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ACROSS the nation
February 1, 2006

california COSTA MESA—ColorGraphics has moved into a new 40,000-square-foot facility, doubling the size of the plant previously located in nearby Tustin. It has also added an eight-color Mitsubishi press. OXNARD—Custom Printing has installed a four-color Mitsubishi Diamond 3000S with aqueous tower coater, an eight-up thermal computer-to-plate (CTP) device and a PDF-based workflow management system at its new 30,000-square-foot facility. It has also donated 52 cases of premium paper to its new neighbor, Rose Avenue School. colorado GRAND JUNCTION—Colorado Printing recently added a 10-color Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 102 perfector to increase capacity. Founded in 1947, Colorado Printing boasts approximately $15 million in sales and houses

Adhesive Binders -- Sticking to the Basics
October 1, 2003

By Erik Cagle Senior Editor There are enough headaches encountered between the time a customer's files are uploaded to your FTP site and when the truck rolls away from the back dock with finished product. But, while certain aspects of the workflow are tedious and time consuming, your perfect binder shouldn't be an attention, or time, burglar. Most manufacturers of floor-model adhesive binders agree that time is of the essence. And the position of bindery operator often sees high turnover, making it imperative that a quality machine is easy to makeready, simple to operate, and equally user-friendly and fast on changeovers. Shrinking Setup As run lengths

COLLATORS -- Freedom of (Much) Choice
September 1, 2003

By Erik Cagle A dozen manufacturers were asked to list the primary differentiators that set apart multiple brands of collating equipment. It may come as no surprise to learn that virtually no one mentioned the price factor. It seems there are numerous attributes that factor into choosing a collator that is the right fit for a particular printer or trade finisher. The depth of choices on the market only underscores the importance of looking past the price tag, as there is a collator for every need. Versatility is a key ingredient for serving the evolving needs of clients, according to Tony Cockerham of Buhrs

ACROSS the nation
June 1, 2003

Arizona PHOENIX—In celebration of its recent 30th anniversary, Cereus Graphics held an open house in March. Drawing a crowd of more than 250 designers and marketing communications professionals, the event provided the company with the opportunity to demonstrate its new six-color Komori Lithrone S40 sheetfed press and its new seven-color HP Indigo digital press. Upon arriving, guests were asked to sign an electronic "guest book." This data was fed directly into the HP Indigo press. Five minutes later, guests were presented a set of four personalized poster calendars, each with different imagery and colors. california AUBURN—A new five-color Komori Lithrone 28 has been

Tabbing/Indexing Machines -- Put It on My Tab
March 1, 2003

The Model AAT automatic tab laminate and diecut machine is available from Advent Machinery in sizes from 5x8˝ to 14x22˝. Features include computerized control of all machine functions. Simple, dual platen design is in lieu of dozens of heated rollers, thus permitting versatility to produce "special" jobs on glossy or coated stocks and quick turnaround for full body printed jobs. The dual platen design features both upper and lower heaters with fully automatic temperature control. The platens provide for self-adjustment and alignment for all types and thickness of stock, thereby reducing setup times from job to job. Options available include: automatic positioning/collating package;

ADHESIVE BINDERS -- Perfect Fit
October 1, 2002

BY MARK SMITH Adhesive binding has long been a benchmark of quality for finishing, but equipment costs and setup times traditionally had kept the process in the realm of long-run and/or higher end projects. The prevailing trend now in "perfect" binding systems is increasing their flexibility to handle shorter runs. This is true for all levels of equipment, but particularly for the relatively new product category of units designed to work in conjunction with digital printing systems. A related trend is the industry's move to computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) that is trickling down to postpress operations in general. Unlike prepress and printing, though, digital

INSERTING EQUIPMENT -- Inquiring into Inserts
June 1, 2001

BY CHRIS BAUER Although it may not be as flashy as a star-filled TV commercial during the last episode of "Survivor" or halftime of the Super Bowl, many companies are finding refuge from high advertising costs in a weakened economy by going a more traditional and cost-effective route—newspaper inserts. In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Livonia, MI-based Valassis Communications, a leading printer of coupons and newspaper inserts, reported it is reaping financial benefits from the slowing economy. As advertisers look for ways to lure customers into their stores with sales and other ways to save, Valassis is providing much of the printing of