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  • Printing While At Sea?

    Does anyone recall hearing about a Chinese ship equipped with commercial printing or finishing equipment that processes work while at sea?

    It receives work while docked and prints/processes the work in transit, delivering a finished product at the end of it's journey.

    I know some cruise ships have digital presses on board but this is done on a fairly large scale.

    I'm just wondering if this is a true story or an urban legend kind of thing.
    Jeff Hansen | IT Support Specialist

    The Lane Press Inc. | 87 Meadowland Drive | South Burlington, VT 05403
    hansen@lanepress.com | Phone 802.264.1704 | Toll free: 800.733.3740 Ext. 1704

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    Re: Printing While At Sea?

    I too have heard this but have nothing to back it up. When it was told to me, they did the printing in China, but to cut down on turn-around time, the bindery/finishing work was done in transit on the ship. I'm not sure how well a press would handle being on a ship tossing about the ocean when we have to pour concrete pads under our presses before installing.
    Aaron Gesell
    Prepress & Design Manager
    Graph-Pak Corporation
    Franklin Park, IL

    Prinergy Powerpack • Pandora • Trendsetter VLF • Epson Stylus Pro 9900

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    • #3
      Re: Printing While At Sea?

      I too have heard about the bindery finishing being done on the way to the US. I heard it in context of text book printing-something that would have a larger turn around time anyway.

      In addition, I worked with someone who came from the Navy-he ran a press on board a ship-so it can be done! (This was long before digital presses, by the way)
      Ken Jones
      Digital Print Manager @ Corporate Press
      Nexpress - Digimaster

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      • #4
        Re: Printing While At Sea?

        I believe you refer to Leo Printing in China. They were an earl beta site for Prinergy and I seem to recall meeting the prepress manager who had MANY floating licenses for Preps, trapping etc.

        They printed upstream from the coast and had all the finishing done in transit on ships that also were used to haul stock up-river again.

        Efficiency all over the place.
        AL
        Allan Larson
        Senior Demonstrator
        Graphic Communications Group
        Kodak

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        • #5
          Re: Printing While At Sea?

          Floating licenses... :-)
          Ken Jones
          Digital Print Manager @ Corporate Press
          Nexpress - Digimaster

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            Re: Printing While At Sea?

            Lesson here is: As long as you avoid the illegal trapping procedures and don't go overboard on too much lead in your typography, you should stay afloat.

            Now if they were from Thailand, you could say "Blest be the Thai that Binds."

            I'll stop now.
            AL
            Allan Larson
            Senior Demonstrator
            Graphic Communications Group
            Kodak

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