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Richard Romano

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FESPA 2017 Showcases European Wide-Format Introductions

Published May 15, 2017

Last week, FESPA 2017 drew attendees from across Europe and beyond to see the latest in wide-format and specialty printing technology and applications.

 

Premium Content Wide-Format: Shelter From the Coming “Third Wave”?

Published May 1, 2017

We are about to be hit by a “Third Wave” of technology disruption that will negatively impact the demand for print. Or will it? Not all print is created equal these days. Here are some suggestions for how to weather the storm.

 

Print Is the “New Media” at ISA Sign Expo

Published April 24, 2017

Neon. LED. Channel letters. Wooden signs. Magnetic letters. Aside from dynamic digital signage, the “new media” in the sign industry is, strange as it may sound, print. The International Sign Association’s Sign Expo 2017 wrapped up last weekend. Here are some highlights from the show floor and beyond.

 

An Eye for Detail: The Many Layers of Digital Artist Bert Monroy

Published April 17, 2017

Berkeley-based digital artist Bert Monroy has spent more than three decades creating intricately detailed digital fine art. His most complex image is part of a new software retrospective exhibit at the Computer History Museum.

 

Changes Coming to EPA’s Hazardous Waste Regulations

Published April 10, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency made some changes to its “generator standard” regarding the safe disposal of hazardous waste. Here is what the printing industry needs to know.

 

Print To Play an Expanded Role at Upcoming ISA Sign Expo

Published April 3, 2017

ISA Sign Expo 2017 is back in Vegas, with four days of educational sessions, a packed exhibition hall, and some brand-new partnerships and colocations, including the Collaboration in Packaging Production (CPP) Expo.

 

New Strategies Start to Gel at Canon One Event

Published March 27, 2017

Earlier this month, Canon Solutions America hosted its annual analyst and press event in Boca Raton, Fla., debuting new wide-format technologies and market strategies.

 

Rocky Mountain High: Canon Debuts the UVgel-Based Colorado

Published March 9, 2017

At yesterday’s Canon One event in Boca Raton, Canon Solutions America officially launched the Colorado 1640, the first model in the company’s new line of roll-to-roll wide-format printers based on the revolutionary new UVgel ink technology.

 

Premium Content Idealliance’s XCMYK Specification Improves Expanded Gamut Printing

Published March 6, 2017

For many people, color management is like the weather. Everyone talks about it, but no one ever does anything about it. But new machines with new ink sets are turning what was always a tricky issue into an even trickier one.

 

SGIA Becomes an Association Partner with InPrint; Interview with SGIA President Ford Bowers

Published February 27, 2017

As interest in industrial printing gains momentum, the inaugural InPrint USA Industrial Print Show will take place in Orlando in April. We spoke with SGIA President and CEO Ford Bowers about industrial printing in general and the upcoming show in particular.

 

Premium Content Top 10 Best New Business Opportunities

Published January 31, 2017

The next big communication disruption is upon us. There are many ways print businesses should respond, but focusing on specialty items is one way. This article cites IPMA and WhatTheyThink research to explore opportunities in-plants and commercial printing establishments are seeing in 2017.

 

EFI Reinforces Its Commitment to Inkjet at Connect 2017

Published January 24, 2017

Last week’s EFI Connect in Las Vegas saw some new product rollouts, status reports on recent product introductions, and an alternately lighthearted and frightening look at artificial intelligence.

 

Board Meetings: 2017’s Flatbed Printer Roundup

Published January 16, 2017

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

 

Rolling Out the New Year - Rundown of Rollfed Wide-Format Systems

Published January 9, 2017

As we plunge headlong into 2017, let’s kick off the year, as we traditionally do, with a look at the current roll-to-roll printer landscape. Next week, we’ll look at flatbed printers.

 

Troy Story 3: Christmas Wrapping

Published December 23, 2016

The halls, they are decked, the silver bells, they are ringing, and throughout the land a festive Christmas spirit is finally descending upon us. It’s also the electric company’s favorite time of year, I would guess, and it’s always entertaining walking or driving around and seeing how extravagantly some homeowners festoon their homes—tastefully, garishly, and everything in between—with all manner of lights, inflatables, and giant electric snow globes.

 

Wide-Format and Specialty Graphics - What's Next in 2017?

Published December 19, 2016

Last week, we took a wide-format look back at 2016. What lies ahead for wide-format and specialty graphics printing in 2017?

 

When It Rains It Pours

Published December 16, 2016

We’re all familiar with the first telegraph message, the first phone call, and maybe the first message sent from one computer to another . But what about the first cellphone call?

 

That Was the Year That Was: A Wide-Format Look Back at 2016

Published December 13, 2016

2016 is almost over! Whew! So, what were the top growth areas for wide-format? What applications are ascendant? What technologies have emerged and evolved?

 

Premium Content Live and In Person: Offline Marketing Strategies for Specialty Graphics Printers

Published December 5, 2016

Advice abounds for using social and other electronic media for marketing, but don’t ignore some “old school” offline marketing strategies.

 

Premium Content A Trio of Hot Wide Format Application Areas for 2017

Published November 21, 2016

What wide-format and specialty printing products will be in demand in 2017? Sure, one could say “all of them,” but here are three particular areas to pay special attention to in the new year.

 

Agfa 3D Lens Technology Adds a New Dimension to Printed Signage

Published November 7, 2016

There was a time when I could describe lenticular imaging thusly: “You know those prizes that used to come in boxes of Cracker Jack, little cards that if you held it one way it displayed one image and if you held it another it would flip to another image?” It was a low-tech 3D effect or animation, kind of the analog equivalent of an animated GIF.

 

Premium Content Wide-Format and Specialty Printing: New Opportunities for In-Plants

Published October 31, 2016

A recent state of the in-plant industry report finds that in-plant printing departments are well-poised to expand their wide-format and specialty printing options—not just for their parent organizations, but for outside customers, as well.

 

All Projects Great and Small: Benicia, Calif.’s ColorZone Helps Small Businesses Grow

Published October 18, 2016

When Joshua Feller bought a failing trade show graphics company in 2005, he had little idea that it was the start of a journey that would take him into the world of wide-format printing—and the burgeoning world of digital label printing.

 

FastSigns CEO Catherine Monson Talks About International Expansion

Published October 6, 2016

WhatTheyThink Senior Analyst Richard Romano talks to FastSigns CEO Catherine Monson about recent expansion into 5 countries in Central America, activity in Brazil and Mexico, and development in Southeast Asia.

 

SGIA 2016 Wrapup: This—and Next—Year’s Models

Published October 3, 2016

A collection of new products and product previews that were seen on the show floor at last month’s SGIA Expo.

 

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