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James Kohler on Frank on "Paper Shamers":
Great Speech Frank!!! I’m getting ready to do a similar episode on International Paper’s IPIQ YouTue site - Paper and the forest. If you ever visit the IP’s Ticonderoga mill in update NY, notice all the beautiful forests surrounding the mill. How int
 

Frank Cost on Frank on "Paper Shamers":
I was so ashamed of using paper, I began to use parchment for everything. Then they told me I was wasting cows. I told them the cows wouldn't even be here if it weren't for my need for parchment.
 

Joe Webb on Frank on "Paper Shamers":
This is for Frank... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZa26_esLBE Today's fully-caffeinated Frank is absolutely correct... I once engaged someone online and I asked "if people are already getting 100 lb less mail per household alone (and that was
 

Alex Khaimov on The Great, Outdoors: Attention to Detail Goes a Long Way Toward Creating Effective Outdoor Graphics:
Outdoor fabric banners are an excellent option for large format graphics. They have more of a natural feel and drape more elegantly. Because they are less reflective, the design will be seen better when the sun hits the fabric directly. http://www.
 

Alex Khaimov on The Great, Outdoors: Attention to Detail Goes a Long Way Toward Creating Effective Outdoor Graphics:
Outdoor fabric banners are an excellent option for large format graphics. They have more of a natural feel and drape more elegantly. Because they are less reflective, the design will be seen better when the sun hits the fabric directly. http://http
 

Paul Gardner on Amazon and On-Demand Clothing Manufacturing:
It's a joy to watch what we Printers have learned about on-demand and custom manufacturing being applied to a ever-wider range of industries. Sometimes, as with Amazon's clothing project, there's a connection to Print. Other times not, but there's so
 

Sherman Rawding on The Role of a Product Owner in Print Software:
Great article and informative video! I can appreciate the advice to say no. Thanks!
 

Robert Godwin on Thayer Long on NPES Rebrand and New Mission:
Thayer, First, love the beard! Second, the name change is in line with where the industry is moving. Tech has automated, successfully, many of the 'black box' solutions of the past only a wizened craftsperson could provide. Color management is muc
 

Adam Dewitz on iLearning from Printing Industries of America: All new, available 24/7:
@Megan visit https://www.printing.org/ilearning
 

Megan Huston on iLearning from Printing Industries of America: All new, available 24/7:
How do we find out the extent and what is offered with the iLearning Program?
 

Gina Danner on Two Sides Video Ties Sustainable Forestry to Real People:
This is a wonderfully produced video. For one thing the landscape is beautiful. I love the message and the care that was taken to share the story of the Rainey and their true love of the land. Every print service provider should be sharing this
 

ALAN DARLING on Salesforce.com Releases Fourth Annual “State of Marketing”:
Wow! So much focus on multi-channel marketing from so many sources for 2018! Am I seeing a pattern here?
 

Robert Camberlain on How Investing in Workflow Can Help Your Bottomline:
Hey Pat, This is wonderful, thank you so much!! Rob
 

Marilize Fondse Diedericks on This Point Forward: A Look Ahead at 2018 :
Have a good Marketing Company back your business. They will advise a good strategy based on your business and budget.
 

Howie Fenton on Print Business Differentiation :
I agree with Patrick on this one Jennifer: great article and I too believe that workflow can be a significant competitive differentiator. In my opinion the perceived value of the workflow depends on the customer and the application. For some custo
 

Patrick Whelan on Print Business Differentiation :
And yet another incredible article. Thank you Jennifer. I believe differentiation is the most important thing printers can do. Your suggestions are spot on but I think there are also other ways for differentiation. Such as positioning their brands as
 

Gerhard Maertterer on Heating Up: Retargeting with Direct Mail:
Consumers often visit online shops only to compare prices. And because there ?is no personal contact as in bricks and mortar shops, consumers have no shame in simply abandoning their shopping carts. So how do you get these customers to make a purchas
 

dong phat on Using Overall Equipment Effectiveness in Flexo Packaging Printing:
Availability
 

Marilize Fondse Diedericks on Frank Tours the Museum of Printing :
Way way back..
 

Marilize Fondse Diedericks on Here’s How You Can Help Take the Pulse of the Industry!:
The big question is how your industry is changing, and how to remain competitive. Technology will be a key driver and will continue to do so.
 

JIm Bannon on Apple iOS 11 Natively Supports QR Codes:
I have been the lonely voice for YEARS -- #Push2GO #EngageDirectMeasure #QRCodes #ThankYouJimForThe150Dollars #AllThingsMobile
 

Joe Webb on More Reasons to Focus on Print-to-Mobile:
A few comments to bolster the case made by Heidi. E-commerce at just 10% of retail sales sounds like it's low. It's not. Retail sales includes motor vehicles and other big ticket items. Many of those cannot be legally purchased online -- the legal pu
 

David L. Zwang on Jerry Williamson, Former Chairman of Williamson Printing, Passes at Age 78:
I had the opportunity work with Jerry and his brother years ago. Jerry was not only a gentleman, but a great leader in his company and in the industry as well. A one of a kind...
 

Paul White on Frank Tours the Museum of Printing :
Joe, I believe he kissed a press after his Gutenberg presentation!
 

Joe Webb on Frank Tours the Museum of Printing :
At least he didn't kiss a press this time
 

Sandeep Goyal on Sustainability and Uflex win it BIG at AIMA’s Innovation Practitioners Summit:
its great that India gains 44 million USD simply by reducing the waste of fruits by 1%. So this is what the power of packaging and kudos to Uflex from PackagingConnections in India
 

Luther Erlund on Frank Tours the Museum of Printing :
He had to "touch" everything - some items twice!!
 

Joe Webb on Frank Tours the Museum of Printing :
Frank!! Frank!! Stop looking where you left your glasses! You have them on!
 

Bryan Manwaring on Do We Need to Move Beyond the Terms “Prepress” and “Workflow”?:
Great article Heidi, thanks for sharing. It’s interesting to see how narrow terms in the past have become more broad as the print industry as a whole has become more complex and integrated. The same is true for wide-format and grand-format print, and
 

Dov Isaacs on Frank Tours the Museum of Printing :
This left Frank speechless. Not even a word from him?!?!?
 

Paul White on Frank Tours the Museum of Printing :
This is a wonderful museum, chock full of nostalgic machines & artifacts from our past. It's a great place to visit for anyone interested in the history & evolution of the printed word.
 

Patrick Whelan on Frank Tours the Museum of Printing :
This is awesome!
 

Cary Sherburne on From 3D to 2D: An Interesting Journey:
Pete, thanks for the insight. I believe the "mainstream" comment of 20 years out by Mr Barak was more about consumers having 3D printers in their homes for everyday use. But otherwise, you make some great points!
 

Cary Sherburne on From 3D to 2D: An Interesting Journey:
I received this comment in and email from Gartner's Pete Basiliere who focuses on the 3D market and have included it here with his permission: I read your article about Gal Barak with great interest. So much so that I was compelled to write. C
 

Dov Isaacs on Frank Flashback: Marketing4Digital Report on Selling Digital Print to Specific Markets:
Frank, You are still teaching. Get one of your RIT or CalPoly classes to do an updated version of these books as a senior project!
 

HARVEY LEVENSON on Former Baldwin Technology VP John MacPhee Passes:
We lost a true gentleman and professional. John was a good friend and tremendous supporter of graphic arts education. I’ve worked with John on various levels over many years, and will miss him very much.
 

Raj Garg on How Digital Technologies are Impacting Package Printing with New Embellishment Tools:
Jeff,love to know more about the study. Please message me at raj.garg@kodak.com
 

Robert Godwin on How Investing in Workflow Can Help Your Bottomline:
Pat, Workflow optimization is MUCH sexier than any digital press. I consider it the foreplay to any useful output...digital or otherwise. ;)
 

John Zarwan on Using Overall Equipment Effectiveness in Flexo Packaging Printing:
Of course. The focus was the the press. Of course it's the entire operation, from design and prepress to finishing and converting.
 

David Singletary on Using Overall Equipment Effectiveness in Flexo Packaging Printing:
I guess after availability quality, and performance, there is one aspect that matters a lot is deliverability.The deliverability is the actual factors that affect the mass or customer base.
 

Pat McGrew on Frank Flashback: Marketing4Digital Report on Selling Digital Print to Specific Markets:
Yo Frank! I loved these when they were new and I still have all of them in PDF, and I agree. Nothing like it has come to us since. I would love to dust them off and try to update them. I've tried to get funding for that several times, and sadly, no o
 

Georgee Martino on Using Overall Equipment Effectiveness in Flexo Packaging Printing:
In today's modern world, manufacturers are moving forward in the utilization of modern-day technologies and adopting new methods and ways for printing their product packaging to make their looks exciting and interesting for the customers. By transfer
 

D Gary Arsenault on Keith Markham Joins Southern Lithoplate in New Senior Technical Sales Specialist Position:
Congratulations Keith on your new position at Southern Litho. Looking forward to growing your market share up here in BC. Best Regards, Gary.
 

Jennifer Matt on My Evolving Opinions on Project Management:
Joseph, I don't think we know enough at the beginning of projects to be 100% sure of anything. I think we need to constantly be re-assessing our priorities. In many projects I've been involved with over the last few years, I've heard myself say "w
 

Jennifer Matt on My Evolving Opinions on Project Management:
Brian, What is Agile? It is a project methodology that is based on the fact that YOU DON'T KNOW HOW THIS PROJECT IS GOING TO GO FROM START TO FINISH. I think this is the #1 problem with "traditional" project management. We sit in a conference r
 

Brian Shipe on My Evolving Opinions on Project Management:
Jennifer, Thank you very much for this post. I can whole heartily vouch for the approach of Agile (with Jira) in software development projects. Scratching my head a bit on how to Port that workflow into an MIS implementation. Do you use User Stories
 

Joseph Pasky on My Evolving Opinions on Project Management:
Realities of the Project Schedule: "The first 95% of a project takes 95% of the time; the remaining 5% of the project takes the other 95% of the time"
 

David Dilling on Do We Need to Move Beyond the Terms “Prepress” and “Workflow”?:
What is amazing, is that the same preflight problems of yesterday, still exist today in prepress. Even with parts of the traditional prepress process having moved to the designers. Yet that is not always the case. I guess my point is, that some of th
 

Robert Godwin on Inkjet Head Technology Innovation at Konica Minolta Opens Up New Applications:
Gavin, The 'Third Leg", as you put it, is solutions. As important a role that technology plays, the solutions facilitate getting the client's work into the shop. This the weakest link in many shops that adopt a newer technology. Articulating the val
 

David L. Zwang on Do We Need to Move Beyond the Terms “Prepress” and “Workflow”?:
Great article Heidi.. I remember having this discussion when I produced a workshop on workflow for Scitex. As Chris said, workflow is not print industry specific. What we ultimately settled on was that specific operations are joined together in pr
 

Richard Akam on Do We Need to Move Beyond the Terms “Prepress” and “Workflow”?:
Interesting topic, Heidi...I am with Chris, workflow applies to every production process, including the sales and csr activity. As MIS systems become more and more in the mix of connecting the various processes, even more so, does the term workflow a
 

Chris Lynn on Do We Need to Move Beyond the Terms “Prepress” and “Workflow”?:
I'm struggling to see the difficulty here. 'Workflow' is a general term (not print industry-specific) that, per Wikipedia, is "an orchestrated and repeatable pattern of business activity enabled by the systematic organization of resources into proces
 

Laurens Leurs on Do We Need to Move Beyond the Terms “Prepress” and “Workflow”?:
@Cary - I'm afraid it is too late for that. The word 'workflow' got hijacked early on to describe prepress software solutions even though the term is far too generic for that. It applies to a dozen other processes just as well but you cannot 'undo th
 

Allen Filson on Do We Need to Move Beyond the Terms “Prepress” and “Workflow”?:
Great article Heidi. You’re absolutely spot on with the need to better define roles. Workflow and prepress used to be simple. We Had Scitex Systems, Creo/Kodak Prinergy, Agfa Apogee, Heidelberg Prinect, and a few others. Now we have MIS system int
 

Pat McGrew on Do We Need to Move Beyond the Terms “Prepress” and “Workflow”?:
It is as though you were reading my mind. I struggle with the terms as well. At the highest level we all know what has to happen to go from idea to printed piece, but how we call the process points varies widely. Even onboarding has different start a
 

Cary Sherburne on Do We Need to Move Beyond the Terms “Prepress” and “Workflow”?:
Thought provoking article, Heidi. Thanks! It seems that it should be all of a piece ... even including the sales process, whether it is in person or online. Companies that are not integrating and automating are doing themselves a disservice and will
 

Frank Romano on Sophie Matthews-Paul dies aged 68:
Farewell Sophie We love you
 

Terry Teal on Print Software Investments Have to Fit into Your Technology Stack:
Jennifer, I think that you are spot on with this article about new investments that need to play well in their current technology stack. We see that thi technology stack could include CRM, ERP (MIS), VDP technology, skills, etc. Thanks for sharing
 

Seth Meyer on Scodix starts commercial roll-out of Scodix E106 Digital Enhancement Press :
Another revolutionary product from Scodix! I’m excited to see the E106 in action.
 

Eddy Hagen on The Truth is Not Always in the Headline:
Great article dr. Joe! It really shows the need for good and all encompassing data before making judgements. This quote says it all: "So when you hear that e-books are declining, or print books are rising, or that LPs are returning, be sure to ask
 

tony cruz-uribe on Frank Talks about a Slowdown In Ebooks And An Upsurge In Printed Books:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/book-publishers-go-back-to-basics-1507983856
 

Marco Boer on The Truth is Not Always in the Headline:
Joe, great column. Good analysis is all about putting information in context.
 

alex son on Takeaways from the 2017 Social Media Marketing Report:
Thanks for sharing full details of Social media marketing report. Facebook and Twitter are big social media sites.
 

Rich Gorecki on Frank Talks about a Slowdown In Ebooks And An Upsurge In Printed Books:
Can you send me the ink to that WSJ article?
 

Robert Godwin on PrintIQ's Approach to MIS and Workflow:
I have seen the demo walk through. The system is comprehensive and well thought out. The suites/modules make it a viable solution for just about any printer. large or small.
 

David Singletary on Solution Selling of Print: Find the Challenges Important to the Customer:
Thats true, everybody is looking for solution that solves their business challenges. Gone are the days when people are looking for the features provided by solutions or software.
 

Eddy Hagen on Debunking the Top 10 Cloud Myths:
A short follow-up: Google Docs had an outage yesterday, lasting a little over 1 hour (https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/15/google-docs-outage/). So even with the biggest players in the cloud, outages can occur. We have to be realistic about that.
 

Eddy Hagen on Understanding the Alphabet Soup of Expanded Gamut Printing:
That's interesting info Timothy! I'm looking forward to find out more about that second part, the CMYK+OGV. I wonder how big that gamut will be, both compared to XCMYK and 'regular' CMYKOGV (I guess there will also be an improved here, as with XC
 

Ray Rafalowski on Benefits of Belonging to a Purchasing Cooperative:
It was great working with you and the GAA member companies. I believe we established a mutually beneficial relationship and helped the member companies compete with the big guys.
 

Timothy Baechle on Understanding the Alphabet Soup of Expanded Gamut Printing:
XCMYK has been well received globally, especially among printers wanting more vibrant colors in graphically driven printed collateral. This has been quite popular in the publishing space, as well as in the digital space where digital presses are capa
 

Eddy Hagen on Understanding the Alphabet Soup of Expanded Gamut Printing:
Interesting article, especially the XCMYK part: "Standard ISO 12647-2 compliant CMYK inks can be used with a higher ink film thickness to achieve this extended gamut." I've looked at the info from Idealliance and especially the gamut analysis by M
 

Gordon Pritchard on Understanding the Alphabet Soup of Expanded Gamut Printing:
The Fort Dearborn Company has been printing hundreds of thousands of labels for at least 10 years now ( https://www.fortdearborn.com/printing/ ) - and they do talk, though not loudly publically, about it. They’ve rebranded the process they use HiColo
 

Helene Smith on Inkjet Insight Expands Analyst Resources for the Inkjet Community:
Congratulations, Andy; and to Inkjet Insight! Andy is a pro -- one of that very special handful of high integrity and brilliance. All the very best!
 

Pat Berger on Sun Chemical Launches New UV/EB Inks for Food Packaging Applications:
Is it deinkable?
 

Pat Berger on Ricoh Announces Launch of Compact High Speed Inkjet Platform:
Are the products produced deinkable?
 

Jordan Darragh on Frank Learns about PrintReleaf at Print17:
The percent of paper sourced from unsustainable sources is dynamic, not finite, but enough to surface the creation and ongoing development of sustainable sourcing standards such as FSC/SFI et al beginning 20+ years ago...resulting from customer deman
 

Gordon Pritchard on Frank Learns about PrintReleaf at Print17:
I'm glad you've returned as a result of my last comment. As I had originally stated, if you want to plant trees - great. If you want to support social initiatives - that's also great. However, implying that deforestation is related to paper usage
 

Jordan Darragh on Frank Learns about PrintReleaf at Print17:
Gordon, I received email notification of your comment. I stopped responding when you and Dov lowered the standard for constructive conversation; questioning the integrity of our solution and, moreover, our well respected industry partners. We, alon
 

Gordon Pritchard on Frank Learns about PrintReleaf at Print17:
It appears that Jordan Darragh has left the building.
 

David Singletary on Fall in Love with the Problem:
Such a wonderful post having deep thoughts regarding the web to print solution. The title is so catchy that couldn't stop myself reading the entire article. Thanks a lot
 

Tony Hodgson on Fall in Love with the Problem:
Thank you for another thoughtful and instructive piece, Jen, and for sharing the "fall in love with the problem" slogan. So true. Also, my friends at locr GmbH in Germany are taking your Print Industry Education Gap message to heart. For 2018, ins
 

Dov Isaacs on Frank Learns about PrintReleaf at Print17:
Gordon, +1! Excellent points. There is no question that the world is suffering due to deforestation, but that has nothing to do with printing in the United States. And if PrintReleaf knows of paper companies (either domestic or international
 

Rossitza Sardjeva on Presstek DI ECO-UV Draws Notable Attention from IPEX Visitors:
Presstek DI technology is a well known with very high print quality - direct imaging and dry offset printing process.....
 

Gordon Pritchard on Frank Learns about PrintReleaf at Print17:
I hope this important discussion remains open and public rather than being hidden in private emails. The top 10 drivers of deforestation (http://tinyurl.com/y894v9aw) are: Commercial Agriculture (1/10) Cattle Ranching (2/10) Palm Oil Producti
 

Jordan Darragh on Frank Learns about PrintReleaf at Print17:
Gordon/Dov, We do measure the trees harvested per an open source formula that is widely accepted and supported by the Environmental Paper Network and… resident in many other print software applications. We plant an equivalent number of trees (bi
 

Dov Isaacs on Frank Learns about PrintReleaf at Print17:
Something doesn't add up here. I was under the strongest impression that responsible paper companies replant the forests from which they harvest trees for word pulp for paper (remembering of course that much of the paper is from recycled sources).
 

Gordon Pritchard on Frank Learns about PrintReleaf at Print17:
I'm all for planting trees, however, as far as I can determine PrintReleaf is getting printers to subsidize regional social initiatives that have little to no connection to the pulp used in papermaking for the print industry. The website states: "
 

Dean D'Ambrosi on Frank Learns about PrintReleaf at Print17:
Frank, I just want to let everyone know that Idealliance is a big supporter of PrintReleaf. So much so that we are proud to announce (formal announcement is coming shortly) that we have partnered with Jordan & PrintReleaf to become the latest additi
 

Eddy Hagen on NPES Teams with the CMO Council to Gain Marketer Perspectives on Print:
You're touching a very valid point Cary: "We spend more time talking to each other than to customers." And that should be an action point for every printer: learn about your customers. Visit events (seminars, conferences, ...), read magazines tha
 

Bob Raus on What Graphic Communications Students Need to Know:
Great insights Nick. I like the underlying theme of networking in this article. Often, networking can be viewed as something you do only when you need a job. But, waiting until then is too late really and at best - will delay your landing a job by
 

Robert Godwin on The Print Industry Education Gap:
"They want to spend money on the site but they can't answer my first question: how are you going to drive internet users to the site?" Woo-whoo! Finally someone else is talking about it. If you do not have a marketing plan for your B2C W2P, it will
 

Gerhard Maertterer on The Print Industry Education Gap:
Jennifer, While traveling by train from Berlin to Frankfurt, I have the time to answer to you. The boring execution part ist he easiest part, if you can rely on a motivated and well skilled team and partners. First of all you need to know what
 

Eddy Hagen on BrandQ: What Does It Mean for Packaging Converters and Suppliers to the Industry:
Thanks for the clarification Timothy. Looks really great! I hope it becomes a big succes. I hope all packaging printers will share this info with their customers, with packaging desingers...
 

Chuck Werninger on NextPage CEO Gina Danner on Industry Recruiting:
I love that you guys are also working on this, thank you. We're heavily using the PGSF resources to inform the high school students in our massive K-12 school district so they know that the graphic communications industry is looking for them and that
 

Jennifer Matt on The Print Industry Education Gap:
Gerhard, I get it, we are living in a world that is demanding (actually expecting) hyper personalization). I guess I'm like a grade school math teacher - i want to see the work, not just the final answer. When you show an example like the one y
 

Timothy Baechle on BrandQ: What Does It Mean for Packaging Converters and Suppliers to the Industry:
Thanks for the comment Eddy. You make an excellent point and hit on something that is not only extremely relevant, but extremely true regarding color and brand recognition. Your blog posts also highlight some really great points as well. Thank you fo
 

Eddy Hagen on Boring Execution as a Differentiator:
Great article Jennifer! And let's make boring hip! ;-) It's just so basic: once you have a good checklist, many things become so much easier, life just becomes easier. But humans don't always take the best decisions, don't always take the easiest
 

Eddy Hagen on BrandQ: What Does It Mean for Packaging Converters and Suppliers to the Industry:
This sounds interesting! Every initiative that tries to eliminate confusion due to a lack of knowledge should be applauded. Without knowing the exact content of the training, I do hope that they are addressing color deviations in a realistic way. B
 

Gerhard Maertterer on The Print Industry Education Gap:
Jennifer, Look we have the technology to take a selfie, get it on the cover of a catalogue or magazine and print millions of them one-to-one with millions of individual photos. Thus your selfie would be published only one time – just for you. The
 

Chuck Stempler on Boring Execution as a Differentiator:
Jennifer: Excellent article. I am sure you will not be surprised that AG Seattle is a huge check list fan. One of the keys to our success. Out execute and out service our competition. Every day!
 

Marion Williams-Bennett on The Print Industry Education Gap:
One of the most powerful lines in this thoughtful article is "we all have to be comfortable being beginners again." To keep doing things the same way an expect a different result is insanity defined. Education comes from trying a new approach and
 

Mark Pomerantz on Professor Erica Walker on Guiding Students into Careers in Print:
Great interview Dr. Joe on a topic that needs more airtime like this. I don't know Professor Walker, but she represents Clemson well. I've had the opportunity to speak with several graduating seniors in the program when they reached out for projec
 

Jennifer Matt on The Print Industry Education Gap:
Robert, I agree; combination of "agile" "soundbites" consuming information in snippets thinking that leads to knowledge, learning or execution. There are so many ideas, so much innovation, so much technology, the thing we are in massive shortag
 

Robert Godwin on The Print Industry Education Gap:
We used to go to the Seybold seminars to hear explanation of new technologies and the impact on various industries/businesses. Those were 'real' white papers, not a press release/sell sheet masquerading as an authoritative report. Those were expensiv
 

Eddy Hagen on New Report from Smithers Pira Reveals Heidelberg Presses are Most Productive in the Industry and Produce the Lowest Cost Per Sheet:
PrintWeek (UK) got a reaction from Koenig & Bauer about this study: https://www.printweek.com/print-week/news/1162590/koenig-bauer-rejects-smithers-pira-report
 

Rossitza Sardjeva on The Print Industry Education Gap:
I agree that the most important education gained at school, college or university is the ability to learn that you should be permenent, according to the innovations....
 

Pradip Shah on thINK 2017: A Thriving Inkjet Forum:
There is no doubt Canon offers wide range of Presses and Printing systems that are very versatile and capable. Growth in sheet-fed digital printing is in automated batch production of personalized, customized Documents of One. Canon is poised
 

Jennifer Matt on The Print Industry Education Gap:
The public comments are in agreement, the private comments (to my inbox) have been more blunt - "how do we solve this?" I don't think there is a silver bullet out there in the form of one organization, one event. I think the change has to come fro
 

Eddy Hagen on New Report from Smithers Pira Reveals Heidelberg Presses are Most Productive in the Industry and Produce the Lowest Cost Per Sheet:
I just downloaded and read the complete report. It has some serious flaws: they looked at the total impressions the presses had, divided it by the age to get the number of impressions/year. To use that figure as a benchmark/comparison to make clai
 

Chuck Werninger on PGSF Scholarship Recipient Colby Kibbe Talks About Finding a Career in the Industry:
Great work, Colby! I hope we'll be able to work with you on a project in the very near future. We have so many mutual goals, I look forward to meeting you very soon.
 

Nick Gawreluk on PGSF Scholarship Recipient Colby Kibbe Talks About Finding a Career in the Industry:
Way to go, Colby!
 

Allen Filson on The Print Industry Education Gap:
Jen, you are right on the money with this article. Very good insight. We as an industry need to be looking forward into technology and not on the next box. As this evolution unfolds those that are embracing it, educating for it, and blazing a path wi
 

Chuck Werninger on Professor Erica Walker on Guiding Students into Careers in Print:
Good work, Erica. It's tough realizing we don't hit our career aspirations right out of college, that typically takes decades. It sounds like you're doing great work with the right heart, our industry need more educators like you! We're doing som
 

Chuck Werninger on Darwill Continues its Inkjet Journey with Océ ProStream 1000:
Congratulations, Mark, can't wait to see what you'll be able to do with the new press! I agree, thINK is an amazing community and has certainly helped us learn how to better use our inkjet press to meet our goals.
 

Chuck Werninger on Bookmasters Turns to Digital and Production Inkjet for Its Book Printing Ops:
It's exciting watching all of us go through similar transitions. Our rationales are each slightly different but we seem to be reaching the same conclusions. I still love offset (and letterpress) but for business reasons we see a little more inkjet an
 

Carisa Holmes-Peters on The Print Industry Education Gap:
I agree with you about the education being needed. What saved us was seeing the change coming long ago and making the effort to get ahead of it. Our motto was "Run to the Fear". The best decision we made was joining a peer group in 2012. We have foun
 

Gordon Pritchard on "Have You Heard the Cover":
It's all good - until it's in the consumer's hands, where it most likely ceases to exist, even when it's identified as existing and is in the hands of the target audience for the technology (as alluded to/stated in the video and the title: "Have You
 

chris jordan on The Print Industry Education Gap:
Hi Jen, you touch on so many issues that exit in the print business, and many others. The most important qualification gained at school, college or university is the ability to learn, and to understand that you should never stop.
 

David Murphy on "Have You Heard the Cover":
What a fun, innovative book that creates an immersive, interactive reader experience! The Third Wave is the world's first fully Link-enabled printed book directly connected to the Internet. Using your mobile device with the Link app, you can scan 200
 

Ray Rafalowski on Professor Erica Walker on Guiding Students into Careers in Print:
Great to see Clemson continuing its Graphics Communication program. Our industry continues to need the kind of intelligent, well rounded, print educated students that Clemson's program produces every year.
 

Robert Godwin on Professor Erica Walker on Guiding Students into Careers in Print:
Understanding an industry and finding where you can fit is one of the more important aspects of a formal education. I am doing a guest lecture gig at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and the communications /marketing majors exhibit a signif
 

Rossitza Sardjeva on Xeikon Terminates Trillium Liquid Toner Program:
It's a pitty for Trillium, I have seen it at drupa'16 in Dueseldorf......But what is the reason, does it means that liquid toner system is not effective?
 

Pat Foley on The Great, Outdoors: Attention to Detail Goes a Long Way Toward Creating Effective Outdoor Graphics:
I believe for outdoor graphical advertisement Vinyl banners are the right choice, as they don’t fade with time and offer full time display. https://bluedotsigns.com/
 

Eddy Hagen on Debunking the Top 10 Cloud Myths:
Nice! The cloud is indeed a great thing and some perceptions need to be clarified. Myth #9 is a very important one (despite the typo about the love of the internet connection ;-) ). People need to be aware of which connection they have to that clo
 

Eric Vessels on Konica Minolta supports move into industrial printing with MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution:
Good to hear they used your feedback in a positive and proactive way!
 

Robert Ohr on Konica Minolta supports move into industrial printing with MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution:
I would like to follow up on my comment above. Today I received a call from MGI to address my concerns and experiences. I must say it was really refreshing to talk to someone that really cared about the overall experience we have had and I now believ
 

Gerhard Maertterer on Xeikon Terminates Trillium Liquid Toner Program:
Exploring the limits of physics means also to accept the limits of technology. I venerate the disarming frankness and honesty of Xeikon.
 

Joern Vaaraker on Inkjet drupa 2016 – Continuing the Story – HP Indigo:
Thank you for a great article. Any updates regards image quality after the realise of 1600 DPI High Definition, HP Indigo 12000?
 

Robert Ohr on Konica Minolta supports move into industrial printing with MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution:
Let's hope that this partnership with Konica will help MGI's lack of servicing their customers. Their history of customer care is very poor.
 

Steven Calov on The Surprisingly Large Promotional and Personalized Goods Printing Market:
You should take a look at what Heidelberg has to offer with the Omnifire 4D Technology for personalization with UV curable inks. http://news.heidelbergusa.com/Omnifire
 

Dov Isaacs on Frank Visits K&W Finishing:
Kathryn, Thanks for your response! You and/or the provider of your equipment should become (if not already) aware of a new ISO TC130 standard nearing completion, ISO 19593, which provides for providing a PDF file that not only has the artwork f
 

Kathryn Holmes on Frank Visits K&W Finishing:
Thank you for all the kind comments. Dov, the workflow of each job must be engineered differently depending on the intricacy of the die-cutting and how it is incorporated into the final product. Our folks here at K&W are very knowledgeable about fini
 

Dov Isaacs on Frank Visits K&W Finishing:
What would be very interesting is how they integrate the die-cutting into the end-to-end workflow. How does a designer specify the cuts in or with the original artwork and how is that communicated through the entire print production workflow?
 

Werner Rebsamen on Frank Visits K&W Finishing:
Frank - glad you finally cover Print-Finishing subjects. Great reportage. Take a look at the latest PI digital issue. Trish Witkowskis presented a unique, laser-cut example. Maybe Kathy did it on this new machine. We have come a long way since we co
 

David Straub on Frank Visits K&W Finishing:
K&W Finishing are craftsmen and absolute holders of expertise in the business they do. I have been involved with them many moons ago and I am sure the values and principles they practice still hold true today. Highly recommended.
 

Lisa Bickford on Lewis-Clark State College Student Wins the 2017 PGSF College Poster Design Competition:
Love it!
 

Zachary Toomey on Why in the World Would Millennials Want a Career in Print?:
Nick, I think this article is not any very well written, but I find it to ring very true industry-wide. It is exciting to me to be in an industry where in ten to fifteen years there is room for exponential career growth. Great article!
 

Eric Vessels on Why in the World Would Millennials Want a Career in Print?:
I think the more we hear from younger generations, the more obvious it will become that there is opportunity and the energy and innovation they provide will be crucial to the ongoing success of our industry. Thanks for these thoughts Nick!
 

Nick Gawreluk on Why in the World Would Millennials Want a Career in Print?:
I appreciate the comment Chuck! It's great to hear that your team is on board with spreading the awareness.
 

Gordon Pritchard on Labelexpo Europe 2017 - Views and Trends :
Don't know if you'll be covering it but there was quite a bit of vendor promotion of and demonstrations of fixed palette printing. Interesting also that Kodak didn't have any brochures on their stand - and didn't promote Spotless nor their screening
 

Chuck Werninger on Why in the World Would Millennials Want a Career in Print?:
Great article, Nick! I think you're right about the opportunity for Millennials in the printing industry. The aging leadership provides a huge vacuum in search of qualified talent to reinvent a massive industry that's still very much in demand...but
 

Robert Godwin on What Do Crab Cakes and Databases Have in Common?:
Testing in the inevitable point of comparison is exactly what I would do. I would also test it in non-seafood centers like Oklahoma city. How does it stand up against stiff competition in regard to taste, cost and convenience? Would a beef eating de
 

Heidi Tolliver-Walker on What Do Crab Cakes and Databases Have in Common?:
Why not? Isn't that what testing is all about?
 

David Straub on What Do Crab Cakes and Databases Have in Common?:
If you start many miles radius outside from the heart of crabcake country (Maryland)and gradually expand the perimeter closer to the heart, while also moving further away from the starting point, it seems you could best evaluate how your endeavor pro
 

Heidi Tolliver-Walker on What Do Crab Cakes and Databases Have in Common?:
Yes. You would think that fast food chains would learn lessons like that from one another.
 

Paul White on What Do Crab Cakes and Databases Have in Common?:
This is the reason you can't find a Red Lobster chain restaurant anywhere in northern New England. They also couldn't compete with the taste of locally sourced, fresh seafood.
 

John Lee on Cloud Production in the Printing Industry:
I'd like to have one Joe!
 

Joe Webb on Cloud Production in the Printing Industry:
HOW TO GET A BOOK: Konica-Minolta has a limited supply of books from Print 17. Please send me an e-mail if you would like one at drjoe@whattheythink.com. Otherwise, the book is always available at http://www.cloudproduction.com/the-book.html
 

John Lee on Cloud Production in the Printing Industry:
Hi Frank, I am alumni at RIT and took all of your classes in 1997~1999. How are you? Would you pls advise where to buy the book "Cloud Production..."? I'd like to know if I can buy it from Amazon in online. btw-Do you have linkedin or email a
 

David L. Zwang on Landa Nanographic Printing – It’s Finally Showtime!:
I didn't see any latency effects as you can on some digital technologies
 

Chris Lynn on Landa Nanographic Printing – It’s Finally Showtime!:
Did you see sequential runs of different images being printed? One of the challenges of the technology must be avoidance of 'ghosting' caused by ink remaining on the transfer belt between images - any comment on this?
 

Will Mansfield on High-Speed Inkjet: Have We Seen All This Before?:
One key difference between the horizons of growth for toner adoption as compared to inkjet adoption is that inkjet offers the option of on press imprinting, not just offline. This single pass hybrid approach has been common place in direct mail and t
 

Dharminder Biharie on Interview with Koenig & Bauer CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann on the company's 200th Anniversary:
Excellent interview. And believe me, Koenig & Bauer are on track with their plans. If they can manage to survive 200 years They will be at DRUPA 2040 too.
 

David L. Zwang on Landa Nanographic Printing – It’s Finally Showtime!:
It is running now in the labs. It will be installed and running in the next 2 beta installations. Fully capable is a hard one to answer. The system will continue to be refined as they have more running data to work with.
 

Jason Arbeiter on Landa Nanographic Printing – It’s Finally Showtime!:
Any sense of when the Automatic Quality Management system will be running and fully capable?
 

John Henry on Kodak Announces Plate Price Increase:
If I read this correctly you will be pushed by higher pricing on legacy plates to move to the newer DOP plates. Interesting as my plate costs have dropped in recent years almost 25% as MFG fight for market share. BTW does anyone pay list pric
 

Chuck Werninger on PGSF Launches New Campaign to Inform Student about Careers in Graphic Communications:
Thanks for creating more great tools we can share with our high school students and their guidance counselors! Keep up the great work, I hope other printers will use the tools you're creating!
 

John Berthelsen on PGSF Launches New Campaign to Inform Student about Careers in Graphic Communications:
You can view a high quality image and request a print quality file by going to the pgsf.org site and looking under the resources tab. We encourage wide spread use of these materials throughout the country in order to increase opportunities to attract
 

Adam Dewitz on PGSF Launches New Campaign to Inform Student about Careers in Graphic Communications:
Aaron - we've added a link to download a PDF of the poster below the video.
 

Aaron Levinson on PGSF Launches New Campaign to Inform Student about Careers in Graphic Communications:
This looks like a great resource for attracting younger people into a career in the print industry. I can't seem to find a link to the "Adventures in Print" poster. Any chance you can post a link to it here? Also, thanks for the great information
 

John Orlando on ArborOakland Group Commits to the Future by Investing in the Past:
Cool idea and clever thinking by ownership. Great job!
 

Helene Smith on Random Automation at Print 17:
Frank! How's by you? This is great!
 

Greg Goldman on Is Your Print Business Available Online?:
"Your customers want a price, they don’t want to submit a form (request for quote), then wait twenty-four hours for a response, ask for changes, wait another twenty four hours. Who has time for this level of coordination? Who plans this far ahead to
 

Laurens Leurs on Is Your Print Business Available Online?:
Excellent article but in a business-to-business context web-to-print has more to offer that just print. Your customers are actually getting a new and easy to use ordering and fulfillment process. Order approval can be part of that. Stock management c
 

Jonathan Stuart on Is Your Print Business Available Online?:
This is a strategically important article for everyone in our industry. As you say, Jen, printers often insist that the customers only buy from them because of the personal interaction with a salesman, and this would be lost if the user went onli
 

David L. Zwang on Landa Nanographic Printing – It’s Finally Showtime!:
All of the inks for the Landa presses are water based at this point
 

Rossitza Sardjeva on Landa Nanographic Printing – It’s Finally Showtime!:
My quastion is about model W10, web fed designed for flexible packaging - what kind are inks for this machine, maybe inks are not on water base here?
 

Robert Godwin on Dr. Joe Recommends: Robots and Unemployment, Edge computing:
We have been looking at robotic solutions for the bindery. After viewing a video of the cutter operator working, one of the engineers I spoke with wondered why robots had not been introduced long ago. Our MIS system automates the instructions for the
 

David L. Zwang on Landa Nanographic Printing – It’s Finally Showtime!:
There were about 100 people in attendance, and most of them had their own reactions and feelings, dependent on their individual requirements. Although, as I mentioned, I could characterize most of them as not if but when in terms of purchasing.
 

Gordon Pritchard on Landa Nanographic Printing – It’s Finally Showtime!:
Could you elaborate on what you meant by: "While the reactions were mixed".
 

James Kohler on Landa Nanographic Printing – It’s Finally Showtime!:
This I'll be another game changer in the industry!!
 

David Avery on Random Automation at Print 17:
Alan Sherman!!!!!!!
 

Eric Vessels on Random Automation at Print 17:
I still say he should've done a pirouette!
 

Eddy Hagen on Landa Marks Nanography’s Worldwide Commercial Roll-out:
"Worldwide commercial roll-out" should be taken with a grain of salt I guess... The commercial availability will, as the article states, only start in H2 2018, that's about a year from now. In another article I read that the S10 perfecting press wi
 

Rossitza Sardjeva on High-Speed Inkjet: Have We Seen All This Before?:
It is really true that Inkjet print quality is already increasingly proper for many commercial applications including to high volume of color illustrations. Inkjet surpassed total toner print especially dry toner may be around 5 years ago.....
 

David Murphy on High-Speed Inkjet: Have We Seen All This Before?:
Inkjet print quality is now increasingly suitable for many mainstream commercial applications beyond transaction and light-coverage books. PSPs should consult with manufacturers to determine how they can profitably produce the widest range of salable
 

Peter Crean on HP Creates Powerful Digital Print Possibilities with New Benchmarks for Quality, Productivity and Color:
First let me congratulate HP for developing an outstanding laser imaging system. From my 40 years working with laser printing, I know the challenge in painting images at those resolutions and speeds across 29 inches, particularly when all the colors
 

Chuck Werninger on High-Speed Inkjet: Have We Seen All This Before?:
Heidi, how very true! I think we entered the industry at about the same time. It would be interesting to look up the names of some of the PSPs who said "digital won't work here because..." to see how many are still in business today...and whether the
 

Joe Lindfeldt on NPES Launches Printstats:
Can someone let me know how this is different than what WTT and Idealliance already provide?
 

Chuck Werninger on Canon's Mal Baboyian talks about Print 17 and Canon's Exhibit:
Wow, you guys have really been busy innovating! I can't wait to see samples and more details at thINK!
 

Heidi Tolliver-Walker on Heading into the Cloud at Print 17:
Thanks! Great panel discussion on workflow automation at the Printerverse today. Look forward to hearing more from you on that topic!
 

Bob Raus on Heading into the Cloud at Print 17:
Hi Heidi. Great article. Please drop by the HP booth. I'd be pleased to introduce you to PrintOS, and to get your views on our direction.
 

Dov Isaacs on Frank Reviews Duplo's New System for Digital Embellishment:
Would be much easier to use if they used standard PDF constructs to define the embellishments as opposed to proprietary Illustrator hacks. - Dov
 

Chuck Werninger on Frank Reviews Duplo's New System for Digital Embellishment:
Very cool, I can't wait to see samples! This is an exciting new product!
 

Robert Godwin on DaVinci Designer to Present 3D Proofer for Increased Web-to-Print Sales at Print 17:
Online proofing, especially with 3D texture and reflective foil effects, drives conversions to a sale for web-to-print sites. Finding the printer who has the equipment to produce those effects is what InkRouter is all about. See DaVinci Designer and
 

Jennifer Matt on Identify Leadership Skills by Introducing New Print Software:
Allen - I'm obviously losing my patience with the argument (not following my own advice!). Thanks for reading.
 

Allen Filson on Identify Leadership Skills by Introducing New Print Software:
Love this article. It is spot on to what I have also seen over the last 25 years. Very well done!!!
 

David Singletary on DaVinci Designer to Present 3D Proofer for Increased Web-to-Print Sales at Print 17:
The best thing of instant realistic rendering is to previewed and edited in real timing. That save manufacturing and approval timing. Definitely, this 3D proffer enhance the web to print sales and it adaptation.
 

Wallace Jackson on DaVinci Designer to Present 3D Proofer for Increased Web-to-Print Sales at Print 17:
Brett is this HTML5 WebGL2 (Open Source) Tech? Walls.
 

Mike Porter on USPS Informed Delivery: Research Shows Strong Interest!:
The USPS emails images of up to 10 daily pieces of letter mail for now, but plans to expand the service to flats. Informed Delivery is only available to consumers. Heidi, if you have a business account with the USPS you may need to set up a consumer
 

Pat McGrew on USPS Informed Delivery: Research Shows Strong Interest!:
I have been using it for months and I love it. Even though we have a locking mailbox, we have some issues with delivery to our area. Our mail going to other homes is a common problem due to contract delivery drivers who don't always take care. This l
 

Thomas Schildgen on Graphic Arts Advisors Announces Sale of CL Graphics to The Stevens Group:
Your exit strategy included your employees and customers, a class act.
 

Jon Kenney on USPS Informed Delivery: Research Shows Strong Interest!:
We have been using it all summer and love it! It is nice to know what is coming on a particular day. The daily email contains up to 10 images and you may see everything if you log into the site. The service is also expanding to give mailers the op
 

John Parker on Special Effects Beyond CMYK in Digital Printing:
Hi Jim, lots of discussion here in the UK regarding embellishment of digitally printed material. Your article makes little mention of equipment such as Scodix, MGI Jetpress and others where digital spot UV varnish and foiling are adding significantly
 

Lisa Butler on USPS Informed Delivery: Research Shows Strong Interest!:
I've been using this for about two weeks. Currently I am only seeing scans of letter size pieces, but I believe that is supposed to expand.
 

Heidi Tolliver-Walker on USPS Informed Delivery: Research Shows Strong Interest!:
I wrote on this topic not too long ago, and as part of my research, I tried to sign up for Informed Delivery to try it out for myself and haven't been able to get it to work. Can't even login. Anyone else been able to try it out?
 

Robert Godwin on Sell Workflows That Result in Printed Artifacts:
"This means you must at least fake interest in their problems!" YIKES! And 'artifact' is a bit too clinical for my tastes. If a sales person cannot match the client's interests and passion, they need a new job. Enough with fake news, fake interest,
 

Robert Godwin on Special Effects Beyond CMYK in Digital Printing:
The single most important paragraph is the Challenge of Selling. The press manufacturers need to step up and educate the marketing and design world. Adobe does this brilliantly. Manufacturers’ R&D guides them to add these features, but more needs to
 

Paul Stead on Special Effects Beyond CMYK in Digital Printing:
Hi Jim, Great article and subject matter. Timing is fantastic too! The main problem for print service providers is 'seeing how this works' and creating tools to help sell the outcome. For clients in the UK help is at hand. At this years Print Sho
 

Heidi Tolliver-Walker on Takeaways from the 2017 Social Media Marketing Report:
Sorry, here is a link to download the report: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/social-media-marketing-industry-report-2017/
 

Luther Erlund on Takeaways from the 2017 Social Media Marketing Report:
Heidi - what is the link for the download?
 

John Werner on Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about QWERTY:
Nice piece. My understanding is the QWERTY layout in early days was designed to minimize the jamming of the typing hammers as they swung up to strike the ribbon and paper. For some reason it was left hand dominant. Dvorak's goal was to put more frequ
 

Peter Crean on Special Effects Beyond CMYK in Digital Printing:
Jim, Great article. I like your taxonomy of the enhancement technologies - you put order into a what usually looks like a random technology sets. I might push back on putting Lc, Lm and grey inks into gamut extension. The Gamut extension is v
 

David Singletary on Digital Print for Packaging: The pace is steady and picking up with lots of room for growth:
Very nice article by Sean Smyth. Figures and stats are really shows the growth pattern of digital print for packaging future growth and its prospects. Wonderful article.
 

Chuck Werninger on Hidden Impact of Manual Workflows:
You're absolutely right, Jen. Workflow automation can totally change your team's culture satisfaction while it stimulates growth.
 

Cory Sawatzki on Hidden Impact of Manual Workflows:
Great information as usual. Well said Jennifer.
 

Wayne Lynn on Business Lessons after the Storm:
Nice piece...very thoughtful and meaningful.
 

James Olsen on PIA Alliance Printer Panel Identifies Opportunities and Challenges for Digital Print Businesses:
Great reporting Richard. Thank, Jim
 

Rob Chandler on Are You Ready for Emojis in Marketing?:
Corporations, SMBs and Startups are also buying and using Emoji Domain Names to reach 92% of the online population that use Emojis. Premium Aftermarket Emoji Domains can be purchased at http://MyEmojiDomain.com and can be registered at i??.ws
 

Chris Lynn on Frank: British Attack on Apostrophe Must Be Stopped:
This is a case of an American pot calling an English kettle black. As this 2013 article (https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/05/apostrophe-battle/315175/) points out, the US Domestic Names committee has removed over 250,000 apostrophes
 

Andrew Tribute on Frank: British Attack on Apostrophe Must Be Stopped:
Frank You and I are old curmudgeons and do not understand the new world of writing. Social media is changing it all and this is just one step on the way to eliminating all forms of punctuation, real spelling, etc and replacing everything with emot
 

Jason Calfo on Frank: British Attack on Apostrophe Must Be Stopped:
Frank, I am surprised you did not address the other catastrophe related to the apostrophe — and that is the proper way to typeset it (or key it in). All too often we see the (') foot mark as opposed to the proper font specific character(‘), even i
 

Keith McMurtrie on Frank: British Attack on Apostrophe Must Be Stopped:
How funny but sadly so very true. Just like the lowly apostrophe, we face our own word related battle every day. Our name is Tharstern. Not Tharsten or Tharston or, most frequently, Tharstens. But hey, in the words of William Shakespeare…”W
 

John Zarwan on Frank: British Attack on Apostrophe Must Be Stopped:
There was a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal that talked about Google maps having trouble with the apostrophe's (sic) in place names in France
 

Sean Smyth on Frank: British Attack on Apostrophe Must Be Stopped:
Frank As a humble British'er I feel the need to contribute. I don't know why I get enraged by the misplaced apostrophe on a shop front, but I do! Its' awful! As you know St Paul's Cathedral has it's apostrophe, St Pauls Society doesn't and the S
 

Rossitza Sardjeva on Kodak: An Update on Strategy and Performance:
As I understood except SONORA and FlexcelNX all business was down, so perhaps Kodak needs to reorganize radikally your business....for example: Stream InkJet and UltraStream is not so effective technology compared to Drop-on-Demand InkJet incl. Piezo
 

Bradley Elledge on Third-Generation Printer Cockrell Enovation Improves Productivity with HP Indigo 10000:
John Cockrell does PIA MidAmerica and Fort Worth proud in this interview. Here's to a 3rd gen family company with the rare vision and resolve to change with the times and the marketplace, and generate fresh success as a result. Going for fourth gen
 

Keith Hevenor on Frank Catches Up with John Werner:
It's great to see John again and to recall those busy days of trade shows and press events we all lived through in the 90s. The Green Sheet truly was one of the best news sources of the time.
 

chris jordan on Wide Formant and Packaging are "Digital Proof" But But Where are the Real Opportunities for Printers? :
Not sure I really agree with the "Digital Proof" suggestion. There is more supplier investment and digital development happening today than ever before, particularly related to inkjet, but not exclusively. As someone who has worked for and with many
 

Doyle Mortimer on Best Practices of High-Performance Print Sales Organizations: Part 1:
Great article! Looking forward to Part 2.
 

Andrew Tribute on Frank: Xeikon Roll-fed Digital Press 25th Anniversary:
Great piece Frank. It was interesting to look back on some of the early work done by US based Xeikon users. I have great memories of Xeikon and was the first analyst to see the machine in mid 1993. I wrote an article for The Seybold Report to be p
 

John J. Conley on Is the Future of the Traditional Textbook Business at Risk?:
While this is an fascinating example of alternative classroom material it is hardly new news. In fact the sales of K-12 text books has been in constant decline for almost 10 years or more. Alternative materials in the key NASTA spec states have goi
 

Cary Sherburne on Is the Future of the Traditional Textbook Business at Risk?:
Today I received a press release from Rice University headlined "Nearly 1.5 million college students to use free textbooks this school year," referring to the university's OpenStax initiative. https://openstax.org/ So this trend is much broader
 

John Zarwan on Does OEE Apply to Digital Presses? This study says Yes:
Robert Godwin is absolutely correct that OEE is shop-specific, by definition. I tried however to focus on the machines and eliminate workflow and work-related factors as much as possible. Lots of short run jobs will have lower OEE than longer run wor
 

Robert Godwin on Does OEE Apply to Digital Presses? This study says Yes:
OEE is important but is absent in the sales process. Printers claim buyers remorse if they can't reach the maximum throughput cited by the manufacturer. The OEE is reality in YOUR shop, no one else's. It would/could be very misleading to apply these
 

Patrick Whelan on Best Practices of High-Performance Print Sales Organizations: Part 1:
Fantastic information. Thank you Lisa and Kate for these invaluable insights.
 

Mike Heaslip on Frank on the History of Recorded Information:
This is a problem for those of us who take 1000's of photos on our digital cameras/phones... moving the data forward over time and mitigating the risk of losing it all to hard driver failures or changes in storage technology. I wonder if my family di
 

Eddy Hagen on Does OEE Apply to Digital Presses? This study says Yes:
Interesting! And OEE is something that every printing company should look into. Not only flexo and digital. Over a decade ago, when I was at VIGC, we had a pilot project to calculate and compare the OEE of sheetfed offset printing companies. The r
 

John Zarwan on Does OEE Apply to Digital Presses? This study says Yes:
Thanks for the summary Cary! One important note is the paper focused on the differences among the equipment. Each participating printer received a more detailed customized report that took into account more of their operation. There was a greater var
 

Des King on Frank Catches Up with John Werner:
How nice to see the wit and wisdom of John Werner is undiminished. The 'green sheet' was always highly regarded in the UK; both with John's hand at the helm, and Art Gardner's before him. I can certainly attest from my IPEX days back in a previous ce
 

David L. Zwang on Frank Catches Up with John Werner:
Great Interview.. and Great seeing and 'catching up' with John. It has been a while
 

Robert Godwin on Print Business Investments: Presses vs. Software:
I spoke with a tech group today that addressed the talent issue in a very clever way. They offer a scholarship to a local technology school. The benefit is that the recipient will intern with the company. Then they get the chance to evaluate the crea
 

Jennifer Matt on Print Business Investments: Presses vs. Software:
Steve, I hear this EVERYWHERE. I wish our politicians would stop talking about job creation and start talking about talent creation. In particular technical talent creation. Almost every business we work with is saying the same thing. We nee
 

steve harney on Print Business Investments: Presses vs. Software:
Jennifer, great article. Agree on all points. We have researched for over a year now the best option to move to a more automated MIS/portal platform. We clearly see our future in the distributed marketing market and have made headway in new profitabl
 

Cary Sherburne on MIS Systems: Where are we now and where are we going?:
An alternative is that they piece together modules that fit nicely into their desired workflow (it may not be the current workflow), often cloud-based, and connected using solutions like Enfocus Switch or APIs. In the "old days," when providers could
 

Brian Shipe on MIS Systems: Where are we now and where are we going?:
An item that really caught my attention in this article was the comment that respondents are "less interested in having to change their operations to fit into a predesigned model dictated by a print MIS". Using the analogy of "Uber-ization of system
 

David Dodd on Pricing Strategy: Labor Theory of Value versus Value-based Pricing:
Great article on a very important topic! For those who may want to take a deeper dive into this topic, I would strongly recommend "The Strategy and Tactics of Pricing" by Thomas T. Nagel, John Hogan, and Joseph Zale. The book is in its 5th edition, a
 

Robert Godwin on Print Business Investments: Presses vs. Software:
Jen, "The customer needs the printer to lead with technology, they are NOT leaving this to chance. " This is exactly the opportunity that Innerworkings, Williams Lea TAG, and other BPO's have seen and exploited, much to the chagrin of printer's a
 

Jennifer Matt on Print Business Investments: Presses vs. Software:
Jacob, The best thing happening in our industry is that the customer's of print are starting to get REALLY clear about their software needs. The last 5 RFP's I've been involved with spelled out software needs over many, many pages, then had one pa
 

Jacob Aizikowitz on Print Business Investments: Presses vs. Software:
Indeed an excellent article. So, being a SW Vendor I must be biased, but I still believe that this article is on the mark and to the point. Transforming a Print business to become Digital Savvy and be able to succeed in face of the digital disrupti
 

Robert Godwin on Print Business Investments: Presses vs. Software:
Excellent points on getting the full value out of the technology adopted into a business. Investing in the business intelligence gathered with every order is a magnifying glass into your customer's buying habits as well your operational efficiency. H
 

Robert Godwin on The Never Ending Implementation of Your Print MIS:
Excellent points across the board. Two in particular are sage advice. 1. The MIS implementation is never finished. When it is, so is your business. 2. Isolated data pools are often the result of short sighted ERP. Being able to hit the data cube
 

HARVEY LEVENSON on Printing Industries of America to Present Teacher's Conference at PRINT17:
Congratulations to Printing Industries of America and NPES for bringing back to PRINT (and hopefully to Graph Expo) a program dedicated to teacher professional development. For years such a program was the anchor and motivational stimulus for teacher
 

Tim Daisy on That Can-Do Spirit: New Trends in Beer Consumption Open Up a Can of Opportunities—Part 1 of 2:
Great and informative article, both from a printing aspect as well as a craft brew aspect!
 

Dov Isaacs on Frank on the History of Recorded Information:
Of course, the real story is that of the problem retrieving data that was entrusted to all those old media back when, now! And of course, there are the semi and un-documented data and document formats of the data stored on those physical media for
 

David Carrillo on The Never Ending Implementation of Your Print MIS:
Thank you for this point of view, you enlightened me and provided great talking points to my prospective customers.
 

Gerhard Maertterer on Software with Print on the Side:
We are printers. Our over 100 year history is rooted in the tradition of Johannes Gutenberg. But today our sales and consulting teams strike a balance between software and print, opening up new approaches to comprehensive omni-channel communications.
 

Amy Watson on Software with Print on the Side:
very well said that software can b strategically applied to solve specific business problems irrespective of industry.
 

James Olsen on Print is a Baby, Not a Geezer: The Newness Crisis:
This is a brilliant article Joe! It's a perfect description of our scenario and a thoughtful way on how to cope with it. It's even more relevant when coming from an old geezer.
 

Larry Vogel on Xeikon Café Announces North American Edition:
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