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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

Automation on Display at Hunkeler Innovationdays: Watch Out for the Robot!

During odd-numbered years, the Hunkeler-sponsored Innovationdays event in Luzern, Switzerland, features finishing solutions for the transactional, commercial graphic arts, and book industries. This article provides a brief overview of the announcements that brought the theme of automation to the forefront at this year’s event.


Hunkeler Innovationdays Does It Again! (Premium Content)

Hunkeler Innovationdays is a biennial event that brings together some of the latest digital press workflows and equipment with the latest finishing equipment to showcase complete solutions. Surprisingly, this is done in an atmosphere that presents exhibitors as equals, without much of the hype or fanfare that you might expect at a print show. The theme of this year’s event “Success with Automation” is a very timely topic considering the growth and impact of production inkjet technology. As they have done in the past, they have accomplished their goal.


MGI AlphaJET: An Industrial Print Factory? (Premium Content)

MGI’s AlphaJET is unique and it goes to the core of their company’s DNA: building “application-based” printing presses. However, it is designed to support a much wider range of solutions than just commercial printing applications, with a primary focus on packaging and industrial. It sure looks like a print factory…


Key Print Trends in Packaging to 2028 (Premium Content)

Smithers Pira shares its recent research that looks at the future of packaging to 2028, quantifying the overall market by packaging type and identifying the major emerging drivers of packaging market growth.


Labelexpo 2018 Part 2—Digital Embellishment Going Mainstream (Premium Content)

Labelexpo 2018 in Rosemont, Ill., and PRINT 18 in Chicago are over, and it they were pretty exciting shows. The crowds were enthusiastic and buying from early indications. In this second of two parts I will look at how embellishment is moving from a standalone mechanical process to digital mainstream production.


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News

District Photo Purchases its Third Scodix Digital Enhancement Press

Easy Cut Studio Added Support for HobbyCut, JinKa, MOMO and Vinyl Express Panther Plotters

TRUE Digital Finishing by SEI Laser on Display at DSCOOP Edge Orlando, Booth #663

Harris & Bruno ExcelCoat ZRS Workflow Center Open House a Success

Colordyne Technologies and Arrow Systems to Showcase Printing and Finishing Solution at O'CannaBiz 2019

AXYZ Redesigns World’s Leading Panel Fabrication Solution

Trotec Laser Expands TroGlass Product Line

Xtend3 Controller from Baumer hhs—An Industry Benchmark for Ease of Use

Ripon Increases Bindery Automation with Purchase of MPT-17 Stretch Film Bander

Past Performance Makes New Colter & Peterson Paper Cutter Purchase Easy Call for the YGS Group

Heidelberg and MK Masterwork Present New Folder Gluer – Diana Go Completes Product Portfolio for Packaging Market

Muller Martini Unveils Revolutionary Endsheet Feeder Technology During Hunkeler Innovationdays

Duplo USA Announces New Vice President of Marketing

Hen Party Superstore Says “Yes” to Intec Trio

Kluge User Group Meeting To Be Held in Conjunction with Odyssey 2019

Summa Introduces the L1810 Laser Cutting System for the Sportswear Market

FSEA to Host Binding Summit 2019 One-Day Event to be Held April 30 in Atlanta

DMS Color to Revolutionize the Packaging Market with the Installation of a Kluge OmniFold 3000 Folder-Gluer

See It All, Learn It All at Odyssey Expo 2019

W+D Excites PIA Attendees at Runbeck Open House with New Intelligent Shape-Cut Envelope Inserting

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Video

Video preview: Scodix's Digital Embellishments Change the Way Products Are Consumed

Scodix's Digital Embellishments Change the Way Products Are Consumed

Published: March 13, 2019

Adina Shorr, CEO of Scodix, talks about the digital embellishment and enhancement, especially in packaging production. Thanks to its ability to mass customize printed packaging, digital embellishments can turn something that is functional—a package—into a form of communication, ultimately changing the way that products are consumed.

 

Video preview: The Future of Finishing at Hunkeler AG

The Future of Finishing at Hunkeler AG

Published: February 28, 2019

Michel Hunkeler, CEO of Hunkeler AG, talks about the company's new product portfolio as well as how he sees the future of not only finishing technology, but entire print production systems.

 

Video preview: Hunkeler Offers Customers More Services to Help Production

Hunkeler Offers Customers More Services to Help Production

Published: February 27, 2019

Stephan Estermann, VP of Services for Hunkeler AG, talks about the new service offerings that Hunkeler is bringing to market to increase customer productivity and profit.

 

Video preview: The Future Is Here at Hunkeler Innovationdays

The Future Is Here at Hunkeler Innovationdays

Published: February 27, 2019

Marco Boer, Vice President of IT Strategies, joins David Zwang at Hunkeler Innovationdays to share his thoughts on the event and how cutting-edge technology has improved inkjet quality.

 

Video preview: Hunkeler Highlights New Roll and Sheet Solutions at Innovationdays 2019

Hunkeler Highlights New Roll and Sheet Solutions at Innovationdays 2019

Published: February 26, 2019

Hans Gut, VP of Marketing, and Daniel Erni, VP of Sales, at Hunkeler AG talk about the latest finishing solutions the company is featuring at Innovationdays 2019. Hunkeler has continued to invest in automation features with its Generation 8 platform, and used the event to announce its entry into sheet finishing with the Hunkeler DOCUTRIM platform.

 

Video preview: Automation Takes Center Stage at 13th Hunkeler Innovationdays

Automation Takes Center Stage at 13th Hunkeler Innovationdays

Published: February 25, 2019

David Zwang talks to Hunkeler AG President Stefan Hunkeler about Hunkeler Innovationdays. The 13th edition of Innovationdays focuses on "Success with Automation" and utilizing Industry 4.0 concepts in automated print production systems.

 

Video preview: Canon Partners With Duplo to Add Embellishments

Canon Partners With Duplo to Add Embellishments

Published: December 17, 2018

Matt Poliniak, Advisor for Canon USA, demonstrates how the combination of the Canon imagePRESS and the Duplo DDC-810 gives customers the ability to add embellishments to digital prints.

 

Video preview: Gerber Acquires MCT Digital

Gerber Acquires MCT Digital

Published: December 12, 2018

Scott Schinlever, President and COO of Automation Solutions for Gerber Technology, announces the acquisition of MCT Digital, a company the specializes in automated cutter technology.

 

Video preview: Adding Embellishment with Duplo's Spot UV Solution

Adding Embellishment with Duplo's Spot UV Solution

Published: December 3, 2018

Si Nguyen, Vice President of Sales for Duplo, shares innovative texture and embellishment effects utilizing Duplo's spot UV solution.

 

Video preview: The Importance of User Groups

The Importance of User Groups

Published: October 29, 2018

Christine Yardley, President of PrintPanther, talks about the advantages of being a member of PROKOM, Konica Minolta's user community, and how user groups are a great source of information, troubleshooting resources, and networking opportunities.

 

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