Category: Newspaper and Mailroom

The times they are a-changing.

My upcoming retirement is prompting me to reflect on what’s transpired during my career in the graphic arts industry. Considering I started in the print industry nearly forty years ago, I’ve witnessed some major transformations and have been an active participant in forging new futures. Here are some key takeaways…

My upcoming retirement is prompting me to reflect on what’s transpired during my career in the graphic arts industry. Considering I started in the print industry nearly forty years ago, I’ve witnessed some major transformations and have been an active participant in forging new futures. Here are some key takeaways…

Saving energy? More power—and profit—to you.

Admit it, when you were young, you dialed seven digits into the phone and when someone answered the exchange went something like this:   “Is your refrigerator running?  “Yes”  “Then you’d better go catch it!”  Fortunately, today, the reply you’d probably receive is “no, my refrigerator is very efficient.”  I don’t…

Admit it, when you were young, you dialed seven digits into the phone and when someone answered the exchange went something like this:   “Is your refrigerator running?  “Yes”  “Then you’d better go catch it!”  Fortunately, today, the reply you’d probably receive is “no, my refrigerator is very efficient.”  I don’t…

Price versus reliable performance? Always go with the pro.

As the newspaper industry consolidates and budgets tighten, some facilities are taking a reactive approach to press conveyor and mailroom machine maintenance. And, what ensues is unexpected breakdowns that are often exasperated by temporary fixes. Consider standard conveyors. Inside the tracks are chains with thousands of small rollers. As those…

As the newspaper industry consolidates and budgets tighten, some facilities are taking a reactive approach to press conveyor and mailroom machine maintenance. And, what ensues is unexpected breakdowns that are often exasperated by temporary fixes. Consider standard conveyors. Inside the tracks are chains with thousands of small rollers. As those…

Part Two: How to request outside help when Murphy’s Law impacts the bindery.

When it comes to unexpected bindery breakdowns, if your internal people cannot handle the situation, they must seek outside help. The faster your team recognizes this, the more time is saved. The best way to get help is still via the telephone. As the support process progresses, e-mails, texts and…

When it comes to unexpected bindery breakdowns, if your internal people cannot handle the situation, they must seek outside help. The faster your team recognizes this, the more time is saved. The best way to get help is still via the telephone. As the support process progresses, e-mails, texts and…

Part One: Here’s how your team can counter Murphy’s Law in the bindery.

According to Captain Edward A. Murphy, an aerospace engineer working on research project MX981 circa 1949, “If anything can go wrong, it will.”  His quote is now known as Murphy’s Law.  Call it what you will, it’s something that we all have witnessed either professionally or personally because, try as…

According to Captain Edward A. Murphy, an aerospace engineer working on research project MX981 circa 1949, “If anything can go wrong, it will.”  His quote is now known as Murphy’s Law.  Call it what you will, it’s something that we all have witnessed either professionally or personally because, try as…

Have you checked your press conveyors lately?

What’s one of the easiest machines to ignore in the mailroom? It could very well be the press conveyor whose function may appear to be a bit mundane. That is until one shuts down, and, with it, newspaper production. As with most newspaper equipment and systems, the install base of…

What’s one of the easiest machines to ignore in the mailroom? It could very well be the press conveyor whose function may appear to be a bit mundane. That is until one shuts down, and, with it, newspaper production. As with most newspaper equipment and systems, the install base of…

Today’s Newspaper and Mailroom Mantra? Make What’s Old New Again.

As newspaper revenues declined, capital investment in new post-press equipment came to a halt since the need for new technology to meet tighter deadlines was no longer necessary.  The result? Equipment, from press conveyors to inserting machines to bundle distribution equipment, is aging.  And, that is why newspapers are now…

As newspaper revenues declined, capital investment in new post-press equipment came to a halt since the need for new technology to meet tighter deadlines was no longer necessary.  The result? Equipment, from press conveyors to inserting machines to bundle distribution equipment, is aging.  And, that is why newspapers are now…

Protecting Your Investment Through Obsolescence Replacement.

Knowing that the runway to continue to put Ink on Paper for most newspapers is AT LEAST 10 years, we need to keep our existing equipment running efficiently, if full replacement is not an option. Electronic controls systems are the heartbeat of our operations. Yet, in most all conveyors and…

Knowing that the runway to continue to put Ink on Paper for most newspapers is AT LEAST 10 years, we need to keep our existing equipment running efficiently, if full replacement is not an option. Electronic controls systems are the heartbeat of our operations. Yet, in most all conveyors and…

Community Newspaper Profits from Addition of Presto Saddle Stitcher

Tucked away in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is The Free Press, a local community newspaper located in Edinburg, Virginia.  Since 1985, Keith Stickley has published The Free Press, which is dedicated to keeping readers informed about local events and government.   In the face of declining revenues in the newspaper industry,…

Tucked away in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is The Free Press, a local community newspaper located in Edinburg, Virginia.  Since 1985, Keith Stickley has published The Free Press, which is dedicated to keeping readers informed about local events and government.   In the face of declining revenues in the newspaper industry,…

Protecting Your Investment

Knowing that the runway to continue to put Ink on Paper for most newspapers is AT LEAST 10 years, we need to keep our existing equipment running efficiently, if full replacement is not an option.   Centralization and consolidation of newspaper printing facilities into common locations is continuing at a…

Knowing that the runway to continue to put Ink on Paper for most newspapers is AT LEAST 10 years, we need to keep our existing equipment running efficiently, if full replacement is not an option.   Centralization and consolidation of newspaper printing facilities into common locations is continuing at a…