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Komori Adds New Eight-color Lithrone G37P Perfector to its 37-inch Sheetfed Presses

Posted Monday, July 9, 2018 by Jules VanSant.

LithoroneRolling Meadows, IL, June 12, 2018Komori America announced today the introduction of an eight-color Lithrone G37P perfector capable of one-pass double-sided printing. Combining functionality and design, the Lithrone G37P is designed with a compact body size. Moreover, the press can be equipped with a wide range of options, including Komori’s proprietary H-UV or H-UV L (LED), both of which are extremely efficient curing systems. To thoroughly optimize the print output, the optional PQA-S Print Quality Assessment System can be added to inspect every sheet for defects and continuously adjust ink keys to maintain consistent color throughout the run—all at maximum speed. The PQA-S works in conjunction with the PDC-SX Spectral Print Density Control by combining automatic register functions with deep analysis of print characteristics, such as grey balance, dot gains and Delta E, ensuring the highest level of print quality. Capable of both significant labor savings and high productivity, the Lithrone G37P sets a new standard in 37-inch presses.

The perfecting mechanism of this new press does not require any gripper change as the sheet is flipped; instead, the entire gripper mechanism rotates after taking the tail of the sheet from the vacuum cylinder. This design adds stability and reliability when turning the sheet, with a huge reduction in maintenance requirements. The simplicity of the Lithrone G37P delivers high quality output at high production speeds. Additionally, the ability of the press to reduce the initial set-up and production cost on materials such as plates, blankets and rollers supports the Lithrone G37’s ability to generate profitability.

The new eight-color Lithrone G37P will be debuted at Komori’s pre-IGAS (International Graphic Arts Show) event at Komori’s Tsukuba Plant in Tsukuba City, Japan on June 14-15, 2018. It will also be exhibited and demonstrated at IGAS 2018 beginning on July 26.

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 in 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.

Visit Komori America at https://www.komori-america.us/

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Printing Industries of America Announces Addition of Konica Minolta to National Buying Program

Posted Monday, July 9, 2018 by Jules VanSant.

Pittsburgh, PA—Printing Industries of America (PIA) is pleased to announce the addition of Konica Minolta Business Solutions to its National Buying Program. Building on the existing partnership of the two organizations, Konica Minolta will now offer considerable discounts to PIA members on more than two dozen of its bizhub and Accurio digital production printers.

“For many years, Konica Minolta has been associated with Printing Industries of America—as a member, as a sponsor, and most recently, as a Premier Partner. We have shared some great strides within our industry, and now Konica Minolta is excited to share discounted, master agreement pricing for all PIA members on our groundbreaking AccurioPress technology,” said Hampton Hale, Director, Business Intelligence Services with Konica Minolta Business Solutions, USA.

“Adding Konica Minolta to the National Buying Program roster fortifies our commitment to providing Printing Industries of America members with valuable benefits to enhance their growth potential and profitability,” said Michael Makin, President and CEO of Printing Industries of America. “This partnership demonstrates the shared vision of PIA and Konica Minolta toward the evolution and continued success of the printing industry.”

Konica Minolta sales representatives working with PIA members will be able to access the discounted pricing upon verification of membership status. The agreement is effective as of July 1, 2018. For more information about membership in Printing Industries of America, please visit www.printing.org/join. For more information about the numerous digital production printer options offered by Konica Minolta Business Solutions, please visit https://kmbs.konicaminolta.us/kmbs/technology/production-print.

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Receive Discounts and Free Services on Payroll Outsourcing from PayNorthwest

Posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by Jules VanSant.

payrollAs part of your PPI membership, your organization is eligible for special discounted pricing on payroll outsourcing from our partners at PayNorthwest through our Group Buying Program.

A regional provider of market-leading payroll and HR software and services, PayNorthwest’s platform handles the complicated payrolls we see in our industry, calculates labor and cost center allocations, and integrates with the critical systems and tools you use to run your business. Our partnership with PayNorthwest offers the following valuable benefits:

  • Discounted pricing

  • 2-year price guarantee

  • FREE W-2s 1st year

  • FREE Employee Self-Service

  • FREE General Ledger report setup and 1st year report

View offer details here!

today if you’re interested in learning more about their platform and services.

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Three Easy Steps to Increase Your Print Revenue!

Posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by Jules VanSant.

1) Register for the SGIA Expo at: www.sgia.org/18

2) Fly to Vegas!

3) Discover a world of new opportunities!

printing unitedYou may have recently seen that SGIA Expo registration is now open. Perhaps you have been to the Expo in previous years and are well aware of the value of attending. If not, why should you want to go the Expo?

Selling more to your customers

The reality is that most of your customers are already purchasing various products from other printers. These same printers are adding to their arsenal of products and services to keep as much of their customer’s loyalty and attention as possible. And customers are much more interested in one stop shopping and consolidated purchasing and program management. The more you can do in-house for them, the less likely they are to find someone else who can.

Keeping up with the competition

The Specialty Graphics Imaging Association (SGIA) recently commissioned a study with NAPCO Research to better understand the extent to which printers are looking at other vertical markets to leverage growth opportunities (download the full report.) Anecdotally, we know from the growing number of commercial printers attending the Expo that this is happening. Many printers have adopted some form of digital printing output. Once they have this equipment in place, and the workflows to serve it, adding another piece of equipment that allows them to create new products and sell into new markets or to their existing customers is a much simpler proposition. The barriers to entry are not as steep as if another printing discipline needs to be mastered, such as screen printing or flexographic printing.

In the study, 95% of commercial printers see opportunities to expand into other markets they don’t currently serve. A third have already started and are engaged with new markets based on new technologies acquired, and more than another third are actively researching these opportunities. Rounding out perceptions are 79% of commercial printers who see that the expansion into different products and markets will continue to accelerate over the next five years across all printers.

So where are commercial printers focusing their efforts? - 43% of commercial printers in the study are looking into label converting - 37% are looking into graphics and wide format production - 32% are looking into folding carton - 19% are looking into industrial products

  • And 17% are looking into garment productionAnd to see the broadest array of these technologies, they come to the SGIA Expo.

Higher margins, lower costs

Each year technology changes and so does the best method for printing a specific product. Newer equipment with faster production speeds (presses, finishing equipment, even Print MIS systems) or other enhanced capabilities, such as automation or file handling, can decrease operating costs. Some markets have higher margins than others and provide a better return for each cap-ex dollar spent. There are many ways to assemble a new strategic business plan, and much of it begins with how to create higher value for the least cost. The SGIA Expo brings together not just the technology, but the minds and experience that can help you investigate and validate your new direction. Be it through networking with old or new friends, educational sessions, or meetings with the foremost suppliers in the market.

It’s Vegas, baby!

And, of course, Vegas can be a fun town. But don’t let that distract you from the job at hand – finding your next big idea!

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OSHA Injury and Illness Report Due July 1

Posted Monday, June 18, 2018 by Jules VanSant.

Attention: Printing Operations In California, Maryland, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

injuryillnessWhen Federal OSHA issued the reporting rule in 2016, it required that all state plan states adopt substantially identical requirements to the final E-Recordkeeping Rule within six months. However, because the state plan states all have their own legislative or rulemaking processes and due to all of the delays issued last year by Federal OSHA, not all states have adopted the rule. As of today, California, Maryland, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming have not yet adopted the regulation.

In order to ensure that all covered employers in all states are reporting their data, Federal OSHA issued a “clarification statement” on April 30, 2018 addressing this situation. Federal OSHA stated that all covered employers to submit their data by July 1, 2018 even if their state has not yet adopted the rule.

The April 30 statement has cause some controversy in that Maryland, Utah, Washington and Wyoming OSHA’s pushed back by issuing their own statements stating that covered employers are not legally mandated to submit reports. California OSHA also issued a statement that acknowledged that while companies were not legally required to report, they were advising companies that were required to report to go ahead and comply.

There are differing legal opinions regarding the ability for Federal OSHA to compel companies in California, Maryland, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming to report. In order to avoid any potential problems, companies in California, Maryland, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming should follow the statement by California OSHA and plan on submitting their data to OSHA. Eventually, these states will be adopting the regulation so that they can maintain their authority to run their program.

Please let us know if you have any questions or need additional information.

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