Monthly Archives: March 2011
Stickers and decals are an amazing way to get noticed – especially at the point of sale. That’s why Miles prints a full array of permanent and removable decals and clings on both paper and plastic. We print decals as large as 25” x 38”, and also provide custom die cuts.
Since printing decals is a highly specific type of printing, let Miles Printing know what type of decal you have in mind and the end use, and we can help you figure out the proper substrate to print it on.
Here’s a partial list of the many ways you can use a decal:
- Store signage
- Window clings
- POP displays
- Bumper stickers
- Vehicle graphics
- Promo pieces
- Product lables
- Parking/Membership Passes
Need a way to make your message stick? Let’s talk decals!Tweet
Let’s talk a little about “variable data printing” or VDP (a.k.a. variable information printing). Miles is doing great things for our customers using variable data such as: helping to enhance direct marketing and customer relationship management, incorporation PURLs, and adding unique eye catching QR technology.
Variable data is a form of on-demand printing that is gaining popularity. Text, graphics and images can be changed from one printed piece to the next, without slowing down the printing process. Another reason it’s so popular? The returns for variable printing vary from double the return to 10-15 times the return for fully variable jobs, depending on content and the relevancy. Which means variable data is a highly effective tool for increasing ROI on marketing campaigns.
Why change these elements? Adding personalization is a great way to get the attention of your audience and it’s a simple process. We use information from a database to personalize each printed piece, using a different name and address, inserting a PURL (personalized URL) or QR Code(quick response barcode) or any other field, for that matter. Variable data printing enables 1:1 marketing campaigns – instead of producing 10,000 copies of a single document, delivering a single message to 10,000 customers, variable data printing could print 10,000 unique documents with personalized messages for each customer.
Let Miles Printing show you how you can use variable data in your next printing project to dramatically increase your return.Tweet
What if you could print a brochure cover to feel so soft and “suede-like” that customers couldn’t keep their hands away from it?
That’s exactly why Soft Touch™ coatings are gaining popularity right now. Soft Touch is an aqueous coating that gives printed pieces a unique rubbery feel and a rich matte appearance.
Like other aqueous coatings Miles offers, Soft Touch is non-yellowing and dries quickly to allow fast press turnaround times. In addition, aqueous coatings are environmentally friendly with very low VOC content. Water-base coated papers can also be recycled very easily – so the technology is green, like everything produced at Miles Printing.
Applied in-line on the printing press, this process doesn’t require any off-line treatment. Although more expensive than traditional aqueous coatings, Soft Touch does offer cost savings over off-line laminating or dry trapped inks and coatings – and the end result is far richer.
Want to send an “upscale message?” Soft Touch coating is a beautiful way to make your mark!Tweet
If you are a client, you know Miles Printing is a UV offset printer. What you may not know is how environmentally friendly this makes us. It’s true, we’re green and proud.
Miles Printing uses UV inks. Not only are UV inks eco-friendly, but they release no VOCs (volatile organic compounds). VOCs may be naturally occurring chemical compounds or organic compounds, both of which can adversely affect the environment and human health. UV inks don’t carry the risk of releasing these hazardous materials because they are cured immediately after they are applied – AND they dry without the use of chemicals.
Here’s what else we do to stay green and eco-friendly:
- When Miles Printing has unused or excess ink after completing a job, we don’t discard it. Instead, our unused and processed inks are sent to be recycled into bricks.
- Our press fountain solution is on a “closed loop,” meaning it filters and recycles itself so waste is not sent into the septic system.
- The Miles Printing “house sheet” (our quality “go-to” sheet we stock in quantity and offer our clients at a reduced price) is recycled.
- Even our coated (gloss) sheet contains post-consumer recycled content.
- Miles Printing purchases 100% green power (much of it from area wind turbines) through our energy supplier to keep our carbon footprint as small as possible.
We thought you’d like to know that Miles Printing is serious about doing all we can to protect the environment, support community organizations AND provide the best printing services possible to Indianapolis and central Indiana.Tweet
The countdown to the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl has begun and the preparations are heating up. Miles Printing is participating in the Super Scarves program as a way to provide a warm “thank you” for the 8,000 volunteers who will be participating in the 2012 Super Bowl.
Miles Printing is issuing a challenge to staff members interested in knitting, crocheting or weaving blue and white scarves for Super Bowl volunteers: knit, crochet or weave as many scarves as you can – even enlisting the help of friends and family. Challenge participants will receive Super Bowl Host Committee apparel and the staff member who brings in the most scarves will win an exciting grand prize.
As an added bonus, Miles Printing is providing the yarn for each scarf. We value our staff members’ skills and we take great pride in Indiana by supporting the 2012 Super Bowl in this fun way!
As a part of our continued support of Indiana life sciences, Miles Printing is proud to be a sponsor of the 2010-2011 Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration conference.
This series, organized by the Kelley School of Business Center for Business of Life Sciences (CBLS), is always well attended by local life science followers.
The most recent conference of the Collaboration Series was on February 25, 2011. Held at Barnes & Thornburg, LLC, in downtown Indianapolis, the conference was titled “An Update on Regulatory Compliance.”
Attendees heard about recent changes in how the FDA performs in its role due to new government leadership, regulation and legislation. Strategies for the future included looking at increased regulatory scrutiny, liability issues, and subsequent delays in the availability of new products.
The day long event began with breakfast networking and continued through the afternoon with a series of renowned speakers from universities, government, life science organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and leading doctors. Panel discussion focused on new product reviews and approvals.
Miles Printing is honored to be a part of this vital series and the Indiana life sciences industry. To find out about future conferences in this series, click here. Special reduced student fees are available.Tweet
Frameworx is the name of an exciting new conference series developed by BioCrossroads. The series will consist of five sessions throughout the year. Not only will experts provide their views and information during the conference series, but they will be set up in a conversation format, with specific, educational, timely topics relevant to different parts of the life sciences sector.
Sessions will run from 8:30-10 am, specifically designed to accommodate busy professionals. And in an effort to have the subject matter live on beyond the day’s session, there will be brief reports published from each Frameworx meeting that capture the highlights of that session. Miles Printing will be printing these reports as well as signage at each event.
Frameworx’ kick-off session was held on February 8th and titled, “Indiana’s Life Sciences Innovation Engine: Full Steam Ahead?” Held at D’Amore on the 48th floor of the Chase Building in downtown Indianapolis, the keynote was provided by Dr. Jan Lundberg, Executive Vice President for Science and Technology, Eli Lilly and Company, and President of Lilly Research Laboratories.
In keeping with Framworx’ format, Dr. Lundberg’s presentation was followed by a panel discussion with experts from Indiana corporations and universities, moderated by David Johnson, President and CEO of BioCrossroads.
The next Frameworx conference is scheduled for Tuesday, March 22, 2011. The title is “Pathways to Partnerships: Roche Acquisition of Marcadia Biotech.” The keynote address will be provided by Fritz French and Kent Hawryluk of Marcadia Biotech.
The exclusive printing sponsor of the series, Miles Printing is pleased to continue its support of the Indiana Life Sciences sector.
The health and life science industry is thriving in Indiana, thanks in part to IHIF (Indiana Health Industry Forum.) The Forum, a non-profit organization, exists to connect Indiana health industry stakeholders with business networks, to advocate for member interests, develop workforce skills, and provide strategic vision to help grow the state’s health industry economy and reputation. Miles Printing is proud to be an active supporter of this vibrant, forward-thinking organization.
Miles is pleased to support IHIF and life sciences in Indiana by providing printed materials for the March 9th annual meeting at University Place Conference Center. The meeting features a keynote by John Fernandez, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce and Economic Development Administration for President Obama.
Mr. Fernandez’s topic will be “Innovation Policy in the Obama Administration,” and will be followed by an IHIF board member panel discussion and a networking discussion. As the Administrator of the EDA, Fernandez is charged with leading the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the global economy.
Besides his reputation as a strategic thinker, creative problem solver and effective manager, Fernandez has strong Indiana roots. A first generation American, Fernandez received his law degree from Indiana University as well as a Master of Public Affairs degree and his B.S. from the IU School of Public and Environment Affairs. He served as Bloomington’s mayor from 1996 to 2003, working with business and Indiana University leaders to launch Bloomington’s Life Sciences Partnership, creating more than 3,700 jobs. He also developed an aggressive downtown revitalization plan resulting in more than $100 million in new investments.Tweet
Like you, we love it when we get something just right. Recently, a client called us and explained that they have sample vitamin drops they would like to give away at doctor’s offices. They needed a display unit to house the samples and had a simple drawing of what they envisioned for the display.
Miles POP took their concept and ran with it, presenting two ways we could accommodate the client’s wishes. Liking where we were headed, our client chose their favorite and Miles POP created a custom die mock up to provide a visual of the end product.
Our client was pleased, but realized belatedly they would also need a coupon book and business card to be affixed to the display carton for re-orders. The Miles team easily solved both of these issues with no problem. The final display features a UV printed carton that was printed, die cut and assembled by Miles. It also features a printed coupon note pad and a clear plastic business card holder affixed to the inside of the display unit for re-orders.
Because Miles offers so many resources under one roof (printing, die cutting, fulfillment & assembly), after printing and assembling the display, we also inserted the customer-supplied vitamin drops into the display units. The fully assembled piece was ready to ship directly to doctors’ offices from our facility, saving our client several steps.
How can we solve your multi-stage printing dilemma?Tweet
Got a drab space in your office? Have a client asking for a different kind of signage? Need an eye-popping visual for a special event? Miles Printing is experienced in the latest signage technologies including floor and wall graphics.
With a little imagination and great graphic design, Miles Printing can enliven any space with custom wall signage based on a logo, photo, or graphic design. Not only do these products grab your attention and look inviting, they are also extremely durable. Miles Printing has the capability of machine cutting just about any shape in vinyl. With a little creativity, we can create a really unique product.
That goes for floor graphics as well. Floor graphics stop customers in their tracks. They are infinitely more powerful and attention- generating than traditional signage, and with the addition of scratch resistant lamination, they hold up under intense foot traffic!
Let’s get creative and see what we can do together!Tweet