Highlights included presentations by three user sites, including Merit Printing, a Minneapolis-based commercial printer; Cummings Printing, a publication printer located in Hooksett, NH; and SetPoint Graphics, a Northbrook, IL-based prepress house. Spekta hybrid AM/FM screening was among the software products singled out for praise.
Also featured were seminars on JDF and Trueflownet implementation. Technical workflow segments explored the functionality of the Riteonline Web-based print ordering system, Riteportal for creating and delivering production-ready PDF files, and the Ritetransfer client/server communication system. (www.screenusa.com)
MILFORD, CT—To meet the growing need it sees in the market for short- to medium-run color printing, Spectrum Graphix has installed a four-color Ryobi 3404DI waterless digital offset press. (www.spectrumgraphix.com)
EDINA, MN—IPA, the Association of Graphic Solutions Providers, recently held its 39th annual IPA Technical Seminar. The event experienced an 18 percent increase in attendance, with some 300 participants. Workflow took center stage in the seminar presentations, which covered everything from color management and standards to content and digital asset management. Results of the second-annual IPA Color Proofing RoundUP were presented as a special feature. (www.ipa.org)
WILLISTON, VT—KBA North America has announced multiple sales of its 74 Karat digital offset press with coater. Blanks Printing and Imaging, a Dallas-based commercial sheetfed printer, installed the press to complement its 40˝ sheetfed presses, says Leron Blanks, president. "The press also is moving our business into waterless printing that enables us to provide plastic and lenticular printed items to our customers." Zooom Printing, a five-employee shop located in the historic Shockoe Bottom area of Richmond, VA, targets runs of 500 to 20,000 impressions with its new Karat. (www.karatpress.com)
MIAMI—St Ives Avanti, a division of St Ives U.S., is adopting the Kodak Polychrome Graphics Matchprint Virtual Proofing System as its monitor proofing solution. The company says it is currently using the proofing system—which combines customized CRT monitors and Web-based viewing tools—to more quickly view, review and approve proofs of scans in its retouching workflow. (www.kpgraphics.com)