WOA 50th ANNIVERSARY -- An Industry Time Line
1998—Quad/Graphics' Saratoga Springs, NY, print production plant reportedly becomes the first web offset facility to offer 100 percent digital services (digital photography, digital proofing, telecommunications and digital output to plates and cylinders). The printer's other plants soon follow.
2000—At DRUPA in Germany, Sun Chemical and Flint Ink both announce their intent to develop single-fluid inks that eliminate the necessity to balance ink and water on-press.
2001—Heidelberg receives a GATF InterTech Award for the development of its Ecocool dryer, the first web press dryer with an integrated chill roll section.
Text and images for this printing industry time line was used, with permission, from the authors of two fascinating books on the subject.
The first, "Publishing Timeline 2000: A Chronology of Publishing & Graphic Arts Events," by Richard Sasso, is available from QBC Publishing Systems, Hawley, PA. Sasso has more than 40 years of publishing experience, including 36 years with Scientific American, where he served as associate publisher and vice president of production and technology. With 350 illustrations, both hard and softcover editions, including a searchable CD-ROM, are available at a discount. E-mail QBCSystems@aol.com, call (570) 775-6856 or visit www.QBCPub.com.
"The Power of the Press: A History of Printing Presses Spanning 550 Years" was written in 1998 by Paul Martin Tonsing, a 50-year veteran of the printing trade who first worked in his father's print shop at the tender age of 12. In the early 1960s, he was at the forefront of the offset revolution and converted, as he says with a great deal of effort, from letterpress to offset. Ordering information is available by contacting P&T Publishing, Mansfield, TX, at (817) 293-7394.