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Colonial Printing Retires Two Presses, with New Komori Lithrone GL640 with H-UV

Colonial Printing, a commercial sheetfed printer and a division of Integrity Graphics, has installed a six-color Lithrone G40 (GL640) with H-UV at its Warwick, Rhode Island, facility. With the GL640's advanced automation and fast job cycle time, the company was able to retire two older presses after its installation.

Manroland Sheetfed Transplants Lower Energy Curing Into Roland Offset Presses

Providing less energy consumption along with a better profit margin, Manroland Sheetfed has introduced its Low Energy Curing (LEC) UV technology for Roland offset presses. LEC technology is built on a combination of special LEC UV lamps and highly reactive UV ink. It is designed for faster curing results and premium curing quality.

Canon Solutions America Named Top 'Company to Watch' at Inkjet Summit

The attendees of this year's Inkjet Summit in Ponte Vedra, Florida, named Canon Solutions America a top "Company to Watch." This prestigious award is given to a single organization each year during the Awards Dinner on the final night of the event. "We take great pride in this honor as it once again comes at a critical point in the evolution of inkjet," said Mal Baboyian, executive vice president, Large-Format Solutions and Production Print Solutions.

RIT Students Create a Handmade Letterpress to Join Historic Cary Collection

As part of their senior project, five engineering students at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), made an aluminum hand-operated tabletop letterpress, weighing in at 25 pounds. Assembled using two Allen wrenches, the letterpress can produce high-quality and repeatable prints. It joins the esteemed collection of historic 19th century printing presses at RIT’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection.

VITS Integrates Production Inkjet Finishing to New Sprint Saddle Stitcher Line

VITS International has introduced the new Sprint Saddle Line that collates variable data books, catalogs or direct mail and delivers them directly to an existing saddle stitcher. The Sprint Saddle Line is a double web, four-ribbon offline unit that can produce up to 16-page signatures at a time.

Air Motion Systems and KOMCAN Form LED UV and UV Curing Partnership for Canada

Air Motion Systems and KOMCAN, the agent for Komori in Ontario and Western Canada, have partnered to offer Air Motion Systems' LED UV and UV curing technologies to KOMCAN customers. "Canada has been a fantastic market for AMS for almost two decades. The adoption rate of LED UV in the sheetfed market has been key to the outstanding growth of our technology," said Steve Metcalf, president and CEO of Air Motion Systems.

Gold Ink Awards Entry: Hawaiian Airlines' Hana Hou! Magazine Stands Out with Color

Lithographix, in Hawthorne, California, submitted the October/November 2014 edition of Hana Hou! in the Specialty Magazines, Web, category of the Gold Ink Awards. What makes this magazine stand out are its vibrant colors and intriguing photography on the cover. The issue was printed on a six-color, 38" Mistubishi gapless heatset full-web press, for a press run of 135 million.

Happy Memorial Day to All of Our 'Today on PIworld' Readers!

To commemorate Memorial Day, the offices of Printing Impressions magazine will be closed on Monday. Please look for your next edition of the "Today on PIworld" e-newsletter—your daily resource for the latest printing industry news and commentary—in your inbox on Tuesday, May 26.

FESPA Print Census Reveals Global Feeling of Industry Optimism and Growth

FESPA's Print Census reveals six overarching trends driving the global wide-format and speciality print community. The survey is part of an ongoing collaboration between InfoTrends and FESPA. The key trend is one of optimism from business owners. 80 percent of respondents are very optimistic or fairly optimistic for their businesses.

Dalim Software Concludes Another Successful US DUO User Event in New Orleans

Users with varying production needs, from printers, publishers, retailers and brand owners shared common experiences and production challenges at Dalim Software's 2015 US DUO Conference. The event marked the appointment of Chad Gray, senior developer and workflow specialist at Carey Color as president of DUO, and Steve Daniel, senior manager, Graphic Services at Valassis as vice president.

Central National-Gottesman's Spicers Paper Div. Buys West Coast-Based Performance Paper

The U.S. Spicers Paper division of Central National-Gottesman will bolster its West Coast sales force by acquiring Performance Paper. The transaction is expected to close June 1, 2015. A division of CellMark, Performance Paper is well known locally for its deep market knowledge and expertise in the coated, uncoated and board products used by commercial printers.