Heidelberg USA

Hard Times Ahead for Corporate Printers
January 1, 2003

Tremendous changes are ahead for the printing industry. Production of printed material will be a small part of a printer's business in the future. Printers who want to survive will have to begin diversifying. That's according to a recent study conducted by TrendWatch Graphic Arts, in New York, which looks at seven years of data. "Printers have to shift to a value-added, customer-centered business model, instead of a manufacturing business model, where they define themselves by the products they create," says Heidi Tolliver-Nigro, a TrendWatch analyst. That's partly because of the weak economy, and partly because new technology, such as the Internet and

Graph Expo Builds Industry's Confidence
October 24, 2002

Nothing boosts the confidence of an industry more than a successful trade show, and judging by the attendance figures from this year's Graph Expo and Converting Expo, the graphic arts industry may be recovering from the two-year downturn in the marketplace. Nearly 38,000 print and graphic arts professionals made their way to the four-day event at McCormick Place South in Chicago, which featured full seminars and product demonstrations by over 570 exhibitors covering more than 380,000 square feet. Many vendors reported brisk sales with some having to add more staff to their booths. "From the time the hall opened until it closed each day

CTP Round Up
June 1, 2002

Over the past 10 years, visible light and thermal CTP acceptance by printers has moved at a snail's pace. Fewer than 4,500 individual CTP systems exist worldwide, representing less than two percent of 229,000 printing businesses, reports Citiplate (www.citiplate.com). But because CTP technology is not a complete solution, a digital workflow must also include copy-dot and imposition software, plates and platesetters. Below is a round-up of related technology with which print media executives should be familiar. Agfa (www.agfa.com) Besides offering a Mistral line of plates, Galileo, Polaris and Xcalibur VLF families of platesetters and copy-dot software, Agfa also began

The Greening of the Publishing Industry
February 1, 2002

New versus recycled. Petroleum- versus water-based. In the world of paper and printing, these distinctions go a long way toward defining just how a publisher and printer produce their products. And while most proponents of environmental welfare believe that producers of all goods share a responsibility to minimize damage, the pulp, printing and publishing industries have been long-time menaces. Educated by stalwart industry associations and governmental agencies, more users and vendors of publication paper are adapting enviro-friendly practices. Years ahead of this awareness in the U.S., The Canadian Magazine Publishers Association (www.cmpa.ca) advocated recycling. When the group first issued a report more

On the Road with Heidelberg
January 25, 2002

Zooming across the country and back again, Heidelberg has taken to the open highways with a digital road show aimed at educating the industry. Teaming with speakers Bill Farquharson from Print Tec and ePrint Advantage's Peg Ganger, the road show seminars focus on personalized marketing through variable data and the commercialization of digital printing.     Seminar topics include industry and life trends that are driving the opportunity for personalization of direct marketing programs and expanding direct mail business opportunities. The seminars offer an overview of variable data printing and an explanation of versioning and personalizing, with case studies of each, according to the

For Reference
September 28, 2001

"The graphics industry is shaped by far-reaching changes, characterized mainly by digitalization and the networking of steps in production processes," says Dr. Helmut Kipphan, head of technology and innovation research at Heidelberg. That's why the print technology provider recently published a guide outlining the strategies of print production in the new economy. Published by Springer-Verlag New York and edited by Kipphan, Handbook of Print Media: Technology and Production Methods is a 1227-page book that tackles traditional and digital printing using tables, figures and industry-wide analysis. "Our goal and challenge," explains Kipphan, "was to gather the knowledge of experts in an up-to-date standard work that

Fit to Print
September 7, 2001

Exhibitors at Chicago's PRINT 01 are busy highlighting a variety of solutions for greater productivity and cost efficiency. Binding and finishing technology are among the offerings for the shorter-run, on-demand book and magazine markets. Highlights from the show are featured below. Short-Run Finishing Standard Finishing Systems focuses on short-run, quick changeover drive to automate bindery. That's why the company is demonstrating its new 15-clamp perfect binder with in-line three-knife trimming to achieve higher speeds. "As you move into the higher speed ranges, you get into fairly considerable set-up and changeover times from one end of the line to the other," insists Mark Hunt, the

Ready Set Connect
August 24, 2001

Since digital files replaced film, file sharing stepped into the spotlight. Many networking solutions provide a keen infrastructure for exchanging files within a publishing company or print shop when the process is often complicated by platform variation and slow transmission time. The following companies provide forms of cross platform, digital connectivity and file compression solutions. If you would like more information, read PrintMedia magazine every July when the editors publish a special Digital Workflow issue. Cross Platform Solutions ADIC: www.adic.com Connectix: www.connectix.com DataViz: INSERT LINK TEXT Intergraph Computer Systems: www.intergraph.com Miramar Systems: www.miramarsys.com Network Technologies: www.networktechinc.com Océ Printing Systems USA: <a

Varying Standards
July 13, 2001

The American National Standards Institute, an accredited Committee for Graphic Arts Technologies Standards (CGATS), defined an open, variable data exchange standard, making it easier for designers to create and proof variable data jobs, and for commercial printers to produce them. CGATS.20 Graphic technology, a variable printing data exchange using PPML and PDF (PPML/VDX), defines a standardized implementation of the PPML specification using PDF-based workflows for exchanging variable printing data. "As PrintShop Mail has played a significant role in variable data printing since 1992, we embrace the PPML/VDX standard as the next step to naturally serve the Print Production Industry. PPML/VDX will allow the industry

On-Demand Printing
July 1, 2001

On-Demand Printing features product descriptions and Web site addresses for companies in several categories including, Full-Color Digital Presses/Systems, Monochrome & Spot-Color Digital Presses/Systems, Wide-Format Systems and Varable Data Software. FULL-COLOR DIGITAL PRESSES/SYSTEMS: A.B. Dick Multigraphics: www.abdick.com The A.B.Dick Colour is an entry-level press that provides short-run, full-color work. AGFA: Agfa's IntelliNet system matches original proofs with print using Agfa ColorTune colour-management software. The system also includes compatible Polaris platesetters, Phoenix News imagesetters, Agfa film, plates and the AgfaJet Sherpa. AHT: www.aht.com AHT offers servers to support digital color printers from such companies as Canon and Xerox,