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  • 01/08/2016

    Companies adopting a Lean philosophy strive to remove or shorten time spent on activities that the customer doesn’t value. For example, although steps like estimating and makeready are thought of as necessary in the business, they are branded as non-value-added for the customer and targeted for reduction. The basic concept of the Lean philosophy focuses on the removal of the seven deadly wastes in manufacturing and business processes in order to reduce overall waste in the company. What are these deadly wastes, and how do they affect the productivity of a plant? Find the answers below.

    1. Defects

    Often thought of as the most simple of the deadly wastes, defects can lead to many additional problems you didn’t know you had. When...

  • 12/29/2015

    The New Year is quickly approaching – the traditional time to reflect on the past year and think about the future. What were our greatest successes in 2015? What could we have done better? What do we want to accomplish in 2016? We all try to make New Year’s resolutions and stick with them, but they often fall by the wayside. Here are five practical, achievable resolutions to consider for 2016 (and beyond).  

    1.   Practice what you preach.

    In the New Year, make a plan to really be the leader that people want to follow. If you say one thing and do another, it diminishes your credibility and makes your followers nervous about trusting your judgement. Whatever kind of leader you decide to embody, stay consistent in what you say and do.



  • 12/15/2015

    The following post was submitted by Color 2015 sponsor, X-Rite Pantone.
    Author: Mark Gundlach, Solutions Architect, X-Rite Pantone

    PANTONE® Spot Colors have always been the best way to achieve brand colors, but they’re not always feasible or affordable. With the introduction of the EXTENDED GAMUT 7-color printing process, Pantone is giving printers and converters a way to determine how closely seven-color printing (CMYK+OGV) can achieve PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM® Colors. 

    Why Extended Gamut?

    By incorporating Orange, Green and Violet PANTONE XG Base Inks with the traditional Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black (CMYK) process colors in a 7-color...

  • 12/10/2015

    The following post was submitted by Color 2015 sponsor, X-Rite Pantone.
    Author:  Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Product Portfolio Manager, X-Rite Pantone 

    Many industries rely on standards and technical specifications to bring an independent perspective to their production processes. In the world of print, some people think only manufacturers and software vendors need to understand color standards. This, of course, isn’t the case. Embracing standards and specifications can help printers set clear expectations, solve practical problems, and improve productivity by bringing a systematic perspective to their entire print workflow.

    What’s the difference between the Standards and Specifications? Industry Standards are maintained by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and provide rules, guidelines, and characteristics for common and repeated activities to help printers achieve the best possible output....

  • 12/09/2015

    Did you use #Color15 on Twitter? Check out some of the top posts from Color 2015!

  • 12/09/2015

    A couple months ago, Printing Industries of America opened nominations for the 2016 Managing for Improvement Award. The award is bestowed on a manager in the printing industry who has demonstrated the ability to create real and lasting improvement for his or her company. The continuous improvement of processes and products—as well as innovative breakthroughs—is a business imperative. By improving quality, productivity, safety, and customer satisfaction, companies reap the rewards of prosperity and a safe workplace.

    But, what does managing for improvement look like in a real-world setting? For this answer, we’re taking a closer look at the 2015 recipient, Cary “Parrot” Ripsch, value stream manager at The Ovid Bell Press, Inc.

    Over a career of 45 years, Cary honed his management skills in such positions as...

  • 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

  • 12/07/2015

    In the Student Spotlight Series, we chronicle the effect of PGSF scholarships on the lives of everyday graphic communication students. This edition features Danielle Wood, a third-year graphic communication student at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.


    Danielle Wood is an aspiring graphic communications student who is excited about the world of print. However, finding funds to continue her education came as an unwelcome roadblock in her plans. Like many students, she only pays for school with funds she earned herself and through various government grants and loans. “I was stressed beyond words trying to figure out how to pay for it,” said Danielle. “I was so worried about how I was going to come up with that money every year.”

    Luckily, some of the weight lifted off...

  • 12/03/2015


    When you operate on your own, plunging into financial pitfalls is all too easy. That’s why conversing with a group committed to industry financial success is paramount for a strong business. Year after year, PIFE members benefit from exceptional opportunities afforded to them. During meetings, they explore potential investments to grow their business, find new ways to save money, and gain insight into the current marketplace.

    "New participants are always amazed at how open and honest the discussions can be. I have left every peer exchange session with at least one great idea to try back at my company," said Terrie Rubac, Heritage Press.

    Next year, PIFE will once again provide an excellent opportunity for collaboration. At the 2016 President’s Conference, PIFE professionals will meet to discuss current...

  • 12/02/2015

    The following post was submitted by Color 2015 sponsor, X-Rite Pantone.

     Author: Mark Gundlach, Solutions Architect, X-Rite Pantone


    In a print and packaging workflow, there are many places where color can go wrong. However, implementing good process control makes it possible to achieve predictable, repeatable color. Fine-tuning your print workflow is not as hard as you may think, and the increasing availability of affordable tools is making it easier than ever.

    Today we’ll look at the top five places where printers and converters can achieve stability to save time and money, improve quality, and increase the possibility of repeat business. 

    1.   Set up a proper color-managed workflow.

    From specification through production to...