ACROSS the nationDecember 2009
Printer Takes Delivery of Show Press
CONYERS, GA—4D Printing, based here, has taken delivery of the six-color, 23x29˝ Rapida 75 press plus coater that KBA North America debuted at PRINT 09 in September. Doug Silsbee, vice president at the general commercial printer, says, "We don't have a sales force; our loyal customers spread the word about our quality and service. Adding the new KBA Rapida 75 to our pressroom enhances our abilities with its automation, speed, fast throughput and high quality."
The new Rapida 75 was installed and running only days after the show. 4D Printing fingerprinted the press to its existing two-year-old, six-color, 41˝ Rapida 105 perfector with aqueous coating capability. Now, Silsbee can move jobs from one press to the other and produce the same high quality.
Shop Adds Fourth New Insert Press
INDIANA, PA—A Goss C550 web press with DigiRail digital inking technology recently went into production at Creps United Publications. The C550 system is the fourth new Goss insert press installed by the printer since 2001. It was added to increase overall capacity.
According to Jake Creps, a partner with the company, the performance of the previous Goss presses, along with new makeready and efficiency features, led to the selection. "Our operators have been very impressed with the consistency and operability of the DigiRail technology," explains Creps. "Once the ink settings are established, they don't have to adjust them, and this allows them to achieve very high print quality with less effort and less waste."
DOTHAN—A Heidelberg Supra- setter A52 platesetter is the latest addition to Dothan Printing & Litho's prepress department. The new unit joins the company's existing Prosetter 52, but adds the convenience and low-maintenance benefits of chemistry-free thermal technology.
FULLERTON—Fujifilm Sericol USA has sold an Inca Onset S20 UV flatbed printer to Victory Screen Printing. This marks the first installation on the West Coast.
SKOKIE—Acquiring a Screen Truepress 344 direct imaging press has eased GraphicSource's migration to short-run color printing. With the new press, the prepress services provider turned printer can now print four- color flyers, postcards, mailers and brochures two-up on a sheet.
BEDFORD—Responding to client requests to purchase a larger press, Rainbow Printing recently installed a five-color, 29˝ Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75 with aqueous coater, Inpress color control and integrated Wallscreen.
CARMEL—Robbins Graphics recently purchased its first Mutoh ValueJet 1614 64˝ printer.
BALTIMORE—Victor Graphics is enjoying enhanced short-run book manufacturing since installing a Kodak Digimaster EX300 Digital Book Factory. Doubling Victor's current digital printing capacity, the system also features fully integrated in-line perfect binding and trimming capabilities.
ANDOVER—RISO has donated a fully configured, see-through HC5500 ink-jet printer, along with service and supplies, to the Museum of Printing here. Aside from use by the museum's staff, the new printer incorporates clear front, rear and top panels to serve as an educational display for its more than 3,000 yearly visitors.
ANN ARBOR—Edwards Brothers, a book, journal and catalog manufacturing firm, has signed a three-year contract with NA Publishing (formerly known as National Archive Publishing) to produce XanEdu course packs, as well as custom publications, at a new dedicated digital book center housed within Edwards Brothers' production facility.
WASECA—Smart Mail Management is a new service, launched by Brown Printing, which allows customers to access tracking, reporting and expediting capabilities that keep mail on track. It relies on USPS PLANET codes to identify and track each individual mail piece.
ST. LOUIS—Adding an HP Indigo 7000 digital press has expanded Swift Print Communications' ability to handle a variety of short-run needs, as well as increased the effectiveness of its print materials by using variable data.
BOZEMAN—Color World Printers has licensed Pageflex Storefront to advance its Web-to-print capabilities and build interactive Websites where clients can order and personalize a range of marketing materials.
LAS VEGAS—To accommodate the increasing trade show and convention production requirements of its night shift, Graphics West has acquired an HP Indigo digital press. Graphics West is a division of Nationwide Graphics/Premier Print Organization.
JERSEY CITY—DG3 North America has achieved G7 Master Proof-to-Print certification through the IDEAlliance.
BUFFALO—The Colad Group has purchased a Xeikon 6000 digital color press to produce dynamic dimensional packaging with full variable data capabilities. Capable of running 20˝-wide substrate rolls, the press also features full-color One-Pass Duplex (simultaneous double-sided) printing capabilities.
CINCINNATI—Berman Printing, a one- to 10-color commercial and digital printer, as well as dimensional packaging provider, has been named among Procter & Gamble's top 55 global suppliers.
MECHANICSBURG—Fry Communications has added an Océ CS665 Pro Color system to help expand its digital color personalization capabilities for mailings, publications and fulfillment. The company has built a production platform for personalized communications using this system and an Océ VarioPrint 6160 duplex system to offer both quality color and duplex printing for variable data communications.
SAN ANGELO—Q's Printing and Design has acquired a pair of two-color Heidelberg Printmaster QM 46 presses to handle its increasing volume of commercial printing.
DULLES—Integrated Book Technology (IBT Global), a full-service digital book manufacturing services provider, is reporting success with the Océ Digital Book Factory installed at its Books International distribution center to print books to order in quantities as small as one for book publishers.
FREDERICKSBURG—NELA has installed a custom-built Vision PunchBender with a LogiStack fully automated plate organizer and plate storage device, and 16-position plate stacker at the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star based on the newspaper's capacity and press requirements.
STERLING—Meredith L. Mayes, a PIA member and digital solutions manager of ColorCraft of Virginia, testified last month before the House Committee on Small Business regarding estate tax reform and its impact on family-owned, small printing companies.
MILWAUKEE—The Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast recently purchased a Ricoh Pro C900 digital imaging system for its print shop.
RANDOM LAKE—Badger Tag & Label now offers new options for low- and medium-volume projects after installing a six-color UV digital press and plotter cutter. Already, the printer has produced safety decals, faceplates, control panels, signs, backlit panels, floor and carpet graphics, window clings, wall displays and short runs of tags and labels with the new system.
RIPON—A second high-speed Rotoman N web press acquired from manroland is expected to begin production this month at Ripon Printers. The G7 Certified Master printer specializes in the production of catalogs, publications and manuals, and soft-cover educational products.
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