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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 Sure, lists can be purchased, but they’re expensive, and mailing lists can go out-of-date quite easily as people move, switch jobs, get married, and are otherwise on-the-go.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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  • Digital Textile Printing Likely to Fuel The Excitement at FESPA

    Digital Textile Printing Likely to Fuel The Excitement at FESPA

    by Sean O'Leary

    As New Years' tentative dawn turns into the glorious early morning of the year 2017, we note that the wide-format industry is already gearing up for FESPA 2017, the global print expo for the large format segment of the print world. Featuring about 700 exhibitors and a 23,000 sq. m. footprint, this mega show will take place at Messe Hamburg, Germany from May 8 – 12 2017. Reflecting the three ring circus beneath the big top tent of wide-format, the event will feature...
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  • Is This the End of Technology?

    Is This the End of Technology?

    By Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    Is it just me or does it seem to anyone else that print technology is slowing down?

    First, we seem to be in a time that’s nearly devoid of breakthroughs, those game-changing technological moments when the universe changes to uncover a totally different way of thinking and doing things. OK, inkjet is certainly in the process of reinventing the way some printing is done, but this is really more evolutionary than revolutionary. Inkjet has been...
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    Last edited by noelward; 01-18-2017, 08:11 AM.

  • Never Go to a Trade Show Again

    Never Go to a Trade Show Again

    By Noel Ward, Editor @ Large

    Sometime last year you may have gone to a trade show. What did you see? Did it matter? Did it push you over the edge to actually buy something? Or was it a semi-justifiable excuse to get out of the shop for a couple of days? It's OK if your answers are Not much; No; No; and Yes.

    No matter your answers, trade shows are not what they once were and are decreasing in importance. For example, the 2016 visitor tally at drupa came in around 260,000,...
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  • The Move to Inkjet
    noelward
    By Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    For the past few years one of the questions I’ve gotten from print providers running toner presses is along the lines of, “How much volume should I have before I move to inkjet?” It’s an excellent query and it shows that people are thinking.

    Then there are the ones who call, bemoaning their lack of foresight, saying “I bought this UltraJet C6000 and it’s costing me a fortune. What can I do?”

    To be clear, there are many...
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  • A Fast Track for File Prep
    noelward
    By Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    Does any of this sound familiar?

    A few times each week a customer shows up or sends in a file that needs a lot of love. It’s usually work they don’t want to do (or can’t do) themselves and involves making sure a stack of pages will be professionally printed. Those pages may be a mix of original files, scans from who knows where, and a cover that needs to be updated, along with the titling on the spine. Then there are colors that need to...
    02-28-2019, 02:43 PM
  • How CHILI’S New Illustrator® Feature Plugs Into An Increasingly Automated Future
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    By Sean O'Leary



    As 2019 kicks off, CHILI publish will begin rolling out a new Illustrator Plug-in for its Universal Graphics Engine platform. That news is bigger than it sounds at first.

    The “native AI document conversion utility” is particularly targeted to the packaging and label industries, which, due to the greater complexity of their graphics (and the incorporation of large numbers of vector components), have historically favored the Adobe Illustrator®...
    02-01-2019, 10:26 AM
  • Why Ever Would You Want to Automate?
    noelward
    by Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    Why ever would you want to automate your operation? After all, it seems far too complex, costs money, involves a lot of your people, will absorb significant time, and you figure you probably don’t need it. And then you run out of excuses.

    I used to work with a guy who had some 20-odd years in printing and packaging behind him. He insisted that every shop he went into had a superbly lean and extremely efficient workflow and spectacular MIS. He...
    01-09-2019, 02:50 PM
  • Can Reality be Printed?
    noelward
    By Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    The title above is not intended as an existential question, but as the relevance of print continues to evolve it is worth consideration. Of interest here is a technology called Augmented Reality and its relationship to print. Is there one?

    Definitely. At PRINT 18 I gave a presentation entitled “Is AR the Resurrection of Print?” which much to my surprise drew a standing-room-only crowd and has since generated numerous phone calls about this...
    12-20-2018, 10:37 AM
  • Ultimate’s Red Hot Technology Breakthrough Award: New Dimensions in AI
    MyWildIrishProse
    Sean O'Leary

    In 1989, the Berlin Wall came down, the Little Mermaid swam into our hearts and desktop publishing was a fresh new thing. Platforms like PageMaker, QuarkXpress and Photoshop were still novel and the PDF protocol was a future gleam in Adobe’s eye. But as I was writing this post, I discovered that another event took place in 1989 that surprised me: Ultimate Technographics launched the original version of its signature Ultimate Impostrip® digital imposition software....
    12-18-2018, 06:48 PM
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