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Print Finishing

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

drupa 2020 Packaging Preview: Actega EcoLeaf (aka Nano Metallography) Digital Metallization Ready for Prime Time (Premium Content)

At drupa 2016, Landa Labs introduced Nano Metallography, a new metallization technology to replace foils for embellishments. This process is designed to produce zero waste at less than half the cost of foil. In February of 2017, Actega Metal Print, a division of Altana AG, acquired the technology and rebranded it EcoLeaf. The solution is now going into beta and will be fully commercialized in time for drupa 2020.


How To Sell Enhanced Printing (Premium Content)

“Digital enhancement” or enhanced printing is one of the hottest trends in the industry and has been the talk of many recent trade shows—but enhanced print doesn’t sell itself. Pat McGrew offers some tips and strategies for selling enhanced printing to maximize ROI.


Your Postal Strategy: Key Benefits of Postal Resources, Experience and Expanding Your Network

Does your organization have a postal strategy? Mailing may be considered an ancillary service offering for a professional printing company, or it may be your core offering as a mail service provider.


Executive Q&A—Wim Maes, Summa (Premium Content)

Cary Sherburne talks to Wim Maes, Executive Member of the Board at Summa NV, a global leader in cutting and finishing equipment for the printing, signage, outdoor advertising, packaging, and textiles industries.


EskoWorld: Packaging Connected (Premium Content)

Esko held its 28th EskoWorld in Nashville with an audience of over 550 attendees. Since its inception, this has been a go-to event for those in packaging production and signage, although the audience is now growing with about 25% of which were brand owners. This plays nicely into the theme “Packaging Connected.”


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News

Duplo to Exhibit at Four Events in March

High-Productive Summa Laser Cutters Acknowledged by HP

New Colter & Peterson SABER Paper Cutter Provides Immediate Value to Smith-Edwards-Dunlap

With Scodix, Canada’s PBI is Reaping Awards and Rewards

New Study from Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends Focuses on Market Trends in Print Finishing

Microcut Makes Graphic Partners Decision Easy for New and Reconditioned Colter & Peterson Paper Cutters

Duplo Canadian Dealer of the Year 2019: Sydney Stone Printfinishing

IADD Can-Am Chapter to Hold a Technical Meeting and Dinner

Enter the FSEA’s 27th Annual Gold Leaf Awards Competition

Benson Integrated Marketing Solutions Enhances Its Capabilities with Heidelberg’s Stahlfolder SSP 66

Highcon Brings Agile Production with Digital Finishing to drupa 2020

“Fold of the Week” Celebrates 500-Episode Milestone with Special Giveaway

Summa America Designates The Mosaica Group as Distribution Partner

Arden Dies Leads the Way with Prestigious Die-Making Accreditation

Zünd Digital Cutter Enhances Florida Printing Company’s Commitment to Customers

Koenig & Bauer Maintains Leadership Position in the Global Corrugated Board Market with Launch of CorruCUT Sheetfed Flexo Press and Die Cutter

Zünd Digital Cutter Enhances Florida Printing Company’s Commitment to Customers

Konica Minolta Launches Digital Print Enrichment Press

Duplo DDC-810 Raised Spot UV Coater Reaches Milestone with 200 Installations Worldwide

Roland DGA Announces Launch of New DGSHAPE LD-300 Laser Decorator

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Video

Video preview: People Love Embellishments—But Often Fear Them

People Love Embellishments—But Often Fear Them

Published: December 19, 2019

Trish Witkowski, Chief Fold Fanatic for Fold Factory, talks to David Zwang about “embellishments”—people love them, but are often scared of them. There is a perception that “special effects” are only for special projects, and embellishment examples are often highly elaborate and aspirational. As a result, printers don’t often see how embellishments can be scaled down and used for more day-to-day print applications.

 

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Can the "Last Mile" of Manufacturing—Sewing—Be More Automated? Frank Henderson Says Yes

Published: December 16, 2019

A third-generation family-owned company in business for 50 years, Henderson Sewing Machine Company has changed with the times, according to CEO Frank Henderson. With sewing—the "last mile" in textile manufacturing automation—still requiring significant manual labor, Henderson talks about the challenges of automating textile sewn products and the progress that is being made.

 

Video preview: Finishing Automation is Becoming a Critical Investment

Finishing Automation is Becoming a Critical Investment

Published: November 14, 2019

Bob Flinn from Standard Finishing talks about why, with the current labor market, investment in automation within binding and finishing is imperative.

 

Video preview: Horizon International Introduces IoT Capabilities in its Finishing System

Horizon International Introduces IoT Capabilities in its Finishing System

Published: November 13, 2019

Yoshihiro Oe, General Manager at Horizon International Inc., talks about the "ICE Concept" that Horizon International introduced at the Think Smart Factory event. The concept brings Internet of Things (IoT) interconnection to finishing equipment to provide real-time data analytics, predictive maintenance, remote service, and support. Horizon is collaborating with customers to determine which type of IoT functionality is most useful within an automated print factory.

 

Video preview: Think Smart Finishing Showcases Automated Print Production

Think Smart Finishing Showcases Automated Print Production

Published: November 12, 2019

2019 Think Smart Finishing, organized by Horizon International, showcases automated print production from order to finished product. WhatTheyThink spoke to Yasuo Taketsugu of Horizon International about bringing 14 industry partners together across software, print, and finishing to show a fully integrated print environment.

 

Video preview: EFI’s Red Hot Fiery Technology at PRINT 19

EFI’s Red Hot Fiery Technology at PRINT 19

Published: October 22, 2019

Giselle del la Moriniere Product Marketing Manager in EFI’s Fiery Group talks about EFI’s Fiery partners, the Red Hot Technology Award-winning FreeForm Create software, and the integration of the Fiery digital front end with Duplo’s spot coater and slitter/cutter/creaser.

 

Video preview: Colter & Peterson’s Cutting Edges

Colter & Peterson’s Cutting Edges

Published: October 17, 2019

Colter & Peterson’s Bruce Peterson talks about the company’s latest PRISM and SABER paper cutters, the company’s line of reconditioned cutters, and how cutters have evolved over the years.

 

Video preview: Hunkeler's New Flexible Stacker

Hunkeler's New Flexible Stacker

Published: October 14, 2019

Hunkeler’s Hans Gut talks about the products the company was demonstrating at PRINT 19, including the Red Hot Technology Award-winning Hunkeler LS8-30 Long Stacker, which is designed to cut and stack a wide variety of print products.

 

Video preview: Graphco: “The Unfair Advantage”

Graphco: “The Unfair Advantage”

Published: October 14, 2019

Graphco’s Chris Manley talks about the technologies the company was demonstrating at PRINT 19, including its chemical embossing system for RMGT offset presses, Foliant laminating, and GEW LED UV technology.

 

Video preview: Standard Finishing's Red Hot Technologies

Standard Finishing's Red Hot Technologies

Published: October 8, 2019

Paul Steinke of Standard Finishing Systems showcases two Red Hot Technology Award-winning products Standard was demonstrating at last week’s PRINT 19: the Horizon VAC-L600H Air-Suction Collator and the Hunkeler LS8-30 Long Stacker.

 

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