Printing Industries of America (PIA)

Automated Solutions Network Meeting to be Held at Bridge Publications

Printing Industries of America announced that the next meeting of the Automation Solutions Network will be held at Bridge Publications in Los Angeles, CA, July 11–12, 2011. The meeting will include both the new distribution and fulfillment center and the digital production facility. The company's facilities have been recognized as world leaders for their use of automation.

In addition to presentations on how to incorporate automation concepts into a print workflow, attendees will see how Bridge Publications has used automation and JDF technology to create a Lean and efficient workflow in a diverse production environment that includes digital, web offset, sheetfed, inkjet, and screen printing.

The new 185,000-square-foot facility automated distribution and fulfillment center officially opened this year and houses manufacturing, distribution, and administration all under one roof. This facility contains many manufacturing processes, including web offset, sheetfed, and wide-format digital. The mailing system is fully automated and is capable of addressing 150,000 pieces every eight hours. The entire shipping line is capable of shipping better than 500,000 boxes and individual items each week. Bridge Publications publishes and produces the nonfiction works of author L. Ron Hubbard. Its facility is the largest all-digital print-on-demand publishing house in the world and produces up to 500,000 books per week in a range of languages.

The Automation Solutions Network is organized jointly by Printing Industries of America and CIP4. Participants can register for $250.