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Hackers guide to Press Efficiency – Pressure

Print is a tough business but it has nothing on catering, I know because my wife owns a catering business which works mostly in the photographic stills and film industry. A 3:30am alarm is common in my house, its what it takes to serve breakfast on location in Langebaan at 7am with everything including the … Continue reading Hackers guide to Press Efficiency – Pressure

Hackers guide to Press Efficiency – Blankets

I learnt very early in my career that turnover is vanity and profits are what count, I’m sure most managers in print would agree with that fact, the same rule is not true for some big tech brands that continually lose money year after year yet valued in the 100’s million, but for us mere … Continue reading Hackers guide to Press Efficiency – Blankets

Hackers guide to Press Efficiency – Water

I recently started swimming to accelerate weight loss. I’ve come to the conclusion that most ailments experienced as a fat bastard can be overcome by losing the weight. I’m 46 now and through inconsistent training and exercise over the years, water polo, body building, Kung-Fu, training with a personal trainer for years on end, I … Continue reading Hackers guide to Press Efficiency – Water

Riding the Winter Wave

Eliminating the variable factors in the offset printing process will dramatically boost profitability if you take control of them. The modern offset press continues to evolve from one Drupa to the next, delivering improved levels of control and production efficiency, but unless the variable factors like the contamination of the fountain solution and the pressures … Continue reading Riding the Winter Wave


FOGRA – Materials and Environment In the Federal Republic of Germany there are more than a hundred industries whose medium sized member companies have banded together to form associations for joint industrial research. The umbrella organisation for these research organisations is the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AIF) of which Fogra is a founding member.It is … Continue reading Fogra

Standards Matter

We often find printers closing off when we talk about standards and certification.It seems that there is a perception that consumables and additives that carry certification and adhere to certain standards with regards to the environment, will cost the printing house more a thereby reducing profitability. This is simply not true!Printing companies can and should … Continue reading Standards Matter