Three tips for growing mid-sized commercial printers in a world of change

Here, Vaughan Patterson, Product Marketing Operations Manager for Production Print at Ricoh South Africa, examines how political, economic, social and digital changes are creating a complex environment for today’s print service providers to navigate their way to success. Political, economic upheaval and digital disruption, as well as the skills gap, remain key issues around the … Read more →

How a good workflow system can save you time and money

In the early 1990s, production automation workflow tools were in their infancy. Today, they’ve become dominant in the printing and graphic arts industries. Just about all workflows either start with, or contain, a basic list of tasks. These include preflighting files to check for printability, trapping, imposition, and a wide range of other options that … Read more →

Allegra South Burnaby paying for its new EFI Jetrion 4950LX System with new business it’s bringing in

In April of this year, full-service printer Allegra South Burnaby (Burnaby, BC) installed an EFI Jetrion 4950LX LED inkjet label press with an EFI Fiery digital front end (DFE). The full-service Allegra Network franchise is using the fully integrated Jetrion digital system to expand into the digital label market with a cost-effective, high-productivity solution. Allegra’s … Read more →

Mammoth quadruples production speed with installation of Canada’s first Mimaki TS500P-3200

Mammoth Imaging (Mississauga, Ontario), a specialist in delivering innovative fabric displays, is one of the few companies in Canada to excel in 3.2-metre dye sublimation fabric printing in super-wide format. Its production facility in Mississauga, Ontario is equipped with the best equipment in the world that’s primed to produce photo-quality, dye-sublimated printing on fabric. The … Read more →

U.S. printer folds one million sheets in four weeks with Heidelberg’s Stahlfolder TH 82

Just four weeks after its installation, Graphic Visual Solutions (Greensboro, NC) has already folded over one million sheets on its Stahlfolder TH 82 from Heidelberg – boosting productivity while reducing labour costs. Folding a wide-range of commercial printing projects, including 16-page signatures, the new Stahlfolder replaced an older, competitive model. “This folder was installed at … Read more →

How BC’s Ideon Packaging went digital, “re-invented” POP displays and doubled its business

The trend toward custom labels and packaging has taken the food and beverage industry by storm over the last few years, as competition for in-store space has reached a fever pitch. The movement has everyone from global soft-drink makers to locally-owned craft brew houses embracing new printing technology to create dynamic custom packaging to help … Read more →

Free whitepaper underscores importance of accommodating customer preferences in building loyalty – and profits

Toronto-based Crawford Technologies, provider of document solutions that streamline, improve and manage customer communications, have announced the release of a new whitepaper it commissioned from analyst firm, Madison Advisors. The research evaluates how leveraging customer preferences can achieve customer retention, operational efficiency and revenue-growth goals. The whitepaper, Manage Customer Preferences Across Communication Channels, shows that … Read more →

Canon releases industry resource titled Inkjet Workflows – How To Make Your Work Flow…Efficiently

Canon Solutions America has released its newest industry resource for print service providers in a book titled Inkjet Workflows – How To Make Your Work Flow…Efficiently. Collaboratively published with the thINK Forum, the comprehensive guide was designed to help companies looking to integrate production inkjet technology into their print shop, while also providing in-depth research … Read more →

New Jersey printer boosts productivity by 40% with Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102-X

Last October, Direct Printing Impressions (DPI, West Caldwell, NJ) installed a new Speedmaster CD 102-6+L with X-Package from Heidelberg. Since then, the commercial printer has improved productivity by 40% – and expects to see additional efficiency increases in the near future. The new CD 102-X replaced an older CD 102 installed in 2001. According to … Read more →

New Komori press to double production capacity at Baesman Group

Ohio-based Baesman Printing & Fulfillment, the print production arm of multi-channel marketing company Baesman Group, has partnered with Komori America Corporation to add a new tool to its printing arsenal – the Komori Lithrone G40-P eight-colour perfecting press with HUV. This new Komori printing press will increase Baesman’s printing capacity by 50%, allowing the company … Read more →

Moquin Press and Heidelberg deliver 4.0 automation with U.S.’s first integrated Push to Stop Press

The first U.S. adopter of Heidelberg’s revolutionary Speedmaster XL 105 technology in 2006, Moquin Press, recently installed a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106-6+L – the first machine in the U.S. with Push to Stop technology that’s fully integrated with Heidelberg’s Prinect workflow, Inpress Control 2, and Inspection Control 2. The XL 106 runs besides an existing … Read more →