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The B2 Myth

August 15, 2018

Printing is a manufacturing business. The cost of production is always important, but so are print quality and turnaround times. At first glance, small-format B2 digital presses seem to be an efficient alternative to half-size sheetfed offset presses, helping printers control costs. A closer examination of application requirements and workflow reveals a more complex picture. Changing the Productivity Paradigm For example, B2 presses are widely... Read More

Staff Spotlight: Mike Packard

August 15, 2018

At Printing Industries of America, we have some outstanding employees. PIA has decided to open the doors and introduce our readers to the people that make us who we are. We choose to feature those outstanding employees with a blog dedicated to them: introducing the Staff Spotlight! Our very first staff spotlight will feature Mike Packard, Manager, Sponsorship & Logistics. Mike has been working at PIA for 11 years, and he is our most... Read More

Let's Play: Fact or Fiction? Test your knowledge about OSHA and EPA in print.

August 9, 2018

Press play to play along! PIA's Environmental, Health, and Safety experts are specifically trained to identify issues in the printing industry. When it comes to OSHA compliance problems, preventing violations, and responding to enforcement actions or citations, we know the answers. Services include: Consulting Compliance audits and other assessments Customized training Enforcement and legal response SGP-certified printer Let us help you... Read More

California’s Proposition 65 New Warning Requirements

August 9, 2018

Starting August 30, 2018, businesses that sell consumer goods to Californians will be subject to new warning requirements. Through its one-of-a-kind labeling law, California regulates thousands of businesses, whether through e-commerce or retail outlets in the state. The changes to the warning requirements under Proposition 65 (Prop 65) has triggered a lot of questions and requests for compliance guarantees and statements by print customers.... Read More

The Right Platesetter for Process Free Plates

July 31, 2018

More printers than ever are using process free plates, such as KODAK SONORA Plates, and many of them are wondering if it matters what platesetter they're using. The answer is yes. Process free plates are imaged the same as any other thermal plate, but because they are not put through a plate processor or clean-out unit, the platesetter is the only device to touch the plate prior to the press, making it especially important. Although SONORA... Read More

Call to Action: Aluminum Tariffs/Cost Impact on Printing Plates

July 24, 2018

On June 1, President Trump issued Section 232 Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum imported from various countries, including those in the European Union. Because the highest-quality aluminum used to produce lithographic printing plates is sourced from the EU and generally not available to equipment manufacturers domestically, our industry is hit hard by this tariff. The reaction by suppliers in our industry--and the pain felt by PIA printer members--... Read More

Rising Temperatures—A Threat to Safety

July 20, 2018

With summer in full swing and temperatures rising, heat-related illnesses can pose a serious threat. In areas of the United States, the outside temperatures climb to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and depending upon the circumstances, production and warehouse areas without air conditioning can become equally hot and potentially dangerous. Heat exposure can lead to headaches, cramps, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and even seizures or death.... Read More

Saving Energy in Prepress

July 10, 2018

Becoming a more environmentally sustainable printer means looking at every piece of the business for opportunities, and more and more printers are setting environmental performance goals and regularly measuring performance in areas such as recycling and water usage. Other initiatives include switching to vegetable-based inks, using low-VOC solvents, and offering recycled paper or paper that has been sourced in an environmentally friendly,... Read More

EPA Launches E-manifest System

July 10, 2018

On June 30, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally launched its new electronic manifest (e-manifest) system. This system will electronically track and store information of companies shipping hazardous waste throughout the nation. The new filing structure will ensure a more accurate, streamlined way of tracking hazardous waste through each stage of disposal. Hazardous waste is managed under the Resource Conservation and Recovery... Read More

Benny Award Winners

June 19, 2018

For several months, the offices here at Printing Industries of America (PIA) have been overflowing with the Premier Print Awards pieces--over 2,000 entries submitted to categories like Posters and Cards, School Yearbooks and Novelty Books, Product Catalogs and Popular Culture Magazines, even Point-of-Purchase Materials. The amount of talent expressed through craftsmanship and creativity was overwhelming, though the rigorous judging process... Read More

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