Presstek LLC has entered into a definitive agreement with Southern Lithoplate, Inc. to sell certain assets related to its CTP portfolio of wet offset thermal and violet plate products: Nytro, GemPlate, GemPlate HC, NuVio and HSUV.MORE
Cox Media Group Ohio has entered into an agreement in principle with Gannett Publishing Services to handle production work for CMGO's three daily newspapers and weekly publications at Gannett's Indianapolis newspaper production plant. The daily publications affected are The Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun and Journal-News.MORE
Southern Lithoplate, Inc. has recently completed a significant expansion of production capacity at its North Carolina headquarters campus.
Comprehensive investments in R&D and manufacturing capabilities were made to accommodate the demand among printing companies for Southern Lithoplate's Liberty NXP no-process plates.MORE
The Albert Lea Tribune, Albert Lea, Minn., is the latest newspaper to purchase the ink-saving solution from ProImage called OnColor ECO Saas.MORE
Imagine! Print Solutions, an independent commercial and packaging printing company, has installed its tenth KBA press – a Rapida 164 64-inch seven-color full UV press at its Shakopee, Minn., facility. The press became fully operational early this year.MORE
Sun Community News and Printing, published by Denton Publications, Inc. recently installed ProImage NewsWay Press Register Software for its 1960s Goss Community Press.MORE
ProImage has installed its NewsWay Press Register Software Solution at Stigler Printing. Since 1983, Stigler Printing has provided newspaper and commercial printing services to Native American Tribes across Indian Country.MORE
KPIplus+ is a joint program between SNPA and SLP Solutions and a first-of-its-kind performance tool for newspapers.
Planned for launch early in the fourth quarter of 2016, KPIplus+ will deliver actual newspaper performance data on a variety of production metrics.MORE
KBA North America has been awarded the contract for its expert web offset service department to upgrade the control system on a KBA Comet web offset press at the Times News in Lehighton, Penn., this summer. This unique web service retrofit/rebuild upgrade program offers preventative change-over installation on existing web offset presses and replaces it with new enhanced technology for more efficient throughput.MORE
Judging newspaper print quality isn't a subjective undertaking but a matter of determining how well a paper meets a set of industry standards, according to Kevin Conner, quality assurance manager for The Washington Post.
"The key always rests on ink density and color registration. Those are the key components," he said.
Contest entrants with SNPA's annual Print Quality Contest are evaluated on how closely they meet the standards of SNAP, Specifications for Newsprint Advertising Production. These can be measured objectively with tools such as a densitometer for ink density.
Conner has chaired the SNPA contest for 15 years. Conner said SNAP standards not only make for a fair and objective contest, they offer individual publishers a way to judge for themselves how well their printers are doing the job.
A state-of-the-art printing press certainly helps, but the skills needed to make any press perform are paramount.
"No 1, know how to set ink and water balance correctly," Conner said. "No. 2, color registration: Be able to keep all the color pages in perfect register.
"And then, something that's kind of an intangible but extremely important: You need to have a press that's well maintained. These are the factors that are behind good printing. You have a workforce of highly skilled press operators who know their jobs inside and out."More
Citing the dilemma facing newspaper printers who need to replace their old, out-of-date CtP devices, yet have a freeze on capital spending, ECRM and Southern Lithoplate have partnered to provide a simple solution.
LifeXtender is a new program launched by ECRM and Southern Lithoplate. LifeXtender is for owners of popular, but aging ECRM CtP units that may not be quite as efficient as previously or simply are out of warranty.More
Southern Lithoplate and CRON-ECRM have introduced two new platesetting devices that redefine and refine CtP technology for today and tomorrow.
Steve Mattingly, senior vice president of Southern Lithoplate, announced the launch of the CRON-ECRM G+ and H Series CtP solutions: “We began our journey with CRON-ECRM well over three years ago following initial planning that dated back to Autumn 2007. Over that timeframe, we listened closely to what the market said it needs and wants in prepress CtP."More