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AM Proofs and FM Presses: Resolving the Color Differences-part 2 of 3

The first installment of this series showed why offset printing using FM screening cannot completely match proofs based on a conventional AM-based GRACoL proof. The mismatch can’t be fixed with curves, but it can be resolved with device-link profiles. We … Continue reading

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Top 5 Reasons for Printing and Buying Print to Standards

Not all printers love standards: Some like to think that they already print “beyond” the standards; others feel that printing to standards is an unnecessary burden that gets in the way of production. Here’s why printing and buying to standards … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes Top 5 Print Tips

The great detective had a good deal to say that applies to printers, and anyone who wants to improve color quality and reduce waste could learn a good deal from mister Sherlock Holmes. Holmes Print Tip #1: “It is a … Continue reading

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How Many Colors Do You Need?

Most printers and print buyers are familiar with color bars used to maintain quality, but how many color patches do you really need? And which ones? How do we find the balance between not enough information and too much? The … Continue reading

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Print and Brand Identity. Why Don’t We Analyze?

Brand owner used analytics to establish their color image. So why don’t they do the same to maintain the integrity of their printed colors? Marketing is one of the most analytics-driven activities imaginable, yet even with powerful color reporting now … Continue reading

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Will This Year’s Process Control Resolutions Last?

One of the most frequent calls I get is from printers who have had great success with process control but now find it slipping away from them as they drift back to old habits. In the grind of deadline production … Continue reading

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Recycling is Good: Reducing Waste is Even Better

By now, recycling is a given for nearly all responsible printers. Additional and even more significant gains in sustainability can be achieved by becoming more efficient and reducing waste from the start. I recently visited a very large packaging printer, … Continue reading

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The Last Accordionist Standing

Some printers balk at investing in themselves because they see print as a shrinking industry, and they chose to ride it out to its soon-to-come demise rather than take a chance spending money to improve their process and become leaders … Continue reading

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We’ve Got a Guy Who Does That

A big part of what I do as a color consultant involves helping printers to achieve better quality and efficiency through process control, color management and enhanced communication.  Not all printers understand the need at first, but most do finally … Continue reading

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Thin Slicing the Color Buy: Accurate Color from a Sea of Possibilities

The colors most important to your printing client many be any of the 16.8 million different colors that can be defined within the printing process: How can you possibly determine if your printer has done an acceptably accurate job of … Continue reading

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Racing to Success in the Pressroom

  Printing seems like a world apart from the competitive world of NASCAR racing, but a recent conversation with a friend convinced me that the two have something very surprising in common. My friend works in the quality control department … Continue reading

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Obstacles to Technology Implementation

It is not necessary to change.  Survival is not mandatory.  ~W. Edwards Deming To those of us who enjoy reading technical articles, or attending technical conferences, the idea of change is bracing. We embrace change, and we like technology. We … Continue reading

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Solar Powered Printing Press

A solar powered printing press still sounds futuristic, and probably little impractical, but in fact a working solar press was demonstrated back in the ’80s…..the 1880′s. Abel Pifre demonstrated his press in 1882 and used sunlight concentrated using an 11 … Continue reading

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Technology is not (Necessarily) the Answer

Every once in a while I get the feeling that the print industry’s ability to think clearly is declining along with its market share. Printers with shrinking pockets put hard-to-find resources into expensive technological fixes in the hope that with … Continue reading

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The Male Code in the Pressroom

We all know about the Male Code, that collection of  rules that governs the behavior of guys: Always split the lunch bill in two, no matter what, never speak in a public restroom, and never, ever, ever ask for directions. But how about … Continue reading

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