Archive for November, 2004

  • Job of the Week, Field Service Electricians, Sydney

    Two opportunities for Field Service Electricians

    We are currently seeking applications from highly motivated and skilled Electricians to join our customer support team based in Waterloo. The successful candidates will be responsible for providing a high level of internal and external electrical customer support for the installation and servicing of Heidelberg equipment.

    Working as part of a team, responsibilities include (but not limited to):

  • Providing electrical support for new and second-hand press and post press equipment installations.
  • Performing general service, repairs, preventative maintenance, troubleshooting and fault finding for new and second-hand press and post press equipment.
  • Completing required paperwork for electrical customer service work carried out.
  • Identifying service gaps and sources of customer dissatisfaction and working with the team to identify, recommend and support solutions to rectify the problem.
  • Being an effective and efficient team player, demonstrating flexibility and commitment to organisational goals and objectives
  • Identifying and actioning improvement initiatives to improve HAN’s overall business performance.
  • Contributing to improved customer satisfaction and minimising customer complaints in line with HAN’s Complaint Management Policy.
  • Qualifications and Experience

    The successful candidates will have previous experience in an electrical role using their superior problem solving skills to perform fault finding and preventative maintenance work on capital equipment, preferably in the Graphic Arts Industry, however candidates will be considered who have worked on comparable equipment in a different industry.

    Ideally, candidates will have experience installing, programming and troubleshooting PLCs and have worked with Can Bus systems. An electronics Certificate or Diploma will be well regarded but is not essential. As you will be out on the road, a current drivers’ licence is required.

    Conditions of Employment

    These are permanent full time positions, based in Waterloo. Some interstate and overseas travel may be necessary. Salary will be determined according to qualifications and experience of the successful candidates. Local employment conditions apply.

    Applications To:

    Applications including, covering letter and resume and further enquiries regarding the role should be directed (preferably via email) to:

    Annabelle Senior,

    HR & Quality Coordinator

    Telephone: 03 9205 4230

    Closing Date: Friday, 26 November, 2004.

    Email resumes to


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  • Adobe Acrobat 7 released here in mid-December

    Designers, publishers, ad agencies and print service providers are the primary targets for the latest Adobe iteration of the universal file-making program. Slated for delivery to the Australian and New Zealand markets before Christmas, Acrobat 7 is a major step forward in file delivery and enhancement technology.

    Following the web-centric development of Acrobat 6.0, this latest version swings back to addressing the requirements of the professional graphic arts market, facilitating high-end printing, ensuring files comply with the emerging PDF/X standard.

    Adobe claims Acrobat 7.0 Professional allows creative professionals to create, control, and deliver secure, high-quality PDFs documents while better enabling the proofing and collaborative processes.

    It improves review cycles, enabling reviewers to add comments such as electronic sticky notes using either Adobe Reader or the full version of Acrobat. Using Overprint Preview reviewers can evaluate press ready colours in PDFs.

    There are improved pre-flighting features and reports, which can be converted into comments to provide detailed technical feedback to clients on their files. There is the capability to automate the preflight process using droplets.

    A good deal of attention has been paid to correcting the most common errors that occur in PDF files. For example you can convert colours to CMYK, fix hairline rules, and flatten live transparency without having to create a new file.

    New warnings are incorporated for total ink coverage, rich black detection, and overprints. Using the same Ink Manager found in InDesign CS it is easier to control inks, including remapping spot colours,

    Acrobat 7.0 Professional now includes support for the latest versions of the PDF/X standards as well as Job Definition Format (JDF) product definitions, which provide detailed information about your print job.

    The local Adobe people are flagging an extensive roadshow around Australia and New Zealand to launch the product in the New Year. Stay tuned for details for when it plays in a venue near you.

  • Australian amd New Zealand users get free tech support for QuarkXPress

    It’s all part of the transformation of the leading layout program, which has long revelled in its hard-nosed approach to business. Spured into the warm fuzzy world by Adobe’s success with Creative Suite and InDesign, the Denver-based corporation is frantically trying to make up for lost time with its charm offensive.

    The company has introduced the free tech support lines for its English speaking customers in the USA, UK and Australia.

    Australian registered customers of QuarkXPress can call 800.670.973 for technical support during standard Australian business hours (Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time). New Zealand customers should be able to access e-mail support at

    “We are serious about our commitment to our customers,” said Monique Wirz-Grutter, vice president of operations for Quark. “By providing free technical support to our English-speaking customers, we’re offering another tangible and positive benefit of being a Quark customer. We’re glad to have the number one selling desktop publishing software — this is a way to thank our customers who made that possible.”

  • Currie Group to develop major new graphic arts facility in Melbourne

    David’s father, Bill Currie, founder of the graphic arts supply and engineering company, opened the current Currie facility at Burwood Road, Hawthorn, 15 years ago. In the ensuing the years the company has grown and become one of the most prominent technology suppliers to the industry.

    “The present showroom is adequate for most of our requirements but we require specialized demo suites for the HP Indigo products, which are generating so much interest,” said David Currie. “As a company we don’t need the street frontage we have currently. The new premises will give us the opportunity to have the most modern facility in the industry, with plenty of space to host functions.”

    The new building is slated for Gibbs Street, alongside the current iconic building and is scheduled to open in the latter half of 2005.

    Currie Group has proven to be an enduring model for the supply side of the industry in Australia and New Zealand. Long recognised as the pre-eminent A3 offset press supplier with its range of Shinohara machines, the privately owned company entered a new dimension three years ago by becoming the HP Indigo agent for the region. Since then the installed base of the digital printing machines has more than doubled, with Currie Group, through its Current Images division, nominated for the HP President’s Club for outstanding achievement every year since it was granted the agency.

    In addition the Currie Group has a vibrant and profitable consumables business with AM International both in Australia and New Zealand as well as operating the Horizon agency.

  • Rapid Digital turns on a show business extravaganza

    At the glitziest new press launch the industry has seen, Sydney’s Rapid
    Digital (formerly Rapid Reprographics) along with Fuji Xerox entertained 600 guests to a night of all-out industry celebration at its new Artarmon production facility. The crowd was treated to stretch limos,
    red carpet, dancers, music and fine victuals in a night that will set a hospitality benchmark for many years to come. Rapid Digital’s proprietor Ron Anderson and his team spared no expense or effort in ensuring the night was a success and that the iGen3 era in Australia was inaugurated with suitable style.

    Among the many attractions three Italian tenors in gold sequin jackets, belted out numbers from
    The Marriage of Figaro and Il Travatore.

    Not downplaying the night’s entertainment, the event represented a seachange in the orientation of printing in the region. Theatrically revealed from behind a red curtain on the night, the second
    IGen3 in Australia was already installed and ready to start printing. It is one of six to be installed around he country in coming months.

    Rapid’s all-digital printery now ranks as one of the world’s largest with two iGen 3s, two 2060s, two Nuvera 120s, five DocuTechs, a Duplo 4000, a Morgana creaser and a Polar 78 guillotine. A calculation by a member of the audience put Rapid’s duty cycle printing capacity at somewhere over 12 million copies a month.

    Anderson’s’s belief in the iGen3 as a colour digital pathfinder was endorsed by Fuji-Xerox managing director
    Phil Chambers.

    “The iGen is a high-perfomance digital press. It runs at 100 pages a minute irrespective of paper thickness and is ideally suited to Rapid Digital’s work, which can include variable data,” he said.

    To cap off a perfect evening, Ron Anderson presented Fuji-Xerox’s David
    Cascarino with an order for two Nuvera Pro production printers, due for
    release in early 2005. And there’s plenty of floorspace for more kit…

    Check out where video clips of the launch will be uploaded shortly.

  • Book Club – (PIRA)

    A comprehensive industry reference book for all those who produce, specify and buy printed products, its 500 plus pages are complemented by a complete CD version that contains Pass4Press PDF instructions, British Trade Protocols and SPC Sheet templates.

    Lavishly illustrated throughout with an excellent glossary of industry terms, the 9th edition has new sections on digital prepress and digital print technologies, plus practical tables to help you choose the right process for a particular job.
    Now covering all commercial print applications, including packaging, transactional, brochures and publishing it will rapidly become your most referred to work. Written in clear no-jargon terms by Dr Sean Smyth, PIRA International’s senior print consultant The Print and Production Manual – 9th edition is the definitive reference work for the industry.


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  • is world first with InDesign editorial system

    The Pongrass system, which was installed in September, consists of a comprehensive suite of ad tracking, editorial and production components configured to work with InDesign PCs performing editorial pagination.
    The InDesign PC workstations in the production area replace older Mac-based DTI Adspeed
    software. In the editorial department, the InDesign PC workstations are an upgrade from
    the original Mac based Pongrass PPI editorial software the publication had been using.

    “We researched other competing products on the market and selected the Pongrass system
    for a variety of reasons,” says Anthony Stevens, IT Manager for the Sunraysia Daily.
    “Foremost, the total cost of ownership for the complete system was a lot lower than the
    other systems we looked at. In addition, we have had a strong relationship with Pongrass
    for approximately 10 years and have good lines of communication with the company at all

    Two Pongrass staff members spent five days at the newspaper installing the Juggler ad tracking software. The same two Pongrass staffers spent an
    additional 10 days on-site to do the editorial installation and training.

    After five days, the bulk of the paper was being produced using the new system software.

    Since its inception in 1984, Pongrass Publishing Systems of Sydney, NSW has been a
    leader in the supply and integration of desktop software technology to newspapers,
    shoppers, advertising circulars, directories and magazines. Pongrass Publishing Systems has a large installed base of customers in Australia and New
    Zealand. It also has a network of distributors worldwide and has a growing base
    of installations in South East Asia, Latin America, USA and Europe.

  • Peter Lane is back at the crease for another innings

    In a first for the Association the former national president will take office again after serving in the role in the late 1990s. Commenting that these are tougher times for the industry, he identifies a return to profitability for printers as the primary challenge for Printing Industries and the industry as a whole.

    “The conditions facing printers now are very different from those in the late 1990s. Then we were dealing mainly with the introduction of digital printing technology. Now the emphasis has shifted and we have to balance the different technologies, offset and digital, to run profitable businesses,” he said.

    “I have complete confidence the industry represents an opportunity for growth, especially for young people as the skills shortage tightens. It is a matter now of operating printing companies in a manner that delivers a good return on investment.”

    He makes the point that the cost of investing in printing technology is climbing ever higher and cautions that it is up to the industry to weigh the benefits new investment can provide.

    As one of the founding brothers, along with Phillip and Graeme Lane, of successful commercial colour and digital printer, The Lane Group, he is well placed to identify the trends and market forces impacting the industry. The Lane Group is one of the largest privately owned commercial printing and mailing companies in Australia, employing 95 people in offices in Adelaide, Sydney, Canberra and Indonesia.

    It is regarded as one of the most high tech graphic arts companies in the industry delivering a full range of services including project management, software programming, graphic design, web services, prepress, offset printing, binding, digital printing, mailing and fulfilment processes.

    Peter Lane, who fulfils the management role within the group, has a background in computer programming and earlier this year was awarded the Order of Australia for services to the printing and IT industries.

    Other members of the newly elected national executive of Printing Industries are:

  • Ian Bowden – National Deputy President (SA)
  • Tom Eckersley – national vice-president (Qld)
  • Ainslie Lamb – national honorary secretary (WA)
  • James Bennett – national honorary treasurer (Qld)
  • Aussie tour bookings open for World Print Tour

    The theme of Congress is the World of Print – Profiting Today and Tomorrow. Prominent speakers from print, packaging, newspaper, advertising, management, publishing and supply organisations will put a global perspective on the future directions of the printing industry.
    WPC 8 came about following the merger of Comprint International and the World Print Congress. Immediately following WPC 8, IFRA, one of the world’s leading associations for media publishing will host its conference at the same venue.
    The Printing Industries tour departs from Sydney and Melbourne on 23 January 2005 for the congress which runs from 24 – 28 January 2005.

    A full speaker program includes Dennis Mason who will present a summary report of the major printing and communication trends in various global markets on day one of the Congress. Mason is President of Mason Consulting Inc, a specialist consultancy in the Graphic Arts and Electronic Industries, and is based in Illinois, USA.

    He will also facilitate and lead an interactive discussion on Where the future of the industry lies. This discussion will encourage participation from all delegates and will assist in determining the key success drivers for the future of the industry.

    Another interesting speaker, and one who brings a wealth of experience with him, is Michael Makin, CEO of the Printing Industries of America (PIA). Makin will deliver an in-depth presentation on the PIA study The Power of Print. The power of the print medium is largely underestimated by many customers across the globe and this presentation will highlight the value added by print in the 21st century.

    Given that WPC8 is being hosted in South Africa, the event organisers have incorporated an African element, with business relevance for delegates, with an address by Ian Thomas on Managing People – Lessons from the African bush. Ian Thomas is a business graduate who has studied lions at close quarters during 20 years as a game ranger in Africa. Thomas believes people and especially business people, can absorb and learn from the animal kingdom. Sound business sense is interlaced with humour and an ability to tell stories. Thomas is the author of The Power of the Pride and is featured in many global management magazines.

    South African brands and branding expert, Jeremy Sampson, Head of the South African office of Interbrand, will speak on Designing for print in today’s new order.
    Printing Industries has developed the WPC 8 Information Gateway on its website, will full tour, conference, speaker and attraction information.
    Tour bookings can be made to Sonia Newell or Marty Knespal Eastern Suburbs Travel, Ph: (02) 9388 0666 Fax:(02) 9388 0555. Toll Free: 1800 634 714. E-mail:

  • Clancy . . . overflow . . . the best bits . . . funnies

    Not for the first time is the industry identity and respected sailor making the Sydney Hobart voyage, but this is a first in his 60 foot custom-built 60 foot Nautor Swan, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful yachts operating in Australian waters. Over the holidays it will become a familiar sight in Sydney and Melbourne waters before heading back up to Hamiliton Island where it winters.

    Keep a watch out for it.


    PaperSpider spins some Christmas specials

    John Grivas of Paperspider wants it known that he has the following papers in Sydney available for sale.

  • 210t 52gsm/ 820mm UPM bright improved newsprint
  • 14t 52gsm/ 410mm same
  • 13t 65gsm/ 810mm UPM Cote gloss lwc
  • 25t 53gsm/ 1845mm Electrocote gloss lwc ex Canada
  • If you want to check it out drop John an email at


    Late breaking news has Blacktown-based Pegasus Printing as the likely buyer of troubled Sydney printer Teldon, (see archive Teldon) which is currently in administration. Pegasus is part of AAB Holdings, a major player in a number of markets. A formal announcement is expected shortly.


    You’ve got to get up near the teacher if you want to learn anything.

    Trying to encourage quality students into the industry careers is easier if you have their teachers on side – and that’s exactly what Printing Industries Sydney based member JS McMillan aims to do. The printing company hosted a group of Information Technology teachers on site at its South Granville recently to promote the industry as a good career option. Teachers from school delivering an IT curriculum came from all over the Sydney metropolitan area.

    JS McMillan has a strong commitment to industry training offering prepress, printing and print finishing apprenticeships and traineeships to self-motivated, capable persons and school leavers. Mature aged people are also considered.

    Applicants should apply in writing to Mark Nolimaio, JS McMillan Printing Group PO Box 136 Regents Park NSW 2143.


    Here’s something for all digital printers. The US Print On Demand Institute (PODI) has extended it s deadline for the 5th edition of Best Practices in Digital Print. This is an annual collection of really schmick ways of using digital printing. It’s mainly for US printers but Australian and New Zealanders are welcome to have a go at


    Ask yourself why high-tech inkjet print head manufacturer, Xaar, is opening a manufacturing plant on the outskirts of New Delhi. According to Ian Dinwoodie, CEO, the answer is obvious. “The Indian subcontinent presents an immense opportunity for inkjet technology and we believe it will be a very exciting market in the next phase of the inkjet industry’s global development.

    “There are nearly a quarter of a million conventional printing presses in India, 70 percent of which are operated by small family owned businesses. With the value of output in the printing industry in India exceeding US$6 billion and the specialist graphics, billboards, packaging sectors a combined value of output of US$2.3 billion, it is clear there is a tremendous amount of potential.”


    And finally . . . here’s a variation on a well-known theme sent on by Norman K. It’s one of a variety of twists to the ballooning story and the different professions. There’s a version about an accountant.

    A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and
    spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted,
    “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an
    hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.”

    The woman below replied, “You are in a hot air balloon hovering
    approximately 30 feet above the ground. You are between 40 and 41
    degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.”

    “You must be an engineer,” said the balloonist.

    “I am,” replied the
    woman. “How did you know?”

    “Well, everything you told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I am still lost.
    Frankly, you’ve not been much help so far.”

    The woman below responded, “You must be in management.”

    “I am,” replied the balloonist, “but how did you know?”

    “Well,” said the woman, “you don’t know where you are or where you
    are going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of
    hot air. You made a promise which you have no idea how to keep, and
    you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you
    are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now,
    somehow, it’s my fault.”

  • Paper is the future of information technology – news commentary by Andy McCourt.

    Many printers feel it is only a matter of time before their worst fears are realised – a complete shift in the way that information is conveyed. They foresee a future wherein they are disenfranchised from the production of information, a marginalised irrelevant craft that is tolerated for only as long as the gain-sayers can find no alternative.

    This is a view recognised by the paper industry. According to Bernard Cassell, managing director of CPI and member of the board of the NPC, the industry is dogged by an unfair image.

    “The National Paper Council strongly supports the view that paper has a PR problem. It is probably one of the only truly sustainable industries but seems to be tainted by an emotional view of a protester chained to a tree.

    “We have been discussing with other industry participants how we might work together to counter this mistaken view and believe that an industry-wide collaberation is possible.”

    Recent developments indicate that paper use is evolving in a way that will position it strategically within the IT industry. Certainly, some types of information will mutate to all-digital archiving and retrieval but paper is finding a place even within this environment.

    Blu-Ray paper discs set to change DVD use.

    The first example of this is known as Blu-Ray. Just as the world gets used to DVDs supplanting CDs, the founding members of the Blu-Ray Disc Association, (Dell, Hitachi, HP, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Pioneer, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, TDK and Thomson) are predicting a new PC and HDTV data storage medium of the future.

    Blu-Ray, as its name implies, uses a 405nm blue-violet laser instead of 650nm red laser and this enables much more data to be packed onto the disc – a massive 25 Gigabytes capacity or 50 Gigabytes in double-layered version. Backwards compatibility with DVD and CD is assured.

    What has set the Blu-Ray world alight is the prospect of paper-based discs. Developed by Sony and Toppan Printing in Japan, the two companies say such paper-based disks will be cheaper to make and less environmentally harmful.

    With CDs and DVDs the substrate is normally made from a polycarbonate plastic, which is ultimately derived from crude oil. But Sony and Toppan Printing have replaced this with a mixture of paper and another polymer. The resulting prototype consists of 51 per cent paper but is still capable of storing up to 25 gigabytes of data. Regular DVDs have less than half this capacity.

    Worldwide production of optical discs is approximately 20 billion per year. The combination of paper materials and printing technology is also expected to lead to a reduction in cost per disc and will expand usage. Being paper, the discs can be printed using offset printing and can be shredded for added security.

    Such cooperation between leading electronics and printing/paper companies is producing very real benefits with HP, Dell, Sharp and others announcing that, from late 2005, all their PCs will be equipped with Blu-Ray drives. The possibility of incorporating a paper-based disc into printed paper products presents unlimited marketing opportunities.

    Magazine-quality displays

    Whilst Blu-Ray is definitely not blue-sky, a recently shown display technology from Hewlett Packard, by its own admission, is a few years off.

    HP calls the new system a post-aligned bistable nematic (PABN) LCD. To make it, a printing plate covered with an array of sub-micrometre pits is smeared with a clear polymer ink and stamped onto a transparent sheet of polycarbonate plastic, creating a forest of polymer posts. The sheet is overprinted with red, green and blue filters and thin metal electrodes. A second transparent sheet is printed with electrodes, and a liquid-crystal material is sandwiched between the two.

    The result will be an A4 screen resolving 7000 x 4000 pixels; close to magazine quality. Adrien Geisow, HP’s manager of display research based in Bristol, UK, estimates a PABN display capable of a magazine spread is about five years away.

    Thin, film-based re-imageable displays using organic polymers have been in development for some years with Philips announcing it plans mass-production within a few years through its Polymer Vision subsidiary.

    Papering over the truth?

    Leading IT analyst and commentator in the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age, Graeme Philipson recently wrote; “…computers have vastly increased paper consumption. The number of pages of paper produced in the Western world is growing by more than 10 per cent a year and will more than double over the next ten years. One study found that introducing email into an office increased paper consumption by forty per cent.”

    He continues; “The ‘paperless office’ has become such a mantra that most people assume we are moving towards it. But we are not – we are moving in the opposite direction. The marginal cost of an extra sheet is close to zero.

    “We can easily scribble in the margins. We can read it on the train or as we walk, without any need for electricity. We can fold it up and put it in our pocket, we can spread it out on desks, we can screw it up in frustration. Its resolution and colour capabilities are still far beyond those of electronic screens.”

    Philipson’s conclusion is; “There are valid arguments for using less paper, on environmental grounds alone. Most people probably use more than they need, and there is no doubt that many document flow practices could be improved. But paper will never disappear – we will continue to live in parallel paper and electronic worlds.”


    It’s an old argument but one worth re-visiting every now and then. The global paper industry has changed its practices beyond recognition in the past two decades. There are still vestiges of irresponsible production and use, such as using virgin rainforest as a fibre-source, but thankfully, Australia and New Zealand lead the world in eco-friendly paper production and use.

    Paper has proved itself to be a more sustainable resource than oil. Modern forestry management with chain-of-custody mapping, plus recycling, shows consumers we care and that they can use responsibly-produced paper without any guilt feelings.

    We just need to work on the PR. It’s the image that’s at fault, not the products. The Toppan/Sony joint venture of paper-based Blu-Ray discs (BD-ROM), is a fantastic start. (Back to floppy disks??) Here, the paper-printing industry can proudly claim to be helping the environment, using less of a critical resource – oil, lowering data storage costs and benefiting consumers. The prospect of 25 Gigabyte thin paper BD-ROMs embedded in digitally-printed products, ready to ‘peel-off’ and play has to make savvy marketers salivate.

    Add to this the enormous strides being made using digital technology to produce seemingly conventional printed products, and we have a very fine song to sing.

    Our industry mantra henceforth should be, “The power of digital – the convenience of paper.”

  • PMP Print backs up for another national training award

    PMP Print received an industry award for the second year in a row in the Innovation and Business category at the Australian Training Awards, which were held at the Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne this week.

    The company’s Moorebank NSW facility, PMP Print, has developed a training program that TAFE, other training bodies and industry groups have identified as an industry training benchmark. A combination of on-the-job technical training for production-based staff and off-site professional development for administrative personnel has bolstered the number of staff with formal qualifications from 47 percent to 86 percent.

    According to a Training Authority press release, training at PMP Print has facilitated a culture of ongoing improvements such as standardized procedures across departments, a reduction in print and landfill waste and lost time injuries.

    According to ANTA chairman, David Hind, the key to becoming internationally competitive is recognition by employers that training is absolutely critical to achieving success.

    “Employers such as PMP Print are setting the standard in on-the-job training, and are reaping the rewards as a result,” said Hind.

  • Meredith Darke tipped to be next GAMAA President

    She will take the chair from Dr David Rands for a period of two years that will include next year’s PacPrint, which is owned 50/50 by GAMAA and Printing Industries. Recognised as a strong supporter of the association’s education initiatives she is expected to strongly promote the GAMAA Scholarship programme during her term.

    Now in its second year, the scholarships are one of the most successful education schemes for the industry, facilitating post-graduate study in disciplines that are deemed useful to the industry. Currently there are nine scholarship students, with another five already graduated. Names of the next intake of candidates will be announced in December.

    Meredith is Group National Marketing Manager for Intergrafica Print & Pack (IPP) and GSA, one of the largest suppliers to the industry. A hopeless Italianophile, she is an inveterate traveller and can usually be found in Europe over the Christmas break.

    GAMAA is the representative body of the graphic merchants with 34 corporate members, which includes almost all the major supply companies.

  • CIP4 recognises Heidelberg support for industry standards

    Jörg Bauer, Vice President Prinect Product Management at Heidelberg, continues as a member of the Advisory Board of the CIP 4 organization ( The Advisory Board makes all the strategic decisions regarding CIP 4 and the further development of the JDF standard.

    The members of the Advisory Board also endorsed the roles of Rainer Prosi as Chief Technical Officer, and Christian Anschütz as Membership Officer on the Board of Directors responsible for the day-to-day running of the organization. In his role at Heidelberg, Prosi works on the development of workflow modules, while Anschütz is a member of the Prinect Product
    Management team.

    “Heidelberg’s strong representation within the CIP 4 organization underlines the company’s commitment to establishing and developing JDF as a standard within the print media industry. Only the CIP 4 organization, in which all key manufacturers in the industry are involved, is in a position to ensure JDF gains long-term acceptance – a fact demonstrated in the 1990s when the organization established the Print Production Format (PPF) as the industry standard, and we have the same goal for JDF”, said Jörg Bauer, underlining the importance of CIP 4.

    From initiative to standard – history of the Job Definition Format (JDF).

    Automated production workflows with cost transparency secure competitive advantages for printshops. This goal can be achieved by integrating the data of all systems and machines involved in the production process.

    The quest to create automated and transparent production processes goes back a long way. In order to make the data generated within a particular production step available to successive production steps, Heidelberg commissioned the IGD (Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics) in Darmstadt to develop the Print Production Format (PPF) in the early 1990s.

    In 1995 Heidelberg transferred responsibility for further development and market launch to the new ‘CIP 3’ (International Cooperation for the Integration of Prepress, Press and Postpress) industry consortium founded by Heidelberg, Agfa, MAN and Adobe, a joint organization with the goal of developing industry standards.

    While PPF describes the characteristics of a sheet, it does not describe the print job itself – a key requirement for realizing potential reductions in makeready times and controlling production using management software. Heidelberg therefore initiated development of the Job Definition Format (JDF) in time for drupa 2000. The collaboration with three competitors resulted in the creation of an electronic job ticket.

    The unveiling of the first draft at drupa 2000 caused a stir worldwide and expectations ran high. In January 2001, the international CIP4 organization (International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress) took over responsibility for further development and market launch. CIP4 was a reformed version of the former CIP3 consortium with 41 members.

    The triumphant progress of the JDF electronic job ticket has continued unabated ever since. The format ensured that drupa 2004 went down in history as the ‘JDF drupa’.

    As part of the Prinect Experience Tour, Heidelberg presented the Prinect integrated workflow system, which is fully based on JDF. The tour, which received its 1000th group of visitors little over halfway through the trade show, demonstrated the creation of a virtual print job from prepress to press and postpress.

    The importance of CIP4, whose membership has increased over the last few years to over 270, has grown alongside the development of JDF. Nearly all key producers of machines and IT for the print media industry are now members. Numerous users have also joined the organization, making up a good fifth of the membership.

    This was all made possible by the introduction of statutes and the establishment of leadership bodies. A membership model involving different scales also keeps annual membership fees for users to a minimum, thereby supporting the development of JDF linked to practical needs. Manufacturers form the financial basis of CIP4, either as Full or Partner Members.

  • Public servants get more money than private sector employees

    Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses increased in the public sector by 1.2 per cent during the September quarter and by 3.9 per cent during the year to September.

    Comparable figures for the private sector show movements of 0.8 per cent during the quarter and 3.4 per cent through the year to September. The ABS data also shows that the Labour Price Index excluding bonuses increased by 3.5 per cent during 2003-2004 when compared to the previous financial year.

    According to the ABS figures total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses rose by 0.9 per cent in seasonally adjusted terms during the September quarter. The increase through the year to September was 3.4 per cent when measured in trend terms and 3.5 per cent on seasonally adjusted basis.

    The annual change for the public sector during the 2003-2004 financial year was 4.4 per cent compared to 3.2 per cent for the private sector.

    Printing Industries Manager of Industry and Commercial Policy, Hagop Tchamkertenian, said the Labour Price Index showed that labour costs moderated in the private sector during 2003-2004 compared to the previous financial year.

    “Hourly rates increased by 3.5 per cent for the year to September 2004. At present wage movements are unlikely to pose a serious threat to inflation,” he said.

    Tchamkertenian warned that skilled labour shortages currently being experienced in printing and other industries need to be closely monitored in the months ahead. Any further change in skilled labour is likely to put upward pressure on wages.

  • GSA wins Fairfax CTP plate contract

    The new deal is important for GSA as it is the first major CTP plate contract it has signed with a daily metro in its 18-month history.

    “It means that GSA will be the sole supplier of CTP plates to Fairfax Printers at Chullora,” said Warren Hinder, GSA national newspaper specialist (pictured on left with Peter Cooper and Paul Peters of Fairfax Printers). “This print facility is one of the most important newspaper printing sites in the region so to secure the contract for the supply of CTP plates is a significant achievement.

    “The scale of this contract demonstrates that not only do we have the right product for the market but that we also have all the necessary infrastructure in place to service major clients such as Fairfax. The fact that we have warehousing facilities in all major states gives us the capacity to support our customers wherever they are,” he said.

    The CTP line is one of five plate lines at the Chollora site. The others use imagesetter and film. The price differential between CTP and conventional plates still works against a complete acceptance of the ‘stright to plate’ technology.

    Processing benefitsM

    The finalising of the contract follows exhaustive tests carried out by Fairfax on the Brillia LPN-NN2 visible light plates. Paul Peters, technical and operations analyst at Fairfax Printers, said the test results demonstrated that the main benefits of the plates were in the plate processing.

    “The plates recorded good chemical mileage and low build-up in the processors over time. That means less cleaning and maintenance of equipment and fewer resources required to carry out that maintenance,” he said.

    The fact that the plates use less developer in the processing was also desirable for reasons of environmental sustainability because it meant that there is less chemical product requiring disposal.

    “It is also beneficial from a OH&S perspective because the chemicals are very clean with low odour and are less likely to cause skin irritation,” said Peters.

    Another benefit of the Fuji plates is that they can be imaged at lower exposure levels which means that less power is required to produce them and the working life of the CTP lasers can be prolonged.

    “The plates are also price-competitive and their performance on the press was comparable to other plates,” he said..

    Clean running

    According to Warren Hinder, the green benefits of the Fuji product are testimony to Fujifilm’s efforts in developing sustainable environmental practices.

    “These are important issues for the industry and for companies such as Fairfax. The fact that Fuji has developed such a clean running product is a definite advantage, not only for the environment, but also for printers where the pressure is on to reduce wastage,” he said.

    The new contract with Fairfax also demonstrates the compatibility of Fuji plates with third-party CTP systems. Fairfax Printers where Agfa systems are in place.

    “Fujifilm are investing huge sums in plate R&D each year as well as in new plate production lines. The fact that a company such as Fairfax has carried out its own tests on the Fuji product and found that it can deliver measurable benefits to them confirms Fuji’s reputation as a leading innovator in plate products,” he concluded.

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    This book is a comprehensive guide to the behavioural characteristics, properties and range of consumables and substrates used in print.

    Printing Materials also covers plastics, paper and inks and adhesives.
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  • Chemical bonding
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  • Basic optics for printing
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  • – Paper properties and printing problems
  • – Influences of moisture and relative
  • humidity on paper and board
    – Adhesion and adhesives
  • – Printing inks – the basics
  • – Rheology and ink transfer requirements
  • – Organic pigment technology
  • – Chemistry and physics of colour
  • – Measurement and control of the colour
    of inks and ink films
  • – Radiation curing and water-based ink
  • – Digital imaging techniques and
  • – Photopolymer plates
  • New plate technologies – materials
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  • Photographic systems
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