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Staffing Becomes No. 1 In-plant Issue

Staffing issues have become one of most significant issues in-plants are struggling to overcome. In this new blog from Consultant Howie Fenton, he relates how one in-plant manager is handling this.

Making Print Procurement Go More Smoothly

When the in-house printer is responsible for procuring outside printing, everybody wins. Here are some tips so your vendors know what you expect from them.

Inkjet, Promo Products and Personalized Apparel are Hottest Products

We asked in-plants which new products and services would be fueling their growth over the next few years. The responses were surprising.

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Staffing issues have become one of most significant issues in-plants are struggling to overcome. In this new blog from Consultant Howie Fenton, he relates how one in-plant manager is handling this.

When the in-house printer is responsible for procuring outside printing, everybody wins. Here are some tips so your vendors know what you expect from them.

This year, Texas is home to the inaugural PRINTING United, housed in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in the heart of Dallas.

Production Inkjet

We asked in-plants which new products and services would be fueling their growth over the next few years. The responses were surprising.

Kemal Carr, president of Madison Advisors, recaps the excitement of the sixth annual Inkjet Summit that took place in April. He also gives some insight into the decision process with three things to consider before making an inkjet investment.

No one predicted that wide-format inkjet would open a new market for printers for signage, vehicle wraps, building wraps and more.

Workflow/Web-to-Print

Assisting with marketing efforts can mean expanding outside of printing and into email, websites and social media. New software from MindFire enables printing operations to escape the boundaries of print while doing so through single-product integration. PRINTING United Booth 10337.

The revised Alchem-e™ software platform supports high-volume production of customer communications..

I recently moderated an in-plant panel discussion, talking with three managers who shared their workflow experiences and discussed the hurdles they have overcome and improvements they have made to their workflows. On the panel were Sherri Isbell (University of Oklahoma), Mike Lincoln (State of Colorado) and Lisa Stelter (Sanford Health).

Wide-Format Printing

Roland’s new VersaEXPRESS RF-640 8-Color Printer utilizes an eco-solvent ink set and prints at a maximum of 64 inches.

Two new machines — both using Mutoh’s new MS41 Eco-Solvent inks — provide increased ease of use, high-quality printing and high productivity. Both systems offer a maximum print width of 64 inches, and are available in four- and seven-head configurations. PRINTING United Booth 4404.

Each year, EFI hosts its customers, partners, media and analysts at its signature event, EFI Connect.

Digital Printing

The imagePRESS C850 offers print speeds of up to 85 letter-size images per minute, duplex, long-sheet printing, and can handle heavier, coated or textured stock. The imagePRESS C850 also features in-line finishing options including creasing and trimming. PRINTING United Booth 7016.

The grapevine has been ripe the past weeks, but now the news is finally out. Fujifilm has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the majority holding of Xerox Corporation and will merge Fuji Xerox with Xerox.

In-plants do much more than “just” print. Many provide variable data, text messaging, email and social media services. If customers don’t know this, they may be bringing the print component of campaigns to your in-plant and handing off the other deliverables, to other departments/outside resources. That approach fragments messaging, compromising color consistency and campaign effectiveness.

Sustainability

A new film from LINTEC is applied wet and provides an excellent, print-protecting solution for companies in the graphic, in-plant, and visual communication segments. Made with 80% recycled PET materials, it offers a sustainable option. PRINTING United Booth 5104.

By integrating Two Sides materials into the school's curriculum, the faculty educates Digital Media students on the importance of the paper and print industry and the unique sustainable features of paper products.

Large companies are turning to paper as an alternative to plastic packaging and more packaging suppliers are investing in research to make paper as practical as plastic. Here are some reasons why paper fits into the circular economy model.

Mailing/Postal

The Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service, which represents the printing and mailing industries, wants Congress to retain the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act that determines and sets price caps on the Postal Regulatory Commission’s rate-setting process for the U.S Postal Service.

Consumers are so used to the ability to receive paper-based documents that we can’t imagine being deprived of our “right” to have it – but the entitlement isn’t as well grounded as we think.

The USPS has brought back promotions for 2019. Do you have a planned strategy to not only save money on postage, but really stand out?

In-plant Justification

Although the business of higher education continues to be revolutionized by digital technology, print and mail are still very much a part of day-to-day operations. Who should be responsible for producing this print collateral, an in-plant or an outside firm?

I recently moderated a panel discussion by in-plant managers who shared their thoughts about why they are front runners and how they showcase their wins.

Frisco Independent School District's in-plant turned the launch of a testimonial video into an awareness, promotional and employee-engagement opportunity during in-plant awareness month.

Consumables

At the beginning of next year, magazine publishers will be paying about 25% more for paper than they did just 18 months earlier.

Corporations should realize that digital is not welcomed by many customers. Print and paper have key benefits.

Understanding your carbon footprint can show opportunities for decreasing your consumption of energy and materials, and in turn, reducing your production of carbon emissions. But, where might paper and print consumption fit in?

Binding & Finishing

Broadside accordion folds, or single sheet accordion folds on cover stock, each require scoring in the first section before the right angle fold.

Even the simplest bindery department can be a complicated operation with a mix of post-press machinery, procedures and materials. No matter how well-trained an operator or manager, it's easy to miss something that leads to a mistake. A checklist can prevent mistakes with surprising results.

Nearly all of the successful marketing strategies were inspired by ideas from outside the printing industry.

Sheetfed Offset Printing

This is the time of year when organizations evaluate their current position and start thinking about things that they need to change.

IPG blogger Dwayne Magee takes a trip down printing’s memory lane by sharing an amusing collection of tips for printers.