Printing and Manufacturing

Digital Barriers-Fact or Fiction?
June 1, 2000

A couple of years ago, the publication industry was totally immersed in computer-to-plate: the impact, the investment, the transition. Fast forward to today, and one would have expected the majority of publications to have completed the CTP conversion, with the exception of a few stragglers. Alas, this is not the case, and CTP has polarized the industry into those that can and those that cannot. Separating the "cans" from the "cannots" For those that "can," they've worked out how to go CTP without spending more on production or adding staff. For those who "cannot," sifting through the myths leads them on a challenging journey down

Digital Q & A
February 1, 2000

Michael Murphy talks about Japs-Olson's digital printing strategy. Michael Murphy, director of production, Japs-Olson, St. Louis Park, MN, recently shared his thoughts on digital printing with the editors of P&PE. In a candid discussion, he talks about his company's digital printing strategy to enter the exciting world of on-demand and how digital printing technologies have enabled Japs-Olson to compete in the one-to-one marketing arena. PPE: Digital printing is not new to Japs-Olson, right? Murphy: We're a direct-mail production house, so we've been working with black-and-white variable-data printing for a number of years. We run Océ presses. Our most popular job is very traditional for

Granting Wishes
February 1, 2000

Digital printing technologies ensure that one wish comes true. Brandt Yardley is described by those who know him as precocious, outspoken and a typical 13-year-old kid. But Yardley has led anything but a typical life. Diagnosed with a brain tumor shortly before his fourth birthday, Yardley has spent the past nine years undergoing aggressive treatment for his illness. Three surgical attempts have been made to remove the mass. In 1997, he received a lifetime dose of radiation and has since endured bouts with chemotherapy. Indeed, not the typical life of a child. In many respects, however, Yardley demonstrates the remarkable characteristics of a healthy

The Ctp Do's and Don'ts
January 1, 2000

Everybody's Doing it—or at least thinking about doing it. Contemplating conversion to computer-to-plate, that is. The question is: Why? Many printers are pressuring their customers into CTP. Although it's understandable that printers want to recoup the investment they've made to go CTP, for the publisher, this is not good reason for change. Nor is it an adequate incentive to adopt CTP merely because it's been touted as the wave of the future. No publisher should implement a technology for the sake of technology. Many of you have heard stories about the great benefits to be gained by going digital, and it's a common misconception among

Customized for Quality
September 1, 1999

McMurry Publishing is tailoring its workflow for CTP production of finely crafted syndicated magazines and custom publications While McMurry Publishing displays remarkable flexibility and resiliency when taking on new projects—and as it adapts its production workflow accordingly—the Phoenix-based custom publisher is constant and uncompromising with regard to its quality standards. "Quality is one of our hallmarks," emphasizes Preston V. McMurry Jr., the company's president and chairman. "The people at McMurry will never hear me say that we're spending too much; however, they have heard me say that (something we're working on) looks like crap and that I won't attach my name to

Hi-Fi is Hip
September 1, 1999

Isn't it amazing what a little orange and green can do? When added to the CMYK print process, colors pop as though charged with a jolt of electricity. Still, the CMYKOG printing process—known as Hexachrome and brought to you by the color science folks at Pantone, Carlstadt, NJ—has remained largely untapped by graphic artists. But times are a changin', and Hexachrome is creeping into the publication and commercial print market as content creators become increasingly familiar with the process and its striking results. When the March cover of Grafika magazine—the Montreal-based, French-language monthly for graphic artists—displayed a 'Printed with Hexachrome' label, it demanded

The Status of CTP
August 1, 1999

Printers and publishers are not yet on the same page of the CTP survival manual. During the final decade of the 21st century, a revolution began. Digital visionaries began overthrowing imagesetters to free the printed word from the tyranny of film. Although computer-to-plate (CTP) innovation hasn't been quite that melodramatic, it has impacted everyone in the print industry—in most cases, for the better. The results of a poll taken by P&PE reveal that how you react to CTP depends upon your role. Printers have implemented CTP, but in terms of adoption, customers are still on the fence. Advertising agencies have been rightfully hesitant.

The Pressue of Success
May 1, 1999

Putnam Publishing Group knows a thing or two about fast turnaround. Getting an impeccable-looking bestseller out on time often proves to be a challenge, particularly when a project involves a world-famous author and longer print runs. Despite the pressure of strict deadlines, publishing three recent bestselling hardcovers—Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy, Point of Origin by Patricia Cornwell and The Courage to Be Rich: Creating A Life of Spiritual and Material Abundance by Suze Orman—was handled gracefully by the New York City-based Putnam Publishing Group and book manufacturing vendor Phoenix Color, Hagerstown, MD. Supply and demand According to Bill Peabody, Putnam's production director, approximately

Digital Advertising-A Dream for Some, A Nightmare for Others
March 1, 1999

The digital computer-to-plate workflow would seem to be a dream come true. After all, it promises faster, easier and, for some, cheaper. So why is it that the industry is nowhere near a completely digital workflow, specifically with regard to shipping digital advertisements? And why is it that certain industry segments (some publishers) seem to be moving at a snail's pace when it comes to accepting digital ads? I believe the answer is basically a lack of understanding that underlines a communication problem in the industry. The larger publication printers have been riding the digital highway for some time, and are getting tired of

From the Platesetter, Back
January 1, 1999

A prepress systems manager offers some advice for modifying your workflow for CTP production. Several years ago, American Trucker, an Intertec Publishing publication, went through an evolution—a revolution, if you will—by transitioning to the computer-to-plate (CTP) production method. Instead of modifying its workflow to involve only digital production, the Indianapolis-based publisher went one step further and assumed the role of platemaker. CTP cause and effect While better quality is an unquestionable benefit of moving to CTP, other benefits are more easily quantified by numbers and dollar signs. American Trucker, which is an advertising-based publication for the used truck and trailer market, moved to CTP