Automated Solutions Network Meeting to be Held at Bridge Publications
PITTSBURGH—March 16, 2011—Printing Industries of America announces that the next meeting of the Automation Solutions Network will be held at Bridge Publications in Los Angeles from July 11, 2011. The meeting will cover both the new distribution and fulfillment center and the digital production facility. The company’s facilities have been recognized as world leaders in the use of automation.
In addition to presentations on how to incorporate automation concepts into a print workflow, attendees will see how Bridge Publications has used automation and JDF technology to create a lean and efficient workflow in a diverse production environment that includes digital, web offset, sheetfed, inkjet and screen printing.
The new 185,000-square-foot facility automated distribution and fulfillment center officially opened this year and houses manufacturing, distribution, and administration all under one roof. This facility contains many manufacturing processes, including web offset, sheetfed and wide-format digital. The mailing system is fully automated and is capable of addressing 150,000 pieces every eight hours. The entire shipping line is capable of shipping better than 500,000 boxes and individual items each week.
Bridge Publications publishes and produces the nonfiction works of author L. Ron Hubbard. Its facility is the largest all-digital, print-on-demand publishing house in the world and produces up to 500,000 books per week in a range of languages.
The Automation Solutions Network is organized jointly by Printing Industries of America and CIP4. Participants can register for $250. For more information on Bridge Publications and the activities for the meeting, visit www.printing.org/bridgepubmeeting.
About Printing Industries of America
Printing Industries of America is the world’s largest graphic arts trade association, representing an industry with approximately one million employees. It serves the interests of 10,000 member companies. Together with its nationwide affiliate network, Printing Industries delivers products and services that enhance the growth, efficiency, and profitability of its members and the graphic communications industry through advocacy, education, research and technical information.
About Bridge Publications
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Bridge Publications is the world’s largest all-digital, print on-demand, publishing house. Their building contains an award-winning and state-of-the-art fully digital in-house book and compact disc production facility, a fully automated distribution center as well as administrative offices to oversee the promotion, marketing and sales of L. Ron Hubbard’s nonfiction materials. Visit the Bridge Publications Website at www.bridgepub.com.
CIP4 brings together vendors, consultants, and end-users in the print communications, graphic arts industry, and associated sectors, covering a variety of equipment, software, peripherals, and processes, to foster process automation in the printing industry. Members participate in focused working groups to define the Job Definition Format (JDF), PrintTalk, and other standards relevant to process automation; to study user requirements; to test product interoperability; and to develop a range of JDF software development tools. Information on CIP4, including membership details and educational resources, is available from the organization’s Website at www.cip4.org.