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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 Sure, lists can be purchased, but they’re expensive, and mailing lists can go out-of-date quite easily as people move, switch jobs, get married, and are otherwise on-the-go.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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  • PitStop Pro 19 Delivers the Tools Users Asked For
    by MyWildIrishProse
    PitStop Pro 19 Delivers the Tools Users Asked For
    The PDF editing platform we know as PitStop Pro has become a ubiquitous industry standard since it was introduced in 1993, embedded in the commercial printing industry like a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As the dominant preflight product, PitStop provides deep quality control and editing for PDF printing workflows. Over the decades, Enfocus has continued to develop new functionality, moving steadily toward more and more automation. Each...
    08-15-2019, 09:20 AM
  • Follow the Money with an Automated Workflow
    by noelward
    By Noel Ward, Editor@Large, PrintPlanet.com


    What is time worth?

    This means your time or that of your CSRs, prepress technicians, press and finishing equipment operators, and even the people in shipping. What is their time worth, and how do you translate those hours into payroll, the dollars you keep in your operating account, and profitability?

    Mounting competitive pressures and customer expectations for fast turnarounds and competitive prices rising...
    07-24-2019, 03:17 PM
  • What You Missed
    by noelward
    By Noel Ward, Editor@Large


    If you have medium- to large-size Ricoh presses and printers and didn’t go—and you probably did get an invitation—you missed an opportunity to learn how to make your operation more efficient and profitable.

    I’m talking about Ricoh Interact 2019, held June 5th and 6th in Denver, the second full-scale version of the company’s customer-oriented event that was all about making one’s business work better and not about prying money out of...
    06-20-2019, 01:50 PM
  • A Duplo Upgrade As A Weapon Against Commoditization
    by MyWildIrishProse
    Few observers of the commercial print industry have missed the fact that the industry now changes at hyper speed, even as it continues to consolidate. These days, most of these technology innovations fall under the aegis of automation, as efficiency becomes ever more critical to competitiveness. For better or worse, the machines keep getting smarter and taking on more of the workload as skilled operators become harder to find.

    Change is generally good – especially when it improves...
    06-13-2019, 07:26 AM
  • Learn to do Something That Can Kill You
    by noelward
    by Noel Ward, Editor @ Large

    Unlike many industry events there was no sense of déjà vu when coming to the third edition of Xeikon’s Café in North America. Every one of these events has been an improvement from the one before and the level of value keeps increasing. Why anyone who has or is considering a Xeikon digital press or ThermoflexX plate maker would not be at this event is mystifying. It’s one of the poster children for how vendor-sponsored events should be run.
    ...
    05-20-2019, 01:23 PM
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