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Charlotte, NC — The Printing Industry of the Carolinas (PICA) has announced that Sun Solutions of West Columbia is an award winner in the 2016 PICA Awards Competition. The announcement was made April 29, 2017, during the 2016 PICA Awards Banquet in Concord, North Carolina, with more than 270 industry professionals in attendance. The PICA Awards competition is celebrating its 51st season and continues to be one of the largest printing contests in the nation.
This year, the PICA Awards attracted more than 670 entries from 53 printing companies, along with more than 170 entries from 7 graphic arts high schools and 6 college graphic arts programs from across the Carolinas.
Sun Solutions won 12 Best of Category Awards, 13 Special Judges Awards and 5 Awards of Excellence. Only one “Best of” may be given in each category. One or more Special Judges Award or Award of Excellence may be given in each category, limited to no more than one third of total entries per category. Sun Solutions also won the Manchester Industries Best Process Color Printing & the Veritiv Best Catalog award.
A panel of out of state judges with extensive experience in printing and print production was brought in to examine the work. Each entry was judged on its own merit in a category with similar printed pieces. The judging criteria included: registration, crossovers, clarity and neatness, sharpness of halftones and line drawings, richness and tonal qualities of color, paper and ink selection, ink coverage, difficulty of printing, effective contrast or softness, finishing, bindery, and overall visual impact.
For more information, call Vickie Smith of Sun Solutions at (803) 794‐9485.
Since 1931, The Printing Industry of the Carolinas, Inc. (PICA) has been dedicated to advancing the success of the Carolinas’ printing and imaging industry. Working together with Printing Industries of America, the world’s largest graphic arts trade association, PICA provides training, resources, and a voice of advocacy on both a state and national level.
PICA is a trade association representing the graphic communications industry in North and South Carolina. North Carolina ranks as the 17th largest state print market in the United States with $3.48 billion in sales, 1,282 total printing establishments and 19,877 employees. South Carolina ranks 32nd in the nation, with $1.2 billion in sales, 496 establishments, and 7,415 employees. PICA is headquartered in Charlotte, NC. For more information, visit www.picanet.org.
The PICA Awards Competition, owned and managed by The Printing Industry of the Carolinas (PICA), is an annual event established in 1966 that recognizes and rewards printing and imaging companies who combine fine craftsmanship with technology in order to produce outstanding finished products. The award‐winning companies are honored each year at the PICA Awards Banquet.
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Lenexa, KS – W+D North America Inc. announces the sale of its first W+D 410 Easy Enveloper to Sun Solutions of West Columbia, South Carolina. The W+D 410 Easy Enveloper offers complete size and window change overs in under 30 minutes for even direct mail envelopes like #9, #10 and 6 x 9 ½” envelopes on coated or uncoated stock that then runs at speeds of 500 envelopes per minute. The 410 Easy Enveloper also embraces new technology that makes conversion of digital printed sheets a reality without traditional high die cutting or unacceptable waste factors.
Andy Cook, President of Sun Solutions, observes “the 410 Easy Enveloper lets us accelerate our time to the mail box from week(s) to just days and dramatically cuts our waste factor — no more reprints or extra freight costs”. As a servo driven machine, the 410 Easy Enveloper also is equipped with two HMI (human machine interface) monitors with access to Expert Online help. Andrew Schipke, VP Sales and Marketing for W+D North America, reiterates that “with the Expert Online help and the simplicity of newly engineered W+D 410 change-over process we can run virtually all the popular envelope sizes from a #6-3/4 (3-5/8 x 6-1/2) reply envelope to a full view 6 x 9-1/2 booklet at 500 envelopes per minute by operators without prior envelope adjuster experience – a benefit to traditional envelope manufacturers and commercial printers alike.”
Andy Cook sees additional benefits of the 410 Easy Enveloper, too, for downstream processing. As the largest independent mail house in South Carolina handling tens of millions of pieces each month through its Consolidated Mail Services division, “with the 410 Easy Enveloper we can exactly control the shape of the flap, throat and side seams of the envelope run after run for greater consistency and productivity.” Brook Spaulding, Senior Account Manager for W+D North America, observes that “with the W+D 410’s novel shuttle feeder and complete cut magnetic flex die system, Sun Solutions will get the benefits of scuff-free envelopes on even light weight 70#C2S coated stock and enjoy tight color registration within .040” to the score line, all of which means Sun Solutions will also be able to take advantage of the new USPS opportunity to introduce shape cut images on the trailing edge of the envelope at full automation rates.”
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