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V3 Honored with PIASC Gold Membership Award

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Printing Industries Association of Southern California (PIASC) honored V3 for its 50-year commitment to the association at a recognition breakfast on February 3.

David Wilson, V3’s president, says, “We’re proud to be long-time members of an organization that has done so much for our industry, and we look forward to another 50 years.”

About PIASC
PIASC is the trade association for the printing industry in the greater Los Angeles area. With over 1,600 company members, it is the largest affiliate of the Printing Industries of America—the national trade association for the printing and graphic arts industry. For more information, visit piasc.org.

V3 Expands Prototyping Capability with New Zünd Digital Cutter

V3 has added a Zünd M-800 cutting system to its equipment list, an acquisition that expands its capabilities in the digital finishing and production of specialty packaging, displays, POP and POS graphics, and more.

The 51-inch-by-31-inch cutter includes a conveyor that produces flat prototypes in a wide range of substrates and accommodates oversized (length) pieces. The integration of Ardensoft Impact CAD, the leading packaging structural design software, adds the capability of creating three-dimensional soft proofs prior to sample making.

Steve Alkazian, V3’s prepress supervisor, praises the Zünd for providing “superior cuts, shorter turnaround times and greater customization in design and materials at an affordable cost.” According to Alkazian, the greatest benefit is the system’s ability to create accurate, realistic prototypes prior to the die-making stage. He explains: “Our clients can see a sample in the actual material and make adjustments before creating the die. That way, they can spot and solve potential issues early in the process, save time and money in the long run, and ensure a quality final product.”

Download a 3D pdf sample here. We recommend downloading this file to your desktop then open and view using the latest version of Acrobat in order to view all features.

USPS implements a postage rate change effective January 22

The United States Postal Service will implement a postage rate change effective January 22. Here’s a brief overview to help you plan for these changes.

FIRST-CLASS MAIL®
• Letters (1 ounce): 1-cent increase to 45 cents (the first increase since May 2009)
• Postcards: 3-cent increase to 32 cents (more than a 10-percent increase)
• Letters to Canada or Mexico (1 ounce): 5-cent increase to 85 cents
• Letters to other international destinations: 7-cent increase to $1.05

STANDARD MAIL®
• Presorted Standard Mail letter rates will increase between 0.3 cents to 0.6 cents.

NONPROFIT MAIL
• Rates will vary with most rates decreasing between 0.2 cents to 0.3 cents.
• There is a small increase for pieces larger than 6 inches by 11 inches. Nonprofits that mail an 8.5-inch-by-11-inch newsletter can avoid this increase and mail at the lower rate by folding the piece in half to 8.5 inches by 5.5 inches. They can also place the newsletter in a 6-inch-by-9-inch envelope and still qualify for the lower rate.

SPECIAL OFFER

The USPS will offer a free second ounce to customers sending presorted First-Class Mail letters. With the new postage rate change, presorted First-Class Mail pieces that weigh up to 2 ounces will now mail at the same rate as 1-ounce mail. The offer is aimed at increasing the use of presorted First-Class Mail to send bills and statements, which could help improve collection times. It is also an opportunity for mailers to add a supplemental piece or two to their letters.

REMEMBER
The USPS will be closed January 16 and February 20.

V3 Pumps Up Color Capabilities with pressSIGN

V3 has expanded its color management capabilities, installing pressSIGN workstations on three of its Mitsubishi presses to increase the ability to measure and control their printing process.

This latest technology acquisition rounds out the suite of rigorous standards, controls and systems that V3 already uses to ensure accuracy and quality on press, such as:
• X-Rite’s IntelliTrax Auto Scanning System, a high-end color management solution that offers faster make-ready, improved quality control and extensive reporting
• G7 Master Printer Certified status, which certifies that V3 follows industry-leading practices for achieving gray balance and visual similarity across all printing processes, substrates and devices

According to Steve Alkazian, V3’s prepress supervisor, the integration of pressSIGN software adds invaluable diagnostic tools that improve performance: “We can identify and analyze quality and wastage issues early in the process to head off potential problems and achieve accurate, consistent color more quickly and efficiently.”

KODAK MAGNUS Platesetter Enhances V3 Offerings

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OXNARD, October 28, 2011 – V3 has unveiled one of several equipment and technology acquisitions, as part of its ongoing efforts to increase efficiencies, expand quality control and enhance services.

Recently added to V3’s equipment arsenal is a KODAK MAGNUS 800 Platesetter, the only eight-page computer-to-plate (CTP) device in the industry with automated pallet loading of up to 600 plates. Advanced automation and imaging technologies offer exceptional productivity, accuracy and quality. Supporting V3’s sustainability goals is the device’s powerful CTP technology, which reduces water use and eliminates chemistry, processor costs and waste.

Reinvesting an average of 6.5 percent of its revenue annually in equipment and technology, V3 is serious about improving processes, products and performance. Dean Nixon, V3’s operations manager, concludes: “The addition of the KODAK MAGNUS 800 is just one example of how we continually invest in leading-edge technologies to raise the bar on what we offer and do for our clients.”

V3 Passes Five-Year Milestone for FSC Certification

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April 12, 2011 marked the fifth anniversary and successful renewal of V3’s Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) chain of custody (CoC) certification, a milestone that only a select few in the industry have achieved. To qualify, V3 completed a rigorous certification and assessment process overseen by leading independent auditor and certifier, Scientific Certification Systems (SCS).

V3’s 2011 recertification confirms the company’s continued ability to meet stringent tracking requirements for products carrying the FSC label. Since 2006, V3 has successfully demonstrated that its FSC-certified paper products come from responsibly managed forests and verified recycling sources in accordance with FSC standards for sourcing and procurement, inventory management, manufacturing, sales, invoicing and record keeping, V3’s license code is FSC-C001755.

Mike Szanger, V3’s vice president of sales and marketing, comments: “We’re now entering our sixth consecutive year of FSC certification. I believe we were the seventh printer in the state to become certified at that time. This certification is just one example of our commitment to being environmentally responsible from the products and services we offer to our day-to-day operations.”

To learn more about V3’s commitment to environmental responsibility, visit v3corporation.com/green-practices.

USPS Summer Sale! Save 3% on your mailings

Save 3% on mailings when you use a QR code.

Combine mobile technology with traditional direct mail to increase response rates—and save on postage for a limited time.

From July 1 through August 31, 2011, you’ll get a 3% USPS® discount on First-Class and Standard Mail® letters and flats that include a mobile or Quick Response (QR) barcode.

When scanned by a smartphone, QR codes can direct people to your site and motivate them to take immediate action. You’ll maximize not only your mailing’s effectiveness, but also its reach and impact across channels.

Contact us at 800.882.1844 for more information on how to qualify for this USPS discount.

USPS extends May 2011 deadline mandating Intelligent Mail Barcodes (IMb) use

The USPS has extended the May 2011 deadline to mandate using Intelligent Mail® Barcodes (IMb) for automation discounts. Despite this delay, it’s the smartest way to save money and improve mailing results now.

Intelligent Mail includes a suite of barcodes that expands your ability to track individual pieces and see into the mail stream. Applied to mail pieces, handling units and containers, IMb encodes more information without cluttering your mail.

In addition to end-to-end tracking throughout the mail stream, IMb offers:
•    Lowest postal rates
•    Access to Confirm®, Delivery ConfirmationTM, Address Change ServiceTM and more
•    Better scan rates and improved deliverability
•    More effective processing of returned mail
•    Better customer intelligence and feedback on mail preparation and quality

V3 can help you begin taking advantage of all these benefits—today. For more information, contact us at 800-882-1844 or sales@v3corporation.com

V3 Fuels Growth with New Hires

OXNARD, April 25, 2011 — V3 announces the addition of two new staff members to its growing customer service and production departments.

Andrea Apland joins V3 as a customer service representative, bringing seven years of print production experience and a bachelor’s degree in graphic communication from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Apland was most recently a customer service representative at GotPrint, a Web-based printing company and at Quad/Graphics, a global provider of printing- and multi-channel solutions. Previous roles included production management positions at a design agency and a publishing company. Apland is a member of Los Angeles 3 Toastmasters Club and currently working toward a certificate in digital media at Otis College of Art and Design.

Jeff Samson joins V3 as its bindery manager, equipped with over 25 years experience and a long family history in the bindery business. After earning a bachelor’s degree in production and operations management at California State University, Northridge, Samson assumed roles of increasing responsibility at Bookbinders Company in the bindery, estimating and production management areas and then as an owner. Most recently, he was general manager at Los Angeles Binding and Finishing Solutions.

Mike Szanger, V3’s vice president of sales, attributes these new hires to the company’s robust sales growth: “We’re seeing a steady uptick in demand as the economy improves. In anticipation of continued growth, we’ve added capacity in numerous areas by bringing on skilled, experienced professionals like Andrea and Jeff who share our customer-first philosophy.”

About V3
Quality and service have been V3’s hallmarks since 1946. Today, our Data, Print and Mail solutions build on that legacy to deliver industry-leading products and technologies, including offset, digital and variable printing, direct marketing and mailing, data management and analysis, online marketing tools, and a full line of portable displays for point-of-purchase, trade shows and events. Headquartered in Oxnard, California with additional offices in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Templeton, we are employee-owned and have a vested personal interest in helping our clients move their businesses forward—without compromise. For more information about V3’s services, hours and locations, please visit us at v3corporation.com or call 1.800.882.1844.

V3 Recognized for Print Excellence at PIASC’s 2011 Regional Competition

OXNARD, April 15, 2011 — V3 received recognition for print excellence at the recent PIASC (Printing Industries Association of Southern California) Graphics Night held at the Pacific Palms Resort in Industry Hills.

V3 was among a select group, representing the best in printing throughout Southern California across 96 possible categories. Judging during PIASC’s Seventh Annual Regional Competition was based on 6 criteria: print reproduction; layout, design and typography; stock compatibility; binding and finishing; difficulty; and overall excellence.

V3’s impressive showing included eight Awards of Excellence, seven Certificates of Merit and three Best of Category awards for a total of 18. Judged as the most outstanding in their categories were the following entries:
1. Product catalog for Scosche Industries
2. Booklet for Santa Barbara Tile – Jeff Shelton Tile Design
3. Single promotional self-mailer for Artist Representation

“It’s such an honor to be considered among the best in our industry,” says Mike Szanger, V3’s vice president of sales and marketing. He adds: “These awards are a testament to the collaborative relationships we enjoy with our clients and the collective talent and commitment of our people.”

About V3
Quality and service have been V3’s hallmarks since 1946. Today, our Data, Print and Mail solutions build on that legacy to deliver industry-leading products and technologies, including offset, digital and variable printing, direct marketing and mailing, data management and analysis, online marketing tools, and a full line of portable displays for point-of-purchase, trade shows and events. Headquartered in Oxnard, California with additional offices in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Templeton, we are employee-owned and have a vested personal interest in helping our clients move their businesses forward—without compromise. For more information about V3’s services, hours and locations, please visit us at v3corporation.com or call 1.800.882.1844