By Caroline Miller Tom Basore has no regrets when he looks back over his long career in the graphic arts industry. "It's been a wonderful experience. I've loved every moment of it," says the Web Offset Association's (WOA) executive director, who is retiring this month. While Basore has loved every minute of his career, he is also not one to look back. Basore is now eagerly looking forward to the next phase of his life, which includes relocating to a home in Florida and an upcoming cruise to Alaska with his new wife. Basore says that he plans to take a lesson from a
BY CAROLINE MILLER Improved press technologies, better ink formulations and the absence of environmental regulations are just a few of the reasons why UV web offset press designs are turning the heads of heatset web printers. In the past, a heatset printer might not have considered a UV web press as a viable option in the pressroom. The cost and the complexity alone of UV printing outweighed any benefits a printer could gleam from printing and drying/curing with the UV process. "Had anyone predicted five years ago that the UV market would be where it is today, they would have been met with scorn,"
BY CAROLINE MILLER Over the past few years, the demand for print projects produced "just-in-time" has grown by leaps and bounds. This trend has touched every aspect of the print production process including, and perhaps most importantly, the finishing department. As a result, finishing systems have stepped to the forefront of the discussion. And one important aspect of the entire debate is which finishing solution—in-line or off-line—is the best choice for a particular operation. Each solution offers its own set of benefits and challenges. So which solution is the right one? Or is a combination of both systems the best way to go?
BY CAROLINE MILLER Faced with dropping readership, falling advertising revenues and more media outlets, newspaper publishers are looking now more than ever to their in-house production facilities to help them meet the challenges of a volatile business environment. Increasingly, newspapers with printing capabilities are interested in the ability to bring in commercial work to help boost their profits, contends Craig Simon, director of web sales administration for MAN Roland. MAN Roland manufactures the four-page Cromoman, the Uniset, the Geoman and its flagship, 16-page newspaper web press—the Colorman—which was shown at IPEX in a 24-page version. Its top speed ranges to 86,000 copies per hour.
BY CAROLINE MILLER Grelind Printing Center Owner Linda Peterson lives in one of the most beautiful places in the country. Her printing operation is nestled within the foothills of Black Hills National Forest in Rapid City, SD, located just miles from Mount Rushmore. While Peterson is greeted every day with awe-inspiring and breath-taking vistas, she also has to deal with the fact that there are less than 200,000 people within a 400 to 500 square mile radius. And she has to compete with more than 16 other printers within the Rapid City area, and still even more shops in surrounding towns. So how does