Celebrating 26 years at Burns Mailing & Printing

April 21, 2016

 

 

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Phyllis Robinette Burns

In March, I celebrated my 26th year at Burns Mailing & Printing, Inc.  The business was started by my late husband, Ken Burns, in 1981 in our garage.  I have seen a lot of changes in the printing and mailing industry in those 26 years.  It has been a wild ride, but I love the business and all the great people who I meet along way.  Of course, I could not do anything without my great team of employees.

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Window Envelopes

June 19, 2015

June 19th, 2015

The dimensions of the window on a window envelope is very important these days. The window should have a slightly larger window than previously used with the PostNet bar-code.The larger window will meet the requirements for the Intelligent Bar-code, that the United States Postal Service requires in order to qualify for postal discounts on Standard A mail. Before ordering large quantities of envelopes, it is a good idea to let your mailer check to make sure that the envelopes you are ordering meet USPS specifications and that they will run on the mailers equipment.

If Burns Mailing & Printing is processing your statements and invoices, we will keep an inventory of all your envelopes and notify you when they a certain level is reached so that a new order may be placed.


Window Envelopes

June 19, 2015

June 19th, 2015

The dimensions of the window on a window envelope is very important these days. The window should have a slightly larger window than previously used with the PostNet bar-code.The larger window will meet the requirements for the Intelligent Bar-code, that the United States Postal Service requires in order to qualify for postal discounts on Standard A mail. Before ordering large quantities of envelopes, it is a good idea to let your mailer check to make sure that the envelopes you are ordering meet USPS specifications and that they will run on the mailers equipment.

If Burns Mailing & Printing is processing your statements and invoices, we will keep an inventory of all your envelopes and notify you when they a certain level is reached so that a new order may be placed.


Printing Has Changed Since I Started 25 Years Ago

June 15, 2015

June 15th, 2015

When I started in printing, the type was being set on a Compugraphic machine, then it was waxed onto a board and then an image taken with a camera that was as big as my desk.  Film was developed and then the film was stripped into flats and finally an image burned on a metal plate.  Talk about labor intensive and it required a lot of skill.  Today everything is controlled from our graphics department.  They control not just design and specifications for Postal standards but also several pieces of our equipment, such as the computer to plate, our digital press and our paper cutter.  Everything is programmed in the graphic department and sent to the various machines. It still requires a lot of skill but not as many people and it is much faster.  It truly is golly, gee technology, or at least, it is to me.

Every time we are able to add a new technology in our business, it amazes me what all the equipment will do.  I am still wowed by our new NeoPost DS-1200 inserter/addressing machine that runs a speeds of 12,000 per hour.


Printing, Personalizing and Addressing All At The Same Time

April 10, 2012

April 10th, 2012

I have always wanted a digital press that would print, personalize and address..all on one pass of the press.  That dream came true when we recently purchased a Konica Minolta biz hub digital press.  The press is awesome but what is more awesome is the print shop mail software.  We can now accept a customers database, run it through our mailing software to sort in mail stream order and then print four color on both sides and address for mailing..all on one pass of the digital press.  The biggest sheet size is 13×19 so we can print multiple post cards on that sheet.  If it is a 5.5×8.5 post card we can get four of them on the 13×19 sheet.  Imagine addressing those four post cards as it is printed and them multiply that by say a run of 2000.  Sounds impossible to keep them in mail stream order but with the print shop mail software it prints them in an order that when we cut the post cards as 1-2-3-4 and then stack them back up in that order they are still in mail stream order.  We then put the post cards in trays and they are ready to go to the United States Postal Service.

Print and mail in one day?  Yes it is possible if the press is not too heavily booked.  Political season is nearing again and we will be ready for those last minute push in political campaigns.

If you are interested in seeing our biz hub run, give me a call and we will give you a demonstration.