Blog Posts - Mr Samuel G. Shea

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  • 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...

  • 09/24/2014 by Mr Samuel G. Shea

    “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

    Ben Franklin understood that in-depth learning happens when a student is engaged in the learning process. For managers who want to improve their competitive stance, implementing an eLearning program for their employees can not only save them substantially when compared to traditional learning methods, it creates a richer, more engaging learning environment. (Find out more about the benefits of online learning for both managers and employees here.)

    However, many online learning initiatives fail due to an inefficient plan or not having a plan at all.

    Your organization may already be using an online training platform like the...

  • 09/22/2014 by Mr Samuel G. Shea

    Helping companies produce accurate, consistent color is a full-time job for Dillon Mooney. As our Technical Consultant for the Center for Technology and Research, Dillon, a 30-plus-year industry veteran, has encountered many of the challenges your company faces each day.

    Here Dillon dishes five key improvements you can make today to get the consistent color your customers demand.

    (Psssst! If you’ve ever called our Technical Hotline, you probably already know Dillon—he answers more than 1,500 inquiries a year!)

    1. The success of color management depends on consistency of the output devices. Once color management is implemented, it must be managed through process controls to maintain its repeatability. Run color bars on all jobs and include solid ink density patches, gray balance patches, 50% tint patches, and...
  • 12/18/2013 by Mr Samuel G. Shea

    This article is contributed by guest writer, John Compton, Principle, Compton & Associates, and long-time supporter of the Continuous Improvement Conference.

    "In my 40 years of attending and presenting at a variety of conferences, I’ve yet to find a conference where the openness and sharing equals that which occurs at the CI Conference."

    It’s no surprise to me that we are preparing to hold the 25th annual Continuous Improvement Conference. Why the longevity? It’s simple: the people and companies attending over the years have greatly benefitted from the learning and sharing that occur every year at this conference.

    No Secrets among Friends

    From the beginning, the purpose of the conference was to provide a venue for people to learn about quality improvement...

  • 06/17/2013 by Mr Samuel G. Shea

    Take the Print Master Monday Challenge! Think you know the answers to the quiz questions below? Each Monday, we’ll reveal an answer on our Twitter page.

    All you have to do is:

    * Follow Printing Industries of America on Twitter (if you aren’t already) by clicking here.
    * Starting Monday, June 24, we’ll post a question and an answer on Twitter each week until July 15.
    * You can post your guesses and track the questions and answers by searching #PrintMasterMonday on Twitter.

    1.  In which of the following places can an ICC profile be utilized?

    a)  The operating system
    b)  PDF creation
    c)  Page layout applications
    d)  All of these

    2.  What two items must a press operator...

  • 04/23/2013 by Mr Samuel G. Shea

    Josh Boland

    In our continuing series of blog posts featuring recipients of monetary awards from the Print and Graphic Scholarship Foundation (PGSF), today we profile Josh Boland, a senior with a bright future who will soon be graduating from Clemson University.

    Josh spoke with us about his focus in the graphic arts industry, interesting projects he has completed at Clemson, and his thoughts on the future of the printing industry.

    1. What area of the graphic arts do you consider your...

  • 04/03/2013 by Mr Samuel G. Shea

    Nick Gawreluk

    In our continuing series of blog posts featuring recipients of monetary awards from the Print and Graphic Scholarship Foundation (PGSF), today we profile Nick Gawreluk, an enterprising student at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

    Nick, who has already done extensive internship work with Heidelberg, spoke with us about his focus in the graphic arts industry, interesting projects he has completed at RIT, and his thoughts on the future of the...

  • 03/27/2013 by Mr Samuel G. Shea

    Jason Falls

    Jason Falls is a leading digital strategist, author, speaker, and thinker in the digital and social media marketing industry. He leads digital strategy for CafePress, a publicly-traded internet retailer consistently ranked as one of the top online shopping destinations. He also continues to serve as founder and chief instigator at, an industry-leading blog and digital marketing agency.

     Jason will be speaking at the...

  • 03/12/2013 by Mr Samuel G. Shea

    Brittany Bolenbaugh 

    It's no secret that printers are always on the lookout for enterprising young professionals who can help their companies stay ahead of the curve in a constantly evolving industry. That's why, over the next several weeks, we’ll be profiling some talented students who are about to enter the workforce.

    All of the students we're profiling have received monetary awards from the Print and Graphic Scholarship Foundation (PGSF),...

  • 03/11/2013 by Mr Samuel G. Shea

    Joy Gendusa
    Founder and CEO PostcardMania

    Joy Gendusa is the Founder and CEO of PostcardMania. After more than twelve years of leading one of the most innovative and successful postcard marketing companies in the industry, Joy has obtained a level of marketing expertise that is sought after for counsel and speaking engagements all over the country. We are delighted that Joy will joining us as a speaker in May for the Integrated Print Forum and we recently had the opportunity to...