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Under Theme “Vision 20/20” Komori Showcases the Future of Technology at PRINT 17

Posted Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by Jules VanSant.

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The highlight in Komori America Corporation’s Booth #2607 at PRINT 17, being held at McCormick Place September 10-14, will be the Impremia IS29, Komori’s first-of-its-kind 29-inch inkjet, sheetfed UV printing system. Recipient of the Printing Industries of America’s 2017 InterTech™ Technology Award, the IS29 is designed to successfully meet customer demands for complex variable print requirements where size is a factor. The system has the capability to economically produce variable short-run, high-quality color printing not feasible on a traditional press, while making it possible to get to market quickly with reduced set-up costs and color output that rivals offset.

Combining the reliability of offset with the speed of inkjet technology, the IS29 is capable of printing on a wide range of stocks, including ordinary offset. It runs a 23x29 inch sheet, ideal for six-up print production with full variable print applications that can come off the machine directly to finishing. The IS29 operates in perfecting or straight mode, does not require pre-coated paper and runs at speeds of 3,000 sheets per hour in straight mode.

“Komori’s PRINT 17 theme, ‘Vision 20/20’ was chosen to underscore our continued focus to meet the changing needs of our industry with innovative solutions that expand opportunities and improve margins with the ability to produce diverse print communications,” said Susan Baines, director of marketing. “We look forward to showing visitors to our booth the many ways the Impremia IS29 delivers on that promise by filling the gap between mainstream offset and digital to offer highly relevant color output at a reasonable cost.”

Visitors to Print 17 are also welcome to visit Komori’s Rolling Meadows, IL Graphic Technology Center to see a host of other products and solutions. The Komori Graphic Center houses a Screen Truepress Jet520HD, a Highcon Euclid III digital laser creasing and cutting system, as well as a Lithrone G40-more-perfector with H-UV and a newly installed Lithrone GLX40. “Our focus is on helping our customers grow their businesses to the next level. Komori’s wide range of solutions coupled with our kando customer philosophy is Komori’s commitment to be a true business partner that fully supports printers with solutions and services that increase their productivity and their profitability,” says Baines.

About Komori America Corporation

Tokyo-based Komori Corporation, a premier manufacturer of printing solutions, provides excellent technology especially suited for today’s highly competitive printing marketplace. Delivering a high level of print quality coupled with impressively fast makeready and open systems architecture, Komori presses help printers achieve the higher productivity and efficiency levels essential for increased margins and business growth. Komori America Corporation headquarters are in Rolling Meadows, IL with sales and service organizations throughout North America.

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Hazardous Waste Rule Update: Solvent-Contaminated Wipes Training

Posted Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by Jules VanSant.

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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality invites businesses and industries that handle hazardous waste to sign up for a class covering the newly adopted Hazardous Waste Rule for Solvent-Contaminated Wipes. This course will detail the steps to meet both federal and state requirements.

Hazardous waste technical experts from DEQ will lead each class. Registration is open on a first-come, first-served basis. DEQ can accommodate a maximum of 28 people at the in-person training and unlimited attendance for the internet webinar training. See individual class listings for registration contacts. View the complete course outline/schedule and registration instructions at the DEQ Hazardous Waste Training page.

If you are unable to access this link, please email for assistance.

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Posted Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by Jules VanSant.

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GPA, the market leader in substrate solutions for digital, wide format, and offset printing, will introduce PRINT 17 attendees to exciting advancements that can reinvigorate their businesses at booth #3840 at Chicago’s McCormick Place from September 10-14. The show will give attendees an opportunity to visit with GPA’s passionate experts to learn about the latest substrates and inspiration that can help them create more meaningful, memorable, and impactful print.

GPA has an impressive lineup of new products and resources making their PRINT 17 debut. For wide format presses, they will feature GPA Metalized Styrene, substrates that look like thick metal sheets without the added weight. Their thick styrene base and thin metal top layer make these sheets lightweight and durable, which is ideal for high-end signage and point of purchase displays. GPA will also showcase Bantex® Banner Media for wide format presses, which is trusted by banner professionals to create a variety of flawless banners with unrivaled quality, reliability, and consistency.

GPA will also introduce their collection of Wood Veneers Boards, which are made from real wood that brings a unique wood grain to each sheet. These boards provide a natural allure and distinct tactile feel that add value to a variety of in-demand print and infuses finished pieces with a rustic, vintage, or authentic feel. They are perfect for producing distinctive invitations, menus, luxury packaging, wine and spirit labels, and for other creative uses. GPA offers pressure sensitive and non-adhesive options in Birch and Cherry colors for digital, offset and wide format presses.

GPA continues to expand its wealth of resources that empowers customers to broaden the range of solutions they offer their clients. PRINT 17 attendees can explore GPA’s new Dry Toner Swatchbook, a powerful tool that demonstrates the limitless possibilities when pairing GPA’s substrates with dry toner printing technology. GPA’s new Digital Product Catalog will also be featured, which contains an unprecedented collection of substrates for HP Indigo and dry toner presses. Both new resources represent the unique value that GPA provides to the digital printing community, and their commitment to offering distinctive substrates that give print service providers a competitive advantage.

This year, GPA will reveal a new booth layout designed to make each visitor’s experience more engaging. The new design also makes it easier to explore the possibilities available through GPA, putting the focus on different substrates and the opportunities they can lead to.

GPA will have an active presence throughout the show floor at PRINT 17, including at the Print Media Centr PRINTERVERSE™ in booth #4425. The PRINTERVERSE™ is an environment where print professionals can explore new ways to interact with print, and share in networking, learning, and fun. GPA is proud to be the exclusive substrate sponsor of the PRINTERVERSE™ for the fourth year in a row, and will also participate in their discussion panels to share knowledge and information that can help move the industry forward.

About GPA

GPA redefines the boundaries of print by providing innovative substrates, personalized business solutions, and unparalleled support to the graphics arts industry. Founded in 1940, their offering complements the widest range of printing technologies, including HP Indigo, dry toner, wide format, offset, and desktop printing, to help make impactful visions a reality. GPA is part of Fedrigoni Group, a leading international manufacturer and converter of value-added specialty papers founded in 1888. For more information on GPA or the products it offers, visit or contact Customer Support at 800-395-9000.

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Let Your Voice Be Heard – Legislative Engagement Matters

Posted Friday, August 25, 2017 by By Chris Falco, Falco Sult LLC.

alt textAs a member of PPI / PIA, I had the distinct opportunity to go to Washington DC and lobby on behalf of the printing industry and small businesses. Over the past 15 years, I have been involved in lobbying our state legislature on many different issues for small business, so the process of running around Capitol Hill was not foreign to me.

Our delegates were there with the National Association of Manufacturer’s and had the opportunity to hear and meet with Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker Paul Ryan. After hearing them speak and talking to other lawmakers that are sympathetic to PIA, it was obvious they are on the same page about many of the industries key issues. What I found most interesting is that what you saw when they were in front of the cameras and what they said one-on-one were sometimes very different. Our legislators are constantly “positioning” for the cameras and thinking about re-election, but behind closed doors, we found they were in much more agreement on many more things than you might realize. I found that there is a lot more agreement on issues than the media leads us to believe. Those items don’t usually make the news and unless it’s controversial, you probably won’t hear about it.

I did find that when talking one-on-one with our legislators, they were very appreciative of receiving any detailed information they could on specific issues and especially the reality of how certain legislation might really effect small business. Many times, the only people they hear from are large business and special interest groups, but hearing the actual stories of how laws have impacted the small business sometimes go unheard.

I talked at great lengths with them about how we business owners are in need of skilled labor, tax relief and health care reform. Everyone seemed to be on board with the labor development needs and in fact the House passed HR 2353 (Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act) right after we finished up our meetings. Our Congressional allies made it a point to meet with the office of the bill sponsor and I’m sure that helped with the push to get it passed. The lawmakers definitely knew we had boots on the ground that week.

Tax reform was a big topic of my discussions as well, and being a CPA discussing the hardships of small businesses we represent gave them a better idea of how taxes and regulations are chocking many business owners. I emphasized that since the Great Recession, small business owners have not seen the profits they once did and are incurring much more in wage costs to find good talent, not to mention all other costs are growing, yet while not seeing a proportional increase in organic revenues. With bank financing, tighter, businesses have had to take their smaller profits and plow them back into their businesses if they wanted to grow.

One other item I cautioned them on, was that when they are looking at federal tax reform, be cognizant of how the tax cuts might impact how the feds will flow monies to the states. If they cut the federal taxes and not consider the impact on the funds they send to the states, I assured them the states will then try and plug their shortfalls by pushing taxes up to the businesses and we would end up in the same place. One example would be if they eliminate the federal estate tax. I can assure you, as many states have already done, that the states will implement their own estate tax to cover the short fall.

Finally, we did have some discussion on health care reform. I reinforced to them that the current law is not sustainable and if we don’t repeal and replace, some major fixes need to happen. They tried to argue that the big issue with current health care failing is because the current administration is not fully funding cost reimbursements to the states which help to subsidize the state exchanges, thus insurance companies are pulling out of markets. I agreed with that observation, but I reminded them that even before this administration started to do that, us business owners were experience large, double digit increases annually from the beginning. Washington has hoped young healthy people would get on plans to pay for those not so healthy. It hasn’t worked out that way and there is not significant penalty for the young adults to get on to plan. So, the insurance companies are passing that cost onto employers, and thus crippling our abilities to grow. They couldn’t argue that point so hopefully they heard me. We will see. I think no matter what happens with health care, there will be losers.

I strongly recommend that all the members of PIA get involved in the legislative process. Our national organization has a great lobbying effort run by Lisbeth Lyons and her team. They are doing an outstanding job for us, but the more we can be the face for the industry, the more our lawmakers will listen.

Chris Falco, CPA, CBI, CM&AA, and his firm Falco Sult, are a Redmond, WA-based CPA firm that are active members in the PIA. They can be reached with questions at 425-883-3111 or

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Image Test Labs ImageGraderTM Application Suite receives prestigious 2017 PIA InterTech Technology award

Posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by Jules VanSant.

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PPI Partner Image Test Lab wins prestigious PIA Award.

Learn More about PPI Partner Programs here.

Print providers and press manufacturers use the innovative, easy-to-understand printed image assessment service to understand how well presses operate 

August 15, 2017 —Image Test LabsTM (ITL), a division of Technology Watch, LLC announces that its ImageGraderTM Application Suite has received a 2017 PIA InterTech Technology award. Since 1978 the InterTech Technology Awards sponsored by Printing Industries of America (PIA) have honored the development of technologies predicted to have a major impact on the graphic arts and related industries. More than 80% of technologies that receive an award experience continued commercial success in the marketplace. The ImageGraderTM technology offers companies a method to assess—and improve—the image quality of their offset and digital presses. After printing test pages and sending them for analysis by Image Test Lab’s automated system, companies receive an easy-to-understand report with letter grades (A, B, C…) for each print attribute. The PIA judges were won over by the system’s ability to pinpoint imaging problems by comparing performance to other presses and, when possible, suggesting fixes. “The entire system is absolutely innovative, from the turnaround time and simplicity of the report to its ability to spot imaging problems by comparing performance to like presses in the database,” said Jim Workman, Vice President of the Printing Industries of America’s Center for Technology and Research.

For the past two years, ITL has been running its patented primary offering, the ImageGraderTM product, on press systems throughout the world measuring the acceptability of the image quality of test prints. From this testing, ITL has built the largest graded printed imaging database in the world. Many print providers use ImageGraderTM services to test new or used equipment, or to measure the performance of presses that are currently on their production floor. Some of the assessments have allowed them to easily fine-tune or repair their presses.

“The Image Test Labs suite of tests allowed us to compare a variety of presses, ‘apples to apples’. We received an unbiased report that helped with our recent nearly $1 million acquisition. We could pinpoint the strong and weak points of every press, choosing those factors that were more important to us,” says Kenneth B. Chaletzky, President and CEO, Copy General. “Since then we have our new press evaluated on a regular basis to make sure it is maintaining its quality, allowing us to alert the service folks if it starts to slip.”

“Besides improving color on individual presses, the reports provided by Image Test Labs have also made us quite conscious of the color consistency between our sheetfed and web presses,” explains George W. Stephenson, President and CEO, Stephenson Printing Inc. “We printed Image Test Lab color targets on our new digital press for analysis and reporting. The information we received back from Image Test Labs helped us pinpoint a press issue we were unaware of, while also confirming that our digital press, as compared to the plethora of digital presses that ITL has calibrated, fell into a high grade of color accuracy.”

Many ImageGraderTM Application Suite clients are also press manufacturers who use ITL technology to fine-tune and improve their press technology while it is under development.

“ITL’s ImageGraderTM grading system confirms that our machines meet specifications we have set for each device, and allows for making comparisons between ink jet and offset printed output as well as other technologies for making comparisons regarding imaging characteristics. The ImageGraderTM system also helps to improve our overall results when working in our technical center and optimize the results we can produce for our customers,” comments Stephen Sanker, FUJIFILM Director of Strategic Marketing and Product Development.

“ITL’s database of image quality grades provided us scientific evidence for research and development, contractual negotiation, requests for purchase, operational decision-making, and continual improvement activities. Most of all, it gave our customers sound data to make intelligent equipment purchases,” notes Jeffrey S. Collins National Color Solutions Manager, Industrial Print Solutions for Konica Minolta. “Because of ITL, we have now significantly reduced expensive onsite service activities to determine actual print image quality and engine performance.”

“We are very thrilled that our ImageGraderTM Application Suite has been honored with a PIA InterTech Technology award. It validates our assertion that the technology is an important tool for print providers and manufacturers to test the performance of their presses. With our technology we can see things others cannot providing many benefits that assist both vendors and customers to achieve the most from their imaging technology” says Henry B. Freedman, ITL founding partner. “Our InterTech award is additional proof that significant technologies can come from a small innovative company of three scientists who created the ImageGraderTM Application Suite: Dr. Peter Crean, Dr. Peter Dundas and myself. We hope that, with the help of the PIA recognizing ImageGraderTM —and other deserving technologies this year—others will find merit in using our tools to test their own presses.”

For more information about how the ITL ImageGraderTM Application Suite, visit the ITL website at

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