Consumables-General - Press Chemicals

Production Powders Become a Concern
December 1, 2001

In the weeks and months following the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, what was once ignored during the routine of daily life is now sending up red flags. Unfortunately, many white powders or fine substances commonly found just about anywhere are being interpreted, in the interest of public safety, as possible Anthrax scares when they appear unexpectedly. A seemingly harmless powder that has long been a part of the production process for magazines, catalogs and direct mail is causing panic for uninformed recipients interpreting the powder as being Anthrax. And while there is absolutely no health threat involved with the

Offset Blankets — Printers' Security Blanket
September 1, 2000

BY ERIK CAGLE The following is an industry service announcement, courtesy of Scott McGowan, product manager, supplies marketing for A.B.Dick-Multigraphics. He offers the following definition of a printing blanket: The medium by which the right reading image on the plate is transferred to become a right reading image on the paper or media being printed. Choosing the correct blanket for your offset printing job, he adds, will yield the highest quality results. While not the most heralded gun in the offset printing arsenal, blankets play a critical role in the success (or failure) of a client's job and are, ultimately, a deciding factor in

No-pack Blankets — Packing Their Troubles Away
February 1, 1998

In 1996, millions of textbooks were printed in North America. High-quality, high-circulation news magazines, such as Business Week, Time and Newsweek, reported circulations topping 15 million. In the United States alone, 60 million Bibles were produced that year for distribution throughout the world. With this explosion in commercial web printing and the reduction of profit margins, press operators are exploring new ways to save time and money. For two commercial printers—Quebecor-Hawkins, in Kingsport, TN, and St. Ives, in Hollywood, FL—the solution was a new no-pack printing blanket. A Blanket Solution"We realized that a no-pack printing blanket was just what today's commercial web printers needed,"