What is Digital Printing?

January 23, 2019

Digital printing does not use printing plates the way that conventional offset does, but instead uses toner.  In conventional offset ink is put on paper and the ink is absorbed into the paper.  In digital printing the toner sets on the paper and is not absorbed into the paper.  This gives a different look to the printed piece and often digitally printed pieces has a brighter color. Digital printing is usually used for smaller quantities.  We usually run up to 10,000 on our digital press but if it goes over that quantity, we move it to an offset press.

A big benefit of using the digital printing is the variable data capabilities. Variable data printing is a form of on-demand printing in which elements (such as text, numbers, graphics, etc.) can be changed from one printed piece to the net, without stopping or slowing down the press, using information from a database. For example, a set of personalized letters, each with the same basic layout, can be printed with a different name and address on each letter. At Burns, we can print and address double-sided postcards on one pass of the press. When we personalize a letter we add a bar code on the back of the letter and our smart inserter can then read the bar code on the back and insert the letter into a non-window envelope.  This is like a hand match without the expense of a hand match.

Advantages of digital printing

  • Setup costs are lower for short runs (up to 10,000)
  • Print only the amount you need, when you need it
  • Lower minimum quantities (as low as 1,20 or 50 pieces)
  • Inexpensive black and white digital printing
  • Improved technology has made digital quality acceptable for more uses.

One thing that the buyer needs to be aware of is that if you print a small quantity on the digital press and then decide on a larger quantity that requires the printing job to be put on an offset press, the two jobs will not look the same because of what I described above, ink being absorbed into the paper and ink setting on top of the paper.  They will both be quality printed jobs but will not have the same look.

One of our digital presses at Burns Mailing & Printing.

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Time Does Not Alter Great Friendships

August 9, 2018

Phyllis Burns and Willie Stancil

Willie and I met when our oldest children were just babies.  Our husbands worked together and planned a trip to the mountains for the day without asking either of us.  I really did not want to go, nor did Willie, as we had not even met.  We went that day and had a great time and we our families have been close friends for 50 years.  They live in Atlanta but we manage to visit as often as possible.  Even though it might be months since I have seen them, it is like I just saw them yesterday when we get together.

Recently I drove down to Blue Ridge GA where their oldest son Doug has a cabin.  I was able to visit with some of their children and granddaughter and we tour the big town of Blue Ridge.  I think if you have friends like this you are truly blessed.

 


Things Sometimes Have To Get Worse Before They Get Better

June 25, 2018

Cabinets painted by The Painted Room

I have been working on updating my house for the last few years.   Hopefully the last thing that I am doing is the kitchen.  I had a customer a few years back that paints kitchen cabinets and they do a really good job. My cabinets are pretty old but were in good shape.  I had to take everything out of the drawers and they took the doors and drawers back to their shop for repainting. I put everything in boxes according to the drawers and was able to cook despite the mess.  Last week they finished and it makes the kitchen so much brighter.  Today the granite people are coming to make a template of the counter tops and they have to have everything off the counter tops in order to do this.  My job this evening will be to put everything back in place. Hope I remember how to hook up the computer.

One thing that I have been putting off for years is cleaning out the attic .  When my youngest daughter Joy was in college she asked when were we cleaning out the attic.  I told her we were not cleaning it out and that we were going to die and leave everything to them, including the attic.  I was only kidding but I bet she was surprised when I had it cleaned out.  I had 3 helpers and it was a trip down memory lane for sure but what a mess.  All 4 of us were covered in dust and it took some time to vacuum up the mess.

With the remodeling, puppy sitting and working, my summer has started off very busy.  I think I need a trip to the beach already.

 


Hectic Summer

June 18, 2018

There are a lot of things happening at my house this summer.  One is that I am keeping my Granddaughter’s dog, Lincoln for two weeks.  Today was the first day that he came to work with me and he really loved it when he came in and saw all the people who wanted to pet him.  After the excitement died down he just pretty much sleeps under my desk.  He likes confined spaces, I guess it makes him feel secure.

The second thing is that I am doing some work to my kitchen.  32 years ago Ken and his two best friends took out all the old cabinets and put in new ones.  Ken and I sat down at the house we had just bought and planned out the kitchen.  We must have done a pretty good job because in 32 years I have never once thought that I would like to change something.  Instead of new cabinets, I opted to paint them through a company called the Painted Room.  They have been customers of mine in the past and I like to do business with folks who do business with me.  The doors and drawers have been off for over a week and tomorrow they come and put all the drawers and doors back in place. Can’t wait to see how it will look.  The next step is new counter tops and back splash.

It is hectic at my house, I think I need a beach trip.

At Burns we are not so hectic that we can’t handle your design, print and direct mail needs.  Call me today at 865 584-2265 or email me at phyllis@burnsmp.com.

 

P.S. I am looking for a social media guru to help me with marketing and social media.  Know someone who would might be interested?  Call me at the above number.

 

 


Today Is Grand Puppy Day

June 15, 2018

For  next two weeks I will be having a special guest, Grand Puppy, Lincoln. He will be visiting while my granddaughter Kate goes to camp and my daughter Joy and her husband John take a vacation.

Lincoln is a very sweet Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  They are very laid back and loving dogs.  He will love coming to work with me and getting all the attention from my employees.

It will be really different at my house after not having a pet for over 10 years.  That is what Grand Puppy’s are for, you love them, spoil them and send them back home.


About Burns Mailing & Printing

June 1, 2018

Phyllis Robinette Burns, President

Burns Mailing & Printing, Inc. has been in business since 1981.  It was started by my late husband, Ken Burns, in our garage.  Ken was very good with anything mechanical and printing came very natural for him.  He put two presses together that were not running and made a working press.  After a couple of moves out of the garage, we built our current location at 6131 Industrial Heights Dr. in 1994.  This was the same year that both of our daughters got married.  If you think that building a building, moving a business and having two weddings all in one year is stressful, you would be right.  I was Vice President of a local car dealership and supported the family while Ken got the business going.  In 1990, I joined him and I have now been in the printing/mailing business for 28 years.  In 2010 Ken had a major stroke and could not work in the business and in 2014 he passed away with Leukemia. He was the love of my life.

I have a very professional and supportive staff with most of the employees being here for some time. The great thing is that if I cannot be at the business, I don’t have to worry that my customers are not being taken care of.  We pride ourselves with great customer service.  Their success is our success.

If you would like to find out about our great customer service for yourself, give us a call at 865 584-2265 or email me at phyllis@burnsmp.com for a free estimate. You can also set up an appointment for a free consultation about your project.  I think every good direct mailing or printing should start at inception.

We are 100% women owned and certified by the State of TN as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE).


Summer For Me Starts With Making Strawberry Preserves

May 31, 2018

Last weekend, my daughter, Joy Burns Day and I made 41 half pints of strawberry preserves.  This is had become a tradition for us to make preserves every summer.  We make strawberry, plum, peach and I make apple butter.  It all started when one of my former employees, Nancy,  brought me a jar of peach preserves and my daughter tasted it on a biscuit and declared that it was the best thing she had ever eaten out of a jar.  We bought peaches for Nancy as an incentive to come over and teach us her method of making peach preserves.  We have been making various preserves now for about 10 years.  Ken, my late husband, enjoyed it as well and so he bought us the big copper pot in the picture.  Copper cooks so much faster than stainless steel.  We each have our own chore in the process.  I prepare the fruit and chop it in a food processor.  Joy does the cooking.  Kate, my 10 year old granddaughter labels the jars.  This years batch turned out beautiful.  Joy said “the preserves are so red that it looks like we added food color”.

I don’t know which I enjoy the most, eating the preserves or the family time together making them.  Come to think of it, I love both.