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  • 03/23/2015

    This post was contributed by Chris Webbert, president, Advantage Book Binding, Inc.

     Are you attending the 2015 BIA Conference? If you haven't yet registered for this excellent event, now is the time to do so!

     Postpress companies are at a prime position right now. There a so many new technologies and ways we can apply them to our business—if we just know how to utilize them. From special effects printing to digital marketing, this year’s BIA Conference offers tons of learning opportunities so you can expand your business. It’s also THE networking forum of the year for postpress professionals and key vendors, so come prepared to meet new potential clients and partners too!

    Learn more below about this great opportunity to network with other postpress professionals, hear from industry experts, and connect with suppliers. Here is all you need to know—the Who, What, When, Where, and...

  • 03/06/2015

    This post was contributed by Brian Regan, president, Semper International. Brian will present at the 2015 Print Leadership Summit, May 18–19, in Minneapolis, MN. Read his full article, “Introducing Techcreative: The Next Key Role in Hiring,” from the October 2014 issue of Printing Industries of America: The Magazine

    Have most of your recent hires been in the IT, marketing, or technology teams? As a job seeker, do you notice more companies requiring cutting-edge technical skills like CAD or Graphic Design, SEO or Social Media, or Variable Data or Web-to-Print? Today our industry is undergoing a fundamental shift in our internal rosters from production to technology centered.

    Brian Regan and his team at Semper International have coined this new role the “Techcreative.”...

  • 02/24/2015

    The following post is contributed by Jim Workman, Assistant Vice President, Center for Technology and Research, Printing Industries of America.

    Lean is more than a business philosophy, it’s a way of life. It’s also simpler to implement than the consultants would have you believe. And respecting your employees by recognizing and developing their talents must be a central focus. Those are three principle messages from Paul Akers’ 2 Second Lean book. Akers credits Lean with propelling his woodworking supply business from a garage startup in 1997 to a multimillion dollar enterprise with distribution in 40 countries. In April 2015 Akers will be the opening speaker at the Continuous Improvement Conference in Minneapolis.

    Akers is a master carpenter, pilot, musician, and Eagle Scout, and was already oozing with confidence when he started FastCap, named after his initial invention, a self-adhesive...

  • 02/24/2015

    You know who you are. You live for clean lines, square corners, exactness, and all the finer details of postpress work. Some people may call you a perfectionist. But why do you settle for only the highest quality product? Because you know that’s what sets you apart from competitors.

    Distinguishing your company can be difficult in our industry because, well, face it: marketing isn’t cheap! That’s why for years postpress companies have entered the BIA Product of Excellence Awards for their chance to be recognized as the “best of the best” in graphic finishing and loose-leaf products. Award winners illustrate that postpress work can be a true art form, displaying flawless craftsmanship, and catching the attention of the award judges—as well as the industry.

    Over the years Product of Excellence Award winners have displayed more high-impact pieces mixing new and traditional techniques giving products their own modern twist....

  • 02/18/2015

    The following blog post was contributed by Kristina Iorio, Copywriting Manager, Printing Industries of America. This is the first in an upcoming series of posts focused on small business marketing tips. 

    You have heard “Content is King,” but what does that really mean? With an endless amount of information available online, your customers are more informed than ever. According to the Content Marketing Institute, “Content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly defined audience—and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action.” It’s delivering valuable content to your customers, including white papers, blogs, video, podcasts, digital publishing, etc.

    But for small businesses however, providing a steady stream of quality...

  • 01/28/2015 by Ms Megan Flynn

    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...

  • 01/22/2015 by Ms Megan Flynn

    Time. No matter what, it seems like there’s never enough, right? One way to save time is to make your workplace more visual, infusing it with information that answers the critical and recurrent questions of people working there. With a glance people can get the information they need without having to waste time searching for it.

    Visual Management systems “enable anyone to immediately assess the current status of an operation or process at a glance, regardless of their knowledge of the process. Visual displays relate information and data to employees in an area through the use of charts, graphs, and process documentation.” (Continuous Improvement Glossary) ...

  • 01/19/2015 by Ms Megan Flynn

    Efficiency lies in the details. Delivering jobs with reduced turn times and fewer resources requires being intensely focused on the details.

    As more companies realize the benefits of automation, they’re looking closer at each piece of equipment and each process to find out how to maximize efficiency. And one of the standout industry players in automation today is Think Patented.

    This is the site for the 2015 Automation Solutions Network Meeting, February 25–26, in Miamisburg, Ohio. What makes this facility so impressive? Every square inch of Think Patented is designed for automation.  Before you go, we wanted to give you a preview of Think Patented’s facility, what makes them successful, and what you’ll see on the tour!

    How They Got Here

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  • 12/16/2014 by Ms Megan Flynn

    If you asked your employees right now what it’s like to work at your company each day, how would they respond? Do they feel like they work in an environment that supports their goals and ideas? Are they provided the appropriate resources to excel at their jobs? How would they rate their managers?

    You may wonder why company culture is so important. Only three out of ten U.S. workers are involved in and enthusiastic about their workplace, according to Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace report. That means that 70% of workers are not fully engaged in their workplace. This lack of commitment leads to decreased productivity and lower overall profits.

    If this is a reality check for your company, take a moment now to get an honest look at your organizational culture. If you haven’t tried the new...

  • 12/02/2014 by Ms Megan Flynn

    In what seems to be a forever-changing regulatory landscape, employers can only imagine what new EPA and OSHA requirements they will encounter in 2015. How can you avoid serious fines, negative publicity, and serious injuries from EHS violations? For managers, business owners, or anyone involved in EHS in the printing industry, those are just a few of the many concerns that can keep you up at night. But if there’s one thing we do know about your job going into 2015, it’s that the stakes are going to get higher and the rules more complicated.

    Gary Jones, Assistant Vice President of EHS Affairs at Printing Industries of America, has experienced his share of sleepless nights too, usually because he is traveling from state to state helping printers solve serious EHS challenges. We caught up with him in...