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The Web Creep Phenomenon

By Erik Haug

Have you ever seen a catalog with the inside pages protruding further than the cover? In appearance the cover looks slightly too small. You might assume the printer trimmed the cover incorrectly or perhaps there was an error during perfect binding. What you see was not a mistake or intentional. It is called Web Creep or Web Growth and is a common problem when catalog covers are printed sheetfed and inside pages are run on a heatset web press. The effect of Relative Humidity (RH) on paper fiber, the use of dryers in web offset printing, and insufficient time for conditioning are the main causes. Controlling environmental conditions of paper storage and pressroom are important for preventing web creep and other undesirable effects caused by unstable temperature and humidity.   webgrowthsidebyside.png

Paper is subjected to different temperatures and levels of RH at the paper mill, during transport, in storage at the paper supplier, in storage at the printer, in the pressroom and bindery.  Relative Humidity (RH) is the amount of water vapor content in the air in relation to how much moisture the air can hold at that temperature.  When RH is high the paper fibers in the sheet or roll will absorb moisture and expand. When low, the fibers shrink.  For optimum print quality it is critical that the paper achieves RH equilibrium, a balance between the temperature and moisture content of the paper with that of the surrounding air. Allowing time for paper to achieve RH equilibrium is called conditioning. 

Using Incongruity in Direct Mail to Maximize Response

By Erik Haug

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Take a moment to think about which TV ads you remember most from years past. Chances are the ads you remember most are either the funniest or out of the ordinary. Two of my favorite ads both debuted during Super Bowls. One is the Betty White Snickers commercial created by BBDO North America from 2010, You’re Not Yourself When You’re Hungry. Betty White is playing a rough game of football and turns into a young man after eating a Snickers bar. The other is Cat Herders, made by Fallon in 2000 for Electronic Data Systems (EDS). In this one grizzled cowboys herd thousands of cats like cattle. My all-time favorite is the Quiznos commercial from 2004 which featured two rodent-like creatures, dubbed spongemonkeys, singing about loving Quiznos subs. One is wearing an old fashioned bowler hat and the other is wearing a seafaring hat and playing guitar. The ad created by the Martin Agency in Richmond generated a huge amount of buzz. People were divided, either loving or hating the ad. Quiznos saw a 400% increase in unique visits to its website in the month the ad aired on TV and the campaign is considered one of the first to go viral.

Print Buyer's Guide to Web Printed In-Line Finished Booklet Self-Mailers

By Erik Haug

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A Print Buyers Introduction to Web Offset Printing

By Erik Haug

web-offset-pressroom.jpgMaybe you have been wondering if that brochure you’ve produced a few times with your sheetfed print vendor could be printed for less money using web offset printing. Perhaps you already know it can but have been reluctant to make the change because you don’t know much about web offset printing. Maybe you’ve even heard horror stories of web print jobs gone wrong, or been given contradictory advice by printers. Whatever your trepidation, the following information will help ease your mind. I will cover the basics of web offset printing, explaining the press, what types of print work are best suited, and essential tips for success.

3 Web Offset Printing Myths Demystified

By Kyle Kennedy

web-offset-printing-press.jpgYears ago, printing on either a web press or sheetfed press was a clear-cut choice – your project was a fit for one or the other. With today’s technology and state-of-the-art equipment, such distinction between web and sheetfed printing has been erased. Now you can glean the efficiencies and advantages of both processes – often on the same project – while enjoying optimum results.