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  • What the Scribes & successful printers learned about automating

    What the Scribes & successful printers learned about automating

    By Richard Romano, Industry Analyst

    Students of printing history likely know the name Johannes Trithemius. He was a German abbot in the 1490s, about 40 years after the invention of the printing press. By Trithemius’ heyday, the printing revolution was in full swing, automating the process of reproducing documents and replacing the earlier method that involved hand-copying by scribes, monks cloistered and copying documents in scriptoria. After the printing press, demand for scribes...
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  • What! You’re not Using Web2Print?

    What! You’re not Using Web2Print?

    By Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    Raise your hand if you remember jobs coming in on CDs or DVDs. Thanks!

    Now raise your hand if you remember jobs coming in on Zip Drives? A few more. Very good!

    How about on SyQuest drives? Excellent! (How does if feel to be that old?)

    Finally, how many of you had jobs come in as mechanicals, so you had to take a Photostat of every page and make plates so you could run it on your press? (How does it feel to be ancient?)...
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  • New Affordable, Short-Run Finishing Systems:

    New Affordable, Short-Run Finishing Systems:

    A Competitive Edge for Commercial Printers?

    by Sean O'Leary
    Chief Technology Officer, PrintPlanet


    One of the hidden problems with the digital revolution is that it opens up new business opportunities for everyone – not just you. For example, you may have thought that a high volume inkjet press investment was a strategic move that would put you one step ahead of the competition, but in reality it turned out you’re just keeping up with the pack. For small-to-medium...
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  • No Jackets Required

    No Jackets Required

    By Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    Taking the jackets off your offset presses is the first advantage of adding LED-UV dryers to your press. After that, things get even better, putting an end to conventional drying methods while eliminating environmental concerns associated with old-school UV curing.

    Back in the day—and much of that day is still here—drying inks after printing required hot air or heat lamps. Forward-thinking printers who opted for UV inks had to add mercury-arc...
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  • You Won’t Survive by Printing Alone

    You Won’t Survive by Printing Alone

    By Noel Ward

    In the mid-90s I was going into print shops, setting up internal networks, training prepress people on using QuarkXPress and dragging many shop owners kicking and screaming into the tenuous new world of digital file prep and digital printing. Some embraced the new technology while others were skeptical or resistant. Suffice it to say that those who survived were not the skeptics or resisters. A couple years later I was an active advocate for digital printing, editing a...
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  • Inklings:

    Inklings:

    Smart Inks: A Tsunami On The Horizon

    It’s usually the printing presses and other hardware that fire hype and imagination in the printing world. This is partly because we can actually watch the latest print machinery at work and (often) admire the convergence of design and function as the big iron cranks out the product.

    Meanwhile, the less accessible chemistry of ink is often all but ignored, in spite of chemistry’s place as a core driver of progress in the world of...
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  • Targeted Direct Mail Without a Postal Permit—Yes!

    Targeted Direct Mail Without a Postal Permit—Yes!

    Every Door Delivery (EDDM) Is the Door to Saving Time & Money on Direct Mail


    By Richard Romano, Industry Analyst

    As any mailer can tell you, acquiring mailing lists for direct mail campaigns is perhaps the biggest challenge in marketing. Sure, lists can be purchased, but they’re expensive, and mailing lists can go out-of-date quite easily as people move, switch jobs, get married, and are otherwise on-the-go.

    Few people, it seems, are aware that...
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  • Pay Attention to the Machine Behind the Curtain

    Pay Attention to the Machine Behind the Curtain

    By Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    They served champagne. It was a product launch, after all.

    About halfway through the afternoon, at the far end of a meeting room deep within the Boca Raton Resort, Canon pulled back the curtain on the Océ Colorado 1640. Rolling out an entirely new set of technologies, the new roll-to-roll large format printer opens up new opportunities for Canon–and its customers–in the fastest growing segment of the large format market.

    The...
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    Last edited by noelward; 03-28-2017, 01:20 PM.

  • Managing Multiple Order Acquisition Pathways–All Roads Should Lead to Rome

    Managing Multiple Order Acquisition Pathways–All Roads Should Lead to Rome

    By Richard Romano, Industry Analyst


    ALEXI DARLING:
    Your footage of the riots: a-one
    Feature segment-network-deal time,
    I’m sending you a contract
    Ker-ching ker-ching
    Marky, give us a call 970-4301
    Or at home try 863-6754
    Or my cellphone at 919-763-0090
    Or you can email me at darlingalexi@newscom.net
    Or you can page me at–
    –“Voice Mail #3,” from the Broadway musical Rent

    Many of us have an ever-growing and...
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  • So. You Want to do Label and Package Printing

    So. You Want to do Label and Package Printing

    By Noel Ward

    You’ve been doing a nice mix of commercial printing and have a host of satisfied customers. A digital press or two have been taking up some real estate on your shop floor for a couple of years, helped expand your reach, and now you’re looking for more opportunities. You’re thinking labels and folding cartons seem like a fairly natural transition into packaging. After all, how hard can it be?

    Labels and folding cartons are often seen as the low hanging...
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  • An under-the-radar flight pattern for MCS Inc.
    MyWildIrishProse
    by Sean O’Leary

    The first thing Glenn Toole said to me was “We change our world every 4 - 5 years and if we don’t we’re not moving ahead.”

    It was just last week that your PrintPlanet reporter stopped by MCS, Inc.’s Bolingbrook, IL National Demonstration Facility for a follow up chat with Glenn Toole, Vice President Sales & Marketing. This trip was sort of a continuation of a brief Print ’17 booth visit, after which I had been dogged by a feeling that there was more...
    10-12-2017, 09:22 AM
  • Putting the customer at the center
    prwhite
    An interview with the Managing Director of Enfocus
    Some of our members may be aware of changes at Enfocus during this year. As change happens, staff turnover occurs and some new faces emerge. Such has been the case at Enfocus, however the one constant is their ongoing customer support, evident on PrintPlanet posts and by their own, internal customer support. At PRINT-17, our staff had the chance to meet the new Managing Director, Wim Fransen, and discuss his customer-centric focus.
    ...
    09-27-2017, 09:56 AM
  • Seeking Full Disclosure: Who was Underwhelmed by PRINT 17?
    noelward
    By Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    Trying not to be snarkier than usual, I look back on four days at PRINT 17, remembering what it once looked like, thinking about what many I spoke with said about the show, and wondering what universe NPES lives in when they say this show went well.

    To be sure, the educational sessions, on the floor and in meeting rooms, were very good. These are one of the prime reasons for attending a trade show and anyone who goes to a show without taking advantage...
    09-21-2017, 01:59 PM
  • Short-Run Rotary Die-Cutting: More Value and More Margin
    MyWildIrishProse
    By Richard Romano, Industry Analyst

    Printing today is about more than ink on paper. In fact, even saying “ink on paper” is an anachronism, given the bewildering variety of substrates that today’s equipment can print on. Today’s print customers are increasingly looking for ways for what they produce to stand out from other printed items, either in customers’ mailboxes, on store shelves, or any other environment where printed materials are jostling for attention. To that end,...
    08-31-2017, 07:14 AM
  • Automated Cross Platform Color Management is Now a Thing
    MyWildIrishProse
    "What do you want the job to look like, where is it going and what are the rules for mapping out of gamut colors?"

    Sean O’Leary
    Chief Technology Officer | Print Planet

    I was recently involved in producing case studies documenting a half dozen large commercial printers’ installations of high speed production inkjet printers. The featured inkjet models were built by Xerox, Fuji, Ricoh, HP, Konica-Minolta and other major manufacturers and they had been installed...
    08-24-2017, 10:28 AM
  • Noodling with Job Planning and Imposition Software
    MyWildIrishProse
    By Richard Romano, Industry Analyst

    I once bought a pasta maker. It seemed like a good idea at the time. I mean, I like pasta (it’s part of the heritage, after all!), and fresh, restaurant-quality pasta is one of life’s great delights. However, since I do not actually run a restaurant, the pasta maker ended up being more trouble than it was worth. From all the prep work it takes to make the dough to put into the thing, to the elaborate clean-up required, it turned out that just...
    08-16-2017, 08:11 PM
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