prestigious and extremely awesome recognition. Cube has been shipping now for just over a month and we continue to be delighted with the overwhelming response to this exciting 'plug and play' 3D printer for the class room and living room," said Cathy Lewis, Vice President Global Marketing, 3D Systems.

07/18/12

Standard Register Position Paper on Advancing Healthcare's Transformation

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As debate on the Supreme Court decision to substantially uphold the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) broadens, Standard Register, a recognized leader in managing critical communications for healthcare, has issued a position paper that outlines a best-practice approach for continuing to advance the transformation in care within the evolving healthcare landscape. It’s available at http://www.standardregister.com/docs/healthcare/healthcare-reform-position-paper.pdf.

“It’s a dynamic environment, but the job of transforming healthcare can’t stand still,” said Brad Cates, president forStandard Register Healthcare. “Our intent is to bring focus to those areas where there is widespread consensus, and to support providers and payers on those critical initiatives that can make a measurable difference to care.”

07/18/12

Transcontinental sells its book printing assets

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After reviewing its business plan and long-term strategic objectives, Transcontinental Inc. today announced that it is selling its book printing assets, namely Transcontinental Gagné printing plant in Louiseville and Transcontinental Métrolitho printing plant in Sherbrooke, to Marquis Book Printing Inc., in Cap-Saint-Ignace, which specializes in book printing.

Given the highly competitive industry of recent years, Transcontinental plans to further specialize in only certain type of markets, such as four-colour web offset printing for educational book markets in Québec, Canada and the United States, a niche where it stands out and has an established reputation. Results in these markets have been excellent and the Corporation is confident about future development.

François Olivier, President and CEO of Transcontinental Inc., says "we thought long and hard before deciding to sell the assets of our Sherbrooke and Louiseville plants. Over the past several months we have made strategic decisions based on changes in the book printing market. We are sure that our one- and two-colour book customers in Québec will continue to be well served by the new acquirer. For our part, we remain well positioned to respond to the demands of our customers who are looking for better marketing solutions in our areas of specialization, including educational book printing."

07/18/12

Printing Industries Urges U.S. House of Representatives to Vote on Postal Reform

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Responding to media reports that the U.S. House is unlikely to vote on postal reform legislation this summer, Printing Industries of America today warned of the disastrous consequences this delay would pose to the printing and graphic communications industry--and to the overall future viability of the U.S. Postal Service.

H.R. 2309, the Postal Reform Act, sponsored by House Oversight & Government Affairs Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, was approved by the committee last fall but has languished in its journey to a full House vote. Postal reform was initially included on a July “To Do” memo issued by House GOP Leadership, and a vote prior to the August recess had been expected until this week.

“Everyone knows a presidential election year means Congress stops legislating for all intents and purposes in the weeks leading up to Election Day, but that’s no excuse for letting the month of July slip by without putting substantive, ready-to-go legislation like postal reform on the House floor for a vote,” said Michael Makin, Printing Industries of America’s President & CEO.

“Perhaps the House thinks it will be ‘33rd time's a charm’ in its continual quest to repeal so-called Obamacare, but most observers know yesterday’s 33rd repeal vote--and others like it that highlight campaign themes but have zero chance of seeing the light of day in the Senate or becoming law--is pure political theater. Rather than focusing on ‘messaging votes’ to spotlight job-killing policies, the House should take a vote on legislation like H.R. 2309 that actually does something to address job creation and growth--and has a valid chance of becoming law.”

The Senate passed its version of postal reform in April and is awaiting the House-passed version in order to begin a bicameral conference to resolve differences between two bills. A delay in the House vote imperils the prospect that enough time will remain on a dwindling legislative calendar to achieve final passage of postal reform by the end of 2012. While the House could consider H.R. 2309 in September or in the post-election lame duck session, there is considerable risk that the issue could slip altogether in the face of other must-pass legislation related to the approaching “fiscal cliff.”

“The longer the House postpones a postal reform vote, the greater the chances are that nothing happens at all. Meanwhile, the U.S. Postal Service loses $25 million per day and consumer confidence in the future value of mail grows more uncertain. I support Chairman Issa’s drive to finish the job on postal reform and respectfully urge the House GOP leadership to move H.R. 2309 back to the top of this summer’s ‘must pass’ list of legislative priorities,” said Makin.

“Additionally, I urge Printing Industries of America member companies and all stakeholders in the mailing economy to urge the House not to let the critical opportunity to achieve postal reform slip away altogether. Postal reform equals jobs, plain and simple. The industry must make its collective voice heard in urging a vote on H.R. 2309 be held as soon as possible.”

07/16/12

International Scholars Visit U.S. Digital Print Company

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GlobalSoft Digital Solutions, a leading international digital marketing, print and distribution company, recently opened its North American doors to twenty-three international scholars of East China University in Shanghai, China for a tour and presentation of the company’s role in the digital print industry. Looking to continue a strong and positive presence in the community, GSDS took the opportunity to work with Ramapo College of New Jersey to not only provide a hands-on learning experience for the students, but further educate others on the field of digital marketing and print.

“Working with local colleges to educate students on emerging technology in digital marketing is a win/win for GlobalSoft. It helps the students get hands- on experience of real world applications and technology that they would never read or experience in college. For us, it gives us the opportunity to introduce digital technology at the grass roots level and build organic bonds with the future of our industry,” stated Christopher M. Petro, President and CEO of GlobalSoft Digital Solutions. “We host these kinds of sessions as often as the opportunity presents itself and feel they have immediate and long term benefits. This opportunity is unique as it challenges our staff to share and educate with others from a completely different culture,” said Petro.

The international scholar students were part of the two-week U.S. Business and Public Administration Immersion Summer Program at Ramapo College of New Jersey. During their stay, the students took college courses composed of 4 modules in the fields of macroeconomic policy, business environment, corporate culture, business strategy, and more. In addition to their studies, field trips to American companies were provided to allow an overview of the economic, business and political environment of the U.S.A.

“The students are very interested in visiting U.S. businesses to view first-hand the operations of these organizations and to meet and interact with their leaders,” said Rosa Diaz-Mulryan, Assistant Vice President of the Center for Innovative and Professional Learning at RCNJ. “As a leader in digital communications solutions for both large and small clients internationally, GSDS well represents the innovative strategies and technologies used by today's U.S. companies. Ramapo includes this type of experiential education in all of its programs.”

“The company visit was fantastic because we learned how [GSDS] is organized, operates and how it does business. I learned a lot about the American company culture, which will benefit me in understanding the culture and help me work in a foreign company like American companies,” said international scholar, Zhi Hui Huang.

The scholars were not, however, the first international audience to visit the Mahwah facility. Two months prior, GSDS hosted a similar event with 11 Japanese businessmen in the industry of digital print, who also intended to view an American business at work. Other initiatives continue to be coordinated, including a similar visit from students of RCNJ’s scholarship program, EOF (Educational Opportunity Fund), as well as, the recent implementation of an all year round internship program at their Mahwah office.

07/16/12

Smartpress.com Becomes 100% Replanted

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Smartpress.com announces today it is taking new steps in becoming an ecologically conscious and responsible companythrough its partnership with Trees, Water & People and its initiative to become 100% replanted. Smartpress.com has made a promise to replant the equivalent amount of trees used during printing on a monthly basis starting July 1, 2012.

“Through this project we are taking our initiative to exercise environmental responsibility to the next level by making the commitment to be one of the first printing companies ever to become 100% Replanted,” says Chuck Reese, president, Smartpress.com.

Smartpress.com calculated the amount of paper used monthly in pounds and converted it into how many seedlings needed to be planted to make it even using Trees, Water & People’s online calculator. Smartpress.comhas made the commitment to plant five seedlings per tree used each monthto ensure success.

Through the 100% Replanted program trees are planted in rural communities that border protected areas of forests in El Salvador. Planting trees in Central America has several important benefits: the cost of planting is low, the trees grow quickly in the tropical climate, and the tree nurseries create jobs for local people.

07/16/12

de Persgroep Automates 95% of Digital Publishing with Quark

Press release from the issuing company

Quark announced today that de Persgroep Publishing, the leading Benelux media company, is using Quark Publishing Platform to publish digital versions of twelve weekly magazines, one monthly magazine, and eight newspapers with 40 regional editions. Thanks to Quark Publishing Platform, dio:content, and a suite of in-house Java applications, de Persgroep now distributes 3 million copies every day and is generating 20,000 downloads a week across all iPad publications. With a pool of over 1,000 QuarkXPress and Quark CopyDesk users, de Persgroep leverages the content structuring functionalities of Quark Publishing Platform to integrate print and digital workflows, allowing publishing to the iPad in one minute per page.

This high-performance publishing process enables de Persgroep to automate 95 percent of the digital workflow and repurpose content to produce numerous newspapers and supplement magazines at no extra cost to the company. Guy De Bruyn, de Persgroep’s Corporate ICT Manager, said, “de Persgroep, as an innovative and modern media company, must be on the iPad. Nowadays readers are expecting media companies to produce digital editions for smartphones and tablets, but publishers are struggling to find a budget-friendly way of delivering the content they already produce to a host of new devices.

“We wanted to get our publications onto the iPad, iPhone, and online without having to create a separate dedicated tablet team, which would require increased costs, time, and resources. For our digital strategy to be sustainable we had to focus on structuring our content in the right way, streamlining collaboration, and reusing our content as much as possible. We had been using Quark Publishing Platform for our print production for years and trusted that it could deliver the type of automation that we needed to be competitive in the digital market.”

John McGrann, Sales Director for Northern Europe at Quark, said, “de Persgroep is one of the world’s largest media companies that has adopted an innovative and forward-looking approach to their publishing platform. By choosing best of breed publishing solutions from Quark they not only drive substantial efficiencies through publishing automation, they are also perfectly positioned for any future technology their customers might demand. This is the essence of dynamic publishing; create structured content, pair it with rich design, and automate the publishing process to print, Web and digital devices such as the iPad. We look forward to our continued partnership with de Persgroep and companies like them that want to move to the next generation of publishing automation.”

A detailed case study on how de Persgroep Publishing is using Quark Publishing Platform to publish digitally is available at http://www.quark.com/About_Quark/Press/Success_Stories.aspx.

07/12/12

3D Systems' Dental Printer Makes the 3Shape Grade

Press release from the issuing company

3D Systems Corporation announced today that it successfully completed the integration of its new ProJet MP 3500 Dental 3D Printers with 3Shape's Dental System and CAMbridge for direct, high speed, precision model production from the 3Shape Trios intraoral scanner.

Sun Dental Labs successfully deployed this integrated solution to produce up to 24 quad cases in 5 1/2 hours. Chuck Stapleton, Vice President of Digital Manufacturing at Sun, said, "The ProJet MP produces full quad cases of plaster-like models for about $5 and enables Sun to produce any type of restoration from our customer's stone model scanner or intra-oral scanner. The combined impact of this solution's precision, affordability and plaster-like characteristics compel us to step up our transition to a full digital work flow."

"We are very pleased to offer our dental lab customers a proven, integrated solution that combines the latest products from two leading providers into a powerful and affordable manufacturing tool," said Lee Dockstader, VP Business Development, 3D Systems Corporation. For complete product information on the ProJet 3500 MP and DP dental printers visit toptobottomdental.com.

07/12/12

QuarkXPress for Educators Offers Free Copy of QuarkXPress 9

Press release from the issuing company

Quark announced today the QuarkXPress for Educators Program, an exclusive chance for teachers in North America to receive a complimentary copy of the newest version of QuarkXPress. The program aims to help teachers in K-12 and higher education institutions gain experience with QuarkXPress 9 in order to prepare students for the emerging need for skills in digital design and cross-media publishing, including designing apps for the iPad.

With a free license of QuarkXPress 9, educators are able to:

-- Experiment with digital design through the integration of interactive features
-- Teach students collaboration and designer-driven automation skills that will prepare them for world of digital publishing
-- Create documents for print and Web, in addition to Apple’s iPad and e-readers like the Kindle

Dana Coester, assistant professor at West Virginia University’s School of Journalism and formerly an art director with Time, Inc., works with both InDesign and QuarkXPress, but has been especially pleased with App Studio. App Studio works with QuarkXPress 9 to allows users to create content that can be published to digital devices — e-readers, smartphones, and tablets — with one tool, and without coding.

Coester said, “I choose QuarkXPress 9 for digital publishing because it offers a low threshold entry to the tablet space for independent designers, small publications, and students building portfolio work. The WoodWing integration for InDesign seems to be designed primarily for large corporate publishing and large scale multi-issue workflow. It does not invite the kind of innovative, independent, and artisan publishing that QuarkXPress 9 can enable. Quark also offers training materials for publishing to tablets that really help print designers move into interactive space in an accessible, convenient way.”

Keith Martin, senior lecturer at the London College of Communication, said, “This is a great opportunity for teachers to try out QuarkXPress 9, an established professional tool that defined the course of desktop publishing and is still going strong. It is proving very popular with our students at London College of Communication for creating digital publications. Teachers can learn the basics very quickly and help their students realize their creative ideas, producing print and digital work with only one piece of software and acquiring understanding and skills that are invaluable in the ever-changing publishing industry.”

Keith Wood, a senior designer at Vanderbilt University said, “I had been looking into digital publishing for over a year and was creating test pieces with a variety of tools, including solutions from Adobe. I found building interactive content with various other software options was cumbersome and the pricing was way out of line. I held out for QuarkXPress and App Studio because I had a lot of previous success creating interactive presentations like Virtual Vanderbilt, a digital athletics recruiting tool. Creating the issue file for our first ever digital publication-based iPad app was really easy and I picked up on it quickly.”

Free step-by-step tutorials from Quark come in the form of modular lessons that span from QuarkXPress basics and typography to interactive layouts and digital publishing. Each module contains a PDF guide and all the supporting sample files required to complete the module. To learn more about QuarkXPress 9 or to view online training videos, please visit:http://www.quark.com/Products/QuarkXPress/Quark_Training/#.T_NdW_VXfcw.

The QuarkXPress for Educators Program is open to K-12 and higher education educators at accredited institutions in the United States and Canada who teach classes in graphic design, digital media, print media, journalism, imaging arts, interactive media, interactive arts and development, new media, as well as other study areas that can be submitted to Quark for consideration. The program will be introduced in additional geographies in the coming weeks. To learn more and sign up, please visit: http://www.quark.com/Products/QuarkXPress/Programs/Education/Teacher_Try_It.aspx.

To check out iPad apps created by all types of designers, visit Quark’s App Showcase:
http://www.quark.com/Products/AppStudio/App_Showcase.aspx.

Education Pricing
The retail price of QuarkXPress 9 is $849 for full product or $349 for an upgrade. Students, teachers, and faculty are eligible for special education pricing of $199 for full product and upgrades and students graduating from higher education institutions are eligible for a commercial graduate pricing of $349. Quark education volume licensing for both K-12 and higher education institutions is also available which offers an over 80 percent discount off the retail cost of implementing QuarkXPress 9. Volume licensing packages also include one year of QuarkXPress maintenance.

07/12/12

interlinkONE Presents Free Webinar on Mobile Marketing

Press release from the issuing company

On Thursday, July 12 at 2PM Eastern Time, interlinkONE CMO Jason Pinto will be presenting a webinar entitled, “Become the Mobile Services Provider.” This webinar will highlight key industry trends, statistics, and strategies that service providers can follow to grow their business through technologies such as QR Codes, mobile websites, mobile surveys, and more.

Registration is free, but seating is limited. Reserve your seat today at http://ilnk.me/WebJuly12.

During this one-hour webinar, Jason will share actionable insight as to how service providers can effectively provide mobile solutions to their clients.

Some of the topics Jason will be covering include:

Opportunities to Make Money with Mobile Marketing Today

Technologies for Building Mobile Websites & More

How iFlyMobi's White Label Program Benefits YOU

Tips for Selling Mobile Services

And more!

“There is no doubt that QR Codes, mobile websites, and other mobile technologies are quite hot in the world of marketing,” said Pinto. “Adding those solutions to the list of services that you offer can be a big step towards redefining your business and energizing your profits. It's time for service providers to capitalize!”

Registration for this webinar is free and can be done online today at http://ilnk.me/WebJuly12.

07/11/12

BGP Provides Kit Sponsorship for “The Waitrose Wheelies”

Press release from the issuing company

BGP recently provided kit sponsorship for Waitrose Weekend, the weekly newspaper of Waitrose, as its team of 11 “Waitrose Wheelies” cyclists undertook a 54-mile charity bike ride from London to Brighton on 17th June.

The bike ride saw some 27,000 cyclists undertake a gruelling trek from Clapham Common in London to the finishing line on the Promenade in Brighton, all in aid of The British Heart Foundation.

BGP provided sponsorship of the “Waitrose Wheelies” team’s cycling jerseys and fleece tops, all of which were embroidered with the team’s name and BGP logo. Waitrose is a customer of the BGP Group, with BGP being responsible for printing the Waitrose Weekend newspaper since its launch in 2010. BGP’s sister company, Stones the Printers, has also been printing Waitrose’s A5 cookery cards since the same time.

On the lead up to the event the Waitrose team had endured significant training sessions in Windsor Great Park on Wednesday evenings to help with their fitness, as several members of the team had not been on a bike for some time.

Sue Goater, Editor for Marketing at Waitrose and also part of the team commented, “The kit looked great. The cycling tops were really useful with additional back pockets, and the fleeces kept us warm at the end of our ride.”

Sue said the team had also been inspired to carry on with their bike riding from now on.

“We are all going to carry on riding, and many of us have signed up for other rides,” she said.

The Waitrose Wheelies cycling team started out their journey on the day by meeting up in the car park at their store in Balham, before moving on to the starting point at Clapham Common.

Their journey finished in another Waitrose car park, this time just off the seafront in Brighton.

A video diary of the day’s trek was taken along the way by Waitrose’s Head of Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing, Quentin Clark, who was also part of the team.

An amusing rap at the end of the video diary was also provided by Waitrose Weekend Editor in Chief, Ollie Rice.

The bike ride event is the largest organised charity pedal ride in Britain, and the Waitrose Wheelies team raised more than £2,500 for the British Heart Foundation charity, a figure which has increased since the end of the ride to around £3,000.

At the end of their journey the team enjoyed a well earned fish and chip supper in the evening to celebrate their endeavours.

Anyone wishing to sponsor the team can still do so at www.justgiving.com/waitroseweekend

07/11/12

Pilot Italia Chooses the PRATI VEGAplus LF530

Press release from the issuing company

Pilot Italia SpA, a leading producer of high quality labels, has recently opened a new plant in Cornate D'Adda (province of Monza and Brianza) covering an area of 20,000 square metres. At the same time it has purchased two major production units: a 520 mm web width offset line and a PRATI VEGAplus LF530 system, which will increase the company's production capacity. Pilot already has three PRATI inspection systems and, based on its excellent experience so far, has decided to continue its collaboration with the specialised label finishing company.

Pilot Italia will make the most of the VEGAplus modular system, which allows it to be adapted to changing market requirements. "We have been particularly impressed by the processing speed of this machine, a feature which is essential to keep up with the speed of the offset machine," comments Andrea Vimercati, the company's sales manager. "But there is another feature that makes it unique and innovative: the modular construction of the machine, which allows the addition of die-cutting, an inkjet system for numbering labels or flexo printing heads."

VEGAplus systems feature a completely modular design and can be assembled according to customer requirements. They are fitted with an unwinding system for reels measuring 1 metre in diameter and a reel lifting unit. The die-cutting module can be fitted with two die-cutting stations and, optionally, with an automatic register control system. The inspection module with camera ensures 100% defect control. The rewinding module can be single shaft or have two independent shafts or a turret unit, as required by the user.

"Thanks to these features, the VEGAplus can grow as our workload grows, allowing us to tune our investment to the increase in turnover."

At Pilot Italia, the VEGAplus LF530 system (for widths of up to 530 mm) cuts and winds large pre-printed reels, creating smaller reels with great precision. The camera control system, which immediately identifies defective labels and stops the machine at the right place, is particularly important in this respect. In addition to paper labels, foils, self-adhesive labels, single or multiple component materials for flexible labels and packaging are produced using the VEGAplus LF530 system.

With a turnover of 20 million Euros and 100 employees, Pilot Italia has a range of printing systems that includes offset, letterpress, screen, flexographic, hot, cold and foil printing, laminating systems and three inspection systems: PRATI JUPITER TC 400, TC 450 and SATURN TE400, in addition to the new systems installed. "The new production units complete the range of printing equipment, which is the widest range of printing technologies installed on a single site," continues Vimercati. "This range of machines gives us a unique label production potential in Italy: we can produce anything from the simplest label to a twelve-colour label, all to the high quality standards our customers have come to expect."

The new production site allows Pilot Italia to work more efficiently thanks to the rationalisation of production processes that were previously spread across three sites. This allows the company to produce less waste and create more added value for its products. "We have already achieved some excellent results and have in fact reduced our waste to 0.02%. The PRATI label inspection systems, and the VEGAplus system in particular, play an essential part in achieving this result", concludes Vimercati. "Now we are a more competitive company, young and ready to take on new challenges."

In the Vegaplus picture: Antonio Panariti, Technical Manager, on the left, and Andrea Dellepiane, Quality Control, are checking the VEGAplus work.

07/11/12

PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress 9 Released by Markzware

Press release from the issuing company

Markzware, a proven, leading publisher of data conversion, preflight and search technologies for QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Publisher announces the release of PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress 9.

PDF2DTP is an XTension module for QuarkXPress that enables you to open and convert PDF documents within QuarkXPress 9 and supports both Macintosh and Windows platforms.

Glenn McDowall, pre-press for Midway Colour Print said, “I have been wanting this sort of functionality in QuarkXPress for many years. Many times, I’m asked to make extensive edits to PDFs and no one has the original DTP files, and it’s often a clumsy process – placing the original PDF multiple times into QuarkXPress produces PDFs where everything is duplicated – it will be good to have another option.”

PDF2DTP provides a quick, easy and affordable method for you to migrate content from PDF into an editable format within QuarkXPress. Once in QuarkXPress, users are now in a flexible and familiar environment, allowing for much easier editing. PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress 9 will convert that entire, flattened PDF right back into QuarkXPress, a desktop publishing (DTP) layout.

PDF2DTP converts all elements that are possible to bring over from the PDF, including text, colors, and images. It will also extract the images embedded within most PDFs and saves them in a separate folder.

Paul Ramos, publishing professional, Difusao Cultural said, “PDF2DTP is fantastic!! I tried it on a PDF for a book that had 524 pages, and it took less than 5 minutes to make the total conversion. It even isolated the images in separate files.”

The PDF data conversion is enabled with a single click by selecting PDF2DTP -> Convert PDF from the QuarkXPress Utilities menu. No longer re-create documents from scratch or convert just one page at a time. PDF2DTP gives you a big head-start in converting your PDF to QuarkXPress 9.

“Markzware does not need any further recommendations. They’ve created another wise tool for wise users,” Jianu Marian production manager at Ecologic Group SRL.

System Requirements, Pricing and Availability:

PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress 9 is available immediately at the PDF2DTP Store for $199. You can obtain the system requirements for Macintosh and Windows platforms, as well as purchase through the PDF2DTP Product page.

06/29/12

Free Webinar: Business Opportunities in Wide-Format Printing

Press release from the issuing company

WhatTheyThink today announced the opportunity for industry professionals to attend a free educational Webinar. Business Opportunities in Wide-Format Printing will be led by WhatTheyThink Senior Analyst Richard Romano and is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11th, 2012, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST (-5 GMT). The event is sponsored by the WhatTheyThink’s Wide-Format News.

No-charge registration is available by visiting WhatTheyThink.com and selecting the Webinars tab.

“New wide-format printing technologies, substrates, inks, and applications are all helping printing companies develop unique products and services for a broad range of clients and end uses,” says Romano. “As a result, our presenters will share some of their strategies for success.”

Romano will joined by a handful of cutting-edge companies offering a broad range of applications, and by InfoTrends’ analyst Tim Greene who will discuss some of the current and emerging trends in the wide-format market

“We are pleased to have successful and creative companies participating in this event,” said Randy Davidson, President, WhatTheyThink. “Wide-format is one of the hot growth areas in the industry right now, but navigating the complex market can be challenging. We’re happy that leading companies can help guide the way for our attendees. We are also pleased that HP is sponsoring this event, allowing us to offer this important educational session to attendees at no cost.”

Attendees will be able to participate in a live question-and-answer session to get the most from the experience and will be able to view and listen to the presentation using a standard Internet browser with audio streamed via computer.

About WhatTheyThink’s Wide-Format News
Edited by longtime WhatTheyThink Senior Analyst Richard Romano, WhatTheyThink’s Wide-Format News (http://whattheythink.com/wideformat/) provides daily news updates, weekly features, and video on the latest technology and business trends in the rapidly expanding and evolving wide-format market. The site identifies new business opportunities and provides strategic analysis of new applications, technology, and events. Contact the editor at richard@whattheythink.com.

06/29/12

Workers Less Miserable, But Hardly Happy

Press release from the issuing company

Americans of all ages and income brackets have the highest job satisfaction levels since the beginning of The Great Recession. However, the majority continue to be unhappy at work, according to a report released today by The Conference Board.

The report, based on a Fall 2011 survey of 5,000 U.S. households conducted for The Conference Board by The Nielsen Company, finds 47.2 percent of Americans are satisfied with their jobs. Though a slight improvement from 2010 and 2009 — when the figure stood at 42.6 and 45.3 percent, respectively — job satisfaction remains below the 48.8 percent recorded in 2008. According to the report, 2005 was the last year in which a majority of Americans was happy at work (52.1%), but compared to the 1980s and '90s, widespread dissatisfaction has been entrenched since the turn of the century.

While we are seeing positive movement in the right direction, particularly as approximately 8 percent of U.S. citizens are unemployed, this trend may signal increased satisfaction with simply having a job rather than demonstrate increased engagement or happiness,” said Rebecca Ray, Ph. D., Senior Vice President of Human Capital at The Conference Board. “The good news is that there are bright spots here, particularly regarding the internal initiatives and actions that chief human resources officers and their teams can drive through organizations and have large impacts.”

Though the overall numbers remain negative, there are many key upward trends such as higher satisfaction with job security, wages, promotion policy, educational/job training, and bonus plan. Employees are reporting higher interest in their jobs, relationships with fellow employees, and the level of recognition and acknowledgment from supervisors. All these higher assessments reflect the over many job aspects that were rated more favorably in 2011 than in 2010.

Job Satisfaction More Positive for Younger Workers, More Negative for Older Workers
There has been a downward trend in overall job satisfaction for the past 25 years. Job satisfaction was over 60 percent in 1987.

The largest decline in overall job satisfaction in the past 25 years has been among those 65 and over, whose job satisfaction rate was 46.1 percent in 2011, down from 70.8 percent in 1987. Job satisfaction was highest among mature workers in 1987; this has reversed in the 2011 survey. Among younger workers (those aged 25 and under) 50.1 percent said they were satisfied with their jobs, up from 37 percent in 2010. And 50.1 percent of those aged 25 to 34 were satisfied with their jobs, up nearly 5 percentage points from the prior year.

Job Satisfaction Varies by Income
Worker satisfaction rates by income levels are mixed. Year-to-year satisfaction rates dropped slightly among those earning an annual salary of $15,000 – 25,000 as well as those earning $35,000 – 50,000. However, those earning under $15,000 annually as well as those earning between $25,000 and $35,000 and over $50,000 were more satisfied in 2011 than 2010. Satisfaction among those earning more than $50,000 has risen 6 percentage points since 2009.

More Employees Satisfied with Job Security and Wages; But Healthcare Plans, Workload and Commute Remain Sore Points
Additionally, workers have a mixed reaction to economic elements of their jobs. On the positive side, workers indicated their job security, wages, promotion policy, bonus plans, vacation policy, sick leave, health plans, pension/retirement, flex time, family leave, and education/job training were better in 2011 than in 2010. However, workers have become increasingly dissatisfied with their healthcare plans since 1987. Only 40 percent of employees are satisfied with their current health plan, down from 50 percent in 1987. And according to the US Census Bureau report “Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010,” the number of uninsured workers has risen from 31 million in 1987 to 49.9 million in 2010 — a nearly 60 percent increase. Moreover, the average working contribution to health insurance has increased 131 percent since 2001, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Employer Health Benefits 2011 Annual Survey.

The number of dissatisfied workers poses a real challenge for companies working to create cultures of engaged employees,” added Ray. “Widespread job dissatisfaction negatively affects employee behavior and retention, which can impact enterprise-level success.”

Workers are satisfied with their supervisors, the physical environment, and the quality of equipment, but U.S. workers are spending more time commuting to jobs with higher workloads. Only 32.5 percent of US workers are satisfied with their workload and only 57.5 percent are satisfied with their commute to work.

In a bright spot, 55.2 percent of employees were satisfied with their supervisor, up from 49.1 in 2010 and 58 percent of workers were satisfied with their physical environment, up from 48 percent in the previous year. Similarly, 55 percent of workers were satisfied with the quality of their equipment, up nearly 11 percent from 2010, a sign that companies may be beginning to invest infrastructure.

More Satisfied in Texas, Less so In New York
The survey also reveals that there are regional differences in employee satisfaction. The West South Central region (consisting of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas) registered 56.4 percent satisfaction, up 12 percentage points from the prior year. The Middle Atlantic region (New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania) had the lowest employee satisfaction with only 41.5 percent of workers satisfied.

Source: Job Satisfaction 2012 Edition, So we’re slightly less miserable at work..Shall we break open the bubbly? by Rebecca Ray and Thomas Rizzacasa.

For complete details of the report visit:
www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2258

To watch a video of Rebecca Ray speaking about the Job Satisfaction 2012 findings, visit the following page:
http://www.conference-board.org/JobSatisfactionTrailer/

06/29/12

LTi Printing Upgrades to EFI Radius

Press release from the issuing company

EFI, a world leader in customer-focused printing and packaging industry innovation, today announced that label and packaging provider LTi Printing, Inc. has selected EFI Radius as its new MIS/ERP software.

In business for more than 25 years in Sturgis, Michigan, LTi Printing is an international provider of flexographic and offset printing. The company began using EFI PSI Flexo in 1997, but had to create their own systems to support the folding carton business. After experiencing steady growth over the years, LTi decided the time was finally right to move to a single ERP system.

“We needed one solution to support our flexo and folding carton divisions and the changing marketplace, and EFI Radius is the perfect fit,” said Mike Frost, president of LTi Printing, Inc. “It’s robust enough to support all types of printing, and will enable us to better serve our customers by ensuring we have the right resources at the right place at the right time.

“Having a centralized place for information will be huge, enabling data to be easily viewed and shared,” continued Frost. “Radius will improve our accuracy and timeliness of communication, both internally and with customers, thereby enabling us to better utilize our current resources and grow the business without additional overhead.”

“In line with our philosophy of providing a transition path for our PSI Flexo customers, EFI Radius is a robust platform perfect for packaging companies that are looking to take their business to the next level while staying with the industry’s leading supplier,” said David Taylor, general manager of EFI Radius.

EFI Radius is a powerful ERP software platform designed to enable end-to-end, automated business process management from order inquiry to cash receipt for label, flexible packaging, converting and folding carton businesses. EFI Radius offers a high degree of flexibility to manage the unique requirements of printing and packaging companies to help optimize and automate sales estimating; production planning; scheduling; materials management; shop floor data collection; job costing; time and attendance. It also offers comprehensive and intuitive reporting and business intelligence capabilities. For more information, visit www.efi.com or contact 800-875-7117.

06/28/12

COLORMAN e:line – Harmony of Form and Function

Press release from the issuing company

What constitutes good design for an industrial product? The ideal combination of function, materials and form. Nothing has changed here since Bauhaus times. The internal technological values of a machine need to be right, it must be user-friendly and have an attractive appearance.

Admittedly, rating design always involves a certain subjectivity. Nevertheless, the COLORMAN e:line is definitely causing a sensation in the industry. In reader polling for the most attractive drupa machine designs conducted by a German trade magazine, the COLORMAN e:line took second place, and was among the Top Ten for the Industriepreis 2012 that is awarded every year by the Initiative Mittelstand. The product designers of The Kaikai Company in Munich are responsible for the new design of the COLORMAN e:line. Tim R. Wichmann, Managing Director and Marketing Director: “We believe that good product design should always serve to convey intelligent innovations, and not hide product defects. The rapidly changing market for consumer goods stimulates us in trend sport areas – here one must be on the ball. But what really gives us great satisfaction is to design – and above all implement – capital goods so perfectly that the design is timeless and achieves much more than “only” looking good.”

Observers of the COLORMAN e:line immediately notice the use of new materials for the press exterior. “By using modern and intelligent materials, new form languages and functions are possible,” explains Christian Jaeger, General Manager and Creative Director at The Kaikai Company. Instead of sheet metal, that has limitations in design and haptic qualities, the designers opted for plastic with a durable surface that can be painted and coated entirely differently and is also easy to clean. This gives the COLORMAN e:line an elegant overall appearance thanks to large open surfaces, striking interstices, and emotion-arousing strip lights integrated in the protective covering that accentuate the functions. Changing colors show the printer the actual operating status of the press. If for instance the APL (Automatic Plate Loading) function is active, the lights are orange, and if the press is in production, the lights are blue. The final result is a truly new and revolutionary elegance in printing press design.

At the most, a blender design can work for a limited time with consumer goods. With capital goods such as a printing press, a harmonious overall concept is needed. As Christian Seitz, responsible for product design in the marketing department at manroland web systems, explains: “It is important to maintain an overview of the objectives and set priorities. Which technology are we showing, what peripheral equipment should rather remain in the background? A distinct hierarchy in the design permits clear concentration on certain aspects and components and provides orientation.” The Kaikai Company found this orientation and emphasized the key components of this imposing pressline.

Low energy consumption, ergonomically sound, and efficient
The highlights of the COLORMAN e:line concept include good accessibility, maintenance- and user-friendliness, operation of the entire pressline from the control console level, and resource-conserving design. The roller washing devices are easily accessed from outside the press. Outstanding among the numerous automation features are the fully-automated plate logistics system APL logistics, and the fully-automated APL plate changing system. During production, the printer can deliver the next set of plates for the APL system to a soundproof area where a lift brings the plates to the working position of the plate loading robot. The user manages all the plates from the control console level and can check them at a glance. The new manroland operating concept makes the user a pilot who has all production processes under complete control. The functions are centrally accessed via an intuitively operated touch screen where display and operation are merged. Users can now see and control everything at a glance: their own actions and the status of the press. The fully revised screen design impresses with unsurpassed clarity and, together with the new autoprint menu, takes the next great step forward. Independent of time and place, the printer controls and adjusts press settings with the MobilPad as an additional mobile console, and the UnitPad for operating the printing units during work on the press.

COLORMAN e:line about to premiere
The first of the new COLORMAN e:line presses is scheduled to start up in the production halls of the Allgäuer Zeitung in Kempten, Germany in autumn 2012. Preparation is already in full swing. This COLORMAN e:line will have four printing towers and two folders, a total weight of around 250 tonnes, a production capacity of 90,000 newspaper copies per hour at a printing speed of 12.75 m/s.

06/28/12

Newsprinters Selects QuadTech’s AccuCam

Press release from the issuing company

Newsprinters, the printing division of News International, has announced that it will equip its presses with QuadTech’s AccuCam technology at its Knowsley plant near Liverpool, UK. The state-of-the-art Knowsley site covers 34 acres, with enough print capacity to produce 430,000 120-page tabloid newspapers every hour. The AccuCam systems will be installed on 25 towers of the plant’s five manroland COLORMAN XXL presses.

The decision to select the QuadTech Color Control and Web Inspection System with AccuCam was made following a successful trial, which resulted in significant improvements in quality consistency and productivity. Besides advanced image-based color control, the system also provides reliable warnings of many common printing faults such as catch up (scumming), creasing, transposed plates, and tramlines. The research and development efforts at Knowsley also resulted in a new AccuCam water control capability, in which the system monitors and controls press damping levels.

Newsprinters Group Managing Director, Brian McGee said, “We have been working on this project with QuadTech for over two years and are delighted with the results of an excellent partnership. This investment will provide us with cost savings and improve already award-winning print quality, it reinforces our commitment to stay ahead of the game with regard to printing technology, as we do with all aspects of manufacturing excellence.”

“We have developed a great working relationship with QuadTech and this cooperation has resulted in a product that exceeds our initial expectations,” said Mark Ellington, Newsprinters Group Technical Services Director. ”We are confident that this investment will deliver further benefits as the technology develops.”

Karl Fritchen, President of QuadTech, comments: “It is truly an honor to be selected by Newsprinters to continue our relationship and supply our closed-loop color control across the remaining presses at Knowsley. Working together with the team at Newsprinters has provided us the necessary insight to extend our development of a revolutionary product for the newspaper market. The cooperation with Newsprinters improved our AccuCam product and also improved QuadTech as a company.“

The AccuCam system provides fully automatic closed-loop color control by controlling the ink-key settings. An image-based system, AccuCam uses pre-press image files to create L*a*b* target aim point values. Its six-channel spectral sensor measures the printed web and calculates the L*a*b* values of the entire image, then brings the printed image to the specified L*a*b* target values and automatically maintains the color values throughout the production run. The system also provides advanced web inspection from the same sensor, typically detecting defects within the first 170 copies, and continuously throughout the print run.

According to Wayne Thorpe, Quality and Training Manager at Newsprinters (Knowsley) Ltd, “The installation of the AccuCam system provides total peace of mind that defects can be eliminated and gives us the confidence to exceed the most demanding expectations, including on high quality paper grades. This helps us in our mission to be recognized as the best newspaper printer in the world.”

Vince Balistrieri, QuadTech Director of Engineering and GM of Commercial & Newspaper comments: “With Newsprinters as a partner, we shared a common goal to develop an innovative technology that will pay large dividends for Newsprinters and their customers.”

The Newsprinters installation will begin in October and the systems will be fully operational by January 2013. The sale follows successful installations of AccuCam in Asia, Europe, and the Americas, including Sankei Shimbun Printing Co. (Osaka, Japan), Herold Druck und Verlag AG (Vienna, Austria), and a recent large sale to The Chicago Tribune (Chicago, USA).

06/28/12

PaperSpecs / Neenah Paper Present Free Webinar

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Delicate patterns, intricate shapes, sensual textures. Thanks to the newer laser cutting and etching techniques available today, beautiful and eye-catching designs can adorn your print projects, elevating them to creative and attention-grabbing heights. Heights we’ll explore in our next free webinar, “How to Use Laser Cuts in Print Design.”

Special guest speaker, Kathrine Headrick, paper division manager at Laser Excel, will bring her considerable expertise to this event. From years assisting clients with incorporating laser cutting into their products, she will reveal helpful tips on the process and show brilliant examples of laser-cut and laser-etched pieces.

“While paper cutting has been around for over 1,500 years, advancements in equipment now make it easy to cut paper and other substrates in thicknesses never before possible,” says Headrick.

Laser cutting and etching can be used in combination with print, foil stamping and embossing or stand on its own as a solo design element. The creative possibilities for applications in advertising, mailings, packaging, and crafts are virtually unlimited.

“A recent Neenah Paper magazine insert is testament to the ability of this beautiful medium to create unique textures,” says Sabine Lenz, founder of PaperSpecs. “The lifelike transformation in this piece turned the relatively smooth paper into the nook-and-cranny feel of etched wood. Simply stunning.”

During the 60-minute webinar, Headrick will provide insight into:

How the equipment and cutting process works
How to incorporate laser cutting into a variety of projects
How the cost is determined
How to prepare final art in a laser-friendly format
How to get the most visual impact from your laser art

“Laser cutting is a truly amazing technique to watch. No physical tools make contact with the paper. Imagine a focused beam of laser light ‘drawing’ your art completely through the paper stock. The laser scans the areas to be removed, and they are vaporized. No scrap remains,” explains Headrick.

Find out more about the intricate techniques of laser cutting and laser etching. Don’t miss “How to Use Laser Cuts in Print Design.” This webinar is free thanks to the generous support of Neenah Paper. Space is limited, so reserve your seat today for this special event at www.paperspecs.com/webinar.

The webinar is on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 2:00 p.m. Eastern (11:00 a.m. Pacific).

06/27/12

Bell and Howell Awarded Ten U.S. Patents

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Bell and Howell, a leading provider of solutions and services for paper-based and digital messaging, today announced that it has received ten new U.S. patent awards for innovations that have led to significant improvements in the way that companies create, manage and track their customer communications.

“As a technology company, Bell and Howell is committed to investing in research and development that delivers the absolute best-in-class solutions for our customers,” said Mark Van Gorp, vice president of business development and marketing for Bell and Howell. “We continue bringing to market solutions that are underpinned by next-generation technologies that change and enhance the way our customers operate.”

The processes and technologies covered by the new patents address multiple aspects of business communications. Among them,Bell and Howell has patented innovative data management solutions to ensure compliance with USPS regulations for address quality, presort requirements and production integrity. These enhancements enable efficient delivery of the communication and can significantly reduce costs.

Also patented are unique enhancements for Bell and Howell finishing systems. These processes optimize material handling, improve throughput, dramatically reduce waste, and improve production costs.

The company also received three patents related to its vision and ADF software systems that significantly improve mailpiece integrity and workflow tracking, all of which are critical to the production, delivery and effectiveness of the communication.

For detailed patent descriptions, visit the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office at www.uspto.gov.

For additional information, contact marketing@bhemail.com or call 1-800-220-3030. Visit www.bellhowell.net or www.facebook.com/BellandHowell, or follow @bellandhowell on Twitter.

06/27/12

Goss Appoints New CEO

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Goss International Corporation (“Goss”) today announced a restructuring of management. The Board has appointed Mr. Richard Nichols as CEO of the Company, effective immediately, replacing Mr. Jochen Meissner.

The Board expects that the Goss management team, headed by Mr. Nichols, will undertake active and effective measures to stabilize and expand the Goss leadership position in the industry. Relying on Shanghai Electric’s support and Goss` owndistinctive capabilities, Goss will optimize the allocation of resources to enhance innovation and responsiveness to customers and market demands, within a culture that fosters an inspiring and challenging working environment. This will propel the company to a new level of performance, to meet and exceed the strategic goals of the Board.

Shanghai Electric believes that the impact of financial crisis will subside and the development of the world economy will bring new opportunities. Shanghai Electric has confidence in Goss and the printing industry and expects Goss to be an even stronger industry leader in the future.

06/27/12

Cision Sells U.S. Print Monitoring Operations to BurrellesLuce

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Cision, the leading provider of PR software, services and tools for the marketing and public relations industry, announced the sale of its U.S. print monitoring operations to BurrellesLuce. Cision will continue providing its extensive digital media monitoring services, including online, social and broadcast monitoring, and will continue to expand its other award-winning services including influencer identification, media measurement and analysis.

Peter Granat, CEO of Cision North America, said a declining number of Cision customers have been requesting news clips as they have transitioned to digital media monitoring and other integrated online services. "The market for print monitoring and news clipping services has been steadily contracting and consolidating as newspaper and magazine circulation has declined and readers have moved en masse to the web," Granat said. "The sale will enable us to continue stepping up our software and digital investments to meet growing customer demand for online monitoring, research and analysis through Cision's integrated PR workflow application."

Cision said it expects to complete the transition of all hardcopy print monitoring services to BurrellesLuce by the fourth quarter of 2012 and current customers should experience no disruption in service.

Cision US
312-873-6434
http://www.cision.com
andree.beckham@cision.com

06/26/12

New UK Two Sides Campaign Starts

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“No Wonder You Love Paper” is the theme of a new campaign from Two Sides, the international organisation which promotes the responsible use of print and paper as an attractive, powerful and natural communications medium.

The campaign features the attractiveness and sustainability of magazines and newspapers. Research by Two Sides has revealed consumers are surprised to learn that:

Almost 70% of paper across Europe is collected and recycled. In fact it’s one of the most recycled materials of all.

Forests in Europe, which provide wood for making into paper and many other widely used materials, are 30% larger than in 1950. In fact they’re increasing by 1.5 million football pitches every year!s, are 30% larger than in 1950?ers are surprised to learn thats. research s the sustainability of print media

Martyn Eustace, Director of Two Sides, comments, “This is a really important campaign which is urgently needed to correct consumer misunderstandings. Our research tells us that magazine and newspaper readers are unaware of the industry’s great record on recycling and that European forests, where the majority of raw material is sourced, are actually growing in size. 80% of UK consumers prefer reading from paper than reading off a screen (*) and we want to let them know the facts about the industry’s record on important environmental issues”.

Barry McIlheney, CEO of the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) states: “We live in a multi-media world and readers now look for a choice of media channels. Print is still vital for magazine publishers and offers a unique reading experience that will live on. We want to make sure that, in choosing a printed magazine, readers fully understand that print media also offers a natural reading experience and can be a sustainable way to read”.

David Newell, Director of the Newspaper Publishers Association (NPA) comments, “newspapers still dominate the news media landscape and we need to ensure that our readers understand the environmental facts concerning the paper we use. We take our environmental responsibilities very seriously and this campaign helps to get the good messages about forests and recycling into the public domain”.

The campaign will continue to run throughout 2012 and is supported by a new website, www.youlovepaper.info which sets out the environmental facts about the industry, features a fun quiz and offers the opportunity to win prizes in a ‘share your paper experience’ video competition.

* Two Sides/IPSOS research of 5000 European Consumers, September, 2011

06/26/12

Jeco CEO to Speak at US House of Representatives Briefing

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Craig Carson, CEO of Jeco Plastic Products, will speak in Washington, DC, on June 29, 2012, at a briefing discussing research and development activities and competitiveness in US industry. The meeting—sponsored by the Council on Competitiveness, Deere & Co., GE Energy, and Proctor & Gamble—will brief US Congressional Representatives and their staff members concerned about the ability of US companies to compete in worldwide markets. Carson was selected because of his work with Purdue University and the National Digital Engineering and Manufacturing Consortium—a public-private partnership encouraging the transfer of advanced manufacturing techniques and processes that leverage computational power, simulation, and cutting-edge modeling techniques to smaller US manufacturers. Jeco recently participated in the program to analyze stresses and strengths in a plastic pallet being developed for a European manufacturer.

Commenting on the briefing, Jeco Plastic Products Craig Carson said: “Our work with Purdue University and NDEMC puts powerful tools in our hands and enables Jeco, a relatively small company, to differentiate ourselves and demonstrate that our plastic products are in many cases superior to those made of metal. Jeco plastic pallets are stronger and last significantly longer than wooden pallets. They are much lighter in weight than metal pallets, and can be designed to hold much larger loads that would seem possible. The calculations we can do through participation in this program enable us to develop plastic structures for a wide variety of applications. The failure effects analysis capabilities available through Purdue and NDEMC, together with Jeco state-of-the-art pressure forming equipment, enable us to design products using the latest materials technology. The materials we employ include layered thermoplastic and thermoset plastics with internal reinforcement and different properties in the X, Y, and Z axes, as well as complex honeycomb structures. Applications using these unusual plastics include aerospace, radio frequency shielding, thermal and flame barriers, ballistic protection, and blast mitigation. We are pleased to be able to discuss how this program benefitted Jeco.”

Jeco Plastic Products designs and manufactures extremely durable pallets and containers for the worldwide printing and automotive industries, as well as other industries handling heavy product which must be protected from damage. Other capabilities include the ability to produce complex plastic structural components made to exacting tolerances. Jeco production facilities include rotational plastic molding and thermoforming capabilities unique in North America. Jeco designers employ complex plastic compounds to impart dimensional stability and structural integrity to their products. Jeco Plastic Products is located in Plainfield, Indiana, and may be reached at 317-839-4943 or www.jecoplastics.com.

06/26/12

Hopkins Expands Wide Format

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Hopkins Printing is excited to announce the completion of a major renovation which has significantly expanded their products and services offered. The additional space houses new wide format printing and finishing equipment. Hopkins has added a Roland SolJet printer, a Zund router and a Rollsroller flatbed mounting and laminating system. This combination of new equipment will enable Hopkins to produce top-of-the-line wide format work for their entire customer base.

Hopkins is pleased to welcome Mike Barrett to the team.Mike will be managing the additional space and wide format equipment. Mike describes his career as starting at the bottom in 1988 and working his way up while learning our trade. Over the past 18 years, he has managed wide format divisions for two separate graphics companies in Central Ohio. Our customers will recognize his knowledge and creative expertise as we move into this new market.

Hopkins will be producing vinyl banners, POP signage, repositionable floor decals and various other wide format signs. The new equipment can also produce retractable banners as well as indoor and outdoor banners with welded edges. These signs can be mounted to substrates such as foam core or styrene to create rigid signage for a variety of needs. Other opportunities include static cling, concrete vinyl, window perf, and much more. In Mike's words, "If you can dream it, we can print it."

The Hopkins Printing Wide Format division anticipates adding additional equipment which will include a flatbed printer for increased efficiency in producing new signage. Hopkins looks forward to all of the creative opportunities this new growth will bring.

06/25/12

Heidelberg's Diana Successfully Installed at International Packaging Printers

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The standards of quality for packaging printing are continuously growing. Today, sophisticated design and premium-quality finishing are increasingly in demand. A growing number of packaging printers worldwide opts for the highly productive and flexible folding carton gluing machines from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). The Diana folding carton gluing machines stand for high productivity and the ability to manufacture a wide and varied carton design portfolio.

Italian packaging printer Cartotecnica Grafica Vicentina (CGV) swears by its Diana X 115. In comparative testing with a competitor's product, the Diana X had scored high with its production of sophisticated folding cartons and its high productivity. Luigi Campagnaro, owner of the Venice-region-based company, says: "Another reason why we opted for this product is the professional advice and high level of services that Heidelberg offers." CGV serves publishing companies as well as enterprises from food and electronics sectors. CGV, founded 1970, works with three folder gluers from Heidelberg: a Diana X 115, a Diana Pro 94 and a Diana 165 - all three machines can be connected to an existing packer.

Belgian packaging expert Flanders Printing is specialized in the production of folding cartons for bakeries and confectionary products. The complexity of the carton design is demanding. Flandern Printing's owner Ronald Facchin decided in favour of a Diana X 115 version CC plus Diana packer - the Lokeren-based customer was convinced by the folder gluer's versatility due to its modular design. The fully automated production of big boxes with the Diana X 115 CC including tray erector, autoset and Packer enables a high degree of flexibility and outstanding quality.

UK printers explore new paths with Heidelberg's Diana folder gluers -Willenhall-based Quantum Print & Packaging, opted for the first Diana X 115 folder gluer in UK. The company plans growth of 20 percent - the investment in Heidelberg's new folder gluer represents a huge step towards the company's efficiency goals. All gluing work can now be handled in-house. Quantum Production Director Peter Thomas expects greater flexibility, higher production speeds, simpler setup, shorter makeready times and the ability to offer more individually styled cartons and packaging product with the new Diana X 115.

Falconer Print & Packaging was the first company in UK to take delivery of a Diana X 115 folder gluer with a Braille unit to meet the demands of its pharmaceutical customers. The incorporation of an integral Braille module offers a valuable solution. Its key advantage is that it can apply Braille anywhere on the carton and on various axes. Even with the Braille unit running, the Diana X can still produce at speeds of over 100,000 cartons an hour. Management Director Hadyn Bradbury's decision to purchase Heidelberg's Diana X has given Falconer Print enhanced flexibility, improved and faster makeready with the ability to manufacture a wide and varied carton design portfolio.

Global packaging group Chesapeake has invested in new equipment for its Leicester plant, including the purchase of the first new format Diana X 80 folder gluer in the UK, which was officially announced at drupa 2012. The company, specialized in ethical pharmaceutical packaging, is also buying a Diana Packer and is beta testing the Diana Braille Module and Inspection Control Module. Operations Director Jon Drennan says: "The format of the Diana X 80 folder-gluer has opened the doors to Heidelberg in our sector. The launch of something this new and innovative was an exciting proposition and the supplier's willingness to engage in some collaborative development was a distinct advantage," says Jon Drennan. Chesapeake's Diana X 80 is carbon neutral.

Offset Print and Packaging in UK's Aylesford recently installed a Heidelberg Diana X 115 after intensively testing of all alternative options. Although the Diana X 115 was not the cheapest option available, Offset Print director Vince Brearey says, that the quality of this machine is unmatched. The high quality of build and the versatility gives the company the benefit of a wide range of straight-line and crash lock constructions. ""Speed is the key in this volume-based sector. This facility will enable us to be much faster and the choice of the Diana X provides further guarantees to our customers of improved lead-times, more consistent quality and a more competitive price", said Vince Brearey.

But also overseas customers increasingly invest in folding gluers from Heidelberg - US customer Proteus Packaging maximizes its production with a Diana X 115 and a Diana Packer. With the installation, Proteus aimed to make the most of its step up to the fast, efficient production of short- and long-run folding cartons for the pharmaceutical, food and other markets. Now, with several months' worth of production under its belt, the company claims to have even exceeded its expectations in every regard. With the packer put on the Diana X 115, the company could reduce the need for manual labor. Chief Operations Officer Tim Wayman says: "The performance of both machines has been a revelation. We are able to handle a greater number of high-volume jobs faster and with greater efficiency than ever before. In addition, our output is up, and our per-piece costs are down."

Jones Packaging, one of Canada's oldest and most respected packaging companies, has recently installed a new Diana 45-3 gluer to increase the finishing quality of their small-sized pharmaceutical and confectionary folding carton work. Jones Packaging, headquartered in Canadian London, has increased their productivity by a minimum of 35 percent. Also the folder gluer's sturdy construction, ease of operation and easy access to all machine components were key factors for purchasing the Diana 45-3.

06/25/12

2012 NPIRI Summer Course at Fox Valley Technical College

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This year’s course has attracted registrants from extremely varied backgrounds – ink formulators, educators, printers, consumer product companies, etc. But there are still a few slots open!

NPIRI Summer Course attendees can expect an ‘immersion’ type environment in which introductory and advanced concepts are reinforced with multiple practical/hands-on applications in an informal and interactive format. This course is also an exceptional value among training courses of its type. The registration fee covers the course tuition - 5 full days of instruction, evening receptions, all meals (except dinner on July 11) and daily transportation from the Appleton Holiday Inn to Fox Valley Technical College.

For more information visit the NPIRI Summer Course page on the NAPIM website or contact George Fuchs at the NAPIM office (732) 855-1525.

06/25/12

Quark and PressRun Talk Digital Publishing at HOW

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HOW Design Live 2012 kicks off today in Boston and Quark and PressRun are onsite to meet with designers from around the world. With a focus on digital publishing, Quark is showcasing iPad apps created with App Studio in booth #205, and PressRun is showcasing how to build mobile and tablet apps with InDesign in booth #101. In addition to visiting the booths, attendees are invited to join Quark and PressRun for the only presentation of the entire event that will cover tablet publishing from both QuarkXPress and InDesign.

The one-of-a-kind event will demonstrate how every type of designer – from independent and agency to corporate – can extend their print and Web design skills to the tablet using familiar design tools. Dan Logan, senior product manager for QuarkXPress, Paul Danter, director of mobile products for Quark, and Chris Nuernberger, Quark senior designer, will detail the app creation process, offer best practices, and be on hand to answer questions about digital publishing from both QuarkXPress and InDesign.

What: Digital Publishing for Every Designer
When: Saturday, June 23rd at 7:30 am EST
Where: HOW Design Live 2012 in Boston
Register: http://www.howdesignlive.com/ehome/index.php?eventid=28153&tabid=43854

What is PressRun?
PressRun is the digital publishing solution that converts content created in XML, HTML5, and/or InDesign into branded apps for tablet devices, including the iPad, Kindle Fire, and Android smartphones and tablets. For more information visit: http://www.pressrun.com/.

What is App Studio?
App Studio works with QuarkXPress 9 to enable designers to create iPad apps in an easy, cost-effective way without programming. In addition to publishing apps for the iPad, QuarkXPress 9 allows designers to publish reflowable eBooks for popular reading devices such as the Sony Reader, NOOK, and Amazon Kindle. Learn more about QuarkXPress 9 and App Studio here: http://www.quark.com/Products/QuarkXPress/.

06/22/12

SGIA Clarifies Changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released its changes to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), and SGIA has full details online. OSHA has made the changes to align the US with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), which gives workers the ‘right to understand’. Learn how this issue affects the imaging community in next month’s Webinar (July 18), presented by Marci Kinter, SGIA’s vice president of government and business information.

“Changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard will impact our entire membership,” said Kinter. “Basically, chemical manufacturers need to implement a new labeling and hazard determination protocol, and imaging facilities need to change their training to incorporate information on the new labeling, MSDS criteria.”

Solid understanding of these changes is crucial; SGIA members can dig a little deeper with three detailed Hazard Communication fact sheets specific to the SGIA community:

-New Labeling Requirements
-New Safety Data Sheet Requirements
-Changes that Impact Employers

For more information about the changes, and what they mean for your business, register for the upcoming Webinar, “OSHA’s New Hazard Communication Standard,” on July 18, or visit SGIA.org, Keyword: HazCom.

06/22/12

Quark's Jabber Dedicated to Enterprise Digital Publishing

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Quark announced today the availability of the third issue of Jabber, the iPad app for designers and creative professionals that rethinks the digital magazine. Built with QuarkXPress 9 and App Studio, the third issue features even more interactivity that takes advantage of what’s possible with the iPad. With scrollable layouts, slideshows, video, pop-ups, and HTML5, Jabber issue three includes:

Advice on getting started with digital publishing
The most important questions to ask when selecting a digital publishing vendor
Insight on how the financial services industry is leveraging XML to automate tablet publishing
Instruction on how to integrate HTML5 into an iPad app
Digital publishing best practices from a leading German retail catalogue publisher
Tips for designing for the iPad and much more
Jabber is now available for free on the iTunes Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jabber/id477757782?mt=8.

To learn more about QuarkXPress and App Studio, please visit:http://www.quark.com/Products/AppStudio/.

06/22/12

IP Announces PRO-DESIGN 2012 Olympics Prize Promo Winner

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International Paper, the world’s largest paper and packaging company, has announced the winner of its PRO-DESIGN 2012 Olympics competition prize offering, which was supported by leading national paper merchant group, PaperCo.

PRO-DESIGN is International Paper’s flagship colour laser paper from its Saillat Mill, and the 2012 Olympics competition prize was offered through a new listing for the PRO-DESIGN range contained within the new NEMO Buying Group catalogue for 2012.

The winners of the once in a lifetime prize offering are Mike Woodhead, Operations Director of Manchester-based dealer Entwistle Group, who will share the prize winning event tickets together with fellow Director, Ben Entwistle. As the competition winners, Mike and Ben will enjoy the fantastic Olympics prize package, including a trip to London for two people, with tickets for two events at the London Olympics 2012 event, as well as two nights hotel accommodation.

The competition saw entrants placed into the prize draw every time an order was placed for PRO-DESIGN. The prize promotion ran across all NEMO Buying Group dealers, and Group members, such as GDL (Graphic Dealers Ltd).

Tim Beaumont, Nemo Buying Group Commercial Director stated; “This is a perfect example of successful collaboration, and the reason why the Nexus Group works so well. We have brought several joint contracts to our partner groups across a range of products and services.”

He continued, “The sense of community that runs through NEMO and Nexus allows us to work with suppliers closely, and enables promotions such as this one to generate great interest. We are delighted for Jason and the team at Entwistle’s and hope they enjoy the prize at the Olympics.”

The NEMO Purchasing and Marketing Group have 53 independent members, all of which offer a wide range of office/IT products on a national basis. NEMO have around 7,000 products available in its Office Style catalogue, with the majority available on next day delivery. Some 14,000 additional products are also located in many depots in the UK & Ireland.

Speaking about the success of the competition, PaperCo’s National Account Director, Mike Rust stated, “We are delighted with the support that was given to the competition, and particularly pleased for both Mike and Ben who will enjoy a fantastic time at the Olympics.”

PRO-DESIGN is produced at International Paper’s Saillat mill in France, which is one of the world’s best performing sites in terms of CO2 emissions. Since 1990, Saillat has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 78%.

The Saillat mill uses thinning from certified forests or those that are in the process of becoming certified, with its main forestry supplies located within just 150km of the mill, reducing any transport related environmental impacts such as CO2 emissions.

Saillat also recovers by-products from the furniture and framing industries which represents 27% of its wood supply. In terms of energy efficiencies and performance, some 88% of Saillat's energy requirements are met by the on-site production of green energy (biomass).

Commenting on the PRO-DESIGN Olympics prize winner, Mike Robertson, International Paper’s Country Manager UK stated, “This promotion, for this very special event being held in the UK has really helped us launch Pro Design with the Nemo and GDL buying groups following our selection for their 2012 Catalogue.”

PRO-DESIGN is International Paper’s colour laser range for professional laser printing, used by graphic reproduction houses, digital printers and copy centres. Its significant features include improved high whiteness 168 CIE quality. This provides sharper contrasts for excellent reproduction, whilst other features include better sheet formation, smooth surface, optimal stiffness for jam-free runnability and ISO 9706 providing an anti-ageing guarantee.

PRO-DESIGN’s outstanding environmental credentials, such as its environmentally friendly manufacturing process and accreditations to both PEFC and EU Ecolabel certifications, provide an environmental guarantee and endorsement of the product’s high sustainable standards.

For more information and samples of PRO-DESIGN, please contact Mike Robertson, International Paper’s UK & Ireland Country Manager at mike.robertson@ipaper.com

06/14/12

ARC Honored with MPSA Leadership Award

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ARC today announced that it was recently recognized by the Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) with a 2012 MPSA Leadership Award at its TRANSFORM 2012 Conference, held in Orlando, Florida. The awards honor industry leaders and innovators who demonstrate an MPS program that was successful, ground-breaking or outstanding during the last 18 months.

"We're very proud to have achieved this level of recognition from our peers considering that we're relative newcomers to the MPS market," said K. "Suri" Suriyakumar, Chairman, President and CEO of ARC. "Our legacy as service-oriented document solutions providers certainly paved the way for our success over the past two years, but it was especially gratifying to have industry insiders and the MPSA find our value proposition compelling as well. We are grateful for their support and for this honor in particular."

Through the awards program, now in its fourth year, the MPSA promotes best practices and innovation as demonstrated by leaders in this market. "The selection process showed the high level of customer service and best practice, as companies look for innovative ways to help customers reap the full value of MPS. Clearly, the MPS customer is the ultimate beneficiary of the best practices represented by these winners," said Robert Newry, Awards Chairman and MPSA Board Member.

ARC's Managed Print Services allow its customers to drastically reduce hidden, uncontrolled costs in print management, minimize administrative and support burdens, and optimize employee efficiency through better document management. ARC manages all print components and expenses, is completely agnostic with regard to equipment brands and manufacturers, and helps scale and monitor an intelligent print infrastructure that delivers ongoing cost reductions and technology upgrades.

ARC focuses primarily on the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) market with its offerings and was also positioned in Gartner's most recent Magic Quadrant for Managed Print Services, Worldwide.

More information about ARC's MPS program and the MPSA award is available here: http://www.e-arc.com/managed-print-services

06/14/12

Papico Backs Lenzing Papier Recycling Breakthrough

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Leading UK paper agency Papico is supporting a major development by Austrian-based Lenzing Papier to prevent silicone coated release paper liners used in the labelling of consumer products from ending up in landfill.

Lenzing and Cycle4Green Ltd (C4G) have been working on a two-year initiative to recover and recycle siliconised backing paper and develop a sustainable solution for release paper liner materials in a closed-loop Europe-based recycling system.

The system involves the product being recycled back into paper products and has resulted in release paper waste now being used to produce recycled fine and speciality paper products at Lenzing Paper.

The majority of this type of product was previously put to landfill, so the development marks a major step forward in meeting recycling and environmental targets.

The companies have developed three major initiatives to put the recycling process into place.

Collection programmes at release liner end users, which can be commercial siliconisers, label printers or label end users. Logistics solutions to transport waste material locally, centralised warehousing and directly to Lenzing Papier’s recycling facility (pulp/paper mill).

Removal of silicone (de-siliconising) and processing of the fibre to be used in paper making. Papico director Paul Johnston-Knight feels that the development plays an instrumental role in improving recycling targets and techniques.

“Developing ways to recycle products that were previously difficult to process is the way forward for the future of the labelling industry. These types of products are far more attractive to users because they will no longer need to end up in landfill.”

He adds: “We are extremely proud to be representing Lenzing Papier during this important part of its progress in developing innovative recycling procedures.”

06/14/12

Appleton Coated’s U360 Design Competition Accepting Entries

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Appleton Coated now is accepting entries to the U360 Design Competition for 2013. Winning selections will recognize the effective, creative role that print communication plays in marketing mix, and will celebrate design, content and printing excellence.

“U360 demonstrates the best examples of what paper makes possible. As the name suggests, ‘360’ reflects an ‘all around’ assessment – from idea definition to creative expression and purposeful execution,” says Ferkó X. Goldinger, advertising and promotion manager.

Entries will be judged by a panel of design experts who bring a full-circle view of strategy, design and print production. There is no cost to enter. Submissions must be printed all, or in part, on Utopia and/or Curious Collection, accompanied by a completed entry form, produced in 2012, and postmarked no later than Dec. 7, 2012. For detailed instructions and an online entry form for the U360 Competition, please visit UtopiaPaper.com and click on the U360 section.

The 2013 winners will be announced next Spring and featured in a showbook distributed throughout North America, on the Appleton Coated website and in other marketing communications.

06/12/12

House of Representatives Approves GPO Funding Request for FY 2013

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The House of Representatives approved the FY 2013 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill on June 8, 2012. The bill includes funding for the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), which has been appropriated $122.5 million, representing a 3% reduction from GPO's request submitted to the House in February. GPO requested no increase over the level of funding the agency received for FY 2012 due to savings garnered from cost-cutting activities last year as well as projected workload changes for FY 2013. GPO's funding level for FY 2013 is provided through three separate accounts in the annual Legislative Branch Appropriations bill:

* The Congressional Printing and Binding Appropriation covers the cost of information products in digital and print formats that GPO produces for Congress. About 70% of this cost is for preparing the electronic files used for both digital access and printing. The House approved GPO's full request for this account: $83.6 million.

* The Salaries and Expenses Appropriation of the Superintendent of Documents primarily covers the cost of the Federal Depository Library Program, which works in partnership with 1,200 libraries nationwide to provide public access to Federal Government information in digital and print formats. The House approved GPO's full request for this account: $34.7 million.

* For GPO's Revolving Fund, the House approved $4.1 million for IT investment and facility improvements. While the approved amount represents a reduction of $3.7 million from GPO's request, it includes funds to assist the continued development of GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys), which provides no-fee digital access to more than 680,000 congressional and Federal agency titles, as well as other essential projects.

"GPO is working work hard to cut costs during this tight economic climate," said Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. "I appreciate the support GPO received from the Members and staffs of the House Appropriations Committee as our expert employees continue to transform this agency into the digital information platform for the Federal Government and the supplier of secure Federal credentials."

GPO is the Federal Government's primary resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government in both digital and tangible formats. GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies. In addition to publication sales, GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through GPO's Federal Digital System (www.fdsys.gov) and through partnerships with approximately 1,220 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program. For more information, please visit www.gpo.gov. Follow GPO on Facebook, Twitter, and on YouTube.

06/12/12

Xplor Hosts Two Lunch and Learn Webinars for June

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Xplor International, the worldwide electronic document systems association, today announced, for the first time, two Lunch and Learn webinars for the month of June. Taking place June 19 and 21, 2012, the complimentary webinars willfeature a panel of industry experts, moderated by industry veteran Pat McGrew, M-EDP, CMP and will cover topics that are highly relevant to the electronicdocument industry.

Tuesday, June 19, 1:00 to 2:00 PM EST: Part II of Back to Basics: AFP, PDF and Transforms, a continuation of the May 17 Lunch and Learn, with a new panel of industry experts. No matter howfamiliar the audience is with AFP. PDF, metacode, PCL and the other print languages of the business world, there is always more to learn and a lot to share. In this edition of the Lunch & Learn the panel will talk about what's new in AFP and what's new in PDF.

To register for this webinar visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/976508394

Thursday, June 21, 1:00 to 2:00 PM EST: Technology Basics: Designing for Print and Pixel. Here from design professionals as they help the audiences understand how technology impacts the selection of fonts, colors and design techniques. The panel will be taking questions in advance, forward any questions in advance to pcm@mcgrewgroup.com.

To register for this webinar visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/931958098

“Our Lunch and Learn program continue to grow and for the first time in four years, we had to add a second webinar to this month’s schedule,” said Skip Henk, EDP, president and CEO of Xplor International. “We look forward to the balance of the program that concludes in October.”

The Lunch and Learn webinars are produced by the Xplor Document University, the educational arm of Xplor International and sponsored by HP. All of the webinars are complimentary and open to anyone interested in participating. For more information visit www.xplor.org.

06/12/12

ITW 'Designed to Shine' Guide Honored with FSEA Gold Leaf Award

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ITW Foils, a global manufacturer and distributor of technically superior foils, films and laminates, announced today that it was honored by the Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) by winning two prestigious awards for its Designed to Shine educational guide. FSEA distinguished Designed to Shine with the Gold Leaf Award in its Capabilities Brochure category, and further prized ITW Foils with an Honorable Mention in the overall Best of Show category. For more information, go to www.itwfoils.com.

In late 2011, ITW published its new design guide to both educate and inspire graphicdesigners, brand managers, commercial printers and converters working in the package design industry. Offering detailed descriptions and actual creative samples of hot stamping, cold foil transfer, foil laminates, transfer metallization, UV film casting and embossing, the comprehensive guide demonstrates what can be achieved by incorporating these effects into print and package design. Not only does it provide designer tips and tricks for using each of the effects, but it also offers statistical data that substantiates the importance of increasing product visibility, enhancing perception of product quality and improving brand differentiation, and how sales are impacted. The guide is available through www.itwfoils.com.

Industry Quotes “Most designers and printers agree that the significant barrier to using decorative metallics is the perception [and fear] of high cost, extended turnaround time and an insecurity in using the technology to its fullest,” notes Jeff Peterson, Executive Director of the Foil & Specialty Effects Association. “It is important that we continue to create educational material and tools like ITW Foil’s “Designed to Shine” guide to help educate the graphic arts community.”

“This guide is the first of its kind, a valuable industry resource covering the full spectrum of metallic and holographic treatments for print and packaging. The ability to differentiate a brand through decorative metallics goes largely untapped by designers and brand managers due to unfamiliarity with the options,” notes Dick Reindl, Vice President of Letterhead Press. “The Designed to Shine guide has been carefully assembled to increase creative professionals’ comfort levels with each application, as well as to excite them about the possibilities.”

“We are deeply honored by FSEA’s recognition of ITW’s hard work and dedication to the industry,” says Gary Jones, National Sales Manager at ITW Foils.

About the Award
The FSEA-IADD Joint Conference is the industry’s premier showcase for foil stamping, embossing and other specialty effects. The competition, which is sponsored by FSEA and its members, recognizes creativity and superior execution of designs that reflect positively on the industry as a whole. Entries are judged on several criteria, including design, execution and level of difficulty. Competing against hundreds of entries from around the country means winning an award is a mark of excellence in the packaging field and recognition of superior achievement. The 2011 Gold Leaf Awards were recently announced at the Gold Leaf Awards Banquet during the FSEA-IADD Joint Conference in Las Vegas. There were Gold, Silver and Bronze awards given in 28 separate categories for outstanding use of foil stamping, embossing and other specialty effects.

More About Designed to Shine
The guide offers detailed descriptions and actual creative samples of hot stamping, cold foil transfer, foil laminates, transfer metallization and UV film casting. It reveals the key differences within each application and when each is appropriate based on each client’s product market strategy. In addition, Designed to Shine dedicates a section to sustainability concerns, complete with a product-by-product grading system. The guide also explains how each application can be used in conjunction with recycled paper and paperboards, as well as preserve the recyclability and compostability of the packaging.

06/08/12

Avery Dennison Sponsors SEGD 2012 Global Design Awards

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Avery Dennison is sponsoring the 2012 SEGD Global Design Awards Program on Saturday, June 9. This year’s SEGD conference participants will explore the “bridges” between local and global cultures, generations, languages, philosophies, and visual styles in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Experiencing two different communities will help designers from around the world explore different approaches and redefine perspectives.

Avery Dennison is proud to sponsor the 2012 SEGD Global Design Awards Program. The SEGD Global Design Awards recognize exceptional environmental graphic design projects that illustrate the pandisciplinary nature of visual communications in the built environment. Winning projects have included complex wayfinding systems, branding and identity work, retail and interior projects, exhibition design, and public art installations.

“We are proud to be part of SEGD’s industry-leading design competition,” said Steve Gary, market segment manager with Avery Dennison Graphics and Reflective Solutions North America. “Avery Dennison graphics products are used every day around the globe by designers to transform spaces into completely new environments. From walls to floors to windows to external surfaces, our materials are the canvas upon which designers can create unique experiences.”

A variety of Avery Dennison digital and opaque pressure-sensitive products were converted by DigiCo to create impactful graphics highlighting the conference’s bridge theme throughout multiple venues where events will be held. Avery Dennison’s newest products, including Supreme Wrapping Film, MPI 1005 Easy Apply RS™ and 900 Supercast Opaque films helped create graphic continuity at the Academic Summit, workshops, tour locations and awards ceremony.

These products are popular choices for graphics and signage in environmental, retail, branding and POP settings.

- Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film is a dual layer film that combines color and clear protective layers providing a paint-like finish.

- MPI 1005 Easy Apply RS features excellent color gamut for digitally printed graphics.

- Avery Dennison digital overlaminates protect graphics and are available with gloss, luster and matte finish to create special effects.

- MPI 2611 Wall film is the perfect choice for digitally printed interior graphics in a variety of interior settings and is simple to install.

- Avery 900 Supercast Opaque films come in a broad array of color options that combine durability and high gloss. Avery Dennison graphic media is a blank slate for possibility – taking the form of art, branding or publicity to create a unique environment, whether it’s in a corporate office, retail store or education facility. Designers bring their creative visions to life with Avery Dennison’s range of digitally printable, transparent or opaque films, in hundreds of colors, transforming ordinary environments into stunning, award-winning spaces.

DigiCo Imaging, based in Columbus, OH, provides marketing solutions from start to finish, including marketing, graphics and printing services. DigiCo is a co-sponsor of the SEGD Global Design Awards presentation on June 9.

AveryDennisonIdeas.com showcases the company’s belief that ideas are everywhere; they're just waiting to be discovered. The projects chosen for the website highlight the inspirational and creative ways Avery Dennison solutions are used in a wide variety of projects around the globe. Visit AveryDennisonIdeas.com and follow @averyinspires on Twitter to find inspiration or share a new idea.

For more information on Avery Graphics products, pricing or roll sizes, designers and printers can visit www.averygraphics.com to locate a distributor (on the Partner Page) or contact Avery Dennison at 800-282-8379 for additional product information.

06/08/12

Free Guide to Self-Publishing eBooks & iPad Apps Now Available

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Quark announced today the availability of a new, free resource for self-publishers from graphic design expert and self-publisher Jay Nelson. Titled “Jay Nelson’s Guide to Self-Publishing,” the comprehensive guide outlines everything self-publishers need to know about getting digital projects, like ePubs and iPad apps, started and finished – without programming. The guide is free in ePub format or as a PDF and can be accessed here: www.quark.com/selfpublish.

“I know from speaking with a broad community of designers, self-publishers, and authors that for many, understanding digital publishing seems like an awfully steep hill to climb, especially if they’ve been focused on print publishing,” said Nelson. “I wanted to create a complete guide that not only gives self-publishers a place to start, but options that are accessible, don’t require programming, and are affordable. I think readers will be relieved to know that it can be a very fun process that leverages tools they are already familiar with and that the costs involved can be managed if you take the right approach.”

With the guide to publishing eBooks and iPad apps, authors and designers working on digital magazines, books, journals, newsletters, and other publications will learn how to:

• Prepare projects properly with the right tools for success
• Create eBooks and get them to the Apple iBookstore
• Publish eMagazines and create iPad apps for the App Store
• Reach a break-even point on costs faster

The guide walks readers through the most popular formats currently in use for digital publications, how to convert or create those publications, and gives a breakdown of their costs. It also describes several ways to distribute and market digital publications. Register to receive it in ePub format or as a PDF here: www.quark.com/selfpublish.

06/08/12

3TControl - Axel Springer Collaboration

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3TControl and the printing facility Spandau of Axel Springer AG agreed on a collaboration regarding the 3TControl’s Print Automation platform. The site in Berlin will become a reference site as well as an ongoing research location. Axel Springer already operates twenty-four, four-high MAN Colorman towers across eight folders in Spandau.

The success comes hot on the heals of another landmark print automation project together with press manufacturer WIFAG at the BT Trykk print facility in Bergen, Norway, which is the first full print automation project worldwide on a WIFAG press.

3TControl's IPA system made its debut in Germany in Sindelfingen where the bundled functionality has come on stream on the KBA Colora press operated by Z-Druck.

3TControl's IPA offers closed loop automation of colour register, plate register, fan out control, and ink density control from just one camera. IPA is complimented by a precision cutoff and sidelay control system also showcased last year at the Erritsø print facility in Denmark.

Sergio Muñoz, Head of Business Development at 3TControl commented, "We are really looking forward to working with Axel Springer on this project. It is clear from the tremendous interest that print automation is an important part of the future of our industry all over the world and that 3TControl's unique technology represents a cost effective process control solution based on tried and tested printing knowhow."

3TControl Precision Systems is a Spanish print automation company operating worldwide in all major markets. For further information on how 3TControl can transform your print operations, please contact 3tcontrol@3tcontrol.com

06/07/12

AF&PA Applauds Vermont Governor for Signing Solid Waste Bill Into Law

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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) filed today a request for U.S. Supreme Court review or summary reversal of the Ninth Circuit court decision to require National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for logging activity on forest roads.

The Ninth Circuit court’s decision overturned EPA’s 35-year approach to managing runoff from forest roads. The U.S. Solicitor General admitted that the Ninth Circuit’s decision was wrong. However, he also concluded that Supreme Court review is not necessary, because EPA intends to issue regulations to provide flexible approaches to managing forest road runoff.

“The fact that EPA may finalize regulations in the future is no reason to allow the Ninth Circuit’s decision to stand. In fact, leaving the decision in place will require EPA to develop a rule around what the U.S. agrees is wrongly-decided law,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “Forest landowners and others in the supply chain still are faced with the reality that any administrative action by EPA will take months if not years to be put in place and will be open to court challenge."

“We believe that the best means of providing much-needed certainty to the situation is a favorable U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Without Supreme Court intervention, there will be considerable confusion as states and EPA attempt to sort out how to comply. This only perpetuates an atmosphere of uncertainty, which is harmful to our industry and its 900,000 employees that depend on a steady supply of fiber to make products essential for everyday life,” Harman concluded.

As an alternative to Supreme Court review or summary reversal, AF&PA asked the Supreme Court to consider delaying a decision on the case until EPA has issued its rulemaking.

06/07/12

AF&PA Applauds Vermont Governor for Signing Solid Waste Bill Into Law

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Gov. Peter Shumlin recently signed H485 into law, which updates Vermont’s treatment of solid waste, striking a balance between current municipal needs and environmental protection.

Of particular note was the elimination of extended producer responsibility (EPR) language from the bill, which would have placed the burden of recovery on manufacturers.

“On behalf of the paper and wood products industry and the men and women it employs, I applaud Vermont legislators and Gov. Shumlin for taking steps to implement a sound solid waste plan for the state that does not unnecessarily increase costs for consumers,” said American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman.

“In 2011, our industry recovered 66.8 percent of all paper consumed in the United States for recycling through voluntary, market-based systems. We believe that EPR programs are regressive in nature and create distortions in the free flow of recoverable commodities. Obligating the manufacturer to assume all costs associated with managing waste from its products or requiring the manufacturer to take back all of its products and packaging introduced into the commerce stream would be damaging to the market-based recycling infrastructure that has developed to support paper recovery and recycling.

“AF&PA looks forward to the opportunity to provide technical and industry expertise to the state’s Agency of Natural Resources as it looks to conduct a study of the state’s waste management plan,” said Harman.

06/07/12

Heidelberg Introduces Performance-Rated Saphira Consumables

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Heidelberg is proud to introduce a new line of Performance-Rated Saphira consumables for commercial and packaging printers.

As an international brand, all Saphira consumables are extensively tested and certified to ensure the outstanding performance of Heidelberg equipment in all the markets we serve worldwide, from small commercial printing to VLF packaging. Performance-Rated Saphira consumables also undergo rigorous testing by experts at Heidelberg USA, and should prove irresistible to printers with a keen eye trained on the bottom line. Like all Saphira products, Performance-Rated Saphira consumables products meet the latest industry standards for environmentally compliant production.

Heidelberg already has begun to roll out the first products in the new, Performance-Rated series, including blankets, wash-up cloths, ink flow liners, rollers, and fogra-approved press wash, with additional products to follow in due course.

To learn more about Heidelberg’s Performance-Rated Saphira consumable products, visit www.heidelberg.com.

06/06/12

GPO's Federal Digital System Achieves Milestone

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The U.S. Government Printing Office’s (GPO) Federal Digital System (FDsys) has achieved the milestone of 200 million retrievals since the Web site went live in January 2009. FDsys is a system that lawmakers, librarians, students, and the public can use to access authentic, published information on the Federal Government. Approximately 380,000 Government documents across 41 collections are available for free use on FDsys. Retrievals are measured by the number of times content is viewed or downloaded from FDsys. Examples of content found on FDsys include: the post-President Kennedy’s assassination tape recordings, President Nixon’s Watergate grand jury testimony, the Budget of the U.S. Government, the Congressional Record, Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, and congressional bills, hearings, and reports. GPO is continually adding content and working with agencies on new collection opportunities.

Link to FDsys: www.fdsys.gov

“This is an exciting milestone for GPO’s Federal Digital System and the exceptional service it provides to the American public,” said Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. “Today, approximately 97 percent of Federal Government documents are born digitally and published only to the Internet making FDsys the place to go to access authentic, published Government information.”

GPO is the Federal Government's primary resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government in both digital and tangible formats. GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies. In addition to publication sales, GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through GPO’s Federal Digital System (www.fdsys.gov) and through partnerships with approximately 1,220 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program. For more information, please visit www.gpo.gov. Follow GPO on Facebook, Twitter, and on YouTube.

06/06/12

SGIA Expo Keynoter Inspires Attendees to Increase Productivity & Accountability

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Renowned sales professional Todd Cohen will present new ideas about managing and motivating your sales force, as well as how to increase profits through effective selling during the Keynote Breakfast on October 19 at the 2012 SGIA Expo in Las Vegas.

“Today’s competitive and aggressive economy demands that companies and their leadership are doing everything they can to manage and motivate their entire organization to higher levels of productivity and accountability,” said Cohen. “It’s a balancing act, and it takes some skill and practice to make sure all of the components are in place to guide and lead your sales team and your company to success.”

In this highly interactive Workshop, “Sales and More Sales for Specialty Imaging,” Cohen will instruct Expo attendees on what they need to know and focus on when building a sales culture for 2012 and beyond. Topics will include:

Everyone’s in Sales — what this really means
The three components of a Sales Culture, and how you can build yours now
Why your sales team is only one part of your sales engine
The role of the sales team in leading the way to create a Sales Culture
For more information about the 2012 SGIA Expo Keynote Breakfast and to register, visit SGIA.org, Keyword: 2012Expo.

06/06/12

ODM Installs Vortec Thread Guard Needle Coolers in Super Sewer

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Super Sewer XXL is the next generation of ODM automatic side sewing machines that’s designed for on-demand photo books, children’s books, yearbooks and textbooks. The XXL is designed to produce sewn book blocks up to one inch (25 mm) thick. In order to accomplish this and keep book production performance levels at a profitable rate for the bindery department, ODM engineers installed two Vortec Thread Guard™ needle coolers. One is installed in the Super Sewer XXL’s high speed drill station for pre-drilling holes (up to one inch deep) and the other for thread sewing (same as the original Super Sewer) in order to maximize performance in producing one-inch sewn book blocks at the rate of 400 per hour.

Both Super Sewer models feature ODM’s exclusive Back Tack Technology simply put, the sewing machine does a reverse backstitch on the head and foot of the book block. This ensures a strong side sew which will not come apart at the head and foot like standard side sewn books. A hopper delivery neatly stacks the sewn books.

“Business alliances are more than ever essential. At Quadriscan Group, we understand that success depends on competence and such competence is more effective when several people work as a team. That’s why we inserted the word GROUP in our company name and partnered with On Demand Machinery. Our objective is to bring a maximum of trade masters under one roof. De Maestria! It spells Better Service for You.” Pierre Larochelle, Quadriscan Group.

Super Sewer XXL Model Book Size:
Minimum: 4” x 4” (100 mm x 100 mm)
Maximum: 18” x 18” (450 mm x 450 mm);
up to 1” (25 mm) thick

On Demand Machinery LLC is located in Elizabeth, NJ
http://www.ODMachinery.com

Quadriscan Group is located in Montréal, Canada http://www.quadriscan.com

Vortec, an ITW Company, is located in Cincinnati, OH http://www.vortec.com

06/0/12

Want to Run Your Duplo Wirelessly? There's an App for That

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Duplo USA announced during their open house event in April that their growing line of PC-based print finishing products, which use Duplo’s own PC Controller or Job Creator software to set up jobs, can also be controlled directly from a tablet or smartphone, such as an iPad or iPhone. Using any of the remote desktop applications already available, such as Splashtop Touchpad, customers can access the software on their PC or Mac from their mobile computing device through their Wi-Fi network and run their equipment wirelessly.

For the past several years, Duplo – a worldwide leading manufacturer of print finishing equipment - has developed and integrated their software into some of their latest equipment, enabling operators of any skill level to program the machine quickly and easily. The DBMi Saddle System and the high production DC-745 Slitter/Cutter/Creaser feature the Windows-based PC Controller, which is also available for selected near-line bookletmaking systems configured with the DSF-5000 or the new DSF-2200 Digital Sheet Feeder. The Job Creator comes standard with the DC-645 Slitter/Cutter/Creaser and can be added to the entry-level DC-615 model, giving operators the option to set up the system from the control panel or through a PC or Mac.

“We’re always looking for ways to increase the automation and ease of use of our solutions as well as other technology our customers can use to add efficiency to their operations,” says Si Nguyen, director of national business development at Duplo USA. “We’re all becoming increasingly adaptable to the ever-changing technology around us and nowadays, almost everybody owns a tablet or a smartphone. We’re excited that thanks to our integration of GUI technology into our finishing equipment early on, customers can now use such devices as their smartphones to control their Duplo wirelessly.”

Applications use remote technology and the local wireless network to find the computer, so the app must be downloaded on both the PC connected to the Duplo machine and the mobile device. Customers are encouraged to try any of the apps available on the App Store. Most applications require minimal setup, are simple to use, and support keyboard and mouse gestures. Watch a video demonstration at www.youtube.com/DuploUSA.

06/0/12

Roland Race Experience Challenge

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Start your engines! It’s “green flag” time for the Roland Race Experience Challenge, a new contest sponsored by Roland DGA Corp.

Now through July 31, Roland wrap businesses across the U.S. and Canada can enter to win an incredible grand prize package that includes: an all-expense paid trip for two to Charlotte, N.C. to tour the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) Campus and Graphics Center, entry into top motorsports events scheduled for Oct. 12 and 13 in Charlotte, access to the RCR hospitality suite throughout the events, an autographed photo with an RCR driver and more.

To enter, interested Roland vehicle graphics customers simply need to visit the Roland Restyling “Born to Wrap” Facebook page at www.facebook.com/restyling and provide a brief testimonial (150 words or less) on how Roland equipment has helped their wrap business thrive. The entrant with the most compelling story, as judged by the experts at Roland and RCR, will win the race experience of a lifetime. The contest winner will be announced August 6 at the Roland DGA website and Facebook page.

“We are proud to be an official sponsor of Richard Childress Racing and look forward to sharing all the excitement of pro racing with our contest winner,” said Rick Scrimger, vice president of sales and marketing for Roland DGA Corp. “RCR headquarters epitomizes the spirit of the sport, bringing together the world’s fastest cars with legendary competitors and cutting-edge technologies, including a host of Roland printers, all in a beautiful setting that includes the Richard Childress Racing Museum and Childress Vineyards, an award-winning winery owned by Richard Childress.”

“We are excited to give the winner an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at everything we do to prep for a race,” said Nick Woodward, graphics manager for the RCR Graphics Center. “As fellow wrap professionals, we know just how involved and demanding this business can be. Roland and RCR make a great team.”

To keep RCR cars and trucks looking their best, the Richard Childress Racing Graphics Center relies on four Roland eco-solvent wide-format printers, including a 64-inch VersaCAMM VS-640 metallic inkjet printer/cutter, and three SOLJET models, a 54-inch XC-540 printer/cutter, a 64-inch XJ-640 printer and a 54-inch XC-540MT metallic inkjet printer/cutter.

The RCR Graphics Center also produces a variety of signage and event graphics for pit boxes and other high profile areas around the track, as well as for Childress Vineyards. To produce these graphics, the shop operates two Roland VersaUV LED printers, including a 64-inch LEJ-640 hybrid roll-to-roll flatbed printer which prints directly onto boards and other thick media, and a 30-inch LEC-330 inkjet printer/cutter. Both feature ECO-UV inks in CMYK, white and clear, for premium results, including custom varnishing and embossing effects.

For more information on Roland and RCR, visit www.rolanddga.com/rcr.

06/0/12

Rapida 162a Twin Pack at LIC Packaging

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Italian packaging printer LIC Packaging SpA in Verolanuova (Brescia) has invested heavily in future growth. Founded by Giovanni Bertoldo as a commercial printshop in 1952, the company is celebrating its 60th jubilee this year with the addition of two new KBA Rapida 162a large-format presses to enhance production efficiency still further.

Quality on wide range of substrates
The two six-colour Rapidas have a coater, automated pile logistics, automatic plate changers, CleanTronic Synchro washing systems and DensiTronic Professional colour-density control, enabling them to handling a wide range of substrates including F- and E-flute corrugated. They will help slash turnaround times and enhance quality, particularly where jobs entail inline aqueous and UV coatings.

Innovative products for major brands
LIC's customer base encompasses prominent players in the food-processing, chemicals, soap and detergent, electrical goods and glass industries, among them Barilla, Ferrero, Nestlé, Henkel, Procter & Gamble and other brand names. It prints a broad spectrum of quality products spanning simple food trays, master boxes, quick easy tops (QET), displays and many other optically appealing packaging forms.

In total, LIC's production lines process some 55,000 tonnes (60,500 US tons) of different substrates per year. Its 204 employees generate annual sales of around €55m ($72m), and rising.

Rapid growth
True to its slogan “The future demands new solutions” this family enterprise has evolved rapidly to keep pace with shifting demands. Print production is in offset and flexo, and most of the substrates it prints are manufactured in-house. The conversion department, with its folding, die-stamping, cutting, laminating and palletising lines, allows a high degree of product customisation.

In 1961 an offset printing company, Fraber , was set up to produce folding cartons for the shoemaking industry. In 1982 the production of corrugated packaging began under the name L.I.C. Lavorazione Imballi Cartone Srl. In 1991 a corrugator was installed and LIC started manufacturing the substrates in-house. In 1998 Fraber and LIC merged to form LIC Packaging SpA.

Activities in European markets
Over the past eleven years LIC has expanded its activities in European markets, entering an alliance with the SAICA group, a family Spanish company based in Zaragoza. The purpose of an extensive investment schedule drawn up in 2005 was to become one of the leading packaging enterprises in Europe. A lot of progress has already been made towards this goal. Following the establishment of LIC and its relocation to its present premises two second-hand Planeta presses were installed. The size 7 (64in) and 8a (73in) five-colour coater presses were in service for many years.

Arrival of advanced technology
KBA technology arrived at LIC Packaging SpA in 2008 in the form of a six-colour Rapida 162 coater press. Satisfaction with its performance led in spring 2011 to an order for two new-generation Rapida 162a presses, also six-colour coater versions. The first was delivered at the end of the year, the second will come on stream early this summer. Sadly, Mr. Giovanni Bertoldopassed away last December and so will not witness the company's jubilee and the start-up of the two new KBA presses. His children, Cristina (head of finances and administration) and Piero (managing director of LIC Packaging) will continue managing his company in accordance with his wishes.

Piero Bertoldo says: “Run lengths have shortened in packaging printing as well, while at the same time deadline pressure has increased and quality expectations become more demanding. Soon, when the two new Rapidas go into action, we can split our production according to substrate and job specs, enabling us to deliver the quality and quantity demanded much faster than before. Mixed production will also be possible at any time.”

Progress and efficiency
He continues: “KBA's new-generation large-format presses are much more advanced in terms of automation, speed and flexibility in production, makeready and quality monitoring. For many years now our proximity to KBA-Italia has ensured that we can depend on quick, efficient service and trouble-free production.”

06/04/12

Mount Vernon Printing Moves Locations

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Mount Vernon Printing, a Consolidated Graphics, Inc. company, completed its move into a new 48,000 square foot LEED Certified building in Laurel, MD, on May 29. The new facility is located at 13201 Mid Atlantic Blvd., Suite 100, Laurel, MD, 20708.

The move caps nearly six months of careful planning to ensure uninterrupted service to Mount Vernon’s customers during the transition from its existing building in Landover, MD. Located off Contee Road near U.S. Route 1 in Laurel, MD, the new building will provide Mount Vernon customers and employees easy access from I-95, the Washington-Baltimore Parkway, the Capital Beltway and the new Intercounty Connector.

“We are excited to introduce our customers to the benefits of our new location, which include an enhanced production workflow layout and increased energy efficiency,” said Russell Price, President of Mount Vernon Printing. “The flexible space also accommodated our expanding digital printing department and direct mail capabilities, to meet the needs of our customers to produce efficient, targeted print communications.”

The new facility is located in The Brick Yard, a 65-acre business park designed to have limited impact on the environment. The Brick Yard is being developed in keeping with the tenets of Green Building Development, and with all buildings designed to be LEED Certified. The Park includes flex/industrial space, corporate and regional headquarters buildings and residential development. It is estimated that the Business Park will employ more than 1,000 workers upon completion.

06/04/12

AF&PA’s Donna Harman Named ICFPA President

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The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) announced Donna Harman as its new President. Harman, president and CEO of the American Forest & Paper Association, will serve in this capacity for the next two years.

ICFPA is a global network of forest and paper industry associations that promote cooperation and dialogue in areas of common interest to its members and serves as the industry’s advocate in international organizations. ICFPA takes positions on a variety of policy issues, such as climate change and illegal logging. The ICFPA membership consists of 41 forest and paper associations from North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania, representing more than 90 percent of the world’s paper production and more than 50 percent of its wood production.

“The forest and paper industry manufactures products that serve the everyday needs of people around the world, and I look forward to representing the global forest and paper industry in the coming years,” said Harman.

Together with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, ICFPA is organizing a forestry side event at the Rio+20 global conference on sustainable development, which will be held next month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As ICFPA president, Harman will co-chair the event titled “Forests: The Heart of a Green Economy” on June 18.

Harman succeeds Teresa Presas, director general of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), as ICFPA president.

“On behalf of all ICFPA members, I would like to thank Teresa for her outstanding leadership over the past six years,” said Harman. “Her commitment and guidance have made ICFPA a strong voice for the global forest products industry.”

06/04/12

2012 SGIA Expo Offers New Educational Programs

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In addition to showcasing the broadest range of specialty imaging technology and applications, the 2012 SGIA Expo (Las Vegas, October 18–20) offers focused educational sessions featuring the perfect mix of topics to meet the needs of your business.

Hear from industry experts in our classic sessions, or attend a free presentation in the fabulous Zones on the Expo floor. And because you’ll be surrounded by industry professionals, it’s easy to discuss your newfound knowledge with colleagues, clients or your dealer at the blackjack table.

Customize your education line-up, or choose from one of SGIA’s educational Tracks, tailored for your imaging community:
Graphics & Sign
Garment Decoration
Industrial Imaging
Graphics Installers
Business Management

But that’s not all! SGIA’s renowned Printed Electronics and Membrane Switch Symposium is joining the Expo, and bringing its educational program along. Join your colleagues to catch up on the latest in this technical specialty.
For full Expo details, or to plan your itinerary, visit SGIA.org, Keyword: 2012Expo.

06/01/12

Quark Bundles 14 XTensions for Free with QuarkXPress 9

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Quark announced today that anyone purchasing or upgrading to QuarkXPress 9 between May 31 and June 30, 2012 will receive Gluon’s newest ProPack 9, worth $219, free of charge. Gluon’s ProPack 9 contains 14 Mac XTensions (9 Windows XTensions) and adds features, functionality, and value to QuarkXPress by automating and eliminating repetitive steps.

The offer is valid for anyone purchasing a copy of QuarkXPress, including education, non-profit, and government organizations. All existing QuarkXPress customers, including those using versions of QuarkXPress dating back to version 3, can upgrade to QuarkXPress 9 for $349.

“Quark has a track record of giving its customers feature-rich updates to QuarkXPress at no extra cost, such as the new Kindle export features in QuarkXPress 9.3 that were just released today. Now with Gluon’s ProPack, designers can boost their productivity even further and get more value from their investment – all the more if they have an old copy of QuarkXPress and wish to catch-up with the current version,” said Gavin Drake, Vice President of Marketing for Quark.

Gluon’s ProPack includes:

-- ColuMaker: Control column spans of selected text. You can span multiple columns, break one column into sub-columns, or convert multi-column boxes into multiple linked boxes.
-- iDropper: Get colors from placed pictures and create instant harmonized color palettes or copy box attributes between boxes with an eyedropper tool added to Quark’s tool palette.
-- Greeker: Toggle live copy from readable text to unreadable Greeking in printouts while maintaining all paragraph formatting. Fantastic for ad designers who want to keep the client’s mind on the design and not the copy.

To see the full list of the XTensions included in ProPack 9, please visit http://gluon.com/product-propack.html.

How to Redeem the Offer
QuarkXPress 9 can be purchased through Quark Authorised Resellers, the Quark Store, and Quark Customer Service. To upgrade users must have a valid, registered, and activated serial number for any version of QuarkXPress. To purchase or upgrade to QuarkXPress please click here.

To receive your free copy of Gluon’s Pro Pack 9, please complete this form.

Missing Serial Number?
Customers who are unable to locate their previous QuarkXPress serial number may still have the opportunity to upgrade their licenses. In these cases, customers can provide proof of purchase or complete an online “missing serial number” form here.

06/01/12

TrekkMaps Site Gets New Look

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You can get there from here. Trekk has launched a refresh of its TrekkMaps website. The updated site features new graphics, video, social media sharing options and regularly changing promotions. The current promotion offers up to 5,000 complimentary maps to new TrekkMaps clients.

Site visitors will find a downloadable brochure and examples of how marketers are using variable maps and QR codes across a variety of industries and applications. They'll also find all the information they need to incorporate variable maps and custom QR codes into their own direct marketing efforts.

TrekkMaps delivers a unique map or QR Code for each person on your list. Mapping products include variable route maps,custom proximity maps and driving directions. They're available for all of the U.S., Canada, Australia and most of Europe. They increase response by showing recipients the way to your location or event. The response-boosting QR codes can take direct mail recipients directly to a personalized URL, making it easier for them to respond to offers. All TrekkMaps products are licensed for any application - email, personalized URL and print.

06/01/12

Alpha Colour Invests in Carbon Neutralized Speedmaster XL 75

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Alpha Colour has elected to buy a carbon neutralised Speedmaster XL 75-4+L from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). The press was purchased at drupa 2012 in Düsseldorf. That means that the carbon used in the manufacture of the press is calculated and a sum put back into sustainability projects.

At the same time the Gloucester company has chosen to install the press with an electric metering system, allowing it to measure the kilowatts used in production. Its environmental certifications include ISO 140001, FSC and PEFC and managing director Jeff Williams says that its public sector customers and major corporate enterprises are spear-heading demand for greater sustainability from their supply chain. Having assessed its product portfolio, Alpha is replacing a CD 74 five-colour and coater with the XL 75-4+LX. It installed a first XL 75 last year and this has the fifth unit for specials as required so the four-colour can focus on the more common process jobs.

"One less press unit coupled with the new DryStar 3000 dryer means there is a 20% reduction in energy usage and the XL 75 technology. The energy meter will allow us to prove to ourselves and our customers the greater energy efficiency of this press. With Axis Control spectral measurement we will enhance makeready times and reduce both start up and running waste and the wash up system is very efficient, using only the amount of chemistry needed. Given the cost of electricity, paper and chemistry this environment tack also has commercial advantages," says Jeff Williams.

Sales director Maggie Williams believes that the cost of carbon neutralising the Speedmaster XL 75 is an ethical choice and, at relatively little cost, a strong selling point for a client base which includes health authorities, councils and other Government bodies as well as commercial customers.

The company has seen a 20 % lift in productivity with the replacement of the first CD 74 with an XL 75 and it believes this will be matched by the second press which is being installed in the summer. "We will be able to provide customers with even quicker turnrounds and more flexible loadings," says Maggie Williams. "It is not unusual for a customer to sign off a PDF in the morning and have the print delivered in the afternoon.

The company has Prinect workflows connecting the prepress and press departments which, along with Axis Control and the ink.line cartridge system enables it to work to top colour and quality levels. It is ISO 9001 quality accredited.

05/31/12

University Press of Kentucky Enjoys Unlikely Bestseller

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The Hatfields & McCoys miniseries has become a ratings bonanza for the History Channel, attracting 13.9 million viewers on its initial Memorial Day showing and 17 million overall. Surprisingly, it has also propelled the Commonwealth’s own scholarly publisher to the top of bestseller lists and into the national spotlight.

Originally published by the University Press of Kentucky in 1982, The Hatfields and the McCoys by Otis K. Rice only ever enjoyed moderate sales during its thirty years in print. Today, the ebook is topping Amazon and Barnes and Noble bestseller lists over titles by Bill O’Reilly, Erik Larson, and Rebecca Skloot. The secret to its success is not a major promotional campaign but the changing face of the book industry.

While publishers have struggled to take advantage of the new markets opened up by ebooks, the power of making electronic editions widely available and discoverable online is highlighted by this surprise hit. The University Press of Kentucky has made it a priority to make all its published content available electronically to readers around the world. The result is that the press has seen a title from its deep backlist become a blockbuster.

Southern Living has called Rice’s The Hatfields and the McCoys “A captivating account of two families whose stubbornness and loyalty were exceeded only by their capacity for a terrible revenge.” It draws upon an impressive array of court records, public documents, official correspondence, and other documentary evidence to present an account that frees, as much as possible, fact from fiction and event from legend. Afterthe gun smoke clears on the History Channel tonight, readers can pick up a copy of The Hatfields and the McCoys to learn the whole story behind America’s most infamous feud.

The Hatfields & McCoys miniseries concludes tonight at 9 p.m. ET on History. The Hatfields and the McCoys by Otis K. Rice (epub ISBN: 978-0-8131-3850-3, cloth ISBN: 978-0-8131-1459-0) is available wherever books are sold.

Otis K. Rice (1919–2003) was professor emeritus of history at West Virginia University Institute of Technology. He was the recipient of many awards and was named West Virginia's first Historian Laureate on July 22, 2003.

The University Press of Kentucky is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that now includes all of the state universities, five private colleges, and two historical societies. Led by Director Stephen Wrinn, its editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences.

05/31/12

SGP Announces New Website Feature

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Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), a non-profit organization providing sustainability certification in the graphic communications industry, today announces a new search feature on its website that makes it easier for print buyers and specifiers to locate SGP Certified print facilities. Visitors can now search up to 14 categories of printing processes, including bindery and finishing and gravure, web, and screen printing, and more. The search results show the products that are produced in the Certified facility, as well as the printing processes used. In the coming months, more enhancements will be added to SGP's website as part of the organization's ongoing goal of connecting print buyers with facilities that employ best practices in sustainability.

"SGP is the only Certification program in North America to meet the print industry's sustainability expectations," comments Marci Kinter, Chairperson, Sustainable Green Printing Partnership. "The new search feature is just one of the steps we're taking to make it as easy as possible for print buyers to partner with the Certified print community."

SGP's independently audited Certification program is receiving growing support from print buyers, including adidas and other retail brands. SGP Certification gives print buyers confidence that the printer in their supply chain is operating sustainably and transferring the smallest possible footprint to their printed product. In addition to offering verification of printers' sustainable operations, it also ensures adherence to continuous sustainability improvements.

05/31/12

TWIST 6.4 Resolves Artifacts in iPad Ads

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DALIM SOFTWARE, developers of highly efficient, scalable enterprise software solutions for the creation, production and management of cross-media content, announces their latest release of the award-winning TWIST workflow automation technology, featuring its new feature to optimize PDF files for use on mobile devices, confirmed by the Ghent PDF Workgroup and Roularta Media Group. The new normalization feature helps to convert PDF files, originally intended for print, to high-quality, small footprint files for use on mobile devices such as the iPad.

“Many of the files we receive from agencies typically display artifacts and small white lines when used on mobile devices. Neither quality nor file size meet the requirements of our advertisers, who also wish to conduct full text searches on content and keep embedded URLs live,” says Peter Maes, Assistant PreMedia Director at Roularta Media Group.

“Comparing several workflow solutions clearly demonstrated to us that only DALIM SOFTWARE’s TWIST is able to produce reliable artwork for our iPad magazines,” adds Bart Van Looy, Quality Assurance Officer at Sanoma Media Belgium and Co-chair of GWG’s Cross Media Subcomittee, confirming the result.

“DALIM SOFTWARE products always focus on delivering high quality media content for any kind of device or market vertical. A good, recent example is our ES 3, with its HTML 5 export and the ability to enrich content and produce interactive iPad Apps. TWIST 6.4 is another step in our on-going development efforts to help our customers meet any new challenge in cross-media production,” concludes Dr. Carol Werlé, CEO of DALIM SOFTWARE.

05/30/12

Quark Acquires Mobile IQ

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Quark announced today its acquisition of Mobile IQ, creators of PressRun, the cloud-based digital publishing solution developed to deliver innovative, interactive tablet and mobile experiences.

Quark was acquired by Platinum Equity in August 2011 and has been working closely with Platinum’s M&A team to identify and pursue growth opportunities. Quark identified Mobile IQ as an ideal fit for expanding the company’s digital publishing solutions for the enterprise. With an impressive client base and an established presence in the United States and United Kingdom, Mobile IQ brings to Quark a high-caliber team, market-leading solutions, and a shared vision of digital publishing that includes HTML5 and XML.

“Quark’s intention is to be the leader in dynamic publishing. Our acquisition of Mobile IQ is the next step in offering the most comprehensive end-to-end solutions for publishing to mobile devices,” said Ray Schiavone, Quark President and CEO. “With the Mobile IQ team and their leading technology, we advance our ability to help organizations create structured content that can be combined with rich design and delivered across media channels in the most efficient ways possible.”

As a part of the acquisition, Mobile IQ becomes a subsidiary of Quark. Mobile IQ customers will continue to work directly with the Mobile IQ team, while benefiting from Quark’s expertise in broader enterprise publishing solutions. Due to the close alignment of vision and technology, customers should look forward to rapid integration of Mobile IQ technology into Quark’s enterprise solutions.

“It was evident from our early conversations that there is significant affinity between Mobile IQ and Quark’s approach to digital publishing,” said Shaun Barriball, Mobile IQ CEO and Founder. “This acquisition gives the Mobile IQ team an opportunity to continue developing an innovative roadmap for publishers, while expanding the use of our technology into new enterprise markets, such as financial services, manufacturing, and government.”

Mobile IQ’s PressRun solution for tablet publishing will continue to support multiple content creation formats, including HTML5, XML, and Adobe InDesign. To read more about PressRun support for InDesign, please see today’s announcement about its compatibility with InDesign CS6: http://www.quark.com/About_Quark/Press/Press.aspx.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

05/30/12

Steve Moody Joins MSP Digital

Press release from the issuing company

Roy Grossman, founding partner of MSP Digital Marketing, announced today that Steve Moody has joined the company as vice president of its DigitalXPress division, located in Rockaway, NJ. MSP Digital specializes in using cross-media applications in the development and execution of targeted marketing communications, content aggregation, and on-demand distribution of customized content for the educational, non-profit, healthcare, financial and retail markets.

According to Mr. Grossman, “Steve brings tremendous expertise in marketing, data and direct response, and will be an extremely valuable asset as we continue to build the MSP Digital platform. His experience will allow us to provide MSP Digital’s customers with access to some of the most innovative and advanced technologies available.”

Mr. Moody added, “I have known and worked with the MSP Digital team for many years and am extremely excited to join them. The MSP proposition is one of the most compelling platforms for developing and building highly targeted and personalized campaigns for a variety of markets, most importantly higher education and not-for-profit. I look forward to contributing to the company’s success.”

Prior to joining MSP Digital, Mr. Moody held a variety of positions with a focus on database management, campaign retention and custom data analytics. These programs provided in depth client centric campaigns.

In 1993 Mr. Moody was one of the founders of CCI Direct, which focused on the not-for-profit sector and specialized in turn key fundraising campaigns. Providing concept to completion programs, CCI grew at a double-digit annual rate over the next 5 years. As a result of this strong performance, the company became operational in additional segments including the retail, travel and financial sectors and was capable of processing and handling over 8 million direct response solicitations per month.

Prior to CCI, Mr. Moody was an executive team leader for one of the pioneering companies in direct mail fundraising, The Lyman T. Corbin Company. By implementing new technology and a wider range of personalized applications, clients were able to establish a more unique brand identity that produced higher rates of return on both traditional and premium based fundraising efforts.

MSP Digital Marketing, LLC is headquartered at 65 Locust Avenue, New Canaan, CT and has additional facilities in Rockaway, NJ and Hudson, MA. MSP Digital can be found on the Internet at www.mspdigital.com.

05/30/12

AF&PA Response to Solicitor General’s Brief on Forest Roads

Press release from the issuing company

American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement today in response to the Solicitor General’s position that U.S. Supreme Court review of the Ninth Circuit decision on forest roads permitting is not necessary.

“While we are pleased that EPA has confirmed that runoff from logging roads should be addressed using flexible approaches rather than Clean Water Act permits, we are disappointed that the Solicitor General has taken the position that U.S. Supreme Court review of the Ninth Circuit decision is not necessary, even though he admits it is erroneous.

“Despite EPA’s best intentions, it likely will take years to put a regulatory solution that withstands legal challenge in place. EPA’s proposed solution will be litigated before the Ninth Circuit, which already failed to defer to EPA’s authority when it overturned EPA’s 35-year regulation exempting forest roads from permitting requirements. In the meantime, the issue will remain open to litigation, which affects everyone down the fiber supply chain. Such an atmosphere of uncertainty will make it difficult for businesses to operate, ultimately affecting jobs in rural communities across the country. The best means of providing much-needed certainty is a favorable U.S. Supreme Court ruling or legislation.”

05/29/12

Pitney Bowes Expands eDiscovery Platform and Capabilities

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Pitney Bowes Legal Solutions (PBLS), a leading provider of document management, eDiscovery and litigation support services and division of Pitney Bowes Inc., today announced several significant enhancements to its eDiscovery and litigation services portfolio for law firms and corporate counsel. PBLS has added industry-leading early case assessment (ECA) and hosted review software and managed review services to its comprehensive eDiscovery offering, as well as made significant additional investments in its national data center and service delivery teams.

PBLS has added IPRO Allegro, an early case assessment tool that provides insight into the size, scope, and composition of data collections before the start of eDiscovery processing and review, to its offering. IPRO Allegro enables interactive, real time culling of the case data using search terms and metadata filters, which can significantly reduce the volume of relevant documents for review and save processing time by up to 95%.

In addition, PBLS has partnered with kCura to provide customers access to Relativity, a feature-rich online review platform that offers flexibility and scalability for managing complex analysis, review, and production projects.

Both Allegro and Relativity are supported by PBLS’ national data processing center in Grand Rapids, Mich., where terabytes of data and millions of pages of documents are processed and managed annually.

“These technology partnerships complement our already-powerful portfolio of leading legal discovery solutions and provide significant additional value to our clients,” said Stephen Whetstone, Leader of Pitney Bowes Legal Solutions. “Rather than use the same hammer for every legal discovery project, Pitney Bowes Legal Solutions is determined to use the right tool at the right price at the right location for each unique job. When it comes to eDiscovery one size does not fit all.”

As part of PBLS’ ongoing effort to deliver the best service and value possible, the company has engaged the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists, an independent training and verification organization, to deliver continued education and certification for its project managers, business development representatives and staff. To date, key members of the PBLS team have completed the internationally-recognized ACEDS certified training and testing program, with more staff members enrolled to complete the program in 2012.

Rounding out its full range of eDiscovery services, PBLS has enhanced its managed review capabilities via an alliance with Grand Rapids-based RCA Business Solutions to deliverflexible and scalable managed review for projects of all sizes, both on-site and off-site. This provides our clients on-demand access to a highly trained review staff, which includes former judges, in-house counsel, trial attorneys, law firm partners, patent attorneys, and other licensed U.S. attorneys, to provide managed review of large volumes of electronically stored information and paper records in litigation.

Pitney Bowes Legal Solutions is a leading provider of document management, eDiscovery and litigation support services designed to help law firms, corporate legal departments and government agencies operate more efficiently and effectively. A division of Pitney Bowes Management Services, Pitney Bowes Legal Solutions designs and builds innovative, best site solutions based on client needs.

05/29/12

KBA Appoints New Regional Sales Manager for Canada

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KBA Canada announces that Mark Norlock has joined the company as its regional sales manager. In this new role, Norlock will report to Soren Larsen, Senior Vice President of Sales, and will be responsible for overseeing sales in the provinces of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

“I am proud to join KBA in this new capacity and serve the printing industry in Canada where I plan to grow KBA’s installed base and increase market share in Canada,” says Norlock. “KBA has a long tradition of introducing the most productive and innovative printing presses in the industry for both sheetfed and web printing. And just this month at Drupa KBA demonstrated another ground-breaking product—its new RotoJet 76, the first inkjet web printing press manufactured by the company. We had five remarkable offset printing presses running live applications at Drupa with a host of never-before-seen features. I am impressed with KBA’s many strengths including its commitment to introduce new innovative technology for the printing sector and its continued investment of 5% of its sales in research and development. KBA truly lives up to its Drupa slogan of ‘sprinting ahead’.”

Norlock brings an extensive background in prepress, digital and printing press sales in Canada. His entire career in the printing industry in Canada has been in various sales positions including another printing press manufacturer and most recently as a sales specialist for another firm’s digital press. Norlock has a wealth of knowledge and excellent relationships with Canadian printers and is actively serving on the board of the DIA (Digital Imaging Association).

“We welcome Mark to the KBA family,” says Soren Larsen, Senior Vice President of Sales of KBA North America. “His skills, knowledge and strong work ethic will help KBA Canada to continue the positive trend it has shown in recent years and expand our sales in Canada.”

05/29/12

Gary Schwartz Joins Strategy Development

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Strategy Development, an industry leading management consulting and advanced training firm, welcomes the addition of Gary Schwartz to the team as a consultant. Schwartz, with over fourteen years of experience in the industry, has spent his career progressing through management assignments with IKON Office Solutions and Ricoh. As a consultant with Strategy Development, Schwartz will be able to leverage his multifaceted experience to coach dealers towards achieving significant operational and productivity improvements in the sales operations and business planning areas.

Most recently, Schwartz served as Strategic Account Manager for IKON North Texas, where he directed a team of 150 employees with a focus to solutions sales, including managed document services (MDS/MPS) and facilities management (FM). Schwartz joined IKON Office Solutions as director of financial operations after a career at Coopers & Lybrand LLP. After deciding to pursue a career in general management, Schwartz was appointed regional manager for IKON’s New Mexico branch with responsibility for sales, service and operations. After growing sales over 60% in a three year period, Schwartz was promoted to general sales manager in IKON’s Greater Texas Area with responsibility for five sales teams, and was subsequently promoted to director of sales with responsibility for seven sales teams and 60 sales professionals. In every assignment Schwartz grew revenue and reduced sales turnover.

"I am very excited to be part of the SD team," said Schwartz. "The sales operations processes that Tom Callinan developed at IKON worked exceptionally well when implemented without alteration, and my experience demonstrates that strong sales processes support exceptional results. I am looking forward to helping dealers achieve greater success in their traditional copier business as well as MPS/MNS."

“Gary’s experience in both finance and sales will greatly benefit our clients and the dealer community," stated Tom Callinan, principal of Strategy Development. "To me, a clear indication of success is when a manager can repeat their success in different locations or in different positions. Gary has demonstrated success at multiple levels of sales leadership in multiple States as well as in financial operations roles. I am excited to have him as a part of the Strategy Development Team.”

Ed Carroll has decided to leave SD to join one our clients, TGI Office Automation, as COO/CFO. For the last three years, Ed has been a great team member of Strategy Development and his contributions will be missed. Nevertheless, Ed is looking forward to being home a lot more often as he masters his challenging executive position at a large dealership. We are confident Ed will be able to leverage his wealth of experience to help TGI continue to grow, and we wish him and the TGI team continued success.

Gary can be reached at schwartz@strategydevelopment.com or at 817.600.2216.

05/23/12

GPO / Barnes & Noble to Sell Federal eBooks

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Government Printing Office (GPO) has signed an agreement with Barnes & Noble to sell Federal eBooks. Titles are available in eBook format for Barnes & Noble's Nook eReader. GPO works with Federal agencies to produce their publications, books, and reports in print and digital formats, including eBook formats. Approximately 30 eBook titles are available including popular titles like the Public Papers of the President-Barack Obama, Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster And The Future Of Offshore Drilling (the BP Oil Spill Commission Report), the Financial Crisis Inquiry Report, and the newly released Basic Guide to Exporting from the Department of Commerce. GPO makes eBooks available in partnership with Google's eBookstore, OverDrive, Ingram, Zinio, and other online vendors.

Link to Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/basic-guide-to-exporting-international-trade-administration/1102718216?ean=9780160907838

"GPO continues to expand into the eBook market and make more Federal titles available to the public," said Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. "GPO is fulfilling its mission of Keeping America Informed by providing the public with multiple formats and outlets that they can use to access Federal Government information conveniently and economically."

GPO is the Federal Government's primary resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government in both digital and tangible formats. GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies. In addition to publication sales, GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through GPO's Federal Digital System (www.fdsys.gov) and through partnerships with approximately 1,220 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program. For more information, please visit www.gpo.gov. Follow GPO on Facebook, Twitter, and on YouTube.

05/23/12

RR Donnelley to Acquire EDGAR Online

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R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company and EDGAR Online jointly announced today that they have signed a definitive agreement pursuant to which RR Donnelley will acquire EDGAR Online, a leading provider of disclosure management services, financial data and enterprise risk analytics software and solutions for both corporate and investment professionals. The deal is valued at approximately $70.5 million, which includes $1.092 per common share, assumption of debt and payment of an amount equal to the redemption price of the preferred shares. The transaction is expected to close during the third quarter of 2012. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to RR Donnelley's earnings in the first full year after the closing of the transaction and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval and approval of EDGAR Online shareholders.

"This acquisition continues to expand the range of our digital offering and further enhances our ability to deliver integrated communications solutions," said Thomas J. Quinlan, III, RR Donnelley's President and Chief Executive Officer. "In every segment that we serve we provide a full set of resources for creating, managing, producing, distributing and even monetizing content."

EDGAR Online has provided XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) services to RR Donnelley'sFinancial Services offering since 2008. Working with EDGAR Online, RR Donnelley has become an industry leader in executing XBRL filings.

"We are very pleased to be joining a company with whom we have worked so closely," observed Robert J. Farrell, EDGAR Online's President and CEO. "Our proven innovative solutions for professionals who produce and consume financial information can be immediately leveraged by RR Donnelley's customer base. We expect that this combination will help to drive the development and deployment of our SaaS-based governance, risk and compliance (GRC) solutions that can help RR Donnelley meet its clients' growing financial communications needs."

Tom Juhase, President of RR Donnelley's Financial Services offering, stated, "This is a natural fit with our growing portfolio of financial disclosure management services and a superb match for our clients' needs for end-to-end solutions. Our long working relationship with EDGAR Online gives us immense confidence in their platform, people and processes. They will bring best in class technology and deep domain expertise in XBRL — an area of vital importance to our clients.

We are seeing significant demand for XBRL services this year as all public companies soon will need to comply with the SEC's detailed tagging requirements. EDGAR Online has a tested platform that has scaled in concert with our capacity needs. With EDGAR Online, we are able to further assist our clients with the creation of key documents and provide investors innovative analytical tools that support even better-informed decision making," concluded Juhase.

05/23/12

Kimberly-Clark Sustainability Report 2011

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Kimberly-Clark Corporation announced today the release of its 2011 Sustainability Report – Full Circle, highlighting the company’s progress towards its Sustainability 2015 goals.

The 2011 Sustainability Report is K-C’s ninth sustainability report and is structured around the company’s Sustainability 2015 strategy framework of People, Planet and Products introduced last year. The new framework represents K-C’s most ambitious and comprehensive sustainability strategy to date, and embodies the company’s commitment to weaving a sustainable business practice and mindset into every facet of the organization and as an integral part of its Global Business Plan.

“In 2011, we introduced Sustainability 2015, an aggressive set of goals and strategies that encompasses the full circle of our responsibilities and opportunities to improve lives by contributing to the environmental, social and economic success in the communities we operate around the world,” said Suhas Apte, Vice President, Global Sustainability for Kimberly-Clark. “I’m proud to report we made progress on the majority of our goals during the first year of our five-year program, advancing in such areas as workplace safety, supplier social compliance standards, water and energy reductions, third-party-certified fiber sourcing and generating net sales from environmentally innovative products, as well as in many other areas.”

Notable 2011 Kimberly-Clark Sustainability Accomplishments

Sourced 99.9 percent of its fiber from suppliers certified by sustainable forestry practices.
Generated 13 percent of 2011 net sales from environmentally innovative products.
Accomplished its goal of zero workplace fatalities.
Communicated to all of its key suppliers its Supplier Social Compliance Standards, which encourages suppliers to align its operations with K-C’s
Code of Conduct practices and internationally accepted standards for corporate social responsibility and human rights.
Achieved zero manufacturing waste to landfill from all its European Personal Care business facilities.
Extended the Huggies brand Every Little Bottom campaign in the U.S. to assist moms who struggle to provide their babies clean disposable diapers.
Expanded the Huggies diaper composting initiatives by opening a second K-C-sponsored recycling plant in New Zealand.
Kleenex brand became the first U.S. consumer tissue to offer Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified tissue products and extended its Kimberly-Clark Professional business’ FSC certification to more than 95 percent of its tissue and towel lines in North America.
Initiated water-replenishment projects in India, Israel, Colombia and Spain, anticipating an annualized return of 205 million gallons of water to surrounding communities.
Conducted social initiatives in 23 countries, providing cash and product donations totaling more than $32 million.

“Sustainability is no longer only in the realm of our operations, it is embedded across our entire value chain in every function, brand and business at K-C,” said Apte. “Our progress in 2011 reflects the hard work of our employees worldwide in helping to integrate sustainable business practices into everything we do. And while we are proud of our 2011 efforts, we realize this is an area in which our work will never be done.” Additional highlights, along with the full report, can be accessed online at www.sustainabilityreport2011.kimberly-clark.com. This year’s report also includes new multimedia features that enable readers to identify and locate areas of interest more quickly, access K-C’s progress in those areas more easily, and build and print customized reports as well as share various pages through social media channels. A video reviewing the Kimberly-Clark Sustainability 2015 goals can be viewed on YouTube by clicking K-C Sustainability 2015 Video.

An external assurance process of the report was conducted by Two Tomorrows, an international corporate sustainability agency, as well as an extensive review and assessment provided by K-C’s external Sustainability Advisory Board. Established in 2007, this board provides an outside view and guidance on K-C’s pursuit of an A+ rating by the Global Reporting Initiative, as well as global expertise on the company’s sustainability initiatives. The assurance statement along with more information about K-C’s sustainability advisory board can be accessed through the sustainability report.

05/22/12

Randstad Invests 1.4 Million Euros on Name Change Campaign

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Randstad, which recently completed the acquisition of Ma Foi Management Consultants, today announced its advertisement campaign in India. Randstad is the first HR services company in India to roll out a budget of 1.4 million Euros (INR equivalent 10 Crore) for its name change campaign. The campaign includes advertisements in high voltage television and print media across the country.

The main premise for the media campaign is to build the Randstad brand in India. Randstad currently enjoys the market leadership position in the country and hopes to combine its years of experience and global insights to introduce new concepts in the Indian HR services industry to deliver value to organizations.

Speaking about the launch of the campaign Mr. E. Balaji, MD & CEO, Randstad India said, “This marks an important milestone for our company as we have initiated such an aggressive advertisement campaign for the first time in 20 years in India. Randstad as a company is a very brand focused organization and the Randstad brand enjoys great recall across various other countries it represents. We are confident that the same will be achieved through this campaign to establish the brand successfully in the Indian market.”

Randstad has its presence in 40 countries globally and India is one of the key markets where it enjoys a leadership position. The campaign will be spread across all leading business dailies, business and news channels and general entertainment channels in English, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi and Telugu.

05/22/12

Konica Minolta at LegalTech West Coast 2012

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Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced its participation in LegalTech West Coast 2012, May 22 – 23 at Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Exhibiting in Booth #520, Konica Minolta will showcase its EnvisionIT Legal solutions and services designed with legal providers in mind. EnvisionIT Legal features Managed Print Services, Managed IT Services, integrated solutions, professional services, hardware and support, all under a single platform.

During LegalTech the following services, solutions and hardware will be on display at Konica Minolta Booth #520:

IT Services for Legal – Konica Minolta offers IT Services through its All Covered division and provides end-to-end technology solutions to law firms across the country. These solutions include printing, scanning, IT Services and Support as well as the implementation, integration and customization of legal specific applications such as case management, collaboration, document management and content management. Konica Minolta excels in consulting with firms on ways to streamline workflows, manage documents more effectively, while offering scalable solutions for small to large law firms.

Dispatcher Phoenix Legal – Raising the bar in document handling speed and simplicity, this Konica Minolta solution lets users accomplish the following tasks: route scanned documents automatically from bizhub MFPs or bizhub PRO production printers; use OCR to convert files to PDF formats (including PDF/a) for searchable text; automate the process of adding Bates stamps, watermarks, multi-line annotations, and notes; and automatically redact or highlight information using intelligent technology. With the Workflow Builder, rules-based workflows can be customized with drag-and-drop simplicity, and unique LiveFlo technology gives real-time views of workflow to identify bottlenecks and speed distribution. eCopy ShareScan V5 – Embedded directly on Konica Minolta bizhub multifunctional products (MFP), eCopy ShareScan software allows for a wide range of secure document scanning processes with seamless integration into business applications that support automated workflows helping law offices and departments reduce the costs of document management, comply with e-filing requirements, enable e-discovery of offline documents, recover client-billable scanning expense and protect information privacy.

bizhub C754/C654 – The first MFP with INFO-Palette design, the bizhub C754/C654 series promises the legal industry fast output speeds to handle rising workloads with ease. Standard Dual Scanning, powerful finishing options such as Tab Printing and spectacular high-impact color enable an unsurpassed range of printing capabilities without compromising speed or quality. Simplified menus and customizable icons allow users to work faster and smarter. For professional settings such as legal, the bizhub C754/C654 series enables high- speed scanning, scan-to-folder capability and seamless integration with industry-standard software for scanning and converting records to electronic forms. PageScope Mobile – A secure mobile printing app that connects the award-winning line of bizhub MFPs via a wireless LAN connection with the suite of Apple products.

“With trade shows in both New York and Los Angeles, LegalTech is a leading resource for Konica Minolta to showcase our integrated solutions geared toward increasing productivity while delivering operational efficiencies that enhance current legal workflow methodologies. Our EnvisionIT offering is designed to support a seamless integration with legal firms of all sizes” said Sam Errigo, Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence Services, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “Attendees will have an opportunity to witness the award-winning technologies that ensure law practices can count on Konica Minolta for uniquely-tailored document management solutions with the highest levels of security.”

05/22/12

MPS Prints Envelopes for Charity on an Intec

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Record donations have been achieved by a charity following a successful mailing campaign produced on an Intec envelope printer.

Mail Processing Services (MPS) in Lakeland, Central Florida printed hundreds of envelopes on an Intec

HPP500 for Evans Fight, a small diabetes charity in Florida.

“A little kid with diabetes had drawn a picture and spilt some water on it,” explains Robbie Yelvington, owner of MPS. “I wanted to use that picture on the envelope because the biggest challenge is getting the envelope opened and I felt that this could work.

“We then used variable data software to put a handwritten note on each envelope. The result was an awesome success.”

He adds: “We didn’t have $300 of work coming in for the Intec when we first purchased it but since advertising that we have this machine not a day goes by when we’re not running something on it.”

MPS is a full service letter shop, which processes mail for 100 customers ranging from small businesses through to

Fortune 500 companies such as Marriott International, Inc., the global hotel operator. MPS currently employs 20 staff although it plans to take on a further 10 people when it acquires another business.

MPS owns three Konica Minolta Bizhubs: 1200 pro, C7000 and C6500, three Xerox: 250, 4110 and 4590, a Harmada 2345, two AB Dick: 9995 and 9810.

05/21/12

City Tech's ADGA to Hold Third Annual Portfolio Review

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The Department of Advertising Design and Graphic Arts (ADGA), New York City College of Technology (City Tech), will conduct its third annual student portfolio review on Thursday, May 24, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. The review will take place in the Times Square offices of Adobe Systems Inc., the host of the event.

More than 90 graduating ADGA students will present their work to City Tech faculty and industry professionals in a series of 45-minute sessions. ADGA hopes to attract enough outside attendance so that each student’s portfolio can be critiqued by two or three experts in related fields.

“As in previous years, one of our goals is to gather information that will help us keep our curriculum relevant to the current needs of industry and its employing companies,” said M. Genevieve Hitchings, assistant professor, ADGA. “Portfolio reviews also let students practice their interview skills and receive honest feedback on their work in a non-competitive environment.”

“Most important, portfolio reviews also give senior-level students an opportunity to network with potential employers,” Hitchings said.

The reviews will begin at 3:30 p.m. and run at 45-minutes intervals until 7:15 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., ADGA will announce three winners for the most outstanding portfolios.

Industry members wishing to take part in the reviews should RSVP to MHitchings@CityTech.Cuny.Edu. Pre-registration is necessary for admission to the space being provided by Adobe at 1540 Broadway, New York, NY, on the 17th floor (entrance on 45th Street).

ADGA has promoted the event with a postcard designed by one of its students, Alfredo Lopez, who specializes in web and mobile design, online advertising, and brand identity. Printing was provided by Duggal Visual Solutions, which ran the job on an HP Indigo 5500 digital color press at its production center in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Duggal, a supporter of City Tech, also has hosted field trips that introduce ADGA students to many of the latest technologies for graphic imaging and reproduction.

ADGA held its first portfolio review at the Openhouse Gallery in SoHo in December 2010. Last year, the event took place at the Type Director’s Club in midtown Manhattan.

With an enrollment of about 1,300 students, ADGA is the largest academic department at City Tech. It offers degree programs in the career tracks of advertising and graphic design, interactive media, broadcast graphics, illustration, and graphic arts management.

ADGA graduates have gone on to successful careers at Condé Nast, The New York Times, Hearst, Essence Inc., Deutsch, EURO RSCG, DraftFCB, Grey Advertising, and many other firms.

05/21/12

AF&PA Releases April 2012 U.S. Paperboard Report

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The American Forest & Paper Association released its April 2012 U.S. Paperboard Report.

Total boxboard production decreased by 2.4% compared to April 2011 and decreased 0.9% from last month. Unbleached Kraft Folding production increased over the same month last year and increased compared to last month. Total Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner production decreased compared to April 2011 and decreased compared to last month. The production of Recycled Folding decreased compared to April 2011 and decreased when compared to last month.

The complete report with detailed tables can be purchased by contacting Dina Menton (dina_menton@afandpa.org or 202-463-2710).

05/21/12

3D Systems Brings 3D Printing to AIA 2012

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3D Systems Corporation announced today that it will showcase its latest 3D content-to-print solutions at the American Institute of Architects' 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC May 17-19th in booth number 2160.

Architects continue to stretch the limits on fine feature detail, speed and sizes to accommodate larger and more complex scale models. With our recently launched ZPrinter(R) 850, boasting the largest build platform in its class, architects can print larger scale, fine detailed models faster. Users can also stack up several small scale massing models in a single build, conducting quick design studies and concept iterations with their teammates, clients or regulatory boards.

"We are pleased to share our complete design to manufacturing capabilities with the attendees of AIA 2012," said Cathy Lewis, Vice President of Global Marketing for 3D Systems. "Working closely with customers we have already transformed the way architects design and communicate. With our expanded range of on-site and cloud printing services we look forward to empowering more architects to create and make faster."

05/17/12

Loire Offset Plus Opts for a 48-page KBA C48

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Last year Loire Offset Plus in Molina-la-Chazotte celebrated its 20th anniversary. At about the same time the company relocated to bigger premises offering 21,000m² (226,000ft²) of production floor space. Three Rapida litho presses also made the move: an eight-colour Rapida 142 perfector for four-over-four, a five-colour Rapida 106 coater press and a four-colour Rapida 185. They were later joined by two new presses: a Rapida 162a perfector for four-over-four and a five-colour Rapida 142 with coater. This French book printer thus has a total of 32 KBA printing units and 13 folding machines.

At Drupa, Loire Offset opted for a 48-page KBA C48 commercial web press as a means of expanding capacity for high-volume products without having to add the extra folder and guillotine that would have been needed with a further sheetfed press. Installation of the new press, which will have a cylinder circumference of 1,240mm (48.81in) and a web width of 1,450mm (57in) will start next year. One of the C48's many unique features is a variable-format V5 folder for delivering books. Along with Loire Offset's satisfaction with its fleet of Rapidas this was a key criterion in favour of the C48. It will be the sixth V5 for a French print operation within a short space of time.

The new press's ability to print and inline finish long runs of books will cut production costs, while the use of web stock will reduce paper costs.

05/17/12

KBA Rapida 145 Goes to Schur Pack

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The Rapida 145, the litho press with the largest sheet format at Drupa, will ship to Schur Pack Denmark in Horsens after the show. The plinth-mounted six-colour press with SFC coater (sleeves and simultaneous coating-forme change), pile logistics and a raft of automation modules has redefined the global benchmarks in sheetfed technology and will substantially cut production costs at this internationally active packaging group. In the words of factory manager Allan Laursen, a peak performance and “the best of the best” are essential criteria for Schur Pack.

Prior to signing the contract Schur Pack's technical experts carried out exhaustive tests on all the large-format presses on the market. Three print jobs were produced on presses built by the three shortlisted manufacturers. The results of the evaluation process were unequivocal: KBA, the market leader in this format, offered the best and most cost-effective package for Schur Pack's needs.

Alongside the Rapida 145, which also features simultaneous plate changing, flying job changes plus inline measurement and control technology, the company will take delivery of a seven-colour Rapida 106 with two coaters, a UV capability and the same high level of automation. The two Rapidas will replace four older presses from another German vendor, and Schur Pack is confident that this will shorten makereadies and deliver a major boost to output. The number of personnel in the press room will be reduced to two operators per press and shift plus one man for logistics. Flying job changes will be used for switching the languages on packaging for an international clientele.

05/17/12

GPO Introduces New eLearning Tool

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The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has a new eLearning tool that allows the agency to conduct virtual trainings and host virtual meetings with members of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). GPO attained this tool through a competitive procurement and can now provide libraries with training on GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys), a one-stop site to authentic, published Government information. In turn, libraries across the country can help the American public use FDsys to access information on the three branches of the Federal Government. This tool also allows GPO to customize training for specific audiences, record the training for future use, and enhance training with online discussions. In April, GPO conducted three virtual trainings using the eLearning tool and received positive feedback. Through the FDLP, GPO partners with 1,200 libraries nationwide to provide the public with free access to Government information in both print and digital formats.

"With our rapidly changing digital environment, it is important that we provide the Federal depository library community with eLearning opportunities," said Superintendent of Documents Mary Alice Baish. "Through this tool, GPO can equip libraries with the necessary training to help their communities access authentic, published Government information."

GPO is the Federal Government's primary resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government in both digital and tangible formats. GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies. In addition to publication sales, GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through GPO's Federal Digital System (www.fdsys.gov) and through partnerships with approximately 1,200 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program. For more information, please visit www.gpo.gov. Follow GPO on Facebook, Twitter, and on YouTube.

05/16/12

The Artcraft Company Now 100% Solar Powered

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At a celebratory event held last Friday, John Dumouchel said his company is giving new meaning to the words ‘green printing’; then he figuratively flipped the switch to turn on the newly installed new solar powered system that now powers The Artcraft Company in North Attleboro, MA. This announcement makes this third-generation family-owned company one of the most environmentally conscious engraving and printing company in the U.S. Artcraft, one the largest specialty print production facilities in New England, is best known for its high-quality engraving services for business cards and identity systems, invitations and more.

To the gathering of customers, colleagues, friends and family at the celebration named after The Beatle’s eponymous song, “Here Comes the Sun”, Dumouchel said, “We’re moving into a new dimension as we transform our company. Today, I am very pleased to announce that The Artcraft Company is not only going solar, but with this change in how we power our operation, we can now produce the most environmentally responsible identity systems, and invitations possible. I want to go into the next generation doing the right thing for the communities in which we live and work.“

Artcraft, an FSC-certified printer, is now powering 100% of its engraving facility, and 50% of its offset department with clean, renewable, solar energy. “Research has shown that engraving is the most environmentally friendly print production technique available, and now we’re advancing the level of environmental savings by producing our customers projects through the use of solar power. We are excited to not only continue to support sound environmental practices within Artcraft, but to also make the most sustainable practices available to our customers,” said Dumouchel.

The Artcraft Company’s solar project is expected to reduce its Green House Gas emissions by over 5,226 tons of CO2 —equivalent to saving 10,774,845 miles of air travel, planting 209,032 trees, or not traveling 6,657,070 miles in an SUV.

This significant carbon footprint reduction is the result of the new solar powered system that Munro Distributing has recently installed at The Artcraft Company. Over 1,100 solar panels have been installed on the roof of Artcraft’s production facility. This is the largest commercial installation in North Attleboro, MA, and Artcraft is the only U.S. engraving and printing company to be 100% solar powered.

Sean Bielat, local businessman and congressional hopeful spoke at the event, “This project represents one of the best ways for government to support development of new technologies—by providing competitive grants and then getting out of the way as much as possible to enable businesses and families to decide what is best for their needs. This project will cut costs for Artcraft, making it even more competitive in the market and thus spur growth and job creation. I salute John Dumouchel and Artcraft for taking initiative to compete for a grant to invest in new technology. It’s just one more example of local companies being at the cutting edge of innovation.”

Dumouchel, who recently finished serving as President of the International Engraved Graphics Association (IEGA), like his father before him, was at the event with his wife and four children, watched as his children cut the ribbon to launch the beginning of this exciting endeavor for Artcraft. “I am delighted that so many came out to support North Attleboro’s first industrial solar project, and that my four children were there to witness, and partake in, our latest green initiative, as this is actually for them,” said Dumouchel.

Click the “Solar Powered” button on The Artcraft Company’s website to see a real-time calculation of the solar energy that the company is generating on a daily basis.

05/16/12

GlobalSoft Continues Its Sustainability Efforts

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GlobalSoft Digital Solutions, a leading digital marketing company in Mahwah, announced it agreement to install a state-of-the-art solar system on the roof of its U.S. headquarters’ facility. The new system, valued upwards of $1 million and subsidized by the State of NJ’s Clean Energy Program, will be installed by one of the East Coast’s leading solar integrators, Mercury Solar Systems, and will provide GlobalSoft with 30-50% of its energy (depending on the time of the year), save the company money, and even provide pay back within a few years.

"Our clients are looking more and more towards partners who embrace sustainable operations. So along with being a world community partner concerned with our carbon output footprint, we felt solar is just one more way we can do the right thing as a corporate citizen,” said Christopher M. Petro, President and CEO of GlobalSoft Digital Solutions. “We wanted more. We really wanted to develop our own power using the sun and be part of the solution—not just look good on paper through buying alternative power from the grid. In some months, we will actually deliver energy back into the grid for others to use. To me, that's action, and responsibility, and commitment to the environment.”

The decision was made to expand on the company's previously initiated sustainability practices of cardboard/paper waste recycling, high efficiency/green lighting, and proximity control of energy and lighting throughout the facility. “It’s a culture” Petro continued. “Everyone in our organization has joined our corporate efforts to make sustainability viable for us. Without the commitment of our people…sustainability doesn’t work.”

“GlobalSoft exemplifies why New Jersey ranks as the second largest state for solar installations,” said Jared Haines, President of Mercury Solar Systems. “Chris and his team understand how going green can help drive the business forward and we look forward to helping them maximize their investment.”

The project is expected to commence at the end of May, with the hope from GlobalSoft Digital to take full advantage of the summer sun.

05/16/12

Grupo Ajusco Orders Goss Web Press at drupa

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With one Goss M-800 press in operation at its facility in Mexico, commercial printer Grupo Ajusco placed an order for a second one at the drupa trade show.

The four-unit M-800 system with a 4x4 32-page cylinder configuration will be installed later this year. Grupo Ajusco has invested in the press to add capacity for a wide range of high-quality heatset commercial, tabloid newspaper, retail insert and book products.

“The overall performance of our first M-800 press, and in particular the high print quality, led us to invest in the second one,” according to Sergio Torres, owner of Grupo Ajusco. The company also operates two Goss M-600 16-page web presses. Torres says having two 16-page presses and two 32-page presses with compatible web widths will provide exceptional versatility and efficiency.

Goss International will equip the new M-800 press at Grupo Ajusco with a Contiweb CSsplicer, Ecocool dryer and JF70 collect folder as well as automated Goss Omniconcontrol technology.

The Goss M-800 press prints at up to 2,200 feet per minute (11 meters per second). The press utilizes conventional flat blankets but incorporates several high-performance features from gapless Goss Sunday presses, including inking and dampening systems, multidrive and an in-line cylinder stack. The Goss JF70 folder delivers up to 35,000 32-page signatures per hour in collect mode or up to 70,000 16-page signatures in straight production.

05/15/12

Everett Graphics Signs Up for a KBA Rapida 106

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US packaging printer Everett Graphics in Oakland, California, has signed up at the show for a new-generation Rapida 106 launched at Drupa. The press will have ten printing and coating units and will ship as early as the end of July. Other features will include an optional package for printing on corrugated, a DriveTronic SIS no-sidelay infeed, a UV capability, QualiTronic inline colour control and ErgoTronic ACR register control.

Everett Graphics is a leading developer and manufacturer of top-quality packaging for the food-processing, beverages, pharmaceuticals and technology industries and for health and beauty products. President Whit Everett was looking for a press that could handle extra-heavy, rigid substrates as well as corrugated. The project was initiated three years ago, and KBA proved to be the only manufacturer with the superior know-how required to offer the type of press that Whit Everett had in mind: capable of printing coasters and even sheet metal. For him, the medium-format Rapida 106 is the “best packaging printing press on the market today.”

Everett Graphics was founded 30 years ago and is still a family enterprise. The company is considered one of the leading folding-carton manufacturers in California and has received a string of awards for the quality of its printed and finished products. Protecting the environment is a major corporate objective. The Rapida's advanced level of automation, inline quality monitoring and array of waste-reducing features will help Everett Graphics to burnish its green credentials still further.

05/15/12

Bell & Bain in KBA Rapida Hat-trick

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Glasgow academic book and journal printer Bell & Bain has further strengthened its long term partnership with KBA by ordering its third Rapida 142 at the Drupa exhibition. The press will be commissioned in the fourth quarter of the year.

The investment in a large-format eight-colour four-over-four perfecting press joins two four-colour perfecting presses and will eventually replace one existing machine.

Bell & Bain's new high speed Rapida 142, with fully automatic plate changing, will incorporate many of the unique features tried and tested on KBA's flagship Rapida 106, including its CleanTronic Synchro system which washes the inking rollers, blankets and impression cylinders simultaneously. The new Rapida 142 features KBA's perfecting delivery for increased speed and performance.

Managing director Ian Walker says: “We have been working with KBA presses since 2005 and they have helped to develop our successful business. We look forward to the new press, with all the latest performance technology, continuing this trend.” Steve Docherty, sales director of Bell & Bain, adds: “This press will enable Bell & Bain to offer our customers more choice and colour and help us in the process.”

KBA UK managing director Christian Knapp comments: “This is Bell & Bain's third Rapida 142 press which comes with many of KBA's high performing Tronic systems for increased automation and quality assurance. Customer loyalty is not a given in these difficult market conditions and we are extremely pleased that Bell & Bain has returned to KBA again for their third machine. The Rapida 142 large-format configuration will enable Bell & Bain to continue to further enhance it high-quality responsive print portfolio and drive growth through sales.”

Bell & Bain was founded in Glasgow by James Bell and Andrew Bain back in 1831. It has been an established and respected book printer for over 170 years and one of the few Scottish academic printers to have survived in today's ultra-competitive market. Today Bell & Bain employs over 80 people and has a turnover in excess of £8.5 million $13.7m). The company enjoys a customer list of over 150 including most of the blue-chip names from international publishing.

05/15/12

Further Rapida 145 for Druckhaus Mainfranken

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Druckhaus Mainfranken, one of the biggest litho and internet print operations in Germany, signed up for a further Rapida 145 at Drupa. The company has four production plants: in Greussenheim and Marktheidenfeld (Bavaria), Klipphausen and Kesselsdorf (Saxony). It also owns a printshop, Thieme, in Meissen.

Production at Druckhaus Mainfranken is based on standardised processes and extensive automation. Most of the products printed are distributed by Flyeralarm, a fast-growing, highly successful online print portal. At present there are four large-format KBA Rapida 142 four-colour presses in operation at the Greussenheim plant. These will gradually be replaced by Rapida 145 press lines. A beta version of the Rapida 145 with DriveTronic SPC simultaneous plate changing launched into action at the beginning of last year. As soon as the test phase was completed the company ordered a second Rapida 145, which will be installed in July. The next contract followed at Drupa. This was for a further Rapida 145 for Greussenheim and a Genius 52UV for Thieme. It will be the first KBA press in the Meissen printshop.

All Rapida 145 presses for Druckhaus Mainfranken have the same features. Alongside DriveTronic SPC dedicated drives they include inking-unit temperature control, nonstop facilities at the deliveries, new ErgoTronic Professional consoles with wall screens and QualiTronic inline colour control.

Druckhaus Mainfranken's Klipphausen plant has a press room full of big Rapidas. Its eight Rapida 142 presses are extensively automated and embedded in a standardised workflow.

05/14/12

Domtar Acquires EAM

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Domtar Corporation today announced that it has acquired EAM Corporation, a leading privately-held manufacturer of high quality absorbent composite solutions, from Kinderhook Industries, LLC for $61 million.

"The acquisition of EAM Corporation will give us long term research capabilities to further differentiate our full line of adult incontinence products while integrating the best available technology to grow our existing businesses," said John D. Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer. "EAM's patented airlaid manufacturing process provides the performance, quality, and cost competitiveness that we believe to be keys to success in the personal care market."

EAM Corporation produces airlaid and ultrathin laminated absorbent cores with brands such as NovaThin and NovaZorb used in feminine hygiene, adult incontinence, baby diapers and other medical, healthcare and performance packaging solutions. The company serves a diversified customer base and has long-standing relationships including well-known branded and private label consumer products manufacturers throughout North Americaand abroad. The company operates a 71,000 square foot facility with state-of-the-art research campus and production lines in Jesup, Georgia. EAM Corporation has annual sales of approximately $45 million in more than 50 countries and a total of 53 employees.

05/14/12

Printed Electronics & Membrane Switch Symposium at 2012 SGIA Expo

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SGIA’s Printed Electronics and Membrane Switch Symposium (Las Vegas, October 18–19) has joined the industry’s premier 2012 SGIA Expo, and registration is now open! On top of exclusive networking opportunities and the latest technology demonstrations, attendees will also have access to the Expo reduced early registration fee, hundreds of specialty imaging exhibitors, a Printed Electronics and Membrane Switch community reception with industry peers and the SGIA Keynote Breakfast.

The Symposium features high-end educational programming commonly regarded as the best of the best, delivering relevant, near-future technical information, with sessions including:

Inkjet Inroads in Printed Electronics
Rapid Prototyping of Capacitive Touch Keypads
Controlling Silver Migration in PTF Circuitry
Printed Batteries and Their Applications

Additionally, a pavilion of Symposium-dedicated exhibit space will be prominently located near the Industrial and Printed Electronics Zone on the Expo floor. This Zone itself will serve as a meeting point for Symposium attendees to network with participants showcasing cutting edge equipment and materials.

For more information about the 2012 SGIA Printed Electronics and Membrane Switch Symposium and to register, visit SGIA.org, Keyword: PEMS.

05/14/12

KBA Soon to Add Sales and Service Subsidiary in Mexico City

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Within days of announcing at Drupa that it had acquired a majority interest in its Brazilian agency, Deltagraf in São Paulo, KBA has revealed that it will shortly be boosting its presence in northern Latin America with a new sales and service organisation based in Mexico City.

The new subsidiary, whose name has yet to be finalised, will serve printers in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Venezuela as well as the Caribbean. It will be headed by Stefan Deuster, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the graphic arts industry and previously managed the manroland Latina group.

The new subsidiary currently being set up will enable the world’s second-largest press manufacturer to intensify its local customer, investment planning and after-sales services with the aim of expanding its market share in line with its performance in many other regions worldwide. Cutting-edge products for all key market sectors and a dedicated, highly trained sales and service team under Stefan Deuster form a sound basis, because KBA technology already enjoys an excellent reputation in Latin America.

05/11/12

Five Rapida 105 Presses for Chinese Company

Press release from the issuing company

Yesterday at Drupa Beijing Hongbo Haotian snapped up five new-generation Rapida 105 presses for a commercial printing plant it is currently building in Beijing.

The presses will have a total of 23 printing and coating units split into three four-colour and two five-colour versions, one with a coater. All five will be shipped in one consignment this summer.

Beijing Hongbo Haotian already has four factories in China. The packaging division in Luzhou, Sichuan province, operates one eight-colour and two six-colour Rapida 105 coater presses. At the security printing plant in Fuzhou (Fujian province) there is a Rapida 75. The company also has a plant for printing business forms. The new works in Beijing will produce books and other commercial products because most of the publishing houses in China are in the immediate vicinity of the capital.

While You You Yue, president of Beijing Hongbo Haotian, and other members of management signed the contract for the Rapida 105 at Drupa, construction of the factory in Beijing continued apace. Pre-press equipment has already been ordered. By the time the Rapidas are installed the entire plant will have been completed and full-scale production can start. Beijing Hongbo Haotian thus remains virtually an all-KBA operation.

05/11/12

TRESU Boosts Global Service Team

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TRESU Group, the flexo printing machine builder and provider of ancillary technology for the packaging printing market, has strengthened its global service network by appointing new distribution agencies in Brazil, Mexico and India.

The three agencies are Creagraphics of San Juan del Rio, covering Mexico and Central America; André Gerstmann, based in Mairiporã, São Paulo (Brazil) and Capital Graphic Supplies, based in New Delhi (India).

The agencies will enable TRESU to offer a local, direct source of support, retrofitting advice, project management and maintenance to customers in the flexo and offset markets.

Søren Maarssø, COO of TRESU Group, comments: 'We are seeing a growing investment in flexo technology globally, and a greater need for high-end packaging solutions that can only be achieved by a complex combination of printing finishing and converting operations. Our global agencies and their experienced people give fast, local access to technical support and project management expertise to help customers bring new finishing and converting capabilities their existing lines.'

TRESU Group is a leading supplier of ancillary products for the flexo and offset markets, including its pressure-controlled, sealed chamber doctor blade systems for narrow and mid web markets. The company builds and maintains customised converting lines for global suppliers of liquid packaging converters, paper, board, flexible packaging, labels tissues and coated products.

05/11/12

Bell and Howell Shows The Ascender 14 with Navigator and Harmonix at drupa

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Bell and Howell, a leading provider of solutions and services for paper-based and digital messaging, will demonstrate to the international marketplace what has been considered by many the most flexible inserter in the industry – the Ascender 14. Bell and Howell is exhibiting at drupa in Hall 4, Booth A24, May 3 – 16, 2012.

“Bell and Howell’s Ascender inserters are designed for the highest possible application flexibility and output,” said Gordon J. Galloway, marketing director of Bell and Howell. “Format changeovers are simple, and can easily be done by a single operator in minutes.”

The Ascender 14 includes Bell and Howell’s proprietary Harmonix throughput management software and Navigator User Interface. Navigator and Harmonix combine to dramatically increase operator productivity. This new user interface can include options such as voice control and notification, live video communication and enterprise software connectivity.

“Flexibility and integrity are critical to the modern mailing enterprise and considered a must by our customers,” added Hendrik Fischer, vice president of Bell and Howell International. “The Ascender 14 is already providing these benefits to banks, insurance companies, government agencies and service bureaus throughout Europe and Asia.”

05/10/12

Nies/Artcraft Consolidates Operations

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After operating out of three sites for many years, St. Louis-based commercial printer Nies/Artcraft, a Consolidated Graphics, Inc. company, will consolidate two of its current facilities into a single, new location. The company executed a lease on April 2, 2012 for a new building located at 3049 Chouteau Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63103.

The building was designed and built by Clayco, and includes 103,519 square feet of flexible work space. Numerous locations were considered for the move, but one of the winning qualities of the Choteau location was its open layout. By having a completely open floor plan, Nies/Artcraft’s production management team was able to work with Clayco to create a layout specific to its work flow needs.

“The benefits of being able to design a workspace, rather than having to try and fit your work into a space, are substantial. From providing estimates to shipping finished products out the door, the streamlined production workflow enabled by the Choteau facility will allow us to work much more efficiently,” said Nies/Artcraft President James Hill. “Our facility consolidation will improve the way we collaborate with one another and with our clients, creating a great new customer experience. We are excited to be taking this step forward and looking forward to completing our move in September of this year,” he said.

Another winning quality of the building is its environmentally conscious design: it is a silver LEED certified structure. LEED certification gives independent, third-party confirmation that a building, community, or home was designed and built using techniques geared toward achieving high performance in human and environmental health. The environment is considered in all of Nies/Artcraft’s actions from the inks used to an aggressive recycling program. This move further demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.

Valcour, Nies/Artcraft’s digital print production facility located in Valley Park, MO, as well the company’s fulfillment center, located on Fyler Avenue in St. Louis, will move into the new building in phases, to ensure uninterrupted service for Nies/Artcraft customers.

05/10/12

QuarkXPress Version 9 Upgrade for $349

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Quark announced today that all QuarkXPress customers, including those using versions of QuarkXPress dating back to version 3, can upgrade to QuarkXPress 9 for $349. QuarkXPress 9 is the newest version of QuarkXPress that, among many new design features, gives creative professionals control over publishing interactive content to the iPad. QuarkXPress 9 is also the only version of QuarkXPress officially certified for Lion, the latest version of Mac OS X.

“QuarkXPress 9 has been turning heads and winning awards for innovative functionality since its release. With a low upgrade price, all users now have the opportunity to upgrade to version 9 while getting even more value from their previous investments in QuarkXPress,” said Gavin Drake, vice president of marketing for Quark. “We release major versions of QuarkXPress about every two years and unlike many other vendors, provide free, feature-rich updates regularly within release cycles. Assuming a user upgrades on the two-year cycle, an upgrade price of $349 brings the cost of owning version 9 to as low as $14.50 per month – and users own the software once they’ve upgraded, which means no long-term financial commitments.”

QuarkXPress 9 revolutionized how the individual designer, the agency, and the corporate team can use one tool to create stunning print, Web, and digital work, including eBooks with audio and video in the new ePub3 format. With Quark App StudioTM, designers – not developers – control the process of designing for tablet devices like the iPad. Designers can even incorporate HTML5 content for additional interactivity and animation effects. A selection of iPad apps created with QuarkXPress 9 and App Studio are featured here:http://www.quark.com/Products/AppStudio/App_Showcase.aspx.

How to Upgrade

To upgrade users must have a valid, registered, and activated serial number for any version of QuarkXPress. Upgrades can be purchased through Quark Authorized Resellers, the Quark Store, and Quark Customer Service. Upgrade or get more information here.

Missing Serial Number?

Customers who are unable to locate their previous QuarkXPress serial number may still have the opportunity to upgrade their licenses. In these cases, customers can provide proof of purchase or complete an online “missing serial number” form here.

About App Studio

App Studio is the solution for publishing to the iPad that is most accessible to designers, media, and corporate publishers. Together with QuarkXPress 9, App Studio enables designers to create branded apps for the iPad, distribute apps through the Apple App Store, and design and publish content that can be purchased from within the apps.

For a full overview of App Studio, including in-depth training material, please visit:http://www.quark.com/AppStudio/.

05/10/12

Appleton Coated Sponsors Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum

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Appleton Coated has become an official sponsor of Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, demonstrating its commitment to the enduring power of printed communication. In celebration, Hamilton Wood Type will create a series of specimen sheets highlighting classic typefaces, letterpress printing, and Utopia coated papers and Curious Collection papers.

Located in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. With 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns, Hamilton's collection is one of the premier wood type collections in the world. In addition to wood type, the museum is home to an array of advertising cuts from the 1930s through the 1970s, and all of the equipment necessary to make wood type and print with it, as well as equipment used in the production of hot metal type, tools of the craft and rare type specimen catalogs.

"Hamilton Wood Type's vast collection and hands-on approach make it a one-of-a-kind destination for design and print professionals, historians, and creative people of all ages," says Ferkó X. Goldinger, advertising and promotion manager at Appleton Coated. Incorporated in 1889, Appleton Coated is only one hour away from Two Rivers.

"We're a little older than Appleton Coated, Hamilton was formed in 1880," adds Jim Moran, museum director. "Appleton Coated has been a strong supporter of the museum's mission in Two Rivers and of our outreach efforts throughout North America. We feel fortunate to have this long-standing relationship and are excited by the ongoing opportunities made possible through this formalized sponsorship."

Appleton Coated's sponsorship supports the museum's type specimen sheet archiving program and documentation of its type collection. As part of this partnership, Appleton Coated also will be providing Utopia coated papers and Curious Collection papers for selected projects and events.

The first in the series of the type specimen sheets will be printed on Utopia Premium 150-pound Silk Cover using Hamilton's typeface No. 90. "This is one of Hamilton's original fonts," says Jim Moran. "It's a rounded, decorative Tuscan font from the post-Civil War era. In its time, it was used for posters and announcing special occasions such as a farm auction or a dance."

Bill Moran, Jim's brother and artistic director for Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, continues, "We took a playful approach in designing the specimen sheet. We don't get to see a lot of these more decorative fonts, and we don't often get to see coated paper used in letterpress. The combination produced some surprising results. The type really pops off the page."

Goldinger also is excited by the results and notes that Utopia Premium's "single-ply, heavyweight 150-pound cover is unique to the industry. Its triple-coated, super-smooth surface optimizes it for heavy ink coverage due to surface levelness and superior ink hold out." Utopia Premium also is acid-free, elementary chlorine free (ECF), manufactured with electricity in the form of renewable energy, and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

The 12x18-inch sheets are printed on a Vandercook Proof Press. The type specimen's alphabetic letterforms are complemented with a small selection of ornaments including a pointing finger, known as a "manicule" by typographers, printers and other creative professionals. Typeface No. 90 is part of the Graham Lee collection donated to the museum in the last decade.

05/08/12

KBA Strengthens Presence in Brazil with Own Subsidiary

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Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) has acquired a majority stake in a former sales agency, Deltagraf Representações Comerciais ltda. in São Paulo, in order to strengthen its presence in Brazil. It thus expands it own global sales network with a subsidiary in the biggest print market in Latin America. The new company, which is to be renamed, will be headed by Deltagraf's existing managing director Luiz Cesar Dutra, who will be hiring additional personnel.

Luiz Cesar Dutra, who has worked in Brazil's graphic arts industry for some 20 years, took over all sales and service activities for KBA web presses five years ago, and added medium- and large-format Rapida litho presses in March 2009. Following the change of agency the active support of Dutra and his team enabled KBA to boost sales substantially, at first mostly among Brazil's leading commercial printers. Oceano, which is owned by Grupo Escala, and Editora Abril installed a number of 16- and 48-page Compacta presses alongside some single-width Comet newspaper presses with heatset capabilities.

Deltagraf's dedication and outstanding customer services are also evident in the rising sales of KBA sheetfed offset presses. In a relatively short period of time the company booked orders for Rapidas from several commercial, book and packaging printers, both ex-KBA and new customers. Deltagraf has landed contracts from some major printers, mostly in the packaging sector. One of them is Emibra, which signed up for two Rapidas. As well as the Rapida 105, Rapida 106 and Rapida 130 -162 models handled by Deltagraf, an increasing number of Brazilian users are opting for B2 (29in) Rapida 75/75E and small-format Genius 52UV press lines. These were previously distributed by another agency, but in future they will be part of KBA's new Brazilian subsidiary's product offering.

As the world's second-biggest press manufacturer and a technological innovator with a broad and highly advanced product range, KBA believes there is still plenty of untapped potential for growth in the rapidly expanding Brazilian market. Its new subsidiary furnishes the resources necessary to offer customers focussed and effective sales and service offerings in this huge country.

Luiz Cesar Dutra and his team are aiming to steadily expand the circle of loyal KBA users in Brazil.

05/08/12

KBA / Atlantic Zeiser Showcase Rapida 105 + DELTA 105i at drupa

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The Atlantic Zeiser Group, a leading developer and supplier of modules and integrated end-to-end system solutions for industrial digital and security printing, will demonstrate at drupa how its DELTA 105i high-speed digital printer can be integrated into the new generation Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) sheetfed offset Rapida 105. The collaboration enables printers to realise a wider range of special applications and opens up new business sectors with cost-efficient sheet printing. This combination ensures maximum print quality and speeds between 7,500 and 14,000 sheets per hour.

Ideal for coding and serialising, the innovative DELTA industrial digital printing technology from Atlantic Zeiser will be integrated into the Rapida 105. It is designed for high offset speeds of up to 240 m/min at a resolution of up to 600 dpi. Comprehensive market analyses have demonstrated that hybrid solutions, the combination of offset and digital printing technology, are the future of printing. Until now, the high quality levels and speeds permitted by offset printing were unobtainable from standard digital printing technologies so far.

Increasing demands of printing industry

The innovative DoD inkjet printing systems developed in-house by Atlantic Zeiser fulfil these challenging demands. They are an ideal inline integration and high-performance addition to modern offset systems such as the KBA Rapida 105.Added to this is the need for versatility in printing variable data onto different materials without extended setup times making industrial digital printing systems such as the DELTA a highly effective, cost-efficient solution.

Ultimately, the latest developments in product printing must be adopted. Legal requirements and the rapidly growing number of product forgeries make high quality, individual coding and serialising a necessity for product tracking and forgery protection on individual packs. The 2D Datamatrix barcodes required to do this can be optimally printed by digital printing systems from Atlantic Zeiser and checked directly and inline via integrated verification solutions such as VERICAM. This also facilitates transparent quality management and sustainable quality assurance. Carl-Michael Heüveldop, Chief Marketing Officer, Atlantic Zeiser, comments: "We anticipated the market's need for individual coding and serialising of products with variable data early on. Developments within the EU to implement binding national regulations for standardised product and coding and serialising for product traceability of pharmaceutical goods by 2013 underline the market opportunities; and this is just one defined market sector. We are very proud that KBA, following in-depth inspection procedures and comprehensive testing, chose our DELTA digital printing solution and the optional VERICAM verification system as an integrated package for individual coding and serialising on its new Rapida 105."

Jürgen Veil, Head of Marketing Sheetfed Offset, Koenig & Bauer AG, adds: "We have designed the latest Rapida medium format generation to offer our customers the maximum range of applications increasingly being demanded by the sheet offset printer market in recent years. A key point here is the integrated option to code and serialise sheet, label and packaging printing variably inline. As a result, we have been looking for powerful, compact and flexible digital printing systems, and we found just what we were looking for in the DELTA from Atlantic Zeiser. The European debut of this hybrid solution in large format will be on our drupa stand under the slogan of 'Sprinting ahead'. This concept has already found considerable success in Asia and we have seen 20 orders for the new Rapida 105."

Atlantic Zeiser will be exhibiting industrial digital print solutions at drupa in Hall 11, Stand C56 under the slogan 'Beyond Printing'.

To discover the company’s complete range of products, systems and services, visit www.atlanticzeiser.com.

05/08/12

Atlantic Zeiser Reveals Manfred Minich as CEO

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Manfred Minich has taken up the prestigious role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Atlantic Zeiser Group, a leading developer and supplier of modules and end-to-end system solutions for industrial digital and security printing, numbering and card personalization as well as individualization. He has also become a member of the board of directors of parent company Orell Füssli Holding AG.

Before joining Atlantic Zeiser Minich was responsible as managing director sales, marketing and service at folding and print finishing equipment supplier MBO Binder GmbH & Co. KG in Oppenweiler, he will work closely with CFO Thomas Obitz.

“Manfred Minich has an exceptional track record of success in developing and growing businesses,” said Michel Kunz, CEO of Orell Füssli. “His broad set of experiences will bring great value to Atlantic Zeiser as we pursue our strategic growth opportunities.”

After obtaining a degree in business administration, operation and management, Manfred Minich, 54, began building up a wealth of business expertise with 20 years at Metabowerke in Nürtingen, where he gained extensive marketing and sales experience. Positions such as marketing director at German/Alpine, member of the management board of Black & Decker Deutschland in Idstein and marketing director worldwide at Loewe in Kronach then followed. In 2001 he was appointed managing director of the label division at HERMA GmbH in Stuttgart, later becoming chairman of the executive board. Manfred Minich: “The key success factors in the global markets of Atlantic Zeiser are innovation, market and detailed industry know-how - especially in our sensitive markets for personalization solutions. I’m delighted to bring broad experience of international sales, marketing and business development strategies to Atlantic Zeiser, which is already a technology leader in his targeted markets.

“Atlantic Zeiser is making good progress on the transition from an innovator of some very successful products to a full system solutions provider. This will mean even more quality and better service for our customers, and enable us to deliver added value in the long term.”

05/04/12

TRESU Launches the Flexo Innovator

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Flexo press manufacturer TRESU has launched a web-fed flexo printing and multi-process finishing concept for speciality packaging products. The Flexo Innovator series provides an open, modular platform for the building of complete, uniquely configured production lines. This provides a high-performance, single-pass alternative to labour-intensive sheet-fed printing situations.

The Flexo Innovator series has maximum flexibility in configuration. It includes any number of flexo units, and specially configured hot-air drying or curing units for virtually all ink types, custom-engineered and assembled at the TRESU factory. There are three width options within the Flexo Innovator series to suit a range of different applications. These include the FI 900, accommodating widths up to 900mm, the FI 1100 (widths up to 1100mm) 1100mm and the FI 1300 (1300 mm). Flexo Innovator’s technology also assures precise registration throughout the print run, high-end regulating web tension control technology, rigid design for minimising vibrations, resulting in very high stability throughout the printing process.

The open platform of Flexo Innovator can be built to include custom-designed cold foil, die-cutting, laminating, embossing, rotary screen and rotogravure technology from leading partners, and cutting options, such as rotary sheeting, that combine economy and performance benefits.

The first of these machines, the FI 1100, has been built at TRESU’s production plant in Kolding, Southern Denmark, and will be used for sample production, demonstrations and testing for the development of new applications. FI 1100 achieves speeds of up to 400m/min (optional 600m/min) and offers repeat sizes ranging from 450mm to 1060mm. It also features front and reverse side printing stations to provide a single-pass print / converting solution folding carton, paper, unsupported film, laminates and aluminium products, among others.

The Flexo Innovator is a product of TRESU Concept, a division of the company that provides bespoke single-pass printing and processing lines for special packaging products. This engineering and integration service enables board converters adopt leaner, modular, high-performance web-fed production alternatives to sheet-fed situations that have traditionally required separate several processes and much manual input.

The new Concept division focuses on roll-to-roll, and roll-to-sheet or roll-to- die cutting manufacturing lines. This provides a leaner, faster manufacturing alternative for numerous paper and board printing applications that traditionally have been produced by sheet-fed process. Enabling a switch to higher speed web-fed lines in which several added value operations are completed in a single pass, saves make-ready time and manual input requirements, and simplifies logisitics.

Kim-Regin Sustmann, head of TRESU Concept, comments: “Flexo Innovator finally makes lean manufacturing an option in high-end package converting. The Flexo Innovator series combines precision flexo engineering capabilities with our expertise as a proven integration partner to provide a lean, single process manufacturing solution for a host of high-end packaging products.”

05/04/12

FFEI Introduces RealPro ColorCloud

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FFEI Ltd, the developer of award-winning digital imaging solutions, has announced the introduction of RealPro ColourCloud, a unique and cost-effective cloud-based colour application which offers online ICC & Device Link profile creation combined with ink saving via a “pay-as-you-go” pricing model.

RealPro ColourCloud allows users to upload data and create custom ICC and Device Link profiles with single, averaged or mixed data sets. The solution offers free registration (www.colourprofiling.com) allowing users to create and test profiles with no initial outlay or ongoing subscription charges.

Ink saving is offered as standard and can be applied in ICC or Device Link profiles, users can preview the effect using their own test images which can be processed in the cloud and downloaded for viewing and assessment in advance of payment. An advanced 3D gamut viewer allows accurate comparison of profiles ensuring critical colours have not been clipped and the required quality has been achieved.

Users can access the solution from any location using their own private login via a web browser. Previously purchased profiles and data are all stored within the cloud makingRealPro ColourCloud ideal for colour consultants or quality assurance personnel working across multiple sites. The solution is ideal for those who have immediate or long term colour requirements, such as a quick “one-off” Device Link profile to repurpose legacy CMYK images, or for colour control across a range of devices in digital, offset or hybrid print environments.

Free-of-charge promotion until end of May 2012

As part of its introduction of RealPro ColourCloud, FFEI is inviting drupa visitors to try the solution free-of-charge. Users can simply log on to www.colourprofiling.com and follow the drupa promotional link on the main page to receive free of charge credits that allow them to create and download ICC & Device Link profiles. The site will be live from the first day of drupa and the promotion is available until the end of May.

Cost effective solution

The ability to “try before you buy” allows users to create and test profiles to ensure settings are correct before purchase.

“Traditionally, to create Device Link profiles, colour consultants or users are obliged to invest in high end proprietary solutions, which typically cost several thousand pounds,” says Nick Gilmore, software business manager at FFEI.

“RealPro ColourCloud is a potential game-changer because it provides a revolutionary approach using a risk-free alternative costing as little as £20 per profile,” he adds. “Instead of being forced into current offerings that are costly and inflexible, FFEI’s solution puts the power in the hands of the user with a cost-effective, flexible product that ticks all the right boxes in terms of quality, whilst also offering other added-value benefits.

Increased benefits from ink-optimised profiles

“With RealPro ColourCloud, users, both conventional and digital, can purchase an ink-optimised profile that enables them to obtain high quality, while achieving savings on ink or toner. As a result, they enjoy enhanced image quality, faster drying times and increased press speeds, while also saving money on expensive inks,” he continues.

RealPro ColourCloud is compatible with any workflow that accepts standard ICC or Device Link profiles and doesn’t require the installation of dedicated servers. As it is cloud-based, the solution offers reduced software maintenance and hardware costs without long term commitments or subscriptions.

05/04/12

Landa's Breakthrough Nanographic Printing Presses

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Landa Corporation today announced the details of its groundbreaking Landa Nanographic Printing Presses that are set to transform mainstream commercial, packaging and publishing markets. With output speeds comparable to offset presses and employing NanoInk colorants that create unprecedented image qualities, the Landa Nanographic Printing Press portfolio is set to fundamentally change printing as we know it.

Landa Founder, Chairman and CEO Benny Landa says, "Nanography is a new technology for applying ink to paper. In developing Landa Nanographic Printing we had to re-think and reinvent the printing press. The result is digital printing with remarkable performance - from a family of presses that share stunning ergonomic design, a small footprint and some of the most advanced user functionality available in the market."

Landa Nanographic Printing Presses

At drupa 2012, Landa is unveiling a family of six Nanographic Printing presses - three sheetfed and three web presses - that enable print providers to produce short-to-medium run lengths at unmatched cost-per-page.

Each of the three sheetfed presses can print in up to eight colors and can use spot and specialty colors for a range of applications including general commercial printing, marketing collateral, medium-run books and manuals, direct mail and short-run folding cartons:

The Landa S5 Nanographic Printing Press is a B3 (20 in.) entry-level press for fast and easy transition to digital production. The Landa S5 can print single-side at speeds of up to 11,000 SPH on any off-the-shelf media (60-350 gsm). The Landa S7 Nanographic Printing Press is the most productive B2 (29 in.) digital production press on the market. It is capable of single- or double-sided printing at speeds of up to 12,000 SPH on any off-the-shelf media (60-350 gsm). The Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press is the market's first B1 (41 in.) digital production press. It is able to print single-side or double-side at up to 13,000 SPH on any off-the-shelf stock (60-400 gsm). A straight printing (simplex) model for folding carton operates at up to 6,500 SPH on virgin and recycled carton board, metalized stock (200-1000 micron thickness) and plastic foils. The three web presses can print in up to eight colors and are aimed at commercial printing, publishing, labels, and flexible packaging:

The Landa W5 Nanographic Printing Press is a 560 mm (22 in.) web width press capable of single-sided printing at up to 200 m/min (656 ft/min) on plastic films and shrink sleeves (12 to 250 microns) and on label stocks, tube stocks,aluminum foil and paper (50 to 300 microns).

The Landa W10 Nanographic Printing Press is a 1,020 mm (40 in.) web width press, capable of single-sided printing at up to 200 m/min (656 ft/min) on film stock (12-250 microns) and on paper (50-300 microns). As Landa NanoInk will be FDA-compliant for food packaging, the W10 should be of interest to mainstream packaging converters.

The Landa W50 Nanographic Printing Press is a 560 mm (22 in.) web width press for high-volume, digital production and is capable of double-sided printing at up to 200 m/min (656 ft/min) on any coated or uncoated paper (40-300 gsm). It is ideally suited for publishing books, magazines, periodicals, annual reports, journals, directories, manuals, direct mail with personalization and versioning... and more.

"Landa Nanographic Printing Presses are intended not to replace offset printing, but to complement it. For the foreseeable future, offset printing will continue to be the preferred method for producing run lengths of tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands," says Benny Landa. "But the market is demanding shorter and shorter run lengths - and that's where Nanography comes in - to enable print service providers to produce those short to medium run lengths economically - at offset speeds. That's what we mean when we say that Landa Nanographic Printing brings digital to the mainstream."

The Nanographic Printing Process

At the heart of the Nanographic Printing process are Landa NanoInk colorants. Comprised of pigment particles only tens of nanometers in size (1 nanometer is about 100,000 times thinner than a human hair), these nano-pigments are extremely powerful absorbers of light and enable unprecedented image qualities. Landa Nanographic Printing is characterized by ultra-sharp dots of extremely high uniformity, high gloss fidelity and the broadest color gamut of any four-color printing process.

Nanographic Printing begins with the ejection of billions of microscopic droplets of water-based Landa NanoInk onto a heated blanket conveyor belt. Each droplet of aqueous NanoInk lands at a precise location on the belt, creating the color image. As the water evaporates, the ink becomes an ultra-thin dry polymeric film, less than half the thickness of offset images.

The resulting image is then transferred to any kind of ordinary paper, coated or uncoated, or onto any plastic packaging film - without requiring pre-treatment. The NanoInk film image instantaneously bonds to the surface; forming a tough, abrasion-resistant, laminated layer that doesn't leave any residual ink on the blanket.

Since NanoInk images are already dry, there is no need for post drying. Doubled-sided printing becomes simple and printed goods can be immediately handled, right off the press, even when using the most aggressive finishing equipment.

Unique Graphic User Interface

The stunning new design of the Landa Nanographic Printing Press features the Landa Touchscreen, an oversized user interface that enables even an untrained operator to quickly master the press. Press controls appear both on the left and right sides of the screen to allow convenient operation from either the feeder or delivery end of the press.

The right side of the display is dedicated to job management. Here, the operator can easily organize the optimum job sequences for maximum press utilization aided by one of the many built-in job management tools. The left side of the touchscreen is dedicated to press functions. Real time graphics show the status of all press functions and stream live video images of each of the key stations including sheet feeding, image transfer and sheet delivery. Every function, such as ink levels, paper supply, and operational status, are clearly and intuitively displayed.

Due to the high degree of automation on Landa Nanographic Printing Presses, a single operator can manage two, three or even four presses at a time. When the operator leaves the press, the display switches to Vital Signs Mode, in which key indicators are presented in large fonts that can be easily read from 50 meters away. In addition, the entire user interface is duplicated on a portable touchscreen tablet that can be magnetically attached to the press at any convenient location.

05/03/12

EFI Marks 12 Years as the Industry Cloud Services Leader

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Marking its twelfth year of delivering cloud-based solutions, with more than 2,500 customers utilizing the company’s on-demand managed services, EFI today launched an additional cloud service offering – off-site data protection services utilizing its own state-of-the-art data center in North America and additional sites in Europe.

Available now, EFI is offering new online back-up, storage and data recovery options for Print MIS and web-to-print customers that wish to host their own solutions, to ensure protection, redundancy and speedy recovery in case of disaster. Operations are monitored continuously and customers are notified immediately of conditions that could impact service.

“EFI has been a pioneer in cloud-based services with active customers since 2000. We are the largest managed services provider for print providers, with thousands of locations and millions of users accessing the cloud,” said Ghilad Dziesietnik, chief technology officer of EFI. “Software in the cloud offers numerous benefits, most notably reduced maintenance costs for users, 24/7 care and management by a team of experts, anywhere access to information, redundancy, back-up and highly secure data. Our new remote data protection services provide many of these advantages for clients that wish to host their own applications.”

EFI’s current cloud-based Software as a Service offerings include EFI Pace and EFI PrintSmith Vision management systems, the EFI Digital StoreFront web-to-print platform, and the new EFI Fiery Dashboard business information service. Unlike many other applications on the market today that are designed as client-server products, EFI applications were designed from the ground up to run in a browser; their performance and reliability have been fine-tuned over the years to work optimally in a cloud-based deployment.

EFI cloud offerings enable customers to utilize powerful, Web-based tools without investing in any hardware or dedicated IT personnel on site. The system is continuously available to administrators, print operations personnel and print requestors via the Internet, without any need for local software other than a browser.

Commercial printer Freeport Press, Inc. is an EFI MIS client that hosts their own solution and was an early adopter of EFI’s disaster recovery services. “We had a fire in our facility and EFI was able to recover our back-up data and have us up and running from their cloud as soon as our replacement hardware was available,” said David G. Pilcher, president and CEO of Freeport Press. “Without EFI’s help and quick response, and their expertise in delivering cloud-based solutions, we would have lost countless hours of business from not having our systems available.”

“The cloud is not only ideal for hosting services, but also for providing other critical capabilities such as disaster recovery,” said Greg Carter, director of EFI cloud services. “With their data safely stored off-site with EFI, customers are more prepared than they could be on their own. Our capacity and expertise ensure a timely recovery at a moment that is trying and critical for any organization.”

Customer data are transferred automatically every day using secure protocols to allow a full recovery into EFI’s cloud which uses the latest border security, access control techniques, active virus filtering, and centralized monitoring. EFI provides MIS and Internet know-how combined with 24x7, real-time situation handling to deliver reliable services from the cloud as well as superior recovery into the cloud.

For more information on EFI’s products and data protection services, visit EFI at drupa (stand C01, Hall 5 through May 16), www.efi.com or call 800-875-7117.

05/03/12

Elpical's New Organic Imaging Brand Debuts

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For the first time in history, the many thousands of publishers, photographers, creative studios and premedia operations prevented from taking advantage of professional quality, automated, image editing and correction -- primarily because of price – are given a long overdue option in the easy-to-use, high throughput and economical desktop application: Organic Imaging, a new brand by Elpical. Based on mature, proven Elpical technology that has met the demanding criteria of large publishers worldwide -- including Modern Luxury and Top Gear magazine -- Organic Imaging eliminates the price barrier by giving users the first 250 images free; and then charging under 15 cents (10 cents Euro) for up to 5000 corrected images per month(*)(**) . The pay per image model also allows installation on any number of workstations, without additional investment. “Hundreds of important applications are held back from realizing their destiny: to be useful in the hands of many,” says Elpical president John de Jong, who elaborates by saying that superior components are often “trapped” in high priced, overkill systems; or underutilized by mediocre management and poor decision-making. “I’m happy that Elpical can do its part, through Organic Imaging, to bring commercial-quality tools to, literally, anyone with the need.” Super-Partners Provide Regional Marketing and Operational Support To manage local language customer support, support for regional events, and general local marketing and operations; Organic Imaging is partnering with marketing and distribution firms beginning with MRSystem for Spanish-speaking Europe and Latin America, Elpical GmbH for DACH, and Tools4Media for North America and a guaranteed 24hrs english support service. Affiliates Can Earn Commission The pay-per-use business model also supports the growth of an international affiliate marketing network of related service providers -- such as photo book producers – who earn commission when convincing their clients to use the Organic Imaging App. The Story Behind the Name and the Business Model de Jong explains the name of the new brand, saying that “Organic Imaging” refers to the software’s intelligent ability to make correction and enhancement decisions that reflect the color reality in the context of each image or image series. Images receive precisely the corrections they need with regard to exposure, sharpness, skintones, natural greens, blues and more. “The name also reflects our ability to adjust processing to meet the precise and differing needs of all customers and their creations, including each piece's unique, artistic look and feel. Organic Imaging honors individuality and creativity,” de Jong says. de Jong chose pay per image rather than SaaS (software as a service), saying that although SaaS is a viable option for many applications, it did not prove a good solution for the new brand because Organic Imaging jobs tend to be resource intensive, and would put strain on an SaaS network. Target Markets Target audiences include publishers, photographers, ad agencies, designers, and freelance retouchers. Availability Organic Imaging is now available as a BETA version (pre-release) at www.organicimaging.com.

05/03/12

Xaar Welcomes New Sales and Marketing Director

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Richard Barham has joined Xaar, the world’s leading independent supplier and manufacturer of industrial inkjet printheads, as Sales and Marketing Director.

Richard comes to Xaar from Agfa Graphics where he held a range of senior sales, marketing and management positions for over 25 years. Most recently, as Vice President of Agfa’s Inkjet Division, he was responsible for driving growth, quadrupling turnover to over €150M and integrating a major acquisition.

“In the past, as an inkjet systems builder, I worked with many different printhead suppliers including Xaar; its future roadmap and the strength of the IP and development team convinced me that this was a great team with a bright future. This shows how strongly I believe in Xaar’s technology,” says Richard. “It’s a great company with great technology and amazing IP. Xaar is undergoing rapid growth due to the capabilities and potential of its printheads. In addition to helping our partners build successful products for a range of graphics, packaging, ceramics, décor and coding and marking applications, we are actively investigating new market opportunities. This is an exciting time to be joining the organisation.”

Ian Dinwoodie, Chief Executive of Xaar, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Richard to the Board. His extensive experience will help drive our continued expansion into new industrial inkjet markets.”

05/02/12

Satori Relate Released

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Satori Software today announced the immediate availability of Satori Relate matching and duplicate management software, the newest addition to its contact data quality line.

Satori Relate is available as an SDK for API-based integrated processing or in a standalone desktop application. The Satori Relate SDK supports matching existing contacts at point-of-entry to batch processing records across disparate data sources. The desktop version offers out-of-the-box functionality for organizations that have the need to consolidate and manage duplicates in lists for clients.

“Functions across the enterprise rely on accurate, unique records for sales, marketing, order processing, customer service and more. In order to reap financial benefits from data quality initiatives, organizations need to take a holistic approach. Satori Relate supports the identification of duplicate records at the crucial point-of-entry stage,” said Randy Hoefer, senior vice president of research and product strategy for Satori Software. “Combined with other Satori solutions, Satori Relate brings organizations a complete solution for validating and cleansing their important contact data.”

To learn more about Satori Relate ant other Satori contact data quality solutions, contact Satori Software at 800-553-6477 or visit www.satorisoftware.com.

05/02/12

Exclusive Intec Partner for Mexico Signed Up

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Printer dealer Celupal, SA de CV has become the exclusive Intec partner in Mexico and in so doing is opening a new branch creating as many as 10 jobs.

“We decided to sell a digital press because there is great demand from many customers of the commercial plotter division, who have requirements for this type of printer,” says Joshua Thomas, Director Commercial Plotter Division, adding that the Intec range is well-suited to flyer and brochure production.

“Also customers of the commercial printing paper division (offset printers) require this type of press for their short runs,” he adds.

“I hope this product line can help bridge the two sales divisions. Intec Printing Solutions is a brand that is not currently represented in Mexico and we prefer to have exclusive distributions. Intec is the first digital press we have represented.”

Founded in 1992 Celupal employs 115 staff and its new branch is scheduled to open within the next month. Its 1,500 customers include the Mexican Army (Secretaria de Defensa Nacional), Costco, Maxi-Copias and Armo Pop, all well-known Mexican businesses.

05/02/12

Ariva Introduces New Digital Opaque Sheet

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Ariva, North America's premier source of innovative business communication solutions, today announced the introduction of its new Ariva Digital Opaque paper. Designed specifically for high-volume digital printing, the new sheet combines exceptional brightness and opacity with proven performance on leading digital printing platforms.

Ariva Digital Opaque is an archival, acid-free paper with a brightness of 96 and excellent opacity to prevent show-through. It offers exceptional smoothness for vibrant images and superior runnability.

Certified for use with HP Indigo and other leading digital printing systems, Ariva Digital Opaque offers guaranteed performance on today’s most popular high-volume digital printing platforms, including toner-based systems.

Ariva Digital Opaque is available in Bright White smooth finish, in a variety of sheet sizes, in 50, 60, 70, and 80 lb. text and 65, 80 and 100 lb. cover.

“With the continued growth of digital printing, Ariva is committed to leading the way with innovative solutions for all of our customers’ digital media needs,” said Mark Shaneyfelt, Vice President of Marketing. “The introduction of Ariva Digital Opaque is just another example of this commitment, providing printers with a no-compromise solution that offers exceptional quality and trouble-free performance on their digital printing equipment.”

For more information or a free sample of Ariva Digital Opaque, contact Dan Chadwell, Business Development Manager, at daniel.chadwell@arivanow.com.

05/01/12

Standard Register Elects New Officer

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Standard Register, a leader in management and execution of mission-critical communications, announced that William "Bill" Lee has been appointed as an officer of the company by its board of directors.

Lee joined the company in 2011 as president of its Financial Services business unit based in New York City, NY. Standard Register announced at its annual meeting of shareholders last week that its four business units will be consolidated into two: Standard Register Business Solutions and Standard Register Healthcare. Lee will serve as president of Standard Register Business Solutions, which integrates the former Financial Services, Commercial Markets and Industrial business units. Brad Cates will continue as president of Standard Register Healthcare.

"Bill is a valuable member of our team, with his deep experience and leadership skills," said Joseph P. Morgan, Jr., president and chief executive officer of Standard Register. "He is the right person to lead the new Standard Register Business Solutions, which will align our most skilled resources with our best opportunities and execute on a marketing strategy leveraging our technology-oriented Core growth solutions across vertical markets."

"We are finding that our Core technology-oriented solutions are driving sales across all the markets we serve," Lee said. "Standard Register Business Solutions will provide innovations in critical communications, marketing communications, on-demand publishing and product marketing and labeling through our platform of traditional printing, digital color, personalization options and digital media, including our new tablet applications."

Lee joined Standard Register after 11 years at Bowne & Company before it was acquired by R.R. Donnelly (RRD). He co-led the integration team for the legacy Bowne and RRD capital markets business. In his last role at Bowne, Lee was president of capital markets and compliance, leading Bowne's most profitable business unit with $400 million in sales and double-digit growth in revenue and profitability. Prior to his role as president, Lee served as managing director for Bowne's Europe and the Middle East markets. Lee earned a Bachelor of Science in business management from Fairfield University in Connecticut. In his new position with Standard Register, he will continue to divide his time between New York and Standard Register's Dayton, Ohio headquarters.

05/01/12

Videk Launches "Golden Image" Bitmap Matching Solutions

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Videk, a leading provider of vision-based document integrity assurance systems today announced a “Golden Image” print verification system that will detect process-based artifacts as small as seven one thousands of an inch deviation (.007”) from the original digital print file.

The full-page verification solution provides 100 percent print quality inspection and proof of print reporting for every page. Placed downstream from a high-speed digital web press, it is fully integrated with the printer controller in order to receive the digital reference or “Golden Image” used for comparison.

Errors are detected real time, and inspection results are collected for closed loop reprint operations. The solution also incorporates Videk’s “Image Archival” tool providing visual reference and identification of the physical defective page for removal, and for subsequent retrieval for later visual analysis.

The state-of-the-art inspection operations are made possible by Videk’s new “Fusion” platform, taking advantage of its Scalable Mass Parallel Processing Architecture (F-SMPP). Every square mm of a 20 by 40 inch print impression is scrutinized for artifacts as small as 7/1000 of an inch. This assures that spurious particles or missing toner/ink will not inadvertently alter the meaning of the textual content- especially important in pharmaceutical labeling where the smallest of print errors can produce adverse consequences and costs.

“Although this is a highly complex and challenging inspection operation, it has been encapsulated in a manner where there is little to no operator intervention or setup” says Jim Reda, vice president and chief technology officer at Videk.

The design goal is to provide the user with an easy-to-use ‘what you asked for’ (the Golden Image) is ‘what you get’ solution. With pharmaceutical companies now subject to intense quality controls as a result of industry mandates and compliance requirements, this solution streamlines the QC process while greatly reducing manual inspection costs and product waste.”

05/01/12

Martin Brodigan Named Chairman and CEO of Ricoh Americas

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Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that Martin Brodigan has been named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ricoh Americas Corporation effective May 1, 2012. Brodigan will succeed Kevin Togashi, who is taking on a new role within Ricoh Group in Japan.

Brodigan brings over 20 years of experience at Ricoh to his new position as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Ricoh Americas Corporation, overseeing all sales and service channels in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Ricoh Americas Corporation for two years since 2010, and was President and CEO of Ricoh’s US operations from 2007 to 2010. He has also held assignments in Europe and Canada, and led Ricoh’s global services business.

“Martin is a talented leader with a broad base of sales, operations and financial experience to lead Ricoh Americas Corporation going forward. His unwavering commitment to our customers, dealers and our employees, along with his knowledge of the industry and emerging market trends, will be a great asset as he leads this organization to continued success,” stated Kevin Togashi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ricoh Americas Corporation.

“I am both honored and excited to lead Ricoh Americas Corporation,” said Brodigan. “Today Ricoh has one of the industry’s broadest portfolios of products and services, a team of talented and experienced employees and a strong network of dealers. We have a compelling vision for the future and will continue to transform our business model to provide our customers with the integrated services, expertise and technology they need to help manage information and workflow throughout their organizations.”

04/30/12

Charlie Bolger Awarded Graphic Arts Industry Leader of the Year

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The Printing Industry Midwest (PIM) held its annual Star of Excellence Awards Banquet, on April 26, 2012 at the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center. The top awards recognized outstanding leadership, customer service, production and printed materials.

The 2012 Graphic Arts Industry Leader of the Year was awarded to Charlie Bolger, CFO at Bolger Vision Beyond Print, Minneapolis. The past recipients select each new member of this elite list annually. Bolger was chosen for his commitment and contributions to the industry. David Radziej, President, PIM said, “Charlie Bolger has been a leader in our industry for many years, and he is truly an ambassador of print.”

Paul Byers, RR Donnelley Twin Cities, and Stacey Larson, Travel Tags, Inver Grove Heights, MN, received the fourth annual Customer Service Representative of the Year Awards; and Matt Hammes, Western Graphics, St. Paul, received the third annual Production Professional of the Year Award. The People’s Choice Award (selected by banquet attendees) was presented to Carlson Print Group for their Carlson Calendar entry.

The evening was rounded out with the announcement of the Star of Excellence Best of Show. This year’s winner, chosen by a panel of qualified judges, was The First Impression Group, Eagan, MN. Their winning entry, The Fox with the Golden Fur, was entered in the Diecuts, Pop-Ups, Unique Folds, and Involvement Devices Category.

04/30/12

LithoTechnics Becomes Metrix Software

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LithoTechnics, Inc., developer of Metrix, the intelligent, automated job planning and imposition system, announced today that the company would begin trading under the name Metrix Software. Along with the new trading name, the company has revamped and rebuilt its website (www.metrixsoftware.com), and invites all Metrix fans old and new to come and have a look around.

The first version of Metrix was launched at Drupa 2004, and this year marks the third Drupa for the innovative company. With offices now in the US, Belgium, and Australia, and start-up days well behind the company, Metrix has grown from a niche product into a recognized leader for production planning and automated imposition. Hundreds of companies around the world have adopted the technology and have reaped the benefits: faster turnaround, improved efficiency, fewer errors, and superior accuracy. Metrix users frequently observe a 50% labor savings in their planning and imposition departments, along with unforeseen positive results in the press room, finishing department, estimating, and even sales.

Rohan Holt, CEO of Metrix Software, explained, "Metrix is a single product, but it touches and improves many different areas of the print manufacturing process. Our goal as a company is to provide tools to the printing industry that remove the guesswork and labor intensive processes that linger as relics of the past. Metrix is that tool. It is our sole focus, and the way we are contributing to the modernization, automation, and rationalization of the industry."

Holt continued, "We've been shipping Metrix since 2004, and we now have well over 1000 Metrix users in 22 countries around the world. Since the company has focused exclusively on enhancing the Metrix product line and building our customer base, the market has come to know us as simply 'Metrix.'" Holt added, "Renaming the company Metrix Software reinforces our brand and our focus, and capitalizes on our success. While Metrix is not yet a 'household name,' it certainly is recognized by many as the de facto standard in automated production planning and imposition, and we intend to keep building on that achievement." Holt concluded, "Being proud of our achievements doesn't mean sitting back, however. We are constantly expanding and perfecting our core technology, and there is no shortage of potential applications and enhancements. I expect Metrix Software to be very busy in the coming years, with some exciting announcements even in the near future."

If you'd like more information about this topic, or if you'd like to arrange an interview with Rohan Holt, please call Davo Laninga.

04/30/12

FusionLab Chooses QuarkXPress 9 and App Studio to Create iPad Apps

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Quark announced today that FusionLab, Inc., a full-service visual design studio based in New York, is using QuarkXPress 9 and App Studio to produce VIEW magazine for the iPad. VIEW is a portfolio-style review of talented but mostly unknown photographers from around the world who are passionate about creating non-commercial photography. The first issue of VIEW is currently available as a free download on the iTunes store: http://itunes.apple.com/US/app/view-magazine/id422061173?mt=8.

VIEW is curated by FusionLab, Inc. founder Alon Koppel who envisioned an iPad app featuring the work of photographers who shoot simple street scenes, landscapes, and the world and people around them. The iPad magazine is an avenue for what Koppel calls “boring” photography – no fashion, no nudity, no sunsets, and very little black and white. “As we designed iPad apps for our clients, we were inspired to bring to life the photography we are most passionate about. The iPad lends itself so well to viewing pictures, so we set out to discover and showcase the work of unknown photographers while building an app that highlights our skills as designers and our love of photography.”

The team at FusionLab is well-aware of the options for creating iPad apps – from the intense process of iOS programming to using solutions from Adobe Systems. In fact, the team initially created VIEW using a beta solution from Adobe but, as a small design studio, couldn’t afford it once they had to transition to the full commercial version. After researching solutions for digital publishing, Koppel chose QuarkXPress 9 and App Studio for the ongoing production of VIEW.

Koppel said, “From a purely economic perspective, QuarkXPress 9 with App Studio is a lot more affordable than the option from Adobe. But just as important is the quality of output. With QuarkXPress and App Studio we can build really beautiful layouts that flow dynamically when displayed on the iPad. I like that when you land on or advance to a page in an app created with App Studio, it’s always sharp – others are flat, no dimension. There are a couple other options out there at either higher or lower prices but once you output it’s very much like you are reading a PDF – flattened pages with links on top. That was not what we wanted for VIEW.”

Each issue of VIEW exhibits a wide variety of topics and styles, including “Projects,” a section that highlights long-term assignments, “While You Were Away,” a section that explores a different place of conflict in the world through the unique perspective of people on the ground, and “Overview” which includes an information-graphic map displaying stats about each issue’s contributors. The first issue of VIEW is available on the iTunes store and is free. Readers can opt into a one-year subscription for $3.99. http://itunes.apple.com/US/app/view-magazine/id422061173?mt=8.

04/27/12

ProGraphix Receives SGP Certification

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Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), a non-profit organization providing sustainability certification in the graphic communications industry, today announces that the Austin, Texas print facility of ProGraphix is SGP Certified. ProGraphix is a wide format digital printer specializing in sustainable and eco-friendly retail, exhibit, event, and promotional graphics. The company is already realizing the benefits of implementing SGP's criteria, such as an increase in its efficiency and a reduction in waste. SGP Certification also strongly positions ProGraphix as a leader in sustainability, as it is the only SGP Certified facility in Austin, and the second facility in Texas.

"SGP Certification was a substantial undertaking, but the resulting improvements in our products, processes, and facility were well worth the effort," comments Nicki Macfarlane, President, ProGraphix.

SGP Certification gives ProGraphix the opportunity to develop and implement a formal sustainability program that delivers value and results. As a credible, third party endorsement, SGP Certification demonstrates ProGraphix's commitment to achieving its sustainability goals, while meeting customers' expectations and providing a safe working environment for employees.

"SGP Certification is for all companies, large and small alike," states Marci Kinter, Chair, SGP Program. "The Certification demonstrates ProGraphix's commitment to sustainable business practices, and it clearly differentiates them in the marketplace."

The Certification Process

ProGraphix began the certification process with regular committee meetings to encourage employee participation and communication. The company conducted extensive research to identify environmentally friendly print materials, such as recyclable banners and biodegradable rigid substrates. Today, ProGraphix recommends these sustainable materials to its customers whenever possible, and ensures that its suppliers are aware of its preference for sustainable media.

As part of the Certification process, ProGraphix also opted to upgrade its equipment to incorporate more sustainable processes. For example, its new flatbed printer substantially reduces the amount of waste produced, and the printer's UV inks have virtually no VOCs. Other improvements were based on the safety and health checklist that supported its goal of providing a safe working environment.

04/27/12

HELIOS Announces File Transfer App for iPad

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HELIOS Software GmbH (drupa, hall 09/D04), a leading developer of cross-platform file, print, image, proofing, remote collaboration, and PDF server software, presents its new iPad Document Hub app. The iPad Document Hub is the ideal solution for businesses to easily and securely distribute documents to iPad users for local use, online or off. It allows easy presentation of PDFs, images, Office documents, and other files. Documents can be forwarded to other apps, attached to an e-mail, printed, or sent back to the server.

The HELIOS iPad Document Hub app works with HELIOS WebShare, which provides secure, multiuser access to their company’s intranet server volumes. Online operation allows access to any available document from the file server for local viewing or for use in apps like Numbers, Keynote, Quickoffice, Acrobat, iBooks, and others. The built-in synchronization ensures that all users receive the latest version.

Further benefits and features of the upcoming iPad Document Hub iPad app will be presented as one of the special HELIOS drupa seminars in the HELIOS exhibition area (booth #09/D04). Additional HELIOS seminar topics will focus on Remote Soft Proof, Virtual Server Appliance, and Spotlight Search. Online registration for all seminars is available at the HELIOS website http://www.helios.de.

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HELIOS UB2 Unbreakable Server Solutions deliver mission critical server solutions to enterprise, government, university, and prepress sites. WebShare, EtherShare, and PCShare provide integrated cross-platform networking for Mac, Windows and Web clients, with advanced file and print server features, and easy remote server administration. HELIOS ImageServer, PDF HandShake and PrintPreview bring high efficiency and advanced capabilities to design, prepress and printing operations.

HELIOS products run on powerful and scalable servers including Apple Mac OS X, IBM AIX, Linux, Oracle Solaris, and Windows systems. HELIOS products provide reliable cross-platform support for Mac, Windows, Web and UNIX-based clients.

Distributors sell HELIOS products worldwide to value-added resellers who provide complete networking solutions to customers. HELIOS also works with many strategic partners that incorporate HELIOS server software to provide powerful third-party archive, asset management and workflow solutions.

04/27/12

Agfa Graphics Launches :Apogee Suite 8.0 at drupa 2012

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Agfa Graphics today announced the launch of the next generation of its award-winning prepress workflow, :Apogee Suite 8.0. Featuring new tools designed to help printers in offset and digital print or hybrid environments become more innovative, it interacts more efficiently internally and with their customers while optimizing every step in the production process. :Apogee Suite 8.0 will be running live and available for demonstrations at the company’s stand at drupa (Düsseldorf, Germany May 3 – 16, Hall 8A). It will be available in the third quarter 2012.

Among the innovations in :Apogee Suite 8.0 is the new interactive :Apogee StoreFront, the new cloud-based, web-to-print solution. :Apogee StoreFront makes it easy to set up online stores for both printed and non-printed products. Seamless integration with :Apogee Prepress or any other workflow software ensure that orders are automatically downloaded and setup for production based on job specifications. Because it is cloud based and easy to use, printers can launch multiple, customized storefronts with no additional staff or costly infrastructure investment. :Apogee StoreFront gives printers the means to reach new markets and enrich customer experience, thus expanding business.

:Apogee Impose now supports web offset printing. Designed for the specific needs of web printing operations, this unique rule-based imposition software takes all specifications into account, including web folding and finishing requirements, to generate the optimal imposition scheme. A last minute change of press is no problem for :Apogee Impose. Plus, it supports single, dual and multiple web deliveries. :Apogee Impose lowers setup cost while delivering the level of automation web printers demand.

A new Merge Jobs function lets :Apogee 8 determine which jobs can be combined in one production run. This cuts costs by optimizing press runs. An innovative algorithm places different jobs on the sheet in the most optimal manner. As a result, there are fewer cuts which translates to less paper waste.

“:Apogee 8 is loaded with innovations that cater to every type of operation—sheet and web offset as well as hybrid operations including wide format. New 64-bit support combined with virtualization (VMWare) lets high-volume printers consolidate processing. Other tools reduce costs with efficient output management such as the job merge function. All of these improvements are the result of carefully listening to our customers all over the world and incorporating their feedback.” said Andy Grant, Head of Software, Agfa Graphics, worldwide.

:Apogee Suite 8.0 gives prepress operators more process control. A toolbox of plugins allows them to easily manipulate PDF pages in the workflow. A varnish plugin, for example, lets them create a spot varnish on top of text or an image. The new CSR Dashboard gives customer service representatives or production managers detailed job status reports, allowing them to interact more efficiently and accurately internally and with customers. CSRs can record notes and add customer requests. All information stays with the job to ensure absolute job integrity

:Apogee Preflight offers improved color management. The new document-based capability verifies that profiles are attached to all objects and automatically updates incorrect profiles. :Apogee Preflight also makes the necessary adjustments should the output target change. A new customer profile wizard generates the optimal calibration profiles for any substrate. This is a critical capability in operations that have offset, digital and industrial inkjet printing. The end result is consistent color output over different media types regardless of the output device or if the operator is generating a proof.

ICC Profile Regularization is an Agfa patented technology that avoids discontinuities in profiles due to folding. This is especially important for wide-format applications and results in better and more consistent color output.

:Apogee Suite 8.0 is also built to support digital printing, including variable data printing, giving users an edge when it comes to providing new services for their customers.

04/26/12

IWPA Celebrates Earth Day / 20th Anniversary with Special Membership Discounts

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The International Waterless Printing Association (IWPA), a non-profit association serving waterless and DI waterless printers, is celebrating Earth Day and IWPA’s 20th anniversary with special membership incentives and discount savings.

“In recognition of 20 years as the premier member association for waterless printers and on the very appropriate occasion of Earth Day, we have created several special incentives for new members” says John O’Rourke, IWPA vice president. “Since its inception, IWPA has been the premier source of information about waterless printing. The new IWPA website includes a wealth of waterless information as well as a searchable database to help print buyers find waterless printers (our members). IWPA is also a virtual community for our members, where waterless and DI waterless printers can reach new prospective clients, network with their peers to develop cooperative relationships, share best practices, and discuss / resolve technical issues.”

IWPA recently completed the publication of a white paper comparing waterless print performance to conventional wet offset. The white paper provides A/B analysis of live print jobs and documents several key advantages for waterless printing in print quality, production efficiency and environmental impact. A copy of this 32-page white paper, a $149 value, is available free to all new members upon activation of their account.

In addition, IWPA is offering two more new member incentives: generous rebates to new members as well as an additional three months of membership (15 months rather than 12). For a limited time, IWPA is offering rebates of $50 or $100 in VISA gift cards to new first-time members.

“Being a waterless printer is a key part of our marketing message” says Erik Melander, COO of Overnight Prints, a DI waterless printer in Louisville, KY (www.overnightprints.com). “Our waterless print process saves water, reduces air pollution, conserves trees and decreases waste. What could be better for Earth Day? In addition, waterless printing offers our customers higher-quality results than traditional offset printing. For our company, IWPA membership is invaluable.”

It is fitting that IWPA is celebrating Earth Day with these new member rebates. Waterless printing offers many advantages over traditional wet offset printing including one of the most obvious benefits: eliminating fountain solution from the printing process. The wet offset process consumes about one gallon for every 8,000 25" x 40" color press sheets. The waterless process promotes water as a natural resource to be protected and does not generate any industrial waste water.

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970 and encouraged Americans to begin the modern environmental movement. Since then, the passage of the landmark Clean Air Act,Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws were enacted. Today, more than one billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

The Waterless Printing Association was founded in October 1992 as a non-profit association focused on advancing awareness of the benefits of waterless printing. Today, the IWPA has sister associations in Japan (JWPA) and Europe (EWPA) and continues its worldwide growth in waterless printing with the expansion of non-profit member associations. The association’s website is www.waterless.org.

Contact:
John O’Rourke
International Waterless Printing Association
603-488-5610
jorourke@waterless.org

04/26/12

Kenneth Hansen to Head KBA Korea

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Alongside successful sales and service subsidiaries in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Australia for Asia and the Pacific, at the end of last year Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) set up a new subsidiary, KBA Korea Co., Ltd. in Seoul, to cater to a further key industrial growth market in the Far East. Users of KBA presses are reaping the benefits, since they now have a direct line to the German manufacturing plant, a broader choice of service offerings, local spare-parts accessibility and the services of highly trained local personnel for installations and trouble shooting. There are also plans for a remote maintenance facility. Initially KBA Korea will handle all activities relating to sheetfed offset, commercial web offset and digital presses for the German parent. Sales of newspaper presses will continued to be handled from Germany or by German staff in China.

With effect from 15 April the managing director of the new subsidiary is Kenneth Hansen (54), who has worked in the Asian graphic arts industry for 35 years, the last eight of them as CEO of manroland Northeast Asia in Korea and Japan. Hansen says: “KBA has the broadest and most advanced product range of all press manufacturers and in many sectors leads the field in technology and innovation. So Korea's vibrant and demanding print market offers enormous potential for growth. In my new capacity as md I am aiming to build on KBA's success to date in Korea. My primary focus will be on providing competent advice for our Korean customers on investment decisions, backing this up with the best possible service.”

Korea is a key KBA market in Asia. Customer expectations in terms of reliability, performance and quality are particularly high, and KBA is now better placed to address these demands. Most sales to date were of medium-format litho presses plus a few big newspaper press installations and some commercial web presses. They included a Rapida 106 ten-colour perfector for Komsco (Korea Minting & Security Printing) in Daejon and a five-colour Rapida 105 with DriveTronic SIS no-sidelay infeed installed in 2010 at Gomundang Printing in Daegu-Si, which will shortly be joined by six-colour Rapida 105 coater press with automatic plate changing and a board-handling capability. A seven-colour Rapida 105 with coater and UV package was shipped last year to packaging printer Duk Su in Chungchunbuuk-Do.

With no customs duty payable on products from Germany, and the strong yen impairing the competitiveness of Japanese vendors, KBA is aiming to boost sales still further this year. Given the problems that other vendors are currently experiencing, the group is confident of winning new customers alongside its regulars. Among Korea's packaging printers KBA can build on its outstanding reputation in this high-growth sector.

04/26/12

Duplo USA Launches Newly Redesigned Website

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Duplo USA has launched its newly redesigned website, www.duplousa.com, which provides richer content and additional resources for commercial and in-plant printers as well as other organizations searching for print finishing solutions. The upgraded website also features an enhanced interface that stays in uniform with the global Duplo brand and allows offset and digital print providers to browse the complete line of finishing equipment that includes bookletmaking and saddle stitching systems, slitter/cutter/creasers, perfect binders, UV coaters, folders, and digital duplicators with ease.

“The new website offers more than just a new design,” says Si Nguyen, director of new business development at Duplo USA. “We want our site to be an immediate source of information for not only our dealer network, but end users as well. It’s been revamped to be more solution-driven and help users determine their needs right away. We hope visitors like the look and feel of it as well as the ease of use as they browse and access information on the solutions they’re looking for.” Some of the new features include:

More Ways to Browse for Products. Equipment can be searched by type (on demand finishing, production equipment, or digital duplicating), category (collators/sheet feeders, bookletmaking systems, slitter/cutter/creasers, etc.), model, or application. Product Comparison. A list of applicable solutions along with brief highlights appears when searching by category and makes it easy to compare various models on the spot.

Enhanced Content. Each product page provides a description, features, key applications, and specs/options to offer a thorough overview of the solution.

Suggested Solutions. Recommendations based on the most recent search appear at the bottom of the product page to further assist users in finding the right equipment to meet their needs.

New Resources Page. Visitors can access client success stories, learn more about partners, and search solutions by application. New Videos Page. Direct access to all product demos available. Videos can also be viewed from the individual product pages.

Navigation, shortcuts, and other functions have overall been improved to enhance the visitor’s experience in their search for print finishing solutions. Visit today at www.duplousa.com.

04/25/12

Mediaclip and Ultimate Technographics Announce Partnership

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Ultimate Technographics and Mediaclip are pleased to announce a new partnership geared to deliver an easy-to-use creation and production flow for photo products. Both companies will co-market a well integrated solution that provides an automated and efficient way to prepare photo products ordered online and to insure a streamlined cost-effective printing and finishing process.

Mediaclip's solution allows the creation of any printable personalized product, including photo, business or branded & licensed products. Mediaclip's software enables PSP, retailors and web integrators to deliver a rich user experience, increasing both sales and customer loyalty. The versatility and openness of the architecture of the solution makes it easy to introduce new trendy products and to connect with other technologies like the automation capabilities offered by Ultimate Technographics. As a result of the Mediaclip's flexibility, providers benefit from a significant lower product deployment and manufacturing cost while delivering a higher quality end-product.

Ultimate's Impostrip OnDemand Automation solution known for its powerful automation is designed to integrate easily as a back-end to web-to-print systems that are focused on personalized or short-run on-demand printing. Combined with Mediaclip, print service providers can use various imposition optimization schemas generated by Impostrip OnDemand Automation to increase the efficiency of their digital press and to simplify the finishing transformation, while taking advantage of the large cut-sheet sizes available. Customers can count on Impostrip OnDemand Automation to leverage their digital web presses' speed, dedicated to photo production, saving time and money.

According to Mediaclip's CEO Marion Duchesne, "We always focus on finding new ways to help our customers achieve their goals and simplifying the production process is a great way to do that. We are dedicated to stay ahead of the pack when it comes to user experience and this includes not only the creation software end-users but the providers as well. Making it easier to manage everything from the creation process to the delivery improves everyone's satisfaction ".

"In digital printing, automation drives results'', says Joanne David, President and CEO at Ultimate Technographics Inc, "and because we integrate nicely withMediaclip, this easy-to-use web-to-print solution for photo products and many types of publishing projects, our customers will be able to draw better profit margin on every order. This partnership allows us to intensify our mission to automate, simplify and increase the profitability of modern digital printing.''

04/25/12

KBA Demos New System Brunner at drupa 2012

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KBA North America announces that it will demonstrate new System Brunner print quality measuring systems at Drupa 2012 scheduled for May 3-16 in Düsseldorf, Germany. KBA, which is describing this year’s exhibition theme as “Sprinting Ahead”, has booked a large 37,700ft² stand in Hall 16, Stand C47 as the showcase for its many new developments for sheetfed, digital and web offset printers.

System Brunner’s Instrument Flight technology has earned worldwide acceptance and notoriety as the leading control strategy on the market. The KBA QualiTronic Instrument Flight system is the leading solution for inline color control on sheetfed offset printing systems with the priority on color balance and gray balance, taking into account more than 30 process variables. Instrument Flight has now been expanded with new balance control strategies and new Globalstandards including ISO/PSO and G7. With the unique 5 star rating system, the printer is always aware of the print quality produced compared with the standard selected. Certified companies are now in a position each day to comply with different standard targets and achieve even better color consistency in picture reproduction. ErgoTronic Instrument Flight provides the same functions but the measurements are made outside the press with online control of the inking zones.

In addition, KBA will be demonstrating its own state-of-the-art print quality measuring systems on press demonstrations. These include:

The entry-level ErgoTronic ColorDrive
ErgoTronic SpectroDrive for Rapida 75 and Rapida 76 presses
Ergotronic Color Control console high-end system
QualiTronic Color high-end in-press system
QualiTronic Professional with in-press inspection
DensiTronic Professional advanced closed loop
DensiTronic PDF with PDF reader

KBA North America is located in Dallas, Texas and a member of the KBA Group. Established almost 200 years ago in Wuerzburg, Germany, Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) is the oldest and second largest press manufacturer worldwide. KBA's banner, 'People & Print', reflects its dual focus as a leading innovator for print entrepreneurs. The group's product range is the broadest in the industry; its portfolio includes commercial and newspaper web presses, sheetfed offset presses in all format classes, inkjet systems and presses, special presses for banknotes, securities, metal-decorating, smart cards and discs. For more information visit the company's web site at www.kba.com.

04/25/12

Bordeaux for Better Printing at drupa 2012

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Bordeaux will exhibit new inkjet ink formulations, technologies and solutions based on its in-house R&D.

With 12 years of experience in new technologies and integrated ink solutions for wide variety of inkjet applications, Bordeaux stands at the forefront with products for a greener environment. The company's presence in over 100 countries and several production plants in different continents, Bordeaux is enthusiastic about DRUPA 2012, the world's printing Olympics. During the event, Bordeaux will reveal its latest products that represent a fresh approach for tackling the versatile needs of the industry.

Bordeaux will also present its new development for super flexible UV LED ink with extreme elongation properties, dye sublimation inks for direct and indirect applications, full variety of water & UV based liquid laminations for signage and digital press applications and Bordeaux's well knows Eco solvent technologies.

You are invited to visit us in Hall 3, booth B50 to hear about the new additions to our product line.

04/24/12

Heidelberg to Launch Linoprint Digital Portfolio at drupa 2012

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Heidelberg will present its entire digital print portfolio under the Linoprint name at drupa 2012. The brand message is that offset and digital processes can be truly complimentary—and consistently profitable—when both are integrated properly and production managed fluidly between them. Backing up this pledge is Heidelberg’s unique expertise in cross-platform color matching, a core competence that shrinks to a minimum the difference in measured color between Heidelberg offset presses and Heidelberg’s digital print solutions.

In an expansion of its cooperation with Ricoh, Heidelberg now will offer Ricoh’s short-run, cut-sheet digital printing systems under the Linoprint C name. Heidelberg’s exhibit in Hall 1 at drupa 2012 will feature the debut of the Linoprint C 901 and Linoprint C 751 digital printing systems equipped with the latest version of Prinect Digital Print Manager, which enables print shops to manage and calculate both their offset and digital print jobs from a single workflow. This solution covers a wide range of functions such as variable data management, postpress with digital in-line and near-line finishing, and document-oriented production, and gives printers the ability to route jobs quickly to the most cost-efficient production equipment. Full integration with a shop’s Prinect workflow enables digital jobs on Linoprint C equipment to be seamlessly planned and managed (including standardized color management via Prinect Color Toolbox) with offset presswork—all from the same workflow software.

Finishing Options Expand Application Range

Linoprint C devices will be controlled by Heidelberg’s Prinect software and supported by a variety of inline finishing options including perfect binding, ring binding, folding, cutting, and stitching. Especially well-suited to the handling of both traditional and digitally printed materials are Heidelberg’s DG Creaser, 714XA/XLT; USA B20 Stahlfolder SPS (slit, perf, score); as well as POLAR’s forthcoming line of cutters with CompuCut 5.0 operator guidance and networking software, the Eurobind EB600/1300 adhesive binder, and versatile die cutting and folder-gluing equipment from KAMA.

Visitors to Hall 1 also can learn about Linoprint L, an inkjet system currently in development by Heidelberg. Linoprint is a drop-on-demand system for the economical production of complex, short to medium-sized label and film runs, and applications with variable content: for example, smart labels, security printing, and traceable labels. This system will be sold in the U.S. by CSAT, a digital press manufacturer acquired by Heidelberg in 2011.

04/24/12

Latest KBA Report 40 Spotlights New Expansive drupa Technology

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KBA North America announces that its latest corporate Report 40 focuses on the upcoming Drupa 2012 trade fair in May 2012 with several pages dedicated to the raft of new sheetfed offset, digital, industrial ID, packaging and newspaper presses being exhibited by KBA at Drupa and the user benefits they offer. Recent North American customers such as CardPak, Specialty Finishing, and the Albany (NY) Times are also featured in the Report.

“Because we are press manufacturers, we prefer to develop our own product,” writes KBA president and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann in Report 40’s editorial page. “It was the only way we could offer our customers the system best suited to their production needs from an impartial perspective. For many applications an offset press may still be the best solution, while for ultra-short runs or personalized prints it may be our new RotaJET digital press or, in some cases, a hybrid offset/inkjet system such as the offset Rapida 105 we are showcasing at Drupa with an additional inkjet unit.”

Other new KBA Drupa exhibits include the 17,000sph Rapida 145, the new medium-format Rapida 105 and its high-tech Rapida 106, which will be shown at as a long perfector with perfect coating capability. The Rapida 106’s maximum rated output will soon be raised to 20,000sph straight and 18,000sph in perfecting mode.

KBA Report 40 also features three of KBA’s many satisfied customers in North America. CardPak, Inc., a leading supplier of packaging products to consumer brand companies across the globe, installed a new KBA Rapida 106 41-inch ten-color perfecting press with coating tower and twelve foot extended delivery at its headquarters in Solon, Ohio.

CardPak’s new Rapida 106 41-inch ten-color perfecting press features a high press speed of 15,000 sph output, ultrafast makeready times, and expanded automation and productivity. The press provides a wide choice of automation options, including the KBA DriveTronic dedicated drives, as well as the DriveTronic feeder, with its presetting capabilities. The press also features the PIA InterTech award–winning sidelay-free infeed, DriveTronic SIS. Its KBA LogoTronic system allows for presetting of ink fountains. New technology on press also includes the KBA DensiTronic Professional closed-loop color management scanning spectrophotometric system and QualiTronic In-Line Color Control. The substrate range runs from lightweight papers to heavy board, from plastic films to corrugated—all without adjusting any grippers.

Specialty Finishing, an Omaha, Nebraska full service folding carton manufacturer, purchased two large format presses from KBA North America at Chicago’s Graph Expo 2011 in early September. The new presses are a six-color and a seven-color equipped with KBA’s unique automation and inline quality control features and coaters. These are the first KBA presses purchased by Specialty Finishing.

“We chose to purchase two large-format presses from KBA because they could offer the highest level of automation and productivity as well as a custom-configured press for our particular needs,” says Mark Wright, Specialty Finishing president. “These presses will allow our company to continue its rapid growth and offer our customers the highest level of productivity and quality that they expect. We needed the added capacity because we’ve been experiencing 25% growth year-over-year for the past several years.”

The two new KBA Rapida large-format presses will incorporate many inline quality control systems as well as the latest automation to ensure efficiency in large format printing. They will join two additional six-color 40-inch presses from a different press manufacturer. An existing 56-inch sheetfed press will be replaced with the two new KBA models.

The Albany (NY) Times Union ordered a new Commander CL, bucking thetrend in the North American newspaper industry and reaffirming its commitment to print. The H-unit web press with four reelstands, four four-high towers and two folders is destined for the major U.S. media’s upgraded plant in Albany and will print the Times Union, the leading newspaper in New York state’s capital region.

“The Times Union has been the Capital Region’s most trusted source for news and information for more than 150 years,” says Hearst Corporation CEO, Frank A Bennack, Jr. “This announcement continues that mission for readers and advertisers, and greatly enhances the vibrancy of the newspaper. The capital investment affirms our commitment to a printed newspaper while we invest in cutting-edge digital technologies at the same time.”

To read the complete 40th edition of KBA Report, Koenig & Bauer’s corporate magazine featuring trends and print applications from around the world, please download it at: http://www.kba.com/en/news/detail/article/new-kba-report-focuses-on-drupa/back/15/

04/24/12

Taopix Unveils Portfolio 3.2 at drupa

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UK software developer, Taopix, has announced a new upgrade to Taopix Portfolio, its award-winning photo book and gift platform. The raft of new features and enchancements will be demonstrated on its stand, in Hall 4 (A19), at Drupa.

All new features have been developed to provide print providers and pro labs with increased productionefficiencies and their customers with an enhanced user experience.

Key enhancements include enhanced Social Media support, new Starter Kit components, the addition of Hungarian and Slovenian languages as well as Japanese, Chinese and Korean vertical text support. There is now support for 20 languages included within the application.

Visitors to the Taopix stand at Drupa will be able to see the new PhotoFix module performing red eye removal and image enhancement functions on poor quality images.

An External Photo Editor Link function, which allows the end user to perform advanced photo retouching and editing functions by automatically launching third party applications, will also be demonstrated.

Taopix has announced its commitment to a new Single Prints feature. Single Prints will give photo gift manufacturers the ability to access new markets and capture more business from existing customers by offering the ability to order multiples of one off prints of varying sizes.

Representatives from the Taopix worldwide distribution channel will be present on the Taopix stand throughout the show for demonstrations and go to market advice.

04/23/12

Mike Blanco Joins GPA

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GPA is proud to announce that Mike Blanco has joined GPA in the capacity of Technical Support Specialist. In this new role, Mike will provide technical support, troubleshooting assistance and digitalprinting expertise to GPA’s customers.

With over 24 years of experience in the printing industry, Mike spent 23 years at Finlay in Bloomfield, CT where he most recently served as their Digital Press Supervisor. Just prior to joining GPA, he worked forIntegrity Graphics in Windsor, CT as a Digital Print Specialist. Mike has been heavily involved with HP Indigo printing technology since 2005, and over the years has gained extensive experience on HP Indigo Series I, II and III press technology.

"I am extremely excited about Mike's new role as Technical Support Specialist for GPA. A key to GPA's success over the last several years has been our ability to identify the needs of our customers, provide innovative solutions and focus on helping them grow their business. Mike will play an integral role in adding a new level of value to our customers’ success," said Bob Niesen, GPA’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Mike has also been an integral part of Dscoop community since the organization’s inception and has served on their Operations Committee; he also served as Dscoop’s Operations Committee Chairman for the 2011-2012 year.

GPA is the premier source for specialty substrates and solutions for offset anddigital printing. Products include coated and uncoated papers, pressure sensitive and specialty papers, synthetic films and substrates exclusively engineered for HP Indigo presses. GPA is an HP Indigo Preferred Partner and a Diamond Partner of Dscoop (Digital Solutions Cooperative). For more information on GPA or the products it offers, visit www.askgpa.com or contact GPA Customer Service at 800-395-9000.

04/23/12

KBA Unveils Brand New Rapida 105 and 106 at drupa 2012

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KBA North America announces that both its popular Rapida 105 and Rapida 106 41-inch presses will be showcased with new automation, faster running speeds, and a new press platform at Drupa 2012 scheduled for May 3-16 in Düsseldorf, Germany. KBA, which is describing this year’s exhibition theme as “Sprinting Ahead”, has booked a large 37,700ft² stand in Hall 16, Stand C47 as the showcase for its many new developments for sheetfed, digital and web offset printers including daily demonstrations of both the Rapida 105 and Rapida 106 presses.

Digital joins offset: Rapida 105 with inkjet printing system

Under the banner “Designed for Performance”, KBA will be presenting a completely new medium-format series in Düsseldorf for the Rapida 105 41-inch model. The range of automation options has been extended compared to the predecessor model and the maximum production speed for presses incorporating the high-speed package is to be raised to 17,000sph. The Rapida 105 is also available in a four-over-four perfector configuration, with a perfecting unit based on the modern technology of the Rapida 106.

The real show highlight, however, is the presentation of this internationally popular press type in a hybrid offset/inkjet version. The five offset printing units and coater tower are joined by an inkjet unit with two Delta 105iUV printing systems from Atlantic Zeiser for personalized imprinting and coding applications. Due to an innovative vacuum cylinder (AirTronic Drum) to fix the sheets under the inkjet heads, the KBA Rapida 105 and 106 are currently the only presses on the market to incorporate this option without the need for mechanical sheet guides and print-free corridors. The unique solution prevents lifting of the tail edges and enables the inkjet systems to be installed at a clearance of only 0.04 inches from the sheet. UV-LED dryers provide for fast drying of the ink.

There are many potential applications for inkjet systems in a sheetfed printing press. They range from sheet marking in connection with quality inspection using the alphaJET-tempo printer from KBA-Metronic to codings for purposes of brand protection (barcodes, QR codes, numerical IDs or combinations thereof). Relevant fields are security printing, packaging, labels, lottery tickets and industrial product marking. Up to eight inkjet heads from Atlantic Zeiser can be accommodated in a printing unit of the Rapida 105 or 106 press. The high-speed greyscale printer is equally suitable for coated, laminated, glossy and non-absorbent materials. A mini controller takes care of system handling in marking, inspection and quality assurance processes. Quality control, including verification of the variable data, is similarly the purpose of a high-speed camera system. Another valuable option for packaging printers is the marking of individual blanks in connection with the inline sheet inspection system KBA QualiTronic MarkPlus. Flawed blanks can then be ejected automatically during downstream processing, e.g. in the folder gluer. With the KBA AirTronic Drum, further inline finishing processes are likely to be integrated in future.

Rapida 106: 20,000sph and many brand new features

At this year's show, the makeready world champion Rapida 106 press will be displayed with an optional package that raises the maximum production speed one notch further to 20,000sph in straight printing and 18,000sph in perfecting mode. At Drupa, this KBA flagship press will be seen in a 12-unit configuration for four-color print and inline coating on both sides of the sheet. Among the many innovations incorporated into this already highly-automated press, particular mention should be made of the new coater tower with simultaneous form changing (DriveTronic SFC), automated anilox roller exchange with AniloxLoader, the further optimized AirTronic delivery for exact pile formation at even the highest speeds, new modules for online and inline quality monitoring and control, and a new ErgoTronic console with wall screen as on the large-format presses.

KBA North America is located in Dallas, Texas and a member of the KBA Group. Established almost 200 years ago in Wuerzburg, Germany, Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) is the oldest and second largest press manufacturer worldwide. KBA's banner, 'People & Print', reflects its dual focus as a leading innovator for print entrepreneurs. The group's product range is the broadest in the industry; its portfolio includes commercial and newspaper web presses, sheetfed offset presses in all format classes, inkjet systems and presses, special presses for banknotes, securities, metal-decorating, smart cards and discs. For more information visit the company's web site at www.kba.com.

04/23/12

Drupacity Offers Attractive Program for Guests

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Together with over 100 partners and a unique concept, Messe Düsseldorf will again turn the city of Düsseldorf into drupacity for drupa 2012, print media trade fair, to welcome guests from all over the world. "In May, Düsseldorf will become a temporary home for the around 1,850 exhibitors and their 30,000 strong stand personnel as well as the 350,000 visitors and 3,000 journalists expected to come from all over the globe“, stated Manuel Mataré, Director of drupa. "We want to welcome them with this diverse program. In addition, we and/or our partners have come up with some very special events this year in order to also bring the topics of print and media a bit closer to the people of Düsseldorf.” drupa will take place from May 3 – 16, 2012 at the Düsseldorf fairgrounds.

Four shopping malls, 44 retail shops and 48 gastronomical establishments as well as the premium drupartners Duessel Aqua, Museum Kunstpalast (museums), Frankenheim, Schlösser, Schumacher, Zum Schlüssel, Uerige and Füchschen (breweries), Taxi Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf Marketing&Tourism (DMT), the airport and Lufthansa are involved in drupacity 2012 concept.

A lot of the stores will give out small presents with purchases as a "little thank you" (such as an insider's guide to Düsseldorf in form of a rummy game at “Mayersche”, miniature bottles of perfume at “BEAUTYAffair”, large postcards with Düsseldorf motifs at “Art Editions Fils”, a present made of elephant dung paper at “el martin”). Some shops will have discounts, while others will offer free shipment with a purchase above a certain value. Stores in Düsseldorf are usually closed on Sundays but on May 6, almost all drupartner shops will be open.

The Düsseldorf gastronomy will also offer its guests a variety of “treats”: free desserts in combination with a main course (chocolate soufflé on morello compote at “Gallo Nero”, semolina pudding with wild berry sauce at “Curry”, Maibowle (May punch) at “Caruso”, strawberries with sushi cream at “Julian’s” or a pre-dessert in “Patrick’s Seafood” as well as a selection of free aperitifs (drupeliá at “Hotel Meliá”, drupa-red Maibowle or a Rätemateng (herbal schnapps) at “Caruso”). Some restaurant owners (“Askitis”, “Plaisir” and “Spoerl”) will even cover the costs for a taxi ride or the shuttle from the fairgrounds to the restaurant and afterwards to the hotel.

A special highlight will be the paper boat drupaperboat, which will be anchored in the Kö-Graben in downtown Düsseldorf. The Dutch paper artist Filip Jonker created this 24.6 feet long and 8.7 feet wide boat out of 4,400 lb of paper and 5,500 lb of sand as ballast. Due to the waterproof coating, the ship is seaworthy and Filip Jonker used it to cross the channel in September 2011.

Attractive exhibitions at the Königsallee (main shopping street) will also show extraordinary products made of paper. The Kö gallery will present high-fashion accessories (bags and jewelry) made of paper, the drupaper gallery in the stilwerk will display works by the renowned paper artists Luisa Kuhn and Jo Pellenz while the Schadow Arcades will feature an interactive “Augmented Reality” project.

drupaul and drupaula, the trade fair's welcoming team, will greet the international visitors at the Düsseldorf airport. Sponsored by Lufthansa, they will “sweeten” the arrival in Düsseldorf with gummy bears and give visitors detailed information about drupa 2012 and the attractive offers of drupacity. A total of 40 teams will be working during drupa 2012.

A special drupacity guide with a map listing all the events will be available at all trade fair information points and at the fairgrounds. The prominent red drupa double-decker buses will bring guests to the most popular visitor locations in Düsseldorf and will also function as additional mobile information points for trade fair guests.

DMT will offer a special “after trade fair city tour” with open-top buses on May 5, 6, 11 and 12 at 6:00 pm. After prior registration (willkommen@duesseldorf-tourismus.de), the buses will pick up the exhibitors and visitors at the Congress Center Süd (South) at the fairgrounds. After the city tour, the passengers will be dropped off in the heart of the Altstadt (Old Town).

For further information on visiting or exhibiting at drupa 2012, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail: info@mdna.com; Visit our web site http://www.mdna.com; Subscribe to our blog at http://blog.mdna.com; Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/mdnachicago

For hotel and travel information, contact TTI Travel, Inc. at (866) 674-3476; Fax: (212) 674-3477; E-mail: info@ttitravel.net; www.traveltradeint.com

04/20/12

Heidelberg's Printmaster GTO 52 Turns 40

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The Printmaster GTO 52 from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) turns 40 this year. The GTO - which stands for Grosser Tiegel Offset (large platen offset) - was unveiled at drupa 1972. With its exceptional flexibility and print quality, this very robust press set the standard for small-format applications. The GTO 36 x 52 cm (14.17 x 20.47 in) format established a new format class in professional high-quality offset printing. Having sold over 106,000 printing units, the Printmaster GTO 52 is the best-selling press in the 35 x 50 cm (13.78 x 19.69 in) format. Customers appreciate its high quality, which matches that of larger presses. The GTO is a flexible entry-level model based on manual operation that can be used for applications such as numbering, perforating, imprinting pre-punched products, envelope printing, leaflets, forms, cards, and labels. Its high-precision single-sheet feeder supports a wide range of different formats and substrates - from light-weight paper to cardboard.

Heidelberg is marking the anniversary by offering four exclusive GTO anniversary models on attractive terms. Customers ordering GTO single- to four-color presses between May 1 and October 31, 2012 will also receive selected accessories and a specially designed printing unit guard. A column in the Commercial Flexibility section of the Heidelberg stand at this year's drupa will display the four different designs of the GTO press over the years.

"The Printmaster GTO 52 is a global success story. In the years ahead, we will see continued demand for this ideal entry-level press from customers in both industrialized countries and emerging markets," states Stephan Plenz, member of the Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment.

In successful operation the world over
"The Printmaster GTO 52 has more than doubled our sales and won us numerous additional orders because our customers know we have a new Heidelberg press," stresses Ms. Liuping, who runs Yi Nuo Wie Printing in Xi'an, China. The company purchased the GTO in 2009 at China Print in Beijing and has been extremely happy with its print quality and flexibility from the outset. With its 20-strong workforce, the print shop produces items such as invitations, labels, brochures, and postcards. It also prints special papers for customers from the automotive industry and the telecommunications, banking, and financial sectors. "Printing on special papers with a pearly luster coating is particularly popular with our customers. We are also able to deliver faster because, instead of processing just 10 sets of plates a day as we did previously, we now manage 30," continues Liuping. In addition to the GTO, the print shop also operates an SORS two-color press and a Suprasetter CtP platesetter from Heidelberg.

Brazilian print shop Santha Fé Editora e Artes Gráficas in São Paulo has also been won over by the versatility, quality, and excellent availability of the Printmaster GTO. "Installing our new GTO in summer 2010 won us new customers and enabled us to print high-quality flyers and catalogs," underlines owner Emidio Carleti. "Its high resale value and low maintenance costs were among the factors that led us to buy this press," he adds. The print shop's 30 staff get through 15 to 20 jobs with an average run length of 1,000 to 5,000 sheets each day.

"Our print shop considers it extremely important to offer customers impressive quality, optimum reliability, and fair prices," explains Ernst-Otto Jäger, one of the managing directors of Foto-Litho-Jäger in Kassel, Germany. Founded in 1949, the print shop operates two Printmaster GTO 52 presses and has added digital printing to its portfolio. "We'd had nothing but positive experiences with our GTO 52 two-color press in terms of fast setup, smooth paper travel, and stable inking. In 2010, we therefore decided to add a GTO 52 four-color press with Prinect Classic Center, as the hourly rate can be kept very low for both presses and the GTO fits well into our overall concept," explains Jäger. The eight staff use the GTO presses for very short runs, art prints, letterheads, flyers, and brochures for customers in the region and other print shops that no longer support the 36 x 52 cm format. Foto-Litho-Jäger systematically focuses on sustainable print production based on alcohol-free printing on FSC-certified paper and 100 percent green electricity.

Ongoing further development ensures state-of-the-art features
New developments such as the Prinect Classic Center or the alcohol-free direct continuous dampening system for eco-friendly printing ensure that the Printmaster GTO 52 continues to enjoy market success even after 40 years. The Prinect Classic Center combines precision with straightforward operation. The membrane keypad on the user-friendly central console is used for all ink and register settings. Settings can also be stored for repeat jobs.

The excellent print quality is achieved thanks to a high-volume inking unit with a storage capacity of 1:6.5 for high-quality processing of solid colors. Four oscillating inking form rollers help prevent ghosting, which is a particular advantage on surfaces with negative cut-outs. The alcohol-free direct continuous dampening system has an extended working window that applies a thin, even film of dampening solution for a fast and stable ink/water balance. What's more, the inking and dampening system can be washed in a single pass. Bearer to bearer pressure between plate and blanket cylinder enable precise transfer of the print image onto the substrate, while high-precision Heidelberg printing units ensure a long service life and the robust design for which the GTO is renowned.

GTO product development:

1972 drupa: Launch of the single-color GTO in the 320 x 460 mm (12.60 x 18.11 in) format
1977 drupa: Launch of the first four-color GTO
1980 First GTO 52 in the 360 x 520 mm (14.17 x 20.47 in) sheet format
1984 Market launch of the first GTO models with Alcolor dampening system
1986 drupa: Launch of the GTO 52 five-color press
1990 drupa: Launch of the first fully digitized five-color GTOF-S with CPTronic, stream feeder, and a print output of 12,000 sheets/hour
1995 drupa: New GTO series with single-, two-, and four-color models
2000 drupa: GTO models in a new design
2002 Launch of the Prinect Classic Center (remote control for inking and register)
2009 Streamlining of models: Four standard models with standardized configuration for the Printmaster GTO 52 press series: GTO 52-1, GTO 52-2, GTO 52-4, and GTO 52-4 with Prinect Classic Center
2012 Anniversary press to mark 40 years of the Printmaster GTO 52

04/20/12

Heidelberg to Present Offset Portfolio in Three Categories at drupa 2012

Press release from the issuing company

At drupa 2012, Heidelberg will present its offset portfolio in three categories: Speedmaster SM and CD, Speedmaster SX and CX, and Speedmaster XL. These product lines represent the industry’s widest range of choices for sheetfed offset printing, providing an optimal solution for every production requirement.

Besides being the world’s largest manufacturer of sheetfed offset equipment and related production systems, Heidelberg also is the industry’s primary driver of technological change in conventional lithographic printing. Although the mechanics and electronics of offset equipment are highly complex, the philosophy of press design at Heidelberg is simple: offset R&D works best when it works hand-in-hand with print market intelligence. Printers tell Heidelberg how their customers’ print-buying preferences and strategies have changed. Heidelberg responds by making sure every press it sells has what it takes to perform accordingly.

At drupa 2012, Heidelberg will demonstrate how this principle works in practice by presenting the broadest portfolio of sheetfed offset printing solutions it has ever showcased at a trade fair. Now, printers of every size and specialty in markets the world over can look to the Heidelberg sheetfed portfolio for the ideal piece of offset equipment—and be certain of finding it there.

SM and CD Presses
Heidelberg’s standardized 2- and 4-color Speedmaster SM 52 and Speedmaster SM 74 are the perfect solutions for small and medium-sized commercial print shops looking to satisfy growing customer requirements. An extended range of standard features offers a favorable price-performance ratio and opens the door to growth in high-end offset printing. Likewise, the wide range of standard features and the successful technology of the Speedmaster SM 102 offer production reliability in tandem with investment security, thanks to high print quality, established reliability, and excellent value retention.

Peak Performance
Unrivaled in the industry, Heidelberg’s Peak Performance presses have been setting standards in production speed, print stability, and output since their introduction in 2004. Print shops looking for maximum productivity and top quality will gain a competitive edge with the Speedmaster XL 75, XL 105, XL 145 and XL 162 presses.

Before the public for the first time will be the Speedmaster XL 105 operating at a top speed of 18,000 sheets per hour (sph) in perfecting mode. Aimed at industrial printers producing 40 to 70 million and more sheets per year, the new version boosts productivity by up to 20 percent, compared with the 15,000-sph Speedmaster XL 105-P. Technological innovations include a new perfecting and delivery concept, and an adapted sheet control system, ensuring precise registration at the highest speeds.

New SX Series
Completely new for drupa 2012 is the Speedmaster SX series, comprising theSpeedmaster SX 52, Speedmaster SX 74, and Speedmaster SX 102. In these models, advanced functions from the Speedmaster XL class join forces with the best features of the iconic Speedmaster SM platform to create a new performance class ideal for printers ready to take their productivity to the next level.

Building on the resounding the new Speedmaster CX 102, Heidelberg’s Speedmaster SX models deliver outstanding print quality, high stability in production, intuitive and ergonomic operation, and a high level of automation. They also offer a wide range of configurations with coating unit, perfecting device, and many additional features including an automatic washup device, static electricity eliminator, and color measuring instruments, including Prinect Image Control and Prinect Inspection Control.

Prinect Press Center control with Intellistart operator guidance, fully automated color monitoring and adjustment, and eco-friendly operation are among the many technical advancements built into the Speedmaster SX series. In addition, a new surface technology for the exchangeable impression and transfer cylinder jackets ensures a far longer surface like and extended washup intervals. On display in Hall 1 will be a Speedmaster SX 52 with the Anicolor short inking unit; a Speedmaster SX 74; and an 8-color Speedmaster SX 102 perfector.

04/20/12

Standard Register at Atlanta Healthcare IT Summit

Press release from the issuing company

Standard Register, a leader in managing critical communications across the continuum of care, is presenting a special session on Patient-Centered Communications at the iHT2 Health IT Summit, which will be held April 24-25 at the Historic Academy of Medicine at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA.

The invitation-only event, which will host more than 200 C-level executives from hospitals, health systems and larger physician practices from around the region, will focus on "Health IT in Practice: Strategies for a Next Generation Healthcare System."

The Standard Register breakout session will feature Aaron Fink, MD, professor emeritus of surgery at Emory University School of Medicine and attending surgeon at the VA Medical Center in Atlanta, and Tim Kelly, vice president of Dialog Medical, a Standard Register company and innovative software developer that is transforming informed consent and patient education processes with its iMedConsent application.

The two will present four strategies for leveraging existing health information technology to help make patients better partners in their care. They will cite specific examples of how pre-procedural instructions, consent documents, a National Quality Forum-endorsed teach-back practice and proper discharge instructions are being used to improve outcomes and lower the rate of preventable readmissions.

A governor in the American College of Surgeons who has previously served on the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) National Executive Committee, Dr. Fink was the co-principal investigator of the VA Health Services Research and Development-sponsored, multi-site study investigating the potential benefits of "teach-back" within a computerized informed consent program. Insights from that research will be shared in the presentation.

"As the healthcare industry moves toward a value-based model of accountable care, and providers intensify efforts to improve outcomes and reduce readmissions, effective patient and family engagement is essential," said Brad Cates, president of Standard Register Healthcare. "Through this program, we hope to provide summit participants with evidence-based approaches that can be followed to bring about a measurable improvement in patient outcomes."

04/19/12

New Goss Press Goes Live at Centro Stampa Friuli

Press release from the issuing company

Italian publisher Loghicon srl of Pordenone, North-East Italy, has gone on-edition with a new 16-unit Goss Community SSC press at its new print facility, Centro Stampa Friuli. The press was procured to improve quality, shorten production timescales and reduce costs, according to Simone Saletti, owner, who adds that the company also expects to expand its business with the additional print capacity, potentially into new geographical areas.

“Our two key titles, Città Nostra and La Gazzetta Immobiliare, are high-quality advertising newspapers for the north eastern region of Italy. Although the market is extremely competitive – even overcrowded – there is still room for good quality publications. It’s very important to invest, particularly when times are tough, to differentiate your product.

“We expect the new Community SSC press to help us claim a leadership position for our titles, differentiated by quality in a market that has become flooded with low-grade products. We plan to increase production by up to 30 - 50 percent in the coming months, extending our readership further afield and possibly even looking beyond national borders, to Slovenia, Croatia and Austria,” Saletti explains.

The new Goss Community SSC press, comprising four four-high towers, has an SSC 1:2 jaw folder with quarterfold capability, a 578 mm cut-off and runs at speeds up to 35,000 iph. Capable of outputting 32 tabloid pages in full-color, the press went on-edition as the first phase of a two-part project for Loghicon. For phase two, Goss International will add three mono units and a folder to the press line, all existing equipment from another facility, delivering another 24 pages of capacity. The second phase is scheduled for completion in the spring.

“It’s not only important to invest in hard times, but also to find able and committed partners,” says Saletti. “We’re working hand-in-hand with Goss International to produce the most productive press site in the region. From the first drawing to every milestone along the journey, we feel Goss is helping us move towards a very positive future.”

Established in 1992 with the purchase of free newspaper Città Nostra, Loghicon is a family-run publisher with headquarters in Pordenone and its printing facility, Centro Stampa Friuli, in nearby Zoppola. Total production and distribution of its main titles La Gazzeta Immobiliare, printed in magazine format, and the tabloid publication Città Nostra reaches 8,000,000 copies per year.

04/19/12

Mutoh Takes Baihan Sales Contest Winners to Japan

Press release from the issuing company

Mutoh America, Inc., an industry leader in wide-format printers, recently took a group of 14 lucky Mutoh resellers on the Baihan to Japan trip to celebrate Mutoh's 60th anniversary, educate resellers on Mutoh history, discover new innovations and sight see. The trip took place during Japan's cherry blossom season from April 1-5, 2012.

"Baihan was an excellent way to reward some of our valued resellers who won the contest," shares Brian Phipps, General Manager of Mutoh America. "Sharing Mutoh's history and culture with our resellers brought a spirit of camaraderie and enthusiasm. Baihan allowed us to provide insight and future plans while having fun and experiencing Japan."

Resellers were entered into the Baihan Sales Contest, and winners were selected based on performance criteria over the span of a year. Two representatives from seven different companies were welcomed on the trip.

Mutoh gave resellers an energetic and eventful trip with a visit to Mutoh's Headquarters in Tokyo followed by sightseeing through the cities of Kyoto and Nara. Resellers visited historical temples, gardens and a kimono factory. The winners got to experience a traditional Japanese dinner party firsthand complete with a traditional Japanese Geiko and Wadaiko drum performance.

"The trip was tremendous. The hospitality and thoughtfulness of everyone at Mutoh was overwhelming," states Dave Philipps, owner of Graphic Resource Systems. "I really got an appreciation as to why the ValueJet printers are such a quality product, based upon the commitment I saw at Mutoh in regards to quality control and their excellent engineering capabilities. All in all it was a great trip, great country, great hosts and great company. I could not be happier with the results of my visit."

04/19/12

Two Sides and Print Power European Survey

Press release from the issuing company

Two Sides, Print Power and VTT, the Technical Research Centre of Finland, are carrying out a study on how consumers from 15 countries, including the United States and Australia, perceive print advertising. The objective of the study is to better understand the role that print now plays in our everyday lives.

The study will be carried out in two phases; first as a questionnaire and then as a discussion and innovation forum. The questionnaire consists of six short stories, each describing a different media use situation. Consumers are invited to read the stories and rate how well the stories fit into their lifestyles and media use habits. Also, attitudes towards advertising in different media channels are studied.

In the second phase small groups of consumers from different countries will be invited to provide more detailed information on their media use habits. The focus will be on finding out what kind of needs and expectations people have for print advertising and examine the role of print products in everyday life.

Martyn Eustace, Two Sides Director states, “In a multi-channel world we have to understand how consumers relate to print and how reading habits are being impacted by new media. This will give us valuable insight, ensuring that our promotion of print as a highly effective and sustainable media is clearly focused on consumers’ reading preferences.”

To participate in the survey visit the Two Sides UK website at www.twosides.info and click on the survey link on the home page.

04/18/12

New KBA Report Focuses on drupa

Press release from the issuing company

Issue 40 of Koenig & Bauer's corporate magazine, KBA Report, focuses on the Drupa 2012 trade fair, with several pages dedicated to the raft of new sheetfed offset, digital, industrial ID, packaging and newspaper presses KBA is exhibiting there and the user benefits they offer.

200 years after the invention of the mechanical printing press by the company's founders, Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Bauer, KBA is expanding into high-volume digital inkjet printing with the KBA RotaJET 76 manufactured at the group's main plant in Würzburg. In the editorial KBA president and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann writes: “Because we are press manufacturers and not dealers, we obviously preferred to develop our own product. It was the only way we could offer our customers the system best suited to their production needs from an impartial perspective. For many applications an offset press may still be the best solution, while for ultra-short runs or personalised prints it may be our new RotaJET digital press or, in some cases, a hybrid offset/inkjet system such as the offset Rapida 105 we are showcasing at Drupa with an additional inkjet unit.” In an article on the front page with the title “Seeing change as an opportunity”, KBA head of corporate communications Klaus Schmidt notes that the initial confrontation between digital and conventional media and digital and conventional printing processes is evolving into a stimulating co-existence engendering new, merged forms.

Some of the new Drupa exhibits that KBA has announced in recent weeks have already proven their mettle as disguised prototypes in customer press rooms. One of them is a 17,000sph Rapida 145 at Leopold Verpackungen in Marbach, on which there is a detailed article. Other reports from Germany and abroad include KBA's new medium-format Rapida 105 and also its high-tech Rapida 106, which will be shown at Drupa as a long perfector with perfect coating capability. The Rapida 106's maximum rated output will soon be raised to 20,000sph straight and 18,000sph in perfecting mode. Another record-breaker featured in KBA Report is a world atlas printed on a KBA Rapida 205 at Litorama in Italy. Called Earth Platinum, it measures 1.8 x 1.4m (70.86 x 55.1in) and weighs 150kg (over 330lbs). Other articles discuss new products, orders, production processes and customer verdicts on web offset, plastic printing and metal decorating presses.

Available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, KBA Report can be obtained free of charge from KBA dealers or the KBA marketing department (tel: +49 931 909-4336; fax: +49 931 909-6015; e-mail: marketing@kba.com), or downloaded as a PDF file from KBA's website (http://www.kba.com).

04/18/12

IBT Global Purchases Hamilton Printing

Press release from the issuing company

Integrated Book Technology, Inc. (IBT Global) has joined forces with Hamilton Printing Company (Hamilton) of Castleton, NY. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

John R. Paeglow III, IBT President, made the announcement Monday citing the outstanding synergies of both companies as the foundation for a bright future in the book manufacturing/publishing industry.

“I spent the first 12 years of my career under the tutelage of out-going Hamilton President Brian Payne,” said Paeglow. “I am very familiar with their staff and business model. For the last 20 years, my focus has been building a company that utilizes the latest in technology to manufacture books and help publishers to fully utilize their intellectual property. As we combine the two companies, we will be able to offer customers manufacturing for the life cycle of a title, resulting in streamlined inventory management.”

IBT’s digital offering will be enhanced by Hamilton’s web offset capabilities. When combined with IBT’s editorial, page composition, and software, linking publishers’ administrative systems and warehouses, IBT/Hamilton will enable a publisher to improve schedules and control inventory from 10,000 copies to one copy.

“Without question, this acquisition is a great strategic fit and creates a sound financial foundation for IBT/Hamilton to grow and serve its customers’ changing needs,” said John Lang, IBT Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer.

The combined entity will have over 160 employees with revenues approaching $30 million. The corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities will remain in their current locations for the time being. The new company will operate under the name IBT/Hamilton moving forward.

04/18/12

Graphic Evolution to Handle Sales and Service for KBA

Press release from the issuing company

On 1 April Graphic Evolution in Melun, France, became KBA's new sheetfed offset sales and service agency for Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal. Graphic Evolution is an established professional in the print media industry and has already built up an infrastructure for catering to the needs of printers in these countries.

For KBA, the key criteria in awarding the contract were competence and efficiency in handling sales, service and spare-parts activities for all the formats in the group's portfolio.

The owners of Graphic Evolution and KBA are old acquaintances. Managing director Pierre Monopoli has known KBA-France since way back when, and until a few years ago his brother Saverio used to work there. So signing the agency contract for KBA sheetfed offset sales and services signalled a return to the fold. Following the Arab Spring the Maghreb has become a major focus for KBA. The region's entrepreneurial buzz and huge potential for growth are what prompted the world's first and oldest press manufacturer to strengthen its local presence with the competent support of Graphic Evolution.

04/17/12

IBIS to Launch Smart-binder 'Plus' at drupa 2012

Press release from the issuing company

IBIS will launch a new enhanced model Smart-binder ‘PLUS’ system at Drupa on the JMD stand B10 in Hall 13.

Features of this new ‘PLUS’ model include higher cycling rate, indexing book transport belts in the trimmer, a cover auto-loader, automatic stop-stitch and higher web speeds.

New selective folder F-200

A new ‘selective’ folder model F-200 is now available for Smart-binder operation when web speeds exceed 300 feet/min. This folder offers the unique ability to vary the number of pages in the book on-the-run in increments of 4, by a making a combination of 8 and 12 page folded sections.

Smart-binder SB-5

IBIS is currently installing a Smart-binder SB-5 system (including both an in-line saddle-stitcher and an in-line 4-clamp perfect binder) in-line with a high speed ink jet printer (492 feet/min) at a Government Printers in Italy. This system switches automatically between saddle-stitched booklet production and perfect-bound book production.

Smart-binder SB-2 performance feedback

We have received customer feedback that during February 2012 three Smart-binder SB-2s at one site eachprocessed 26 million A4 pages into saddle-stitched booklets in-line with three digital CF printers. This represents around a million pages per day, per machine, and demonstrates the Smart-binder’s unique capability for high-volume output.

New Perfect binder (1,500 books/hour)

To complement our existing single-clamp in-line perfect binder model PB-600, we are now able to provide our new ‘Sprint-binder’ PB-2000 with 4 clamps for 1,500 perfect-bound books/hour. We can configure this binder as part of a complete system tooperate in-line with the highest speed digital CF web printers.

04/17/12

Arnold Schwarzenegger Tours Super Shop 9

Press release from the issuing company

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the muscleman turned actor turned politican who served as California's governor from 2003 to 2011, toured Venice High's School's Super Shop 9 during an open house to celebrate its new $3 million state of the art printing facility.

Schwarzenegger toured the facility for more than an hour Saturday and was assisted by students as he printed a Venice High School t-shirt and helped operate the facility's new four-color printing press.

Super Shop 9 has been home to the school's graphic communications program since 1956. Longtime Super Shop 9 instructor Art Lindauer applied for and won a $1.5 million Proposition 1D grant from the state in 2006 and then lobbied for five years to receive a $1.5 million matching grant from the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Lindauer applied the grant money and matching funds to a complete overhaul of the printing shop, which now includes the four-color Speedmaster printer manufactured by Heidelberg, a two-color Printmaster, a high-speed guillotine cutter and screen printing presses. There's also a computer lab for graphic design that features a classroom full of Mac computers and a 65-inch HD TV with touch-screen capabilities. Lindauer and printing professionals believe that Venice High School is now the best equipped high school graphics printing program west of the Mississippi and Schwarzenegger said he thinks it's the best in the country.

Schwarzenegger was invited to the open house for his support of Proposition 1D, the $20 billion bond measure to repair and upgrade public schools. About 150 people attended the open house Friday despite the stormy weather and Schwarzenegger was joined Saturday by a few dozen students and family members. Venice High School Principal Elsa Mendoza and LAUSD board member Steve Zimmer also attended.

Lindauer thanked Schwarzenegger for his efforts to get Proposition 1D on the ballot and told the crowd that Schwarzenegger was the only Republican he's ever voted for.

"I fought very hard during my administration to rebuild our schools and to elevate our education system," Schwarzenegger said. "We passed in 2006 infrastructure bonds, but I made it very clear to the politicians in Sacramento that I would never sign any of the bonds if we don't also have money available for career tech education."

Schwarzenegger called Venice High one of the special schools in the state that gets students ready for higher education, but also prepares students for careers, such as printers.

"There are thousands of jobs that we need out there that aren't directly related to four-year university. You have got to be able to offer kids both, a career tech education or go to university," Schwarzenegger said.

Schwarzenegger lauded Lindauer for fighting to get the money from the state and the district. He said he visited Venice High School in the 1970s and the school had that outdated equipment until the recent upgrade.

"We've got to think about our children. Our children are the future and they are the most important thing. And, they don't have anyone fighting for them, so it's great when you see people stepping forward and fighitng for our kids," Schwarzenegger said.

Mendoza said the school held the open house to showcase the new equipment and the opportunities it opens for students.

The class is an elective with some students starting in 9th grade and taking it for several years and others who take it for only a year in the upper grades.

The class provides skills that keep them engaged while at school and also improves their chance of graduating, Mendoza said. She said that she hopes to make Super Shop 9 a priority as the school faces a declining enrollment and less funding.

Lindauer was among the thousands of teachers statewide who received layoff notices in March as the state continues to deal with budget shortfalls. Zimmer said most of the layoff notices sent in March likely will be rescinded and if exceptions have to be made he ensured that they would.

"Art (Lindauer) will be here in August," Zimmer said.

Lindauer, who has been teaching for 33 years, said he has received March layoff notices for the past three years.

Alex Mercado, 18, has been taking Super Shop 9 classes for three years and said that it was "a lot easier now" with the new equipment. Mercado explained the process, helped other students and later said that he hopes to make a career out of screen printing with the skills he's learned at Venice High.

Mitnie Hernandez, 14, a freshman, said Lindauer's class was "pretty cool." She said that she likes to make t-shirts and plans on taking technical arts while at Venice High School.

Lindauer's efforts means that students who graduate from Venice will be acquainted with the latest technology if they apply for printing jobs after graduation.

"Printing is the only industry I know where you are able to earn a good salary no matter what level of education you have," Lindauer said.

04/17/12

Russia’s First Speedmaster XL 105 with Cutstar and Prinect Inpress Control at Prof-Press

Press release from the issuing company

More than 40 representatives of printshops from Russia's Southern region and Moscow attended the recent installation ceremony of the Speedmaster XL 105 eight-color with coating and perfecting unit, CutStar and Prinect Inpress Control at Rostov-on-Don-based Prof-Press - the first press of its kind in Russia. The platform of the Speedmaster XL 105 with perfecting unit from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg), designed to meet even the most ambitious demands of the market, had been launched on the occasion of drupa 2008.

Speedmaster XL 105 with perfecting unit sets new records in terms of annual production

The Speedmaster XL 105 with perfecting unit allows Prof-Print to produce a printing volume of around four million prints per month. The list of requirements from customers is continuously getting longer: fast delivery times, shorter run lengths, high quality, and exquisitely finished end products. Customers who use the Speedmaster XL 105 with perfecting device to keep their pressrooms up-to-date clearly have the edge in this regard. This Peak Performance Class press is a benchmark in the 70 x 100 centimeter format thanks to its range of automation components. The modular platform plays a key role in this.

Competitive edge: Customer benefits from Prinect Inpress Control and CutStar

Prof-Press opted for the Prinect Inpress Control spectrophotometric inline measuring system. This module automatically measures and controls color and register in the press and forwards any necessary corrections directly to the Prinect Press Center control station. Process colors, spot colors and register in the quality control strip are factored into the calculation. The company is very impressed with the speed of makeready and the way it gets to top quality quickly and retains it throughout the run.

The Speedmaster XL 105-8-P+L continuously runs at a speed of 15,000 sheets per hour and with CutStar provides an industrialized solution. The CutStar sheeter combines several advantages: It cuts paper costs because reel stock is less expensive than sheet stock and the variable cut-off length results in optimal use. It cuts production costs too because it increases the utilization levels of Speedmaster presses. There are further benefits relating to the storage area required for reels, and printing with single-web paper is also possible. The transition from web mode to sheet mode can be accomplished in a few minutes.

Prof-Press's General Manager Svyatoslav Gennadievich Shalai says that the purchase of a new press was part of the company's development plans. "The purchase of a new press fast became a vital need. We were dealing with a high work load, but had no time to print the orders. We had several offers for a new press, but finally focused on Heidelberg. In all aspects, Heidelberg CIS is the best partner in terms of consultancy and service. The new press gives us a competitive edge regarding shorter production and delivery times and stable high quality. I am certain, that more installations of presses like ours are to come in the Russian market. " Prof-Press concluded a service contract with Heidelberg comprising unlimited services and the supply of genuine service parts.

Prof-Press, founded in 2002, mainly manufactures children's books as well as stationery. The company started with a workforce of nine and today occupies a staff of more than 300. The new Speedmaster XL 105-8-P+L works alongside further Heidelberg equipment: a Speedmaster SM 102-2-P, a Printmaster 74-4, four recently installed Polar cutters, a CtP Suprasetter A105, and a Stahlfolder KH 78 folding machine.

04/16/12

interlinkONE to Offer Free Webinar

Press release from the issuing company

interlinkONE, a provider of web-based marketing software solutions, announced that it is hosting a free webinar on April 18th. This webinar is intended for companies that are looking to understand how they can capitalize on the growing importance of mobile in the marketing mix. The webinar, which is themed “Finding Success with QR Codes and the Mobile Web”, will be held on April 18th, 2012 at 2PM Eastern Time.

Registration is free, but limited. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP at http://ilink.me/AprilWeb.

During the webinar, interlinkONE’s Jason Pinto and two co-presenters will cover topics such as:

Best Practices for Implementing QR Codes: Design tips and strategies for increasing the number of QR Code scans.

Building an Engaging Mobile Website: Tools and best practices that companies can use to effectively build mobile websites that provide relevant information and generate leads.

Strategies for Selling Mobile Solutions: Promotional ideas and sales steps that service providers can follow to actually monetize QR Codes and mobile websites.

And more!

“There is no doubt that mobile is changing the world of marketing and communications,” said Pinto. “But while the usage of QR Codes and other mobile tags has increased greatly over the past year, some companies have been disappointed by the results. During this webinar, we’ll discuss whether it’s the technology that needs to be changed, or if best practices and integrated strategies can help us to find success with mobile.”

Register for this April 18th webinar at http://ilink.me/AprilWeb.

04/16/12

Conqueror's "Typographic Games" Due April 30

Press release from the issuing company

For the last four months, Conqueror's "Typographic Games" have challenged international designers to create the best typographic poster on the theme of sport, based on the statement: "It's not what you win, but how you conquer it." Creative minds that want to participate now have until April 30 to enter the competition, reaching the first step of the podium.

Conqueror is the global premium paper brand from Arjowiggins Creative Papers of Paris, France, which is distributed exclusively in North America by Appleton Coated. Learn more about Conqueror and the "Typographic Games" at Conqueror.com. Submission is free and entries are posted online. Website visitors show their support by voting for their favorites.

With only five months until the opening of the Olympic Games, more than 500 posters from 50-plus countries are now in competition. The top five are from Ireland, Italy (two entries), Turkey and France. The international panel of jurors will deliberate on the top 50 designs for the "Typographic Games" in June 2012.

The jury of this race of the imagination is composed of journalists, bloggers, designers and typographers who will select the winners of this Olympic-style competition. World-renown typographer, Jean-François Porchez, heads the jury. Porchez designed five bespoke "Conqueror" typefaces as part of the "It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It" award-winning campaign, which re-launched the Conqueror brand in 2010.

Other jurors for Conqueror's "Typographic Games" include:
* Tim Lindsay, President of D&AD (United Kingdom)
* Étienne Hervy, Artistic Director of the Poster and Graphic Design Festival of Chaumont (France)
* Patrick Burgoyne, Editor of Creative Review (United Kingdom)
* Caroline Bouige, Deputy Chief Editor of Etapes (France)
* Christine Moosmann, Editor of Novum (Germany)
* Romain Colin, Founder of Fubiz (France)
* Joep Pohlen, Designer (Netherlands)
* Yves Peters, Typographer (Belgium)
* Stephen Coles, Typographer (United States)
* Eric Chan, Blogger and Designer (Hong-Kong)

The jury will announce the winners on June 14 at the Colette shop in Paris. During the evening, the top 50 posters will be displayed. The 'Gold' winner will receive tickets to the 2012 Olympic Games, as well as a trip to London, and the five 'Silver' winners will receive a pair of Nike shoes. Their posters, in addition to seven 'Bronze' winner submissions, will be published in the international design magazine, "Creative Review."

04/16/12

Alwan Color Expertise Announces New Multicolor Technologies for PDF / PRINT Control and Standardization

Press release from the issuing company

“For years, print buyers and printers have been looking for solutions to help them predict and stabilize color reproduction” said Elie Khoury, Alwan’s President. “But this can be a daunting process. With print buyers increasingly demanding consistent colors, it is critical for printers to step up their efforts to standardize their printing processes and to demonstrate compliance on a daily basis. Alwan has developed its new solutions to allow printers easily obtain ISO 12647 or G7 certification, but also to extend their color control and standardization to non CMYK printing processes such as multicolor and spot color printing.” Khoury also points out that all checks, corrections and process assessments performed on files or on press using Alwan solutions are documented in xml and PDF reports. Those reports delivered by all Alwan solutions conform to ISO 9000 quality management requirements, delivering an unprecedented level of operational security and information traceability.

Alwan will be exhibiting its suite of solutions in Hall 09, Stand D10, at DRUPA 2012. The company plans to offer promotional pricing, product bundling and the opportunity for visitors to win prizes during the show.

Alwan's Color Control and Standardization Solutions
The Alwan suite consists of three independent software modules that can be used either separately or in conjunction with each other to ensure total ISO and G7 compliance throughout production:

· PDF Color Preflight, Conformance and Ink Reduction: CMYK Optimizer
· Printing Device Calibration and Conformance : PRINT Standardizer
· Proof and Printed Products Assessment: PRINT Verifier
Alwan solutions offer the unique ability to check, correct and report on any operation conducted on Color data, PDF files and Printing devices in a production workflow.

Alwan’s software suite brings an unparalleled level of control as well as a high degree of security made possible by the interconnectivity of the Alwan software suite.

“By bringing together these modules” concluded Khoury, “Alwan has again demonstrated its deep color expertise and dedication to bringing the delivery of compliant printed products within easy reach for any printing operation.

We are excited to welcome visitors to our stand at DRUPA to see this unique suite in action.”

About CMYK Optimizer
With more than 1,000 installations worldwide, Alwan CMYK Optimizer remains the a leading automated color server with its integrated Dynamic DeviceLinks technology for publishers and print service providers.

It is adapted to all types of workflows and printing devices, including offset, flexo, gravure, screen and digital, as well as large and wide format devices which can see as much as 30% in savings in expensive inks.

In contrast to other color server solutions, Alwan uses a dynamic approach. Every file is analyzed and its color preflighted before further processing takes place. This guarantees that all necessary parameters for good color transformation are understood in advance of actually printing the job. Depending upon the output settings, and based on the color analysis of the job, a Dynamic DeviceLinks profile is calculated. This allows color transformation to be implemented in such a way that ink consumption is reduced without visual changes in the color impression and/or measurement, maintaining PDF color integrity.

Thanks to its embedded Adobe PDF library, CMYK Optimizer also delivers exceptional transparency management, maintaining color integrity of transparent objects in PDF/X1a and PDF/X4 workflows.

About Print Standardizer

With more than 200 ISO 12647 and G7 certified sites worldwide, Alwan Print Standardizer, is an Industry-First automated Quality Control and Assurance server system for the pressroom.

It provides printers with an easy and automated way to calibrate their conventional presses and digital printers in order achieve ISO 12647 and G7 conformance after few hours in production.

With Alwan’s unique Dynamic Calibration technology, printer conformance is automatically achieved during production, which eliminates the need to conduct costly, time-consuming and often insufficient calibration sessions.

PRINT Standardizer supports most popular press measurement systems including X-Rite and Techkon press-side instruments and QuadTech in-line instruments.

About Alwan Print Verifier
Alwan Print Verifier is a print verification software for handheld devices destined to print buyers and quality assurance operators.

Unique to Print Verifier is its ability to hold a number of quality control settings in its "Settings" manager. This allows operators to save, export and import quality-control analysis conditions including: Target, Instrument, Control strip, Measuring conditions, and Assessment method. This unique capability guarantees printers and print buyers that they are performing quality control measurements in identical conditions, hence avoiding mistakes and inaccuracies that can lead to false results, disagreements, and other potential conflicts that can now be avoided.

PRINT Verifier supports most popular handheld measurement instruments including X-Rite and Techkon prepress and press instruments.

04/13/12

Countdown to drupa 2012 Has Started

Press release from the issuing company

Hall 1 at the Dusseldorf exhibition center still looks like many other exhibition halls. But this will all change in less than four weeks when five Hei-Tech print shops, representing successful business models, go into operation in the hall for 14 days. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg), the world leader in the print media industry, is once again the largest exhibitor at drupa this year. The world's largest trade show for the printing and paper industry will run from May 3 through 16.

Heidelberg is presenting around 60 innovations under the banner "Discover HEI" at drupa, which is being held every four years. The company is exhibiting its complete portfolio of solutions for commercial and packaging printing at its booth, which covers around 6,300 square meters (67,800 square feet) - roughly equivalent to a soccer field. This portfolio ranges from prepress to postpress and includes the full offering for digital printing. "Building such complete and integrated print shops would normally take longer than half a year," explains Uwe Galm, the technical manager for the drupa presentation at Heidelberg. He doesn't have that much time on this occasion though - exactly 27 days and nights will have to do.

Just before Easter, Heidelberg gained entry to Hall 1 and over the holidays large parts of the infrastructure were installed such as lighting, sound, and cabling in the floor and along the ceiling. The Tuesday after Easter saw assembly of the machines get underway. Two weeks later, on April 23, Heidelberg aims to begin testing all the assembled machines to ensure they are fully functional. Everything needs to be ready on the afternoon of May 2, barring a few smaller jobs.

This is a mammoth task logistically for Galm and his team, involving almost 200 service engineers, booth builders, electricians, and lighting and audio engineers. In the first few days, they will be working in two shifts around the clock and later in just one. Around 2,000 metric tons of material will need to be brought to the right locations at the booth - but first of all it has to be transported to Dusseldorf. The weight equates to around 1,500 mid-range cars or 100 truck loads in the 40 metric ton class and everything will need to reach the exhibition center in a precise sequence. The heaviest individual component, the Dymatrix 106 die cutter, is 10 meters (33 feet) long, 2.70 meters (9 feet) wide, 3 meters (10 feet) high, and weighs 33 metric tons alone. In all, 12 presses and 11 postpress machines will be installed at the Heidelberg booth.

The volume of materials that Galm has to provide for power supplies, communications, and setting up a data network is also impressive. His "must do" list includes 3.2 kilometers (2 miles) of fiber optic cables, 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) of 230 V power lines, 3.5 kilometers (2 miles) of telephone lines, 8.5 kilometers (5 miles) of cables, 6 kilometers (4 miles) of data cables, and a whole lot more besides. To show the machines in the right light, he also needs 1,150 conventional and 400 LED spotlights with a total output of 1.2 megawatts, while 130 loudspeakers will ensure the correct acoustics.

Running the booth itself will also be a major organizational and logistical challenge. Around 1,200 employees at Heidelberg are involved in preparing for and staging drupa. They and some 130 hostesses have been given intensive training for several weeks to ensure everything is just right and to make the visitors, who are expected to number around 360,000, feel completely at home.
Entire trade show booth is to be carbon-offset

Yet Heidelberg doesn't just attach importance to a perfect trade show presentation. It is also committed to ensuring it is as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible. Attention was focused on environmentally friendly processes and reusable/recyclable materials as early as the planning and tendering phase. The entire trade show presentation will be climate-neutral, which means CO2 emissions for all processes and materials related to the trade show will be offset. This applies to all areas ranging from project management and logistics operations - including assembling and dismantling machinery - to operating the machinery, travel to and from the event, and accommodation for staff. Additional parameters involved in the CO2 calculations for the booth include consumables used such as paper and inks and power supplies for the technology and equipment at the show. The monetary equivalent of the CO2 emissions will go toward a reforestation project in Togo.

At drupa 2012, Heidelberg will also be underlining its pioneering role in green printing itself. The company is the first manufacturer worldwide to offer the option of carbon-offset presses ex works. Virtually all sheetfed offset presses featured at drupa will also contain an energy meter that measures the power consumption per 1,000 sheets, thus making it easier for customers to save electricity.

Galm and his team are faced with an extremely busy April. But this doesn't daunt the 44-year-old - although this is the qualified IT specialist's first drupa in his current role, it is already his fourth time in Dusseldorf.

04/13/12

Average Tenure of CEOs Declined to 8.4 Years

Press release from the issuing company

The average tenure of a CEO declined to 8.4 years in 2011 from approximately 10 years in 2000, according to the 2012 edition of CEO Succession Practices, a new report by The Conference Board, the global business research and membership organization.

CEO Succession Practices documents and analyzes succession events for CEOs in S&P 500 companies in 2011. It includes historical comparisons with data from the last decade and a review of findings from a survey of general counsel and corporate secretaries at more than 330 U.S. public companies.

“The stronger independence and accountability of directors registered during the last decade and increased scrutiny from shareholders and activists might motivate corporate boards to be more inclined to dismiss a CEO who is performing below expectations,” said Matteo Tonello, Managing Director of Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board and co-author of the report with Jason Schloetzer, Assistant Professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, and Melissa Aguilar, a researcher in the corporate leadership department at The Conference Board. “In addition, the pressure of serving as the CEO of a large company in an increasingly competitive global marketplace could contribute to voluntarily shorter tenures, suggesting that CEOs are leaving on their own terms after fewer years in the position.”

The lower-than-average tenure recorded in 2003 (7.4 years) may have been related to the U.S. recession following September 11, 2001, and an increase in widely publicized accounting scandals.

Following are some of the key findings described in the 2012 edition of the report. To access the report, visit www.conference-board.org/CEOsuccession2012.

CEO succession rate

In 2011, 55 CEOs in the S&P 500 left their post. The rate of CEO succession was 10.8 percent, consistent with the average number of annual succession announcements from 2000 through 2010.

Company performance and CEO age as determinants

The probability of CEO succession is higher following poor performance. In the 2000–2010 period, the succession rate of CEOs of poorly performing companies averaged 14.0 percent, ranging from a high of 21.2 percent to a low of 10.0 percent. In 2011, the succession rate of CEOs of poorly performing companies was consistent with the prior trend at 12.7 percent. The succession rate of CEOs of better performing companies varied from 6.5 percent to 11.6 percent during the 2000-2010 period, averaging, 9.7 percent. In 2011, the succession rate of CEOs of better performing companies was 10.3 percent.

The probability of CEO succession is also higher for CEOs who are at least 64 years of age. In the 2000–2011 period, the succession rate of CEOs who were at least 64 years old ranged from 29.0 percent to 9.4 percent (on average, 18.4 percent over the period), while the succession rate of younger CEOs ranged from 8.3 percent to 13.4 percent (on average, 10.1 percent over the period). The rate of CEO succession for younger CEOs is remarkably consistent across the sample.

CEO dismissal rates

CEO dismissal rates vary across the 2000–2011 period, ranging from a high of 40.0 percent in 2002 to a low of 16.2 percent in 2005 (on average, 28.2 percent for the period). Despite that variance, the rate of CEO dismissals for the 2000–2005 period, at 28.6 percent, is similar to the rate for the 2006–2011 period, at 27.9 percent. Since 2008, which roughly coincides with the beginning of the financial crisis, 28.6 percent of all succession events were associated with CEO dismissals.

Inside promotions and outside hires

Consistent with a continuing trend in the hiring of outsiders that has been recorded since the 1970s, 19.2 percent of successions in 2011 involved an outsider CEO appointment.

Joint election as board chairman

Only 19.2 percent of the 55 successions in 2011 involved the immediate joint appointment of an individual as CEO and chairman of the board of directors. Based on reviewed succession announcements, the majority of departing CEOs remained as board chairman for at least a brief transition period, typically until the next shareholder meeting.

“Anticipating a change in CEO and understanding the succession process can often be a challenge for market participants,” said Jason Schloetzer. “Fifty percent of CEO succession announcements from S&P 500 companies in 2011 were effective immediately, while two-thirds of announcements fail to provide market participants with a clear window into the board’s process of selecting the successor CEO.”

“Interestingly, the tendency to appoint a seasoned executive as incoming CEO is related to firm performance,” noted Melissa Aguilar. “The data shows better-performing companies appointed seasoned executives—those with tenure in the company exceeding 20 years—far more frequently than their poor-performing counterparts.”

The printing of the report was possible thanks to the generous support of RHR International and Latham & Watkins LLP.

Source: CEO Succession Practices: 2012 Edition, Report R-1492-12-RR, The Conference Board.

04/13/12

Hamillroad Software Publishes Auraia-II Sample Book

Press release from the issuing company

Hamillroad Software, a leading RIP and screening innovator, today announced the publication of their Auraia-II Sample Book exhibiting real-world works of DM screening. Developed for the printing community, the 94-pp book compares and contrasts the benefits achieved with DM Screening. The Sample Book is available on a first-come, first-serve basis and free of charge, but is limited to one book per request with a total worldwide distribution of 2,000 books. To request a Sample Book, email auraia@hamillroad.com and include a shipping address and contact information.

Commenting on the Auraia-II Sample Book, Professor Hans Kellogg, Professor in Graphic Arts Management at Ball State University, USA said, “I just received the Sample Book and to say I am excited is an understatement! I am forcing myself to read the complete explanations; without flipping to the back and looking at the results. It is almost like someone reading the latest in the Harry Potter series and wanting to flip to the end to see what happens”. After studying it in detail, Prof Kellogg went on to say "I just finished the Auraia Sample book and I must say it is very impressive. What are most striking are the smooth tonal renditions of the vignettes (and flat tints) and its ability to hold open the subtle detail within the deep shadows. Very nice!”

Kevin Caughtry, Sales Manager for Compose System in the United Kingdom and Ireland, said, “It’s a fantastic marketing tool for showing a printer just what they can achieve with Auraia-II; how they can improve their print quality, reduce pre-press and press issues and save money whilst doing so”. Kevin went on to say “The first Commercial Director I showed it to almost fell of his chair with excitement when he viewed the printed examples and immediately committed to running a print trial. The response has been very overwhelming at all levels of the printing industry”.

Note: Compose Systems will be exhibiting at Drupa 2012: Hall 9, Stand E31. Ask for Kevin.

Each Auraia-II DM Screening Sample Book contains 15 real-world jobs, including invoices, shipping notes, letterheads, compliment slips, business cards and company brochures on a wide range of stocks from 70 gsm uncoated NCR paper through to 350 gsm silk coated board. Each sample is printed on the left hand side with a 175 lpi AM screen and on the right hand side with Auraia-II for easy comparison. On the front of each sample is a narrative providing background information on the job and what benefit the printer was seeking in using DM Screening. To push the envelope and provide a wider range of comparison, some jobs were also printed using a coarser 133 lpi AM screen or a finer 250 lpi AM screen.

At the back of the book are two technical pages, one on coated and one on uncoated, showing some more specific technical benefits of Auraia. These are followed by four ICC prints, of a 175 lpi screen and Auraia both on coated and uncoated stocks, that were used to measure the press (tone) curves used to align the color of Auraia with the 175 lpi screen. The complete book was plated on a violet CtP device, so an additional fifth ICC print was included which was plated on a thermal CtP device so as to enable a direct comparison of the results from the two competing plate technologies.

In addition to eliminating many (if not all) of the issues with conventional screening and producing higher quality results, press ink duct settings were recorded for one of the jobs which clearly shows that ink savings of up to 20% are achievable (depending on job) at the same time as producing the higher quality results. This enables an incredible ROI to be obtained with a relatively small investment in the technology, allowing a printer to increase their profitability and business.

The company’s new DM-II screening technology, “Auraia-II”, is a revolutionary innovation that enables high-end violet and thermal CtP devices to produce images that emulate the quality of a traditional 400-500 lpi screen for commercial printers and 200-250 lpi screen for newspaper printers. It ensures production of rosette-free, moiré-free and noise-free flat tints that equal or better the smoothness of conventional screening. In fact several tests have proved that Auraia-II produces noticeably smoother flat tints than high-lpi conventional AM/XM screens. For more information, go to http://www.hamillroad.com/main/products/auraiascreening.htm.

The Auraia-II Sample Book is available to the media, commercial printers / publishers, industry consultants / analysts, printing associations and printing colleges / universities worldwide. To receive a copy please contact auraia@hamillroad.com and supply your shipping address and contact information.

The Auraia-II Screening module is available immediately through Hamillroad Software's dealer network. For a list of dealers, go to http://www.hamillroad.com/main/sales/auraia.htm.

04/12/12

EFI Acquires Metrics Sistemas

Press release from the issuing company

Electronics For Imaging, Inc., a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced it has acquired privately-held Metrics Sistemas de Informacao ("Metrics"). Metrics is a leader in ERP (MIS) systems for the printing and packaging industries in Latin America. While financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed, the acquisition is not expected to be material to EFI's 2012 results.

“The addition of Metrics’s high-caliber team and the extensive customer base they have built in South and Central America combined with EFI’s software portfolio will allow us to provide a higher value proposition to customers, along with creating a platform for EFI to introduce our unique digital eco-system to the region,” said Guy Gecht, CEO of EFI. “Latin America is a vibrant market with exciting growth opportunities for the entire EFI portfolio ranging from Fiery workflow, to our cloud and customer-hosted web-to-print and ERP software, all the way to our industrial inkjet production printers. With this acquisition we believe we are now the largest MIS/ERP provider to the printing and packaging industries in North and South America, Europe, Australia/New Zealand and South Africa with over 20,000 installations worldwide.”

Metrics is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Over the past 14 years, the company has built a base of more than 250 customers in Brazil and Latin America. Metrics will become part of EFI's Business Software portfolio under the leadership of Osmar Barbosa, co-founder and CEO of Metrics. Customers of Metrics will be able to take advantage of EFI’s complete product portfolio, as the Metrics product will be integrated with EFI’s industry-leading Fiery digital front ends, as well as VUTEk and Jetrion inkjet printers so Metrics’s customers can enjoy the same advantages of integration that EFI’s other MIS clients have.

EFI intends to integrate support and operation of Metrics into the existing Business Software organization, while continuing to enhance the product offerings. The Metrics organization will assist with the localization of EFI’s existing product portfolio for the Brazilian and other Latin American markets and will be cross-trained so they may deploy and support EFI PrintSmith, EFI Pace, EFI Monarch, EFI Radius and EFI Digital StoreFront throughout Latin America.

“Metrics is excited to join the world-class team of EFI employees and become the centerpiece of EFI’s strategic focus and investment in Latin America,” said Barbosa, who is now general manager of EFI Business Software, Latin America. “In addition to our current solution, our customers will now have access to an extensive portfolio of industry-leading technology, with more options to grow their business, while continuing to receive the same high-level of support and attention they are accustomed to. We are especially gratified that we were able to keep our entire team intact as part of the transition to EFI, and that EFI is looking to grow our staff in the coming years.”

“Metrics has been extremely successful in Latin America, and as with our other acquisitions, we examined all of the competitors in the region and determined that Metrics was by far the best company,” said Marc Olin, senior VP of EFI Business Software and general manager. “They offer the strongest customer base in South and Central America, and have enabled EFI to establish a software group in the region. EFI is very committed to this business and to being the market leader in all regions of the world. With this investment we will continue to build upon the strength of our Americas organization and now offer Spanish and Portuguese implementation and support services for the EFI software portfolio.”

With the addition of Metrics, EFI is now a leading MIS/ERP provider in South and Central America, specifically Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico and Peru.

04/12/12

KBA Launches Varius 80 Variable-Format Web Offset Press For Flexible Packaging

Press release from the issuing company

KBA North America announces that it will launch the Varius 80, a new variable-format web offset press for the flexible packaging market at Drupa 2012 scheduled for May 3-16 in Düsseldorf, Germany. KBA has booked a large 37,700ft² stand in Hall 16, Stand C47 as the showcase for its many new developments for sheetfed, digital and web offset printers.

The new Varius 80 is a modular, variable-format web offset press designed for the flexible packaging market. It implements the same waterless technology as the KBA Genius 52UV 20-inch press, with short-train inking units and UV drying. This combination achieves excellent print quality on flexible, non-absorbent substrates with very low start-up waste. The offset plates, moreover, are significantly less expensive than the sleeves required for a flexo process. The keyless and waterless Varius 80 is already in full color after 328 feet – a waste saving of around 80% compared to other presses. As runs become ever shorter and job changes more frequent, it is an advantage that can make all the difference. And the higher quality of offset compared to flexo no doubt answers the wishes of many print customers. The press is also environmentally-friendly since the Varius 80 uses no water, no solvent and no powder. Engineered for a maximum web width of 31.5-inches and a production speed of 1,312 feet per minute, the Varius 80 from KBA-MePrint handles substrate thicknesses from 30 to 800µm. The printing length is variable between 21 and 34 inches. Changes in format length are accomplished in a matter of minutes with an automated plate and blanket cylinder change function (no sleeves).

04/12/12

Scodix to Introduce Two Sheet Size Formats at drupa

Press release from the issuing company

Scodix, a leading provider of digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, is proud to introduce the new Scodix Digital Press S Series, to support B2+ and B3+ size applications. With the S52 and S74 presses, to be unveiled at the DRUPA conference in Dusseldorf, Germany, in May, Scodix increases the differentiation capabilities that print service providers can pass on to their customers.

The Scodix S Digital Press series that creates the tangible Scodix SENSE experience uses advanced jetting block and multiple independently controlled inkjet nozzles that delivers Scodix's proprietary PolySENSE clear polymer in small drops and multiple layers. The Scodix patent-pending Optical Print Alignment (OPA) camera system executes enhancements with pinpoint accuracy, scanning each and every sheet to ensure delivery of the Scodix PolySENSE clear polymer to its exact location.

As a stand-alone solution compatible with offset, laminated sheets and digital print feeds, the press automatically processes a wide range of substrates and formats - substrates weights from 135 to 675 gsm / 6-30 points and thickness of up to 0.7mm / 700 microns. The Scodix S Series can print variable levels of thickness and texture, with a thick clear polymer that can reach as high as 250 microns, enabling the production of Braille letters as well as graphic elements.

Now Scodix has increased its printing capacity to include B3+ (52cm/20”) and B2+ (74cm/29”) size application versatility. These additional different size products, with the thicker substrates and higher ScodixSENSE solution of up to 250 microns, open more opportunities for digital PSP's. "Our mission is to lead print enhancements into the digital age with our commitment and passion to continuously providing our customers, and in turn their customers, with what they need most" said Kobi Bar, CEO and Founder of Scodix. Since Scodix's enhancement products are modular and their new features are add-ons that can be fully integrated into customers' existing Scodix systems, PSP's can easily and cost-effectively provide the ScodixSENSE experience on the majority of graphic art requests.

04/11/12

Graphcom Receives G7 Certification

Press release from the issuing company

Graphcom, a Consolidated Graphics, Inc. company, with capabilities including digital printing, offset printing, web printing, packaging and fulfillment, announced today it has achieved G7 Master Qualified Printer status through IDEAlliance, the non-profit industry organization that develops, educates, and validates best practices in publishing and information technology. Graphcom’s G7 Master Qualified Printer designation highlights the company’s commitment to quality, consistency and color management.

“Graphcom's status as a G7 Master Qualified Printer provides our customers with the confidence that we are providing best-in-class color matching and printed products of the highest quality available,” said Kenny Carter, President of Graphcom. “This certification is just one part of our greater commitment to serve our customers with the best service, quality, and capabilities the print industry has to offer.”

Graphcom has been trained to utilize the new G7 methodology and can produce a press sheet to GRACoL (General Requirements for Applications in Commercial Offset Lithography) targets within acceptable tolerances. By achieving the status of a G7 Master Printer, Graphcom can reliably produce high-quality printing with a close visual appearance from proof to press, as well as from press to press. As a G7 Master Printer, the company will go through a yearly requalification audit to ensure it maintains IDEAlliance calibration and process standards.

Including Graphcom, 60 Consolidated Graphics companies hold the G7 Master Printer status, giving the company the distinction of having the most G7 certified printers in the world.

04/11/12

ODM to Officially Launch Super Sewer XXL at drupa

Press release from the issuing company

The Next Generation of the ODM Super Sewer XXL is an automatic side sewing machine designed for ‘on-demand’ photo books up to one-inch (25 mm) thick. The Super Sewer XXL features the same Back Tack Technology, as in the Super Sewer. Simply put, the machine does a reverse lock-stitch on the head and foot of the book block ensuring a very strong side sew which will not come apart like standard side sewn books normally do. The Super Sewer™ XXL pre-drills holes prior to thread stitching enabling the book block thickness up to one inch. The Super Sewer™ XXL can sew up to 400 books per hour and is easy to operate with a touch screen LCD color control panel, high speed drill station and vacuum drill waste removal system. CE approved.

Book size:
Minimum: 4” x 4” (100 mm x 100 mm)
Maximum: 18” x 18” (450 mm x 450 mm); up to 1” (25 mm) thick
Production: up to 400 books per hour
ODM will be exhibiting their latest casemaking line at drupa 2012 – Hall 15 / A11-2 in Düsseldorf, Germany from May 3 - 16.

04/11/12

Redcort Software's Virtual TimeClock '12

Press release from the issuing company

Employers looking for an easier way to manage employee timecards will appreciate the new features and redesigned interface in today’s release of Virtual TimeClock ’12 from Redcort Software, Inc. A simple new user interface for clocking in, out, and managing elapsed time for activities ensures that hours are easily and accurately recorded. With new support for QuickBooks, employee hours and overtime flow from Virtual TimeClock directly into QuickBooks timesheets for fast, error free payroll processing.

The new QuickBooks payroll integration joins Virtual TimeClock support for Paychex, SurePayroll, PayChoice, AccountEdge, and CheckMark Payroll, providing employers flexibility and choice in their timeclock payroll solution. Posey Hedges of Old City Millwork in Tennessee has been using Virtual TimeClock for the last four years. "Virtual TimeClock has become a business tool we cannot do without." Hedges commented, "Now with QuickBooks integration, our record keeping just got even easier."

"Virtual TimeClock ‘12 is our most ambitious upgrade in a decade," said Keith DeLong, CEO of Redcort Software. “Many of our larger customers have asked us for secure and simplified user options.” Because adding new options can bring unwanted complexity, DeLong continued, “The really hard work for us was reengineering the entire user experience to make a more powerful and flexible Virtual TimeClock even easier to setup, manage and use.”

Virtual TimeClock’s new user options include numeric and alphanumeric entry options and a new individual interface that creates a personal time clock for users when privacy is a concern. Elias Rodriguez, Campus Technologist for Leander ISD in Leander, Texas has deployed Virtual TimeClock throughout his school district for student time tracking. He appreciates the benefits of Virtual TimeClock’s new PIN interface saying, “Students will no longer have to search through a list of 1,200 names. This immediate access will allow more time for personalized instruction. And with more instruction, the student has a greater chance of success in their upcoming assessment."

Included with the introduction of new user options, Virtual TimeClock ’12 includes an all new Configuration Center that facilities easy program setup and maintenance. New administrative and manager toolbars make it easy to find and perform common administrative actions. At the request of network users concerned about security, the Virtual TimeClock suite includes a new User Client application that allows use of the time clock without any administrative features. A new time source option rounds out the new security features by using an Internet Time Server for added confidence in the accuracy and integrity of all timecard entries.

A complete list of Virtual TimeClock ‘12 new features and a fully functional free trial of Virtual TimeClock software is available at the Redcort Software web site. Free trials are available for the Basic, Pro and Network Editions of Virtual TimeClock at www.redcort.com.

Pricing for Virtual TimeClock '12 starts at $99 (USD). Annual software maintenance and support as well as generously discounted upgrade pricing is available. Full pricing details are available online at the Redcort Software store.

04/10/12

Acting Public Printer on "Doing More With Less"

Press release from the issuing company

The U.S. Government Printing Office's (GPO) Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks will address approximately 100 mid to senior level financial officials from agencies throughout the Federal Government on the topic of "Leading with less in the Federal Government." The symposium is being hosted by the Association of Government Accountants (AGA). GPO has been a leader in the Federal Government for doing more with less while budgets are being reduced. GPO was commended during a legislative branch appropriations hearing for setting the standard in the Federal Government for finding savings and implementing cost cutting initiatives. Vance-Cooks will share the ways GPO has reduced costs while maintaining productivity and moving forward as the digital information platform for the Federal Government.

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
1:30 p.m. EST

WHERE:
KPMG LLP
1801 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

04/10/12

Konica Minolta bizhub 215 MFP Launched

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Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announces the launch of the bizhub 215 Monochrome Multifunctional Product (MFP - print, copy, fax and scan all in one system). Delivering power, productivity and value to the desktop, the new bizhub 215 features a modular design with a broad range of options to increase paper handling, add network capabilities and more, for a completely customizable document management solution.

Offering output speeds of up to 21 pages per minute (ppm), high resolution output at 600 dpi x 600 dpi featuring Konica Minolta’s Simitri HD Toner Technology, and color scanning capabilities, the bizhub 215 MFP is ideal for small businesses and workgroups. The modular design of the bizhub 215 offers the ability to create the perfect solution to suit a variety of environments, with options to increase paper handling, add network capabilities, fax functionality and more. In addition, an integrated Toner Loop Mechanism recycles and reuses toner particles that have not been transferred to paper, thereby reducing toner waste on the bizhub 215 MFP to zero, making it one of the most sustainable MFPs in its class.

“By allowing a completely customizable configuration that can be uniquely tailored to fit each and every user environment, the bizhub 215 MFP permits flexible document management directly from the desktop,” said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “The bizhub 215 is an ideal solution for users looking for color scanning workflow and monochrome printing, and is just another reason why customers can count on Konica Minolta to deliver hard-working, digital printing solutions that optimize print and document workflow efficiency.”

04/10/12

World Record-breaking Paper Airplane Takes Flight on Conqueror

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The paper airplane designed by John Collins that broke the Guinness World Record for greatest distance flown was fashioned out of Conqueror CX22. "As the exclusive North American distributor for Arjowiggins, Appleton Coated was pleased to have arranged the donation that put the world's best identity paper into the hands of the world's best paper airplane guy," says Ferkó X. Goldinger, advertising and promotion manager.

Known as "the paper airplane guy," Collins has been perfecting his design for several years. In 2011, he selected Conqueror as his paper of choice. Davis' "pilot" and Arena Football League quarterback, Joe Ayoob, threw the hand-folded paper aircraft 226 feet, 10 inches on Feb. 26, 2012 at McClellan Air Force Base in California. This is the greatest distance ever recorded for a paper airplane flight. (Video)

"We are very excited for John and Joe, and to have Conqueror be a part of this record-breaking event. It's a winning combination: earning a world record using the world's most-recognized communication and identity paper," says Goldinger. "Available in more than 120 countries, Conqueror reflects attention to the smallest of details and leaves a lasting, positive impression -- whether used in the best paper airplanes or by the most-recognized global brands."

Conqueror also sends an environmentally responsible message, as the products are elemental chlorine-free, acid-free, have earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification and are manufactured in an ISO 14001-certified facility.

For more information on Appleton Coated, please visit appletoncoated.com. To learn more about Conqueror, please see CuriousPapers.com and click on the "Conqueror" icon.

04/09/12

Seasoned Direct Marketer Joins V3

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Industry veteran, Andrew Hennings, is the newest addition to V3’s sales and marketing team. Assuming the role of account executive, Hennings will work out of the Los Angeles office and bring expertise in integrated direct marketing services and extensive knowledge of production, manufacturing, fulfillment, quality assurance and logistics.

A graduate from the University of La Verne, Hennings has over 23 years experience in the direct marketing industry and numerous certifications in customer service, quality management and USPS mail services. Prior to joining V3, he most recently served as vice president at Direct Connection Marketing Communications and was formerly vice president of operations at Harte-Hanks, a worldwide direct and targeted marketing company. His clientele included non-profit organizations, educational institutions and companies in the financial, high-tech, pharmaceutical, electronic and retail industries.

Mike Szanger, V3’s vice president of sales, remarks: “Andy is a respected leader in the business community who has tremendous insight on where the industry is heading and proven experience helping clients take advantage of it.”

In addition to his professional duties, Hennings has previously served as presidents of the Orange County Chapter of the American Marketing Association and of the California Inland Counties Chapter. Additionally, he has been a speaker at the National Postal Forum and an academic Advisory Board member at California State University, Fullerton. Hennings lives in La Verne with his wife, Leslie, and three daughters.

04/09/12

WEILBURGER Graphics' SENOFLEX

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For some time now it is impossible to imagine the packaging industry without the corrugated direct printing. The printing systems become steadier and the achievable qualities of the printing results rise. For quite some time WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH also offers under the product class SENOFLEX a co-ordinated ink and coating series for this market. It resulted from the specific requirements for special formulations for these products from the customers

Ink quality through:
• Ideal processing times
best print technical performance of the ink at the plate or rather at the anilox roller while at the same time low cleaning effort

• Optimized discharging properties
for an excellent ink transfer to the plate/printing substrate while at the same time reduced adding of the anilox roller in regard to the cleaning intervals.

• High concentrated ink series
low dot gain, constant vignetted screen tints, good drying characteristics for an excellent printing

And coating quality through:
• Optimized penetration performance
fast drying in combination with our ink system

• Blocking resistance and rub resistance
best possible wet blocking resistance while at the same time high rub resistance for further processing

• Static and dynamic friction
excellent static and dynamic friction in regard to transport properties

The inks and coatings of the SENOFLEX product class from the company WEILBURGER Graphics have been specifically designed in regard to these quality criterions and are able to achieve excellent results also at high printing speed. Furthermore the optimized drying characteristics and the reduced cleaning effort and cleaning agents contribute to an increase of economic and energy efficiency.

SENOFLEX inks are actually available as euroscale inks as well as a mixing system with thirteen basic inks. The special inks which come out of it cover the complete spot ink segment; very brilliant gold and silver inks complete the product program. For finishing matt and glossy SENOFLEX coatings as well a wide range of effect coatings are offered from the extensive product line.

Arno Dürr – Sales Manager of WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH – comments on the SENOFLEX product class: “From our point of view flexo printing will become more and more important in the future, especially in the premium field of packaging. By the interaction of high quality and co-ordinated components and processes, qualities can be achieved, which were considered impossible a few years ago.” Arno Dürr further: “Not least with the top-class co-operation with selected machine manufacturers, suppliers and manufacturing companies we could develop with our SENOFLEX product class an extraordinary high-quality range of inks and coatings for the flexo printing and we are very glad that the market positively accepted it.”

Just like every year WEILBURER Graphics will also offer in this year a SENOFLEX workshop. Interested parties can already register from now on for this event.

For the drupa WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH will present a finished four-part packaging, which was created in the double-sided corrugated direct printing with different coating effects. It was produced together with the companies D.&W. Flexo-Manufaktur, Merck, Smurfit Kappa and Mayr Melnhof.

The exhibition booth of WEILBURGER Graphics will be located in the PrintCity VAPack area (Value Added Packaging), hall 6 booth C33.

For further information: www.weilburger-graphics.de

Contact:
WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH
Am Rosenbühl 5
91466 Gerhardshofen
Germany
Phone: +49 9163 9992-0
Fax: +49 9163 654
info@weilburger-graphics.de

04/09/12

Electric City Printing Installs an HP4600

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Electric City Printing, a Consolidated Graphics, Inc. company based in Williamston, SC, recently installed an HP4600 digital press in order to facilitate a growing demand for the company’s printed race number capabilities. The new HP4600 will supplement output from the printer’s existing HP4050, which serves a similar function. Electric City is the world’s largest printer for competition media, providing entry packets, racing numbers, brochures, signage, and integrated technology to help facilitate major races and competitions throughout the world.

“We had to look for additional equipment to service our growing clientele,” said Electric City President Mike Schmitz. “Electric City has been servicing the racing business for over 30 years, and we’ve committed ourselves to bringing our customers the newest technology, highest-quality equipment, and best-in-class service to meet their needs.”

Schmitz possesses a solid understanding of the racing business, as he himself is a marathon runner, and is therefore able to ensure that his business provides top of the line capabilities to its race business clients. “The racing business is a highly-customized segment,” adds Schmitz. “By running in the events, I’m able to personally experience the result of the services we provide, and to bring better, more innovative solutions to our customers. The HP4600 is just one of the ways we’re doing that.”

The new press will supplement the company’s existing HP4050 press, enabling Electric City to output nearly six million impressions per month in order to keep up with growing demand. The two presses will be used primarily to print race numbers on DuPont Tyvek, which requires specialized equipment to avoid melting the substrate. The digital press also helps service a growing demand for customization at events like the Disney Princess Race in Orlando, Florida, where runners can select a Disney princess, color, and name, all of which are printed onto the race number. Additional benefits of the new press include faster turnaround times and reduced cleanup and maintenance.

Other races serviced by Electric City Printing include the Boston Marathon, New York Marathon, Chicago Marathon, Rock & Roll Marathon series, Houston Marathon, and the 2012 Olympic Marathon qualifier held in Houston, TX.

04/06/12

Maximum Graphics Expands Capabilities With New Hires

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Maximum Graphics, a Consolidated Graphics, Inc. company (NYSE: CGX), and a full service print provider specializing in data-driven processes and technology, is pleased to introduce four team members who have joined Maximum over the past six months, assuming key positions in sales, quality and production as well as two additions to its senior management team. The new staff brings extensive experience and knowledge to the existing team and provides a greater focus on building customer relationship quality, improving quality control procedures and expanding Maximum Graphics’ marketing capabilities.

“We are delighted to welcome this first-class talent to the Maximum Graphics team as we reposition and streamline our organization for growth,” said Maximum Graphics President Rob Nawfel. “Their experience and dedication to quality are a great fit with our company as we focus on helping customers achieve success, drive client revenue and improve operational efficiency and quality.”

Joining Maximum Graphics’ senior management team as Vice President of Operations is Adam Lancette. He brings 22 years of print experience with an extensive background in creating structured, process-oriented environments and will oversee the operations department, focusing on improving quality by documenting and enforcing protocols.

Kristina Garcia joins the Maximum Graphics senior management team as Digital Operations Director. She has 17 years of print experience with her expertise residing in variable related programs, data processing and custom configuring digital workflow. Garcia will concentrate her efforts on creating structure within the data process department and establish new software and automation that will help Maximum Graphics build jobs for the future.

Other members joining the Maximum Graphics team include:

Jeremy Steil, taking on the new position of Quality Manager and bringing four years of knowledge of quality control and print auditing.

Matthew Hatch, bringing 10 years of print and sales experience as a Sales Representative.

Jamie Brunes, coming to Maximum Graphics with 15 years of experience in print, with 10 years focusing on sales, as a Sales Representative.

Greg Swanson, joining as Production Manager with over 30 years print experience and extensive involvement in managerial roles, print presses and mailing and fulfillment.

“We will continue to expand our team with top talent to provide customers with unmatched print expertise, customer service and innovative solutions to their graphic communications needs,” says Nawfel.

04/06/12

Custom Printing Acquires Ojai Printing

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Custom Printing announced today that Ojai Printing has merged with the Oxnard printer. The alliance gives Custom Printing added purchasing power and the ability to pass those savings on to the firm’s clients and makes the company the strongest printer in the tri-county area.

All operations will be conducted from Custom Printing’s 30,000-square foot facility at 2001 Cabot Place in Oxnard. The merger went into effect Monday, April 2.

“This is a win-win for everyone!” said Custom Printing President Charles Utts. “We are looking forward to working with Ojai Printing’s clients, and seeing how our Printing and Mailing facilities can benefit their businesses. Both companies have serviced the same geographical area, but we are very surprised how few of our customers were competing against each other. That’s probably why this deal went so smoothly.”

Utts added, “We are determined to place as many former Ojai Printing employees as possible in positions at Custom Printing”.

Al Milner, owner of Ojai Printing, is retiring and wanted to do everything possible to keep his loyal co-workers employed. Milner serviced the Ojai Valley for 40 years and has been a valued member of the business community.

“All digital files, current and archived, have been transferred to Custom Printing,” Utts said. “Probably one of the nicest things that worked in our favor is both companies are on the same estimating system so we’ll have no problem continuing the same pricing structure with additional benefits from Custom’s larger facility.”



Custom Printing has been in business since 1974 and specializes in premium quality, full color printing. A family-owned business, the company’s list of customers includes K-Swiss Footwear Inc., Warner Brothers Studios and the distinguished artist Peter Max.

04/06/12

Weber Packaging Solutions Purchases Six AVT Helios II Systems

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Weber Packaging Solutions Inc., a leading worldwide manufacturer and supplier of labels and labeling systems since 1932, has purchased six PrintVision/Helios II 100% Inspection Systems from Advanced Vision Technology (AVT), the world leader in print process control, quality assurance and color control for the packaging, labels, folding cartons and commercial print markets.

Weber Packaging Solutions, which conducts business globally in fifteen countries, will place the six Helios II Inspection Systems in their worldwide headquarters in Arlington Heights, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago near O’Hare airport. Weber has done business with AVT before when they purchased Proofit Systems. When looking for 100% Inspection Systems they naturally went with the worldwide leader in Automatic Inspection Systems – AVT. Weber’s sophisticated label manufacturing equipment includes the latest flexographic and digital high-speed label presses. Four of the Helios II 100% Inspection Systems will be placed on presses, one on a rewinder and one on a finishing unit of a digital label press.

John O’Leary, VP of Manufacturing, commented: “We have been looking to upgrade our vision defect detection systems for a few years. We have several pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and medical device manufacturers as customers and it is becoming almost a requirement to utilize this technology to guarantee the quality of the labels their products demand. After several discussions with AVT over the years, we were intrigued by the features of the AVT Helios II system. During Label Expo 2010 we decided to take a closer look at the system and we were very impressed by the user interface as well as how easy it was to isolate several different areas on a label with various degrees of scrutiny. We determined that we could benefit from not only upgrading our systems on our rewind inspection equipment, but could also add systems to our ten-color flexo presses to help reduce scrap by alerting the operator sooner to correct a defect. Since we also print labels on digital presses and convert those labels on a digital finishing machine, we decided it would make sense to add one to the digital finisher to ensure defect free product coming off of that equipment as well. To help us make the decision, our AVT sales representative took us to another customer site where we were able to see the system setup and operating in live production. We were able to discuss the ease of use with the other customer’s operator and manager. From that point we were sold and now we are anticipating the installation of our first two units of a total of six scheduled to be deployed this year.”

Commenting on the sale, Amir Dekel, Corporate VP Marketing of AVT said: ” For AVT to be recognized by one of the leading label manufacturing companies in the world is important for our company. It is confirmation that our state-of-the-art technology is meeting the highest standards of the industry and it is working reliably in any production environment. These inspection systems will guarantee that Weber will deliver labels that are 100% inspected, 100% of the time. This is adding real value to customer care.”

PrintVision/Helios II is the most advanced 100% Automatic Inspection solution for label and narrow web printing. It is an innovative solution that delivers process control and 100% quality assurance capabilities throughout the entire print production workflow, from setup through printing to finishing. PrintVision/Helios II can be installed on any press or rewinder and identifies defects on labels as soon as they occur. The system detects every type of printing and finishing fault including color misregister, color variations, hazing, misprints, defects to the text, spots, splashes, die-cut problems, missing labels and many other print problems.

04/05/12

Highcon Appoints International Sales Director

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Highcon Systems Ltd has made a key appointment to its sales team with Nigel Tracey joining as International Sales Director from 2nd April 2012. Nigel will lead the recruitment and appointment of new Channel Partners internationally, in addition to expanding the customer base for the Highcon Euclid.

Nigel brings with him 25 years experience in printing and packaging and particularly in the folding carton and corrugated board industries. Nigel has held various senior sales and marketing positions, most recently as Head of Sales for the sheet-fed business unit at Bobst Group, where he was responsible for the global sales network and sales operations. Nigel is based in Switzerland.

"The demands on convertors are changing fast and they now require more flexible and responsive solutions to meet their customers’ requirements. The team at Highcon has impressed me with its grasp of the future of digital finishing and the Euclid digital cutting and creasing solution is a huge step forward and I am delighted to be part of this revolution"

The Highcon Euclid uses precision laser optics and polymer technologies to transform cutting and creasing from an analogue to a digital workflow, dramatically streamlining the finishing process. Turnaround times are cut dramatically while run lengths up to 10,000 sheets become attractive and profitable for the converter.

Chris Baker, Highcon VP Sales and Business Development ‘’Nigel brings to the team a wealth of knowledge and experience which we know will enable us to build our channels faster and help ensure we deliver exactly what the customers require. We are delighted he has chosen to join this dynamic company.

The Highcon Euclid will be formally launched and demonstrated on our stand at drupa 2012, Hall 4 Stand B28, Düsseldorf, Germany.

04/05/12

Omaha Print To Aquire Holm Graphic Services

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The National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) has announced that Omaha Print of Omaha, Neb., has agreed to purchase the customer base of Holm Graphic Services Inc. of Des Moines, Iowa. Mary Ann Amundson, sole shareholder of Holm, will join Omaha Print as Iowa Regional Director – Sales and Business Development. She will utilize Omaha’s manufacturing capabilities for Holm customers and Holm will cease its own production.

NAPL has provided ongoing strategic advice on growth by acquisition to Omaha Print, introducing the parties and advising on the transaction price and structure so that a Letter of Intent was signed within seven days of the first contact. Senior Vice President John Hyde, head of NAPL’s Mergers and Acquisitions Advisory Team, stated, “Omaha Print is a great example of a forward thinking company that is positioning itself for future success and growth. It fully expects to explore further strategic acquisitions in 2012.”

“We are happy to have Mary Ann Amundson come on board with us and look forward to her leading our expansion into the greater Des Moines marketplace,” said Chuck Kinzer, President of Omaha Print. “We appreciate that Mary Ann thinks highly enough of us to trust that her customer relationships will be maintained and enhanced with access to our extensive platform of additional capabilities.”

Regarding her new home with Omaha Print, Amundson said, “I’m very excited about the opportunity to work with Omaha Print. They have a long-standing reputation as an innovative and industry leading company. My customers will benefit from bigger and better capabilities and services from a company with a trusted name in the business.”

04/05/12

GPO Fills Management Positions

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The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) names Jane Sánchez as Director of Library Services and Content Management (LSCM) and Kerry L. Miller as Deputy General Counsel.

As director of LSCM, Sánchez will provide management support for implementation of strategic programs and operations in the Federal Depository Library Program, in partnership with depository libraries and in collaboration with other GPO business units. Sánchez has 35 years of library and information management experience with the Federal Government and the private sector. Sánchez came to GPO from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) where she managed nine operational divisions. She and her staff provided research to support the Department's litigation, and senior management offices for the Attorney General and Solicitor General. Sánchez spent 17 years working in the private sector at BNA Corporate Headquarters where she developed and implemented several digital information initiatives including: BNA's first internal website, an online database for customers, conversion of print reference directories to online searchable databases for Federal and state courts, judges, and clerks, and creation of a single repository of all primary legal resources. Sánchez hold a Juris Doctorate Degree from The American University's Washington College of Law, a Master's Degree in Library Science from Simmons College in Boston, and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

"GPO welcomes Jane and her experience with implementing information technology initiatives in the library community," said Superintendent of Documents Mary Alice Baish. "Jane has outstanding accomplishments from her career in both the public and private sector and I am looking forward to utilizing her information technology skills to advance the mission of the Federal Depository Library Program and GPO."

Miller returns to GPO as Deputy General Counsel. Miller is responsible for supervising the activities of all professional and administrative employees of the Office of General Counsel, rendering legal advice and counsel on questions and interpretations of laws, regulations and administrative policies affecting the GPO, and serving as the agency's Ethics Officer. Miller started his legal career at GPO in 1980 where held various positions until leaving the agency in 2006 for the Federal Transit Administration where he served as Assistant Chief Counsel for General Law. During his time at GPO, Miller primarily served as GPO's senior procurement law attorney where he provided advice to agency officials on contract formation and contract administration issues, represented the agency in contract appeals before the GPO Board of Contract Appeals, defended Government Accountability Office bid protests, and coordinated all administrative suspensions, debarments, and affirmative litigation involving GPO contractors. He also served as a Board of Contract Appeals judge and was the GPO's first Chief Acquisition Officer. Miller earned his law degree from Catholic University and his undergraduate degree from George Mason University.

"I am very pleased that Kerry Miller has rejoined our legal team," said General Counsel Drew Spalding. "His extensive legal and administrative expertise will be a great asset to the Office of the General Counsel and GPO."

GPO is the Federal Government's primary resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government in both digital and tangible formats. GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies. In addition to publication sales, GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through GPO's Federal Digital System (www.fdsys.gov) and through partnerships with approximately 1,220 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program. For more information, please visit www.gpo.gov. Follow GPO on Facebook, Twitter, and on YouTube.

04/04/12

KYOCERA: New Solutions for a New Future

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KYOCERA will be making its first appearance at Drupa 2012 (Dusseldorf, 3 - 16 May 2012) with a new name as well as strategic solutions for the product area: From April 2012 the Japanese manufacturer of printers and multi-function devices will be changing its name worldwide to KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc. and will be bringing its main area of business "Document Management Solutions" more sharply into focus for its customers.

A central theme of Drupa 2012 is sustainability. Since KYOCERA has been successfully marketing environmentally-aware ECOSYS technology on a global scale for exactly 20 years, KYOCERA is using Drupa as an opportunity to introduce its latest product and solutions concepts for the publishing industry together with new environmentally-friendly print technology.

KYOCERA, at drupa 2012, will be in Hall 8b, Stand A77.

04/04/12

Civilians Become Color Management Veterans at SGIA's Workshop

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Students from all facets of specialty imaging gathered last week for SGIA's Color Management Boot Camp, where industry experts, Tony Quinn of Nazdar, and SGIA’s own Jeff Burton presented the unique aspects of large-format inkjet printing. Manufacturer reps were also on hand from Caldera, Mutoh, Nazdar, ONYX and X-Rite.

"I think the biggest benefit [of this Workshop] is that you learn just as much from the participants than you do from the instructors," said Bruce Wright of X-Rite. "People in this room all have different color management workflows they are involved with, and between the participants and the instructors, there's a really good interchange of knowledge."

During the Workshop, held March 27–29 in SGIA’s state-of-the-art facility in Fairfax, Virginia, attendees learned all about basic color management concepts; print standards and specifications; color measurement instrumentation and profiling software; and device calibration.

Workshop attendee, Steve Horrocks of JDK Design, came for two reasons: To optimize his studio's internal production of presentation materials and color proofs, and to address some challenges the company has faced with print vendors overseas.

"The panel of instructors brought an impressive knowledge of the science behind color management, which balanced nicely with extensive real-world experience," he said. "I can honestly say that I left with no questions unanswered."

If you missed it this time, don’t worry! The popular Color Management Boot Camp will return this fall (September 11–13). Monitor SGIA.org, Keyword: Events, for more information about this, and other, educational opportunities in 2012.

04/04/12

New Appointment at Intec

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Frank Vincke has been appointed as Channel Sales Manager for Northern and Central Europe.

This new position will see Mr Vincke creating distribution channels for Intec colour heavy stock printers in Benelux countries, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and Turkey.

“I have worked in those places and know the dealer network quite well,” says multi-lingual Mr Vincke, 57, who has spent his entire career in the printing industry.

Founder and MD Ian Melville says: “Frank speaks fluent English, Dutch, French, German and Italian and this will be a great asset. Intec is expanding and I anticipate that Frank will work closely with our other International Channel Sales Manager, who I am currently in the process of recruiting.”

04/03/12

Online Labor Demand Rises in March

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Online advertised vacancies rose 246,300 in March to 4,669,600, according to The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine (HWOL) Data Series released today. The March rise is the fourth consecutive monthly rise. The Supply/Demand rate stands at 2.9 unemployed for every vacancy; however, nationally there are still 8.4 million more unemployed than advertised vacancies.

“The March sharp rise in labor demand continued to narrow the gap between the unemployed and available job opportunities,” said June Shelp, Vice President at The Conference Board (Chart 1). Nationally advertised vacancies are 60 percent above their levels in June 2009, the official end of the great recession. However, that increase has varied greatly among the States with some Midwestern States exceeding the national average, including Minnesota (+ 121%); Ohio (+ 102%); Wisconsin (+ 95%); Indiana (+ 92%); and Michigan (+86%). Some states where the housing market tank — including Nevada (+ 21%) and New Mexico (+ 24%) — remain well below the national average while other States like Florida (+50%), where the housing market was also an issue, showed more resiliency.

REGIONAL AND STATE HIGHLIGHTS

In March all of the largest States except Pennsylvania post gains 12 of the 20 largest States are on an upward trend in job demand In March the South gained 74,700 advertised vacancies, with gains in all six of its largest States. Texas was up 19,000, reflecting increases of 11%+ over the last four months for labor demand in the metro areas of Austin, Dallas, and Houston. Virginia gained 9,200 for a combined three-month gain of 14,300. North Carolina rose 6,700 bringing its two-month increase to 8,500. Maryland gained 5,800 for a combined two-month gain of 9,600. Georgia was up 4,800 in March. Florida rose 2,400. Among the less populous States in the South, Tennessee rose 7,800, South Carolina increased by 1,600, Louisiana gained 1,200, and Arkansas gained 900.

The West gained 61,700 advertised vacancies, reflecting gains in all four of its largest States. California had by far the largest increase, 23,300. Over the past four months, labor demand in California was up 80,200 with gains in all of its larger metro areas, led by notable increases of 21.7 percent in San Diego and 20.6 percent in Sacramento. Washington State gained 9,600. Colorado rose 4,400 while Arizona gained a mere 500. Among the less populous States in the region, Oregon rose 4,300; Nevada gained 2,600; and Utah rose 1,500 (Table 3).

The Midwest region gained 48,800 vacancies in March. Ohio experienced the largest gain — 8,700 — and, at 181,900 advertised vacancies, reached its highest level since the HWOL series began in May 2005. Minnesota rose 6,700. Missouri rose 5,600 for a combined two-month gain of 8,200. Michigan gained 5,200 for a two-month gain of 6,500. Wisconsin rose 4,700. Illinois gained 1,600. Among the less populous States in the Midwest, Indiana gained 5,100, Kansas rose 1,800, South Dakota gained 1,300, and North Dakota rose 600.

Labor demand in March in the Northeast rose 23,100, which included a rise of 9,300 in New York. New York is up 17,700 over the last four months with the New York metro area up 14.8 percent and Rochester up 12.2 percent. New Jersey rose 7,100 while Massachusetts gained 4,900 for a combined four-month gain of 11,500. Pennsylvania was down 1,700 in March. Among the smaller States in the Northeast, the number of advertised vacancies in Connecticut fell by 300. Maine rose 1,000 in March while New Hampshire gained 1,400 and Rhode Island gained 300 (See Table 3 for other States in the region).

The Supply/Demand rate for the U.S. in February (the latest month for which the national unemployment number is available) stood at 2.90, indicating that there are just under 3 unemployed workers for every online advertised vacancy. Nationally, there are 8.4 million more unemployed workers than advertised vacancies.

The Supply/Demand rates for the states are for February 2012, the latest month available for unemployment data. The number of advertised vacancies exceeded the number of unemployed only in North Dakota, where the Supply/Demand rate was 0.88. States with the next lowest rates included South Dakota (1.23), Nebraska (1.28), Vermont (1.41), Alaska (1.56), Minnesota (1.60), and New Hampshire (1.68) (Table 4). The State with the highest Supply/Demand rate is Mississippi (5.97), where there are nearly 6 unemployed workers for every online advertised vacancy. Other States where there were more than 4 unemployed workers for every advertised vacancy included Nevada (4.42) and Kentucky (4.13).

It should be noted that the Supply/Demand rate only provides a measure of relative tightness of the individual State labor markets and does not suggest that the occupations of the unemployed directly align with the occupations of the advertised vacancies (see Occupational Highlights section).

METRO AREA HIGHLIGHTS

19 of the 20 largest metro areas posted gains in labor demand in March San Francisco up 7 percent in March (Table C). In March, 19 of the 20 large MSAs posted increases in the number of online advertised vacancies. Overall 47 of the 52 metropolitan areas for which data are reported separately also showed increases in March (Table 5).

A number of the largest metro areas have shown real strength since the official end of the recession in June 2009. Four have posted increases of over 100 percent since then: Cleveland, up 142%; Minneapolis-St. Paul, up 124%; Detroit, up 116%; and San Jose, up 112%.

Six MSAs had Supply/Demand rates in January 2012 (the latest available data for unemployment) below 2, indicating there fewer than two unemployed for every advertised vacancy (See Table C). Washington, DC continues to have the most favorable Supply/Demand rate (1.21) with about one advertised vacancy for every unemployed worker. Minneapolis-St. Paul (1.36), Boston (1.54), Oklahoma City (1.63), and Salt Lake City (1.67) were metropolitan locations with the next lowest Supply/Demand rates.

Metro areas where the number of unemployed is substantially above the number of online advertised vacancies include Riverside, CA — with over 8 unemployed workers for every advertised vacancy (8.23) — Sacramento (4.56), Miami (4.53), Las Vegas (4.47), Los Angeles (4.19), and Memphis (4.04). Supply/Demand rate data are for January 2012, the latest month for which unemployment data for local areas are available (Table C & Table 6).

OCCUPATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Supply/Demand rates range widely for the 22 major occupational categories (See Table 7)

Labor demand for retail sales help rises in March (Table B and text)

Demand for Healthcare practitioners dipped in March but job opportunities continue to outnumber unemployed looking for jobs

Changes for the Month of March

In March, nineteen of the 22 Standard Occupational Classifications (SOC codes) that are reported separately posted gains and three declined (Table 7).

Among the top 10 occupation groups with the largest numbers of online advertised vacancies, demand for Sales and Related workers rose 35,900 to 596,500 (Table B) and was led by an increase in demand for Retail Salespeople and First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Retail Sales Workers. The number of unemployed in this occupational category continues to outnumber the number of advertised vacancies by over 2 to 1 (S/D of 2.30) but is substantially below the slightly over four unemployed for every available advertised vacancy in April and May 2009.

Labor demand for Computer and Mathematical Science workers rose 25,800 to 620,700. Over the past four months, labor demand has increased by 77,100. The higher demand included increases for Computer Systems Analysts and Applications Computer Software Engineers. The number of advertised vacancies in this occupational category continues to outnumber job-seekers by over 3 to 1 (0.28 S/D based on February data, the latest unemployment data available).

Demand for Management occupations rose 25,700 to 461,200 for a combined four-month increase of 56,600. Responsible for the rise was higher demand for Marketing Managers and General and Operations Managers. The number of unemployed in these occupations was just over one (1.39) unemployed for every advertised vacancy in March and significantly below the almost three (2.9) unemployed for every advertised vacancy at the HWOL series high in October 2009.

Labor demand for Office and Administrative Support occupations rose 22,700 to 476,900 for a gain of 50,100 since January, but the March level is still slightly below the level of demand in late 2011. Largely responsible for the March increase was higher demand for Customer Service Representatives and Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants. The number of unemployed in these occupations remains above the number of advertised vacancies with close to 3.6 unemployed for every advertised vacancy.

Business and Financial Operations positions increased by 17,100 to 268,100 advertised vacancies in March. Accountants, Training and Development Specialists, and Financial Analysts were among the advertised vacancies that showed increases. In this field there are 1.56 unemployed workers for every advertised vacancy.

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical occupations fell 18,800 in March to 578,100. Largely responsible for the drop were decreased advertised vacancies for Registered Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, and Physical Therapists. The number of advertised vacancies in this occupational category continues to be quite favorable and outnumbers job-seekers by 2.4 to 1 (0.41 S/D).

The Trend in Production Occupations

In March the demand for production workers reached a series high of 148,000 — 6,000 above last month’s number and 10,000 above the previous series high of 138,000 in December 2005. Production jobs, or the jobs typically associated with manufacturing, declined sharply from early 2007 and bottomed in May 2009 at 56,000. “Labor demand for production workers, which was not consistently strong in 2011, has risen over the last few months and hopefully will remain strong throughout 2012,” said Shelp (Chart 3).

There were still over six unemployed workers for every advertised vacancy in production jobs, but it is significantly improved form the situation in June 2009, when there were over 25 unemployed for every vacancy, (See Table 7).

Nationally the production jobs in highest demand included First-Line Supervisors and Managers, Machinists, and Helpers. Line Supervisors and Managers were in high demand in several states including California, Ohio, and Texas. In California, in addition to supervisors, online advertised jobs included Testers, Sorters, Samplers and Weighers, and Machinists. In Ohio the openings are in First-Line Supervisors / Managers of Production and Operating Workers, Helpers – Production Workers, and Machinists. High-demand opening in Texas include First-Line Supervisors / Managers of Production and Operating Workers, Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters, and Machinists.

04/03/12

GrayHair Software Attending National Postal Forum

Press release from the issuing company

GrayHair Software, Inc., a leader in solutions for business mailers, announces its attendance at the National Postal Forum (NPF) in Orlando, Florida, from April 1 -4. In years past, GrayHair has set the bar with a constant stream of innovative services and applications including the 2011 unveiling of its cloud platform, SelectSolutions, and it has consistently set the standard for in-booth events. From the SmartCar to the 3DTV and 3D Printer to the now-famous daily in-booth giveaways of the hottest technologies, GrayHair has been the buzz of the show year after year.

At the 2012 NPF (www.npf.org), attendees can expect to see live demonstrations and presentations of the newest GrayHair offerings, which include the new SelectSolutions™ Reporting Engine, a set of interactive reports providing visual analysis of mail data; MailWatch, a dedicated mail monitoring solution and GrayHair’s Informed Visibility solution, which uses their existing services to enhance the new USPS Informed Visibility data. GrayHair Advisors, a team of mailing industry experts who provide strategic and tactical consultation on postal marketing and operations issues and the company’s newest division, will be at the GrayHair Booth to meet with attendees. Attendees will also want to check their show bags to see if they are the big winner with another GrayHair innovation – the Golden Pen. At last year’s show, the show bags contained four pens and the winners got to pick from a range of prizes or could choose to donate to a local charity.

“The National Postal Forum continues to be the leading event in the mailing world. It is a show where the leaders in the industry showcase their new innovations. You can stop by the GrayHair booth to get demonstrations of our newest ground-breaking applications. Last year, visitors to our booth enjoyed the company of some adorable puppies and, in conjunction with GrayHair, donated money to a local animal shelter. Winners of our daily drawings took home iPads, Playbooks and iMacs and, since we won’t be outdone by last year’s events, you can expect even more amazing things from our booth. If you are at the show add Booth 1313 to your list,” said Raymond Chin, VP Product Management and Marketing, GrayHair Software.

In addition to GrayHair’s Booth, multiple members of the team are presenting educational workshops at this year’s event. These include:

Paula Stoskopf on cloud solutions with Brian Euclid, TEC Mailing, co-presenting
Tom McCaully on marketing automation with Jay Adams, Makesbridge, co-presenting
Raymond Chin on ACS and Move Update
Everette Mills on USPS data
Tom McCaully on hybrid mail with Chandra Briggman, US Postal Service, co-presenting
Paula Stoskopf on address hygiene with Josh Evans, Lorton Data, co-presenting
Tom McCaully on IMb uses with Mike Francis, US Department of State, co-presenting
Angelo Anagnostopoulos on visibility data with Shariq Mirza, Assurety Consulting, co-presenting
Paula Stoskopf facilitating IMb Roundtable

Once again, GrayHair is extremely proud to be the sponsor of the Association for Postal Commerce’s (PostCom) “Live from the NPF” Webcast. This broadcast, hosted by Gene Del Polito, President of PostCom, features industry thought leaders discussing leading events of the day from the floor of the NPF. This year’s the panel members includes industry leaders and attendees will also be asked to share their thoughts on the NPF, sessions, vendors and presenters. Broadcasts are scheduled for Monday, April 2, and Tuesday, April 3, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Watch them live at www.grayhairsoftware.com. If you are attending the NPF, go to GrayHair’s Booth, #1313, or PostCom’s Booth, #2 in the Mailing Industry Resources Pavilion, to find out more information on the event.

For more information about GrayHair and its products, contact Bobby Tiedeken by phone at (856)924 2253 or by email at btiedeken@grayhairsoftware.com.

04/03/12

Heidelberg Concludes Negotiations on “FOCUS 2012”

Press release from the issuing company

The Management Board and Workers' Council of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) have reached an agreement regarding the implementation of the "FOCUS 2012" efficiency program. The consensus reached provides for savings on personnel costs, more flexible working time arrangements, and worldwide job cuts through socially acceptable measures that will result in a headcount of below 14,000 by mid-2014.

As Heidelberg CEO Bernhard Schreier explained: "The outcome of the negotiations will enable us to adjust capacities to meet demand and achieve the announced savings as planned. In consultation with the Workers' Council and the IG Metall union, we have devised a responsible concept for making the required cost and capacity reductions on a socially acceptable and sustainable basis through the global job cuts announced."

Taken together, these measures will help achieve the targeted annual savings of around EUR 180 million from financial year 2013/2014. Up to a third of these savings will already be achieved in financial year 2012/2013. The necessary one-off expenditure amounts to approximately EUR 150 million, most of which will be posted during the current 2011/2012 financial year.

Global headcount to fall below 14,000 by mid-2014
The agreement reached on a wide-ranging package of measures will ensure the company's profitability targets can be met. Most of the job cuts in Germany will be achieved by mid-2014 through voluntary redundancies, including options for older staff. This will ensure a balanced age structure at the company and prevent qualified staff from having to leave based on social criteria. Staff whose jobs disappear as a result of structural changes and adjustments to achieve greater flexibility will have the option of moving to a transfer and qualification company. The planned job cuts outside Germany are also under way.

Immediate capacity reduction of around 15 percent with rapid and sustainable cost savings
Shortening the working week to 31.5 hours for all staff and reducing remuneration levels accordingly will put in place a long-term, collectively agreed arrangement that will lower personnel costs and immediately cut capacities at the German production sites by 15 percent. Taking the shorter working week as a basis, working-time accounts can be used to adapt individual working hours to the relevant capacity utilization. This will enable the company to make working times far more flexible and respond effectively to changing market requirements in the future, especially in the year that drupa - the world's largest trade show for the print media industry - takes place in Düsseldorf.

"Thanks to the rapid consensus, we are in a position to implement the agreed measures earlier than expected on May 1 this year and achieve the planned job cuts through socially acceptable means. Taken as a whole, the agreement reached represents a big step toward achieving the target operating result before special items of around EUR 150 million in financial year 2013/2014," said Schreier.

Sales structures adapted - realignment of research & development
The company has introduced measures to adapt its global sales organization to the changed market conditions. The adjustment of activities in industrialized nations is being accompanied by an increased presence in emerging markets. To significantly reduce structural costs, sales activities have been pooled and specific markets restructured. Comprehensive support for the global customer base will still be ensured.

A realignment of research & development as part of the "FOCUS 2012" program will take effect as announced on April 1, 2012. This will involve further optimizing internal processes and placing research in a number of fields on a new footing. By modularization, the company will facilitate access to the latest technologies throughout the portfolio. Development work on digital printing for commercial and packaging applications is to be pooled and expanded. With regard to the promising printed electronics market, Heidelberg is involved in intensive research into new technologies in cooperation with other technology companies. Initial potential applications are already at the advance development stage. Research activities focusing on the multidisciplinary technology of hybrid lightweight construction will be expanded, with a slight increase in investment in this new market segment.

As of December 31, 2011, Heidelberg had 15,666 employees worldwide (including trainees and apprentices).

04/02/12

AF&PA Releases Paper, Paperboard, and Pulp Capacity Survey

Press release from the issuing company

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today released the 52nd Annual Survey of Paper, Paperboard and Pulp Capacity, reporting that U.S. paper and paperboard capacity decline slowed to 1.4% in 2011 to a level of 89.7 million short tons.

Last year's decrease was smaller than the 3.1% reduction recorded in 2010. Total paper and paperboard capacity is expected to decline 1.0% in 2012 and then register increases of 0.6% and 0.5% in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Containerboard and tissue paper capacity expanded in 2011, while the packaging & industrial convertingand boxboard categories held approximately stable. Newsprint and printing-writing papers registered the largest 2011 capacity declines.

Several mills and machines were removed from the survey base during the 2011-2014 period because they have closed, plan to close, or have been idled for some time with few indications they will be restarted in the near future. However, several new tissue paper machines either started operating or will start operating by 2014, and a new recycled linerboard mill is scheduled to come on line in mid-2013.

The survey reports U.S. industry capacity data for 2011 through 2014 for all major grades of paper, paperboard, and pulp, based on a comprehensive survey of all U.S. pulp and paper mills. Survey respondents represent about 90% of the U.S industry capacity.

The complete survey with detailed tables can be purchased for $1,800 by contacting Dina Menton at dina_menton@afandpa.org or 202-463-2710.

04/02/12

KBA Order Intake 20.8% Higher in 2011

Press release from the issuing company

Following preliminary disclosures in early March, German press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) has now published its financial statements for 2011. Notwithstanding the challenges arising from ongoing structural changes in the print media market the KBA group met all its capital requirements from a healthy operating cash flow of €83.9m, scaled back bank debts still further and boosted liquid assets. The 195-year old enterprise bucked the industry trend and was unique among major global press manufacturers in disclosing a post-recession profit for the third year in succession.

Thriving business in special presses
Brisk demand for security, metal-decorating and coding equipment helped swell the group order intake to €1,552.1m - its highest level since the record year of 2006 and 20.8% up on 2010 (€1,284.9m). The backlog of unfilled orders almost doubled from €440.8m to €825.7m. But at €1,167.2m group sales were marginally below the prior-year figure of €1,179.1m due to shipping delays and weak demand for sheetfed and web offset presses in the second half-year.

Patchy performance
Flagging investment activities in the final four months led to an 8.3% drop in new sheetfed contracts to €569.9m. Brisk demand for niche products, however, sent the intake of new orders for web and special presses soaring by 48.1% to €982.2m. Although the two divisions each posted sales worth €583.6m, this represented an improvement of 5.9% over the prior year in sheetfed sales, but a slide of 7.1% in sales of web and special presses following shipping delays.

Rising costs and investment impact on operating result
The rising cost of raw materials, heavy investment in new products, wage increases, unscheduled structural expenses and lower sales following external delays in deliveries until the current year reduced the group operating profit from €22.2m in 2010 to €9.9m. But despite unsatisfactory market pricing and fluctuating levels of plant utilisation, KBA's web and special press division posted a profit of €28m (2010: €14m), with niche and service activities playing a major role. In the sheetfed division, price erosion and the high up-front expense associated with developing new products put paid to any operating profit, even though restructuring measures delivered substantial cost savings. The division therefore made an operating loss of €18.1m following a profit of €8.2m the year before.

Pre- and post-tax profit
A group pre-tax profit of €3.3m and annual net income of €0.4m fell well short of the corresponding figures for the previous year of €15.3m and €12.5m. Earnings per share were just 2 cents (2010: 76 cents). In view of this unsatisfactory performance, and the current challenging business environment, the management and supervisory boards plan to dispense with a dividend for 2011.

Solid finances and a strong cash flow
Despite bigger inventories, cash flows from operating activities surged to €83.9m (2010: €30.1m) following a jump in customer prepayments and a drop in trade receivables. This covered higher outflows for investing activities and boosted the free cash flow to €57.8m. Liquid assets soared to €145.6m while bank loans were trimmed to €35.9m, giving a net financial position of €109.7m at the end of the December, over twice the figure for 2010 (€47.9m). A comfortable level of liquidity and access to adequate credit lines document KBA's solid financial profile, as does the high ratio of equity to the bigger balance sheet total, which in 2011 was 38.2%.

Trademark innovation
Whilst implementing rigorous cost-cutting initiatives, KBA has not economised at the expense of innovation, and the proportion of R&D to total group sales was again around 5%. According to the Patent Scorecard™ for Heavy Industrial Equipment, published in the Wall Street Journal in January this year, KBA has moved up from 21st to 11th position among the top 50 international players, ahead of all other major German press manufacturers. As an acknowledged driver of technological advances the group will be launching an array of new products and processes at the Drupa trade fair in May, among them a web-fed inkjet press for the high-growth digital print market.

More shipments to Europe
A 34.3% rise in domestic sales trimmed the export level from 88.5% to 84.4%. The proportion of group sales generated in the rest of Europe climbed from 28.5% to 35.6%, with higher sales of both sheetfed and web presses contributing to the increase. Despite a gain in sheetfed orders, the proportion of the group total attributable to North America plunged to the exceptionally low level of 8.6%. While the anti-inflationary monetary policy pursued in China put a temporary curb on sheetfed sales, the contribution from Asia and the Pacific remained high at 27.4%. The 12.8% generated in Latin America and Africa was nearer its historical average than the prior-year figure of 20.6%.

Consolidated payroll below 6,000
At the end of 2011 there were 6,408 permanent employees (including 428 apprentices) on the KBA payroll. Excluding the newly consolidated subsidiaries there would have been 71 fewer. Once all downsizing measures have been completed the KBA group in its present composition will have well below 6,000 employees. However, to maintain the high standard of qualifications necessary for such a technologically sophisticated line of business KBA invests a higher than average percentage of earnings in training. Last year 6.7% of the workforce was in training, compared to 6.5% in 2010.

Outlook for 2012: moderate growth and a higher profit
Looking ahead, KBA management emphasised the higher risks that exporters face from slowing growth in major emerging markets, the high oil price and ongoing debt crisis in Europe. While the Drupa trade fair is expected to stimulate sales, and management is confident that a raft of new products will boost the order intake, particularly in the sheetfed offset division, there will be no return to the high volumes of previous years. If market conditions remain stable KBA is targeting a single-digit percentage increase in sales and a higher pre-tax profit.

President and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann said: “We are working at full stretch to boost our performance on a sustainable basis and defend our position as the world's no. 2 press vendor through innovation, process optimisation and strategic market decisions. We are also busy stepping up our activities in the packaging sector and broadening our commitment beyond sales and service in China, a major growth market. As well as driving growth by upgrading, streamlining and expanding our product palette, we are beginning to reap the benefits of the capacity adjustments we have made and the initiatives we have introduced to trim manufacturing costs. There is good reason to hope that, in the medium term, ongoing consolidation in the sector will help to eliminate overcapacity among suppliers and lead to more disciplined pricing in the marketplace. KBA is a solidly financed press manufacturer with a technologically advanced and uniquely diverse portfolio for a range of applications. So we are well poised to emerge with confidence from the current wave of industry consolidation.”

However, given the challenging business environment, fundamental shifts in print media markets and changes on the supply side, KBA management is unwilling to make more detailed projections until the Drupa trade fair has taken place and the half-year figures are in.

The financial statements can be downloaded as a PDF file from http://www.kba.com/en/investor-relations/financial-reports/reports-2011/.

04/02/12

GrayHair Software Expands with New Branch of Advisory Services

Press release from the issuing company

GrayHair Software, Inc., known for its industry-leading services for business mailers, announces the launch of a new division, GrayHair Advisors™. This team of leading mailing industry experts is a source for strategic and tactical consultation on postal marketing and operations issues. It helps clients adapt quickly and cost effectively to new postal rules, take advantage of every available postal-rate discount and incorporate best practices in mailing and postal network integration.

GrayHair Advisors helps clients navigate the complex postal distribution channel. The group offers guidance in qualifying for the USPS® Intelligent Mail® Full Service program and achieving expedited approval for USPS PostalOne!® upgrades. Focusing on postal optimization, USPS compliance and operational changes to streamline mail delivery, they deliver and achieve measurable results in operational efficiency, response rates and cost control.

“GrayHair Advisors conducts a comprehensive review of a client’s business,” says Raymond Chin, Vice President, Product Management and Marketing, GrayHair Software. “We look at every aspect of the mailing operation from mailpiece compliance and preparing names and addresses to transferring mail to the USPS, tracking its delivery and examining mail returned by the Postal Service as undeliverable. GrayHair Advisors evaluates the existing processes from start to finish and delivers a clearly defined plan for improvement.”

Collaborating with clients’ in-house teams, the new division baselines existing operations, diagnoses problems and addresses particular issues in mailing and postal network integration. GrayHair Advisors partners with specialists in related areas, who provide expertise and solutions for international addressing and logistics, database marketing architecture, and business and process engineering. The division also employs GrayHair Software’s vast wealth of postal data and experience to ensure successful outcomes for clients.

Jody Berenblatt, Senior Advisor, stated, “GrayHair Advisors focuses on what works best for the business client. We are supplier agnostic, recommending software and hardware solutions from any and all suppliers, always selecting the product that produces the best results in a particular situation.”

For more information about GrayHair and its applications and services, contact Bobby Tiedeken by phone at (856) 924?2253 or by email at btiedeken@grayhairsoftware.com.

03/30/12

Toray to Showcase Waterless Offset Technology at drupa 2012

Press release from the issuing company

Toray will demonstrate its value added technologies for offset print on demand at drupa 2012, from 3 to 16May, in Düsseldorf. Increased flexibility and efficiency, with fast processing on different materials, have been the focus of the Japanese manufacturer’s most recent developments to meet the increasing challenges presented by a changing print market. In the difficult business environment caused by decreasing demand for commercial printing on paper, it is Toray’s aim to show solutions that will help printers expand their product range.

“Waterless’ ability to produce superior quality on a wide variety of substrates beyond paper and board, with the same ink, will make it easier for printers to diversify,” explains Junichi Ishii, Sales Manager for graphics and chemical products at Toray International Europe. “ The quick make ready and in-line finishing that are possible with waterless UV printing, make production highly efficient and shortens delivery times to customers.”

Toray will show visitors the benefits of waterless UV printing in B1 and B3 formats, including highly automated in-line finishing, in live demonstrations on stand D32 in hall 16.

Added value by waterless offset printing

Waterless technology delivers stable reproduction of high-resolution images ensuring exceptional print quality on a wide range of substrates from paper, cardboard, plastic, film or metal foil. It also offers environmental benefits as it eliminates water use on press and reduces chemical effluent and VOC emissions. Since there is no ink/water balance to control, make ready times and waste are minimized making it possible to print more jobs per day. The benefits are particularly effective when using UV curing printing inks, which in conventional offset printing may become unstable in combination with water.As print jobs get smaller and product diversification requires more expensive substrates, the reduced waste made possible by the waterless process presents a significant economic and environmental argument. Owing to the uniqueness of waterless printing, i.e. the combination of higher quality and the proof of sustainability, printing firms can provide added value.

New markets opened up

Waterless offset printing is particularly successful in applications where conventional offset printing is pushed to its limits with regard to spoilage rate, printability and quality such as premium packaging, plastic cards, advertising posters, self adhesive labels, 3D and lenticular applications, CD/DVD, wood laminates, metal decor as well as commercial print runs including brochures, magazine titles and flyers.

Conversion to waterless printing is possible on all standard offset presses and simpler than many people think. There are only a few key requirements: the printer must have temperature control for the inking units on press, a special developing machine for waterless plates and use waterless printing inks, which are available from several suppliers.

Ishii concludes: “If these requirements are met, all options are open to the waterless offset printer wanting to add value to their services.“

03/30/12

Possehl Purchases manroland Great Britain’s Web Business

Press release from the issuing company

On 8th March 2012, Possehl & Co. mbH, the owner of manroland web systems GmbH, purchased the business and assets of manroland Great Britain’s web division from MRGB Realisations Limited, formerly manroland Great Britain Limited (in insolvency administration). The Lübeck/Germany based Possehl group now inherits the service for the majority of the UK’s installed base of both newspaper and commercial web offset presses.

manroland web systems (UK) Ltd. was incorporated to facilitate the sale and secure the quality of products, service, and support manroland customers have enjoyed for decades. manroland web systems (UK) Ltd. will be based in Maidenhead, Berkshire, being headed by the former manroland GB Web Division Director John Ellis.

David Baxendale, administrator of MRGB Realisations Limited, and a director at PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP, says: “Following the earlier sale of the UK sheetfed business and the transfer of 37 employees, securing a sale of the webfed business concludes the disposal of the business of manroland Great Britain Limited preserving a further eight jobs.”

manroland quality assured for the UK printing industry

Peter Kuisle, Executive Vice President Sales, Service, and Marketing at manroland web systems GmbH in Augsburg/Germany: “We are delighted with the outcome of these negotiations, most of all because it gives us the possibility to provide our UK customers with all the products and services manroland as web offset market leader stands for. We can now concentrate entirely on the UK web offset industry and the growth of the digital printing environment. We have a dedicated team of professionals in the UK and all of us are looking forward to being a strong and reliable partner for the UK printing industry.”

John Ellis adds: “Possehl has committed to a long-term development with manroland web systems GmbH to remain in the market leading position. So we can focus on striving to provide unparalleled service and support to our customers and developing bespoke solutions for new investment and service. We have a fantastic team with great products and a passion for print.”

03/30/12

Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index Decreases

Press release from the issuing company

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had increased in February, pulled back slightly in March. The Index now stands at 70.2 (1985=100), down from 71.6 in February. The Present Situation Index, however, increased to 51.0 from 46.4. The Expectations Index declined to 83.0 from 88.4 in February.

The monthly Consumer Confidence Survey®, based on a probability-design random sample, is conducted for The Conference Board by Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and analytics around what consumers buy and watch. The cutoff date for the preliminary results was March 15.

Says Lynn Franco, Director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center: "Consumer Confidence pulled back slightly in March, after rising sharply in February. The moderate decline was due solely to a less favorable short-term outlook, while consumers’ assessment of current conditions, on the other hand, continued to improve. The Present Situation Index now stands at its highest level in three and a half years (61.1, Sept. 2008), suggesting that despite this month's dip in confidence, consumers feel the economy is not losing momentum."

Consumers' appraisal of current conditions improved in March. Those claiming business conditions are "good" increased 14.3 percent from 13.7 percent. However, those claiming business conditions are “bad” also increased, to 32.7 percent from 31.7 percent. Consumers' assessment of the job market was mixed. Those saying jobs are "plentiful" increased to 9.4 percent from 7.0 percent, while those stating jobs are "hard to get" also rose, to 41.0 percent from 38.6 percent.

Consumers were less optimistic about the short-term outlook than they were last month. The proportion of consumers expecting business conditions to improve over the next six months increased to 19.2 percent from 18.9 percent. However, those anticipating business conditions will worsen also rose, to 13.5 percent from 11.8 percent. Consumers’ outlook for the labor market was moderately less upbeat. Those anticipating more jobs in the months ahead decreased to 17.3 percent from 18.8 percent, while those anticipating fewer jobs increased to 18.3 percent from 16.4 percent. The proportion of consumers expecting an increase in their incomes improved slightly to 15.8 percent from 15.5 percent.

The next release is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24, at 10:00 AM ET.

For further information contact:

Jonathan Liu
1 212 339 0257
Jonathan.liu@conference-board.org

Ralph Piscitelli
1 212 339 0441
ralph.piscitelli@conference-board.org

03/29/12

Don Burdge Received the Ben Franklin Award

Press release from the issuing company

Don Burdge was honored at the recent PIASC Graphics Night as the 2012 Executive of the Year and received the bestowed Ben Franklin Award from Doug Rawson, the 2011 PIASC Executive of the Year. Burdge was instrumental in the creation of the Choose Print campaign, which today has spread to printing affiliates across the country.

BurdgeCooper came about when Burdge, Inc., and Stuart F. Cooper merged into BurdgeCooper on July 1, 2010. Today, BurdgeCooper is the world's largest engraving company, one of the nation's largest small format commercial printers, and the only company able to print eight different printing techniques among its 56 presses in Los Angeles and Atlanta

03/29/12

Pauline Gindlesperger, 94, Retires from the Print Industry

Press release from the issuing company

After 77 years in the print industry, Pauline Gindlesperger, 94, is retiring from e-LYNXX Corporation where she has been a key advisor and corporate officer since the firm was formed as ABC Advisors in 1975 by her son, William Gindlesperger, chairman and chief executive officer of e-LYNXX.

Prior to forming ABC Advisors, the Gindlespergers had grown their print firm to be the largest print supplier for the federal government. The name change to e-LYNXX from ABC Advisors occurred in 1999.

Today, e-LYNXX is recognized as a leader in procurement innovation. Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine has named e-LYNXX one of the top 100 procurement firms in North America in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and William Gindlesperger as one of the most influential procurement leaders in the United States and Canada in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

"I am really proud of my son, our company and the e-LYNXX staff," Mrs. Gindlesperger said. "We are making a difference in a way that is helping others. We help our clients become more profitable. That, in turn, keeps them in business and provides jobs. That's really important in today's economy."

"My mother was supportive as I formed ABC Advisors and then e-LYNXX, and her advice has been invaluable as we have grown over the years," said William Gindlesperger. "She has been a key advisor as the company evolved from working with printers, assisting them to win work from the U. S. Government Printing Office, to the significant services that we now offer to assist print buyers in the United States and Canada to improve their print procurement process and reduce their costs for procured print at the same time."

Mrs. Gindlesperger remembers the print industry before the benefits of e-mail, the Internet, digital photography, digital printing or even photocopying. Less than a couple of decades back, she recalls how every proof had to be snail mailed, hand delivered or picked up. Communications was by landline phones or in person. Edits often required someone with a steady hand cutting out copy with an XACTO knife and then pasting down the correction. Photos were processed in darkrooms using chemicals. Faxes were sent using landline phones that required synchronization by the sender and the receiver. U. S. mail was the way to send and receive letters and packages.

She also recalls when the print industry embraced large rotary presses that could print millions of copies a day. The rotary press feeds a continuous stream of paper through drum-shaped cylinders and was much cheaper to operate than any of its predecessors. Printers also were beginning to use smaller jobbing presses – more agile, less cumbersome to set-up than the rotary press. Letter presses capable of printing small-format pieces such as letterheads, business cards and envelopes also became popular. Offset printing was not yet widely used and linotypes and hand-set type were called modern.

A true revolution for the print industry occurred with the introduction of the photocopier by Xerox in 1959, Mrs. Gindlesperger said. About 15 years later, in 1975, IBM came out with the first high-speed laser printer, the Model 3800, for the business market, and, Mrs. Gindlesperger said this had a real impact on small jobs that otherwise would have come to a professional printer. The first mass-market household model photocopier was the HP LaserJet, which was released in 1984, and that too cut into work that would have been brought to a print shop.

However, Mrs. Gindlesperger said photocopier and fax machine advances pale compared to what has happened since the Internet was introduced in the 1990s. "We are so use to instantaneous communications now, we think nothing of it," she said. "The speed with which we can send e-mails with attachments, like proofs, is mind boggling. The Internet era has hurt and helped the print industry. Printers are so much more efficient today because of it. However, so is everyone else and the need for printed documents is on the decline. Look at what has happened with the U. S. Post Office because it raised its prices and caused the drastic drop in direct mail pieces."

Mrs. Gindlesperger admitted that at first, she was very skeptical about computers. "Now, I have to be pulled away from mine," she quickly added. "The computer is like my lifeline to the rest of the world. Our business certainly has changed because of them."

Computerization makes it possible for e-LYNXX to provide the sophisticated and innovative services that it offers to printers and print buyers today – a business very different from the family's print business back in the 1960s and 1970s.

03/29/12

Crawford Technologies Acquires ASE Technologies

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Crawford Technologies (CrawfordTech) has acquired ASE Technologies (ASE), a leading software developer and systems integrator in the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) market.

Located in Boston, Massachusetts, ASE is the developer of Riptide Server, the preeminent output management software for ECM systems such as IBM FileNet P8, EMC Documentum and Microsoft SharePoint. Riptide allows ECM users to output documents of mixed formats to email, print, fax or dynamic link, eliminating the need for the originating applications. Riptide Server is fully integrated with CrawfordTech’s robust product suite.

ASE’s experienced team brings over 18 years of ECM market proficiency to CrawfordTech. Their products and expertise in ECM migrations, print workflow processing and ECM output management perfectly complement CrawfordTech’s market-leading Enterprise Output Management product suites and the PRO Archiver solution for ECM systems such as EMC Documentum.

“By combining ASE’s expertise in the ECM market with CrawfordTech’s best-in-class print-stream transforms, document re-engineering, workflow management products and customer support team, we will bring many new innovative solutions to our combined customer base,” said Ernie Crawford, President of Crawford Technologies.

“The benefits to our customers include a more responsive and more extensive range of capabilities. Together we will shape the future of Enterprise Output Management.”

CrawfordTech plans to integrate ASE’s ECM loading technology for SharePoint into CrawfordTech’s PRO Archiver solution. Currently, PRO Archiver provides EMC Documentum users with the ability to integrate computer reports and transactional documents into EMC Documentum. In a fully utilized ECM implementation, 80% of the content comes from these documents. By adding ASE’s loading technology for additional ECM systems, both companies can combine forces and offer the best solutions for handling this major source of ECM content.

ASE's technology isn’t limited to the archive market. ASE Conversion Services provides the ability to convert and merge MS Office files for any application. This added capability will be used to extend the CrawfordTech print-stream transformation and document re-engineering software families.

“We see this as a great opportunity to take ASE and its software to the next level. With CrawfordTech’s marketing and sales expertise, worldwide partner network and great market reputation we can leverage new opportunities that were unobtainable in the past,” said Jay Baumgarten, President ASE Technologies.

“We have worked together for 10 years reselling and supporting CrawfordTech’s products, so we are very excited about this new endeavour.”

For more information on this acquisition, please email media@crawfordtech.com or phone +1.866.679.0864. To learn more about all of our products and services, visit www.crawfordtech.com.

03/28/12

Duncan Print Group Purchases a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105

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Flexibility and productivity were critical to Duncan Print Group's (Duncan Print) decision to purchase a new press. As a commercial and packaging producer it needed a press that could process lightweight 60gsm papers through to 1 mm boards and could run both UV and conventional inks with an easy switch between the two.

Following extensive testing with four potential suppliers, Duncan Print concluded that the Speedmaster XL 105-6+L from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) offered the best solution. The Speedmaster XL 105 comes with full logistics materials handling, Inpress Control spectrophotometer and automated colour adjustment and semi-automatic plate changing. The order includes the Pressroom Manager workflow and a new Stahlfolder TH 82 fully automatic folder with full JDF compatibility. The Stahlfolder will be delivered at the end of March and the Speedmaster XL 105 will arrive at the Welwyn Garden City plant in May.

New Speedmaster XL 105-6+L will increase production capacity and create new market opportunities John Segre, print manager, says the new Heidelberg press will replace two competition machines, but that it will give the company a 20 percent increase in production capacity. Bill Duncan, group managing director is delighted with the purchase: "We looked at a number of presses in the field before going to the supplier demonstrations. The Speedmaster XL 105, fitted with Inline colour control, will significantly reduce make-ready time and paper waste. We will also benefit from its ability to consistently run up to its maximum speed of 18,000 sph. We were particularly impressed with the carousel unit which holds up to four anilox rollers above the coating unit. This will dramatically improve the changeover time from conventional to UV printing. Another benefit will be that for the first time we will be able to print on plastic which will create important new market opportunities for us."

The six-colour press will operate on a three shift, round the clock basis to produce promotional packaging, forms, brochures, posters and leaflets. Printed carton production is a key strength of the business. For these products a complete range of products from design through production and finishing to fulfilment is provided. Duncan Print plans to run the press with just three percent alcohol.

03/28/12

KBA Founds PrintHouseService GmbH

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More and more commercial web and newspaper printers are recognising the appeal of technical support partnerships to handle comprehensive and timely maintenance for their press installations. In response to the growing demand expressed by the print industry, particularly in the field of technical services, KBA has founded the company PrintHouseService GmbH (or PHS for short) with headquarters in Würzburg and several decentralised branch offices. PHS employs highly qualified specialists with many years of practical experience in the printing press industry and offers their flexible services at regular prices for work of all kinds, for example technical repairs, maintenance and inspections, or on-going production support, as well as retrofits and upgrades. Where required or within the framework of outsourcing projects, specialists can be based at the customer's location a pre-determined period - or even permanently - to ensure 24/7 availability for technical support and maintenance.

PHS stands on sound financial foundations and sees itself as a reliable partner for long-term business relationships. The geographical and technical proximity to KBA permits flexible extension of the premium customer services already offered by the manufacturer. Furthermore, it can be guaranteed that the PHS staff are at all times right up to date on the latest technology developments.

03/28/12

GFI Innovations Ships First Dispenser to Europe

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GFI Innovations, manufacturer of the popular Mx-Series dispensing equipment, has just shipped their first machine to Europe. The Mx12 dispenser will be installed in Switzerland.

“Obviously it’s an exciting time for us to be shipping equipment internationally. With help from the internet and praising word of mouth, our reach is growing quickly. More and more printers are realizing how simple and profitable the technology makes their color matching process,” says Robert Luehrsen, President of GFI Innovations.

The Mx12 is a private labeled unit for the Sun Chemical corporation, and is based off the same technology as GFI’s Mx6 dispenser. Using the EcoFlow cartridge system, both dispensers give printers the ability to manufacture Spot Colors in-house without any ink or color expertise. Cost savings are typically between 30-50% over colors made by hand at an ink branch, and the systems also allow printers to recycle their old ink inventory into new colors.

“This particular unit will be used for Metal Decorating ink, a new market for us. The high viscosity nature of the ink works really well with the EcoFlow, and opens a lot of doors for us. With the international exposure and our other growth initiatives, I’m confident we’re going to beat our best year again in 2012,” added Luehrsen.

GFI Innovations’ award winning Mx-Series technology gives printers the ability to manufacture spot colors on their pressroom floors faster, more consistently, and more profitably than is otherwise possible. Current clients have successfully recycled thousands of pounds of old ink into new colors, and have accumulated millions of dollars in ink savings through a more efficient procurement process. Demo videos and product literature can be found on ColorItSmarter.com.

03/27/12

GSE Research / Publishing Technology Launch GSE Research Online

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Publishing Technology, the largest provider of software and services to the industry, and newly established online scholarly publisher GSE Research, announce the launch of GSE Research Online, a resource defining the new age of digital academic publishing.

GSE Research’s portal is a bold concept to drive interaction and engagement across the academic audience, policy-makers and the corporate world in an interactive professional network supporting governance, sustainability and the environment.

Built on the pub2web platform, the site leverages semantic technology and novel functionality for an enriching, engaging and synergised user experience, which has been refined and honed following extensive user testing and feedback. The site supports a range of author benefits including rapid publication, a choice of open peer review or traditional peer review options, collaboration tools with article metrics to follow. The GSE vision allows the full breadth of stakeholders within this field to join in the conversation, share content, review and comment on papers, find collaborators, locate experts in the field for conference speaking or job opportunities.

The site boasts features further transformative, semantic enhancements:

• Taxonomy creation - tailored to the GSE community’s specific needs but also mapped to industry standards to ensure optimal interoperability.

• Semantically enriched content– supporting new ways of delivery and navigating to content.

• Article context – the ability to place scholarly articles within their external context by displaying contextual information from trusted external resources such as news and government data sets, providing a real value add for readers and increasing engagement with the platform.

• Taxonomy visualizations - to enable researchers see at a glance via article “fingerprints” what a paper is about and more easily navigate the data based on a particular field of interest.

• Faceted navigation – for accessing site content by applying multiple search filters based on taxonomy.

• Concept pages – to serve as entry points or “homepages” for topical concepts such as “Air Pollution” or “Greenwash”.

• The Research Exchange – a professional social network driven by location, subject specialty and articles published.

To facilitate and promote awareness of the GSE vision, Publishing Technology’s internationally recognised sales and marketing consulting firm, Publishers Communication Group, through its offices in Boston, Oxford, Sao Paulo, Beijing, and New Delhi, is also supporting the GSE sales and marketing team in their international activities to institutions.

www.gseresearch.com

John Peters, Publishing Director at GSE Research Ltd, commented:

“It’s with great excitement and anticipation that we launch the website, now available to the global academic publishing community. The new site represents a radical new way for academics to collaborate and explore new content, in real time and really exploits the benefits of semantic enhancements to deliver this. Bringing together academics from around the world, across environment, sustainability and governance, and allow them to share research and discuss topics with each other with greater ease, has always been our ultimate goal, and the pub2web platform has brought our concept to life with highly innovative technology and flourish.”

Louise Russell, Chief Operations Officer at Publishing Technology, said:

“GSE’s digital strategy and concept for their site is testament to their whole philosophy. The GSE approach benefits from not being restricted by the traditional content ‘containers’ of journals and books and create an online platform that turns the traditional model on its head. Exploring critical and innovative ways of empowering a whole community through online collaboration, the new site launches with semantic enrichment embedded within the workflow from day 1, support for rapid publication, a broader range of author benefits all integrated with a community model that fosters conversation and engagement. GSE have a unique and innovative approach to publishing and we are delighted to have played a part. The pub2web platform is a flexible and interoperable solution that will support GSE’s business every step of the way.”

The GSE Research model and approach has already received high praise from some leading names in the academic publishing industry. Professor Baback Yazdani, Dean of Nottingham Business School, commented: "This is an important field, and GSE Research are taking an innovative and welcome approach to scholarly publishing in the digital era," and industry commentator David Worlock, referred to GSE as “a project to watch, but also a trend to be noted.”

Visit GSE Research on stand (15) at UKSG. For more information about Publishing Technology’s online publishing services, please visit the PCG stand (35).

03/27/12

Valassis Named to 'Best Places to Work' List

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Valassis (NYSE: VCI), one of the nation's leading media and marketing services companies, announced today that it has been recognized for the second consecutive year by Advertising Age magazine as one of the "Best Places to Work" in Marketing & Media. Valassis was 38th on Advertising Age's list of the top 40.

The Best Places to Work List was determined by the results of two surveys – one detailing hiring practices, benefits and pay and an employee survey, conducted by Advertising Age'sresearch partner, Buck Consultants, LLC. The employee survey accounted for 60 percent of the overall score. The list includes agencies, media owners and marketers with more than 50 full-time employees.

Nearly 185 companies applied for inclusion on Advertising Age's third annual Best Places list. About 15,000 employees took the survey which measured aspects of the workplace environment that contribute to an engaged staff, including employee engagement and satisfaction; career development; total rewards; and work environment.

"The collaborative spirit, energy and innovative thinking of our associates make Valassis a truly great place to work," said Suzie Brown, Valassis Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing. "This award is a testament to all of our dedicated associates who are the heart and soul of our company. Our team's passion and drive for excellence shine through to our clients."

There is a strong focus on the company's culture and emphasis on making its workplace inclusive, team-oriented and celebratory. Valassis rewards creativity through a variety of programs, including associate appreciation days and a Platinum Performer program in which 50 associates a quarter are recognized and rewarded with extra vacation days and cash payouts. Communication is also key to the company's collaborative work environment, and information is shared on an ongoing basis through daily huddles, CEO town hall meetings, Sales road shows, the Valassis Associate Council, which is dedicated to open communication and knowledge sharing and more. The company provides a host of convenient services, including onsite workout facilities and discounts, health fairs/flu shots, dry cleaning, postal services and discount tickets, to name a few.

As a company, Valassis has received numerous awards recognizing its workplace culture, diversity and innovation. In 2011, the company was recognized with 23 regional and national awards from Working Mother, InformationWeek, Diversity Employers and Printing Industries of America, to name a few. Earlier in the year, Valassis was named a "Top 50 Company for Executive Women" by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) and by AZ Magazine in Arizona where it has an office in Phoenix as a "Top 25 Workplace for Women."

Winners are detailed in Advertising Age's March 26th issue at http://adage.com. To read more about Valassis, go to: http://adage.com/article/special-report-best-places-to-work-2012/valassis-38-ad-age-s-places-work-list/233666/.

03/27/12

Turtle Run Winery Chooses Color-Logic Process

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Turtle Run Winery—a boutique estate winery in southern Indiana—recently chose the Process Metallic Color System from Color-Logic to produce labels which strengthen their brand on store shelves. According to winery owner Jim Pfeiffer: “When our label was produced using the Color-Logic process, it yielded the effect I had been trying to achieve for 11 years. After more than a decade of frustration, I finally got the look I wanted. Retail customers who see it in the wine shop love the new labels, as do those who visit the winery.”

Commenting on the project, Color-Logic Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Geeves said: “Brand and product managers are rapidly adopting the Color Logic process to differentiate their products from competitors in the marketplace. The superb metallic special effects enable brands to truly stand out on store shelves.”

Color-Logic™ develops color communication systems and software tool sets for a variety of special effect printing applications. Color-Logic provides brand owners, product managers, corporations, and their advertising agencies the ability to differentiate themselves and their clients with a simple print production process that yields dramatic results. Color-Logic decorative effects utilize the existing workflows of printers and designers, yielding dynamic results without the use of special equipment. Color-Logic supports the value of print and works with designers and printers to enhance their printed media. For more information, visit www.color-logic.com or call 513-258-0047.

03/26/12

Western States Launched New and Improved Site

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Live chats with Customer Service. Enhanced product shopping and 24/7 online ordering. Ideas and tips for greener business practices. These are just a few of the new website offerings available to help Western States Envelope & Label customers grow their business.

Western States launched its new and improved site (www.wsel.com) on March 23, 2012 with its customers’ and prospects’ needs in mind. “We wanted to create an online experience for our customers that was engaging and valuable to their business,” noted Mark Lemberger, President & CEO of Western States Envelope & Label.

As a wholesale provider of premiere envelopes and labels, Western States now provides many tools at the touch of a button. “We have so many unique offerings that bring real results to our customers and their clients. This enhanced site builds on our social media success by directing the exchange of ideas and information to a one-stop online resource,” added Renee Berger, Marketing Manager for Western States Envelope & Label.

Western States Envelope & Label is headquartered in Butler, Wisconsin with five full-service locations, including one label operation. The company serves a national market of printers, distributors and mailing service providers. In business since 1908, Western States is known for its expansive offerings, innovative manufacturing techniques and commitment to environmental initiatives.

03/26/12

FlexPrint Inc Partners with Sharp

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FlexPrint, Inc. (FPI) has announced a strategic partnership with Sharp Electronics that allows FPI to market Sharp’s award winning systems that offer advanced features and innovative technology. This partnership expands FPI’s overall product line-up and strengthens FPI’s technology agnostic approach to managed print services.

FPI’s primary focus with the alliance is to enhance their unique managed print services model. The additional partnership with Sharp further ensures that customers receive the most comprehensive suite of customizable solutions and intelligent devices – including products from Ricoh/Lanier, Hewlett Packard, Lexmark, Kyocera, and Sharp.

“There is no other company in the nation with this level of focus on creating custom managed print solutions,” says Frank Gaspari, CEO of FlexPrint, Inc. “The print strategies we create and manage are tailored to our customers’ specific business requirements, and allow people, process, and best-in-breed technologies to work seamlessly together.”

FPI’s approach to lowering operating costs and increasing efficiencies is 100% consultative, and being a technology agnostic provider allows FPI to build a flexible print strategy that best fits the ever evolving needs of business.

03/26/12

KBA "Sprinting Ahead" at drupa 2012

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True to the chosen slogan “sprinting ahead”, the second-largest printing press manufacturer in the world, Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA), has planned a veritable innovation firework to light up this year's Drupa exhibition. A press conference on 20 March, at the opening of a special sneak preview for invited users at the company's sheetfed offset facility in Radebeul, announced many of the Drupa highlights for offset and digital print to a wider audience for the first time. Around 1,000 print professionals from Europe and overseas took advantage of the open house to experience the latest sheetfed offset generation during impressive live demonstrations. With the unveiling of its new, highly automated large-format press series Rapida 145, represented on this occasion by a six-colour model tailored for packaging and an eight-colour perfector press for commercial and magazine printing, KBA underlined its technical supremacy as market leader in this format class. An example for meaningful synergy effects between offset and digital print was given with the new inkjet printing system for the new Rapida 105 medium-format generation. The Drupa curtain was naturally not yet raised on everything the engineers have up their sleeves in Radebeul, but the exciting innovations placed on the table so far have definitely justified the Drupa slogan “sprinting ahead”. KBA has booked a 3,500m² (37,700ft²) stand in Düsseldorf (hall 16, stand 16C47) as the showcase for its many new and further developments for sheetfed, digital and web offset printers.

Bolza-Schünemann: print needs innovation

In his opening address, KBA president Claus Bolza-Schünemann drew attention to the tense market situation which still burdens the advertising- and media-dependent segments of the industry, and to the excess capacities which still exist in some areas on the manufacturer side, despite the painfully extensive workforce reductions. Years of unhealthy price competition were identified as a significant contributing factor in the recent bankruptcy of the former number-two German manufacturer. KBA, by contrast, has always rejected and continues to reject this path of problem solution on the shoulders of others. Through timely capacity downsizing at the group's own expense, intensification of the internal division of labour, an increased proportion of in-house production, development of the niche segments established over the past decades, and expansion into the field of digital print, the foundation has been laid for improved plant utilisation. KBA is the only one of the three major German manufacturers to have weathered recent storms by its own efforts, and was likewise the only press manufacturer to post a pre-tax profit in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The sums, however, are still insufficient to finance all the necessary investments and innovations, and so work continues on the optimisation of structures and processes, the broad and modern product portfolio, and the group sales organisation. Negotiations with a Chinese partner, for example, are already well advanced and envisage the local manufacturing of entry-level sheetfed offset presses for this enormous market, alongside the high-tech presses imported from Germany. Bolza-Schünemann emphasised that KBA would be maintaining its commitment to innovation, because an abandoning of technical progress would in his opinion worsen rather than solve the problems of the print branch in the online age.

Sprinting ahead: KBA active in shaping the future of print

Marketing director Klaus Schmidt explained that the slogan “sprinting ahead” also serves to spotlight the encouraging opportunities for print in the multimedia age. As an innovative press manufacturer, KBA intends to remain active in helping to shape the future of print. That was one of the reasons behind the group's move into digital print and the merging of digital inkjet technologies with analogue offset print. Despite the importance of thrift, the Drupa stand is the same size as in 2008, and the number of innovations on show has even been increased. The five sheetfed offset presses in small, half, medium and large format (three of which are completely new), three web offset installations for commercial, packaging and newspaper print (two of which are completely new) and the new inkjet web press from KBA will be complemented by a five-colour Rapida 106 coater for waterless UV offset and a Genius 52UV on the neighbouring stand of Japanese partner Toray Industries. The comprehensively equipped Rapida106 is configured for eco-friendly production on plastic films and other high-quality substrates.

KBA RotaJET 76: digital print from the offset experts

The round of Drupa innovation previews began with a high-volume web-fed inkjet press of the latest generation for the on-demand or individualised production of four-colour books, brochures, commercial products, mailings and magazines. The KBA RotaJET 76 built at KBA in Würzburg was presented by new project manager Oliver Baar, an experienced specialist in the field of digital print. Engineered for a maximum web speed of 150mpm (493fpm) and web widths of up to 780mm (30.7in, corresponding to approx. 3,000 A4 pages/min or 85 million pages per month), the KBA RotaJET prints with water-based pigment inks. The state-of-the-art piezo inkjet heads are reliable in production and require only a minimum of maintenance. They have been designed for heavy-duty use and contribute to the high availability of the overall system. Frequent replacement is avoided and uninterrupted industrial production is guaranteed. Precision engineering from KBA is here the key to high print and register quality with the inkjet technology. This quality is only realised, however, in combination with precise web tension. The unwinder and infeed unit have thus been designed specifically for the RotaJET. Together with an ingeniously simple web lead without turning bars for four-colour production, they ensure excellent results. Web tension is controlled fully automatically. In this connection, Oliver Baar pointed out the greatly reduced waste compared to other press systems, as the RotaJET 76 is thus able to produce good copies even during the start-up phase. This permits considerably more efficient production and at the same time enhanced flexibility. An automatic reelstand with integration into automated paper logistics is to be made available in future as an option to further boost productivity. The web offset expertise is unmistakable.

The two arrays of 56 inkjet heads each (total 112) form an arch over large central impression cylinders for four-colour printing on both sides of the web, but can still be shifted aside for cleaning and maintenance purposes. This arrangement provides for optimum web guidance and facilitates an outstanding print quality even with problematic materials. The printing heads are cleaned and aligned automatically (stitching) to minimise manual intervention and ensure straightforward handling. The system offers a native print resolution is 600dpi, while the variable droplet size represents an additional quality plus. A dispersion coater is planned as a future option for further quality enhancement. Internal communication is compliant with the JDF standard, as is the integration with third-party systems - another feature which helps to optimise processes and lower costs. Drupa visitors will be able to witness personalised production driven through the popular Adobe APPE (Adobe PDF Print Engine) workflow. A powerful front-end is geared to the high data throughputs associated with industrial-scale PoD applications. With even the largest data volumes, the RotaJET 76 delivers full-colour variable production at maximum speed, without stoppage and waiting times. Another advantage, according to Oliver Baar, is that KBA speaks the language of generations of printers and understands the demands they place on systems, processes and final products.

The KBA RotaJET 76 on display at Drupa will be operating in conjunction with a SigmaLine digital production system from Müller Martini, a solution for overall production control which has already been installed with numerous users worldwide. SigmaLine is here configured with the variable-format section folder module SigmaFolder and a Primera Digital saddle stitcher system, enabling digitally printed magazines and advertising brochures to be folded and stitched inline. SigmaLine is controlled through the smart data and process management system Connex, which ensures consistent integration between the printing press and the finishing equipment. Thanks to the modular system design and the broad spectrum of finishing options, SigmaLine can be tailored for both softcover and hardcover book production, as well as for a diversity of stitched products.

Turning to sheetfed offset users, the responsible head of marketing Jürgen Veil announced new press generations to be unveiled at the show, alongside ground-breaking technology innovations in all format classes.

New Rapida 145 defines new benchmarks for large format

As the established market leader, KBA has chosen Drupa as a fitting occasion to redefine the benchmarks for offset printing in large formats. The latest generation of large-format Rapidas is to celebrate its official market premiere in the form of a plinth-mounted six-colour Rapida 145 with new coater, triple-length extended delivery and automated pile logistics. The maximum production speed of the 1050 x 1450mm (41.34 x 57in) Rapida 145 is 17,000sph in straight printing with the high-speed package and 15,000sph in perfecting mode with the new three-drum perfecting unit. Many of the automation modules of the makeready world champion press Rapida 106 are now also available to large format users. The press to be seen at Drupa, for example, features the sidelay-free infeed DriveTronic SIS and DriveTronic SPC direct drives for fast, simultaneous plate changing. The CleanTronic Synchro system (two washing beams) for simultaneous washing of ink rollers, blankets and impression cylinders parallel to plate changing, a new programme for extremely fast inking unit washing (CleanTronic ReInk) and further parallel makeready processes contribute to significantly higher net production output compared to the predecessor series and presses from other manufacturers. The same can be said of the new coater with simultaneous coating forme changing (DriveTronic SFC) and of the fast, one-man replacement of the exchangeable anilox roller sleeves (AniSleeve). The high production speed of 17,000sph is made possible not least by the new AirTronic delivery with high-level Venturi sheet guiding, dynamic sheet brake and console-based preset capabilities, and by a new blade chamber for the coating system (HighFlow Chamber). Convenient operation is guaranteed at the new ErgoTronic console with wall screen, picture-in-picture function and integrated colour measurement and control system (QualiTronic ColorControl) for quality monitoring. In addition, the new large-format Rapida presses feature inline register control (QualiTronic ICR), and with QualiTronic PDF it is possible to perform an inline comparison between the print result and the original PDF file. The energy-saving KBA VariDryBLUE dryers which were already offered to large format users are to be made available also for medium-format presses in the future.

Digital joins offset: Rapida 105 with inkjet printing system

With the Rapida 105, KBA will also be presenting a completely new medium-format series in Düsseldorf. The press was unveiled to the public at the All in Print China fair in Shanghai last November. The high-level delivery is immediate indication that the new Rapida 105 is based on the same platform as the high-end Rapida 106 press. The range of automation options has been extended compared to the predecessor model. After positive experience with the presses delivered over the past three months, the maximum production speed for presses incorporating the high-speed package is to be raised to 17,000sph (standard: 16,500sph) with effect from Drupa. The Rapida 105 is now also available in a four-back-four perfector configuration, with a perfecting unit based on the modern technology of the Rapida 106. The new Rapida 105 thus packs all the features expected of a modern commercial press placed under the banner: “Designed for Performance”.

The real show highlight, however, is the presentation of this internationally popular press type in a hybrid offset/inkjet version. The five offset printing units and coater tower are joined by an inkjet unit with two Delta 105iUV printing systems from Atlantic Zeiser for personalised imprinting and coding applications. Thanks to an innovative vacuum cylinder (AirTronic Drum) to fix the sheets under the inkjet heads, the KBA Rapidas (105 and 106) are currently the only presses on the market to realise this option without the need for mechanical sheet guides and print-free corridors. The unique solution prevents lifting of the tail edges and enables the inkjet systems to be installed at a clearance of only 1mm (0.04in) from the sheet. UV-LED dryers provide for fast drying of the ink.

There are many potential applications for inkjet systems in a sheetfed printing press. They range from sheet marking in connection with quality inspection using the alphaJET-tempo printer from KBA-Metronic to codings for purposes of brand protection (barcodes, QR codes, numerical IDs or combinations thereof). Relevant fields are security printing, packaging, labels, lottery tickets and industrial product marking. Up to eight inkjet heads from Atlantic Zeiser can be accommodated in a printing unit of the Rapida 105 or 106 press. The high-speed greyscale printer is equally suitable for coated, laminated, glossy and non-absorbent materials. A mini controller takes care of system handling in marking, inspection and quality assurance processes. Quality control, including verification of the variable data, is similarly the purpose of a high-speed camera system. Another interesting option for packaging printers is the marking of individual blanks in connection with the inline sheet inspection system KBA QualiTronic MarkPlus. Flawed blanks can then be ejected automatically during downstream processing, e.g. in the folder gluer. With the KBA AirTronic Drum, further inline finishing processes are likely to be integrated in future.

Rapida 106: 20,000sph and duplex inline coating

The makeready world champion press Rapida 106 was first presented at the last Drupa in 2008. For this year's show, an optional package now raises the maximum production speed one notch further to 20,000sph in straight printing and 18,000sph in perfecting mode. The KBA flagship in medium format is to be seen in a 12-unit configuration for four-colour print and inline coating on both sides of the sheet. Among the many innovations incorporated into this already highly automated press, particular mention should be made of the new coater tower with simultaneous forme changing (DriveTronic SFC), automated anilox roller exchange with AniloxLoader, the further optimised AirTronic delivery for exact pile formation at even the highest speeds, new modules for online and inline quality monitoring and control, and a new ErgoTronic console with wall screen as on the large-format presses.

B2 format: high-end Rapida 76 to complement the Rapida 75

In the half-format segment, the 15,000sph, 530 x 750mm (20.86 x 29.53in) Rapida 75E unveiled at Ipex 2010 has been upgraded in terms of sheet travel, feeder, delivery and many other technical details. It is now offered with the new ErgoTronic console, QualiTronic inline colour measurement and control system and a UV accessory package, and is now available in a four-back-four perfector version. The compact, energy-saving B2-format press has regained its original name of Rapida 75 and will be joined at Drupa 2012 by a sister press boasting higher speed and an enhanced level of automation: the high-end Rapida 76.

The new Rapida 76 on the stand in Düsseldorf is a five-colour coater press. With its maximum speed of 18,000sph in straight printing, it is an interesting proposition for both commercial and packaging printers and incorporates many of the automation options of its medium-format sister Rapida 106. These include DriveTronic SIS sidelay-free infeed, fast automatic plate changers, DriveTronic SPC dedicated drives for the plate cylinders, fast, simultaneous washing with CleanTronic Synchro and ErgoTronic online colour measurement and control at the new console, or inline colour measurement and control with QualiTronic. With the Rapida 76, KBA has transferred cutting-edge solutions from its large and medium-format presses into the half-format class.

Innovation in web offset, too: C16 and Commander CL

In commercial and newspaper web offset, too, KBA is able to present a raft of new developments addressing the latest market demands. The Commander CL, the newspaper press with module-based automation launched at IFRA Expo in Vienna in October 2011, for example, is to be shown for the first time with a compact printing unit featuring semi- and fully automatic plate changing and further innovations, alongside the very latest ErgoTronic console technology. In addition, a printing unit of the 16-page commercial press KBA C16 will be spotlighting the further optimisation for fast job changes with short and medium runs, together with its new low-maintenance quarterfold module and user-oriented console.

KBA-MePrint: variable-format Varius for flexible packaging

Subsidiary KBA-MePrint has prepared two presses of the small-format Genius 52UV series with a number of new features which are to be available in the future (envelope feeder; rainbow printing). Another highlight is an interesting new development for the growth market of flexible packaging. The new Varius 80 is a modular, variable-format web offset press. It implements the same waterless technology as the Genius, with short-train inking units and UV drying. This combination achieves excellent print quality on flexible, non-absorbent substrates with very low start-up waste. The offset plates, moreover, are significantly less expensive than the sleeves required for a flexo process. The keyless and waterless Varius 80 is already in full colour after 100 metres - a waste saving of around 80% compared to other presses. As runs become ever shorter and job changes more frequent, that is an advantage which can make all the difference. And the higher quality of offset compared to flexo no doubt answers the wishes of many print customers. The environment also benefits, because the Varius 80 uses no water, no solvent and no powder. Engineered for a maximum web width of 800mm (31.5in) and a production speed of 400 metres per minute (1,312fpm), the Varius 80 from KBA-MePrint handles substrate thicknesses from 30 to 800µm. The printing length is variable between 21 and 34 inches. Changes in format length are accomplished in a matter of minutes with an automated plate and blanket cylinder change function (no sleeves).

KBA-Metronic: innovative marking with betaJET

As a specialist for digital and analogue marking and coding systems, KBA-Metronic will be showcasing yet another interesting solution for the packaging branch. The betaJET thermal inkjet unit integrated into the udaFORMAXX feeding system for sleeves, cartons and the like is freely programmable. As such it is suitable for a diversity of uses, for example in addressing applications, as an anti-counterfeiting module in the pharmaceuticals industry, for brand protection or in just-in-time manufacturing in the textiles and cosmetics branches.

Green printing, technology lounge, JDF workflow, MIS etc

As a declared pioneer of eco-friendly production, as already demonstrated at Drupa 2008, KBA will again be lending particular weight to the topic of “green printing”. Four web and sheetfed presses implement a waterless UV process. New offers for climate-neutral print and the possibilities for climate-neutral press manufacture are to be presented in cooperation with Climate Partner. And in a dedicated technology lounge, KBA will be putting forward current and future solutions for UV-LED and HR-UV drying, energy management and heat recovery in the printshop. The CtP pre-press with a Magnus 800 MCU platesetter is from Kodak, as at previous Drupas. The JDF workflow on the stand is networked via KBA LogoTronic Professional, and Italian KBA partner Logica Sistemi will be presenting branch-specific MIS software suitable also for smaller users.

03/23/12

Standard Register - HealthTrust Agreement

Press release from the issuing company

Standard Register (NYSE:SR), a recognized leader in managing critical communications and information for health care, has signed an agreement with HealthTrust Purchasing Group, L.P., (HealthTrust), a Tennessee-based group purchasing organization (GPO).

The agreement gives HealthTrust members access to Standard Register Healthcare’s portfolio of document solutions, and for the first time, SMARTworks® Clinical Enterprise, a technology platform that automates patient registration, identification and clinical workflows.

“It’s gratifying to see how our 12-year relationship with HealthTrust has grown,” said Brad Cates, president of Standard Register Healthcare. “We look forward to building on our relationship and creating a positive impact for HealthTrust members in new and innovative ways moving forward.”

03/23/12

New iPad Catalogue App Made with QuarkXPress

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Quark announced today that the agency group Kreativdienst has published the German fashion and lifestyle catalogue IMPRESSIONEN as an iPad app using QuarkXPress® 9 and App StudioTM. The IMPRESSIONEN app is now available free of charge in the Apple Store at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/impressionen/id478822934?mt=8.

IMPRESSIONEN offers readers attractive, high-quality, and exciting fashion, lifestyle, and decor products. The new iPad app not only features a sophisticated, interactive shopping experience, but also links directly to the existing IMPRESSIONEN Web store (www.impressionen.de). Customers can use the app to order goods quickly and conveniently with a single click inside the app. The ability to integrate HTML links within the app using QuarkXPress and App Studio made it possible to create a complete purchasing process without additional development costs or programming.

In order to produce the iPad version of the IMPRESSIONEN catalogue, the Kreativdienst team initially carried out test runs with Adobe Creative Suite. "However, we decided on QuarkXPress 9 with App Studio," reports Florian Rathcke from Kreativdienst, who shares responsibility with two colleagues for producing the app. "The Quark App Studio cost model is significantly clearer and easier to understand and there are only fixed costs, no monthly fees or variable costs that are impossible to calculate. Plus, the fixed costs are incurred only when we publish."

Rathcke and his colleagues come from the traditional print sector, but also have some experience in the creation of digital media. App Studio was new territory for everybody, but it didn’t take them long to get familiar with the new digital publishing. According to Rathcke, "The functionality of App Studio is easy to grasp. Even without previous experience in this specialized area, my colleagues and I found it relatively easy to understand the procedure for generating interactive elements.”

There are plans to bring additional IMPRESSIONEN catalogues to the iPad using QuarkXPress 9 and App Studio. Besides publishing the main catalogue on the iPad, work is underway to create a format that will exist exclusively as a digital publishing version.

A complete case study is available to download here: http://www.quark.com/About_Quark/Press/Success_Stories.aspx.

03/23/12

KiNETiK Shows HTML5-based Web-to-Print Solution at drupa

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After Adobe has abondoned Flash technology for mobile devices it is clear that only HTML5 can be the future of modern web applications. But currently it is not yet known, what HTML5 will be able to offer and how it performs in real world when it comes to web-to-print applications.

At drupa KiNETiK will present facts: iBright Gecko, a new web-to-print editor based solely on HTML5 technology, outrivals the well known Flash-editors in almost all areas. Screenshots and videos at www.kinetik.de/gecko provide a first impression.

Managing director Andreas Kurzac: "Since 2009 we have been working on this new editor and we checked out both flash and HTML5. At a very early stage, we decided to focus on HTML5 and it soon proofed to be the right decision. At drupa we will show features of our new iBright Gecko editor, no one has ever seen in a webbrowser before. Our customers will be amazed."

The iBright Gecko editor allows free editing of documents, while demanding tasks like crop, skale or rotating images or placing text an a path are still easy to handle.

In future the iBright Gecko Editor will also support modern tablets and smartphones because these devices with Apple iOS and Google Android already support the new HTML5 standard.

Integration of Online-Shops

Besides a simple order processing that the iBright System offers by itself, at drupa various integrations will be shown at the apps4print booth (Hall 7, E08), for example an integration of the OXID eSales Shop System, an integration of the order portal "FTP Portal" and an integration of the davida DAM system.

Live presentation and availability

The new Gecko Editor will be demonstrated live by KiNETiK at drupa in drupa-innovation-park, Hall 7, E08. After drupa the iBright Gecko Editor will be available for licencing and as a cloud based SaaS solution at a monthly fee.

03/22/12

All Covered Acquires Covisia Solutions

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All Covered, a division of Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A Inc. (Konica Minolta) focused on delivering high?performance IT Services to small? and medium?sized businesses, is pleased to announce that Covisia Solutions, a Managed IT Services company based in Waltham, Massachusetts, has joined All Covered. With the addition of Covisia Solutions, All Covered expands its presence with a broad and talented group of professionals along with a diverse list of clients.

“Covisia Solutions’ extensive experience helping businesses leverage Cloud Computing and virtualization technologies aligns perfectly with All Covered’s expanding range of Cloud Computing services,” said Todd Croteau, President of All Covered. “In addition, Konica Minolta has over 3,000 customers in the Boston area and there is significant growth opportunity to provide IT services to these companies. All Covered has a well-established base of customers in the Boston market and the addition of Covisia Solutions allows us to expand our presence while delivering innovative Cloud and IT Services designed to meet the business needs of our customers.”

Covisia Solutions has over 20 years of experience analyzing, designing, implementing, managing and scaling information technology environments for clients across New England. They provide customers with a streamlined application delivery process, by following their 4C methodology of centralization, consolidation, collaboration and continuity. They are one of the largest technology support services firms in New England and in the top one percent of Citrix partners across the US. The company has been a Citrix Platinum Solutions Provider Partner since 1999, having worked on over 1,000 Citrix installations.

William G. Fistori, President of Covisia Solutions said, “All Covered and Konica Minolta are great matches for us in terms of vision and culture. Joining one of the top ranked IT Services companies in the country allows us to offer our customers expanded services, as well as a portfolio of proven vertical solutions.”

03/22/12

RPI Appoints Randy Bice as Vice President of Operations

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RPI (www.rpiprint.com), a leader in make-on-demand private label personalized photo books, greeting cards and stationery products for mass and specialty retailers, is pleased to announce the appointment of Randy L. Bice as vice president of operations. Bice brings nearly 20 years of engineering and international business experience in technology, innovation, supply chain management and Six Sigma operational excellence to RPI.

As vice president of operations, Bice is responsible for managing RPI’s U.S. lean manufacturing facilities, and improving the efficiencies and profitability within RPI’s operations, including infrastructure enhancements, product quality and personnel. He will report to RPI Chief Executive Officer Rick Bellamy and work to develop strategic processes that drive continuous improvements to the company’s industry leading manufacturing, design and fulfillment services.

“Randy has a proven track record for implementing lean manufacturing best practices to successfully drive growth, increase efficiencies and launch new technology platforms,” said Bellamy. “His extensive experience in operations and supply chain management will play a critical role inexpanding our innovative consumer product offerings to our valued clients worldwide.”

“I’m excited to join the management team of a company committed to driving continued innovation in the personalized consumer products industry,” said Bice. “RPI is poised for tremendous growth as it creates a more robust, stronger mass customization platform with new consumer products to benefit its leading retail and online photo publishing partners. I look forward to leading the operations team to drive greater efficiencies, product quality and improved customer delivery to further exceed customer expectations.”

Prior to joining RPI, Bice served as vice president of digital solutions at Taylor Corporation, where he led efforts to transform its digital strategies and print-on-demand capabilities. During his tenure, he introduced lean Six Sigma practices and developed multi-channel communication strategies to better serve national and international customers. His previous experience also includes key management and engineering roles at Oshkosh Corporation, Vermeer Manufacturing and PowerTeam. Bice earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical systems engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and a master’s degree in business administration from Drake University. He is also an 18-year member and Commander in the United States Naval Reserve.

In addition, Bice serves as an advisor with industry leaders HP, Xerox, Oce and the Digital Solutions Cooperative (Dscoop). Bice will participate in a customer panel discussion on self-publishing at the Dscoop annual conference in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The panel will focus on how business owners can develop new market strategies in custom publishing and how print service providers can gain new opportunities within custom publishing and existing markets. For more information about the Dscoop conference visit: www.Dscoop.org.

03/22/12

BCT Educational Webinars

Press release from the issuing company

On the heels of receiving considerable commendation by Print Professional Magazine, BCT, the largest wholesale printer in North America, is eager to announce a series of educational webinars to assist its network of print brokers, advertising agencies and designers in their mission to deliver best-in-class service. The educational seminars are designed around the premise of providing valuable tools to those individuals who buy or sell print and will work to secure BCT’s role as a leader in the category.

The first webinar is scheduled for March 28, 2012. The class, entitled, “Offset vs. Digital: Everything a Distributor Needs to Know About Choosing the Best Printing Process for any Print Project,” will address customer’s concerns over identifying which printing process is the ideal to choose for their unique project and will discuss how to properly explain the differences between offset and digital printing. The webinar, which has been called “fast-moving,” will also provide helpful selling tips for both printing services. Register for this class at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/367353882

The next course, “Making the Sale,” will be held on April 25, 2012. This particular class works to address prospecting in the current business environment and identifies methods that not only inject creativity into lead generation efforts, but will also instill new commitment and dedication regarding the activity in course participants. A step-by-step process to prospecting will be discussed which includes facing many of the challenges in the industry today. Information on how to move a “suspect” through the pipeline to “prospect” and then onto “customer” will be a focal point of the seminar and the class will provide a frank discussion on qualifying or disqualifying leads as well as how to handle objections and get through gatekeepers. Register for this class at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/118592770

Additional monthly webinars will be scheduled throughout the year covering topics such as; The Latest in Web-2-Print Solutions, Closing the Sale and Using Mobile Technology To Increase Sales and Productivity.

All webinars are scheduled to commence at 1:00 p.m. EST on the dates listed above and are one hour in length. Individuals interested in learning more information about these events or who would like to participate in one or all of the classes can register by visiting www.bctonline.net. Additional information on speaker David Fellman can be found at www.davefellman.com.

03/21/12

First KBA Rapida 75E in Scandinavia

Press release from the issuing company

The B2-format press KBA Rapida 75E, which was first shown to the public at IPEX 2010, is also attracting increasing attention in the Scandinavian countries. A five-colour coater version was recently taken into production at Cela Grafiska in the Swedish town of Vänersborg, approx. 100 km northeast of Göteborg.

Cela Grafiska was founded as far back as 1848, and already sent a stir through the local print industry with its purchase of a Rapida 74G (Gravuflow) with keyless anilox inking units in 2004. The new 16,000-sph Rapida 75E is viewed as the key to further growth at Cela Grafiska. Its compact design and especially low energy consumption combine with an extensive feature list, including CX board-handling accessories, SAPC semi-automatic plate changers and the autoregister system ErgoTronic ACR.

Innovative strategies count

Cela Grafiska can look back over an eventful and occasionally turbulent history in book, newspaper and commercial printing since Samuel Victor Bagge founded the company 164 years ago. But at the latest since joining forces with the advertising agency Friberg & Co. in 2000, it has positioned itself as a modern print enterprise with clearly defined workflows and an attractive, constantly expanding product portfolio under the management of Joachim Friberg (CEO), Hans Bolander, Stephan Palm and Lars Elgh. Cela Grafiska has developed into one of the top print industry players in the region around Vänersborg. After acquiring a number of other businesses along the way, it now serves around 1,500 demanding customers in the private, retail and industrial sectors between Vänersborg, Göteborg and Linköping. Some first successes have also been recorded with exports to Denmark, Finland and Norway.

Programmed growth

Alongside offset and digital print, Cela Grafiska offers a full range of services in graphic design, pre-press and print finishing. The 20 employees currently achieve a turnover of around €3.5 million, but this figure is set to receive a significant boost in coming years with the new KBA Rapida 75E. A move to new, 2,000 m2 premises in December 2011 has established ideal conditions. Creative products, for example high-quality flyers, brochures, catalogues, books, posters, banners and increasingly also packaging, have helped to build up a loyal customer base, and future growth is already programmed.

Productive and cost-efficient

Joachim Friberg: “We recorded some notable successes with the waterless Rapida 74G between 2004 and 2011, especially in terms of quality and productivity. But the price competition on our markets is fierce, and our consumables were too expensive. That is why we chose to buy the new Rapida 75E. The performance, reliability and service offered by KBA-Nordic were fantastic from the very beginning. Even so, we see this investment as something of a temporary solution. If we maintain our present course, there will soon be no alternative to a move up into 3b format. But with the Rapida 105 and 106 series, KBA has attractive equipment for that segment, too.”

03/21/12

Environmental Innovation Awards Application Deadline Extended

Press release from the issuing company

Due to the large number of application downloads for the Fourth Annual Environmental Awards, and our desire to give entrants as much time as possible to thoroughly complete their applications, WhatTheyThink has extended the deadline for entry. “We know that over 100 applications for awards were downloaded and we want to include as many great sustainability stories as possible this year,” said WhatTheyThink President Eric Vessels, “so we’re giving everyone who has an application a bit more time to get it in and we look forward to giving proper recognition to all the great environmental efforts in the industry.”

Applicants now have until April 6th to get their applications in. Richard Romano, Managing Editor of WhatTheyThink’s Going Green added, “We’d like to thank everyone who has submitted their applications this year as well as our great partner Unisource for their support. Together they are making it possible to bring recognition to companies doing some great things.”

Winners will be announced on April 23rd (the Monday after Earth Day) and will be flown to Atlanta, where they will be presented their awards by executives from WhatTheyThink and Unisource.

Be sure to send your applications to Awards@WhatTheyThink.com before Friday, April 6. Don’t miss out on this valuable opportunity!

Don’t have an application? There’s still time! You may still download applications at http://whattheythink.com/environmental-award/.

03/21/12

Roland DGA Launches New Rental Program

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Roland DGA Corp. has announced a new rental program for its award-winning line of inkjet printers and printer/cutters. Available to customers in the United States only, the new Roland Rental Program provides flexible financing options for customers with short-term equipment requirements as well as businesses that do not qualify for traditional financing programs.

“Buying a new Roland inkjet is one of the best ways for a graphics provider to expand his or her business,” said Andrew Oransky, director of marketing and product management for Roland DGA Corp. “However, the credit crunch of the past few years has made it difficult for many businesses to qualify for a lease or other financing. The Roland Rental Program is designed to help these businesses quickly and easily obtain the equipment they need in order to grow. It is also an excellent option for businesses with short-term projects, such as election year signage, where added production capacity is needed on a temporary basis.”

Available exclusively for Roland VersaCAMM, VersaArt and VersaStudio models, the Roland Rental Program offers one-year and three-year options at affordable monthly rates. Warranty coverage is included in the monthly payment for the life of the rental, covering parts and labor, with the exception of consumable items.

Complete digital printing solutions, including VersaWorks RIP software, VersaArt, VersaCAMM and VersaStudio printers deliver outstanding image quality, high-speed productivity and reliable long-term performance. They are ideal for applications ranging from signage, banners, vehicle graphics and wraps to labels, decals, POP, packaging comps, decorated apparel, soft signage and personalization. For added versatility, VersaCAMM and VersaStudio models feature integrated contour cutting capabilities and can be configured with specialty inks, including white and metallic silver, for premium finishes and effects.

In addition to the rental program, Roland Financial Services offers a variety of flexible leasing options through Geneva Capital that enable customers to preserve their existing credit lines while growing their business. For more information, call (800) 542-2307 or visit www.rolanddga.com.

03/20/12

FSEA Launches Revamped Website

Press release from the issuing company

The Foil and Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) has redesigned its website, creating information areas for three types of visitors: association members, those looking to design with specialty effects and those seeking finishers or other suppliers to the industry.

Visitors will find descriptions and photos for each specialty finishing process, providing inspiration and an understanding of what each technique adds to a finished piece. A list of print finishers that can provide the needed finishing technique is easily accessible, and is searchable by sheet size, finishing process and region of the country. Industry suppliers also can be easily located through the site for those seeking suppliers of foils, engravings, machinery, coatings and much more. “The redesigned site offers visitors many more examples and resources to utilize in designing with foil and other specialty processes,” stated FSEA Executive Director Jeff Peterson. “Its new, user-friendly format makes it easy to find useful information, such as suppliers of the various decorative processes, at a click of a button.”

View the redesigned site at www.fsea.com.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2012, the Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) has worked towards industry awareness and growth, serving as a resource and educational platform for all decorative finishing processes (including foil stamping, embossing, cold foil, specialty UV coating and laminates, laser cutting and more) and providing members with the tools and knowledge necessary to grow their businesses.

03/20/12

Harper Corporation Releases Harper Bridge Sleeves

Press release from the issuing company

The latest in a line of flexographic products, Harper Bridge Sleeves have recently been released by global anilox roll supplier Harper Corporation. Carbon fiber is the key material and its use maximizes stiffness and reduces weight. The result is an optimized performance.

The Harper Bridge Sleeves “Flow-Thru” feature allows secondary air to permeate the system to make it easy to mount plate sleeves or I.T.R. plates. All press OEM specifications were used in the designing of bridge (adapter) results to create the quality product clients expect from Harper. This product follows Harper's long tradition of being an industry leader.

First and foremost, the patent-pending replaceable notch system can incorporate a straight, bayonet, or custom notch design, allowing for use with a variety of presses. A great deal of time and energy was spent to develop this unique characteristic.

Additionally, Harper Bridge Sleeves (adapters) can be used with steel or carbon fiber base mandrels, as well as hydraulically clamped or mechanical lock down systems. A mechanically fastened end ring incorporates a built-in sleeve stop, and Harper Bridge Sleeves offer a notch to locate pin tolerances +/-.0015 inches in relation to locating pin.

The goal of Harper Corporation of America is to create quality products and services that improve client processes. As a member of Harper Corporation's long line of quality products, Harper Bridge Sleeves reduce waste, increase cost-effectiveness, and enhance the efficiency of client processes.

Harper Bridge Sleeves will be on display at the FTA's 2012 Annual Forum & Info*FLEX Exhibition March 18 – 21 in San Antonio, Texas.

For more information, please contact Jazmin Kluttz at 704-588-3371, ext. 4292, or jkluttz@harperimage.com.

03/20/12

GPO Concludes FY 2013 Appropriations Hearings Before Congress

Press release from the issuing company

Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks presented the FY 2013 appropriations request for the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) before the Senate Subcommittee on Legislative Branch Appropriations on March 15.

Link to full hearing: http://appropriations.senate.gov/webcasts.cfm?method=webcasts.view&id=e05f1d0c-abfc-4a37-8d26- 46efaf163bed

As previously requested to the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Legislative Branch Appropriations on February 7, GPO is requesting no increase over the level of funding the agency is receiving for FY 2012 due to savings garnered from cost-cutting activities last year as well as projected workload changes for FY 2013. GPO’s budget request also includes a significant shift in funding away from conventional printing and distribution toward digital systems. The current level of $126.2 million is a 6.6% reduction from FY 2011 and about a 15% reduction from FY 2010. GPO’s funding level for FY 2013 is provided through three separate accounts in the annual Legislative Branch Appropriations bill:

The Congressional Printing and Binding Appropriation covers the cost of information products in digital and print formats that GPO produces for Congress. About 70% of this cost is for preparing the electronic files used for both digital access and printing. For FY 2013, GPO is requesting $83.6 million, a decrease of about $7 million.

The Salaries and Expenses Appropriation of the Superintendent of Documents primarily covers the cost of the Federal Depository Library Program, which works in partnership with 1,220 libraries nationwide to provide public access to Federal Government information. For FY 2013, GPO is requesting $34.7 million, a decrease of about $300,000.

The GPO Revolving Fund receives appropriated funds for specific technology investment and facility improvements. For FY 2013, GPO is requesting $7.8 million. The request includes funding for the continued development of GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) to support increased online access to congressional and Federal agency information as well as other digital information technology improvements. GPO achieved significant savings in FY 2011 by reducing unnecessary overhead expenses and conducting a buyout that helped reduce staffing by about 15%. As a result, GPO achieved positive net income of $5.6 million for the year. The agency, whose information production and dissemination operations have transitioned to digital technologies, is currently operating with its smallest workforce in more than a century.

“GPO is doing more with less in meeting the digital information needs of Congress, Federal agencies, and the public,” said Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. “GPO’s plan of reducing costs while continuing to expand services to our customers is working and showing real and measurable benefits.”

GPO is the Federal Government's primary resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government in both digital and tangible formats. GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies. In addition to publication sales, GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through GPO’s Federal Digital System (www.fdsys.gov) and through partnerships with approximately 1,220 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program. For more information, please visit www.gpo.gov. Follow GPO on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/USGPO Twitter http://twitter.com/USGPO and on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/gpoprinter.

03/19/12

CHILI Publish Partners with PHPro

Press release from the issuing company

The ability to easily integrate CHILI Publisher with software from major industry players is helping CHILI Publish secure a number of exciting partnerships. PHPro, part of the Belgian Cronos group, is the latest to adopt the technology.

The relationship with PHPro has resulted in the development of CHILI connector for Magento. It allows Magento e-commerce owners to offer professional document editing in their e-shops.

“This combination allows graphical service providers to create webshops with online editing capabilities in a very short amount of time,” comments CHILI Publish’s Managing Partner Bram Verniest. “Since Magento is open source, based on PHP, and CHILI Publisher hosts a very powerful API, shop-owners can now push the boundaries of web-based applications.”

Integrating CHILI Editor in Magento was a straight-forward task according to Jasper De Craecker, technical lead developer, PHPro. “Thanks to the well designed CHILI API and detailed documentation made available in the CHILI Backoffice, our developers were able to put together a proof of concept in Magento within a few days.”

The web services, in combination with the Javascript integration, provide a solid and easy to learn basis enabling the tight integration of CHILI Editor into Magento. Jasper De Craecker adds: “At this moment a wide set of CHILI API features are being used in CHILI Connector for Magento, but there are still many interesting unused features which we are planning to implement in the next releases of the module.”

Why choose CHILI?
Customers and partners choose CHILI Publisher because:
• CHILI Publisher offers wysiwyg editing capabilities out of the box.
• CHILI Editor (the wysiwyg editor) uses the same CHILI API that external applications use.
• Simple pricing model.
• CHILI Publisher offers an unprecedented amount of functionalities, in a browser, previously only available in desktop publishing applications.
• Branding: CHILI Publisher integrates seamlessly into the web-application so end-user are unaware a third party component is being used.
• Integrators choose how to organize their workflow.

Drupa 2012
Visit CHILI Publish at Drupa 2012 in Hall 7A, stand C15. CHILI Publish will demonstrate CHILI Publisher and host demos by existing customers / partners to show how CHILI Publisher is being used in their solution.

For background information, images & screenshots please visit http://www.chili-publish.com/drupa2012/

03/19/12

Image Craft Announces Acquisition of Qube Visual

Press release from the issuing company

mage Craft, a graphic printing, fine art reproduction and themed-environment company, announced today the acquisition of Qube Visual, a Denver-based signage and graphics company in business since 1982.

The acquisition will allow Image Craft, with a sales office in Denver since 2005, an opportunity to leverage Qube Visual's extensive client base, including the Pepsi Center, providing more solutions than Qube Visual was able to do alone, while allowing Image Craft to have a production facility to more directly serve Denver clients.

"We're excited about expanding in Denver," says Doug Olson, president of Image Craft. "We're seeing increased activity in their marketing and professional sector, indicating the area's confidence in the economy. When the opportunity to merge our extensive capabilities and relationships with Qube's reputation and client base, we knew there was a strong opportunity for growth."

Image Craft has been planning to expand in Denver prior to talks about acquiring Qube Visual. Based in Phoenix, Ariz., Image Craft plans to keep the Denver sales team as well as the majority of Qube Visual employees on staff.

"This arrangement puts us two years further ahead than what we originally planned," Olson says. "We're excited to build a more permanent home in Denver. Joining forces provides us the opportunity to immediately offer broader services to Qube Visual clients along with an experienced staff that's worked together for many years."

While there are a lot of similarities between the two companies, including graphic and printing services, as well as history (both companies are more than 30 years old) and types of clients (Qube Visual is the official signage provider for the Pepsi Center in Denver, as is Image Craft for U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix), Image Craft also provides fine art reproduction, and design, fabrication, and installation of complete themed environments.

"Combining our market presence with Image Craft's capabilities makes us a fierce competitor in Denver," says Jim Scott, president/CEO of Qube Visual since 2006, who is fully engaged in the integration. "Our customers get a significant upgrade with access to the best technology on the market with employees familiar with their products."

Image Craft has steadily expanded its services throughout its history and is in the process of transitioning to environmentally friendly latex printing equipment, which only a small percentage of the industry utilizes. Olson describes the company as a decades-old startup company, referring to the company's openness to new opportunities and finding creative ways to lead the market.

03/19/12

drupa cube 2012 Program Announced

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One of the highlights of drupa 2012, print media trade fair, will again be the drupa cube. Staged over 13 days with daily changing topics, the drupa cube will address the trends in printing communication. Visitors will receive comprehensive information on which print products will combine communications capability with commercial success in the future. drupa 2012 will take place from May 3 - 16, 2012 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

“Someone who is responsible for marketing and publishing will not have a great interest in the technology with which a print product is realized. It is only important to him or her which advantages can be achieved. It is exactly this information that we, together with our partners, offer in the drupa cube – on every day of the trade fair,” stated Manuel Mataré, Project Director of drupa 2012.

Each trade fair day will have its own motto, starting with “Print – Web – Mobile” to “Day of Corporate Communication” and “Day of Newspapers”. Whether magazines, books, out-of-home (home office) applications, dialogue marketing, packaging, electronic printing or media production – on every drupa day, experts will introduce and discuss the latest applications and trends from print communication in a half-day symposium.

drupa has developed the program in collaboration with its national and international partners from the printing and media industry. Amongst others, the Akademie des Deutschen Buchhandels (Academy of the German Book Trade), the Typografische Gesellschaft München TDG, the Type Directors Club of New York TDC, the Deutsche Fachpresse (German Trade Press Association), the Forum Corporate Publishing FCP, the Deutsche Dialogmarketing Verband ddv (German Dialog Marketing Association), the Fachverband Medienproduktioner f:mp, the Organic Electronic Association (oe-a) as well as the European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association ESMA will be active in the drupa cube.

Both drupa 2012 weekends will offer special highlights with the “Creative Weekend” and two days on the topic of “Future of Print”. On May 5 and 6, the “Creative Weekend” will deal with modern typography in a cross-media context. On the second weekend of drupa (May 12 and 13), the speakers will discuss the future of print production. The program will not only address marketing decision makers and advertisers but also traditional drupa visitors. With the Organic Electronic Association (oe-a) as the partner, there will be a symposium on the topic of printed electronics on May 12. The program on Sunday (May 13) will be organized by the ESMA with lectures on 3D and functional printing.

03/16/12

Sigmajet Expands Into US

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Sigmajet, the Czech Republic manufacturer of wide format hybrid and flatbed UV printers, has today announced the transatlantic expansion of its business with the opening of a brand new US office. The company, formerly known as Grapo Technologies, was acquired by a group of private investors late last year, giving them the financial backing to significantly strengthen their position in the global wide format print market.

Strategically based in Washington DC, the new office will serve as the headquarters for the company’s US operations and its rapidly growing North American client base. The move was prompted by the installation of a second Shark printer - which churns out over 100m2 of high quality imaging per hour – at a North American customer, coupled with Sigmajet’s planned global expansion strategy. The move also supports the company’s drive for outstanding customer service, enabling the company to provide specialist local support to respond directly to customer demands quickly and efficiently.

Branislav Oravec, CEO, Sigmajet comments:’ We’ve had over ten years experience manufacturing high quality industrial UV flatbed printers, so we now have an established user base of more than 200 printers worldwide, with an increased amount of interest coming from the US.’

‘We are very pleased to become part of Washington’s vibrant and growing economy. Being serviced by three airports makes it a great location to support the whole of the North American market as well as being great for travel and lines of communication to head office in Europe’, Mr Oravec adds.

To support the North American market, Sigmajet is exhibiting on Booth 856 at the ISA International Sign Expo in Orlando later this month (March 22 - 24, 2012). On show will be the Gemini printer - with its 90m2/hour throughput, and its ten Xaar 1001 printheads featuring Xaar’s unique TF Technology™ – it is one of the highest performing products on the market today.

After the show, the printer will be installed for customer demonstration at the Washington office. Find out more about the Sigmajet printer range at www.sigmajet.com

03/16/12

Unisource at Dscoop 7

Press release from the issuing company

Unisource Worldwide, Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States, will feature its digital paper products along with logistics and packaging solutions at the 7th Annual Digital Solutions Cooperative Conference (Dscoop). The Conference will be held March 22-24, 2012, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. v Conference attendees are encouraged to visit the Unisource Booth 1019 to learn how partnering with Unisource can help address their paper, packaging and logistics needs.

“Dscoop is a great opportunity to network with customers, exchange experiences and learn best practices,” said Martha Issa, director of business development. “We will be on hand to share how Unisource’s range of digital papers, logistic and engineered packaging solutions can bring immediate and positive impact to a customer’s bottom line.” In addition to Issa, Dianne Linderoth, marketing manager and Dean Powell, category manager, will represent the company at the conference and be available to speak with conference attendees.

Founded in 2005, Dscoop is an independent global community of graphic arts business owners and technical professionals who use HP Indigo and Scitex equipment and related solutions. Dscoop is focused on educating and connecting its members with each other and with HP to improve members’ business growth, efficiency and profitability.

03/16/12

Heidelberg UK Signs Up to Two Sides

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Two Sides is delighted to announce that Heidelberg UK, the market leading provider of solutions for the printing industry, has joined the Two Sides campaign, which promotes the responsible production and use of Print and Paper and seeks to dispel common environmental misconceptions by providing users with verifiable information on why Print and Paper is an attractive, practical and sustainable communications medium.

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is the world-wide leading provider of solutions and services for the print media industry. The company offers comprehensive solutions in the fields of sheet-fed offset printing, digital printing and in the production of sophisticated parts and assembly groups in the realm of precision mechanical engineering.

The name Heidelberg is internationally associated with leading technology, top quality, and customer focus. The company's core business covers with its equipment and services the entire process and value chain of the sheet-fed offset format classes from 20 inches (35 x 50 cm) to 64 inches (120 x 160 cm) as well as digital printing solutions. Heidelberg develops and manufactures in its equipment division precision printing presses, devices for plate imaging and post-press finishing as well as digital inkjet systems for packaging manufacturers. In addition, Heidelberg sells digital printing presses of its partner Ricoh and offers integrated offset and digital solutions.

Gerard Heanue, Managing Director, Heidelberg Graphic Equipment Ltd comments, “Many of our customers greatly appreciate the campaign by Two Sides to counter the negative messages about print from ill-informed or misguided agencies by presenting the facts clearly and lobbying on behalf of our industry. If Two Sides can help ensure a “level playing field” allowing printers to secure more business then this is going to be good for our customers and we are delighted to be able to support Two Sides in achieving this goal.”

Martyn Eustace, Two Sides Director, says, “Heidelberg is a great organisation and a natural partner to have on board for our campaign. They are at the forefront of print innovation continually striving to improve the attractiveness and effectiveness of print media in an increasingly digital world. Sustainability and environmental protection are a focus of all of the company’s activities. Measures in connection with the development, production, and use of its products are reducing resource consumption and therefore carbon and other emissions as well as process-related waste. Print is still a vital channel for brands to achieve real impact and Heidelberg can equip printers with highly efficient and sustainable print media solutions.”

03/15/12

Frank M. Misischia Appointed President of FLM Graphics

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FLM Graphics has announced the appointment of Frank M. Misischia to the position of President.

As President of FLM Graphics, Mr. Misischia has responsibility and authority over production operations, technology development, sales, client services, finance, and administration, and he will be responsible for bottom line performance of all FLM business units, including the company’s commercial and digital printing, Trucolor, and Access Images operations. He also will continue to serve in his current role as President of FLM Reprographics, FLM’s business focused on printing and document management services customized to serve the AEC (architectural-engineering-construction) industry.

Frank M. Misischia—known to friends and colleagues as “Frank M.”—succeeds Vince Fiorello who has overseen FLM Graphics since 1998 and continues to serve as an active executive member of the board of directors for FLM Graphics Corporation.

Mr. Misischia was instrumental in establishing and managing FLM’s sourcing and facilities management operation for the new Meadowlands Stadium project in East Rutherford, NJ, between 2007 and 2010, and he has played a pivotal role in bringing to fruition a number of web-to-print program projects custom-designed for FLM clients in the retail, pharmaceutical, and financial industries.

“Frank M. is a dynamic leader with a track record of delivering breakthrough creativity and forging strong client partnerships,” said Frank L. Misischia, Founder, Chairman and CEO of FLM Graphics Corporation. “He has taken our reprographics and digital printing business to the next level of its success and will accelerate our continued efforts to serve as a powerful and valued resource in providing cost-effective, integrated, graphic communications services to our clients.”

“I am excited about the opportunity to lead FLM’s continuing evolution from its roots as an industry leader in the conventional methods of putting ink on paper to its current and future position as an industry leader,” Frank M. Misischia said in discussing the challenges and opportunities in his new role. “The primary goal for FLM’s management team is to innovate and work with our industry partners to help our clients create, manage and disseminate their content and communications through a wide variety of cross-media applications, including, but not limited to, marketing portals, targeted variable direct mailings, e-mail blasts, personalized URL’s and social media.”

Prior to joining FLM Graphics Corporation in 2007, Frank M. Misischia worked for Day Pitney LLP in Morristown, NJ, as attorney at law. He also worked at Morgan Stanley in New York. He is a graduate of Georgetown University with a BS in Finance, attended the London School of Economics, received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School, and is a certified member of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Mr. Misischia lives in Wyckoff, NJ, with his wife, Erin, and their son. He is an active member of the International Reprographic Association (IRGA) and Printing Industries of America (PIA), and serves on the Development Committee of the Cerebral Palsy Association of Northern New Jersey.

03/15/12

Drytac Film Laminates FDA Compliant for Food Contact Use

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Drytac’s popular Emerytex® laminating films are now certified to be compliant with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations governing materials that can be used for surfaces that come in contact with food. This means that this clear PVC based laminating film can be used on applications like place mats, coasters, menu boards, countertops and wall and tabletop graphics.

After being independently tested, the Emerytex® surface was found to meet all the qualifications of FDA regulations for PVC films used in food contact applications as well as European Regulation No 321/2011 for Bisphenol A (BPA) content.

Emerytex® is a non-glare, pebble-textured, clear PVC laminating film with a scuff-resistant finish. Emerytex® is available with a heat-activated adhesive (MediaShield Emerytex®) and two different pressure-sensitive adhesives sold under Protac Emerytex® and Interlam Pro Emerytex®.

03/15/12

Transcontinental Reports 4% Decrease in Revenues

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Transcontinental’s Inc. revenues decreased by 4% in the first quarter, from $514.8 million to $495.9 million, driven primarily by the sale of its black and white book printing business, destined for U.S. exports, completed last September, which was part of the asset swap transaction in which it acquired Quad/Graphics Canada on March 1st. Revenues were also impacted by lower volume from the non-recurring revenue from the printing contract for the Canadian Census last year and to a lesser extent, the printing of magazines and books. This first quarter decrease was mitigated by the Media sector, most notably from the growth of its digital media and community newspaper businesses, as a result of recent investments. Consolidated revenues are expected to return on a growth path over the next year given the contribution from the Quad/Graphics Canada acquisition as well as other contracts such as Canadian Tire.

For this same period, adjusted operating income decreased 12%, from $48.7 million to $43.0 million, driven primarily by the Media sector due to a softer advertising environment coupled with continued competitive pressures in the local solutions marketplace and to a lesser extent by lower first quarter volume in the Printing sector. Net income applicable to participating shares decreased from $25.7 million, or $0.32 per share, to a loss of $33.3 million, or $0.41 per share. This decrease is mainly due to a tax provision of $58.0 million related to notices of re-assessment, which the Corporation intends to contest, pertaining to deductions on investments in capital assets made by the Corporation, as well as interprovincial allocation of income. Excluding unusual items, adjusted net income applicable to participating shares decreased 6%, from $28.8 million, or $0.36 per share, to $27.1 million, or $0.33 per share.

“The acquisition of the Canadian assets of Quad/Graphics is an important milestone in our development, said François Olivier, President and Chief Executive Officer of TC Transcontinental. It strengthens our print business going forward given the industry dynamics and it allows us to extend our integrated marketing activation offering to many new customers. In fact, our transformation continues to ramp up with the growth of our digital and interactive revenues again this quarter.

We continue to maintain a strong financial position with a solid balance sheet and an ability to generate significant cash flow. If the advertising markets remain stable, we expect to improve our performance in the balance of the year given the lift from the Quad/Graphics Canada acquisition, the full impact from new contracts and the benefits related to the integration of our Media and Interactive sectors. We are confident in our strategy and future prospects and as such have increased our dividends on participating shares by 7%.”

On February 16, 2012, Isabelle Marcoux was elected Chair of the Board.v

Capital expenditures decreased, from $21 million to $8 million. Capital expenditures are expected to be $75 million at the most for fiscal 2012. Transcontinental Inc. put in place a new $400 million five-year Unsecured Revolving Credit Facility that expires in February 2017. The current credit facility will remain in place until its expiry in September 2012 but has been reduced to $200 million. As at January 31, 2012, the adjusted net indebtedness ratio was 1.42x, as compared to 1.44x as at October 31, 2011. In February 2012, the federal and provincial tax authorities informed the Corporation that it would receive notices of re-assessment estimated to be $58.0 million, including applicable interest and penalties for its fiscal years 2006 to 2010. The notices of re-assessments relate to deductions on investments in capital assets made by the Corporation, as well as the interprovincial allocation of income. The Corporation recorded a provision of $58.0 million with respect to these matters, of which $16.0 million was included in financial expenses and $42.0 million in income taxes, although it intends to contest these re-assessments. Therefore, the outcome of this dispute could favorably influence the amounts recognized in the consolidated financial statements of the Corporation. Continued to grow our newspaper publishing operations in Quebec by acquiring the print and Internet publishing assets ofCourrier Frontenac as well as acquiring the assets of Tout Magazine. We also launched a new community newspaper, theValleyfield Express.ca. In addition, we are now the sole shareholder of Réseau Sélect, the largest advertising network for the French-language weekly press in Canada. Acquired the shares of Les Éditions Caractère, the leader in the supplemental educational publishing market in Quebec and publisher of bestsellers in the trade market. For more detailed financial information, please see Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the first quarter ended January 31, 2012and the complete financial statements on our website at www.tc.tc, under “Investors.”

Financial data have been prepared in conformity with IFRS. However, certain measures used in this press release do not have any standardized meaning under IFRS and could be calculated differently by other companies. We believe that many readers analyze our results based on certain non-IFRS financial measures because such measures are more appropriate for evaluating the Corporation’s operating performance. Internally, Management uses such non-IFRS financial information as an indicator of business performance, and evaluates management's effectiveness with specific reference to these indicators. These measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with IFRS.

At its March 12, 2012 meeting, the Corporation’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.145 per Class A Subordinate Voting Shares and Class B Shares. This dividend is payable on April 26, 2012 to participating shareholders of record at the close of business on April 6, 2012. The Corporation thus increased the dividend per participating share by 7%, or $0.04 per share, raising the new annual dividend to $0.58 per share, from $0.54 per share. This increase is a reflection of Transcontinental’s strong cash flow position. Furthermore, at the same meeting, the Board also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.4196 per share on cumulative 5-year rate reset first preferred shares, series D. This dividend is payable on April 16, 2012. On an annual basis, this represents a dividend of $1.6875 per preferred share.

03/14/12

Imprimerie L’Empreinte Installs Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105

Press release from the issuing company

Located in the center of Montreal, and celebrating 25 years in business, Imprimerie L'Empreinte (L'Empreinte) recently installed a Speedmaster XL 105 6+L with Inpress Control from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). The company is more than impressed with this latest leap in technology.

Now occupying 58,000 square ft, and boasting 115 employees, L'Empreinte is enjoying a successful growth period. "We pride ourselves on being a high quality printer and offering our customers more than just a quote", says Sebastien Chartrand, Director of Operations and pressroom manager. "We have a team of Customer Service Representatives that work directly with accounts to make sure that our customers' concepts become a reality. For example, we have an ink mixing lab from Heidelberg Saphira, and often our customers can make a last minute change to a color for optimal effect. For us that is no problem. Staying at the forefront of technology is also a goal of ours. It gives our customers a competitive edge."

With the new Speedmaster XL 105 five-color press with coating the company offers the best in class for print quality and sets new standards in the Peak Performance Class with a productivity increase of 30 percent or higher. The press enables L'Empreinte to offer their customers better quality, faster delivery, and improved service overall.

The latest investment of the L'Empreinte family is no exception. Sebastien Chartrand states: "When we looked for a new press, quality of print was the chief criteria. We found the Speedmaster XL 105 inking unit, sheet transfer, colour management technology, and coating capabilities beyond anything else out there. Difficult ink motifs were easily realized on this press. We also decided on the option Prinect Inpress Control. The spectrophotometric inline measuring system automatically measures and controls color and register on the fly and at any speed. Integrated directly into the press, the measuring unit measures process colors, spot colors and register in the print control strip. Any corrections required are forwarded directly to the Prinect Press Center for adjustment. As the press does not need to be stopped for either make-ready or monitoring of the production run, Prinect Inpress Control achieves maximum productivity. That's high quality made easy."

Since its installation, the press has proven to be at least 50 percent faster than any other machine in the plant. It is important for L'Empreinte to show their client base that they invest in the best. Sebastien Chartrand said that when customers walk out to the pressroom, everything about the Speedmaster XL 105 speaks "Hi-Tech". This is what L'Empreinte's customers want in 2012. The new press meets their customers' changing needs and challenging requirements.

L'Empreinte, founded in 1986 and a perennial winner at the Grand Gutenberg Awards, has an excellent reputation for the high-end market and for added value technology services, offering to their clients a wide range of new services. Multi-channel marketing, website and applications development, digital services for the new markets, and now with the new Speedmaster XL-105 6-L the company offers state-of-the-art technology. The road for the company's further success looks bright!

03/14/12

INX Begins Construction of New Facility in England

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INX International UK Ltd. held a ground breaking ceremony for a new manufacturing facility in Heywood, England on February 27. Expected to be completed in 2013, the 40,000 square foot building at Hareshill Business Park will be 75 percent larger than the current location at Transpennine Trading Estate in Rochdale.

Sakata INX Corp., through U.S. subsidiary INX Group Ltd., began blending and storing ink for the printing of beer and soft drink cans in Rochdale, England in 1992, through a newly established subsidiary, INX Group UK Ltd. INX has expanded and increased its market share to become the leader of supplied ink in the U.S., Asia and Europe. INX International UK Ltd. currently employs 70 people in Rochdale and another 36 overseas. It is anticipated the new facility will result in a workforce increase when it opens.

Attending the ceremony were the Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale, along with several Councillors.

“The development of this building shows INX International’s commitment to all of our customers but, in particular, to the beer and beverage market in Europe and the Middle East,” said Jonathan Ellaby, VP of International Operations for INX International. “Despite the hard times Europe is going through, INX is committed to the market and to improving our manufacturing capability in the region. We will add equipment that will improve efficiencies and will allow us to increase our output for the European market.”

INX International Ink Co. is the third largest producer of inks in North America with over 20 facilities in the U.S. and Canada, and is a global supplier as part of Sakata INX worldwide operations. For more information, visit the Web site at www.INXinternational.com or contact Bob Wolff at The Drucker Group: 312.867.4960.

03/14/12

Crawford Technologies Announces Release of PRO Channel Manager

Press release from the issuing company

Crawford Technologies today announced the release of PRO Channel Manager, an innovative new software solution that allows mailers to send documents through multiple delivery channels such as digital mailbox services or online bill consolidation systems. With the recent explosion of Cloud and tablet usage, mailers are finding that customers want to receive their transactional documents using new technology such as digital mailbox services. PRO Channel Manager is designed to integrate digital mail into print and mail shops and print service provider workflows to provide customer preference management. This allows mailers to send mail to customers using their individual preferred delivery method and immediately reduce their print and mail costs.

Digital mailbox services have been in use for decades in Europe and Canada, and in the past year usage has exploded in the U.S. Several services have become popular in the U.S. including Digital Postal Mail, powered by Zumbox, Manilla, doxo and Volly (Pitney Bowes). They provide a paperless way for users to securely read their mail digitally wherever they want and on whatever device they want. PRO Channel Manager makes it easy for mailers to get on board, achieve cost savings, improve customer loyalty, improve online marketing reach and improve cash flow using online payments.

“We have been involved in online content delivery for more than 17 years and this is one of the most exciting products we have ever launched,” said Ernie Crawford, President of Crawford Technologies.

“PRO Channel Manager represents the next major step in shaping the future of Enterprise Output Management. This is truly a game changer.

”While many organizations currently have portals offering their customers online access, the use of these facilities for paperless document delivery has stabilized in recent years. Users’ expectations have changed with the advent of mobile, tablet and Cloud technology. According to industry consultant, InfoTrends, usage is set to explode. In a 2011 survey, InfoTrends predicted that within five years the print and mail industry will see two billion paperless documents/year delivered through digital mailbox services, driving an estimated $1.8 billion in annual savings to U.S. print and mail operations.

PRO Channel Manager lets mailers take advantage of the benefits and cost savings of digital mailbox services by providing a facility to track individual customer preferences for each type of document sent to them. This allows the mailer to send documents to customers in their preferred channel in the format needed, offering the perfect solution for customers who want to go paperless. PRO Channel Manager is designed to fit into any mailer’s current document creation and production environment, making it easy for mailers to implement digital mailbox services quickly and inexpensively.

PRO Channel Manager is able to manage customers’ preferences for any delivery method including accessible document formats such as Braille, Large Print, audio and e-text files, which are becoming important regulatory requirements.

“Organizations are looking to meet the evolving digital document delivery preferences of their customers and PRO Channel Manager greatly simplifies managing those preferences,” says Stuart Warner, Vice President of Sales. “The resulting benefits in customer loyalty and print and mail cost savings can be significant.”

Visit www.crawfordtech.com or contact sales@crawfordtech.com to learn more about PRO Channel Manager and the significant savings an organization can benefit from.

03/13/12

Flint Group Raises Prices on Coldset Black Inks

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Flint Group North America has announced a price increase on black coldset inks, effective April 1, 2012, subject to existing contracts. Prices will increase by US$0.04 per pound (CAD$0.09 per kilo) for black coldset inks used to print newspapers, directories, books and web-coldset commercial applications.

Increased global demand for certain petroleum-derived raw materials, coupled with the increased price of crude oil, has raised the costs of the primary materials used to produce black coldset inks. Specifically, costs of refined naphthenic oils and carbon black have sharply increased.

The number of naphthenic oil refiners has decreased over time. A few remaining North American refiners now supply the majority of worldwide demand, exporting a significant amount of their production overseas. Norm Harbin, Business Director, News Inks for Flint Group, notes that the industry “no longer competes solely on a domestic basis for these resources, but rather in a global environment.”

Meanwhile, carbon black manufacturers removed a significant amount of capacity at the height of this recession. Demand has since increased, especially for the tire industry, and carbon black suppliers now find themselves at full capacity with no plans for expansion. “Flint Group is taking every possible measure to mitigate the impact of this increase,” says Norm. “We appreciate customers’ understanding of the market conditions that make this price increase necessary.”

03/13/12

Lecta Announces the Acquisition of Polyedra

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Lecta Group, the second largest European coated woodfree manufacturer, formed by Cartiere del Garda S.p.A, Torraspapel S.A and Condat SAS formalized, pending approval by the European Commission, the acquisition of Italian paper merchant Polyedra now belonging to PaperlinX Group.

With this acquisition Lecta strengthens its position in Italy, one of the main strategic markets of the Lecta Group. In Italy, Lecta has its Cartiere del Garda CWF mill and a thorough knowledge of the coated woodfree and specialty papers markets in that country

Lecta has a deep experience in the distribution business through its own Torraspapel’s merchants activities presente in Spain, France, Portugal and Argentina. With the acquisition of Polyedra, Lecta reinforces its position as the leading manufacturer and distributor in Southern Europe.

Polyedra, one of the leading paper merchant in the Italian market, has a prestigious image in all market segments and a global national coverage achieving a turnover of approximate EUR 260 mill. Additionally Polyedra will provide Lecta with its knowledge in other special paper product ranges and innovative services.

With this integration, Polyedra and Lecta Group will benefit from strong synergies and logistical advantages to face the current market challenges.

03/13/12

Dscoop7 Conference Sold Out

Press release from the issuing company

The seventh annual Dscoop conference, Dscoop7, being held March 22-24, 2012, in Washington, D.C., is officially sold out.

“This is tremendous news, and we are blown away by the enthusiasm and energy of our members and Partners, who registered early and are turning out in record numbers for this groundbreaking event,” said Craig Curran, Dscoop7 chairman and vice president of sales at Nosco. “In a drupa year, the fact that Dscoop7 has sold out shows that our members highly value the Dscoop community and what it has to offer. Dscoop is a reunion for our members, and I am certain they will leave with energy, momentum and creativity to infuse into their business.”

As the executive sponsor of Dscoop7, HP has recommended that its customers attend to see some of the latest innovations HP will be launching at drupa 2012.

“Dscoop7 is the key event for HP Graphic Arts in North America this year and we are treating it like a pre-drupa portfolio showcase event for our customers,” said Jan Riecher, vice president and general manager, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. “Both Chris Morgan, senior vice president of the Graphic Solutions Business and Alon Bar-Shany, vice president and general manager of the HP Indigo division, will speak at the opening keynote session. They will preview many of the new technologies we will show the world at drupa—not to mention the broad range of digital presses, printers and solutions that will be on demonstration in the Solutions Showcase.”

Heading into the event next week with 25 percent growth in its core audience, Dscoop is closing registration to focus on ensuring a positive onsite experience for its attendees. Dscoop7 attendees will be able to choose from more than 100 sessions about business management and technical education, with a focus on brand strategy and new tools to help grow their company.

For more information about the conference, please contact Dscoop Headquarters at 312.527.6707. More details, including the agenda, speakers and Partner list can be found at www.dscoop7.org.

03/12/12

PitStop Offers New 'Smart Preflight & Correction

Press release from the issuing company

Over 130,000 Enfocus PitStop users worldwide will benefit from significantly more accurate and flexible PDF preflight and correction when Enfocus releases PitStop Pro and PitStop Server 11, at drupa 2012. PitStop 11's "Smart Preflight & Correction" is a key Enfocus advancement that allows real-time interactions of user or job-fed Preflight Profile settings.

The automated use of metadata (e.g. JDF and XML) for job processing, via PitStop Server, introduces a new level of automation.

Enfocus PitStop Pro and Server users repeatedly say that their PitStop preflight solution is the most crucial contributor to the success of their PDF workflows. "PitStop 11 allows customers to continue to use their familiar PitStop technology while moving into this new era of preflight," says Enfocus Product Manager for PitStop Pro and PitStop Server, Leen Vanmaele.

Preflight made Specific to Each Job

Vanmaele says the company has been working to make the preflight process more accurate, and specifically reflective of individual job requirements. In sum, she explains that organizations have not been able to take full advantage of PitStop's preflight and correction capabilities, because creation of individualized preflight checks and fixes for each job required highly time-consuming creation of a different Preflight Profile for every possible combination of values and conditions.[1]

New PitStop Pro and PitStop Server 11 unleash the full power of the checking and correction options available in the PitStop engine with user-fed or automatic, job-fed values. These are used by the Preflight Profiles to direct which checks and fixes should be over-ridden and open to change at job run-time. Fast and correct linking of the PDF with customers' specific requirements makes service faster and more accurate. Overall quality is improved and processes are standardized.

PitStop Pro 11 will give its customers the ability to use smart values to check and correct a PDF; while PitStop Server 11 users can enjoy a completely hands-off, new level of automation. In the latter case, PitStop Server preflight settings and values can be driven by job-specific information such as JDF or XML job tickets, often generated by a MIS or an Ad Booking system.

Additional Features: Streamlined Interface and Smarter Text Editing

Additional improvements and changes to PitStop 11 include a cleaner, more streamlined interface making preflight and result navigation more user friendly.

PitStop 11 also brings smarter text editing. For instance a handy "Find and Replace" text tool allows PitStop Pro users to quickly find text and, if desired, can immediately replace it while maintaining the PDF's existing format. Text is also automatically re-merged on a single line, if needed. This will significantly improve ease of use and editing capabilities.

PitStop Server Customers Will More Easily Move into Smart Automation

Research data shows that PitStop Server 11 users

will be well positioned to move into more advanced, digital workflows where metatagged, JDF, and XML-embedded files interact intelligently with production processes along the way.

As PitStop Server customers become more familiar with utilizing metadata, they will aim to achieve end-to-end automation within a workflow. Switch 11, Enfocus' new modular automation solution, is the answer to these users.

"Enfocus continues to improve production environments in a profound, yet logical, way," says Fabian Prudhomme, Enfocus VP. "We round the next curve before our customers do, so that we're ready for them when they reach their next goal or destination."

Beginning immediately, users purchasing or upgrading to PitStop Pro / Server 10 now will be entitled to a free upgrade to PitStop Pro / Server 11, until the actual release date.

Pre-drupa promotions are also available through Enfocus resellers.

PitStop Pro 11 and PitStop Server 11 will be available by beginning of May, drupa.

For more information on promotions and pricing, please contact your local reseller, or Enfocus, at: sales@enfocus.com.

03/12/12

Sinapse Print Simulators Print Productivity Contest

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The final round of the global print simulator-based productivity contest will be a ‘face-to-face’ showdown at drupa. Over 150 students from Asia, Europe and North American have been remotely competing from simulators at their technical schools. UPM is sponsoring the travel of the international finalists to Dusseldorf to participate in the finals.

The final round of this contest will be held on May 7th at 15:00 on the Sinapse Print Stand *E64 in Hall 6, close to the UPM stand.

Please join us at these Finals for a chance to interview the students and to learn more about these unique training programs.

The competition is based on solving a series of simulated printing problems in a limited time. The winner will be determined after five 10-minute heats on who solves the problems with the highest quality and the lowest production cost.

The “SHOTS Heard Round the World” productivity contest encourages skills improvement of printing students globally. The event is co-sponsored by UPM, Printing Industries of America (PIA), and Sinapse. Contestants will operate the SHOTS sheetfed simulator from Sinapse — winner of the PIA Intertech Award and used in the recent WorldSkills Competition.

Simulation at UPM/PIA/Heidelberg

Simulation-based training is now the worldwide norm in almost every profession to optimise skills and problem solving. UPM have been successfully using printing simulators to help train their customers and staff to improve process understanding of printing technology. PIA uses these as part of their training and problem-solving seminars, Heidelberg uses them as part of apprentice training.

Simulators allow the user to ‘see’ the results of process adjustments on the simulated print copy and the related production cost.

UPM works closely with Sinapse Print Simulators — the leader in this field — to implement a unique training environment. Simulators can be built into press consoles (like airplane simulators) to provide a perfect way to demonstrate, analyse and solve problems in an industrial context. Alternatively, they can be used on one or dual screen PCs.

03/12/12

Mutoh America, Inc. Showcases Smart Printing at ISA

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Mutoh America, Inc., a leading manufacturer of wide-format printers, will present the new ValueJet Status Monitor (VSM) and other Mutoh Smart Printing technologies at ISA, booth #1662. Mutoh's ValueJet printers incorporate one of a kind technology and value to users.

VSM is a sophisticated software application offered free to Mutoh customers and is used to monitor the health and status of the ValueJet 1324, 1624, 1638 and 1608HS printers. This includes monitoring ink levels, heater settings, firmware updates, color output and more.

An exclusive Mutoh feature, VSM is free to ValueJet printer users.

Demonstrations of the Smart Printing function will be shown and available on ValueJet printers using the VSM smart phone application.

Mutoh will also be demonstrating the new ValueJet 1638-64", four color, Eco-solvent printer. Engineered with a staggered dual-head design, the 1638 prints up to 1,000 square feet per hour and is priced at only $29,995.

The VJ 1638 includes a variety of Smart Printing systems including the Intelligent Interweave (i²) print technique, ColorVerify, ColorVerify Pro, and can be equipped with Mutoh SpectroVue VM-10 Spectrophotometer.

Mutoh will also showcase the following products at ISA:

ValueJet 1324-54" Eco-solvent printer
ValueJet 1624-64" Eco-solvent printer
ValueJet 1608HS-64" hybrid printer
NEW ValueJet 1638W-64" dye sublimation printer
Kona 1400-55" cutting plotter
For more information on Mutoh products and Smart Printing features visit www.mutoh.com.

03/09/12

GRAPH EXPO Housing Now Open

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Housing for GRAPH EXPO 2012 is now open, the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC) has announced. GRAPH EXPO 2012, the year's largest graphic communications exhibition and conference in the Americas, will take place October 7-10, 2012, in Chicago's McCormick Place South.

GASC has negotiated the lowest rates for GRAPH EXPO 2012 exhibitors and attendees at the most popular and convenient hotels in downtown Chicago. Special introductory rates are available and visitors are encouraged to book early as rates are subject to change and will increase as the show approaches.

In addition to the specially negotiated rates, attendees who book their rooms through the official GRAPH EXPO housing service will enjoy certain additional benefits:

* GRAPH EXPO rates are guaranteed to be the lowest rates,

* If any official GRAPH EXPO hotel lowers its rates, or lower rates are found, GRAPH EXPO rates will automatically be lowered and new confirmations generated,

* No deposit is required at time of booking,

* No contract is required for exhibitor or group bookings, and

* Complimentary shuttle bus service is provided for guests between the official GRAPH EXPO hotels and McCormick Place.

Graphic communications professionals planning on attending GRAPH EXPO are encouraged to reserve their rooms early, as hotels sell out quickly and these special introductory rates are only available for a limited time.

There are two ways to book a room for GRAPH EXPO. Attendees may go online and visit www.graphexpo.com/HotelTravel.aspx, where they can make their hotel reservations through the official GRAPH EXPO housing service or download a hotel housing form to mail or fax in. Attendees reserving their rooms via mail or fax will still receive the same discounted rates and benefits as those who register online. Information on discounted air travel arrangements on American or United Airlines, the official airline carriers for GRAPH EXPO, can also be found at www.graphexpo.com.

Recognized as the commercial printing, publishing, mailing and transactional exposition for the Americas, this year's "Print Integrated" themed GRAPH EXPO 2012 has been designed to offer a customized show-going experience to a diverse spectrum of attendees. The exhibition will offer the latest graphic communications technologies in live equipment demonstrations across the expansive show floor and education on the most in-demand products and profit-making opportunities. In addition to the returning highly popular Marketing Pavilion, which offers education, resources and networking opportunities for today's marketers, attendees will find seven other special interest sections on the show floor. These include News Print-the newspaper pavilion, back by attendee demand for a third year at GRAPH EXPO 2012 answering the call from newspaper printers and production executives for a dedicated show floor section; Future Print, featuring two of today's hottest technologies Printed Electronics and RFID; the Mailing & Fulfillment Center, the industry's largest mailing event anywhere in the Americas; the fourth annual GREENspace, a showcase on sustainability and eco-friendly products and services; the Prepress/Software/Workflow and Press/Finishing/PackPrint sections, and Education Main Street, for attendees seeking well-educated, talented industry newcomers to augment their company's workforce.

For additional information about GRAPH EXPO 2012 visit:www.graphexpo.com.

03/09/12

Bell and Howell to Launch New High-Speed Inserting System at a Technology Open House

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Bell and Howell, a leading provider of solutions and services for paper-based and digital messaging, announced plans to unveil its newest high-speed inserting system at a technology showcase and open house on March 15. The event will be held at the company’s headquarters in Durham, N.C.

The new Producer™ 30 inserting system is the latest in a continuous stream of innovations that the company has introduced over the past six months. Producer inserters are designed for environments that demand stringent mailpiece quality and integrity controls, high production volumes and low operating costs.

“Bell and Howell is committed to delivering the most innovative suite of solutions in the industry. With the Producer 30, we have a best-in-class offering that provides customers with the lowest cost of ownership and highest level of productivity,” said Les Stern, Chief Executive Officer of Bell and Howell. “We are very excited about this launch, and look forward to engaging in discussions and demonstrations of the many ways that we can partner in our customers’ success.”

Features and benefits of the Producer 30 include:

- High-speed inserting – up to 30,000 cycles per hour with high net throughput

- Targeted at First Class™ transactional mail and Standard Mail®

- Helps mailers achieve the lowest cost per mailpiece

- Ideal for high-volume mail production environments

The open house includes demonstrations of the complete range of Bell and Howell finishing solutions, including the Ascender™, Forerunner™ and Producer inserting systems; Inveloper® finishing system; JETVision® reading system; and demonstrations of the IQ Software Suite, Bell and Howell’s comprehensive postal and workflow process management software.

Stern will also discuss the company’s business strategy, and additional Bell and Howell executives will speak on industry trends, productivity and personalization, and the challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

For additional information, call 1-800-220-3030 or email marketing@bhemail.com.

03/09/12

Quark Presents QuarkXPress Basics

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On Thursday, March 8 Quark is hosting an eSeminar that will cover the basics of QuarkXPress®, the graphic design and layout software used to create print, Web, and digital projects. QuarkXPress 9 allows users to create iPad apps and eBooks without requiring programming skills, which has attracted authors, publishers, business owners, and others to the affordable solution. Those new to QuarkXPress and current users interested in a refresher are welcome to join the session that will cover:

How to effectively use text, graphics, and other design elements to set up a layout
Time-saving best practices, such as using style sheets and master pages
Power-user tips for navigating and fine-tuning layouts
What: QuarkXPress Basics
Date: Thursday, March 8, 2012 Time: 8:00 am PST | 9:00 am MT | 10:00 am CT | 11:00 am EST |16:00 GMT | 17:00 CET
Register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/551810881

For more information about QuarkXPress, please visit: http://www.quark.com/Products/QuarkXPress/.

To download a free 30-day Test Drive of QuarkXPress 9, please visit:http://www.quark.com/Products/QuarkXPress/Test_Drive.aspx.

For QuarkXPress 9 training resources, including free step-by-step lessons from Quark, please visit: http://www.quark.com/Products/QuarkXPress/Quark_Training/.

03/08/12

Mutoh Celebrates 60th Anniversary at ISA

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Mutoh America, Inc. celebrates Mutoh Industries' 60th anniversary as a wide-format pioneer and industry leader at ISA with the Celebrate 60 party on Friday, March 23rd from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in Mutoh's booth, #1662.

Industry partners and Mutoh customers are welcome to attend the event and join in celebrating 60 remarkable years. Giveaways and refreshments will be provided.

Representatives will be available to showcase Mutoh's newest products including the high speed 1638 printer and the ValueJet Status Monitor (VSM). VSM software monitors the health and status of the ValueJet 1324, 1624, 1638 and 1608HS printers through its own smart phone application. VSM is just another example of Mutoh's smart printing technology.

Based out of Tokyo Japan, Mutoh began in 1952 as a manufacturer and distributor of mechanical drafting products. Since then, Mutoh has become a worldwide corporation leading the way in wide-format printers specializing in signage, vehicle wraps, textile and packaging markets.

Mutoh America, Inc. has recently expanded their corporate office in Phoenix, Arizona to regional sales offices located in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Atlanta.

For more information on Mutoh, its products and history visit www.mutoh.com or stop by Mutoh's ISA booth from March 22-24, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

03/08/12

Xplor International’s “Lunch and Learn” Webinar Returns

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Xplor International, the worldwide electronic document systems association, today announced the return of their monthly “Lunch and Learn” webinar series. The complimentary webinars will run from March through October 2012 and are held the third Thursday of each month at 1:00 pm EST. The informal panel format, lead by industry veteran, Pat McGrew, M-EDP, CMP, will cover a host of subjects related to the electronic document industry including QR codes, AFP, design, multi-channel delivery and more.

“Now in its fourth year, Xplor’s Lunch and Learn complimentary webinar series has been very successful well attended and an excellent vehicle for vendors and end-users to interact in an online educational forum,” says Skip Henk, EDP, President and CEO of Xplor International. “We are excited to resume the series of one hour events and grateful to those that volunteer their time to participate and freely share their knowledge and experiences in the spirit of Xplor.”

· March 15: Xplor 2012 Conference and Vendor Forum Preview, Making It Relevant. Come find out from the track chairs why this will be the best education event in the industry and what makes their track the one you should be attending. We have the best and brightest. Come spend an hour with us and you won’t be able to wait to get to Xplor’s Conference and Vendor Forum, 2012 – Making it Relevant.

· April 19: More QR/AR fun. Last year’s QR Codes Lunch & Learn ran over time by half an hour and we knew we had to come back and revisit. We’ll be sharing what’s new, tools and the best ways to integrate QR Codes and Augmented Reality into your customer communications plans!

· May 17: Back to Basics – AFP, PDF and Transforms! No matter how much you work with AFP. PDF, metacode, PCL and the other print languages of the business world, there is always more to learn and a lot to share. In this edition of the Lunch & Learn’s we’ll talk about what’s new in AFP (yes, there are still updates!), and what’s new in PDF. It’s always lively when talk turns to print streams and transforms!

· June 21: Technology Basics: Designing for Print and Pixel. Last year’s design webinar resulted in a record turnout, so it’s back. Come hear from design professionals as they help us understand how technology impacts your selection of fonts, colors and design techniques. We’ll take questions in advance.

· July 19: Back to Basics – Workflow (More than just a controller!) When we say “workflow” what do you think of? For some it’s Automated Document Factory, for some it’s the Digital Front End and for still others it’s everything from job creation to insertion into the mail stream. No matter where you are in the mix, we’ll be talking about something that will be relevant to you!

· August 16: Educating your Team: What do they need to know and how do you educate them? Each year new people come in to the industry and often they have a limited understanding of creating work that will go in to the mail stream, delivered via secure email or digital post services. In this webinar we’ll talk about the basic needs for education and what type of mentoring plan can work to ensure that your team up-to-date and on board with technology changes!

· September 20: Multi-channel Delivery Alternatives – What should you be thinking about? digital mail boxes, augmented reality, intelligent/smart print, email, web services, SMS and a host of other technologies are available to deliver information to our customers. We’re gathering experts to help sort out the options and help point you to where the best practices are emerging today.

· October 18: Fall Wrap Up: What’s New, What’s Emerging. It’s a drupa year, and that always means announcements that get us thinking about the future. For this wrap up we’ll look at the most interesting announcements of the year and talk about how they impact the world that Xplorers live in.

The Lunch and Learn webinars are being produced by the Xplor Document University, the educational arm of Xplor International, the webinars are complimentary and open to anyone interested in participating. For more information visit www.xplor.org.

03/08/12

Domtar Sponsors 20th Annual Environmental Film Festival

Press release from the issuing company

Domtar Corporation(NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) announced today it has renewed its sponsorship of the Environmental Film Festival, the largest showcase of environmental film in the United States. The 20th annual Environmental Film Festival will take place fromMarch 13th to the 25th in Washington, D.C., featuring 180 engaging and thought-provoking films, including 93 world premieres from 42 countries.

This marks the second straight year Domtar has sponsored the Environmental Film Festival, providing Cougar® paper - part of its EarthChoice® line of environmentally and socially responsible papers - for the printing of the festival programs. Domtar Cougar® paper is certified to the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council" (FSC®), an international, independent, not-for-profit organization that sets global standards for responsible forestry.

"Once again, the Environmental Film Festival has lined up meaningful work from some of the leading environmental filmmakers, helping us focus on the environment and the ways we can work together to manage natural resources," said Lewis Fix, Domtar's Vice-President of Sustainable Business and Brand Management. "That's a message that is vital to us at Domtar, and we're pleased to be supporting this important event."

Films are screened at partnering museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters. Selected to provide fresh perspectives on global environmental issues, most films are accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, environmental experts and special guests, including national decision makers and thought leaders, and are free to the public. The Festival's Web site serves as a global resource for environmental film throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org.

03/07/12

Purlem.com Launches PURL Template Editor

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PURLs (Personalised URLs) are rapidly being poised as the ultimate way to increase online conversion rates. Purlem.com, a web-based platform that’s leading the way in the PURL movement, is today announcing the launch of their innovative template editor.

The company’s PURL Template Editor gives marketers of all abilities an opportunity to create beautiful, fully-functional landing pages that are personalized to each visitor.

With a focus on allowing businesses to present the most appealing content to their audience, the PURL Template Editor puts the power in anyone’s hands in minutes.

"Our goal with creating the PURL Template Editor was to make it incredibly easy to both design and personalize the Landing Page." says Marty Thomas, Purlem's Founder. "Because, when a Landing Page is personalized to each and every visitor, the magic really happens”.

The Purlem platform allows marketers to choose from a myriad of design layouts, change the colors and upload images. They can even create a survey/questionnaire, add personalized content and finally create a unique web address for each recipient.

Each PURL contains the recipient’s name within the web address (e.g – www.joesmith.domain.com) – with the hope that the unique format with catch the recipient’s attention and prompt them to click the link.

However, the personalization doesn’t end there. After the clicking the link, Joe will be greeted with a 100% personalized landing page which is relevant to him. This is thanks to the power of the PURL Template Editor, allowing fast personalization, such as greeting the web user with their first name, using a simple drop-down menu.

Aside from the functionality, the team at Purlem placed a huge focus on accessibility – ensuring that their layouts are fully compatible with all browsers and mobile devices.

"Now everybody, no matter their skill level, can create professional looking PURL marketing campaigns," says Thomas. "Anybody that uses direct mail or email marketing can now increase their response and conversion rates with PURLs”.

Advanced users that want full control of the design can create their own templates, or work directly with the HTML source code to modify the design of the Landing Page to their specifications.

The PURL Template Editor is the latest addition to Purlem's marketing application, making it easy and affordable to create PURL marketing campaigns.

Purlem can be found online at: http://www.purlem.com

03/07/12

GI Direct Joins Two Sides

Press release from the issuing company

Two Sides is delighted to announce that GI Direct has joined the Two Sides campaign which promotes the responsible production and use of Print and Paper and seeks to dispel common environmental misconceptions by providing users with verifiable information on why Print and Paper is an attractive, practical and sustainable communications medium.

GI Direct lead the way in sustainable business practice. The company has been certified to ISO 14001 for 10 years and in that time has pioneered effective resource monitoring and use; efficient waste management strategies and improvement of production efficiency.

GI Direct offer every aspect of the communications cycle, starting with target audiences, through imaginative print and multi-channel communications options, to the most efficient methods of sending those campaigns. Their services allow clients to utilise existing communications to carry targeted marketing offers. GI Direct integrate print, direct mail, online and all other communication channels.

Demonstrating their environmental leadership, GI Solutions Group were awarded with a Green Apple award in 2011 for waste management and product efficiencies.

Robin Welch, Managing Director of GI Direct, comments; “We are delighted to join Two Sides, as a symbol of our dedication to continually improve our environmental best practice and our commitment to help educate on sustainability within the Direct Marketing Industry. GI Direct are proud to support the pioneering work that Two Sides do, which we believe benefits the whole industry.”

Martyn Eustace, Two Sides Director, says, “The fact that GI Direct joined the Two Sides campaign is great news as it illustrates the fact that major industry companies increasingly realise the importance of pursuing sustainable strategies in their business. There is still much misinformation about the sustainability of direct mail and, by working with companies such as GI Direct and others, we can spread the message that print in general and direct mail in particular can be a sustainable and effective way to communicate.”

03/07/12

First Edge Solutions Acquires Print1 Direct

Press release from the issuing company

First Edge Solutions has acquired Print1 Direct, an Atlanta-based provider of print-on-demand, direct marketing, and document output services. With a growing national network of sales offices in San Diego, Chicago and New York and production facilities in Milwaukee, Phoenix, and now Atlanta, First Edge has become one of the top companies in the country able to affordably roll out a client’s multichannel national distribution strategy.

“The expansion creates opportunity in a challenging market and better positions us to negotiate national contracts with suppliers to drive down costs for customers,” said First Edge President and CEO Robert M. Kraft. “The acquisition combats the shipping challenge that comes with national distribution as gas and oil prices continue to rise, and we can help our fortune 1000 to mid-size clients reduce national supply chain management costs. Strategically, this gives us a competitive advantage of a national production platform, along with a healthy roster of clients.”

One thing that attracted First Edge to Print1 Direct was the strength of its management, and those leaders will continue to help drive the company. Print1 Direct owner Bob Irvin has been named senior vice president of First Edge’s new southeast region.

“It’s a case of two plus two equals five,” said Kraft. “They have a first-class print facility with good clients, and we’ll add value to their operation with our proprietary software, processes and technology. As a multichannel expert, First Edge is especially strong in applying our data management discipline and skills to both marketing and business-critical applications.

“From an IT standpoint, by the end of Q1, we will have upgraded our new facility to theHIPAA/PHI standards that operate across our platform. With a unified platform, their customer base can immediately benefit from First Edge services and innovations such as Ordernet.com (proprietary Web-to-print platform), eGencee.com (proprietary e-commerce direct marketing platform), FE Agency (full service marketing agency), and Meet-Meme.com (proprietary social media platform).”

Cross-country Job Routing and Workload Optimization According to Kraft, “The redundancy is ideal from the standpoint of capacity management and utilization. We can optimize multiple shifts across production facilities in Milwaukee, Phoenix and now Atlanta. As a result, we can offer the best distribution costs and plant capacity utilization. It’s also important for our quality standards, because if there is ever an interruption at one of our facilities, such as from bad weather for example, we can route work through the other sites and ensure we make every drop date.”

“With its own software and programmers, First Edge is driven by IT and not what’s on the plant floor, and that’s exciting to our employees,” said Bob Irvin. “Our team is eager to move forward with the technology integration. Adding the data management component gives us the ability to take our services to a new level.”

03/06/12

KBA Integrates Atlantic Zeiser’s DELTA 105i Into New Rapida 105

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The Atlantic Zeiser Group, a leading developer and supplier of modules and end-to-end system solutions for industrial digital and security printing, is to deliver the DELTA 105i high-speed digital printer to Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) for inline integration into the new generation sheetfed offset Rapida 105. The agreement enables printers to realise a wider range of special applications and open up new business sectors with cost-efficient sheet printing. The Rapida 105 with the integrated DELTA printers will be on show at drupa at the KBA stand in Hall 16, Stand C47.

Ideal for coding and serialising, the innovative DELTA industrial digital printing technology from Atlantic Zeiser will be integrated into the Rapida 105. It is designed for high offset speeds of up to 240 m/min at a resolution of up to 600 dpi.

Comprehensive market analyses have demonstrated that hybrid solutions, the combination of offset and digital printing technology, are the future of printing. Until now, the high quality levels and speeds permitted by offset printing had been sorely lacking from standard digital printing technologies.

The innovative printing systems developed in-house by Atlantic Zeiser fulfil these challenging demands. They are ideal for this type of inline integration and high-performance addition to modern offset systems such as the KBA Rapida 105. Added to this is the need for versatility in printing variable data onto different materials without extended setup times making industrial digital printing systems such as the DELTA a highly effective, cost-efficient solution.

Ultimately, the latest developments in product printing must be adopted. Legal requirements and the rapidly growing number of product forgeries make high quality, individual coding and serialising a necessity for product tracking and forgery protection on individual packs, for example. The 2-D Datamatrix barcodes required to do this can be optimally printed by digital printing systems from Atlantic Zeiser and checked directly and inline via integrated verification solutions such as VERICAM. This also facilitates transparent quality management and sustainable quality assurance.

Carl-Michael Heüveldop, Head of Business Development, Atlantic Zeiser, comments: "We anticipated the market's need for individual coding and serialising of products with variable data early on. Developments within the EU to implement binding national regulations for standardised product and coding and serialising for product traceability of pharmaceutical goods by 2013 underline the market opportunities; and this is just one defined market sector.We are very proud that KBA, following in-depth inspection procedures and comprehensive testing, chose our DELTA digital printing solution and the optional VERICAM verification system as an integrated package for for individual coding and serialising on its new Rapida 105."

Jürgen Veil, Head of Marketing Sheetfed Offset, Koenig & Bauer AG: "We have designed the latest Rapida medium format generation to offer our customers the maximum range of applications increasingly being demanded by the sheet offset printer market in recent years. A key point here is the integrated option to code and serialise sheet, label and packaging printing variably inline. As a result, we have been looking for powerful, compact and flexible digital printing systems, and we found just what we were looking for in the DELTA from Atlantic Zeiser. The European debut of this hybrid solution in large format will be on our drupa stand under the slogan of 'Sprinting ahead'. This concept has already found considerable success in Asia and we have seen 20 orders for the new Rapida 105."

Atlantic Zeiser will be exhibiting industrial digital print solutions at drupa in Hall 11, Stand C56 under the slogan 'Beyond Printing'.

03/06/12

Unisource Canada Announces Unisource Wide Format

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Unisource Canada, Inc. announces the rebranding of the Mondrian-Hall division under the name Unisource Wide Format. Unisource Wide Format is the new name of one of Canada’s largest distributors of wide-format printers, supplies and technical services. Capitalizing on the synergies achieved through the 2009 acquisition of Mondrian-Hall as a division of Unisource Canada, the new name better positions the expansion into wide format, commercial, sign, photo and digital printing markets. As part of Unisource Worldwide; Unisource Canada, Inc. continues to provide a comprehensive range of products, services and equipment to the printing industry.

Supporting the new rebranding strategy, Unisource Wide Format is launching the new private label brand, called SelectSource.

The new brand looks to provide competitively priced, quality, performance based media and national stock availability. The focus of the SelectSource line is to match a selection of competitively priced substrates to the top industry end-applications including banners, posters, signs, interiors, photography, POP displays, decals, engineering drawings and fine art.

“The SelectSource line will be the new focus which will complement our existing media line,” says Sandra Ondas, the Marketing Manager for Wide Format Media. “The range of products within the line is extensive and includes aqueous, solvent, UV-cure and latex compatible products such as photo paper, scrim banner, window perforated vinyl, mesh, display film and xerographic papers.”

Unisource is Canada’s national supplier of Printing and Imaging, Packaging and Maintenance Supply products, operating from 18 locations across Canada. Unisource is committed to being the choice for Integrated Business Solutions that Drive Customers to Improved Performance and to continue to offer Customer Solutions in a Global Market.

Visit www.unisourcexl.ca for more information.

03/06/12

Velocity Print Solutions Expands Team

Press release from the issuing company

Velocity Print Solutions is pleased to announce that John Hissick has joined the Velocity Team as an Account Executive for New Markets. John has over 23 years in Printing, Digital Print and Direct Mail with Staples and Curtis 1000 in the New England Region. John will be responsible for developing new markets with a focus on Education.

In addition, Pearl Bernaski has accepted the position of Production Scheduler for the Albany plant, Don Gardinier will be overseeing the Automation/Mailing department operations and Mark Hall is now Fulfillment supervisor for the Albany plant. Previously Mark was mailroom supervisor at an offsite client facility. Pearl and Mark have been with the company for 9 years and Don has been with Velocity for 3 years.

03/05/12

Eclipse Colour appoints Business Development Director

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James Jose has joined Eclipse Colour in the role of Business Development Director. He brings a wealth of experience in print and DM sales coupled with an excellent reputation of dealing direct with blue chip companies. This winning combination has produced a track record of success that was hard to ignore.

‘Eclipse Colour is well known throughout the industry for quality and efficiency and I’m really excited to be a part of that now - It’s only when you actually see a business like this from the inside that you can appreciate just how well it’s being run and the positive impact of the culture of Lean manufacturing.’…explains James…

‘When Eclipse Colour invested in 4DM last year I knew that I needed to be a part of their plans if my career was to develop further and I was to be able to offer clients the fully integrated marketing solutions they demand.’

Eclipse Colour MD, Simon Moore added…

‘We’re really pleased that James has joined us in this pivotal role. He’s seen the potential that’s been created by Eclipse Colour now working alongside 4DM and with his ability to understand and develop genuine Cross Media projects he will be a real asset to us - James shares our vision of how a modern print media based business should move forward and he has the full support of everyone here to help make that happen.’

03/05/12

Ideal Printers and PrintMailers Merge

Press release from the issuing company

Ideal Printers and PrintMailers, Inc., two of Houston’s largest mail and print service companies, today announced a merger that will combine their complementary portfolio of cross-media production services. The new company, Seebridge Media, will occupy the existing PrintMailers Inc. 112,000 sq. ft. location in Houston and offer an expanded range of fully integrated production services.

“The synergy is excellent,” stated Steve Johns, Seebridge Media partner and former owner of PrintMailers. “We see great opportunity in combining our complementary offerings, and providing a full range of production services from one company to simplify the process and better serve our clients.” Communications are becoming increasingly complex with diversied channels for reaching an increasingly sophisticated audience. Projects today require a multimedia strategy with a higher level of customization and personalization than ever before. Seebridge Media intends to bridge the gap between marketing strategy and execution by providing advanced production expertise and capabilities that improve the way businesses communicate.

With a combined 50+ years experience and 150 employees, Seebridge Media will utilize a broad portfolio of media production services and state-of-the-art operations to help communicators, marketers, and agencies successfully execute their programs.

Steve Johns and Larry Vaughn, and their respective previous companies, are well recognized in the Houston area for being in the Top 10 of the Houston Business Journal Book of Lists and delivering cutting edge marketing programs using the likes of variable data printing, QR codes, PURLs and web-to-print strategies. Heavily involved in the industry, both are members of the American Marketing Association. Vaughn is a founding member of the Digital Solutions Cooperative (DSCOOP) and a member of the Mobile Marketing Association, while Johns served as President of the Southwest chapter of the Mailing and Fulllment Services Association. They have produced programs for companies that span marketing agencies, healthcare, automotive, oil & gas, education, food services, and technology manufacturing industries

03/05/12

Eclipse Colour Appoints Business Development Director

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James Jose has joined Eclipse Colour in the role of Business Development Director. He brings a wealth of experience in print and DM sales coupled with an excellent reputation of dealing direct with blue chip companies. This winning combination has produced a track record of success that was hard to ignore.

‘Eclipse Colour is well known throughout the industry for quality and efficiency and I’m really excited to be a part of that now - It’s only when you actually see a business like this from the inside can you appreciate just how well it’s being run and the positive impact of a culture like Lean manufacturing.’…explains James… ‘When Eclipse Colour invested in 4DM last year I knew that I needed to be a part of their plans if my career was to develop further and I was to be able to offer clients the fully integrated marketing solutions they demand.’

Eclipse Colour MD, Simon Moore added…

‘We’re really pleased that James has joined us in this pivotal role. He’s seen the potential that’s been created by Eclipse Colour now working alongside 4DM and with his ability to understand and develop genuine Cross Media projects he will be a real asset to us - James shares our vision of how a modern print media based business should move forward and he has the full support of everyone here to help make that happen.’

03/02/12

MassChallenge Adds Perkins School for the Blind Assistive Technology Prize

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Perkins School for the Blind is ready to back entrepreneurs who focus on improving opportunities and quality of life for people with disabilities by offering the Perkins Assistive Technology Prize as part of the MassChallenge 2012. The $25 thousand dollar grant, drawn from a donation earmarked for technological solutions, promotes Perkins’ mission to empower individuals with disabilities to reach their personal potential.

“We are very pleased to partner with Perkins School for the Blind, an organization that has continually led the way in improving lives through innovation,” said Akhil Nigam, Founder and President, MassChallenge Inc. “Their generous support will help raise awareness and attract many more entrepreneurs to develop cutting edge solutions that can transform lives.”

Administered through MassChallenge, Perkins Assistive Technology Prize seeks to encourage competitors to develop new, low- and high-technology devices that could have a significant impact in the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Such assistive technology could apply to any sector of life (education, transportation, recreation, communications, vocational, etc.). The assistive technology could be designed for a certain group of individuals with a disability (vision loss, hearing loss, mobility, etc.), or have a more universal market application. Details and application information at www.MassChallenge.org

One-fifth of the U.S. population lives with some type of disability, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As the population grows and the Baby Boom generation ages, that number will rise rapidly.

Disability pushes people to the fringes of community and society. Without innovative solutions, a disability can lock the wheels of a person on the move, block communication pathways of a person who cannot see, hear, or speak and stops their forward motion through life. Technology can unlock those wheels and open the gateways of information and ideas. Perkins has a 183-year history of innovation in educating people who are blind or deafblind.

“Joining with MassChallenge is a natural for us,” says Perkins President Steven Rothstein. “It’s in everyone’s interest to urge entrepreneurs to consider accessibility because better access for people with disabilities means better access for all.”

Assistive technology allows people with disabilities to be productive workers, to process information, and to put their ideas into action. Innovation can be applied in countless ways to provide mobility for people with physical disabilities, communication access for those with impaired hearing or vision, and adaptations we have yet to imagine. Together, Perkins and MassChallenge can put entrepreneurs’ imaginations in motion to find new ways to leap over disability to productivity and independence.

Perkins School for the Blind, the nation’s first school for students with visual impairments, provides education and services to help build productive, meaningful lives for more than 200,000 children and adults who are blind or deafblind, including those with additional disabilities in the U.S. and 67 countries worldwide. Founded in 1829, Perkins pursues this mission around the world, in the community, and on campus. Learn more online atwww.Perkins.org

MassChallenge is the largest-ever startup accelerator and competition, and the first to support high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached.

Benefits for startups include:

* 3 month accelerator program. World-class mentorship and training, free office space, access to funding, legal advice, cofounders, media exposure and more.
* $1M in Cash Awards. $4M+ in-kind support.
* Open to all. Any startup can enter, from anywhere, in any industry.
* No equity taken. No restrictions applied.

President Obama honored MassChallenge in January of 2011 as one of the nation's best organizations for supporting high-growth entrepreneurs, and MassChallenge was the youngest inaugural affiliate of the Startup America Partnership. The 111 startups supported in the 2010 MassChallenge accelerator raised over $100M in outside funding and created ~500 new jobs in under 12 months.

03/02/12

EPA Names Brown Printing 2012 Energy Star Partner of the Year

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Brown Printing as a 2012 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for strategically managing and improving the energy efficiency of its entire building and manufacturing portfolio. Through its partnership with the ENERGY STAR program, Brown Printing has improved its energy performance, saved money and helped to protect the environment for future generations.

“Brown Printing’s commitment to environmentally sustainability and energy management, alongside our partnership with ENERGY STAR has paid big dividends,” said Jack Johnson, Environmental Coordinator and Energy Manager at Brown Printing. “Making our buildings and manufacturing facilities more energy efficient is one of the most effective ways for us to reduce our impact on the environment and save money, and we are honored to be recognized by EPA for our efforts.”

With a focus on ongoing performance measurement and whole-building improvement, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program provides a proven energy management strategy that has helped Brown Printing achieve important reductions in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Key accomplishments of Brown’s award winning energy management program include:

Improving companywide energy intensity by 4.3%, which equates to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 31 million pounds or the elimination of the emissions from 3,310 cars for a year.

Instituting a corporate-wide energy program that achieved 100% facility participation in the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry. Implementing best energy management practices that included requiring all capital investments to consider energy efficiency, educating employees on energy efficiency, and implementing an array of technical and process improvements across Brown’s manufacturing facilities.

“As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ENERGY STAR program, EPA is proud to recognize Brown Printing with the 2012 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “Brown and all our ENERGY STAR award winners are improving the energy efficiency of the places where we work, play and learn, which is good for our climate, the health of our economy, and our future.”

EPA’s annual ENERGY STAR Awards honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. The award winners are selected from about 20,000 partners that participate in the ENERGY STAR program and will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on March 15, 2012. Over the past 20 years, American families and businesses have saved nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to those from more than 350 million vehicles with help from ENERGY STAR.

03/02/12

Pantone and X-Rite Introduce PantoneLIVE; Allows Brand Owners to Manage Color in the Cloud

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X-Rite, Incorporated and Pantone LLC, today unveiled PantoneLIVE™, a cloud-based color service that provides instant access to essential brand color standards. PantoneLIVE is the first service under the Pantone Digital Business Unit, a newly created division of X-Rite that is the byproduct of Pantone’s expertise as the world’s color authority and X-Rite’s color science and technology leadership.

From chocolates and champagne to soda and stilettos, the past year has been wrought with cases of counterfeiting, deception and consumer confusion – all tied to the ubiquitous colors that uniquely identify brands. Cadbury and Veuve Clicquot were involved in high-profile legal battles to own their brand colors, while Christian Louboutin fought to trademark its signature red soles. With color so critically tied to brand identity, inconsistent brand color can lead to a lack of consumer confidence and lost sales.

In a recent survey conducted by the Pantone Color Institute*, more than 70 percent of creatives noted that brand color definitions, accuracy and consistency in creating products or packaging are important to their business, while 42 percent indicated that color-related challenges have a negative impact on their company. “Nearly 50 years ago, Pantone brought consistency and a common language to an industry that lacked standardization. Historically an analog process, reliant on centuries’ old color alchemy, printing and production have advanced with technology in the digital age,” said Ron Potesky, senior vice president and general manager of Pantone. “PantoneLIVE digitizes the process, taking it from visual and subjective to consistent and repeatable – significantly reducing production timelines and improving the bottom line.”

“PantoneLIVE represents a transformational change in color management for brand owners across their entire supply chain” explained Tom Vacchiano, president and CEO of X-Rite. “Our own Dr. Sonia Megert, whose vision for the digital supply chain led to the development of PantoneLIVE, will head the new Pantone Digital Business Unit.”

“Globally consistent color standards are essential to brand identity. With supply chains made up of hundreds of different facilities scattered around the world, corporations struggle to control and maintain color consistency,” said Dr. Megert. “PantoneLIVE is a dynamic ecosystem, open to all supply chain participants, which delivers consistent color across the entire packaging workflow – from design concept to retail store shelves.”

Brand color standards are the principal component of PantoneLIVE and are derived from real ink on real substrates using real printing processes. This allows brand owners to predict how corporate spot colors will reproduce on a wide variety of substrates including brown corrugated, clear film and white polypropylene. A brand’s color assets, analogous to a brand’s color DNA, are managed and maintained in a secure cloud-based data repository to ensure accurate color communication – to any supplier, around the world.

“The benefits of using PantoneLIVE are clear,” says Nigel Dickie, director of corporate and government affairs for Heinz (see Beanz Meanz Heinz and Knowing about Color case study). “The digital tools gave us unprecedented control and consistency from different print processes and materials. Across all of our packaging formats we saw a reduction in color variance of 50 percent and saved time by establishing one color target that can be applied to all our Heinz Beanz designs. The results with our Beanz packaging have been so remarkable that we plan to extend PantoneLIVE to additional product lines, including Heinz soups and Spaghetti Hoops.”

While accurate color is important to the brand identity of consumer packaged goods, protecting brand integrity in the pharmaceutical industry is crucial as counterfeit drugs put the health of consumers at risk. Chesapeake (see Accurate Brand Colors Help Stem Drug Counterfeiting case study), a global producer of consumer packaging for many of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, turned to PantoneLIVE to increase consistency in its customers’ packaging. When it comes to pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter medications, even the slightest variation in packaging color can make a product suspect and the brand vulnerable to counterfeiting.

On one job, for example, Chesapeake was able to reduce color variation by 84 percent and improve process controls, which led to zero rejections from the print run and 100 percent client approval. PantoneLIVE is creating another positive impact on Chesapeake’s business. The company previously stocked as many as 3,000 different inks in its Leicester, U.K. plant and now stores only 537 without reducing color choices.

PantoneLIVE is connected to a large portfolio of software, containing real-world color data for hundreds of thousands of colors, and is supported by the latest color measurement technology. This is combined with professional services including workflow and color rationalization audits, and customized operating procedures from Pantone and X-Rite. Custom and bespoke spectral data, as well as metadata, are used to digitize brand colors. Digitized palettes are then expanded to create independent color standards to allow for accurate color reproduction on a variety of substrates.

Brand color data, equivalent to a digital color swatch, is stored in a secure, cloud-based portal that lets brand owners and other approved members of the supply chain manage digital rights and facilitate color communication across all materials in the production process. This centralized color communication process promotes consistency and helps achieve speed to market efficiencies from initial design to final production. The portal also provides direction to suppliers to meet brand requirements related to color quality.

Industry Support

While users of any manufacturer’s ink will be able to take advantage of PantoneLIVE, Sun Chemical (see Sun Chemical press release) is the preferred ink partner. Esko (see Esko press release), a global supplier of integrated solutions for packaging, sign and display finishing, commercial printing and professional publishing, is also a preferred partner supporting PantoneLIVE. Both companies worked closely with Pantone and X-Rite to develop PantoneLIVE. Sun Chemical’s technology and color data are the foundations for PantoneLIVE, and this technology is integrated into Esko’s solutions.

In addition, Windmöller & Hölscher, a leading supplier of flexographic central impression and rotogravure printing presses, is recognized as the PantoneLIVE technology partner, serving the flexible packaging industry. In this unique capacity, Windmöller & Hölscher will extend the capability of their EASY COL on-press color matching solution to incorporate access to the PantoneLIVE ecosystem, thereby allowing converters to reduce press set-up times and in turn assure the quality of important brand colors on press.

Pantone and X-Rite are continuing to work with leading vendors to integrate and enhance their solutions with PantoneLIVE. This approach will offer customers real value in the color management and color communications process, while leaving much of their current investments in place.

Pricing and Availability

Access to the PantoneLIVE database starts at $99 USD (£63 GBP, €76 EUR) annually for a designer, $1,150 USD (£730 GBP, €885 EUR) annually for preproduction and from $2,000 USD (£1,275 GBP, €1,540 EUR) to $2,650 USD (£1,690 GBP, €2,040 EUR) annually for production. A color audit for a brand owner starts at $4,500 USD (£2,870 GBP, €3,460 EUR). Additional fees apply depending on services and scope required. PantoneLIVE solutions will be available June 15. For more information, please see www.pantone.com/live.

03/01/12

WorkflowOne Enhances Data Security

Press release from the issuing company

WorkflowOne, a leading provider of print management, distribution and marketing services, announced today that it has achieved compliance with the Payment Card Industry’s Data Security Standard. The company, which received a Report of Compliance covering both the Merchant and Service Provider standards, is one of the first in its industry to do so.

“WorkflowOne has made a multi-million dollar investment in hardware, software and system development to protect our customers’ credit card data,” said Jeff Noffsinger, Vice President of Information Technology. “When our customers’ employees, agents, dealers, brokers and consumers purchase print or promotional items through WorkflowOne’s e-commerce websites, users can be assured that their credit card information will be handled with the highestlevels of security in the industry.”

PCI is an independent body that was created by the major payment cards brands (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and JCB). The PCI’s Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of requirements designed to ensure that all companies that process, store or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment. PCI applies to all organizations or merchants that accept, transmit or store any cardholder data, regardless of their size or the number of transactions they process.

"We realize that protecting data is essential to earning and maintaining our customers’ trust,” Noffsinger said. “Our investment in technology, combined with ongoing company-wide training, helps ensure our customers’ data is handled with the utmostconfidentiality. As our online transactions continue to grow, we anticipatecontinued investment in technology and training in order to maintain our PCI compliance.”

In addition to PCI compliance, WorkflowOne also meets the requirements of SSAE-16 in locations that handle large amounts of customer data, such as Salt Lake City, Utah; Columbus, Ohio; and Dayton, Ohio. SSAE-16 is a standard of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants which replaced SAS 70 as the authoritative guidance for controls at third-party service organizations. WorkflowOne first achieved SAS 70 Type II certification in 2004.

03/01/12

Tower Introduces One-Step Fountain Solution

Press release from the issuing company

Tower Products, Inc., a leading manufacturer of environmentally sensitive pressroom chemistry has fully released MILLENNIUM 2000, an advanced technology, one-step fountain solution for use on high-speed sheet-fed presses manufactured by Komori.

MILLENNIUM 2000 does not require the use of alcohol or alcohol replacements. The product gives Komori sheet-fed press operators increased latitude on press at maximum production speeds and eliminates the need for mixing two products for the fountain. More importantly, utilizing a unique wetting agent system, MILLENNIUM 2000 can be used at a very low dosage (4 ounces per gallon) versus other one-step products running double the dosage. This unique fountain solution formula of the MILLENNIUM 2000 reduces ink feedback sometimes found on the Komori dampening rollers. Printers have also found much less contamination build up on the impression cylinders. MILLENNIUM 2000 also features an outstanding buffering system to prevent calcium carbonate from causing a pH drift and produces a fast, clean roll up, preventing excess paper waste.

For more information, please contact our Customer Service Department at 800.527.8626 or visit our website at www.towerproducts.com.

03/01/12

Professional Printing Center Installs Fourth Komori Press

Press release from the issuing company

Komori America Corporation, a premier manufacturer of sheetfed and web offset printing presses, today announced that Professional Printing Center, a full-service commercial printer located in Chesapeake, VA, recently installed its fourth Komori press, a five color Lithrone S40 (LS540) with advanced interface (AI) software, to answer the company’s increased demand for high quality, more sophisticated applications. The company reports that the advanced technology of the LS540 coupled with AI software is significantly enhancing productivity and improving profitability with its ability to cut makeready time by 50 percent and reduce sheet count by up to 70 percent.

“We expanded our services over the last two years, so a higher level of productivity was important to us for a number of reasons,” said Brian Ward, president of Professional Printing Center. “We had a huge comfort level with Komori because we know we can count on them. Other manufacturers may make great presses, but they just can’t compete with the support you get from Komori.”

In selecting the press, Professional Printing Center was particularly impressed that AI technology allows all press functions to be preset from the console, saving time and money. In addition, the AI software also has self-learning technology that progressively updates press settings over time to reduce waste. Professional Printing Center’s long history and high satisfaction with the advanced technology and the ease-of-use of Komori’s presses which made it possible to eliminate two older presses were additional factors in the decision to add a more advanced press.

“We are FSC certified and serious about establishing sustainable efforts at every level of production, so having the ability to further reduce waste was a very important consideration and the LS540 delivers on that feature,” said Pat Wilcox, vice president and plant manager for Professional Printing Center. “Additionally, we are excited that the new technology makes it possible to offer a high level of repeatability with every job and the ability to turn jobs around very quickly.”

“We are pleased that the LS540 is offering Professional Printing Center the technology needed to meet its demand for maximum productivity and commitment to the environment,” said Jacki Hudmon, senior vice-president of sales and marketing for Komori America. “We value our long-term relationship with them and look forward their continued success.”

02/28/12

EFI Expects Record Attendance for 13th Annual Connect Users' Conference

Press release from the issuing company

EFI™ (Nasdaq:EFII), a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, is gearing up for its largest Connect users' conference in history, set for April 10-13 at the Wynn Las Vegas. After last year's record-setting customer attendance, EFI is preparing for another sold out event with a large group of international attendees. Connect enables print industry leaders from around the world to attend educational sessions, test drive the latest EFI products, voice their opinions at user group meetings, discuss industry trends, and network with peers.

The detailed list of more than 150 class sessions is now available online. Sessions cover MIS/ERP and Web-to-Print systems, inkjet and label solutions, a special Fiery® technology track, and more.

EFI will highlight its unique, fully integrated, end-to-end workflows throughout the event with live demos. The Connect lab area will once again showcase the full portfolio of EFI solutions, including the complete print MIS line-up (PrintSmith™, Pace, Logic™, PSI™, Monarch, Radius, PrintStream, PrintFlow® and Digital StoreFront®), numerous Fiery digital print servers and proofing solutions, wide-format and label inkjet printers. Leading industry partners will have their latest products on display as well. Ricoh is this year's Platinum sponsor. Canon U.S.A., Kodak, SmartLinc and xpedx are Gold sponsors; Agile Network, Hybrid Software, Lithotechnics, MGI and Unisource are Bronze sponsors. The company expects more exhibitors to be added in the coming weeks.

"After an amazing event in 2011, we're getting excited to host another installment of EFI Connect with an even higher caliber of educational sessions, user group meetings, and product demonstrations for an anticipated record number of customers," said Frank Mallozzi, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at EFI. "This event is solely focused on helping our customers get the most out of their EFI products so they can operate more efficiently and profitably now and in the coming years."

A long-time EFI customer, MOSAIC offers conventional, waterless, UV and digital printing. Brendan Connors, CEO, says: "Connect provides the perfect venue to understand technology, strategize on workflow and share best practices with some of the best in the industry. Last year we were evaluating replacing PSI after 20 years. All options were on the table. We sent a team to Connect and came out with a plan to take MOSAIC to the next level with EFI Pace. The contacts we met while at Connect were invaluable and we are looking forward to this year's event."

During the event, attendees will hear from EFI CEO Guy Gecht, Rob Schlacter, vice president of quality and business services at Staples, and other EFI executives and customers.

For the second year, EFI is hosting a special Fiery digital print server and solutions track. The Fiery Tech @ Connect conference is an advanced training forum for reseller sales analysts and specialists. The interactive sessions provide in-depth knowledge and tools to identify new business opportunities, offer the right customer solutions, provide competitive selling tips, and to help justify their customers' investments in higher value solutions.

Connect will also feature the return of the popular live auction, held Wed., April 11 during the evening sponsor appreciation reception. Items for auction include training sessions, site audits, and Fiery and MIS software modules. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation.

Customers can enter the "Win with EFI" video contest until March 16 by submitting a video about how their company uses or plans to use EFI products to help ensure business success. The winning company will receive conference registration for one attendee, three nights' hotel accommodations at the Wynn during the conference for that attendee, and $5,000 in credit towards the purchase of EFI products. (No purchase necessary. For complete information, see details and official rules at www.efi.com/connect/2012videocontest/).

Early bird registration rates are good until Feb. 29, 2012. To register, go towww.efi.com/Connect/Register%202012

For more information about EFI, visit www.efi.com or call 800-875-7117.

02/28/12

FINAT Congress and Label Competition 2012

Press release from the issuing company

FINAT, the world-wide association for the self-adhesive labels and related products, introduces the entry and participation details of its annual international labelling competition and the provisional programme of its congress which will take place in the Hilton Hotel in Athens, Greece from 6-9 June 2012. FINAT also reveals the winner of the congress logo contest of this year's edition.

Congress 2012 Theme: Sustainable labelling – now is your chance!

"In today’s developed society, businesses are increasingly embracing a corporate approach that goes beyond the single dimension of company profit," says Kurt Walker, FINAT President. "Awareness is growing that short-term profit maximization cannot be achieved without taking into account a company’s corporate responsibility towards the environment, the community in which it is operating and the people it employs. ‘Sustainable entrepreneurship’ is aimed at maximising ‘PPP Value’: People, Planet andProfit. In this concept, the scope of entrepreneurship is broadened from the ‘here and now’ to the ‘there and then’."

That is why under the title 'Sustainable labelling - now is your chance!', this year's congress takes a specific look at the various aspects associated with the buzzword ‘sustainability’ for the labelling industry. It will highlight the perspective from one of the leading customers of our industry, demonstrate how to combine economy and ecology when designing packaging and labels, and allow the opportunity to share and discuss best practice with industry leaders and entrepreneurs in different areas of corporate sustainability. In addition the congress will bring inspiration from the Live8 (Live Aid) experience and will present an outlook into our common future from a leading futurologist. And it will give participants a first hand opportunity to learn about the latest trends and developments affecting the European self-adhesive label industry. The full programme will be released in due course.

Thirty Second International Label Competition: Final Call for Entries

FINAT converter members and other label printers that are not yet affiliated to FINAT and who have not yet entered their labels are encouraged to do so before the March 9 deadline. The FINAT label competition recognises and rewards achievements in terms of both end use/marketing impact and print and converting quality. The awards will be presented to the winners during FINAT's Congress in Athens.

This year the competition is separating all wine labels from the mainstream categories irrespective of printing process used. This means that there are three drinks categories and one food category. This trial has been prompted because wine labels by their very nature are usually aesthetically pleasing and very decorative and the quality of design and printing quality has improved considerably over the years. The intention is to allow other end use categories to have a greater chance of winning an award. This principle has also been applied to the cosmetic entries where all cosmetic labels will be entered in the cosmetic category irrespective of printing process used allowing more scope for labels entered in the pharmaceutical and other related categories.

In recent years the FINAT awards competition has seen a considerable increase in the total number of entries with the figures hovering around the 300 mark with almost two thirds of the entries to be found in the Marketing/End Use Group.

In the 2010 competition a label from the Wine/Spirits category won best in show with wine labels taking several of the printing process awards. Again in 2011 a wine label won best in show and another was awarded the jury prize. In both competitions wine and drinks labels also won the Sets of Labels category. Of course wine labels will not be excluded from winning the ultimate award but the new classification will level the playing field somewhat. Almost certainly we will see the wines and spirits label up in the top awards again in this year’s competition. There has been a significant trend in food labels to more realistic illustrations of food products. This is driven to some extent by the brand owners demanding more differentiation of their products on the supermarket shelves. It has been proven that realistic looking packaging and labels placed at consumer eye level increases sales by up to 10%. The same research indicated that more men buy wine by design than price. Whereas women tend to purchase based initially on price and secondly by design.

FINAT Congress Logo Contest: and the Winner is ...

In order to encourage the next generation of graphic designers, FINAT has for the past four years organised a congress logo competition. Several colleges and universities from the host country Greece were invited to submit entries from their students on the theme 'Sustainable Labelling - now is your chance'. More than 120 entries were received from 2 teaching establishments. The Vakalo Art & Design College and the Akto College both located in Athens.

The standard of entries was very high and bodes well for the future of the graphic design industry especially in Greece. It was very difficult to make the final decision as many of the entries showed some really original ideas in their designs. The final award was made to Georgios Karanikas from the Vakalo Art and Design college. He produced a very simple one colour design depicting the meander, a design often seen round the walls of ancient Greek buildings. His idea was to show, in a stylised way, two hands interlinking and collaborating together illustrating the international, multi-cultural character of the FINAT Congress. The judges were impressed by the simplicity of design using only one colour and the concept behind the design.

For all information: www.finat.com

02/28/12

Management Team at manroland Sheetfed GmbH Confirmed

Press release from the issuing company

Following the appointment of Alfred Rothlaender as head of the newly formed manroland sheetfed GmbH on 10 February 2012, the company today confirmed the senior HQ management team:

Alfred Rothlaender - President (Geschäftsführer)
Rafael Penuela Torres - Vice President Sales (Geschäftsführer)
Marco Faulhaber - Vice President Aftermarket (Prokurist)
Peter Esch - Head of Production (Prokurist)
Stefan Finger - Head of Engineering R&D (Prokurist),B Ewa Lohmann - Head of Finance (Prokurist)
Thomas Heyn - Head of Human Resources

02/27/12

Collins Ink Corporation Gets ISO Certification

Press release from the issuing company

Collins Ink Corporation is proud to announce it is now certified as an ISO 9001:2008 compliant organization. The certification addresses Collins Ink's Management System and assures that it complies with the rigorous performance standards set forth by the International Standards Organization (ISO), a group that sets quality and management standards for businesses.

To become certified as ISO 9001:2008 compliant, Collins Ink underwent a one-year evaluation process that included quality management system development, a management system documentation review, pre-audit, initial assessment, and clearance of non-conformances, all of which work to identify corrective actions that eliminate non-conformance to the quality management standard. The process culminated in a comprehensive two-day registration audit.

"Achieving ISO 9001:2008 certification reinforces the quality of our organization and is something we've worked very hard to achieve," said Michael Dull, Director of Quality Control. "Our employees and staff are proud of achieving this important certification and are committed to demonstrating excellence every single day."

With this certification, customers can feel confident in Collins Ink’s continued dedication to complete customer satisfaction.

02/27/12

Neopost Partners with Uniserv

Press release from the issuing company

Neopost today announced a partnership with Uniserv GmbH that enables customers to validate the addresses of additional countries on top of the USA and United Kingdom currently already offered when using Neopost solutions. While customers using the Neopost PrintMachine document output management solution will be the first to benefit, additional Neopost mail optimization and preparation products will also take advantage of the Uniserv data quality products and services.

Validating addresses ensures mail is deliverable and keeps valuable financial resources from being wasted on returned mail. Undeliverable mail can impact business operations, efficiency and cash flow due to additional expenditures in re-sending mail as well as lost revenues from late bills and invoice payments.

"We're really excited to be working with Neopost, to be part of a strong joint offer that will help Neopost customers drive efficiency and effectiveness in their everyday operations. At the same time we're introducing Uniserv's proven services and products to a new user audience," said Jon Paterson, Alliance Manager at Uniserv.

"Uniserv is well-known in the data quality and data integration industry and will now be a key player on our data quality team," says Enno Ebels, Managing Director of Neopost Data Quality solutions. "In addition to our Satori Software services, Uniserv products and services will enable us to further meet the growing needs of our international customers who are demanding added value during their mail preparation processes. Our customers will immediately benefit from the Neopost-Uniserv agreement."

Customers of PrintMachine 4.0 can now cleanse and correct addresses when creating output via access to Uniserv online address validation services. Additional products and services will be developed through a joint effort between Neopost software development teams and Uniserv in the near future.

02/27/12

Duplo Announces New Slitter / Cutter / Creaser Installations

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PALOMAR REPROGRAPHICS, Carlsbad, Calif., has brought their post-press operation in-house with Duplo’s DC-615 Slitter/Cutter/Creaser. Perfect for processing short-run jobs on demand, the automatic DC-615 eliminates white borders and prevents toner cracking on digital color documents in a single pass. Formerly outsourcing such tasks, the company now finishes their own business cards, postcards, brochures, and other digitally-printed pieces and has already seen a return on their investment. “We now have the ability to complete orders in-house and expand our offerings to our customers,” says Helga Batsford, president of Palomar Reprographics. Palomar Reprographics is a full service reprographics and document management firm serving the San Diego area.

APEX COLOR, Jacksonville, FL, has recently added Duplo’s DC-645 Slitter/Cutter/Creaser and the UJ-500AS Jogger to their shop. In need of a more efficient method for finishing their business cards and scoring their jobs, Apex Color has found the DC-645 has reduced their turnarounds and increased their productivity. “It has freed up personnel from having to score jobs separately and it’s able to finish the business cards, postcards, and book covers quickly,” says Jeff Kidd, operations manager at Apex Color, saving hours of production time. “It’s like having another employee without the cost because the machine virtually runs itself after a simple job set up.” In addition the UJ-500AS Jogger has reduced the static from their digitally-printed jobs, making overall finishing easier to process. Apex Color is a commercial printer offering a wide range of printing and bindery services.

COPY CORNER, in College Station, TX, has installed Duplo’s DC-645 Slitter/Cutter/Creaser. The shop, which serves professors and students from local colleges and universities, is now finishing their business cards, flyers, postcards, and invitations in less time and more efficiently. “We had been using a desktop machine for cutting, perforating and business cards, but could not score,” says Keith Truett, operations manager of Copy Corner. “The DC-645 has enabled us to market new products and services as well as increase our capabilities.” The machine was sold and installed directly by Duplo USA.

02/24/12

Organic Imaging to Debut at drupa 2012

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CEO/CTO John de Jong of Elpical said today that the company will unveil a new product line, Organic Imaging, at drupa 2012 Hall 7.0 space A26. de Jong says that Organic Imaging is based on the same core technology used in the company's commercial-level Elpical Claro family, which is used by many of the world's top publishers including Modern Luxury, BBC Worldwide, and USA Today.

The combination of economy and performance using the easiest interface in a professional-grade imaging application will allow many professionals and markets to take advantage of the benefits very quickly.

"We're very excited about the debut of Organic Imaging at drupa. We believe it will rapidly gain a following among the printers, pre-press, and multi-channel production executives who hear about it and see it there," de Jong says. He adds that the nature of the offering will make it attractive to other segments, as well.

"The democratic aspects of the internet have extended to the tools available to the people who use it," de Jong says. "Organic Imaging will be one of them."

02/24/12

Cal Poly Acquires a Digital Web Press and a Die-Cutting System

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Through a partnership with Hewlett Packard and Esko, Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department has installed new equipment that will give students hands-on experience integrating the technologies of digital printing and commercial printing and packaging.

HP donated a variable data Indigo ws4000 series web press valued at $188,000 and Esko donated a Kongsberg iCut variable data die-cutting system worth $179,000.

The web press and die-cutting technology will be used by graphic communication students in advanced digital printing classes and by professionals attending industry seminars and workshops conducted by the Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly.

The workflow resulting from these two systems allows printing runs of one or multiple images and moves them to the iCut for variable die-cutting of individual or multiple images. The iCut is based on Kongsberg technology, combined with iCut software tools designed for short-run production work, in sheet and roll form.

Cal Poly graphic communication Professor Malcolm Keif and Department Head Harvey Levenson led the effort to bring this digital web press and die-cutting workflow together. “The Esko team has been very supportive of our program,” Keif said. “They are involved in educating our students, working on industry outreach, collaborating on research, and hiring our graduates. Esko epitomizes our industry/education partnership.”

Levenson, who coordinated the HP partnership, said, “Since HP acquired Indigo in 2001, we’ve been working together to educate students and companies in how to market, sell and integrate digital printing technology into commercial printing and packaging. The ws4000 series press compliments our Indigo sheet-fed press and expands our capabilities to teach a workflow representing present and future opportunities for the graphic communication industry. Capturing, printing and die-cutting digital images – static or variable – in a closed-loop workflow represents a direction that will keep the commercial printing and packaging industries viable in the years ahead.”

02/24/12

2012 TAGA Conference Advanced Tutorial Sessions Announced

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The Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) is excited to announce the advanced tutorial sessions and technical focus sessions that will take place at the 64th Annual Technical Conference. These informative sessions will convey the future of the industry with specific insight into the latest in technology. The 2012 TAGA Technical Conference will be held March 18–21, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville-Riverfront Hotel in Jacksonville, FL.

Advanced Tutorial Sessions
These sessions have been developed by the TAGA board to update attendees on some of the latest technical innovations that focus on a particular subject area. These sessions will cover much more than can be conveyed in a technical paper. Attendees will get a great insight into each topic covered, including the underpinning technology, applications, and business impact in these areas.

This year’s conference will feature standout sessions focusing on sustainability, holography, and educational/development skills. Sessions include:

Sustainable Ink, presentedby Don Duncan, Wikoff Color Corporation
Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations. Learn about different ink technologies—the differences between them and where they integrate into a sustainable process.

Advancement and Developments in Holography—All You Wanted to Know and More, presentedby Anthony Stanton, Carnegie Mellon University Holography has developed significantly over recent years from the initial work in the ‘40s and then the developments that were accelerated due to the use of lasers in the ‘60s. Today the use of holography covers many different areas and can be seen in everyday life. Learn the underlying principles behind holography and the different effects that can be used, the difference between a static and dynamic hologram, and how they are used for art, data storage, sensors, and security.

Technical Focus Sessions: Color, Ink, and Paper
These two interactive sessions, conducted by industry leaders, allow an in-depth discussion of the latest technologies, methodologies, and standards. Discussions will include:

How changes impact the industry.
What you should be aware of that is new in the industry.
How these standards will impact equipment and processes.
How consumables—for any process—impact the performance of the printing.

This conference provides the assets, solutions, and networks necessary to stay on top of graphic arts technology. For more information please visit tagaatc.printing.org/, or to register for the conference contact Elise Cohen at ecohen@printing.org or 412-259-1713.

02/23/12

Deborah Smith Read Appointed Creative Director at Anthem Worldwide

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Anthem Worldwide, the brand development division of Schawk, Inc. (NYSE: SGK), whose integrated global network provides innovative solutions to articulate, unify and manage brand impact to create compelling and consistent brand experiences, announced that it has appointed Deborah Smith Read to serve as creative director for its San Francisco office.

Lor Gold, global chief creative officer for Schawk, said, "Successful brands must truly connect across consumer touchpoints whether it's at home, on the go, at the store or on the shelf. Deborah brings the creative connective tissue through experience and passion to help Anthem's clients deliver an emotionally compelling brand experience for consumers."

Deborah Smith Read joins Anthem with 25 years of experience in brand development, including design strategy, naming and identity, package design and interactive creative from her own consultancies Brand Engine and Addis Creson in California. Read's background includes experience with Williams-Sonoma/Pottery Barn Kids, Smith & Hawken, Kraft Foods, Sara Lee, The Clorox Company, Barclays Global Investors and LVMH.

"I am energized to become part of Anthem Worldwide's creative leadership," said Read. "Anthem understands that as a brand development agency, we are the bridge between the brand and the shopper's hand. It is this creative responsibility that fuels our global network of exceptional talent. Our deep expertise in developing creative ideas across multiple consumer channels drives growth for our clients."

Added Gold, "For both Schawk and Anthem, our collective creative, both globally and individually, fulfills extremely important creative needs for every one of our clients. In every case, there is tremendous creative talent and care and concern for detail, which end up as a highly creative brand expression designed to help our clients win at any point of consumer influence."

Read received a B.F.A. in Graphic Design at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA.

02/23/12

MarquipWardUnited Welcomes Frederic Duquenne to Sales Team

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MarquipWardUnited, a leading manufacturer of advanced sheeting, corrugating and finishing equipment, has announced the addition of Frederic Duquenne to its European Sheeter sales force. Duquenne joins the company as the sales executive for new sheeting machinery for Western Europe and North Africa territories.

Duquenne brings more than fifteen years of increasing responsibility in technical and sales management leadership from Heidelberg Web Press, France; his commercial web press experience spans eight years. Most recently, Duquenne was the France Sales Manager for commercial and newspaper web press at KBA where he demonstrated his extensive record of collaboration and team building that contributed to the growth and profitability goals of his customers.

“Frederic will allow us to communicate in French to our French-speaking customers, enhancing the overall customer experience as well as helping to build on our excellent results from this market sector,” said Steve Brimble, Managing Director Apollo Sheeters Ltd. and VP Sales Europe and Asia.

Duquenne will work from his office in Senlis, France, north of Paris.

Contact Frederic Duquenne at Frederic.Duquenne@MarquipWardUnited.com or +33 (7) 78 88 79 46.

02/23/12

SA International Launches PixelBlaster

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SA International (SAi), a leading provider of solutions for the professional signmaking, large format digital printing and CAD/CAM for CNC machining industries, has announced the introduction of its new PixelBlaster™ print-to-finish production software.

PixelBlaster is a genuine end-to-end system that covers pre-flight to production. Modular and scalable, the PDF-based software is a single solution delivering a customer-selected suite of workflow applications that drive an operation’s entire large format print hardware line-up.

PixelBlaster has been designed to reduce bottlenecks, streamline workflows and increase profitability, while its capability to standardize printing ensurespredictable and consistent print quality and color.

Available now, PixelBlaster offers a complete solution to guide jobs through every stage of the production process – from file verification, job preparation, color management, RIP to analog or digital (CTS to screen), output check and finally printing and automated finishing.

Using a modular approach, PixelBlaster can be easily tailored and scaled to fit users’ needs in mixed Macintosh® or Windows® environments. A key feature is its ability to standardize colors based on industry accepted profiles, including GRACoL, ISO, Euroscale and FOGRA.

The solution is first of its kind to deliver standardized printing to the large format sector. This means that in multi-printing device environments,PixelBlaster ensures each printer automatically generates exactly the same predictable and reproducible output quality and color – regardless of the brand of hardware, the type of inks or the substrates used.

PixelBlaster’s advanced color engine allows easy integration of proofing into the production process. By accurately predicting the final output, PixelBlaster offers a cost effective way of eliminating errors and significantly reducing media and ink wastage.

Additionally, PixelBlaster features an easy-to-use Variable Data Printing option to personalize text, graphics and images. Based on a template, users can quickly apply variables and load text and images into placeholders to mass produce customized prints.

“While other RIP’s focus heavily on print preparation, PixelBlaster goes more ‘upstream’ by providing a front-end comprising all job preparation features to drive production,” explains Gudrun Bonte, Product Manager at SAi.

“At the same time, PixelBlaster goes more downstream, providing all job finishing items from the front end and by supplying a separate software to drive the printers. In doing so, we believe that PixelBlaster delivers a wider and more tangible offering than other RIP solutions, combined with a more improved and complete toolset,” she adds.

In addition to meeting the needs of users in super-wide high volume print production environments, PixelBlaster has also been designed for the increasingly important specialty printing sector, which embraces substrates such as textiles, glass and ceramics. To ensure color predictability when not using the CMYK process, PixelBlaster includes an N-Color support feature. This enables production of custom ink sets to ensure full spot colour profiling within the gamut provided by the selected inks.

Thanks to the PDF engine, PixelBlaster handles transparencies with ease and has no problem managing multiple file types. Unlike certain RIPs that struggle to faithfully process PDF files, PixelBlaster eradicates such issues. This prevents workflow being impacted by avoiding the need for users to rasterize files before printing to ensure proper translation of information.

PixelBlaster is already being tested by several sign and graphics businesses, including US-based, Signs by Tomorrow. According to Ryan Warner, Press Operator and Design Manager at the York, Pennsylvania, company, PixelBlaster delivers a multitude of benefits, not least of which is its capability of faithful PDF support.

“PixelBlaster basically allows us to RIP and print jobs from PDFs faster and at a higher quality, as well as cut them more accurately, than any other software I’ve used in the past,” he says. “Not only that, PixelBlaster allows us to print the same file from the same computer on either or both printers, all while operating within the same color space. We can print one portion of a job on our solvent printer and the other on our UV printer and the colors are identical.

“For anyone looking to simplify their work flow, improve their print and cut quality, decrease production time or just make their day easier, Pixel Blaster is the way to go,” he concludes.

PixelBlaster extends SAi’s growing line of comprehensive, professional software solutions, which also include the Flexi™ and PhotoPrint™ family of products. Having obtained a license for the software, customers can register at a dedicated on line portal, where they can create and manage their personal profile page, as well as download the software and necessary profiles drivers and user manuals.

For further information on SAi’s new PixelBlaster production software solution please e-mail Info@SAintl.eu or call +32 2 725 52 95.

02/22/12

Mutoh America, Inc. Introduces ValueJet Status Monitor

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Mutoh America Inc., a leading manufacturer of wide-format printers, adds ValueJet Status Monitor (VSM) to its product portfolio.

VSM is a sophisticated software application offered free to Mutoh customers that is used to monitor the health and status of Mutoh ValueJet printers. This includes monitoring ink levels, heater settings, firmware updates, color output and more.

This smart software is exclusive to Mutoh's ValueJet printer line.

Printer functions are checked by VSM to ensure the printer is providing the user consistent output and notifies the operator via email or smart phone if there is a problem.

"Mutoh's exclusive VSM system adds to the many smart printing features that Mutoh ValueJet printers offer today" say David Conrad, Mutoh Marketing Manager. "This is just one more step Mutoh is taking to help their customers prevent down time and make their jobs easier and more productive."

Operators can multitask with piece of mind because VSM includes an email notification system to alert the operator to several pre-programmed messages including printer status, low ink, media end and more.

Through internet access, the operator can check the status of the ink level and heater temperatures from any PC that the VSM software has been installed.

The system is currently available on the VJ-1324, 1624, and 1608HS printers. New VSM capable printers and smart phone remote access app will be announced in the near future.

02/22/12

SGIA’s New Safety Package Focuses on Heavy Lifting

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SGIA has released its newest safety package, as a reminder to the specialty imaging community to lift with your legs, not with your back! The package is being mailed to SGIA members this week, and is available online now, at SGIA.org.

Critical safety resources include a Safety in Action Case Study, which presents information about the importance of knowing your limitations, and valuable instruction on how to execute the perfect lift. Also included is a What to Do law guide, designed to supply members with the ins and outs of federal employment and labor laws regarding heavy lifting practices.

The safety package also contains a workplace safety poster, to demonstrate to your employees the dangers of improper lifting, and to encourage the proper lifting techniques. SGIA Safety Posters can be modified before hanging, to include your company logo and name.

SGIA provides these important resources because a safe work environment means a successful work environment. For more details about SGIA’s commitment to workplace safety and additional resources members can take advantage of, visit SGIA.org, Keyword: Safety.

02/22/12

Lecta Publishes Its New Environment Report

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Lecta is a company firmly committed to sustainability that views its business activity as being inextricably linked to an attitude that is respectful of both the environment and society.

One of the guiding principals of Lecta’s environmental policy is transparent and regular communication of its environmental practices. The publication of the “2010 Environmental Report: Challenges 2011/2012” underpins this transparency, and reflects Lecta’s commitment to demonstrate to our partners that they may have the utmost confidence and trust in the sustainable nature of our activity.

The latest Environmental Report draws together the efforts made in recent years by the Group’s member companies – Condat, Cartiere del Garda and Torraspapel – while also detailing the commitments we have made that constitute our challenges for the immediate future.

In order to validate the Group’s desire to be transparent, committed and responsible in communicating its environmental performance, the environmental data included in the report have been evaluated and verified by an independent organization, as stated in the appendix.

Lecta is one Europe’s largest manufacturers of coated woodfree paper (CWF), with a production capacity of more than 1.4 million tons, making it the market leader in Southern Europe (Spain, Portugal, France and Italy). In addition to manufacturing coated woodfree paper at its manufacturing sites in Spain, Italy and France, Lecta produces 330,000 tons of diverse specialty and base papers in Spain, with a total production capacity of nearly 2 million tons of coated paper, pulp, specialty papers and base paper.

Over the last five years, Lecta has invested close to 90 million euros in environmental projects aimed at improving energy efficiency in production processes and implementing modern CHP (cogeneration) plants; reducing CO2 emissions by increasing control points, upgrading and modernizing equipment, and replacing fuel oil with other cleaner fuels; achieving a 90% reduction of odor-producing gases from the pulp mill in Zaragoza; attaining the most rigorous environmental certifications – ISO 14001, EMAS, PEFC™, FSC® and UNI CEI EN 16001 –; and improving waste management in order to minimize the amount of waste sent to disposal sites and the emissions produced therein.

Lecta’s new Environmental Report is available in four languages: English, Spanish, French and Italian. For the full report in pdf, consult the websites www.lecta.com, www.torraspapel.com, www.condat-pap.com and www.gardacartiere.com.

02/21/12

Long Time Customer Keeps Coming Back to MCS

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MCS, Inc., a leader in industrial inkjet technology, camera systems and digital production solutions, is pleased to announce fmi direct's acquisition of two of the MCS Eagle UV-Curable Inkjet systems, as well as a production digital color press form MCS' digital product family.

After 25 years in the direct marketing business, President Lisa Formica of fmi direct knows that there is more than one way for their clients to get their message out: Offline. Online. Any and all lines in between. The company offers direct marketing, data management, digital print, mail and fulfillment to serve the marketing needs of their clients.

But direct mail still reigns king, and comprises a large portion of fmi's work. Enter MCS Eagle UV Inkjet.

"We installed our first Eagle system in 2010," explains Lisa Formica. "Clients wanted to print more personalization on envelopes and the Eagle's 4.25" print head was the ideal solution. Sometimes we have to rotate the envelope 90 degrees, and the Eagle system gave us the flexibility to do so without stitching," she asserts.

Formica continues: "Once installed, we found that the Eagle system used less ink. Also, our operators like the MCS Eagle. It's is simple to set up, and they LOVE that there is no stitching with the 4.25" print head. We've had absolutely no issues with it."

Fmi purchased the second Eagle UV inkjet due to growth of their business and clients. "We need the UV capability for glossy stock. We used to produce the aqueous coating with a knock-out for the address block. With the Eagle UV, we can do a single pass, and the client no longer needs to pay for the extra plate charge. We do a lot of PCs and self-mailers on glossy stock, so MCS's UV capability and the ability to handle a lot of difficult substrates really helps. Also, the sales reps now have more capabilities to sell," says Formica.

Formica describes her choice of MCS as a vendor: "The thing I like most about MCS is that the founder and President David Loos, in particular, is constantly monitoring the industry to develop products and relationships that mailers can use to generate more business."

Formica uses the MCS digital press product line as an example. "The market was moving toward smaller, more data-driven direct mail, she says. "With our data capabilities, we can now swap out images based on demographics, use spot color, and all sorts of options. We needed a printer that could handle it. We had another digital color product in the past, and MCS came in and took over the maintenance, putting everything on the same program. We had experience with MCS, and they brought in their expertise and their service approach, which was outstanding. So it made sense to buy our next digital color press from MCS when we were ready."

02/21/12