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  • 04/18/2013 by Ms Megan Flynn

    It is no secret that the most successful companies are employing automation to cut costs and increase efficiency. You can read about it, and you can listen to presentations on it. But how would you like to actually experience it?

    The next Automation Solutions Network Meeting features a tour of Creel Printing, which recently acquired another industry leader, Digital Lizard. You have probably heard of these companies, but in case you haven’t, we’ll give you some of the reasons this is a plant tour you don’t want to miss.

    Full-Service, Award-Winning Facility

    Creel has a 300,000-square-foot facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, operating 24/7 and providing a full range of services, including pre-media, printing, binding, mailing, distribution, and fulfillment. For more than 50 years they have been earning industry accolades, producing high-quality products, and...

  • 04/16/2013 by Ms Megan Flynn

    If you’ve seen promotions about our upcoming Optimizing Digital Color from Your Digital Press workshop and wondered how this training would benefit you on the job, take a lesson from the Publications team here at Printing Industries of America. We recently got some firsthand experience with how color reproduction changes when a job shifts from the offset press to the digital press, and our best resource was workshop leader Dave Dezzutti.

    So, how did we get there and what did we learn from the experience?

    In the past, at Printing Industries Press we have always produced our color-related titles on a lithographic press because accurate color reproduction is critical when discussing the science and control of color. But over the years most of our titles have migrated to digital short-run production, and our most recent book, Color Printing Excellence, made that transition to digital printing as well.

    Knowing it would be printed on the...

  • 04/15/2013 by Ms Megan Flynn

    We rely on a lot of business products in our industry: papers, inks, presses, computers, and lots of material elements! But one component supersedes technologies—great employees.

    The best companies in the industry recognize their importance with devoted Human Relations Managers investing in their employees, hiring and retaining skilled professionals who, according to countless studies, perform better and stay longer with their company. Every day hard-working people are adding greater value to their organizations. They are the faces and personalities behind the products, contributing their skills and passion for their work.

    These are the companies who enter the Best Workplaces in the Americas competition from Printing Industries of America.

    Here are some winning examples of sound HR practices:

    “Communication meetings are held on a monthly basis by the Senior Management Team. The plant is...

  • 04/10/2013 by Mr Joseph B. Marin

    Just as a pilot performs a number of system checks on the airplane before take off, it’s important to make sure that a print project doesn’t contain any serious errors that will prevent it from printing successfully. Preflighting for print production is about examining all of the components that make up an eventual printed piece and comparing them against a checklist of potential known issues. If they “pass” the check, the job can move forward in the print production workflow. If they “fail,” something has to be done to correct the problem before proceeding. It is by default a methodical task that is typically performed by prepress personnel (no one wants to reprint a job because an error wasn’t found in time), but designers should also preflight their work before they send it off to their printers.

    Software tools and a checklist are both critical to the preflighting process. Some of the things that a typical...

  • 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...

  • 04/01/2013 by Ms Megan Flynn

    From automated tellers to radiology, information technology is helping to automate the delivery of products and services. It’s no different with print—automating the print production process creates greater efficiency and less waste. It is also making many printers more profitable.

    In fact, Printing Industries of America Ratios studies have shown that about 25% of printers make 100% of the profit in the industry. One thing that these high-earning companies have in common is that they replace much of their labor with automation.

    Would you like to say that you can have a job on press in less than 10 minutes from its order time? Or how would you like to guarantee your customers that their jobs will ship the same day if the order is placed in the morning? If you have an automation strategy, there are plenty of benefits. But before you begin, you need the right education.

    Find the tools to help you learn how to implement an automated system. Printing...

  • 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 SocialMediaExplorer.com, an industry-leading blog and digital marketing agency.

     Jason will be speaking at the...

  • 03/26/2013 by Ms Megan Flynn

    You only have to read through one industry publication to know that there is a lot of talk about digital printing. From package to commercial printing, innovation in this field is taking place daily. If there were a good time to declare a “Digital Boom,” you can say that time is now.

    We’ve expanded the digital print category for the 2013 Premier Print Awards competition because it has become such an important, growing segment in our industry. Printing companies can now choose from eight, more product-specific subcategories to enter their pieces like On-Demand, Variable-Data, and more.

    “As a representative for the industry, Printing Industries of America is no stranger to adapting to new technologies to support the needs of our members,” says Lisa Rawa, Vice President, Marketing. “We’ve seen a surge of digitally printed entries in recent years, and it is evident that these printers can really hold...

  • 03/25/2013 by Ms Megan Flynn

    The printing industry is constantly facing challenges regarding its place in messaging, its environmental impact, and its future. As recently as January of this year, Google launched a campaign to “Go Paperless in 2013,” and who can forget Toshiba’s ill-fated “National No Print Day,” announced in the summer of 2012? Both campaigns encouraged switching from paper to electronic communications as a means of protecting the environment. These are only two of the most recent cases. With industry giants making false claims about print, it became clear we needed to fight back.

    Printing Industries of America created the Value of Print campaign in March 2012 as a response to false claims about print’s negative impact on the environment and the loss of its effectiveness. This campaign has served as a resource for the industry to spread the...

  • 03/21/2013 by Ms Megan Flynn

    Below is a guest blog post from the team at Performance Plus Global Logistics, the newest addition to the National Buying Power Program at Printing Industries of America. For more information on how members can take advantage of the great savings as part of this program, visit www.printing.org/buyingpower

    The year has gotten off to a busy start with an array of new customers for our team thanks in part to our recent partnership with Printing Industries of America. Performance Plus Global Logistics is excited to have had the opportunity to team up with Printing Industries of America as part of the National Buying Power Program. This program officially kicked off in January, and we have already seen great success...