Bang Printing Relocating in Palmdale, California.

Bang Printing, a primarily short- to medium-run book manufacturing company operating out of a 100,000-square-foot facility here, notified some 125 employees yesterday that it will be relocating to a 130,000-square-foot building it has acquired in Palmdale, California, reported The Santa Clarita Valley Signal. It expects to be fully operational at its new location in 2016.

The former Delta Printing Solutions operation, which was acquired by Brainerd, Minnesota-based Bang Printing in September 2008, is one of the largest printers of books, manuals, catalogs and directories in the western United States.

According to Holly Schroeder, president and CEO of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation, the company was looking at reducing its operational costs and had considered relocating out of Santa Clarita Valley and possibly the state entirely. Although the Economic Development Corporation discussed possible incentive programs with Bang Printing to stay in Santa Clarita Valley, the company decided to relocate to Palmdale.

In 2013, Bang Printing also acquired Hess Print Solutions, of Brimfield, Ohio; and Victor Graphics in Baltimore.

Bishops Printers announces $2.43m print and finishing spend

Bishops Printers has returned to Heidelberg for its second Speedmaster XL 75-10-P with Inpress Control in less than 12 months as part of a $2.43m equipment upgrade.
The Portsmouth-based printer has also ordered a Stahlfolder TH 82 with stacklift, which managing director Gareth Roberts said was “testimony to the productivity of the latest generation of Speedmaster presses, forcing us to invest in postpress kit to keep pace”.

Both the folder and the press, which is a replacement for Bishops’ first XL 75 – a 10 colour that clocked up 310m impressions in its seven years’ service – will be installed at the end of the month.

The Speedmaster XL 75-10-P is Bishops’ second in less than a year, after it installed the same model in July 2014, which was its first press with Inpress Control automated colour and register control.

At the time Roberts said that the highly automated set-up could form part of Bishops’ standard specification for future upgrades and replacements, adding: “We tend to replace a press at least every year and therefore Inpress would roll out throughout the business over the next five years.”

True to his word, the firm has now replaced its oldest Speedmaster XL 75 with a new machine, fully equipped with Autoplate XL and Inpress Control.

“When we installed a press with Autoplate XL but not inpress Control it made some difference but when we added Autoplate XL and Inpress Control to the 10-colour we put in last year we saw a complete step change,” said Roberts.

“Inpress Control has increased productivity, reduced makeready times, given us better quality control and reduced our start up waste by over a third.”

Bishops handles sports programmes, commercial work and magazines across nine presses, including six 10-colours, an eight-colour, a six-colour and a five-colour. The 10-colour configuration is said to be ideal for uncoated stocks and silks as well as house colors. Bishops’ turnover has risen 12% to £24m in the last 12 months.


B&S Printing Is First to Install a Heidelberg Linoprint CV with Fifth Unit, Larger Sheet Size

B&S Printing, based in Doraville, Georgia, is the first U.S. installation of a Linoprint CV digital press with a fifth unit for clear or white toner, new vacuum-fed paper trays able to accommodate paper up to 27.5” in length, and a booklet finisher.

The Linoprint CV is the company’s third digital press, accounting for 50 percent more capacity available to its growing digital business. The new digital press replaces another manufacturer’s device that had developed significant “print quality issues,” according to Plant Manager Tim Brock. In contrast, the Linoprint CV exhibits stable color, razor-sharp, high-resolution images and outstanding print quality. Other impressive features include a large color scale and a low melting point. This makes it possible to print on a wide range of materials, such as heat-sensitive plastics, with an image and color quality close to that achieved in offset.

“While we chose the Linoprint CV primarily for the larger sheet size and gloss capability, it also represents a huge improvement over our previous equipment in terms of quality, flexibility and functionality,” Brock explained.

Thus equipped, the busy trade printer is proceeding to build a market among new and existing customers for applications well suited to CV’s larger-format size and fifth unit finishing options. In demand in these early days are three-panel brochures and tent cards. The company performs a limited amount of variable data printing at present, but also expects to grow that competency over time.

Heidelberg’s new Linoprint CV takes efficiency, reliability and profitability to a whole new level. This flexible all-rounder is the only press in its class to go one better than four-color printing and offer white as an additional high-opacity color or, alternatively, a full-area or spot coating with outstanding gloss characteristics. It is quick and easy to switch between the white and coating alternatives, ensuring flexible use of these two surface finishing options.

Fujifilm Installs 5,000th XMF Workflow at Christmas City Printing in Pennsylvania

Fujifilm North America, Graphic Systems Division announces the 5,000th install of the innovative XMF Workflow at Christmas City Printing, a Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based print provider.

Starting off as a letterpress, stationery and business card print shop in 1981, Christmas City Printing has quickly transformed to a full service commercial printing powerhouse.

Workflow is a crucial function at the heart of any print operation, whether offset, digital, or a combination of the two. XMF Workflow is the central hub for all equipment at Christmas City Printing.

Fujifilm’s XMF Workflow is a highly capable workflow system based on JDF specifications and Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) technology. This gives XMF Workflow tremendous flexibility and increased integration capabilities with MIS and other third party solutions that support the JDF specification. XMF Workflow has many high value features including the ability to scale the system based on productivity requirements. XMF Workflow is an end to end solution from PDF creation and preflight through imposition to trapping and output maintaining the PDF file format right up to the final rendering stage using the APPE interpreter.

“The streamline process that XMF Workflow gives us is 10 times faster than our previous workflow,” said Chris Sicinski, vice president, Christmas City Printing. “With integrated imposition, unlimited clients (users), and also having the 3D proofing tool, our jobs are in and out of our shop faster than ever.”

XMF’s latest version, V6.1, is a powerful and flexible production hub, harnessing the high speed rendering technology Mercury RIP Architecture developed by Adobe to enable parallel processing of multiple jobs. This offers an outstanding processing capability that is two to ten times greater compared to previous systems, and in turn contributes remarkably to scaling up the productivity of pre-press operations. For instance, when required to output jobs simultaneously to the CTP, proofer, or the digital press, XMF allows minimizing the processing ‘standby time’ while the jobs are processed, and offers streamlined and effective use of the output devices. A single XMF unit is capable of performing RIP processing equivalent to multiple CTP setters. This not only greatly reduces the number of RIP units for each output device and allows cutting down on management and costs, but will also allow to ensure that calculations always stay consistent among different output devices