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Air Permit Compliance

Gary Jones, Assistant Vice President, Environmental, Health, and Safety Affairs, Printing Industries of America, offers tips for air permit compliance. Air permit compliance involves two steps. The first is obtaining a permit and the second is meeting the terms and conditions identified in it. Obtaining the permit requires the preparation of an air emissions inventory that identifies the equipment... »

Tips for Creating Employee Handbooks

Adriane Harrison, Human Relations Specialist, Printing Industries of America, offers tips for creating employee handbooks. Employee handbooks are an important way to communicate policies and procedures within the company. Whether starting from scratch or revising an existing manual, the following are some quick tips for creating an effective handbook: Update your handbook at least every two or thr... »

Benefits of Centralized Workflow Information

Benefits of Centralized Workflow Information

It appears the economy has stabilized, though attempting to find savings in workflow production can be difficult. Where can you determine your bottlenecks? How can an organization correctly identify and act on these bottlenecks before they cut into profits? Installing and running a Management Information System (MIS) with an integrated workflow can give you this information quickly and easily. Usi... »

Anti-setoff Spray Powder Control Tips

Anti-setoff Spray Powder Control Tips

Many advances have been made in developing rapid ink drying systems, but most printers will have to contend with spray powder to prevent setoff well into the foreseeable future. Powder tends to accumulate on presses, overhead light fixtures, ceiling rafters, and surrounding pressroom areas. Press operators often overlook the fact that such buildup interferes with press performance and print qual­i... »

Tip for Your Designer: Toner and Large Solids

Tip for Your Designer: Toner and Large Solids

Software tools give creatives the ability to design with almost limitless boundaries. If you can think of it, you can design it. What must not ever be forgotten is to design within the limitations of the printing process. One example of this point is reproducing large solids or tinted areas on a toner-based device. While lithographic presses have the ability to reproduce solids evenly, toner-based... »

Unsharp Mask in Photoshop

Unsharp Mask in Photoshop

When images are captured either via scanning or digital photography, a certain amount of softness is introduced into the digital image. To achieve the most accurate reproduction, the images must be sharpened–usually through the use of one of the many sharpening filters in Photoshop. The softness within images occurs at two points. First, when continuous tone information (either a real-life scene w... »

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