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IADD/FSEA Odyssey Slated for May

MILWAUKEE—Postpress will be the name of the game during the 2007 IADD/FSEA Odyssey, to be held here May 2-4 at the Midwest Airlines Center. Sponsored by the International Association of Diecutting and Diemaking (IADD) and the Foil Stamping and Embossing Association (FSEA), the Odyssey will be packed with targeted information to assist printers in expanding their operations into the world of postpress converting.

Odyssey will present classroom sessions, on-press educational sessions on the TechShop floor and a trade fair exhibition with more than 100 postpress suppliers. The IADD-sponsored sessions include “Getting the Best Impression on Your Creases,” which is targeted for commercial printers that are diecutting, along with “Makeready Techniques and How They Affect Setup and Diecutting,” and “Common Press System Setup Problems.” Also of interest will be “Ask the Experts,” where attendees can bring samples of difficult-to-diecut jobs and get answers right on the spot from trade experts.

Additional educational sessions sponsored by the Binding Industries Association include “Bindery Automation in the 21st Century” and “Troubleshooting Common Myths with Static Electricity.”

For more information about the 2007 IADD/FSEA Odyssey program, exhibitors, hotel information or registration, visit or contact the IADD directly at (800) 828-IADD, (815) 455-7519 or the FSEA at (785) 271-5816.

New High-Speed Folder for Blanks Printing & Imaging

DALLAS—Blanks Printing & Imaging recently added to its existing Heidelberg equipment with the installation of a Stahlfolder B 26. The new folder runs at an average rate of 16,000 sph.

Jim Speed, who is head of the bindery, says Blanks runs the folder almost 50 hours a week. He notes that having a third large folder increases productivity. The company can now run an additional 16 hours of production per day, which allows for quick turn times for clients. Its postpress department also includes three Polar cutters.

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