Virginia Printing Company Keeps Up With the Times, Investing In New Equipment Models

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A Virginia printing company is investing in better and newer models of printing equipment because older printing presses use technology that were conceived when environmental factors or short runs did not figure into the equation. The older presses also require more manual labor which translates to more employees and ultimately have more down time than the new digital high tech printers of today. There is a higher efficiency in both software and hardware – you can’t have one without the other –therefore crucial to meeting new market demands.
Instead of wasting paper, more publishing companies are opting for on-screen proofing of manuscripts, which also saves time and money. In addition to the green impact, this also speaks loudly of the standards of calibration that spur such trust. E-mail was barely used 15 years ago as a communication tool; whereas now transferring enormous files through FTP hardly merits a second thought. In lieu of face-to-face, teleconferencing meetings are also commonplace, especially with publishers cutting down on travel.
Washington DC printers have more responsibility put on them and the print suppliers to self monitor quality standards, production process and delivery schedules. Suppliers, who used to ply goods and services across language, cultural, geographical and Time Zone barriers, are quick to respond with faster feedback through e-mail so they can make their clients feel more involved in the process or less jittery about the loss of direct control.
The US CPSIA – Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act – which was set up in August of 2008 is raising havoc with children’s suppliers and publishers. Questions concerning label requirements, protocol for phthalate and lead testing and the management of older books still lingers (this is why POD books are becoming more popular). Print suppliers and their publishers are waiting to see if ink-on-paper and ink-on-board books will be exempt from this CPSIA referendum.
Various safety requirements demanded by the US in accordance with CPSIA and other countries have put tremendous pressure on commercial testing laboratories; in-house testing has become an essential part of many children’s books coming out of Hong Kong/China.

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