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  • 03/30/2017
    This post was submitted by 2017 Continuous Improvement Conference sponsor, Heidelberg.

    Author: Tom McTernan, Vice President, National Consumables Sales

    Now more than ever, having a resource available to answer or work through a consumable issue is vital to a printer’s success.

    The days of “hang and bang” are dwindling. With the new technologies available to printers, like LED, low energy UV, and the assortment of custom presses, more and more printers need an expert resource to help maximize their production.

    It is evident that one consumable change anywhere on the press can cause “profit black holes” elsewhere. What solves one problem causes three others. Finding the right “mix” of inks, washes, fountain solutions, blankets, rollers, and coating is vital to get the work done fast and correctly the first time...

  • 03/28/2017

    This post was submitted by 2017 Continuous Improvement Conference sponsor, Heidelberg.

    Author: Oliver Demus, Director, Business Consulting

    Today, most print shops have an up-to-date estimating system and prepress workflow. However, many are not taking full advantage of its capabilities. How is your workflow utilized?

    Consider this scenario:

    A request for quote (RFQ) comes in with some major information missing such as delivery date, color, or even the exact quantity. Your sales representative promises to provide the information at a later date.

    The estimator provides a quote based on the information given. Later, the sales representative gives the OK for production and provides updated information for the delivery date and quantity. The...

  • 03/10/2017 by Mr Samuel G. Shea

    By Andy Rae, Senior Vice President of Equipment & Marketing, Heidelberg Americas

    Why do you buy capital equipment?

    Hopefully, your answer is to make as much profit as possible from that purchase.

    Many think profit potential is related to the price of the equipment, but that couldn’t be further from the truth!

    To justify a 25% price premium, you only need about 9% more output for the same cost per sheet —yes, 9%!  This is because finance and depreciation only account for 30% of your budgeted hourly rate (BHR). The rest of your BHR is linked to your fixed and variable costs.

    So, when looking to buy capital equipment, you should consider these key investment questions:

    • Based on the price of the equipment and its real potential output, what is your cost per sheet going to be?
    • Can you utilize this capacity?

    Heidelberg has conducted in-depth research...

  • 03/07/2017

    By Mark Bohan, Director, Prinect and CtP, Heidelberg USA

    The print industry is currently embracing change through the adoption of Industry 4.0, which is all about driving productivity while ensuring and verifying the quality of printed materials. Combining seamless integration with business decision making allows for achieving this kind of smart manufacturing facility. At the heart of this change, we need a business intelligence platform (also known as a fully integrated workflow) that evaluates and analyzes a company’s production as a linked process rather than individual activities.

    What we are seeing with the fourth industrial revolution is the use of cyber-physical systems. These systems and processes communicate with each other (both inside and outside company boundaries) to provide a...

  • 02/23/2017

    On March 19-22, the TAGA 2017 Annual Technical Conference will take place in Houston, TX. At the event, attendees will learn about the latest industry advances and those of related fields, as well as brainstorm with other experts about solving problems and road blocks in order to move our industry forward. Members come to the Annual Technical Conference from all over the world and from all facets of the graphic arts industry.

    Papers accepted and presented at the TAGA 2017 Annual Technical Conference will be published in the TAGA Proceedings. TAGA is recognized worldwide as the most prestigious and comprehensive literature resource for graphic arts sciences and technologies.

    On Tuesday, March 21, Anoosheh Oskouian from Ship & Shore Environmental will give his paper presentation, Energy Efficient Approaches to Innovate the Printing Process & Gain the Competitive Edge.

    Energy efficiency is one of the most overlooked opportunities in the printing...

  • 02/15/2017
    This post was submitted by 2017 President's Conference sponsor, KBA.

    As we get ready to join our colleagues at the 2017 PIA President’s Conference, we’ll be bringing the message that our own president and CEO of Koenig & Bauer AG, Claus Bolza-Schünemann, announced after drupa last year: “Print is on the rise again.”

    It’s been less than a year since drupa 2016, and our company is still maintaining momentum from the show. After some challenging years, print made a dynamic comeback in Düsseldorf with proven products, new technologies, and even more applications. The high numbers and nationalities of the visitors as well as the positive mood in the show’s halls revealed the bright future of our industry.

    Our company’s presence at drupa received much praise. Visitors...

  • 02/09/2017

    As we begin 2017, the economy is in its eighth year of growth and printing companies are, on average, enjoying the highest level of profitability since before the Great Recession. Growth, however, may have been accommodated with decisions counterproductive to reducing waste and improving performance. Floor space may have been haphazardly filled with inventory or additional equipment. Clutter and disorganization may have become the norm. Safety priorities may have been overlooked in order to stay on schedule.

    Now would be a good time to for companies to reassess their operational performance. Printers that pursue operational excellence do so in part by putting in place disciplined processes for employees to search for and remove non-value-added activities (things customers wouldn’t want to pay for). That helps bring manufacturing costs down, develops an energizing culture, and reduces lead time.

    Here are eight types of waste companies can use to assess the...

  • 02/07/2017
    This post was submitted by 2017 President's Conference sponsor, Fujifilm. 

    Fujifilm’s Graphic Systems Division is proud of its long-standing support of Printing Industries of America and honored to once again be a sponsor at the President’s Conference in 2017. Our loyalty to PIA and its members aligns with Fujifilm’s goal to be a leader in the graphic communications industry. 

    Our commitment to our collective industry is second to none, both in terms of personnel and investments. In the North America market alone, we have a combined field sales and service team of more than 325 skilled professionals. Over the years, the Graphic Systems Division of Fujifilm has invested more than $1 billion in targeted acquisitions in the digital print technology category and invested in research and development projects that have resulted in many award-winning products, including Fujifilm...

  • 02/03/2017

    Attention, printers—it’s OSHA 300 Log(s) season! Now is the time to make sure you complete the steps below!

    1. Review the 2016 OSHA 300 Log to verify it contains accurate entries for all recordable injuries and illnesses that occurred throughout the year. Make any additions or corrections necessary to ensure accuracy.
    2. Verify that each injury and illness recorded on the 300 Log is accurately recorded on a corresponding 301 Incident Report Form (or an equivalent form).
    3. Total the columns on the OSHA 300 Log (if you had no recordable cases, enter zeros for each column total) and on Form 300A.
    4. Enter the calendar year covered, the company's name, establishment name, establishment address, annual average number of employees covered by the OSHA 300 Log, and the total hours worked by all employees covered by the OSHA 300 Log.
    5. Transpose the column total numbers from the 300 Log over to the 300A Summary Form.

    After verifying the...

  • 12/29/2016

    PIA Study Shows Quality Focus Strongly Contributes to Improved Company Performance

    Authored by: John Compton, Professor Emeritus, Rochester Institute of Technology, and speaker at the 2017 Continuous Improvement Conference

    The 2016 Printing Industry Management Survey findings recently published by Printing Industries of America (PIA) provide compelling reasons to attend PIA’s 2017 Continuous Improvement Conference. The survey, which focused on studying effective management practices in the printing industry, was conducted jointly by PIA and the College of...