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Arandell Corporation Will Be Celebrating Their 92nd Anniversary PDF Print E-mail

 MENOMONEE FALLS, WI, July 1, 2014 - Founded in 1922, Arandell is a company that has grown from humble roots into the premiere multi-channel solutions provider for North America that it is today.

Organized in 1922 as a letter shop, the company expanded into lithographic printing in 1935, a business it grew in the ensuing years. Then, in 1949, salesman F. Edward Treis purchased an interest in the company, becoming president and chairman of the board. Treis believed in blending craftsmanship with science, forging a tradition of technological evolution that has been integral to the company’s success.

After adding four-color web offset to its lineup and moving to a newly built 250,000-square-foot plant in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Arandell expanded beyond the printing of annual reports, brochures, and other small pieces, into direct mail catalogs. In 1994, the company installed the nation’s first 24-page press, and since 2003 its plant has more than doubled in size. Today Arandell has more than 250 accounts and annually produces almost 1 billion catalogs.

Beyond printing, Arandell also delivers mailing, distribution, list management, database marketing strategies, and mobile solutions. “The primary purpose of the printed catalog is to promote, and if successful a sales transaction will result,” explains President Brad Hoffman, adding that those transactions today are done through a variety of ways, including brick-and-mortar stores, online, by phone, or mobile devices. “Our customers find that the catalog is the catalyst and primary driver to the other channels, and the response rates that they get out of the mailed catalog are superior to other marketing toolsets. It’s become far more than just putting ink on paper, it’s really fulfilling the entire circle of a marketing spectrum.”

Don Treis, who succeeded his father as chairman of the board, adds that print and digital work in tandem in today’s marketing. “A few years ago it was thought that the Internet and the other sciences coming along would put print out of business,” he says. “Instead, those have become companion pieces to print as opposed to competitive pieces.” In fact, in the midst of the recession of the 2000s, Arandell rebranded itself, creating a new theme of “Going Beyond” to more accurately describe the company’s capabilities.

Arandell’s award-winning reputation for quality attracts high-profile clients. The company’s contemporary printing press facility, veteran press specialists, color-correction techniques, versatile and flexible binding options, and multi-channel marketing strategies ensure clients the highest quality pieces, successful brand building, and increased sales.

Arandell has come a long way from its start as a letter shop. Today, this industry leader is building on its printing expertise by delivering comprehensive, cross-channel marketing solutions while forging a reputation as a company that cares about people. For more information visit www.arandell.com.

 
Platinum Converting Expands Die Cutting Services with Blanker PDF Print E-mail

 ITASCA, ILLINOIS, March 10, 2014 - Platinum Converting announces the installation of the BOBST Expertcut 106 LER blanker in their Itasca 120,000 square foot facility, enhancing their already strong presence in die cutting services.

 

“Our new BOBST Expertcut 106 LER will give Platinum Converting the efficiency that only a blanker can deliver” says Jeff Huber, President at Platinum Converting.  “This machine adds additional cutting edge technology to our line-up providing high speed, accurate blank separation together with the option of full sheet delivery.”

 

Huber states key advantages of the machine.  “The new machinery allows us to provide our customers with an industry-leading production solution in terms of speed, accuracy and efficiency,” he says.  “Quality and consistency have never been better with a dynamic camera which allows us the ability to independently register every sheet through the press.”  The die cutter’s performance supports the corporate objective of continually seeking to provide new, value-added services to our customers.

 

 The new machine was installed in February 24, 2014.

 

About Platinum Converting:
Platinum Converting is a full-service graphic finishing company offering an expansive menu of services and some of the fastest turnaround times in the industry.  Platinum Converting was founded in 1998 with a simple idea.  Do “whatever it takes” to get our customers what they need, when they need it.  No excuses.  Contact us today to see how Platinum Converting can help your business …FINISH STRONG.  For more information or to obtain a sample kit, call (630) 630-227-0400 or visit our website at
www.platinumconverting.com. 

 

 
Unique Digital Printing Technology Makes Screen USA Media Day a Great Success PDF Print E-mail

 ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — Media Day 2013 left no doubt that Screen inkjet technology is a force to be reckoned with in a growing number of production applications. Approximately 30 representatives of the graphics industry trade press joined Screen USA’s digital printing experts and special guest speakers on October 15 at Screen’s corporate headquarters in Rolling Meadows, Ill.

In the 12,000-square-foot Screen Demonstration Center, hands-on printing demonstrations emphasized the high performance and superior quality of Screen’s Truepress family. Three of the newest and most compelling Truepress models were front and center. Attendees had a perfect opportunity to assess the individual strengths of the just-released Truepress Jet L350UV inkjet label press and Truepress Jet W3200UV flatbed inkjet printer. Visitors also got an in-depth (and, for some, first) look at the Truepress JetSX B2 sheetfed inkjet press with carton printing capabilities.

Reliable entry into digital label printing
The Truepress Jet L350UV affords label printers who already use flexographic, screen or gravure machines greater flexibility and productivity. Screen’s inaugural UV inkjet label press is an excellent printing system for trial marketing, versioning and personalization of labels. It boasts printing speeds up to 164 feet per minute (or 173.2 square feet of printed labels per minute) on a 13.7-inch web. The 600 x 600 dpi resolution and minimum droplet size of 3 picoliters provide sharp, well-defined images and text.

Higher quality, lower cost
The Truepress Jet W3200UV meets the highest standards of the point-of-purchase, graphic display and decor markets with a low total cost of ownership. The 62.9 x 125.9-inch-wide flatbed table and newly developed print carriage enable output up to 904 square feet per hour. The micro-droplet printheads with a 14 picoliter drop size deliver 600 dpi resolution with an apparent resolution of 1,000 dpi.

Wide stock range, diverse products
The Truepress JetSX gives printing companies exceptional tools to produce personalized and customized text and images in 1,440 x 1,440 dpi resolution. It features complete variable data and duplex printing on cut sheets up to 20.8 x 29.1 inches. The B2 press can print eight 8 ½ x 11-inch pages in duplex — four pages to a side — ideal for variable data digital output for the commercial market. In addition, the Truepress JetSX handles paper package material, coated board and cardboard up to 23.6 mil in thickness.

State of inkjet technology
Mike Fox, president of Screen USA, delivered the official greeting at the event. Fox’s welcome served as a lead-in to the technology demonstrations to come later in the program. 

Katsuhiko Aoki, president of Media and Precision Technology Company, the graphic arts equipment business and manufacturing division of Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd., was on hand to lend a historical perspective to the proceedings. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the parent company’s founding.

Ron Gilboa, director of InfoTrends’ Functional Printing & Packaging initiatives, offered a detailed summary of new and evolving digital print applications.

Another presentation focused on the current pace of PDF/VT adoption and integration into variable printing workflows.

For more information about Screen USA or the Truepress series, please visit www.screenusa.com.

About Screen USA
Screen USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyoto, Japan-based Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd., is a leading supplier of systems and components for the graphic arts industry. Its diverse line of integrated products includes digital printing systems for a variety of applications, including print on demand, variable data, flexo/packaging solutions, industrial and sign/display printing. For more information, please visit Screen’s website at www.screenusa.com.

 
Suttle-Straus Exec Inducted into Soderstrom Society PDF Print E-mail

CHICAGO, IL, September 7, 2013 - Ted Straus, Executive Vice President of Suttle-Straus, Waunakee, WI, was inducted into the Soderstrom Society by the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL). Straus was one of 15 industry luminaries to join the ranks of the exclusive and prestigious organization.

 Named for the late Walter E. Soderstrom, one of the founders of NAPL, the Soderstrom Society is an honors organization that recognizes the contributions of industry leaders, including printing company owners, equipment manufacturers, educators, journalists, and consultants.

“This award is as much a recognition for Suttle-Straus as it is for me,” said Ted. “A clear focus on our culture of continuous improvement and our dedication to listening to our customers is what has allowed us to continue to be a successful organization. Their success will be how we measure our success. Thank you to the NAPL for this significant honor.”

Straus is the fourth generation of his family to be involved in the leadership of the company going back to its founding in Madison in 1920. He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in graphic arts management and recently earned his MBA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Suttle-Straus is a communications solutions provider serving the south central Wisconsin and Chicago markets. Services provided by the company include web enabled solutions, one through six color sheetfed and web printing, variable data imaging, distribution services and grand imaging. The company specializes in corporate communications, direct mail, and advertising materials.
 

 
RBP Chemical Technology Responds to Market Need With a New One-Step Fountain Solution PDF Print E-mail

 MILWAUKEE, WI, August 13, 2013 - Sheetfed, commercial and packaging printers running newer high-speed presses are demanding updated fountain solutions to replace alcohol or alcohol replacers. RBP Chemical Technology, Inc., Milwaukee, Wis., (www.rbpchemical.com) is responding to this need with the launch of its new Unitrol® 2500, a one-step sheetfed fountain concentrate during PRINT 13, September 8 – 12, 2013, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL.  RBP, a nearly 60-year-old veteran developer, manufacturer and distributor of high performance chemicals and consumable supplies, has created the one-step fountain concentrate to run on all types of sheetfed presses.

For two-step product users, Mark Heimerl, director of sales, RBP Chemical Technology, says a one-step fountain solution is easier to apply. “Unitrol 2500 eliminates the variability found in traditional two-step products, offering customers a more consistent ink and water balance.”

Fueled by customer feedback, the company’s on-site chemists and chemical engineers developed Unitrol 2500′s updated chemistry. Compatible with newer presses that run at higher speeds and require swifter make-ready turnarounds for short or long runs, Unitrol 2500 contains additives to help control and maintain water settings for excellent print contrast and ink densities.

“It facilitates faster make-readies, making it possible for presses to come to color quicker,” explains Heimerl.

Formulated to deliver a dry sheet, Unitrol 2500 eliminates the need for alcohol while significantly abbreviating ink drying time. It also contains wetting components that help control ink build up in the dampening system.

Cost savings is another benefit that makes the new Unitrol 2500 appealing to the sheetfed printing marketplace. Rather than buying a fountain solution and alcohol substitute, Unitrol 2500 offers the cost savings of these two components combined into one product and purchased at a lower overall investment.

Attendees can request a Unitrol 2500 product presentation during PRINT13 in booth #3044, September 8 – 12, 2013. Product data for Unitrol 2500 and RBP’s full line-up of sheetfed fountain concentrates is available in the company’s proprietary online ToolBox at http://rbptoolbox.com/printing/. The ToolBox allows users to browse products by application or by category or to troubleshoot issues.

 
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