Blogs

Why Release Liner Quality is Essential for Great Graphics

When installing self-adhesive graphics, the last thing you probably think about is the remnants you throw away. However, the quality of these remnants - better known as release liners - can make a significant difference to the printing and installation of graphics.

A High School Career Center Reinvents Education in the Graphic Arts

It's no secret that printing and related graphic communication companies have the need for skilled entry-level employees as experienced journeymen retire. A vocational training center, the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, offers a great model for addressing the problem.

Operational Performance: Don’t Track it Manually

While reducing production costs and improving efficiency are key business initiatives for in-plants, almost half track their operational key performance indicators manually. It's imperative to automate both the production process and the data collection to effectively manage a print shop.

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Consumables

When installing self-adhesive graphics, the last thing you probably think about is the remnants you throw away. However, the quality of these remnants - better known as release liners - can make a significant difference to the printing and installation of graphics.

A new laminate film from Drytac, branded as Polar Chrome, provides an eye-catching, silvery finish for graphics projects. The 3 mm PET product is compatible with numerous ink systems, including solvent, latex and UV cured. PRINTING United Booth 6224.

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

Business Management

It's no secret that printing and related graphic communication companies have the need for skilled entry-level employees as experienced journeymen retire. A vocational training center, the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, offers a great model for addressing the problem.

While reducing production costs and improving efficiency are key business initiatives for in-plants, almost half track their operational key performance indicators manually. It's imperative to automate both the production process and the data collection to effectively manage a print shop.

To be successful, you need to be a leader and a manager. Practicing management without leadership, or leadership without management is a recipe for failure. Here are some things to consider.

Mailing/Postal

Depending upon which experts you heed, the U.S. Postal Service is either a few months away from insolvency or it’s in no danger of running out of cash any time soon. Let's look at facts about what’s going on with this agency that’s so central to American life.

We've heard a lot on the news about essential businesses during COVID-19, but one we all count on that is not mentioned much is the USPS. The Postal Service, like many of us, have been greatly impacted by this crisis, and so has direct mail marketing in general.

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.

Workflow/Web-to-Print

During the pandemic, in-plants have been forced to develop new ways to operate or reexamine how they work. We have been working with them to build new workflows or help them take full advantage of the systems they already have, so they can work smarter with fewer touches and staff, on-site or remotely.

Offering increased RIP speeds of up to 400% and aiding the image quality on numerous substrates and products including printed textiles, the recently released ONYX 19 sets a new standard in wide-format print production. PRINTING United Booth 6816.

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.

Wide-Format Printing

As the situation with COVID-19 develops, Canon Solutions America wants to safeguard its customers and associates by equipping them with proper instructions on how to proactively maintain their devices with detailed cleaning procedures.

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.

Sustainability

EPA issued a new rule that reduces the regulatory requirements for waste aerosol cans. The new rule is aimed at improving recycling and reducing the cost and burden of aerosol can management by imposing less stringent regulatory requirements on the cans.

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.

Production Inkjet

Offering print providers the ability to create surprising, innovative printed products, the new PX3000 UV inkjet press increases “wow" factor and speeds delivery, while at the same time controlling costs, even as customer SKUs increase. PRINTING United Booth 10564 and 9344.

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.

In-plant Justification

In his latest blog, Greg Cholmondeley talks about the reasons many in-plants do not have up-to-date and relevant strategic plans.

Every year that I moderate an ideal panel session at the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association conference I get some great ideas from the panelists. This year, the session was called "Winning In-plant Ideas” and featured three healthcare in-plant leaders.

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?

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.

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.