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Own The Process: Why in-house printing is integral to owning the process

It’s no secret that printing can be quite pricey, which is why many photographers turn to third parties to process prints. For many photographers—both amateur and professional, the thought of dropping major money on an at-home printer is a daunting option, and therefore many end up continuing to send their work off to printing centers instead.

But did you know that in house printing is an absolutely integral element in owning the process? First of all, owning the process essentially refers to retaining your creative control and direction over the entire process—from the moment you snap a picture until the moment you grab it hot off the printing tray.

When you send off your work—work that you have more than likely spent hours sifting through and editing—to an out of house printer, you no longer totally own the process. Basically, you lose the critical time in which the prints are electronically sent over and formatted for print. You do not get to make sure everything is exactly how you intended for it to be, and you do not even get make sure you actually like the finished product.

For these reasons, in house printing is the production method you need to be following. After all, you took the shot and did all of the hard work that comes with getting that perfect snap so why would you hand over your perfect bundle to someone else to physically produce?

If the cost is still a deterrent for you, you should know that investing in an at-home printer will actually be way less expensive in the long run. Sure, it hurts a little bit when you have to front a large amount of capital for a machine, but when you do the research, it quickly becomes clear how in house printing is far superior than any other option—both financially and creatively speaking.

So if you, as a photographer of any level, want to completely own your process from start to finish, and to have total creative direction in order to make your vision come to life, you absolutely have to begin in house printing.

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PPTC, In. Launches PrintViewPRO remote wide format printer management software

Professional Plotter Technology Corp, Now Offers Free Service for New Printers Purchased from Them

Professional Plotter Technology Corp, Inc. (PPTC) happily announced today that they will be offering PrintViewPRO, a free service for new clients that purchase wide format printers. “It will be absolutely free for all of our customers!” says Jason Ake, President.  PPTC believes they are the first one’s to provide this type of benefit to the wide format community.

PPTC is offering this service to help their consumers save money and energy, and it will also to prevent their customers from running out of ink, paper or other printer-related supplies. PrintviewPRO is able keep an eye on all make and models of wide format and office printers and copiers.

Jennifer Hass explained, “PrintViewPRO will allow us to monitor our customer’s whole fleet (if necessary) and it can also provide quick remote access to manage and resolve error messages.”  The software will prompt PPTC when ink levels fall below 20%, paper stock is below the set threshold and a printer throws an error code, allowing them to get the required supplies and/or schedule service calls before the customers even know there is a problem.

PrintviewPRO categorizes the print jobs based on ink coverage and gives simple rates for various print jobs, like monochrome and color line drawings, full-color photo and color rendering.  What does this mean for you?  Anyone can now have managed print, including photographers, graphic artists and designers.  Current and future Managed Print Service (MPS) customers will no longer have to worry about emailing monthly meter reads. PPTC will get the reads from your printer, and you can focus on more pressing matters.  PPTC will inform you when your device is almost running out of ink, or when another printhead is required or needs attention.

PPTC has the best support team in the industry!  They are passionate about print technology and they are always ready to assist their valued clients.  Clients need not worry about setup or installation, because the PPTC service department will install and set it up for you, for free.

PrintviewPRO is proudly presenting Value Print Pricing. It is the revolutionary way of structuring print contracts for wide format inkjet printers which do not quite fit the standard “click-count” model.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT PROFESSIONAL PLOTTER TECHNOLOGY CORP 512.382.5912

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Laura Penney
Company: Professional Plotter Technology Corp
Address: 3913 Todd Ln Suite 512 Austin, TX 78744
Telephone Number: 512-382-5912 Web Site: Plotterpro.com
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New Canon ImagePROGRAF MFPs now available!

PRESS RELEASE

New Canon ImagePROGRAF IPF770 MPF L36 and Image PROGRAF IPF670 MFP L24 Printers

imagePROGRAF iPF770 MFP L36

The Large Format Solutions Division is excited to announce the expansion of their award winning imagePROGRAF Large-Format Multifunction Printer line with the new iPF MFP L Scan-to-Copy/File series.  The two models that comprise the new L-Series are the 36-inch iPF770 MFP L36 and the 24-inch iPF670 MFP L24.  The new L-Series complements the current iPF MFP M40 imaging system line by providing a product that offers basic scan-to-copy capabilities at an affordable price.  Developed to be easy-to-use, the new L-Series Scan-to-Copy/File systems are expanding the market by putting Large Format multifunction capabilities within reach of small offices, low volume and entry level users.  Together, the two iPF MFP series give Canon an unrivaled breadth of large format scan-to-copy/file solutions.
The iPF MFP L-Series Scan-to-Copy/File systems have been designed for a new category of users.  This untapped market includes: those that may not have the expertise to use or need the sophisticated functions of the iPF MFP M40 systems, are currently outsourcing their scanning needs, do not think they have the budget for an MFP or do not have the room to install a large MFP system.   This opens up opportunities for a new customer base which includes: architects, engineers, subcontractors, and consulting firms whose volume might not justify the cost of current MFP systems;  Primary schools, secondary schools and colleges who can take advantage of  applications that range from curriculum based materials, classroom visual aids, fundraising and special events;  Small, professional businesses can benefit from the convenience of having an in-office device, available at anytime, is more economical than outsourcing and has simplicity of operation like that of copying machines.
Opening the market to new users also unlocks the possibilities for upgrade opportunities in the future.  The current iPF MFP M40 series has more functionality and is designed for a much wider range of applications.  Some of the differences between the iPF MFP M40 series and the iPF MFP L-Series include:

  • L-Series includes only printer and scanner (No PC or monitor)
  • L-Series scanners have a smaller range of document sizes & thicknesses
  • L-Series have no preview editing workflow
  • L-Series scanners have slower scan & copy speeds
  • L-Series have lower optical resolution
  • L-Series is available in 24”

These new additions to the MFP lineup are designed as an all in one integrated system, with the scanner connecting directly on the top of the printer.  The new scanners are lightweight, the L24 weighs 11.8 lbs and the L36 weighs in at 16.2 lbs making them easy to install and non-intimidating to the novice user.  The L-Series scanners utilize the same advanced SingleSensor Technology used in the current iPF MFP M40 systems which helps provide consistent color accuracy.  The simple and easy-to-use operation panel incorporated on the scanner offers user-friendly “Green Button” scanning and copying functionality.  The panel comes equipped with picture icons for easy identification of the scanner operations.

Scanner Specifications:

  • Embedded Scanner Controller
  • Color Mode: RGB (24-bit sRGB) and Grayscale (8-bit)
  • Scan Speed: up to 1 ips color, up to 3 ips Grayscale, (Draft Mode)
  • Scan Speed during COPY: up to 1 ips color, up to 3 ips Grayscale (Draft Mode)
  • 600 dpi optical resolution
  • Imaging scanning of 24” wide for the L24 and 36” wide for the L36
  • Max doc length: 50 inches
  • Document thickness: 0.07mm to 0.5mm to suit CAD applications
  • Input paper size:
    • Auto, ISO (A4, A3, A2, A1, A0),
    • ANSI (A, B, C, D, E)
    • ARCH (A, B, C, D, E, E1), Landscape/Portrait

Copy Functions:

  • Auto crop borders – removes 3mm border from scan
  • Number of copies – 1 to 9
  • Brightness- 0 to 3
  • Black point, White point – 0 to 3
  • Quality modes (scan dpi):
    • Draft (150 dpi), Standard (300 dpi), Best (600 dpi)
    • Note: Print dpi depends on paper type. DPI will NOT be listed to user
  • Scale 25, 35, 50, 71, 100, 141, 200, 282, 287, 400, 432

Scan to USB Functions:

  • Auto crop borders – removes 3mm border from scan
  • Brightness – 0 to 3
  • Black point, White point – 0 to 3
  • Quality modes (scan dpi):
    • Draft (150 dpi), Standard (300 dpi), Best (600 dpi)

Scan to Network (PC required – not included and not optional):

  • L Scan software allows documents to be scanned directly to a shared folder on a network

The printers included in this series are the imagePROGRAF iPF770 and iPF670 models that feature a 5-Color ink set which is ideal for technical applications, posters, and office signage.  This ink technology uses four highly colorfast dye inks for producing bold, expressive color, plus two channels of pigment matte black ink for printing precise lines, smooth curves, and small text on technical and office documents. Included is a reformulated magenta ink that helps produce a wider color gamut in the red and orange spectrums, compared to previous models. The printer’s sub-ink tank system allows for all of the available ink in a tank to be used before needing to replace it, helping eliminate any wasted ink. The empty tanks can also be replaced without stopping a print job.  A number of important built-in features help minimize ink consumption, media waste, and maintenance costs to help reduce total cost of operation. These features include Economy Print Mode for a low cost per print, auto-rotation, and nesting to minimize media waste.
Addressing the needs of a diverse range of users, Canon includes or makes available via download, software to help users create more productive and efficient workflows.  Direct Print & Share software is a cloud portal solution for file sharing and has a Shortcut Print feature that allows users to drag and drop files into hot folders on their desktop. Canon’s imagePROGRAF Print Utility mobile App helps facilitate wireless printing from an iPad® device.  PosterArtist Lite includes everything needed to create posters, signs and banners in just four easy steps. Print Plug-in for Microsoft® Office gives users the ability to print posters and presentations directly from Microsoft Excel®, PowerPoint® and Word®. With the Optimized Module for AutoCAD® users can print directly from compatible AutoCAD software products.  Accounting Manager allows users to track printing costs with a powerful set of job accounting functions and the Ink Purchase Notification feature in the status monitor allows your user to easily reorder ink from you.

 

Optional Software

PosterArtist at MSRP Pricing of $395 includes all the essential features customers need to easily create posters, signs and banners.  To make sharing simple, PosterArtist offers the ability to save posters including clipart and fonts. The files can be exported directly from PosterArtist to Canon’s imagePROGRAF Direct Print & Share cloud portal software for sharing between users

 

 

Item Number Description MSRP
9856B028AA imagePROGRAF iPF770 MFP L36 $5,995
9854B014AA imagePROGRAF iPF670 MFP L24 $4,095

 

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Press Release- Seiko ColorPainter M-64s receives “Recommended Status” From FASTSIGNS

fastsigns of sanford seiko M64s testimonial

 

NEWS RELEASE

Seiko Instruments U.S.A., Inc. Receives FASTSIGNS Recommended Status for Seiko ColorPainter M-64s
FASTSIGNS Solvent Printer Evaluation Recommends ColorPainter M-64s to Franchisees
Escondido, Calif. – (June 25, 2015) Seiko Instruments U.S.A., Inc. announces its ColorPainter M-64s has
received a Recommended Status from FASTSIGNS technical services based on their printer evaluation
report released earlier this week. The ColorPainter M-64s is a powerful eco-solvent printer engineered to
deliver durable graphics with exceptional image quality at fast print speeds.
“Print quality on the ColorPainter M-64s is exceptional,” says the FASTSIGNS evaluation. “The ability to
get sellable signage at 356 square feet per hour is impressive. This includes solid colors and image
prints.”
The ColorPainter M-64s printer delivers incredible speed for fast creation of sellable output; features
ultra-efficient operation for low running costs; and offers a smart, user-friendly interface that makes it
easy to operate and maintain. The M-64s features new 7-color eco-solvent inks that are low-odor and
provide a wide color gamut, vivid color saturation, and high-density output for dynamic digital print
quality. It includes a standard two-year warranty. All sales and service are provided by authorized
distributors.
After comparing wide-format printers from several manufacturers, FASTSIGNS of Sanford decided to
purchase the ColorPainter M-64s. “We were impressed by its fast printing speed, high image quality and
other features that provide easy operation like the auto print adjustment,” explained Eli Vizcarrondo,
general manager of FASTSIGNS of Sanford. “The ColorPainter M-64s gives us a competitive advantage
and has increased our capability resulting in higher profits.”
The FASTSIGNS technical services team commented, “During our evaluation we printed on a wide variety
of media, from banners and adhesive vinyl to backlit and block out poly film. The printer performed well
during these tests and the results were consistently good.”
“The ColorPainter M-64s delivers unmatched productivity and quality,” says Fabrizio Soto, general
manager, Seiko Instruments U.S.A., Inc. “We have designed a special offer for franchisees provided by
Professional Plotter Technology Corp and other dealers we look forward to many years of success and partnership with FASTSIGNS.”
For more information on Seiko ColorPainter M-64s, visit www.sii-printers.com or http://fsfastsigns.com or www.plotterpro.com
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About Seiko Instruments U.S.A., Inc.
Seiko Instruments U.S.A., Inc. is the exclusive distributor throughout North and South America for Seiko I Infotech printing
technology products, including ColorPainter wide-format printers known for industry-leading print speeds and rich, saturated
color output. Customer service and support for ColorPainter printers is provided through an authorized network of
distributors.
Seiko ColorPainter M-64s is a trademark of Seiko I Infotech Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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Industry Trends in Digital Printing Companies

Industry Trends in Digital Printing Companies

With the advancement of technology today, more and more avenues of services are digitalizing. This is true for the printing industry as well. The industry trends have shifted in recent years towards digital printing methods, and those who are stuck in past methods fall behind new technological advances.

Older methods like offset printing are used by various companies because they do produce higher quality prints than digital methods. However, this is due to the slower turnaround that these older methods have.

New trends aim to enhance efficiency, as in speed and quantity of the prints. This is why digital printing is so highly desired in many commercial printing situations. It has incredible turnaround time, produce large quantity or prints, and is overall a lot more affordable than offset methods.

Digital printing is quite simple. An image file is sent right to the printer, so it gets rid of all the in-between procedures other types of printing requires. The files that can be used can vary. The printer can read PDF files, standard image files, and other graphic files that result from image editing software. This versatility is just another reason why many printing companies favor digital printers, and why this method has been trending.

This method can be used to print any variety of signs, posters, magazines, books, brochures, pamphlets, etc. The quality, though is slightly less than that of offset printing, does depend quite a bit on the photographic paper the printing company will use. Higher quality paper can produce a print that is comparable in quality with that of an offset printed one.

As with any technological advancement, digital printing capabilities are constantly being improved. Soon enough, there will be a digital printer that will affordably print mass amounts of copies that are of a quality much higher than offset printing.

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What’s new in uniFLOW V5?

Incorporating uniFLOW into your document processes will lead to real improvements in the control and efficiency of multifunctional devices. This powerful software is open, modular and configurable, so it can be adapted to fit the specific needs of different businesses: large corporations, small offices, education establishments, local government, and print rooms.

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Samsung Electronics America Agrees to Pay $2.3 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations

Samsung Electronics America Inc. (Samsung) has agreed to pay $2.3 million to resolve allegations that it caused the submission of false claims for products sold on General Service Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contracts in violation of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (TAA), the Justice Department announced today. Samsung is an electronics distributor and marketer headquartered in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey.
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“The Department of Justice is committed to protecting public funds and guarding against abuse of federal procurement programs,” said Assistant Attorney General Stuart F. Delery for the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “This settlement upholds important trade priorities by ensuring that the United States only uses its buying power to purchase from countries that trade fairly with us.”
MAS contracts are contracts awarded by GSA to multiple companies supplying comparable products and services. Once GSA negotiates and awards the contract, any federal agency may purchase under it. Like many other federal procurement contracts, GSA MAS contracts require the vendor to certify that all products it offers for sale comply with the TAA. The TAA generally requires the United States to purchase products made in the United States, or another designated country with which the United States has a trade agreement.
Samsung has authorized resellers who hold GSA MAS contracts. Samsung certifies to the authorized resellers that Samsung will provide TAA compliant products and the resellers in turn list those products on the resellers’ GSA MAS contracts. The settlement resolves allegations that, from January 2005 through August 2013, Samsung caused resellers of its products to sell items on their GSA MAS contracts in violation of the TAA by knowingly providing inaccurate information to the resellers regarding the country of origin of the goods. The United States alleges that Samsung represented to the resellers, who in turn represented to federal agencies, that the specified products were made in TAA designated countries, generally Korea or Mexico, when the specified products were in fact manufactured in China, which is not a TAA designated country.
“It is unacceptable to sell unauthorized foreign electronics to the United States,” said GSA Acting Inspector General Robert C. Erickson. “We expect all companies doing business with the federal government to comply with contracting laws.”
The allegations resolved by the settlement were originally brought in a lawsuit filed by Robert Simmons, a former Samsung employee, under the False Claims Act’s whistleblower provisions, which permit private parties to sue for false claims on behalf of the United States and to share in any recovery. Mr. Simmons’ share of the settlement has not yet been determined.
The investigation and settlement were the result of a coordinated effort among the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Justice Department’s Civil Division and the GSA’s Office of Inspector General.
The case is United States ex rel. Simmons v. Samsung Electronics America, Inc. et al., No. AW-11-2971 (D. Md.). The claims resolved by the settlement are allegations only and there has been no determination of liability.
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4 Ways to Increase Profit for In-Plant Printing, by Konica Minolta

In-plant managers often talk about the challenge of outsourcing print orders. Even when their printing resources are in-house, companies still outsource. There are many reasons for this, such as limited in-house capabilities, color quality and consistency, volume or media requirements. In some cases, the reason is due to the perception of the in-plant and the lack of understanding among organizational departments about what services the in-plant print department actually offers.
If you aren’t understanding and delivering on your clients’ true needs you are not adding valueClick To Tweet – Powered By CoScheduleOvercoming these challenges is key to any in-plant’s success and can turn it from a cost center into a profit center. Here are four tips from some of the most successful in-house printing departments:
Know who your customers are – The best in-plants make it their business to know their customers. Steve Dimond, manager, MIT CopyTech and past president of the Association of College & University Printers, has made a career of focusing on serving the needs of university professors and students. Steve’s philosophy is that by partnering with his customers on campus to truly understand their needs, he is serving the university, its faculty, and students at the highest level possible. Steve, a 30-plus-year print industry veteran, always says, “If you aren’t understanding and delivering on your clients’ true needs, you are not adding value and your service becomes a simple commodity.”
Partner with organizational departments – Teri Oliver, print and design manager for Ohio Health, and her associates partner with each department within the organization. This helps the in-plant better meet departmental needs, showcase their capabilities and keep business in-house. “You have to make the process streamlined for the departments; the key is to keep knocking on that door, prove the value that you can provide along with the cost savings, over and over again,” says Teri.
Align with marketing – Debbie Pavletich, former president of In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association and graphic services manager at Briggs & Stratton Graphics Services, positioned a member of her in-plant within the marketing department to be involved with marketing campaigns as they develop. Initially, the in-plant department printed technical publications and production materials, but expanded to produce marketing materials when moving this function in-house identified cost savings. Debbie says, “Integrating within your organization is the key to your success. Do whatever it takes to satisfy your customer’s needs, add value and be viewed as an essential partner to your organization.”
Be passionate about the customer experience -Oscar Rivera, production manager for United Federation of Teachers, ensures that the customer experience is a priority throughout his operation. According to Oscar, follow-up calls and emails, whether to directly address a concern or simply to check in, help his internal clients know that the in-plant is supporting them. Oscar believes that anything is possible when a department communicates and pulls together as a team.
In-plant printing departments that understand the needs of the organizational departments they serve and partner with them have been able to successfully transform into profit centers for their company. This also allows in-plants to grow and expand services to meet their company’s long-term needs.
For more information on how in-plants can transform into profit centers, read my series in OutputLinks.
Join the conversation @BarbStainbrook. #inplants #printing #technology #CX
Barbara Stainbrook is responsible for Konica Minolta’s national production print direct sales and partnership alliances focusing on production print solutions and facilities management partners. She is a Women of Distinction Award recipient and will watch any movie starring Morgan Freeman.
Barbara Stainbrook, Senior Vice President, U.S. Direct Sales
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