Team Chatter 19
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Did you know?
Did you know?

At Team Appvion, we love "all things printing". We've pulled some little-known facts about the printing industry that we hope you'll find interesting and maybe even share with your friends, family and customers!

Did you know?

  • Letters that are not capitalized are called "lower case" because in early printing days they kept those letters in the lower drawers (or cases) of the moveable-type cabinets.
  • Benjamin Franklin, John Dunlap and the Wright brothers were all printers by trade.
  • The world's smallest printed book (according to Guinness World Records) is a 22-page Japanese picture book, containing mostly flowers, that measures 0.0291" x 0.0295". A magnifying glass is necessary to see the images.
  • At one time, Pringles® brand potato crisps used inkjet printing and food coloring to print trivia questions and answers on each crisp.
    (Pringles® is a registered trademark of the Kellogg company)
  • The first paper U.S. currency was printed in denominations of 1-cent, 5-cents, 25-cents and 50-cents and was issued in 1862, in part to finance the Civil War.
  • Portable tabletop printing presses were used on the battlefields during the Civil War. They allowed for the rapid production and wide distribution of urgent orders, as well as more routine documents like requisitions and entertaining material such as unit newsletters.
  • According to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the largest note it ever printed was the $100,000 Gold Certificate, Series 1934; but the notes were never circulated among the general public.
  • One origin of the story of "mind your Ps and Qs" comes from early printing presses. Printers placed individual letters on a frame to print a page of text. The letters were reversed, making it easy to mistake lowercase ps and qs in typesetting. As a result, printers were fined for every spelling mistake, hence the personal financial importance of accuracy.
Median Age of Press Crews
The Printing Industry's Changing Workforce

At Team Appvion, in addition to sharing information on Appvion products, we also keep an eye on industry information that our members may find useful. We recently came across the article, Our Changing Workforce by Joe Polanco, President, Printing Industries of America, MidAmerica, who offers his viewpoint on the printing industry workforce, how it got here and what can be done as an industry to rectify the situation.

So what is the state of the workforce? We've summarized what we agree are some key factors:

  • Misperception that digital print is going to replace offset print resulting in fewer people interested in pursuing this career.
  • Average age of press operators, skilled bindery technicians and prepress technicians is over 45 years old.
  • Survey respondents indicate 30-50% of their skilled workforce will retire within 10 years.
  • The industry predominately uses on-the-job (OJT) training; consequently, the industry's "trainers" will soon be leaving.
  • Major challenge in the next decade will be finding and training people to replace existing workforce.

How do we turn things around? According to Polanco, it's a recommitment to training. But it will take the industry coming together to make it happen. More specifically, Polanco cites these solutions:

  • Industry organizations can be the nucleus for spreading the word to educational institutions that the industry still needs young people.
  • Employers need to recommit their efforts and resources to create OJT programs that can quickly develop the skill sets needed in today's world of print and technology.
  • Industry manufacturers and associations can partner to find ways to recruit veteran industry trainers who don't want to retire completely but would prefer to find ways to give back to an industry they cherish.

To read the full article, please click here.

Note: Any views or opinions presented in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Appvion.

Fluorescents by Appvion: So Bright You're Gonna Need Shades
Fluorescents by Appvion: So Bright You're Gonna Need Shades

Looking to make your print jobs radiant? Do they require attention-grabbing colors? If so, you need Fluorescents by Appvion!

Our Fluorescents has a unique coating system that delivers uniform quality and a smooth appearance. In addition, it has the following features and benefits:

  • Offset and digital compatible
  • 6 vibrant, fade-resistant colors – lemon, lime, orange, peach, raspberry and strawberry
  • Colors that are 3 to 4 times brighter than uncoated stock
  • Accepts marker ink without smudging
  • Withstands drips and bleeding caused by incidental water contact
  • Available in 8 & 10 PT; C1S & C2S
  • Available in rolls & sheets
  • Sheets available in stock sizes of: 8.5" x 11", 12" x 18",
    25" x 38", and 28" x 44"
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

Fluorescents by Appvion is great for banners, event flyers, mailers, sale signs, POP displays, price tags and more. Take your future print jobs to a bright new level and reach for Fluorescents by Appvion – you're gonna need shades.

For more application ideas or to request product samples, visit Or to learn where to buy, go to

Is your Press Run making a Slam Dunk?
Is your Press Run making a Slam Dunk?

There's nothing better in basketball than a great slam dunk, just like there's nothing better to a carbonless printer than a great press run! Let NCR PAPER* brand Superior be your "slam dunk" with benefits like:

  • Guaranteed for offset and digital
  • Exceptional runnability
  • Clean and smooth running
  • Heavy basis weight
  • Consistent caliper
  • Stiff sheet

NCR PAPER* brand Superior also gives you:

  • Convenience and cost savings
  • Quality appearance
  • Reliable edge padding
  • Environmental responsibility

If snap-sets are part of your game plan, reach for NCR PAPER* brand Superior Perf. It allows you to create in-house snap-sets without any special equipment.

So be a game changer – take control and make a statement by using NCR PAPER* brand Superior, the #1 carbonless brand for more than 60 years. To learn where to buy, go to

"Luck of the Irish" Not Needed to Run Appleton Digital Universal Polyester!
"Luck of the Irish" Not Needed to Run Appleton Digital™ Universal Polyester!

It's St. Patrick's Day and we want to wish you much happiness, good health and good luck! But you really don't need the "luck of the Irish" to run Appleton Digital™ Universal Polyester!

It's no blarney that Appleton Digital Universal Polyester is versatile. Engineered for high-heat digital, HP Indigo and offset equipment, Appleton Digital Universal Polyester gives you printing flexibility as well as other benefits:

  • No over-lamination required for multiple applications, saving time and money
  • Ultra-smooth print surface for excellent toner/ink adhesion
  • Vibrant color reproduction – beautiful images even in the harshest environments
  • Can be punched, perfed, scored, folded and die-cut

This rigid film provides strength and is resistant to water, tearing and weather for exceptional durability. This makes it an ideal solution for many applications, such as:

  • Event passes
  • Golf scorecards
  • Insurance cards
  • Maps and guides
  • Membership cards
  • Table tents
  • Wristbands
  • And many more...

Appleton Digital Universal Polyester is 100% recyclable and offered in quantities as low as 100 sheets for short-run digital jobs.

To learn more about Appleton Digital Universal Polyester, check out our sell sheets and samples on our "Get Tools" page or watch this short video.

Grow your Sales with Appleton Digital Paper!
Grow your Sales with Appleton Digital™ Paper!

As we turn our calendars to March, spring is less than 20 days away. That's a perfect time to contact customers and share some application ideas using Appleton Digitalâ„¢ Paper substrates.

Our six specialty substrates offer some exceptional options:

  • Appleton Digital™ PVC
    A rigid vinyl film with its ultra smooth surface and exceptional resistance to tearing makes Appleton Digital PVC a great choice for shelf danglers, interior signage and gift cards.
  • Appleton Digital™ Universal Polyester
    With its resistance to weather and vibrant color reproduction, Appleton Digital Universal Polyester is the perfect choice for seasonal outdoor menus.
  • Appleton Digital™ Paper-Film-Paper
    Our tear-resistant paper-film-paper construction prints and converts like paper because it is paper, making it an excellent choice for capturing memories and stories in springtime journals.
  • Appleton Digital™ Synthetic Paper for HP Indigo
    A 100% waterproof substrate that requires no over-lamination, saving time and money makes Appleton Digital Synthetic Paper a natural choice for those outdoor manuals (or the ones kept in a tackle box!!)
  • Appleton Digital™ Pressure Sensitive
    This precision-sheeted product provides a high tolerance to variable weather conditions and makes Appleton Digital Pressure Sensitive superb for window or door clings.
  • Appleton Digital™ Fluorescents
    Our attention-grabbing, fade resistant substrate has a coated surface for uniform printing and makes Appleton Digital Fluorescents ideal for fundraising flyers, community event announcements, or parking passes for sporting events.

All our Appleton Digital Products are available in low-sheet-count quantities so you only buy what your job needs – no extra inventory taking up shelf space. To learn more or to download application samples, visit the Get Tools page. Your sales are sure to grow this spring with help from Appleton Digital™ Paper!

You can also watch the short, fun videos showcasing the benefits of our substrates.

Love Is In The Air at NCR PAPER* Brand Carbonless!
Love Is In The Air at
NCR PAPER* Brand Carbonless!

Love is in the air! And, what better time to celebrate love and loyalty than on Valentine's Day!

At Team Appvion, we appreciate our members' love and loyalty and want to celebrate by sharing a few member testimonials on why they love NCR PAPER* brand carbonless!

"I love the uniformity of the sheets. I have used other sheets in the past but none compare to NCR PAPER* brand carbonless." Keith — Sulphur Springs, TX

And what's not to love?

  • Trouble-Free Runnability
  • Intense Imaging
  • Reliable Edge Padding
  • Widespread Availability
  • Environmentally Responsible

Our carbonless paper products are enhanced for an array of multipart forms and printing setups such as production orders, expense reports, packing slips, credit applications, purchase requisitions, medical forms, delivery receipts and parking tickets.

NCR PAPER* brand carbonless gives you clean, legible images that are guaranteed to remain intense throughout the life of the document, right down to the last ply. Most importantly, all of our carbonless paper is backed by our world-class service and 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Tell us why you love NCR PAPER* brand carbonless by visiting our Testimonials page. If you'd like to learn more about NCR PAPER* brand carbonless, go to

Have a Spectacular 2015 with NCR PAPER* Brand Carbonless
Have a Spectacular 2015 with
NCR PAPER* Brand Carbonless

Have a happy and prosperous 2015 with the brand you know you can trust! NCR PAPER* brand carbonless delivers the superior quality you deserve, saving you time and money. And, it has a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

NCR PAPER* brand's full line of products has a solution to meet all your carbonless needs:

  • Superior – Built to run on offset and digital equipment
  • Superior Perf – For perfect snap-sets
  • Superior for HP Indigo – Certified for HP Indigo
  • Xero/Form®II – For the most demanding digital jobs
  • Specialties – For specialized applications
  • Recover® – The environmentally friendly choice

Our carbonless paper products are optimized for different types of multipart forms and printing setups such as production orders, expense reports, packing slips, credit applications, purchase requisitions, medical forms, delivery receipts and parking tickets.

With its trouble-free runnability, intense imaging, reliable edge padding, widespread availability and environmental consciousness, you will discover why the original carbonless paper remains the leading brand!

Make 2015 your most spectacular year ever by choosing NCR PAPER* brand carbonless – the #1 brand for more than 60 years!

To learn more about NCR PAPER* brand carbonless sheet products or to find an authorized distributor in your area, visit Team Appvion.

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