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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


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.

RBP to Launch New Line of Ultra-concentrated Fountain Solutions at PRINT13 PDF Print E-mail

 MILWAUKEE, WI, July 31, 2013 - Exhibiting in booth #3044 during PRINT13, September 8 – 12, 2013, RBP Chemical Technology will launch its new Intellicon™ line of ultra-concentrated chemistry products. Printers in the coldset, heatset and UV sheetfed markets can now reduce fountain solution consumption by an estimated 50 to 80 percent when using Intellicon products.

Intellicon’s Liquid Gold™ and Concept 21™ brands enable printers to make more press mix with less fountain solution, thereby reducing a company’s overall consumables cost. More efficient to ship, handle and store than traditional pre-mixed fountain solutions, Intellicon offers numerous logistical advantages to the print customer.

“From freight cost and floor space savings to direct pump distribution, Intellicon is a new way to deliver a well-proven product to press,” says Mark Heimerl, director of print sales and marketing at RBP. “All the ingredients have been concentrated into a more user-friendly, longer-lasting product. Intellicon is truly an on-demand, direct-from-the-package delivery system that allows press operators to pump what they need, when they need it, while still achieving the same great press results as with pre-mixed solutions.”

Due to their modest container size, Intellicon products consume less storage space and are easier to handle than pre-mixed fountain solutions. Concentrates utilize much smaller packaging, resulting in reduced freight costs that are passed along to the customer. The products can also be individually drop-shipped rather than skidded, which is beneficial for shipping to hard-to-reach destinations.

Liquid Gold’s ultra-concentrated, homogeneous solutions in the Intellicon line incorporate the latest chemical technology for newsprint and coldset applications and are available in both mild acid and neutral formulas (Liquid Gold UC). The fountain solutions can be pumped directly from their original containers with no additional steps required or printers have the flexibility to reconstitute the solutions to any desired amount onsite.

Liquid Gold UC are completely adjustable, allowing a press operator to mix and use only the amount of fountain solution needed at any given time by following a simple formula. Liquid Gold is well-known for providing superior ink and water control to produce cleaner, sharper print quality with fewer toning and emulsification issues. Specially formulated to work on all types of dampening systems, including spray and turbo, Liquid Gold comes in various pack sizes – 5, 20, 55 and 275/330-gallon containers – and is compatible with most pressroom pumps.

The Concept 21 ultra-concentrated chemistry fountain solution system is a unique color management tool designed specifically for managing print characteristics and performance on-press in the heatset web and UV sheetfed web markets. The system dramatically reduces consumption compared to traditional fountain solutions, decreasing an operation’s annual spend.

Pre-measured and pre-set, Concept 21’s two-part formula is delivered by precision blending technology via a dual pump system that enables press operators to manufacture their own specific fountain solution onsite to meet individual press needs. This extremely versatile system can handle different presses, inks, papers and plates without the need for storing or handling new chemistry. Concept 21 provides concise color management in the pressroom by helping printers control ink/water balance more precisely and print cleaner, more consistent color job to job.

Founded in 1954, RBP Chemical Technology Inc. is a world class supplier of proprietary chemicals and delivery devices for the printing, newspaper and electronics manufacturing industries. We are committed to delivering consistently high quality products and services, including specialty development, analytical services and custom manufacturing. Visit www.rbpchemical.com to explore each of our products, services and technical capabilities. Or, explore the RBP Toolbox, a proprietary, custom-developed online product –selector designed specifically to serve customers’ decision-making needs. Browse by application, by product category or troubleshoot issues at www.rbptoolbox.com. Or, contact RBP’s corporate headquarters at (414)258-0911 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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