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This section focuses on print finishing including binding, folding and cutting, coatings, digital enhancement, mail prep and other applications. The section features news and analysis relative to finishing technologies and workflow strategies for short- and long-run printing. It will also follow developments among suppliers to the industry and manufacturers using post-press technologies.

Commentary & Analysis

The Selling Power of a Successful Client Event (Premium Content)

A successful client event can drive a lot of business your way, and deepen relationships with your customers. This week, Trish will share the secrets of successful events, along with some of the biggest mistakes that can trip up even the most well-intentioned host.


USPS Challenge: “Mr. Scratch-Off” Digital Variable Scratch and Reveal Technology (Premium Content)

In the ongoing search for new print techniques and technologies for mail, Trish highlights an exciting digital variable scratch-off collaboration between Mohawk, HP and Lawton Connect in Orlando.


Throwback Thursday, Bindery Edition: Trish Asks Trade Binderies About Their Most Useful Vintage Machines (Premium Content)

In this special Throwback Thursday feature, Trish reaches out to trade binderies to hunt for funky vintage machines that are still useful in today’s modern workflow. This first edition features fascinating finds from four well-known US binderies.


Faces of Finishing: Julie Watson of Ultimate TechnoGraphics on Building Software for Prepress-to-Finishing Automation (Premium Content)

In the latest installment of this interview series, Trish Witkowski talks with Julie Watson, CEO of Ultimate Technographics, about developing software that drives value by eliminating touchpoints in the bindery.


Paul Marino of Impress Communications Puts 100% Accuracy into Practice with “Picture-Perfect” Bobst ACCUCHECK System (Premium Content)

Trish visits the team at Impress Communications in Chatsworth, Calif., and speaks with owner Paul Marino about the challenges and the benefits of installing a 100% accurate quality control inspection system on their Bobst EXPERTFOLD folder-gluer line.


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News

Lake Printing & Design Reels in More Work with Colter & Peterson’s SABER Paper Cutter

Hollywood Monster is Lovin' New Zünd G3's Work on McDonald's Contract

New European Business Development Manager for UEI® Falcontec®-UEI® Group Company

Mark Andy Acquires Brandtjen & Kluge, Inc.

Longtime Customer Hodge Printing Purchases Third POLAR Cutter

DS Graphics Uses Muller Martini’s Primera Digital to Process Highly Customized and Variable Products

"Unleash Print" with Ultimate Imposition and Finishing Dscoop Vienna

K&R Plastics Finds Nirvana with Colter & Peterson’s SABER XXL Paper Cutter

CCL "Significantly Expands" Product Offering Thanks to Multi-Functional, Automated Zünd

FSEA to Partner with PRINT 18, Showcase Specialty Effects

Harris & Bruno Excited to Highlight HP Partnership at Dscoop Vienna

MBO Promotes Josh Romberg to National Director of Sales

PFS to Host Horizon Discovery Days on June 28th-29th Co-Sponsored by Standard Horizon, CBE and TEC Lighting

BOBST Printing Technologies: Always Innovating, Constantly Delivering

BOBST’s Open House COMPETENCE 18 Will Focus on the Printing and Converting Solutions for the Challenge of Tomorrow

Summa Offering State-of-the-Art Cutting Solutions During FESPA Berlin 2018

Rhyguan Holds Rewarding Talks at Inaugural Labelexpo Southeast Asia

Zünd Returns from FESPA with EDP Awards Trophy

European Photobook Leader CEWE Invests in 2nd MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution

Allen Press Installs World’s Fastest Stitcher

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Video

Video preview: Duplo Event at the Museum of Printing Mixes the Old with the New

Duplo Event at the Museum of Printing Mixes the Old with the New

Published: June 22, 2018

Duplo, the digital finishing company, usually runs customer events at hotels. This time they set up various pieces of equipment at the Museum of Printing in Haverhill, Mass. Their theme was “Old Print New Print” as modern finishing equipment was mixed in with older printing machines.

 

Video preview: Digital Variable Scratch and Reveal Technology

Digital Variable Scratch and Reveal Technology

Published: May 31, 2018

In the ongoing search for new print techniques and technologies for mail, Trish highlights an exciting digital variable scratch-off collaboration between Mohawk, HP and Lawton Connect in Orlando.

 

Video preview: Lectra Launches Cutting 4.0, A New Platform for Textile Cutting

Lectra Launches Cutting 4.0, A New Platform for Textile Cutting

Published: May 31, 2018

Frederic Gaillard, VP of Product Marketing for Lectra, talks to Cary Sherburne about Cutting 4.0, Lectra's new smart cutter for textile cutting that interfaces with Lectra Digital Cutting, a new cloud-based cutting platform. The machine receives orders and executes them, and sends back data so the entire process can be controlled in real time. The platform is designed to address the new challenges the company sees in the market, such as small runs and customization. The new platform also includes a fabric library.

 

Video preview: Paul Marino of Impress Communications Talks About His “Picture-Perfect” Bobst ACCUCHECK System

Paul Marino of Impress Communications Talks About His “Picture-Perfect” Bobst ACCUCHECK System

Published: April 26, 2018

Trish Witkowski visits Impress Communications in Chatsworth, Calif., and speaks with owner Paul Marino about the challenges and the benefits of installing a 100%-accurate quality control inspection system on their Bobst EXPERTFOLD folder-gluer line.

 

Video preview: Roland’s New Laser Foil Decorator

Roland’s New Laser Foil Decorator

Published: March 27, 2018

At the ISA Sign Expo 2018, Roland DGA introduced the DGSHAPE LD-80 laser foil decorator. Roland President Andrew Oransky talks about the new device and the opportunities it opens up for print service providers to offer unique, high-value printed specialty products.

 

Video preview: USPS Challenge: “Hidden Message” Special Effects Screen Printing with Flash-Activated Photochromatic Ink

USPS Challenge: “Hidden Message” Special Effects Screen Printing with Flash-Activated Photochromatic Ink

Published: March 22, 2018

In the hunt for new print techniques and technologies for mail, Trish leads us to H&H Graphics in Chicago for a photochromatic ink technology that is designed to work in conjunction with the camera on your smartphone

 

Video preview: New Print Finishing Techniques for Direct Mail

New Print Finishing Techniques for Direct Mail

Published: February 22, 2018

Tim McGinley of the Mail Innovations Program at the USPS challenges Finishing Section Editor Trish Witkowski to find new print finishing techniques and effects for mail. Trish begins her journey with Jeff Hernandez of Classic Color and his groundbreaking Brand Alchemy exploration. Jeff is developing realistic textures that mock actual products, and he’s putting the ideas directly into the hands of creatives.

 

Video preview: How Digital Technologies are Impacting Package Printing with New Embellishment Tools

How Digital Technologies are Impacting Package Printing with New Embellishment Tools

Published: December 11, 2017

Jeff Peterson, President of FSEA, gives an overview of the association and how it serves members through their Odyssey show, magazine, and webinar events. He also discusses how new digital technologies like MGI and Scodix take specialty effects to the next level as well as a new study done in conjunction with Clemson University that showcases how end users tend to see embellished print first over standard package printing.

 

Video preview: Automation on Display: a Key Hunkeler Innovationdays Takeaway

Automation on Display: a Key Hunkeler Innovationdays Takeaway

Published: March 1, 2017

Jack Glacken, President of TGI in Philadelphia, talked about his first visit to Hunkeler Innovationdays, saying his business today is all about automation and Hunkeler, Horizon and Standard Finishing have that covered. He learned a lot, was impressed with what he saw, and would like to return in 2019.

 

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"Last Frontier" for Automation Addressed at Hunkeler Innovationdays

Published: February 28, 2017

Mark Hunt, Director of Strategic Alliances at Standard Finishing, shares his thoughts with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne on the increased automation trends and innovations on show at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017. He characterizes the bindery as the "Last Frontier" for automation and is optimistic about today's solutions being able to stand up to the challenge and help customers be more productive and profitable.

 

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Trish Witkowski, Section Editor
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