Heidelberg USA

The Next Level in Print Production
April 1, 2004

There's no shortage of acronyms in the print industry. We have cap, PD., PPD, XML, SVG, POD, BOD, and many more. One of the most recent additions to the industry's vernacular is JDF. JDF, short for 'job definition format', is neither an application nor product. Rather, it is a vendor-neutral way to format data based on XML, the extensible markup language. The industry group behind JDF is CIP4, a-k-a the International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press, and Postpress. This consortium of print industry movers and shakers—which includes everyone from equipment manufacturers to software developers, to printers and their clients—built on CIP3's PPF

The Alphabet of Automation
April 1, 2004

The onslaught of technical acronyms leaves many creative professionals, print buyers, and printers feeling as though they're simmering in a pot of alphabet soup. But once they're understood, Adobe's XMP and PDF, and the JDF work together to streamline and simplify workflows from beginning to end. Adobe XMP and PDF, and the JDF start the capture of key information for the creative professionals, and automate tasks throughout the workflow. Although PDF is well known, JDF and XMP are relative newcomers. Perhaps less understood is how they fit together to save time, improve, productivity and, ultimately, reduce costly errors. Think of Adobe PDF as the 'universal communication

A Taste for Digital
June 13, 2003

While many printers shops have failed during the economic downturn, others have turned to technologies to increase a its capabilities and expand its opportunities. Executive Printing Inc., Kennesaw, Ga., has gone this route by implementing a digital press, and threw a wine tasting event to promote its new offering. The EPI Digital unit saw an opportunity to increase revenue by developing creative marketing campaigns for its customers using variable data printing. "The way the market is headed these days, companies are trying to figure out how to get more for their marketing dollars," said Cindy Woods, Vice President of Executive Printing. "We are trying

Getting Up to Speed
June 6, 2003

Visual Systems Inc., a component manufacturer in Milwaukee, has added a six-color Heidelberg Speedmaster to its shop to provide quicker turnaround times and lower costs per job for its customers. The press also enables Visual Systems to handle larger production runs with shorter lead times. "The new press solidifies our leadership position in the production of high-end book components, transparencies and related products," says Mike Humber, operations manager with Visual Systems. Humber says the Speedmaster expands Visual Systems' offerings to its customers. The company now handles jobs with light papers and plastic sheets to cardboards. Visual Systems also expects to double its book

Promoting the DI Advantage
May 23, 2003

The key to any business is promotion, and how well that's done is the difference between a successful print shop and a very successful print shop. Stumbling blocks, however, are where to begin and where to focus your efforts. Presstek Inc., the Hudson, N.H.-based developer of digital laser imaging, is making that process easier for digital press owners with Presstek plate and imaging technology in them with Club DI. "We're giving our customers the tools to market the abilities of their DI press," says Brian Wolfenden, marketing manager for the on-press products division at Presstek. "The goal is to help our customers draw

The CtP Advantage
May 16, 2003

When the owner of a Port St. Lucie publishing company sold his magazines to concentrate on commercial printing, he soon discovered cutting costs was essential to survival in the marketplace. The answer was computer to plate. After conducting his research and getting several quotes, Fred Fetzner, a 27-year print professional, installed a Fujifilm eight-up violet Saber VX 9600 plate setter. The VX 9600 has the capacity to reach output speeds of 32 eight-page plates an hour at 2,400 dots per inch. But Fetzner says speed was not a factor in his buying decision. "All plate setters are about the same, and the

Proof of Concept
May 1, 2003

Nowhere is the adage "time is money" more appropriate than when applied to the business of publishing. Publishers and printers are always on the lookout for faster, better, cheaper ways to speed the production workflow. Widely adopted technologies such as word processing, desktop publishing, digital photography and editing, accredited file formats, electronic file transfer, content management, and zero-make-ready presses all exist for one fundamental reason: to speed publishing production. Of all the points along the publishing workflow, one area remains doggedly resistant to time optimization: proofing. Publishing costs creep upward with every tick of the second hand as pages are being trafficked and proofed.

Heidelberg Cited for Industry Contributions
February 21, 2003

The National Association for Printing Leadership, Paramus, N.J., awarded Heidelberg USA, Kennesaw, Ga., its 2003 Industry Award. Niels M. Winther, president and CEO of Heidelberg USA, received the award at the NAPL's 2003 Top Management Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. The NAPL selected the manufacturer for developing a broad spectrum of advanced products, including sheetfed and web offset presses, digital printing presses, prepress units, machines for cutting, folding, and binding publications, and high-performance copiers. "Heidelberg's contribution to the printing and graphic arts industry is ongoing and immeasurable," says Joseph P. Truncale, NAPL president and CEO. Truncale also recognized Heidelberg for integrating prepress, press and postpress operations, and

Low-Cost Scanners for High-End Prepress
January 1, 2003

With news reports indicating Agfa and Heidelberg are leaving the low-end market, choices for entry- and mid-range prepress scanners are narrowing. Creo Americas Inc., Billerica, Mass., is stepping into the void with two new scanners marketed at cost-conscious creative professionals. Unveiled at the recent MacWorld trade show, in San Francisco, Creo's iQsmart2 provides 4,300 x 8,200 dpi resolution, and lists for $11,950. The iQsmart3 scans at 5,500 x 10,000 dpi, and sells for $29,500. The price points should appeal to creative professionals who want to cut production costs by moving high-end scanning in-house, Creo officials say. Both products support a high-speed Firewire (IEEE

Vendors, Printers Debate JDF Merits
January 1, 2003

The Job Definition Format, an XML-based standard for automating the entire printing workflow, continues to gain support among leading industry vendors. Heidelberg USA is moving rapidly on the JDF front. The company has announced plans to make all of its Prinect workflow products compatible with JDF by next year. This will integrate production equipment with business workflow, and create a digital workflow from prepress to press, to post-press, says James Mauro, product manager for Prinect Press Products at Heidelberg USA Inc., Kennesaw, Ga. For example, the JDF will enable Heidelberg's Prinect Internet Portal to automate print buying and quote generation. Job definitions posted online