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60 Years of In-plant Graphics

IPG has been helping in-plant managers thrive for 60 years now. We asked some of our loyal readers what impact IPG has had on them over the years.

January 1, 2011 By Bob Neubauer
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Brace yourself: this issue marks the 60th anniversary of In-plant Graphics. True, it’s gone through its share of name changes over the years (six, in fact), but the magazine you’re now holding in your hands traces its roots back to the January 1951 debut issue of Offset Duplicator Review.

Back then, founding editor/publisher Richard F. Caruzzi acknowledged that “We have a long, tough grind ahead of us before this thing becomes a truly going concern.” 

He didn’t know the half of it.

Back in his day, when in-plant popularity was soaring, he could never have guessed at the challenges and threats that awaited his in-plant friends. And while he struggled to popularize the newfangled offset printing technology in the face of jeers from letterpress proponents, his jaw would have dropped had he known how drastically digital technology would eventually alter the world of print. 

Over the past six decades, Caruzzi’s 32-page, 6x9˝ publication has grown and evolved into something far different than he’d ever imagined. It has both chronicaled the technology changes in the printing industry and offered advice to in-plant managers to help them improve their operations. For the past 60 years, IPG has unfailingly supported in-plants, proclaiming their successes, highlighting their advantages and strengthening their credibility. 

Rather than recounting the magazine’s history—already well documented in our January 2001 issue (available online)—we thought we’d ask some of our readers how IPG has impacted them over their careers.

Harv Dahl
Arizona State University

In 1959, when I was a student in a college printing degree program, a regular assignment was to read the trade magazines and then discuss what we learned. Reproductions Review was a popular magazine that had a lot of information on the emerging offset printing technology. 

Every issue had articles with lots of tips and techniques. We experimented with each as we were taught how to best put ink on paper, how to repair and maintain equipment, and how to generate quality production. The result was, we became printers who were trained to apply the knowledge others were willing to share with us.

Thinking back on my career, much of which has been in university in-plant management, I’ve learned to rely on magazines like In-Plant Graphics as tools, equally important as computers, ink knives, line gauges and proportional wheels because they contain information that goes beyond the physical and mechanical art of printing. If I want to learn how to better enhance scanned images, troubleshoot ink trapping and picking problems, build digital files, plan a new press purchase, or any of the other many issues printing managers deal with every day, it is very likely that a colleague already has as solution and is reporting on it in an IPG article. Now, after more than 51 years in the printing industry, one point is very clear: you are never too old to learn and implement good solutions.



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