Even during the age of the Internet and electronic communication, there is no better way to get industry news and information about the latest products than through a trade show. The results of a new industry survey indicate the impact of the Internet, e-mail and multimedia disks has not replaced graphic arts trade shows as sources of information. Major expositions, such as Graph Expo and Print, are still viewed by printers as important events in the industry. Regional trade shows, however, were not rated as high. The survey was conducted by MAN Roland's marketing agency, NAK Marketing Communications, which sampled 1,000 MAN Roland users and 1,000
As a system provider, Yves Rogivue is a man of many opinions, and that the future of integrating the production processes that constitute printing rests with computer integrating manufacturing is one of them. As one of the topics debated at a special session of Connect 2002- Printcafe's annual users conference, Rogivue, chief executive officer of MAN Roland Inc., views the Internet as a fantastic communications device, but says CIM becomes a component of the production process when it reaches the prepress suite, bindery or pressroom. Addressing an audience of 700 printing professional in Las Vegas, Rogivue explained all CIM requires in the printing process is
The Schiele Group started out 50 years ago as a small basement operation that has grown to become a three-division, $25-million commercial printing company guided by tradition, craftsmanship and technology in the Midwest. Originally founded by Henry Schiele in 1948 with a one-color sheetfed press, a hand-lever paper cutter, a desk and a phone, the company now consists of three parts: a web division (Repro Graphics), a sheetfed division (Schiele Graphics) and a prepress division (Compo Graphics), and boasts some of the most technologically advanced printing equipment in the world, including a family of Fujifilm products that were installed recently. Now, part of Schiele's
In September, for the first time in four years, the United States will be the site of the largest printing, publishing and converting industry trade show in the world. PRINT 01 will take place September 6-13 at McCormick Place in Chicago, sharing a four-year rotation with major international exhibitions in other parts of the world, including DRUPA in Germany and IPEX in the United Kingdom. During the years it is scheduled, PRINT takes the place of the leading U.S. national exhibition, GRAPH EXPO and CONVERTING EXPO. This year's PRINT show is expected to attract visitors from more than 100 countries. More than 30 travel
It's one thing to keep up with the lions and tigers and bears housed at San Diego's famous zoo, but for the city's Zoological Society, ZOONOOZ magazine is similarly stretching its legs by converting to computer-to-plate (CTP) production. Thomas Scharf, editor of the 75-year-old membership-based magazine, says that while ZOONOOZ still works with film, the conversion to a complete digital workflow is on the horizon. Scharf estimates that if CTP continually maintains good color control, as it has during preliminary press tests, full digitization may come as early as summer. "The future with [CTP] is going to be good," Scharf confidently quips.
The Internet's entrance from stage right produces a rewrite of the commercial printing plot line. Once upon a time, the process of commercial print buying was simple. A print buyer called his or her vendor CSR, requested a bid on a job, worked up the project specs and sent creative to a prepress shop for processing and film output. The film was couriered to the printer, which ran the plates for the press, the plates were loaded, the job printed, and all lived happily ever after. Throughout the story, phone calls were made, proofs were exchanged, status reports floated across the fax lines. Although