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Tracking Downtime on the Production Floor

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Find out what's stopping the presses--and how much money it may be costing you.

I’ve presented many seminars, done onsite consultations, and written several articles over the years discussing the challenge of doubling your screen-printing production in 30 days or less. No matter how efficient and on top of your game you are, I’m sure that you have the potential for this kind of production improvement in your facility. The first step in the process is to track your downtime.

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Six Ways to Sour a Customer Relationship

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Great advice from an experienced licensed product buyer.

One of my best and oldest friends is a promotional-products distributor who has been working in the licensed-sportswear market for the past 20-odd years. He’s been on both sides of the channel, first as a buyer with a major retailer and then as a distributor specializing in pro and collegiate sports merchandise, so he has a nice 360º perspective on what works and what doesn’t in the promotional-products business.

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Graphics Central Pavilion Returns to ASI Show Chicago

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July show to feature exhibits, educational sessions for printers, decorators, and sign companies.

This year’s ASI Show Chicago (asishow.com), to be held July 14-16 at McCormick Place, will again feature the Graphics Central Pavilion for signage, decoration, and graphics professionals. Formerly known as the Signage + Decoration Pavilion, the hub was renamed to reflect the heart at which ASI attendees in the promotional products field meet with sign companies, garment decorators, and other printing professionals.

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Six Ways to Sour a Customer Relationship

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Advice from an experienced ad-specialty buyer

One of my best and oldest friends is a promotional-products distributor who has been working in the licensed-sportswear market for the past 20-odd years. He’s been on both sides of the channel, first as a buyer with a major retailer and then as a distributor specializing in pro and collegiate sports merchandise, so he has a nice 360º perspective on what works and what doesn’t in the promotional-products business.

Graph Expo to Move to Orlando in 2016

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Print show will return to Chicago in 2017.

The Graphic Arts Show Company (gasc.org) has announced that Graph Expo 16 will be held in Orlando's Orange County Convention Center, a departure from the show's traditional location at McCormick Place in Chicago. The dates will be September 25-28, 2016.

"We are pleased to bring Graph Expo 16 to Orlando," said GASC president Ralph Nappi in a statement. "We see Orlando as an ideal destination to maintain and expand our current US audience, and also build our international contingent of attendees, particularly from Latin America."

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Jerry Swormstedt (1934-2015)

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Former ST Media Group president served the industry for more than a half century.

Jerry Swormstedt, the former third-generation chairman of the board and president of ST Media Group Intl., the parent company of Screen Printing magazine, died April 4, the day before Easter, after having suffered a massive heart attack on Good Friday, April 3. Jerry was the 1994 recipient of the sign industry's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award (now known as the Kirk Brimley Distinguished Service award), presented by the National Electric Sign Association (now the International Sign Association).

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DscoopX Expands Packaging Opportunities

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Tenth-annual show welcomes HP user group, pushes digital for packaging.

DscoopX, held March 5-7 outside Washington, D.C., welcomed more than 2200 attendees this year amidst a late-season snowfall that blanketed the city. This year’s show included a 45,000-square-foot tradeshow and a heavier focus on packaging, with a range of educational sessions for this sector. Presenters suggested a transition from conventional to digital printing, which eliminates plates, cylinders, and mounting equipment and reduces opportunities for human error.

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Drupa Releases Second Annual Global Trends Report

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Forty-eight percent of PSPs expect improvement in the coming year.

Drupa (www.drupa.com) has released the initial findings from its second annual global trends report, a survey of 1100 international print providers and suppliers conducted in October 2014. The results suggested a general feeling of optimism among print professionals; 48 percent of PSPs and 51 percent of industry suppliers forecast improvement for their companies in response to the question “How do you see the outlook for the coming 12 months?”

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"Durst Digital Days" 2015 Highlights Label/Package Printing During Three-Day Open House

Once again this year, Durst is hosting “Durst Digital Days” – a three-day international open house for customers, news media, and other interested parties in the professional printing industry. This year’s event is set for April 14-16 at the company’s headquarters in Brixen, Italy. Its focus is label and package printing, and Durst will feature the Tau 330 UV Inkjet Digital Label Press.
 

ChristChurch’s “Cardboard Cathedral”

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Metro Performance Glass produces a 1700-square-foot glass facade in New Zealand.

The original ChristChurch cathedral in New Zealand was severely damaged by an earthquake in 2010. A second earthquake in 2011 destroyed its original stained-glass rose window. The Transitional Cathedral, designed by architect Shigeru Ban, was built nearby in 2013 and is nicknamed the “Cardboard Cathedral” due to the extensive use of cardboard tubes in its construction.

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