ACROSS the nationMarch 2005
DES MOINES—Specialty Graphics has added a second Brandtjen & Kluge press to its production line. This time a rebuilt Kluge EHD Series press was chosen for foil stamping and embossing applications.
BALTIMORE—Victor Graphics has a tradition of dedicating each new press it installs to a sports team. The press is painted the team's color and a team flag is hung over the press. Victor's latest addition, a Timson T48A, honors the University of Maryland Terrapins. The University's mascot was on hand to help celebrate the book press' start up.
MINNEAPOLIS—Shapco Printing, a mid-size commercial printer, recently implemented Heidelberg's Prinect Printready 2.0 and Signa Station 1.0.
ST. LOUIS—Kohler Print Group announced that it has broken its own safety record and achieved four years with no lost work days due to accidents or injuries.
Carlstadt—Pictorial Offset has completed installation of a new eight-color MAN Roland R-700 series press with UV coating capability. The new press is equipped with a JDF-compatible PECOM software driven operating system and automatic plate loading. It is also capable of running both hybrid and conventional inks and is equipped with a Grafix interdeck UV curing system.
FAIRFIELD—Redi-Mail Direct Marketing has purchased substantially all of the assets of PPS Medical Marketing Group. As part of the transaction, Redi-Mail Direct Marketing will reportedly become one of only 10 database licensees of American Medical Association (AMA) proprietary data, with the ability to resell AMA data such as physician and state license information.
ALBUQUERQUE—A six-color, 56˝ MAN Roland 900 sheetfed press with aqueous and UV coater is now in production at Albuquerque Printing. It is reportedly the largest press in the region and also the first capable of producing high-gloss UV coatings.
McKees Rocks—Marketplace Direct, a mid-size direct mail firm, reports the recent installation of a two-color Heidelberg Printmaster QM-46 press.
ROANOKE—Moody Graphics/Polaris Studios has changed its name to Moody Graphics Printing to reflect the new focus of the company. It also has installed a second KBA 74 Karat press. The 30-year-old company started out as a prepress shop. It is a division of Moody Graphic Color Service, also located in Roanoke.
GREEN BAY—The Van Lanen Printing Co. has installed a new six-color Roland 700 press with in-line coating and automated plate loading. It is also equipped with TelePresence remote service diagnostic capabilities.
MILWAUKEE—Visual Systems Inc. (VSI) has unveiled a new print technology dubbed BaseOne. It was created as an alternative to traditional book cover printing. BaseOne allows printing directly onto a plastic substrate, eliminating the two-step process of printing on paper then adding a laminate.
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