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New Oregon Rules May Require You to Pay Daily Overtime after 10 Hours

Posted Thursday, November 16, 2017 by Jules VanSant.

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Source: PPI Partner Barran Liebmen

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Do your employees use a machine to make a “new product”? Do those employees sometimes work longer than 10 hours per day or more than 40 hours in a week? If so, you may be surprised to learn that your company could be subject to Oregon’s overtime laws specific to mills, factories, canneries, and manufacturing establishments. While the definitions of mills, factories, and canneries may be straightforward, the broad definition of “manufacturing establishment” is forcing many employers to reevaluate whether these overtime rules apply to their businesses.

Oregon has long required companies employing workers in a manufacturing establishment to pay overtime for employees working over ten hours per day or forty hours in a week, whichever is greater. Those employees are also strictly limited to working a maximum of thirteen hours per day. However, recent changes from the legislature and a subsequent round of rulemaking from Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) mean new rules for employers effective January 1, 2018. We explained the details of the law’s new provisions in our July alert and highlighted that the law limits manufacturing establishment employees to working a maximum of 55 hours in a workweek and requires a ten-hour rest period between shifts. There are only a few exceptions to this 55-hour workweek cap, including obtaining employees’ written consent to work up to 60 hours in a workweek or qualifying for the limited undue hardship exemption for businesses that process perishable products.

The problem employers now face is determining whether their employees fall under these special overtime rules as the scope of which employers the law covers is less than clear. The law states that “no person shall be employed in any mill, factory or manufacturing establishment in this state more than 10 hours in any one day.” The law also broadly defines a manufacturing establishment as an establishment engaged in “the process of using machinery to transform materials, substances or components into new products.” BOLI has explained that this definition is broad enough to capture commercial bakeries and breweries, but does not include restaurants.

A new provision in the law exempts employees who are not “engaged in the direct processing of goods.” However, BOLI’s latest draft rules define the direct processing of goods as “the use of machinery in the production of manufactured goods.” If this seems like a circular definition to you, that’s because it is. While BOLI may be attempting to clarify the new provisions in Oregon’s manufacturing establishment overtime laws, unfortunately, most employers are left wondering whether the law even applies to them. We encourage employers to contact BOLI with their concerns as soon as possible, as the last day to offer comment on the proposed rules is November 24, 2017.

For questions on how the manufacturing overtime rules may affect your workplace and how to prepare for the January 1, 2018 enforcement date, contact Nicole Elgin at Barran Liebman: nelgin@barran.com or (503) 276-2109.

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Top Trends for Digital Wide Format in 2017

Posted Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by Jules VanSant.

Source: Keypoint Intelligence

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Read the full article Here.

Changing Wide-Format Printer Channels Favor a Direct Model

The complexity of the full system sales approach and the value-added process is squeezing low-end graphic sign dealers. The market is moving upward toward more sophisticated dealers, and this is cultivating larger system sales. Unit volumes for wide format printer products have been increasing, further impacting lower volume machines. System training and the growth of finishing in the “total product solution” sale/support model favors a direct selling model. The once-separate copier dealers are filling the gap, eyeing big-ticket wide format offerings and consumables to augment their sales.

PSPs Will Continue to Cross Boundaries

Print service providers (PSPs) continue to expand into the wide format market, and some have become very sophisticated in their offerings. For example, FedEx and FASTSIGNS are providing full-service wide-format printing on the spot with an increasing variety of substrates. Amazon is also getting into the game—in January 2017, Kornit Digital was selected to deliver a large number of on-demand textile production systems for the Merch by Amazon program.

POP as a Segue into Packaging Printing

Point-of-purchase (POP) and retail-ready packaging is enabling print providers with UV wide format devices to enter the short-run display/packaging market. There has been a lot of discussion about how wide format applications are crossing over into the packaging market. For example, the 2017 ISA Expo was co-located with the Collaboration in Packaging Production (CPP) converter show in April. This trend is expected to continue on a global scale.

UV Tabletop Printers Expand into Ad Specialty/Personalization

Last year, a number of smaller LED UV narrow format printers began to create a new wide format classification. Small, relatively inexpensive UV tabletop and some larger flatbeds can be fit with jigs to print on sundries like golf balls and tablet/smartphone cases. Larger flatbed UV printers can even accommodate sheets of plywood, cardboard, or any other material that fits on the print bed. The ad specialty area blends nicely with local silkscreen trophy shops. In addition to engraving a myriad of items, this includes adding photo-realistic personalized decorations. Vendors like Roland DG are offering 3D printers and engraving/milling machines, further expanding the possibilities.

Media Choices Reflect Durable Ink Sales

Textile media can be used to produce everything from wind feather flags to front and backlit media. Since these products now mimic the performance of translucent films, they are experiencing healthy growth. Textile vendors continue to expand their offerings, and many types of media (e.g., canvas, back/front-lit polyester, linen, felt floor mats, carpeting) are available for digital printing. Some digital print shops offer a variety of specialty media products, including window clings, floor graphics, metallic foils, and adhesive labels. As time goes on, specialty media printing will likely expand even further. For example, companies like Panel Processing now offer inkjet-treated wood products for inkjet printing.

“Industry 4.0” and Its Effect on Wide Format

Savvy equipment manufacturers are working to improve operational efficiency with tight integration between clients and print providers, linking all production elements into a dashboard and providing detailed information on quality assurance, production capabilities, and back office integration. The combination of big data and product automation will enable print providers to maximize profitability and improve client satisfaction. Cloud-based services support many wide format printing components, including media, design, and raster image processing (RIP). Functions such as finishing, tracking, archiving, and proofing can also be supported through virtual tools.

Finishing has become a Requirement

All shops are currently involved in some level of finishing, whether they handle it in-house or contract it out. Finishing has become more complex, and it can be a bottleneck if the shop’s printing equipment or staff members cannot keep up with the work. Many of today’s cutting/router tables handle contour cutting, wood/metal routing, and even creasing to create cardboard package designs. For textile/garment printing, calendar roll-to-roll heat presses and clam shells are required. The demand for sewing is increasing, but this can be addressed by hiring a seamstress or training someone in-house. Robotics are also beginning to support wide format media loading and unloading, and these technologies will likely have an increasing presence at major tradeshows.

The Durable Ink Battle

Innovations in latex, pigment, sublimation, and UV inks will likely reshape the wide-format market in the coming years. Developments in all of these categories will enable print providers to consolidate their production equipment while offering a broader range of applications. For example, the improved durability of latex ink will create more possibilities for high-permanency outdoor applications. New pigment treatments will enable material coatings like water repellency. New direct sublimation technologies will offer improved color saturation and reduced waste. Thanks to high elongation and reduced VOCs, UV inks combined with LED curing are becoming more widely accepted, offering an alternative to solvent inks. Meanwhile, the latest gel inks promise more vivid colors, lower ink deposition requirements, and lower costs.

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App Identifies Pantone Colors in the Real World

Posted Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by Jules VanSant.

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Ever been inspired by the gorgeous, distinct colors in a stunning sunset, the combinations of uniquely colored homes in a big city? Well, you can actually use an app on your phone to identify the Pantone Color and incorporate it into your design work.

Kushagra Agarwal developed Cone, a color-identifying app to create a solution to his own problems. “Being a red-green colorblind designer, it’s difficult for me to recognize or identify certain colors,” he explained. “With the help of Cone, I could point my phone at an object and see exactly which color the object was.”

The initial version of the app quickly became an integral part of his design workflow. “Whenever I came across a beautiful color, I would instantly capture it and later try to use it in my designs.” After sharing Cone with others, they encouraged him to continue developing it and making it even more useful for designers. “Since then, a number of features have been added, including the ability to ID Pantone colors, which no other app in the App Store does.”

So how can designers use Cone? Kushagra mentioned a couple of his favorite creative ways he’s seen it in action.

  1. Packaging/Product designers love using Cone to ID Pantone colors, and it’s one of the most used feature of the app. Since most of the brands use Pantone for their colors, designers now find it very easy to quickly figure out the Pantone ink they’re using, for reference.
  2. Some users use Cone to ID the color of the paint on walls and interiors. This helps them design/choose matching interiors very quickly and efficiently.
  3. One user contacted Kushagra about how Cone makes it easier for them when they have clients trying to describe colors or when they have produced a sample that requires matching.
  4. Another designer used Cone to sample the colors of wooden planks. The user designs wooden signs and previously, they had to take a picture of the plank, transfer it into their computer, color correct the photo, and then start working on the design on top of it. Now the user simply samples the color once and directly uses it on their computer, reducing a lot of painful work.

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U.S Postal Service Announces New Prices for 2018

Posted Monday, October 16, 2017 by Jules VanSant.

alt textThe United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) today of price changes to take effect Jan. 21, 2018. The new prices, if approved, include a one cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp from 49 cents to 50 cents.

Postcard stamps and metered letters would also have a one cent increase. Today’s filing does not include any price change for single-piece letters being mailed to international destinations or for additional ounces for letters.

The proposed prices would raise Mailing Services product prices approximately 1.9 percent, and most Shipping Services products will average a 3.9 percent price increase. While Mailing Services price increases are limited based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), Shipping Services prices are adjusted strategically, according to market conditions and the need to maintain affordable services for customers. The proposed Mailing Services price changes include:alt text

The new Shipping Services product prices would increase Priority Mail 3.9 percent and Priority Mail Retail an average of 0.8 percent. As in the past, the Postal Service will not include any surcharges for fuel, residential delivery, or regular Saturday delivery.The proposed domestic Priority Mail Flat Rate Retail price changes are:alt text

The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to take effect on Jan. 21, 2018. The complete Postal Service price filings with the new prices for all products can be found on the PRC site under the Daily Listings section at https://www.prc.gov/dockets/daily. For the Mailing Services filing see Oct. 6, 2017, Docket No. R2018-1. For the Shipping Services filing see Oct. 6, 2017, Docket No. CP2018-8.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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PPI Association Announces the 2017 PrintROCKS! Awards Winners

Posted Thursday, October 12, 2017 by Jules VanSant.

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PPI Association, a visual communications trade organization, hosted its 10th Annual PrintROCKS! Awards & Party on September 22, 2017 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Washington. Print manufacturing companies, agencies, and even students entered the 28 categories ranging from direct mail to catalogs to posters to packaging.

PPI received 210 PrintROCKS! Awards entries from 40 companies in PPI’s six-state region and Utah. This year’s entries raised the bar as new technology and techniques expand traditional capabilities. Excellent examples of web, offset, digital, large format, folds, dies, finishing and special solutions challenged the panel of judges comprised of Karen Wang – PDX Design Scout, Helen Doty – AAA Washington, Carl Vonder Haar – Sales Aficionado and Abe Hayhurst – Konica Minolta Inkjet. Michael Makin, President & CEO of PIA shared the stage with PPI Executive Director Jules Van Sant to honor the top PrintROCKS award winners. The PrintROCKS! Award winners include:

Best of Show: ColorGraphics – Kent, WA

People’s Choice: PrintWest – Woodinville, WA

Best of Division:

101 or more employees: Hudson Printing – Salt Lake City, UT

51-100 employees: Wright Business Graphics – Portland, OR

21-50 employees: PrintWest – Woodinville, WA

20 or less employees: Minuteman Press of Redmond – Redmond, OR

Bindery: North West Book – Bellingham, WA

Student: Highline College – Des Moines, WA

Mad Props: Journal Graphics, North West Book, Premier, and PrintWest

WTFabulous!: Premier

* See all award winners at PrintROCKS.org *

Congratulations to all the winners and participants. The PrintROCKS! Awards Party was a celebration of excellence and achievement. The attendees were thrilled with the entire evening’s event. This year’s theme, Your Name in Lights, celebrated the 10th year of PrintROCKS! complete with a red carpet and Hollywood flair. Party attendees enjoyed Hotel Murano’s fine cuisine, entertainment by caricature artists, and photo booth fun, plus a guest visit from Marilyn Monroe and Sean Connery. Following the awards ceremony, guests enjoyed networking and entertainment.

The Pacific Printing Industries Educational Trust is held in high regard by the PPI membership and was spotlighted at the PrintROCKS! Party. This year, the Ed Trust benefitted from a fundraising auction offering highly valued donations provided by the membership and sponsors. Over the course of the evening, we raised over $23,000 toward developing a future workforce for the print and visual communications industry. The Ed Trust extends a “thank you” to all the donors.

PrintROCKS! Awards & Party details and photos can be found at:

PPIAssociation.org> PrintROCKS! > PrintROCKS! 2017

PPIAssociation.org> Events > Event Photo Galleries> 2017 PrintROCKS! Party and Awards

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