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Richard Romano

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For This Wrap Cup Master, Competition is Education

Published July 11, 2016

This year’s FESPA Wrap Cup Master Jim Miller started in vehicle graphics at the age of 15, applying screen printed decals to his father’s Little Debbie truck. Today, Miller Decals installs vehicle graphics and other types of displays for more than 600 customers around the country.

 

Wide-Format 101: One for the Cutters

Published June 20, 2016

In the latest installment of our occasional Wide-Format 101 series, we offer a primer on basic finishing processes, specifically rollfed cutters and flatbed cutting tables.

 

Wide-Format at Drupa—That Was The Week One That Was

Published June 6, 2016

Drupa 2016 thus far has not had a lot of wide-format announcements per se, but corrugated—one point where wide-format and packaging meet—is playing a big role this year, with some major announcements.

 

Drupa 2016 from a Wide-Format Perspective

Published May 24, 2016

drupa opens at the end of this month and while drupa has not traditionally been one of the go-to shows for wide-format printing, as wide-format has become a hot topic in the general commercial printing market, it is taking a bigger role at this year’s show.

 

Lack of Speed Kills: Lessons from Durst’s Retail 2020

Published May 17, 2016

The biggest issue facing print buyers for retail brands is turn time and speed to market. How can print service providers best help retailers solve this problem?

 

The Latest Latex Wideformat Printers

Published May 9, 2016

Last week, HP announced two new series of Latex printers, so this seems as good a time as any to offer a little “Latex 101” primer for those who may be new to the topic and technology.

 

Premium Content Software for Wide-Format: Beyond the Creative Cloud

Published May 2, 2016

Two weeks ago, at Roland’s second annual ImagiNATION user conference, Giveme Help’s Mark Rugen ran down a list of some lesser-known image editing programs and other utilities for professionals doing design and production for wide-format graphics. Here are some highlights.

 

ISA Sign Expo: Beyond Signage

Published April 25, 2016

If the ISA Sign Expo 2016 demonstrated one thing—and it demonstrated far more than one thing—it was that “signage” is part of a much larger graphic ecosystem than can include products and applications seemingly far-removed from signs.

 

Premium Content New Avenues of Success: Landaal Packaging Systems Thrives On Adversity

Published April 18, 2016

When the auto industry crashed and burned in 2007–2008, and their biggest client pulled most of their business, Michigan’s Landaal Packaging Systems saw an opportunity to reinvent itself with digital wide-format printing.

 

The Signs Are Good for Next Month’s ISA Sign Expo

Published March 28, 2016

Sign Expo 2016 comes to Orlando, with four days of educational sessions, keynotes, and a packed exhibition hall. As an added bonus, both Roland’s ImagiNATION 2016 and Durst’s Retail 2020 are colocated with this year’s Sign Expo.

 

Xerox Previews New Inkjet and iGen Offerings at Pre-drupa Event

Published March 21, 2016

A new iGen, new production inkjet models, and software solutions were pre-announced to Xerox customers and the media at a special event held last week at the Gil Hatch Center in upstate New York.

 

A Closer Look at Digital Dye-Sublimation Printing

Published March 14, 2016

There are a number of different printing technologies used to print fabrics and textiles. One of the most common—and the one that is getting the most attention these days—is dye sublimation. What is dye sublimation printing, and what do you need to take advantage of the technology?

 

Textile Printing 101

Published March 7, 2016

Digital textile printing is seemingly everywhere, and many sources tout it as a high growth area. New product announcements are also coming thick and fast. But what are the basics of digital textile printing? This week, we offer a basic primer on the topic.

 

Beyond-the-Box Thinking at Canon Solutions America Anniversary Event

Published February 29, 2016

Canon Solutions America hosted its third anniversary event last week in Boca Raton, Fla., highlighting the state of the market, new product developments, and customer case studies. In this feature, we focus on the company’s wide-format offerings.

 

Meet SGIA President and CEO Ford Bowers—Part 2

Published February 23, 2016

On February 1, Ford Bowers took the reins as president and CEO of SGIA, succeeding Michael Robertson after nearly 33 years of service. In Part 2 of this two-part interview, we talk with Ford about the SGIA Expo, as well as the overall challenges facing the wide-format and specialty graphics printing industry.

 

Meet SGIA President and CEO Ford Bowers—Part 1

Published February 16, 2016

On February 1, Ford Bowers took the reins as president and CEO of SGIA, succeeding Michael Robertson after nearly 33 years of service. In Part 1 of this two-part interview, we talk with Ford Bowers about his history with Miller Zell, his plans for SGIA, the role of the trade association in today’s landscape.

 

The Road to Wideformat Commoditization

Published February 8, 2016

Commoditization has come creeping into wide-format and specialty graphics, but does it mean the end of profitability?

 

Inkjet Ecosystems: Notes From EFI Connect 2016

Published January 25, 2016

EFI is integrating hardware and software for specialty printing applications, as well as making the most of its many recent acquisitions. Here are some wide-format-related highlights.

 

Wide-Format Quick Hits for January

Published January 19, 2016

Herewith a handful of recent new announcements that caught your Section Editor’s eye.

 

Premium Content What’s New(s) In Flatbed Wide-Format Printers?

Published January 11, 2016

Our annual rundown of the current flatbed wide-format printer landscape.

 

Premium Content What’s New(s) in Roll-to-Roll Printers?

Published January 4, 2016

Our annual rundown of the current rollfed wide-format printer landscape.

 

Premium Content Wideformat 2016: The Road Ahead

Published December 21, 2015

Last week, we took a wide-format look back at 2015. Now let’s switch directions. What can we expect in 2016? Before we answer that, though, what is 2016 likely to hold for the printing industry in general?

 

2016 Printing Industry Business Conditions Report

Published December 21, 2015

These are the results of the Economics and Research Center’s (ERC) survey conducted in October and November 2015.

 

Premium Content That Was the Year That Was: A Wide-Format Look Back at 2015

Published December 14, 2015

What were the top growth areas for wide-format in 2015? What applications are ascendant? What technologies are emerging and evolving?

 

Premium Content Wide Format: Evolving Applications and the Supply Chain

Published December 7, 2015

Digital wide-format printing is one of the most significant growth areas in the entire print industry. InfoTrends offers some of its data on the top-growing wide-format printing applications, and takes a look at how the supply chain for equipment, supplies, and consumables is changing.

 

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