Vision Graphics Expands Creative Capabilities with a New Komori Lithrone G40 Press with H-UV System

As one of Colorado’s 250 fastest growing privately owned companies and one of the top 400 largest printers in America, Vision Graphics and Eagle:xm know the importance of continually evolving in its commitment to help businesses use technology to create innovative and impactful connections. This commitment is what led the company to purchase an eight-color Komori Lithrone G40 (GL840) with an H-UV system to meet its clients’ growing requirements for higher quality color with greater productivity.Showcasing a portfolio that produces impressive print results, color consistency and on-time distribution at unmatched parallels, Komori’s GL840 provides the perfect fit for Vision Graphics, whose customer portfolio ranges from high-end retail marketing materials to glossy catalogs and publications.

Answering requirements for outstanding color and fast turnaround
The new press is equipped with Komori’s H-UV system to further drive efficiency and print quality. H-UV is a proprietary, innovative ink curing system developed by Komori. H-UV inks respond to uncoated paper by curing instead of drying like traditional inks. Unlike the dull look that can come from traditional inks, H-UV delivers an organic high-gloss appearance on uncoated paper that is being sought after by designers and marketers seeking photo-quality print. Vision Graphics is the only commercial print provider in its area to offer this capability. An additional key driver in adding this advanced technology to the press included its ability to deliver a bindery ready sheet for fast job cycle time.

Delivering the ultimate customer experience
“In our business, it’s about understanding the customer and providing them what they need to drive their customers to engage with their brand. Precision printing is a large part of that,” said Mark Steputis, president and CEO, Vision Graphics. “Komori’s press simply outperforms the competition when it comes to producing the highest level of image and color quality and consistency. It helps us outperform our competition, deliver a seamless client experience and guard a company’s brand integrity at every step. We are excited to show our customers and prospects what they can do for their branded marketing initiatives with this amazing output.”

Additionally, the GL840 features cutting edge automation, including Komori’s revolutionary KHS-AI intelligent software with self-learning and automatic plate changing that minimize set-up time and waste, enabling Vision Graphics to deliver on very tight customer deadlines and produce shorter run work economically.

“The decision to purchase the GL840 with H-UV puts Vision Graphics in a unique position, as they are the only print provider in the area that has our innovative curing system H-UV,” said Jacki Hudmon, senior vice president of sales for Komori America. “The benefits of the H-UV system are many—for both Vision Graphics and its customers—given its ability to produce dramatic special effects on a variety of substrates, while still significantly improving efficiency and job turnaround times.”

The Ben Franklin Honor Society of PIA Inducts Seven Exemplary Industry Leaders

Seven industry leaders were formally inducted into the esteemed Ben Franklin Honor Society of Printing Industries of America at a black-tie induction and awards ceremony Friday, November 14, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.The Ben Franklin Honor Society of Printing Industries of America recognizes and honors industry leaders who have made lasting contributions to advancing the printing and graphic communications industries. This includes, but is not limited to, Printing Industries of America and its affiliates and the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF). Industry visionaries who have rendered outstanding or meritorious service to those associations or the industry are eligible for membership.

Timothy Burton—Timothy Burton, president, Burton & Mayer, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, represents the fourth generation of the family to join the business. He began his career at Burton & Mayer working in the prepress and bindery departments part-time during high school, and in 1980, he purchased his father’s share of the business. In 1991 he was named president and chairman of the board and has led the company to grow into the $15 million sheetfed and digital printer it is today.

Burton has been a strong supporter of Printing Industries of America. He has served on nearly every committee, including Association Relations, which he chaired from 2007 to 2010, Finance Committee, Investment Committee, and many more. In addition to serving as a judge for the national Premier Print Awards competition since 1997, he has also judged affiliate contests for PICA, PAF, PIAS, PGAMA, PIAG, PINE, and the former PII, now GLGA. He has served in the Officers ranks of the Printing Industries of America board of directors since 2007 and was ultimately elected chairman of the board in 2012. He currently serves as immediate past chairman.

On the local level, he is currently a director and past chairman of the board for the former Printing Industries of Wisconsin—now Great Lakes Graphics Association. He has served ten years as a director on the Friends of Milwaukee Public Television board of directors and continues to support its annual Great TV Auction; he also serves as an active volunteer for Paws with a Cause.

Wanzie Collins—Wanzie Collins, CEO, PanaPrint, Inc. has an impressive career that began in 1961 at Southern Press, where he worked in ad layout and composition. Southern Press grew to acquire the assets of the Burke Co., one of Georgia’s leading printers. Edward Burke, nephew of the founder of Burke Co., requested Collins as his full-time assistant. This proved to be quite an opportunity for Collins, as the accounts he assumed provided the foundation for him to become a business owner. In 1973, Collins purchased OmniPress, a small, four-man printing company, and in 1979 he purchased Southern Press, later evolving the name to Panaprint, Inc.

Penmor Reports 25 Percent Faster Time to Market Since Adding a Komori GL40 Perfector with H-UV System

Penmor Lithographers, a family-owned provider of high-quality printing services in Maine since 1968, recently installed an eight-color Lithrone G40 perfector with H-UV system (GL840P), its third Komori press. Penmor reports that the GL840P is already delivering a 25 percent faster time to market, enhanced color accuracy and significant energy and labor savings.

“We did our research before we purchased the GL840P and were fascinated by what this press could do when coupled with Komori’s H-UV system. Adding H-UV certainly contributes to the print quality and efficiency of the new press, but what is most exciting is that it produces amazingly crisp colors that are getting accolades from our clients,” said Paul Fillion, president of Penmor.

Penmor is also impressed with the GL840P’s innovative automation and environmental efficiencies, which include energy savings and reduced materials waste. Komori’s H-UV innovative curing system adds to the overall pressroom efficiency with inks that are more environmentally friendly and cure instantly, making it possible to go straight from the press to bindery.

“This press allows us to print four colors on both sides in one pass at up to 15,000 sheets/hr., which has made a huge difference in our productivity,” said Glen Fillion, director of operations for Penmor. “Additionally, the H-UV system makes it possible to print on difficult stocks, like uncoated or matte, without worrying about marking and scuffing, and to create special effects with all types of glosses and reticulating varnishes. It opens up a host of new print applications and opportunities.”

“Combining the GL840P with Komori’s H-UV creates a system that can truly impress clients with beautiful color and optimized efficiency,” said Jacki Hudmon, senior vice president of sales at Komori America. “We are very pleased that Penmor is experiencing both of these benefits.”

Minuteman Press Expands with Two New Locations, Production Equipment from Canon Solutions America

Canon Solutions America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., today announced that Minuteman Press of Lehigh Valley, the area’s leading print provider, has added two locations that will exclusively feature Canon production equipment, offering the highest quality of digital output.

Partnering with Canon Solutions America, Minuteman Press’s new shop in Coopersburg, PA, was acquired through the purchase of Keystone Copy & Ship, which operated as an independent print provider for the last 22 years. This latest acquisition marks the company’s fifth location in the area. Additionally, the nationally recognized printing franchise will add its sixth location in Allentown, PA, in early 2015, further solidifying its place as the print provider of choice throughout the region. This will be the company’s second Allentown location. All six print shops will operate using Canon equipment exclusively.

“Our relationship with Canon Solutions America has enabled us to vastly expand our presence in the area as our collaboration has provided our customers with the utmost efficient and reliable printing services,” said David Pike, owner of Minuteman Press of Lehigh Valley, who with his parents Dorothy and Richard Woodyatt started the Lehigh Valley franchise 26 years ago with the opening of the Bethlehem location. “From our very first purchase of production equipment to our most recent acquisitions of Canon’s newest offerings, there’s a reason why our company continues to grow with the help of Canon Solutions America.”

With other Pennsylvania locations in Bethlehem, Easton, and the campus of DeSales University, Minuteman Press, the world’s largest printing franchise with over 900 stores in six countries, now dominates the region’s print landscape with dynamic printing, copying, and marketing services. The new presence in downtown Allentown, however, represents much more than the opening of a new office. As the Allentown community prepares for a major revitalization, Minuteman Press continues to serve as a cornerstone for what is becoming one of the more intriguing “up-and-coming” downtown locations in the region.

“Building our business and furthering our foothold on the area is a credit to our relationship with Canon Solutions America and overall Canon technology,” relayed Pike. “We continue to stay on the cutting-edge of Canon’s leading technology by continually investing in their latest offerings and newest products.”

The new location in Allentown, currently slated for a January 2015 opening, is set to reside in the heart of the city’s downtown section at the Two City Center corporate facility. Minuteman Press’s newest office will be a part of Allentown’s larger corporate growth plan, as this facility encapsulates the city’s commitment to transforming its image into a vibrant urban community.

“It’s been very exciting to watch Minuteman Press grow and become such a leader in the Greater Allentown area, and a real honor to be part of that growth,” noted Tracie Sokol, vice president, marketing, Enterprise Services and Solutions, Canon Solutions America. “Their ability to quickly turn around quality work from the simplest copy job to the most complex marketing campaign is what separates them from the pack and puts them at the forefront of the industry in their region.”