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Williams & Heintz Map Helps You Print Smart for International Print Day16

Use #PrintSmart on social media to learn about all the great things that you can do with print in International Print Day, October, 19, 2016

Use #PrintSmart and #IPD16 on social media to learn about all the great things that you can do with print on International Print Day, October, 19, 2016

Happy International Print Day!

This year the International Print Day theme is Print Smart. #PrintSmart is all about sharing education and resources for learning about how wonderfully relevant print is in the digital age.

At Williams & Heintz Map Corporation, we would like to share some Map Printing Tips. Our map printing tips were originally published as a series of posts when we first started our blog. We answer frequently asked questions about Map Pre-Press, Map Printing, and Map Folding.

Map Printing FAQ

How do I choose the paper for my map?

How do I  decide on the size of my map?

How do I choose ink colors for my map?

What do I need to consider about Map folding and finishing?

Is it important to ask questions and communicate with my printer?

 

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FREE SHIPPING on NOAA POD Charts

Cape Hatteras, NC NOAA POD Chart 11520

Now you get FREE SHIPPING on NOAA POD Charts on any order over $100!

Williams & Heintz Map Corporation Print on Demand (POD) nautical charts are produced under the authority of the National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA is the national hydrographic office for the United States of America. The data from which these POD chart are produced is certified by NOAA for navigation use. POD charts meet the requirements for the mandatory carriage of nautical charts established by the U.S. Coast Guard and published in Titles 33 and 46, Code of Federal Regulations, including the requirements for updating.

Williams & Heintz Map offers the POD Charts on two durable and water resistant kinds of paper:

24 lb. JCP E-20 High Wet Strength Map Paper, a white paper with a lithographic finish that is made to be used out in the elements. This economical paper is fully functional even when wet.

36 lb. JCP E-50 Chart Paper, genuine 50% cotton nautical chart paper, the same kind of paper as the lithographically printed charts that mariners are accustomed to.

NOAA has authorized Williams & Heintz Map Corporation to sell NOAA’s paper nautical charts that are printed when the customer orders them, or “on demand.” The information on the charts is still maintained by NOAA, and the charts are corrected with Notices to Mariners up to the week of purchase.

We print the charts at Super Fine – 1440 x 720 DPI, up to 64 inches wide, on a G7 calibrated wide-format printer.

Williams & Heintz uses no toxic solvent inks or dangerous UV processes.

Williams & Heintz Map is First FAA Approved Print Provider

Williams & Heintz is excited to announce that we are now an FAA Approved Print Porovider  VFR and EnRoute Charts.  We are looking forward to working with all of FAA’s current Chart Agents.

Williams & Heintz Map is excited to announce that we are now an FAA Approved Print Provider of VFR and EnRoute Charts. We are looking forward to working with all of FAA’s current Chart Agents.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Aeronautical Information Services (AJV-5), is transitioning to an Available on Demand (AOD) model for all aeronautical charts and related products. In other words, the printing and distribution of all paper products will be met from FAA Approved Print Providers in the near future.

More information about Williams & Heintz Map Corp. becoming the first  FAA Approved Print Provider will be coming soon.

Williams & Heintz Map Sweeps Map Printing Awards

Holly and Mark Budd at the PGAMA Excellence in Print 2016 award winner Best in Category: Digital Map, a POD Chart printed for NOAA.

Holly and Mark Budd at the PGAMA Excellence in Print 2016 award winner Best in Category: Digital Map, a POD Chart printed for NOAA.

Williams & Heintz Map attended the Printing and Graphics Association MidAtlantic (PGAMA) 2016 Excellence in Print Awards March 10th. Our maps won Best of Category  in the Digital Map  and Process Map.

Our printing of a NOAA POD Chart won Best in Category for Digital Maps. Williams & Heintz Map is a Certified NOAA POD Chart Printer.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  has authorized Williams & Heintz Map Corporation to sell NOAA’s paper nautical charts that are printed when the customer orders them, or “on demand.” The information on the charts is still maintained by NOAA, and the charts are corrected with Notices to Mariners up to the week of purchase. The certified charts are the ones that mariners should use for navigation. They make great wall art too.

Our printing and folding of the International Travel Maps & Books (ITMB) Africa Travel Reference Map won Best in Category for Process Maps.  The map is printed in 4 color process, offset lithography. The big beautiful Africa Map is 990 mm by 1300 mm. It folds to 100 mm by 248 mm. The scale is 1:5,000,000. ITMB of Vancouver Canada, has one of the most complete and impressive offerings of maps covering the globe.

Thank you to our customers, with great projects, who choose us to print your maps so that we can win prizes!

IITMB Africa Map

ITMB Africa Map won Best in Category: Process Map at the PGAMA Excellence in Print 2016 Awards Gala.

 

 

One if by Land, Two if by Sea

The New York Times just published (February 11, 2016) an opinion piece about using the GPS: Ignore the GPS. That Ocean Is Not a Road. By Greg Milner.

Milner gives us some great examples of people who have been led astray by faithfully following their GPS directions for hundreds of miles, across countries, to wrong cities, and into oceans.

Why do people unquestioningly follow their GPS device into the ocean or off a cliff?

Their use weakens our mental maps.

Most of us use GPS as a crutch while driving through unfamiliar terrain, tuning out and letting that soothing voice do the dirty work of navigating. Since the explosive rise of in-car navigation systems around 10 years ago, several studies have demonstrated empirically what we already know instinctively. Cornell researchers who analyzed the behavior of drivers using GPS found drivers “detached” from the “environments that surround them.” Their conclusion: “GPS eliminated much of the need to pay attention.”

The GPS is a great tool. So is a printed map. They complement each other. I like to use both.

I am not alone in that view. Over on the Practical Sailor Facebook page, they published an article from the Coast Guard News, announcing the approval of the official electronic chart.

“The Coast Guard will allow mariners to use official electronic charts instead of paper charts, if they choose to do so. With real-time voyage planning and monitoring information at their fingertips, mariners will no longer have the burden of maintaining a full portfolio of paper charts,” said Capt. Scott J. Smith, the chief of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Navigation Systems. This technology will also allow mariners to take advantage of information and data to enhance situational awareness during voyage planning and while underway.

They ask, “What’s your opinion on digital vs. paper charts?” The comments  say it all! The sailors want printed paper charts to use with their electronic navigation systems.

So,

One if by Land:  Be sure you take a look at your map and check put the big picture before you jump in the car, program your GPS, and tune out.

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Two if by Sea:  Keep an updated paper chart for backup!

As always, Williams & Heintz would be pleased to give you a quote on your map printing project or print a NOAA POD Chart for you.

Season’s Greetings from Williams & Heintz

Season’s Greetings from all of us at Williams & Heintz Map Corp.

Enjoy the video of the Hospice Tree that we decorated for Calvert Hospice Festival of Trees. We made the paper boats, mermaids, fish, and snowflakes from our out of date Maryland and Virginia Cruising Guides.

The 2016-2017 Williams & Heintz Maryland and Virginia Cruising Guides can be ordered now for Christmas deliveries  of the chart books. So recycle and reuse your old charts, time to ring in the new.

Soundtrack: Fish Bowl by Scott Holmes

Paper boats, mermaids, fish, and snowflakes on the Williams & Heintz Corp tree for Calvert Hospice Festival of Trees

Williams & Heintz Map Corp. Volunteer Travels to Tanzania to Share Skills with Local Farmers

I just got back from Tanzania with the Farmer to Farmer program that promotes economic growth and Agricultural development in East Africa!

Holly Heintz Budd and some of the CRS Farmer to Farmer participants in Muvwa Village, Mbeya, Tanzania

Holly Heintz Budd and some of the CRS Farmer to Farmer participants in Muvwa Village, Mbeya, Tanzania

I traveled to Tanzania for 2½ weeks to share my technical skills and expertise with local farmers. My assignment is part of Catholic Relief Services’ Farmer-to-Farmer (CRS FTF) program that promotes economic growth, food security, and agricultural development in East Africa.

In addition to being a map printer, I am a smallholder farmer. I grow food for my family and am the chair of the Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association. This experience gave me the opportunity to stretch my limits. I have always found that I learn so much from teaching others. Plus, it is awesome to share the knowledge and experience that I have gained over the years, with a project promoting social justice.

In Tanzania, I worked with Caritas Mbeya, training in organizational development, association strengthening, and giving technical assistance to smallholder farmers. The objective is to enable smallholder farmer groups in Mbalizi Parish to improve leadership and management, enhanced group dynamics and cohesion, strengthen their associations and cooperation. 121 farmers attended the trainings, which will benefit up to 3000 villagers in the area.

I taught the farmers in Mchewe, Itimba, and Muvwa Villages in Mbeya, Tanzania about contracts and contract farming. We analyzed the strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities of their groups. Strong cooperative groups will help the farmers pool their resources to balance their power with the middlemen/buyers, and obtain contracts to sell a larger amount of product. The groups will be able to support members and save product to sell when scarce and prices are higher. We discussed, target markets and marketing mix. We talked about mission, objectives, what articles to include in their bylaws to strengthen and insure transparency and fairness. I even came up with “Holly’s 9 Leadership Tips”.

 “One thing we are certain of is that this program will be beneficial not just to the farmers in East Africa, but also to the volunteers from America,” said Bruce White, CRS’ director for the program. “It’s going to make the world a little bit smaller for everyone involved.” I agree!

Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the five-year program matches the technical assistance of U.S. farmers, agribusinesses, cooperatives, and universities to help farmers in developing countries improve agricultural productivity, access new markets, and increase their incomes.

My volunteer assignment is one of nearly 500 assignments that focus on agriculture, food security and nutrition in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda. This is the first time CRS has been involved in the 28-year-old Farmer-to-Farmer Program funded by the U.S. government. The U.S. volunteers travel to East Africa for anywhere from one to six weeks, their expenses covered by USAID.

 

 

It’s Earth Day, Hope You Do Something Green to Celebrate!

It’s Earth Day! Hope You Do Something Green to Celebrate- I am going for a walk in the forest.

  • Forests cover one third of the earth’s land and absorb massive amounts of carbon dioxide making them a major instrument in mitigating climate change.
  • They absorb airborne impurities and give off oxygen allowing us to breathe clean air.
  • Forests protect our watersheds and provide us with clean water.
  • They are home to the majority of the world’s terrestrial species, and many people around the world—1.6 billion according to the World Wildlife Fund—depend on forests for their livelihoods.

The wise use of the world’s forests is critical to our survival and a healthy environment.  Forests are vital in maintaining life as we know it.

paper and sustainable forestryWe are often led to believe that using paper is bad for the environment and that forest practices always lead to eroded lands and fewer trees—not so in North America!

As can be seen on the above Two Sides infographic:

  • Wood from well-managed forests is a sustainable resource that is renewable, recyclable and can be planted, grown, harvested and replanted.
  • Most paper is made using wood by-products (chips) from the lumber industry and recycled paper rather than whole trees which are typically used for lumber production.
  • Forests in the U.S and Canada grow significantly more wood than is harvested each year.

After my I walk in the forest, I am going to plant my American Plum tree that I got at a community Earth Day celebration last weekend. I hope you do something green to celebrate Earth Day too!

We love Maps: 2015-2016 is International Map Year

We love maps International Map Year (IMY) 2015-2016

At Williams & Heintz Map, we are excited about the opportunities that International Map Year (IMY) 2015-2016 provides to demonstrate, follow, and get involved in the art, science and technology of making and using maps and geographic information.

International Map Year is a worldwide celebration of maps and their unique role in our world.  It provides opportunities to demonstrate, follow, and get involved in the art, science and technology of making and using maps and geographic information. Supported by the United Nations, IMY is an intensive international, interdisciplinary, scientific, and social strategy to focus on the importance of maps and geographic information in the world today. The most important legacies will be a new generation of cartographers and geographic information scientists, as well as an exceptional level of interest and participation from professionals, schoolchildren, the general public, and decision-makers, worldwide.

International Map Year is organized by the International Cartographic Association (ICA), and endorsed by the International Map Industry Association. IMIA will promote the International Map Year as part of the IMIA Americas Region Conference ‘International Map Year’, September 27–29, 2015, Washington, D.C. USA.

Soil Maps

2015 is the United Nations International Year of Soils

The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (IYS 2015).  In honor of this, here are two soil maps from the Williams & Heintz Map Vault.

Soil map of Talbot County, MD 1929

Soil map of Talbot County, MD. Printed by Williams & Heintz  Co. in 1929.

SOIL MAP From: SOIL LANDSCAPES AND GEOMORPHIC REGIONS-BEMIDJI SHEET Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, DEPARTMENT OF SOIL SCIENCE

Section of a SOIL MAP Printed by Williams & Heintz Map Corp. in the 1980s.
From: SOIL LANDSCAPES AND GEOMORPHIC REGIONS-BEMIDJI SHEET
Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, DEPARTMENT OF SOIL SCIENCE

Why International Year of Soils?

Soils are a finite natural resource and are nonrenewable on a human time scale.  Soils are the foundation for food, animal feed, fuel and natural fiber production, the supply of clean water, nutrient cycling and a range of ecosystem functions.  The area of fertile soils covering the world’s surface is limited and increasingly subject to degradation, poor management and loss to urbanization.  Increased awareness of the life-supporting functions of soil is called for if this trend is to be reversed and so enable the levels of food production necessary to meet the demands of population levels predicted for 2050.  Soil Science Society of America

You can find interactive, digital soil maps on line at GlobalSoilMap.net and at the USDA’s Web Soil Survey.

The FAO/UNESCO Soil Map of the World  has published soil maps of continents and large regions at 1:5 000 000 scale. They would look great as print maps! 😉

 

 

 

 

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