PEAK 2014: Inside Projects that Shine
Every year, the Print Excellence and Knowledge (PEAK) Awards are given out as PSDA's way of showcasing extraordinary and successful projects from the past year. In August 2014, three industry leaders met at PSDA's headquarters in Chicago to judge entries in 12 categories. After examining each entry and reading the accompanying project details, the judges discussed and selected category winners.
Find out who won in the November/December issue of Print Solutions magazine.
Beyond Print Issue 2: Innovation & Excitement
Is your business innovative? Do you look for creative solutions to grow your business and solve industry challenges? Each day, PSDA members are taking the print industry head on: updating, creating and inventing — all sparked by innovation and spirit.
Learn more about the strategies and spirit of PSDA in the newest edition of our free, digital magazine, Beyond Print — available now for download. In the newest edition, read about three companies that were sparked by innovation and learn about the promising spirit of our young industry.
To download today, search "Beyond Print" in the App Store, Google Play or Amazon App Store.
Member and Industry News
Ennis to Relocate Printegra-Arlington, Texas, Operation to Larger Facility
PSDA member Ennis, Inc. recently announced the intention to relocate the Printegra-Arlington, Texas, facility from a leased facility to a company-owned building less than one mile away. Considering the close proximity of the Printegra-Arlington and Royal Business Forms locations, it will be consolidating the production into one facility. To minimize any negative impact on its customers, the transition of Printegra-Arlington from its current location to the new combined facility at 3301 Avenue E East, will be planned and executed over the next six months. Both companies and their employees will continue to operate under their respective brands.
Steve Ehlert, general manager Printegra-Arlington, commented: "The opportunity to better control the costs of operations by moving from a leased facility to a company-owned facility has been planned for some time. The capital improvements in the building needed to support Printegra and the systems integration will allow Printegra-Arlington access to newer and more efficient equipment, and the ability to offer new products to meet their customers evolving needs."
He continued, "Our goal in this move is to keep Printegra-Arlington as the premier short-run forms and check printer in the area and these changes will solidify that position for years to come. The Printegra branding, employees, phone numbers, email addresses, order files and order history will all be relocating."
e-Quantum Inc. Achieves PCI DSS Certification
PSDA member e-Quantum has successfully met the rigorous security requirements of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), and versions of both the e-Quantum back-office accounting system and Quantum Net e-Commerce platform are now officially certified as PCI DSS compliant.
Ensuring the protection of payment cardholder data has become a critical responsibility for companies involved in commerce. Credit card fraud, by some estimates, will cost legitimate businesses up to a trillion dollars worldwide this year. To combat this fraud, the payment card industry has adopted a data security standard that adheres to requirements for security management, policies, procedures, network architecture and software design. The company's certification of this standard means e-Quantum clients can assure clientele their systems are secure for transmission of sensitive payment card information.
4over Raises Nearly $5K for Underserved Los Angeles Kids
The Los Angeles Fire Department enjoyed another year of service by providing toys to Los Angeles' underserved children and teens through its annual Spark of Love toy drive.
Since 2001, trade printer and PSDA advertiser 4over has been actively involved with Spark of Love, and this year, with the help of 4over employees across North America, the company raised over $4,800 toward the purchase of toys for the charity.
Firefighters arrived at 4over's Glendale headquarters on the afternoon of Dec. 18, 2014, to assist 4over team members in loading up their truck with toys—everything from Barbie Dolls to board games.
As Arby Tatevossian, business development, described, "4over has had another great year and we, as a team, know how fortunate we are to be doing so well. We also know that there are many families out there who are not as fortunate as we are, and don't have the same opportunities that we do."
He continued: "It feels so good to know that we can make a difference for the local children in our immediate community, and throughout Los Angeles County."
Electronics Weekly: 2015 Will Be a Big Year for Holograms to Fight Counterfeiting
"Holograms will be used to step up the fight against counterfeiting in 2015.
But while security applications remain the most valuable for the industry, 2015 is also expected to see substantial growth in the production of holographic optical elements (HOEs) for use in automotive displays and lighting, as well as for general lighting control, says Ian Lancaster, the general secretary of the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA).
'Anti-counterfeiting technologies will grow as the criminal masterminds get more sophisticated every year, and the security printing industry needs to expand capabilities using multiple technologies to remain ahead,' said Lancaster."
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