October 2012


2012 Paper Buyers' Guide

Our 2012 Paper Buyers’ Guide will show you, at a glance, which vendors offer which types of paper. The chart here lists paper suppliers alphabetically

A Scientific Perspective

It was anything but destiny that led Steve Schmuger to become manager of an in-plant printing operation. Inquisitive and intelligent, he majored in philosophy of science at Boston University—not quite a road map to the printing industry—but possesses a free-flowing nature and a quest for knowledge.

A Visit to Arapahoe County

While in Denver recently, IPG Editor Bob Neubauer dropped in on Arapahoe County Print Services, overseen by Manager Tim Mulvey.

A Wider Variety of Work in Memphis

Since installing a new 61˝ HP Designjet L26500 wide-format printer in July, Tiger Graphic Services, at the University of Memphis, has more than doubled its growth. While the 11-employee in-plant is still using its nine-year-old HP 5500PSUV printer, Manager Penni Istre says that the new device was necessary to produce the shop’s oversized and corrugated signage work, which makes up about 35 percent of its business.

From the Editor: Mile-high Musings

I just returned from Denver, where I spent several days with government in-plants from all over the country. The event was the National Government Publishing Association conference, a meeting I've been attending since 1995.

Government Printers Rendezvous in the Rockies

State government printers from around the country assembled in Denver last month for the 35th annual National Government Publishing Association (NGPA) conference. About 30 government attendees took part in the three-day event, which was titled "Exceptional Government and the Power of Partnership."

Mail Keeps Omaha In-plant Strong

Equipped with an arsenal of digital printing and high-tech inserting gear, the 42-employee print and mail operation at Physicians Mutual processes between 30 and 35 million mail pieces a year for the health and life insurance company.

Must See ’Ems Winners to be Shown Off at Graph Expo

Each year, a panel of industry experts, journalists and consultants analyzes the graphic arts technologies that will be on display at the Graph Expo trade show and assembles a list of those they feel will have the greatest impact on the printing industry. This list of “Must See ’Ems” winners has traditionally been revealed at the pre-show Executive Outlook Conference, just a day before the Chicago show opens.

New Digital Press Strengthens Ohio Northern University

With parts for its two aging Hamada presses getting scarce, Ohio Northern University Printing Services was at a crossroads. Jobs that the five-employee in-plant couldn't handle were being printed by local vendors, but turnaround times and quality were not always ideal.

Penn State Adds DI Press

Quality, efficiency and cost. Those were the three areas that Penn State University’s Multimedia & Print Center (MPC) sought to improve when it recently installed a new Presstek 52DI digital offset press.

Supporting Soldiers With Print

When the United States Department of Defense (US DOD) needs to get a message out to a foreign audience to support its soldiers in the field, it has to act quickly. For this reason, the US DOD maintains a fleet of Kodak NexPress digital presses, along with a contingent of bindery equipment, in several locations around the world. In addition, it is building deployable units, to be stationed where they are most needed.