Mary Schilling works with all the elements of the digital process-from conventional and inkjet technologies to fluids and substrates-and provides technical support to print providers on optimizing print quality while lowering total print cost. Understanding the dynamics of the digital marketplace, and the incredible growth and advancements in inkjet technology, Mary provides customers with print quality, color gamut, fluid consumption, machine and print quality analysis, utilizing G7 methodology. She also works with inkjet fluid and machine developers to align paper development of new, innovative inkjet substrates. As the owner of Schilling Inkjet Consulting, she consults with fluid and inkjet machinery suppliers and end users on how to improve color and print quality for paper, plastics, metal, fabric and glass with UV, solvent and aqueous inkjet fluids. Mary received Innovator of the Year awards from the Flexographic Technical Association and from Xplor International for her efforts in closing the gap between document printing and digital packaging. She is G7 certified and a member of the IDEAlliance Print Properties Committee.

This year, more than ever, I’ve heard about printers having issues with the water resistance of prints produced on their high-speed aqueous inkjet printers. Printing companies are hearing from their customers that the ink on the bills and statements, when received in the mail, are bleeding, wicking and offsetting to other mail, or are totally illegible.

The Binding Industries Assn. is pleased to announce the spring 2013 BIA Annual Conference will be held on April 8–10 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown in Indianapolis. It will feature plant tours of three top-performing companies, including D.E. Baugh Co., Eckhart & Co. and Ross Gage.

The company plans to increase its sales force by 25 to 30 percent over the next several months. “We expect market conditions to be favorable for new financings over the coming months,” stated Steve Penders, President and CEO. “We’ve already seen an increase in financing activity and it is likely that we’ll see more public offerings registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission."

The acronym of this trade printer once stood for Business Cards Tomorrow, referring to the 24-hour turnaround offered on such orders. But BCT also provides its printer customers with letterheads, envelopes, announcements, postcards, brochures, catalogs, note pads, carbon forms, labels, wide-format banners and more.

The Ligature, a full-service printing company based in Los Angeles, announced today that it has opened a sales office in Chicago, and hired printing veteran Sharon Valasek to manage the growing demand for printing and engraving services in that region. The opening of the new office comes on the heels of The Ligature landing the printing of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment’s roll-out of its new brand identity.

Specialty Print Communications welcomes Batson Printing, now an SPC Co. Since 1957, Batson Printing, located in Benton Harbor, MI, has specialized in printing books and product literature for numerous industries. As third-generation printers in the Midwest, SPC is proud to add another family-owned, and locally-operated printing company to their roster.

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