Honoring jazz through an ancient art is this W. Conshy company's specialty - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Honoring jazz through an ancient art is this W. Conshy company's specialty - The Philadelphia Inquirer

 Joe Edwards checks the ink at DMR Graphics in West Conshohocken. DMR's posters for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival have become collector's items.

Joe Edwards checks the ink at DMR Graphics in West Conshohocken. DMR's posters for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival have become collector's items.

Torrential rains, flooded concert areas, and lots of mud were the dominant images of this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which came to a soggy end last Sunday.

This, however, is the visual the organizers hope will endure:

The legendary Ellis Marsalis Jr. and his four musician sons, Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo, and Jason - on piano, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and drums. Each is framed by a floor-to-ceiling window of a prototypical Garden District home, part of a tableau of greens, blues, and oranges against a night sky slit by a crescent moon.

That's the official 2016 Jazz Fest poster, expected to become a hot collector's item, as all the others have since the first poster in 1975.

Key to what makes the series one of the most collected in the world, with this year's posters ranging in price from $69 to $895, is the rare technique used: screen printing. The last 12 years, that has been done by DMR Graphics L.L.C., a small West Conshohocken business believed to be one of a few still performing the ancient art.

"We still have a love of the old way of doing things," said Ben Fein, 62, president and co-owner of DMR with brother Dan, 60, the company's manufacturing director.

Screen printing originated in 10th-century China. A laborious craft, it involves hand-mixing colors and applying them to paper, one at a time, via a press. This year's Jazz Fest poster has 18 colors.

Fine-tuning color matches takes four to seven hours a color, with ink weighed and mixed on a scientific scale to ensure color accuracy and repeatability, Dan Fein said.

The result is something that digital printing - the prevailing choice for most commercial work now - can't match aesthetically.

"It's a rich depth of color with so many different layers," Dan Fein said. "You've got brightness and vibrancy that's impossible to get through any other means."

This year's Marsalis family tribute is 14,000 limited-edition serigraphs, some signed by both the designing artist and the Marsalises. Its production at DMR, which has 12 employees and $3 million in annual revenue, took 21/2 months. DMR's other 2016 Jazz Fest project involved 5,000 19-color posters.

"It's just a lot of very, very precise color matching to make sure we've got the nuances of what the artist was intending," Dan Fein said, wearing an ink-streaked lab coat during a recent interview.

This year's Jazz Fest poster artist is Paul Rogers, who also designed 2002's, which featured Wynton Marsalis.

That was two years before DMR got involved with the Crescent City's annual celebration of music and les bons temps.

It came at a tense time for the Feins, Pittsburgh-area natives who, after college, pursued entrepreneurial paths rather than what they had majored in - physical therapy for Ben, mechanical engineering for Dan. Their most lucrative endeavor involved selling licensed T-shirts and hats featuring characters from 1980s video games including Space Invaders and Pac-Man.

Wanting more stability led the Feins to commercial printing and, after an extensive East Coast search, to West Conshohocken.

At one point, they sold the printing enterprise, only to get back into it when their buyer went out of business and left the Feins with a property they still owned and no tenant. (The situation inspired the company's name: DMR stands for Dead Man Running.)

Along came Bud Brimberg, originator of the Jazz Fest poster and owner of Art4Now in New Orleans. He had lost his screen printer, and a national search had turned up just three still doing that work, Brimberg said.

Only one had "a guy with ink under his fingernails," he said. That was Dan Fein.

"Guys with ink on their fingers win every time," Brimberg said, calling DMR's screen printing "glorious."

Because of the time involved, the process makes little financial sense, the Feins said, which is why 80 percent of DMR's work is digital, such as signs for stores and SEPTA trains.

But Ben Fein sees a bigger purpose:

"We're trying, in this little way, to keep this art form alive."

dmastrull@phillynews.com

215-854-2466

Original article published by The Philadelphia Inquirer - Sunday, May 8, 2016 

Fuji Acuity F67 / Océ Arizona 6170 XTS

Fuji Acuity F67 / Océ Arizona 6170 XTS

DMR Graphics installs FujiFilm's largest UV flatbed printer

As the latest addition to Fujifilm's Acuity platform, the device produces exceptional print quality at speeds of up to 1,668 ft2/hr. The Acuity F series maintains all the advantages of the popular and successful Acuity platform, including near-photographic image quality, versatility and ease of use, but has been optimized for the efficient and high speed production of rigid media applications.

The ability to continually print using two independent 48" x 96" vacuumed zones allows us to maximize efficiency and turn jobs around faster for our customers!

Features:

  • 7 color channels
    42 grayscale print heads (6 per color) CMYKLcLm with white
     
  • Uvijet UV inkjet inks
    Using Fujifilm's unique Micro-V ultrafine dispersion technology to maximize pigment loading, the Uvijet range of UV curing inks delivers strong vibrant, lightfast colors with greater image quality and superior color gamut.
     
  • High image quality
    Greyscale print heads in a staggered configuration combined with full bed mapping deliver high image quality at high print speeds.
     
  • Broad range of media
    With UV inkjet technology, Acuity F can print on a broad range of rigid and flexible materials up to 2" (50.8mm thick), including most display boards and plastics, and the white ink option provides an opportunity to print high value materials like wood, metal, clear and colored products.
     
  • Dedicated flatbed design
    The Series' true flatbed architecture supports the broadest range of rigid media, including irregularly shaped, heavy, smooth or pre-cut materials. It also allows for the production of multi-layered applications, double-sided or large prints over multiple boards in perfect register, and edge-to-edge printing.
     
  • Automatic head cleaning
    The Acuity F is equipped with an Automated Maintenance System (AMS) - a new feature in the Acuity range. The AMS cleans the device's print heads in less than 25 seconds per color, ensuring that the nozzles are clean and ready to print at any time, maximizing productivity.
     
  • Zoned vacuum table with registration pins
    7 dedicated vacuum zones, tailored to common media sizes reduces the amount of bed masking required. The strength of the vacuum is adjustable to provide optimum handling for different materials. Designed for flexible productivity and, available for the first time on an Acuity platform, the device's pneumatic registration pins mean minimal operator involvement. These allow for quick loading in perfect register and, combined with the high-flow vacuum system, can hold down any rigid media perfectly, including uneven substrates.

The highest throughput with Esko Kongsberg XP

The highest throughput with Esko Kongsberg XP

DMR Graphics installs Esko Kongsberg XP 24 cutting table

The Kongsberg XP introduces a completely new standard for digital cutting tables. It is designed so solidly that it provides accurate handling of even the most challenging materials.

The Kongsberg XP offers a radically new level of productivity and throughput. It was made especially for handling the combination of corrugated board and other rigid or roll materials used in POP products and product displays.

An extensive array of available tools matches the wide range of materials that can be used.

 

 

What do you want to produce today?

Are you going to produce corrugated boxes today? Or a number of signs or POP displays? Perhaps you are facing a complex job with different materials?

With the Kongsberg XP CAD table, DMR Graphics is ready to run jobs from a single unit to a full scale production with up to a 1000 units in a day. The XP's production power and quick change of tools ensures on time delivery, every time, even for the complex jobs.

 

Benefits of CAM cutting

The benefits of CAM / CAD cutting with the Kongsberg XP are obvious:

  • Process a wide array of materials
  • Very short set-up time
  • Extraordinary throughput and speed
  • No need to wait for a die
  • Integration with the CAD editor
  • A range of very versatile tools

 

Unsurpassed throughput

The throughput delivered by Kongsberg XP CAD cutter represents a new standard for digital finishing. In fact, no other CAD cutting table on the market can even compete. For corrugated short runs digital finishing now challenges the throughput on manual clam shell die cutters.

By the way, throughput is more than the actual cutting speed. It also includes job preparation, vertical speed, idle time, and the speed of tool changes.

Several materials can be cut at top speed, 100 m/minute, and a displacement speed of 100 m/minute makes the XP more efficient even with materials that demand a reduced cutting speed.

 

Tool changing and automatic tool leveling

Changing tools is easy and very fast: changing a milling bit for instance is done in less than 20 seconds (including bit calibration). The system recognizes the tool units automatically, through electronic identifiers. The Kongsberg XP has an Automatic Tool Leveling feature that calibrates the vertical operating level of all the Kongsberg tools.

Changing a tool or milling bit will cause an automatic tool measurement to ensure cutting depth remains correct. Changing knifes, drills and milling bits no longer slows down production. It also becomes a lot safer because human errors are a thing of the past.

 

Let us know how DMR Graphics can help you today!

bfein@dmr-graphics.com

DMR Graphics takes home "Best of Show" for Graphics

DMR Graphics takes home "Best of Show" for Graphics

Award winners represent the top tier of the imaging industry

Fairfax, Virginia — Last month at the 2014 SGIA Expo (Las Vegas, October 22–24), winners of the Golden Image Competition and the Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition were honored for achieving imaging excellence and displaying exceptional expertise in their field. 

“Receiving one of these awards places the winners at the very top of the world’s leading printers,” said Johnny Shell, SGIA’s Vice President of Technical Services. “Achieving such high quality indicates remarkable control and ability!”

The Golden Image Competition recognized the highest standard of imaging and covered almost every item — no matter how complex — in the specialty graphics industry, and awarded Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention ribbons. Among the Gold winners, the best of the best were chosen by members of the Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technologies and given the highly sought-after "Best of Show" award. Congratulations to the 2014 “Best of Show” winners:

Best of Show: Graphic — “2014 Jazz Fest Poster: Preservation Hall Jazz Band” by DMR Graphics LLC Awarded to the best entry from among all gold winners in graphic categories.

DMR GRAPHICS WINS BACK TO BACK GOLD AND SILVER SGIA AWARDS

DMR GRAPHICS WINS BACK TO BACK GOLD AND SILVER SGIA AWARDS

INTERNATIONAL GOLDEN IMAGE COMPETITION COMPARES HUNDREDS OF ENTRIES IN 50 CATEGORIES

West Conshohocken, PA, October 22, 2014 — The 2014 Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Expo brought together leaders of the specialty imaging industry this year in Las Vegas. In addition to a successful showcase, DMR Graphics, West Conshohocken, PA was recognized in the Association's prestigious Golden Image Competition with a Gold and Silver award for the New Orleans Jazz Fest 2014 Poster and Congo Square 2014 Poster.

“I am very proud of the DMR Graphics team,” said Ben Fein. “Our work was compared to the best in the world, and we came out on top. That’s quite an accomplishment!”

More than 66 companies from around the world entered the competition, submitting hundreds of prints in 50 product categories. Conducted during the 2014 SGIA Expo (Las Vegas, October 22–24), this year’s event was one of the most challenging in recent history.

“The judges had a very difficult time this year, not because of the sheer volume of entries, but because of the overall quality of the work. Judges in virtually every category told me the entries were so good that choosing winners was a real challenge,” said Johnny Shell, SGIA’s Vice President of Technical Services.

Shell added that the Golden Image competition is judged on the technical accomplishments of each entry, excluding aesthetic issues from the evaluation and scoring process. Prints are judged on the level of difficulty and quality of execution.

“Winning the Gold and Silver award again for Single Sheet Multicolor Posters puts DMR Graphics among the top specialty printers in the world in terms of quality and capability. The ability to consistently print such high-quality products indicates that DMR Graphics is an expert at controlling the many variables involved in specialty printing,” Shell said.

A recap of the 2014 SGIA Expo — including the complete list of Golden Image winners — is available online at SGIA.org.

SGIA — Supporting the Leaders of the Digital & Screen Printing Community
“Specialty imaging” comprises digital imaging, screen printing and the many other imaging technologies SGIA members use, including those they’ll tap in the future. These are the imaging processes and technologies employed to create new products and to enhance existing products including point-of-purchase displays, signs, advertisements, garments, containers and vehicles. Make the most of your specialty imaging business.

Posters can be purchased at: www.art4now.com

Numbered prints are $69 in an edition of 10,000.

Artist signed prints are $239 in an edition of 2,500.

750 prints signed by the artist and band members, with a small drawing by the artist, are $595 each. 

350 prints on canvas signed by the artist and band members, with a small drawing by the artist, are $895.

The new Roland Pro 4.

The new Roland Pro 4.

Production Perfected.

With its two inline, mirrored print heads, integrated printing and contour-cutting technology, and new environmentally-friendly Eco-SOL MAX 2 inks, the Pro 4 XR-640 large-format color printer delivers both greater productivity and unsurpassed image quality.

Coming August 2014.

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The Pro 4's dual print heads allow an 8-color configuration, maximize output and help eliminate bi-directional banding. New, advanced specialty ink capabilities, including light black and high-density white also put the Pro 4 in a class above any other large-format color printer. All of this translates into stunning, vibrant large-format banners, signs, vehicle graphics, decals, POP displays and more. Get ready to experience next generation large-format color printer performance. Roland's state-of-the-art Pro 4 has arrived.

SOL-JET PRO 4 XR-640 Wide Format Inkjet Printer/Cutter Applications

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Die Cut Labels and Decals

Thanks to its integrated printing and contour cutting, the Pro 4 XR-640 makes it fast and easy to print and contour cut labels and decals of virtually any shape. For cutting laminated graphics, Roland's Quadralign four-point optical registration system automatically realigns the cutting path and compensates for media skew and distortion.

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Banners

For blazing fast production of banners, Pro 4 XR-640 printer/cutters set the standard. Roland Eco-Sol MAX 2 eco-solvent inks combine with variable droplet technology to deliver more detail in the highlights and smoother blends and transitions overall. The addition of Light Cyan, Light Magenta and Light Black enhances blues and reds, ensures flawless flesh tones and gray gradients and improves image quality across lighter colors.

Signs

Specially formulated to enhance Pro 4 XR-640 large-format color printer performance, Eco-Sol MAX 2 eco-solvent ink delivers high color density and a wider gamut for exceptional images and text that are durable up to three years outdoors without lamination. The new, higher density white ink provides greater opacity for window signs and decals.

Vehicle Wraps

With its integrated printing and contour-cutting ability, the XR-640 is perfect for full or partial wraps. The XR's integrated tri-heater system dries prints quickly even in high-speed modes for immediate finishing, installation or collection by the take-up system.

Posters and Backlit Displays

For increased versatility, Eco-Sol MAX 2 performs on a wide range of both coated and uncoated media, including papers for posters and film for eye-popping backlit displays.

Fine Art and Photos

With its Eco-Sol MAX 2 inks and variable droplet technology that allows the RIP to choose from seven different droplet sizes, the XR-640 is capable of delivering fine art and photographic reproductions with exquisite detail and stunning color. Light Black adds better reproduction of gray color gradients and more natural skin tones.

Sneak Peak. New Equipment on the way!

Sneak Peak. New Equipment on the way!

JETI 3020 Titan - The ultimate upgradeable UV printer. Coming December 2013.

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The Titan delivers no compromise high resolution - 8 pico liter variable dot grey scale, at a native 600 dpi and can deliver 1200 dpi for photorealistic image quality and fine text down to 4pt positive and negative whilst still delivering intense band free solids.

DMR Graphics Gains Industry-Wide Recognition at the SGIA Expo

DMR Graphics Gains Industry-Wide Recognition at the SGIA Expo

International Golden Image competition compares 353 entries in 50 categories

West Conshohocken, PA, October 23, 2013 — The 2013 Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Expo brought together leaders of the specialty imaging industry this year in Orlando. In addition to a successful showcase, DMR Graphics, West Conshohocken, PA was recognized in the Association's prestigious Golden Image Competition with a Gold and Silver award for the New Orleans Jazz Fest 2013 Poster and Congo Square 2013 Poster.

“I am very proud of the DMR Graphics team,” said Ben Fein. “Our work was compared to the best in the world, and we came out on top. That’s quite an accomplishment!”

More than 66 companies from around the world entered the competition, submitting a total of 353 prints in 50 product categories. Conducted during the 2013 SGIA Expo (Orlando, October 23–25), this year’s event was one of the most challenging in recent history.

“The judges had a very difficult time this year, not because of the sheer volume of entries, but because of the overall quality of the work. Judges in virtually every category told me the entries were so good that choosing winners was a real challenge,” said Johnny Shell, SGIA’s Vice President of Technical Services.

Shell added that the Golden Image competition is judged on the technical accomplishments of each entry, excluding aesthetic issues from the evaluation and scoring process. Prints are judged on the level of difficulty and quality of execution.

“Winning the Gold and Silver award for Single Sheet Multicolor Posters puts DMR Graphics among the top specialty printers in the world in terms of quality and capability. The ability to consistently print such high-quality products indicates that DMR Graphics is an expert at controlling the many variables involved in specialty printing,” Shell said.

A recap of the 2013 SGIA Expo — including the complete list of Golden Image winners — is available online at SGIA.org.

SGIA — Supporting the Leaders of the Digital & Screen Printing Community
“Specialty imaging” comprises digital imaging, screen printing and the many other imaging technologies SGIA members use, including those they’ll tap in the future. These are the imaging processes and technologies employed to create new products and to enhance existing products including point-of-purchase displays, signs, advertisements, garments, containers and vehicles. Make the most of your specialty imaging business.