Archive for February, 2007

  • Quote & Print Improves Profits, Improves Quality of Life

    An integrated management information system with appropriate local support adds more benefits to your business than simply boosting the bottom line. Dave Bell believes you must also factor in the lifestyle bonus and improved accessibility your clients have to you.

    Quite often people make the decision to invest in an MIS system on a purely economic basis

  • “What will be the return on my investment?”
  • “How will it improve my profit or bottom line?”
  • “Can I maintain or increase sales by helping retain my existing customers and attract new ones?”
  • “How much extra work will I bring in because I can now turn around my quotes in two hours?”
  • “How many staff I will save?”

    What is harder to calculate and so often ignored is the many intangible benefits gained by installing an integrated Management Information System that has local backup, training and support. These intangible benefits apply both to printers who are still using manual systems (as there are still some), and to printers who are using a variety of non integrated computer systems (the vast majority of printers would fall into this category).

    Here are some of the intangible benefits. I am sure that most printers and managers will be able to identify with at least one of them:

  • No more long hours spent at the office after normal working hours catching up with the paper work

    An integrated MIS system automates many of the reports for you. For example, if your staff have already processed invoices and payments in Quote & Print you can print out your Business Activity Report in a few minutes.

  • Regular holidays

    With an integrated MIS system you will be able to start taking breaks. Using the internet it is possible to log onto your system from an internet cafe anywhere in the world. You can then see all the reports that you would normally see when sitting at your desk.

  • Happier staff

    Staff using an integrated system are not having to go between different packages to confirm if all required data has been entered and can instead view full history of data entered.

  • Less stress

    Using an MIS system ensures that all the information in your head or on a variety of spreadsheets is entered into the computer and the peace of mind that this can be protected by security settings ensures that pricing will be consistent based on your costings. You will then be surprised how quickly other staff will be able to pick up doing straightforward quotes or revisions on complex quotes.

  • Reduction of training time for new staff

    If you advertise for someone with the relevant MIS skills they will start the job pre trained on the software, with only the need to review with them your practices and processes.

  • Money saved by having your online ordering system and accounting system integrated with your production and estimating system

    The bottom line benefits of an integrated system have been well documented by those firms which specialise in helping companies to grow as well as those who are reviewing processes contributing to a company’s failure.

  • Peace of mind

    Knowing that there are qualified support staff who are able to help you when you have a question and qualified trainers available to train your new staff. Also, knowing that your investment in your software is protected by the constant enhancements that are being brought out.

  • New Shinohara range of presses

    Setting the benchmark for value and performance, the new range of Shinohara presses, released at this year’s IGAS, is sure to be a winner for Currie & Company.

    The completely redesigned presses not only look sleek and ultra-modern, but the company claims their technology is out in front of anything else available on the market. Over three press sizes, 52, 66 and 75, the SHINOHARA machines have speeds up to 17,000 impressions per hour with perfecting models at every size.


    The new generation Shinohara

    According to Bernie Robinson, (pictured) general manager of Currie & Company, the new range SHINOHARA are the best value presses around. He points to the single diameter cylinder on the straight four-colour 52 as the most economical way for printers to move up into production colour printing without spending millions.
    “We have always had a good user base of Shinohara customers in Australia and New Zealand and when they saw this new range they were impressed. We expected improvements but these new presses have passed all our expectations,” he said.

    The first new generation SHINOHARA 52 is currently being installed at Lake Printers on the NSW North Coast.

    New features provide better value

    The revolutionary SHINOHARA Pre-Inking System (SPIS) is a major advance in slashing run-up time to saleable prints. Following an automatic wash-up or an ink-run out, it delivers an optimum film of ink to the rollers. This enables the printer to come up to speed within 10 to 30 sheets at the beginning of every printing cycle.
    It operates in conjunction with and enhances CIP3 data through the new-look control console.

    Among the other new features in this range of SHINOHARA presses is a suction belt feeder system that will ensure smoother transport of sheets through the press. The new SHINOHARA series offset presses have wider job capacity. They now run to a larger maximum paper size and are capable of handling a wider range of printing plate sizes, up to the 8-up B5 size paper printing.

    Long recognised as one of the most productive machines in the world the SHINOHARA now come in a variety of pile heights with a medium pile option on both the 66 and 75 as well as a high pile on the 52. These delivery systems heights are designed to allow printers to have the press that suits their individual needs.


    The High Pile

    The large size 75 range consists of presses from the single-sided and perfecting four-colour 75IV through to five- and six-colour machines up to the eight-colour single-sided and perfecting SHINOHARA 75VIII and 75VIIIP.

    According to Robinson, the new SHINOHARA 75 shows all the signs of being one of the most popular major offset presses in Australia and New Zealand next year. ”SHINOHARA has always been very popular with local printers and we expect quite a number will take advantage of he new release to move up to the latest technology and the larger size.”

    Among the well-known SHINOHARA features that have been made even better in the makeover is the semi-automatic changeover perfecting system. This means that switching from straight to perfecting printing, and vice-versa, is a simple matter. Complete perfecting changeover takes only about a minute. The semi-automated changeover system uses a safety monitor to guide operators through three easy steps, resulting in higher operator efficiency and greater throughput.

    The perfecter uses a rigid, monocast turnover cylinder with a patented master/subgripper system to offer precision, speed, and high reliability in single- or double-sided printing.

    The presses can be spec’d up to the max with SHINOHARA advanced technology options including semi-automatic plate loading, easy plate cocking, cardboard printing system, aqueous inline coater, infrared dryer, imprinting & numbering and swing-away unit.

    • The SHINOHARA semi-automatic Plate Changer (SPC) reduces the time and skill needed to change plates. With the SPC, plate changing is reduced to a one-minute operation per unit that begins at the POD control screen.
      The SPC requires no goo bender, resulting in more efficient operation.
    • The SHINOHARA exclusive cocking system is the only one in the world to allow the plate clamp to be skewed during operation. Cocking adjustments can be entered electronically via the operation console, or imported from floppy disk data taken on the SRIM automatic register-mark and image area measurement device.
      A cocking adjustment can be dramatically achieved with the superior combination of motors on the plate clamp device and motors on the plate cylinder.
    • The straight multicolour offset press can be equipped with an optional convertible cardboard printing system that accepts up to 0.6mm thick stocks, broadening the range of products your business can offer.
    • SHINOHARA easy-to-use aqueous inline coater adds a glossy finish and greater durability to your printed materials. The inline coater is used in conjunction with a hot air dryer and an infrared dryer.
    • The infrared dryer is used to set the ink on printed sheets, reducing the amount of spray powder necessary to prevent offset after printing. Its use enables higher delivery piles, more efficient post-print processing, and a cleaner work environment. Medium-wave (non CE-certified Japanese JARD) and high-speed short-wave (CE-certified Swedish IVT Graphics) models are available.
    • A multipurpose swing-away unit capable of numbering, additional-colour relief imprinting, and radial- and cross-perforating is available for use at the delivery end of the press.
    • The preregister system allows operators to pinpoint register marks on printing plates, to ensure speedy and accurate plate punching and preregistering before installing on the plate cylinder. A high-precision opto-mechanical preregistering mechanism is used.
    • The SRIM, an award winner from Japan Society for the Promotion of Machine Industry, automatically measures both register marks and image area simultaneously, capturing and storing precise measurement data on a floppy disk. The disk can be inserted into the operation console, which automatically adjusts ink-key apertures and vertical, horizontal and skew registration settings in a single operation.

  • New flagship press from Heidelberg at drupa

    Peak performance class premieres with the Speedmaster XL 105 for highly industrialized offset printing capable of speeds of 18,000 sheets per hour.

    Part of Heidelberg’s renewed focus on the long run packaging market, the XL 105 is distinguished by its high degree of automation, large print format of 74 x 105 cm and simple operation. Its system for contact-free sheet transport combined with innovations in coating application are claimed to deliver increased productivity of 30% and more.

    One of a total of 51 new products and innovations launched by Heidelberg at the show, the XL 105 encapsulates the trend at this drupa of product evolution to faster and more productive machines without necessarily having any revolutionary developments. As the company heads back into concentrating on its core business of sheetfed presses, after getting rid of its digital division to Kodak and about to exit its web press operations in a still to be finalized deal with Goss, the XL 105 can be said to represent the future of Heidelberg.

    Despite still having a NexPress (complete with Heidelberg brand) and a fully functioning M600 web press as part of its exhibition in drupa, Heidelberg leaves no doubt that it will concentrate on developing its core business of prepress, sheetfed presses and postpress. In announcing its drupa innovations it becomes clear that its focus is on the slimmed-down product range, which clearly illustrates the company’s areas of significance and its technology ambitions.

    Among the highlights of new Heidelberg products on show here at Düsseldorf are:

    • A perfecting coating development that enables double-sided inline dispersion coating on the long perfecting presses in the Speedmaster SM 102 range. On a ten-color press, the fifth and tenth printing units can be used for either printing or dispersion coating. This option is also possible for twelve-color presses, where the sixth and twelfth printing units are used.
    • The Speedmaster CD 74-P with sheet reversing system enables high-quality perfecting with short changeover times between paper and board and between straight and perfecting modes. Depending on the job mix, this is claimed to produce an increase in productivity of between 15 and 25 percent over existing midsize perfecting presses.
    • The Suprasetter is a new range of thermal external drum platesetters. It uses a different laser technology developed and owned by Heidelberg and is part of the company’s strategy to develop a modular prepress technology that can be re-used in operations of every size and scope.

  • D-Print deadline draws near for industry creatives

    An impressive response to this year’s D-Print Digital Design Competition is demonstrating a more sophisticated approach to the creative uses of digital printing. Many of the entries are driving digital printing design to new heights of creativity, according to company sources.

    As the entries roll in for the fifth annual competition industry creatives are reminded of the end of February deadline to get their entries in.

    This year’s campaign calls on the Australian creative community, including graphic designers, creative directors and marketing personnel, to experience the multitude of benefits that can be gained by utilising digital printing.
    The D-Print Competition invites participants to experience the complimentary advantages of digital printing alongside traditional offset. A media campaign to support this initiative highlights the comparable high-end capabilities of Xerox DocuColor 2045, DocuColor 2060 and DocuColor 6060 digital printing presses. These include colour quality, variable data applications, short-run economies and quick turnaround times.

    D-Print 2003: Think Outside The Square
    In addition, this year’s D-Print Competition aims to increase the awareness of personalised communication through creative applications. Entrants can achieve this by utilising the Fuji Xerox VariColor software range.

    “We want to encourage creatives to really think outside the square and utilise digital printing innovatively,” said Brett Maishman, Fuji Xerox Australia’s Industry Marketing Manager, Graphic Arts. (pictured) “Our customers have embraced digital print and our aim is to build the consumers’ knowledge of this printing process and develop market awareness and business opportunities.”

    During the D-Print campaign, members of the creative community are encouraged to visit participating printers to have a piece of work digitally printed. The entrant will be asked to describe in 25 words or less explaining the benefits of printing their application using Xerox digital technology.

    Further information about this year’s D-Print Digital Design Competition, including details of the nearest D-Print providers can be found at www.fujixerox.com.au/DPrint

    The closing date for entries is February 27, 2004. The work will be judged by a panel of design and print professionals, including representatives from AGDA and ADMA.

    D-Print 2003: Giving Creatives The Chance To Win The Trip Of A Lifetime!
    The creator of the winning entry will receive a travel voucher offering a holiday of their choice to the value of $10,000, whether its going on Safari in Africa, soaking up the sun in Vatulele, discovering remote China, or any other custom designed adventure. The three runners-up will each win a stay at their choice of B & B around Australia, to the value of $500.

    D-Print 2003: Boosting Business For Participating Printers
    According to Maishman, one of the most important aims of the D-Print Digital Design Competition is to assist Fuji Xerox Australia’s DocuColor customers by fuelling awareness and demand for digital print.

  • Discover Six Degrees from Creo

    Six Degrees is time-freeing technology designed so you can complete projects faster, without changing the way you work. It automatically connects the related messages, files and people on your desktop so that you can quickly navigate through projects in a powerful new way

    Six Degrees is the first tool of its kind – a next-generation productivity application that replaces complicated centralized servers with a simple system that everyone already relies on every day – email. We all rely on email to help us work on projects and in teams. We don’t need a replacement to email, we just need a better way to work. Six Degrees is just that – an email driven productivity tool. It leverages the power of email by putting your inbox to work.

    Every time you get or send mail, Six Degrees initiates a project, automatically. Ever get attachments and then make revisions? Six Degrees is right there with you. Later, when you need all the information about that project, Six Degrees gives it to you – right at your fingertips.

    With Six Degrees Software you can:

    • Track files with similar names, anywhere on your system
    • Show email threads related to any file on your desktop
    • Generate email filters based on projects or people
    • Create “dynamic” projects with one click
    • Help you find files without searching for them – even misfiles or attachments
    • Create links to the email, files, and contact information for a project, regardless of where these objects are on your systems

    The right messages. The right files. The right people. No searching required.

    It gets better. Since Six Degrees uses simple things that you already do to build projects automatically, it starts working for you right away. No file check-in or project set-up required. And since projects are essentially dynamic, so is Six Degrees. It stays synchronized with your latest email and file revisions, as you work.

    Right now, the future is cross-platform. So download your own 30-Day Free Evaluation Copy or view one of our online webinars – and take back control of your desktop.

    For more information visit the Creo web site.

    www.creo.com/sixdegrees/

  • CyraChrome puts a double spin on proofing

    SPINJET imposition proofing systems are changing the digital prepress workflow of many of Australia’s publication printers. A revolutionary way of producing double-sided imposition proofs, SPINJET, supplied and supported by CyraChrome, operates on market leading HP DesignJet 1050, 1055, 5000 and 5500 large format printers.

    According to Michael Laird, managing director of CyraChrome, (pictured) SPINJET systems provide the ideal solution to one of the major drawbacks in modern prepress production; the requirement to produce a double-sided imposition proof prior to CTP or CtF output.

    “Digital processes have eliminated many steps in the prepress workflow, saving time and money. But they have also produced new challenges. It has become essential to be able to quickly produce an accurate, imposition proof before outputting film or plates. I believe the SPINJET system is the ideal solution and provides the missing link in the digital prepress workflow,” he said.

    The SPINJET system is the result of extensive research and development by Techsage Spinjet Technology, a Danish-based company that pioneered automatic double-sided imposition proofing. When combined with carefully calibrated DuPont Digital Dylux it is rapidly becoming the proofing method of choice for printers seeking to eliminate unnecessary costs in film and plate output.

    Using HP’s advanced paper handling system, the first side of the proof is printed from the roll, cut automatically by the printer and reloaded for reverse side printing. The completed proof is delivered into the printer’s receiving tray giving rapid access to a complete imposition of the entire job – before hitting the button to produce costly plate or film.

    SPINJETS are the most sophisticated imposition proofing systems available today. Some of the outstanding features include:

    • Fully automatic
    • Roll-to-sheet operation
    • Low profile design
    • Completely blends in with the printer design
    • All original printer functionality maintained when SPINJET is installed
    • Full versatility in production
    • Print single- or double-sided, at will, directly from workstations
    • Fully HP endorsed solution
    • SPINFLOW RIP interface ensures data integrity to CtF and CTP output
    • Unattended operation (hot folders)
    • Multiple input queues for different systems and user
    • Set-ups for different job types: Work & Turn, Single Sided, Work & Tumble, Sheet Work
    • Sequential Printing of each side to HP ensuring print order is correct
    • Auto centering of the front and back impositions
    • Auto rotation of jobs to save paper (autofit/best fit option)
    • Jobs saved for reprinting
    • ICC-profiling can be applied in the host RIP or in SPINFLOW
    • Ink Reduction
    • Centering of impositions onto paper.

    Speeding up the glow of data

    SPINFLOW is the data interface between host prepress systems and the SPINJET system. SPINFLOW is a Windows 2000 (Intel) based application, which is loaded either into the host system’s PC, or onto a Print Server, placed between the output of the host systems RIP and the SPINJET System.

    Getting the thumb-sized view

    MicroView is an optional extension for the SPINFLOW software, providing fully scalable thumbnail views for fast and accurate job recognition.
    Job pairs are processed as normal, when a completed job is selected, resizable thumbnail views are generated, these thumbnails represent both the front and back sides of the job in their original orientations, changes made in the process engine such as ‘side 2 flip’ and ‘rotate’ are not reflected.
    The thumbnail view also contains a text window displaying the file creation date and a date stamp indicating when the job was last printed.
    With a mouse-over function (Tool Tip) the actual job name can be displayed, when moving the mouse cursor over the completed jobs number (Job#).

    For more information regarding the SPINJET systems, phone or e-mail Michael on 02. 9420 8188 or malaird@cyrachrome.com.au

  • Agfa releases :Delano Publish and :Delano Production

    JDF-powered interactive, collaborative, project-management solution for publishers and printers available in Australia and New Zealand Q1 2004.

    The web-based project management system provides publishers, prepress and printing companies with the means to initiate a company-wide, collaborative solution for project management. :Delano Publish allows users to centralise all communication in a single place for all participants, track project status at any time from anywhere, and streamline customer communication.

    Adding to these benefits, :Delano Production lets printers shorten project turnaround, reduce courier and transportation costs through online file reception, approval and submission, improve utilization of press capacity, and simplify production procedures. Overall, :Delano reduces production stress while it streamlines communications, increases productivity and reduces errors and operating costs.

    Because every printing company has different needs, :Delano will be custom-configured to meet the demands of individual operations. The system provides an immediate upgrade path to accommodate business growth or changing operational requirements.
    “:Delano is an open platform that can be configured to the needs of any business environment, regardless of size or application,” said Garry Muratore, marketing manager Agfa Graphics Australia (pictured). “Customers can start with :Delano Publish in the PDF page approval cycle and enjoy its collaborative benefits. As they grow and require JDF process integration, they can extend functionality with :Delano Production.

    Both :Delano Publish and :Delano Production will be available in Australia and New Zealand early in Q1, 2004.

    Based on Advanced Industry Standards

    :Delano is based on advanced industry production and communication standards, such as PDF, JDF and XML. As the first to bring PDF to the production process, Agfa once again takes the lead by integrating JDF in its workflow- and project-management systems. A founder of the JDF standard and CIP4 initiative, Agfa demonstrates its ongoing commitment to the technology for enabling transactions throughout the print production enterprise, including data exchange with other JDF-enabled legacy systems.

    “Delano is an open system based on the CIP4 JDF standard. We are fully aligned with the activities of CIP4 to validate the inter-operability between :Delano and various MIS and prepress systems.” said Johan Berlaen, general manager of Agfa’s Software Solutions. “The Inter-operability Labs of CIP4 guarantee that the :Delano implementation is synchronised with the standard activities of CIP4, the owner of the JDF specification.”
    :Delano Publish
    :Delano Publish is the ideal solution for publishers, trade shops and page-processing centres looking to further automate and integrate the PDF page production processes. It facilitates page production tasks letting users create reliable production-ready PDF files efficiently and cost effectively. It is designed for any operation that handles “page” production, including publishers with in-house PDF page production, trade shops/page-processing service bureaus or printers looking to offer Web-based PDF viewing and approval services.
    :Delano Publish makes it easier for files to be submitted, checked and converted to PDF format. It offers online client collaboration for faster response times on page approvals and soft proofing. It tracks all tasks and provides immediate feedback on their status. :Delano saves time, reduces redundancies and keeps users in complete control of every project.
    Other functions that :Delano Publish includes are:

    • Visualization of all pages in the product structure
    • Automated job processing
    • Generation of high-resolution, production-ready PDF
    • Messaging tool that keeps the users informed throughout the workflow
    • Page tracking with real-time status alerts.

    Additionally, users can take advantage of a powerful proofing option that generates a colour-managed rendered contone file based on the high-resolution PDF production file.
    :Delano Production
    :Delano Production is designed for the demands of mid- to large-size commercial printing companies looking to further automate and integrate administrative and production processes, or for any printing company that wants to offer Web-based client collaboration including file submission, soft proofing and job approval.
    :Delano Production provides interactive control over projects. It gives users a birds-eye-view of the entire operation with the ability to zoom in to check details on the status of a particular task. :Delano Production tracks and provides feedback on all processing functions from customer/job input all the way to product delivery.
    The system strengthens interdepartmental communications by providing direct access to the central database from a single user interface and customer communications by enabling online Web collaboration with clients. It takes customer job requests and translates them into pre-defined instructions, making the Web-based communications with the client foolproof.
    Tasks are automatically organised into a logical command chain. :Delano Production tracks each task from preflight to finishing and feeds data back to the system, where it is all viewable in one single window.
    :Delano Production integrates customer service, page processing, prepress, press and post press for flawless job management, all in one easy-to-use application.
    Other functions that :Delano Production includes are:

    • Easy file submission and automatic file reception
    • Product definition specifications
    • Automated job processing
    • Messaging tool that keeps users informed throughout the workflow
    • Page, signatures and product parts tracking with real-time status alerts
    • Online approval of page and signatures
    • JDF job ticket for :Apogee prepress systems

    Additionally, users can take advantage of several powerful options :Delano Production offers, including:

    • JDF MIS support – taking in customer info, product and process specifications from a JDF-enabled MIS system – for more automated workflow
    • JDF job ticket to link with other PDF based prepress production systems
    • Page and signature proof pickup from other open PDF based prepress production systems.

  • Jobs of the week: Electrical/Mechanical Service Technician

    An excellent opportunity exists to join our service team, based in St Leonards, as our new Electrical & Mechanical Service Technician.

    This position entails you working in our Service Team and will be responsible for installing, maintaining, servicing & performing breakdown repairs on a wide variety of printing, bindery & finishing products.

    The successful applicant will need to have the following:

  • Electronic/electrical trade certificate
  • Good technical & analytical skills for diagnosing equipment faults
  • Customer focused & have excellent communication skills
  • Previous experience in the printing industry preferable

    A competitive remuneration package will be offered including salary and car allowance, based on qualifications and experience.

    Applications, including covering letter and resume, should be directed via email to: Steve Dunwell, State Manager.

    stevedunwell@currico.com.au

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  • Jobs of the week: Electrical/Mechanical Service Technician

    An excellent opportunity exists to join our service team, based in St Leonards, as our new Electrical & Mechanical Service Technician.

    This position entails you working in our Service Team and will be responsible for installing, maintaining, servicing & performing breakdown repairs on a wide variety of printing, bindery & finishing products.

    The successful applicant will need to have the following:

  • Electronic/electrical trade certificate
  • Good technical & analytical skills for diagnosing equipment faults
  • Customer focused & have excellent communication skills
  • Previous experience in the printing industry preferable

    A competitive remuneration package will be offered including salary and car allowance, based on qualifications and experience.

    Applications, including covering letter and resume, should be directed via email to: Steve Dunwell, State Manager.

    stevedunwell@currico.com.au

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  • Jobs of the week: Pre-Press Applications Specialist (Digital Print)

    Our client is a widely respected supplier of technical products and services to the digital printing market in Australia.

    They offer a broad range of products – including digital colour-printers, consumables and software for digital applications.

    The expertise of an experienced Technical Support person is required – someone with a strong understanding of pre-press software, as applied to wide-format ink-jet printers. Ideally, you have worked within a digital pre-press environment (e.g. senior Mac Operator, pre-press supervisor, studio manager or pre-flight specialist) but you also possess strong “people” and communications skills, and be comfortable in making presentations, conducting, demonstrating and undertaking operator training programs.

    This is an exciting “ground floor” opportunity to flex your skills in a fast-growing technical arena. It is not a “sales” role, although a major responsibility will be building strong client relations through the provision of customised technical solutions. Customers will include all users of digital equipment – printers, copy-centres, ad-agencies and designers, corporates, as well as offset printing companies keen to add an “on-demand” capability.

    This is a Sydney-based position, but there will be some interstate travel.

    You must be well presented and enjoy meeting people and being part of a friendly team environment.

    A generous base salary plus car allowance, plus team-based commission scheme will be provided. The base salary is negotiable according to experience.

    If you have the appropriate experience for this varied and interesting career opportunity, please email your cover letter and resume (Word format – no PDF files) to James Cryer at
    james@jdaprintrecruit.com.au or call James on 02 9904 6222.

    IMPORTANT:- Before submitting your resume, visit our website for helpful hints and other jobs in print –

    or visit our website www.jdaprintrecruit.com.au

    Quote Ref. No. JDA 1739

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  • Jobs of the week: Pressroom Supervisor & Bindery Supervisor

    Our client is one of the largest and most sophisticated sheet-fed offset printers in the country, with an impressive array of the latest bindery and pressroom equipment (including a 10-colour perfector).

    They require two roles filled:

  • JDA 1745 BINDERY SUPERVISOR and
  • JDA 1746 PRESSROOM SUPERVISOR

    Both positions are regarded as senior, and of critical importance to the effective management and efficiency of their production function.

    Both positions would require someone to have been in a similar role for at least 3 years, with evidence of strong leadership qualities and a first-hand knowledge of bindery or pressroom operations.

    The plant is a modern, state-of-the-art facility, located in a large population centre, well catered with educational, cultural, entertainment, sporting and recreational facilities.

    Assistance in relocating may be offered as part of the generous package, negotiable for each role.

    If you are interested in this position, email your covering letter and resume (Word only – no PDF files) to James Cryer at james@jdaprintrecruit.com.au

    IMPORTANT:- Before submitting your resume, visit our website for helpful hints and other jobs in print –

    or visit our website www.jdaprintrecruit.com.au

    Quote Ref. No. JDA 1745/46

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  • Jobs of the week: Printing Industry – Sales Reps URGENTLY NEEDED

    JDA is a specialist recruitment company dealing exclusively with the Printing Industry in Australia.

    Currently there is a need within the industry nationally, for high calibre Sales Reps. To enable us to meet the needs of our clients we are inviting you to contact us to simply express your interest in a sales role, either now or in the future.

    As confidentiality is of the utmost importance, it is not necessary for you to send your resume, but simply call James Cryer on 0408 291 508 or 02 9904 6222, or if more convenient, email a brief letter (in strictest confidence) to james@jdaprintrecruit.com.au outlining any relevant points as to what you are looking for.

    IMPORTANT:- Before submitting your resume, visit our website for helpful hints and other jobs in print –

    or visit our website www.jdaprintrecruit.com.au

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  • Jobs of the week: Digital Operators (Printing)

    We have various opportunities arising continually for highly-trained, experienced operator, skilled in black & white and /or colour digital printing applications – typically for legal firms or for financial services, or mailing applications.

    Equipment typically includes all Xerox devices, plus Oce, Canon, Konica-Minolta, Lanier.

    Experience in relevant software, including Excel would be helpful. If you are an experienced digital print operator, trained to work in fast-paced, busy downtown environments, where good speech, communication and presentation skills are important, then email your covering letter and resume (Word only – no PDF files) to James Cryer at james@jdaprintrecruit.com.au

    Quote Ref. No. JDA 1759

    IMPORTANT:- Before submitting your resume, visit our website for helpful hints and other jobs in print –

    or visit our website www.jdaprintrecruit.com.au

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  • Jobs of the week: Account Manager

    Who are we?

    We are a dynamic award winning company that specialises in large print graphics for indoor and outdoor retail marketing material. We are a passionate team of people that just “love to print” and are leaders in the evolution of wide format digital inkjet printing.

    Opportunities to join our team

    Your enthusiasm, strong sales and customer service orientation will allow you to work well within our team environment. A background in printing is a bonus, but is not compulsory for this position.

    You will predominantly be handling existing client accounts and inbound calls from customers enquiring about their printing needs and responding with the appropriate solutions to meet those needs. You will be working within a team of 6 other professionals in the Sales area and your excellent communication skills, attention to detail and “can do attitude” will be highly regarded.

    Computer skills are important and the desire to grow the business through optimum service is essential.

    If you have the relevant experience and a passion to learn about new technologies, we’d love to hear from you. Take some time to visit our website at www.look.com.au and if Look Print is the type of organisation that you would like to work for, then we look forward to receiving your resume.

    Look Print

    277 Parramatta Rd

    Leichhardt NSW 2040

    T: +61 2 9568 6855

    F: +61 2 8585 1100

    E: Najwa Chantery najwac@look.com.au

    Visit our website: www.look.com.au

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  • Book Club –

    Use the Pantone Guide to Communicating with Color to make your color choices credible, predictable and effective. Filled with hundreds of color combinations and illustrations, this book is based on consultant Leatrice Eiseman’s popular seminars on the psychology of color. Apply these essential guidelines and illustrations to all your projects- branding, packaging, point-of-purchase, advertising, signage, logos, web sites and more!

    With this useful guide, you’ll find everything you need to make color work in your designs – from valuable color terms to a chart for converting PANTONE spot colors to Hexachrome and process formats. Created especially for anyone interested in the psychology of color and meaningful color combinations, this guide uses Pantone’s universally utilized color systems to ensure that color comes out just the way you like – No surprises.

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    To buy Pantone Guide to Communicating with Color click and to browse the Print21Online Shop click here.

  • Free and easy – users hit on colour reference site

    The Brisbane-based colour specialist (pictured below) launched a database of tips on his site this year and says that it was created as a response to growing miscommunication between suppliers and producers. “I formed the website for the same reason I formed the company,” he said. “After working in key roles for many of the mid to large-sized suppliers, I was both amazed and frustrated by the misinformation given to print producers, costing them both labour and consumable for no reason.”

    The site is experiencing growth of 42 per cent each month, Rooney says, with many visitors coming from overseas. “The site continues to grow at a pace that wasn’t expected by us, with the international traffic outdoing Australian traffic on some months,” he says. Maintaining regular site maintenance, cielab has currently added an online colourshop store that Rooney describes as being “a very advanced and unbiased place to compare software, design accessories and other colour-related gear.”


    Honesty is one of cielab’s strengths, Rooney says. Like other online stores such as Amazon.com, users can write about and rate products, telling others how well a solution has worked for their business. This was one of Rooney’s main aims with the site, and he hopes that it can continue to prosper.

    “I didn’t form cielab to take over the world,” he says. “It was formed in the honest hope that I can help bring on some change for the better to the printing and related industries by offering totally free, unbiased and easy-to-understand information without any catches.”

  • Proud NZ printers are running out of time

    Entries for this year’s Pride in Print Awards close on 28 February. All work printed between 1 January and 31 December is eligible for entry.

    The Pride In Print Awards are a forum for recognising the achievement of excellence in New Zealand Print. Entries are invited that utilise any printing process and are welcome from any person or company associated with the production or purchase of print.

    Competition categories include: gravure printing; flexographic printing; packaging; web offset; screen printing; sheetfed printing; labels; business forms reel fed; digital print large format; digital print smaller than A2; digital print grand format; specialist product and processes; binding and finishing and industry development.

    Judging is based on the technical excellence in all facets of the production process and allows for specialists to make a judgement based on the potential and the limits of that process and materials.

    For more information visit: www.prideinprintawards.co.nz or email Sue Archibald sue@promoteinprint.co.nz