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Research and Technology
  • 03/10/2017

    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...

  • 07/11/2016

    By: Gary Jones, Assistant VP EHS Affairs, Printing Industries of America; Kaitlin Mackey, EHS Associate, Printing Industries of America; Matthew Crownover, EHS Associate, Printing Industries of America

    On July 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its interim final rule, increasing the civil penalties for violations of its standards. The increase was required due to the passage of the two-year bipartisan budget President Obama signed on November 2, 2015.

    This is the first time in 25 years that OSHA has increased its penalties. Since 1990, OSHA has been one of only three federal agencies that were specifically exempt from a law that required federal agencies to raise their fines to keep pace with inflation. The bill allows OSHA to have a one-time adjustment this year to catch up from the last time the agency’s civil penalties were modified. In addition, the law allows the penalties to be increased each year. 

    OSHA’s New...

  • 12/08/2015

    The following post was submitted by Color 2015 sponsor, HELIOS Software.


    Carlos Gonzalez, plant manager of Proquinal S.A. installed HELIOS Soft Proofing Solution in his plant. Here’s what he had to say:

    “Proquinal S.A. in Bogota, Colombia has more than 400 employees, with customers in many countries. Ever since Grafix World installed the HELIOS Software PrintPreview soft proofing and annotation solution, we have drastically reduced our conventional hard color proofs, increased our production and quality, and reduced our waste. Today, our files are 100%-secured and controlled—our customers can now access the files securely via HELIOS WebShare and iPad Document Hub to make changes and annotations remotely from anywhere in the world.”

    For more information on HELIOS Soft Proofing Solution, contact Tom Hallinan at

  • 08/07/2015

    Who are the next industry game changers? Jim Workman, assistant vice president, Center for Technology and Research, tells you where you can find complete details on this year’s InterTech Award recipients.

    Attendees visiting Printing Industries of America’s booth #3802 at GRAPH EXPO 15 will be able to learn more about the ten technologies receiving the prestigious 2015 InterTech™ Technology Award.

    Read the press release announcing the 2015 InterTech Technology Awards here.

    The “Forecast Part 2, Midyear Update” issue of Printing Industries of America: The Magazine will be distributed at the booth and devotes 34 pages to the innovative technologies nominated and selected for an InterTech Award....

  • 07/15/2015

    Remember when sending a client a physical proof of a print job was a chargeable service? That seems to have disappeared when we went to electronic distribution and suddenly clients started expecting a free emailed PDF proof. Many challenges arose with this system due to color inconsistency, productivity loss due to multiple revisions, etc.

    Today’s soft proofing systems offer convenient sharing, color accuracy thanks to screen calibration, automation, enhanced project monitoring, and other benefits that improve your workflow and reduce costs.

    How can you implement a system like this in your business? Here we spoke with Dan Caldwell, President of Remote Director, on the latest soft proofing innovations and how they can be the solution you’ve been looking for.

    Want a preview? Before you read this take a guided tour of Remote Director.


  • 01/28/2015

    If you read our last post that gave a sneak peek at Think Patented, host of the of the 2015 Automation Solutions Network Meeting, February 25–26, in Miamisburg, Ohio, you’ll probably want to know that there’s an additional second tour as part of this ASN Meeting.

    Kodak Inkjet Printing Solutions, a sizeable component of Kodak’s worldwide operations, is headquartered in Dayton and will host this Special Evening Event. It’s an opportunity to network and discover how and why inkjet printing is transforming the industry.

    After a dinner reception, your tour guides will lead you through their impressive facility where you’ll take part in print demonstrations while discussing the technologies with your peers. You’ll not only witness Kodak’s inkjet presses and imprinting systems in action, but learn about the science and unique...

  • 09/22/2014

    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...
  • 06/11/2014

    As printing companies expand, sooner or later, they outgrow their Management Information System (MIS). Software must meet current needs by providing e-commerce, file submission, and more end-to-end solutions.

    If you’ve ever had to purchase a new MIS, you know it can be a daunting task. There is a lot riding on this one integral software solution that must integrate seamlessly into many different parts of the production process. Plus it’s extremely challenging to calculate the ROI, because of the fact that it is a software solution.

    How would you like to be able to compare and analyze a variety of different MIS? 

    A new Technology Bulletin just released from the Center for Technology and Research, the 2014 Printing Industries of America Survey of Management Information Systems,  profiles 49 different software programs. We asked each vendor to dish all of the details on their...

  • 02/25/2014

    Are you one of the hundreds of entrepreneurial startup companies that has developed an innovative technology this year? Now that you’ve invested resources into product development, a solid marketing strategy is critical if you want to earn an ROI.

    Printing Industries of America provides technical support to countless industry members, and we’ve seen that many of them share a big challenge—getting their technology in front of the right customers. Small startups may have fewer resources to devote to sales and marketing, while some larger companies are searching for new or additional avenues to get in front of their target audience.

    Although we can’t give you the magical marketing plan that is going to catapult your brand new technology to market success, we can provide some vital core...