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.
High-value applications and the digital devices that are required to produce them are becoming increasingly prevalent. These solutions are now moving downstream and have become accessible to medium-sized and even small print service providers. This article explores how high-value applications are coming to represent the fast track to the digital transformation.
Embellishment has been a function of print production for as long as there has been printing. In fact, it almost goes back to the beginning of the writing of documents. There is no doubt that embellishment does add value to the printed product. Especially with the more recent introduction of digital embellishment technologies designed to complement digital printing. Now that embellishments have finally begun to capture market awareness, new developments are happening all the time. In part 2 of this series, David Zwang will look at new mainstream technologies that add embellishments and value to print and packaging production.
Embellishment has been a function of print production for as long as there has been printing. In fact, it almost goes back to the beginning of the writing of documents. There is no doubt that embellishment does add value to the printed product. Especially with the more recent introduction of digital embellishment technologies, designed to complement digital printing technologies. New developments in digital embellishment are happening all the time now that it has finally begun to capture market awareness. In part one of this two-part feature, David Zwang will look at the added value and long history of embellishments.
Security printing is no longer about just about foiling counterfeiters. From packaging to book printers to retail to businesses that serve the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry, along with financial printers, protection of files and products must be considered. There is a need for a broader definition of what security printing means and for a greater number of print providers to think of themselves as “security printers.” Maybe instead it should be called “secure printing.”
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.
Fast Imaging Center Improves Productivity, Quality with POLAR Small Format Cutter from Heidelberg
New Colter & Peterson PRISM Cutter Gives Shadowgraph Greater Capability
Summa Awarded with ISO 9001:2015 Certification
Scodix Launches Multiple Digital Enhancement Systems for Shutterfly
Spark Printing Fuels Explosive 400% Growth with MGI JETvarnish 3D Special Effects
Higher Productivity with Summa's Advanced Laser Cutter at ITMA 2019
New Colter & Peterson PRISM Paper Cutter Answers the Call for St. Camillus Printing & Graphics
Printers Excited about Enhancements Possible with Harris & Bruno ExcelCoat ZRS Spot Coater
Heidelberg Stahlfolder Celebrates its 70th Anniversary – Anniversary Offers for Customers
Odyssey Expo 2019 a Success in Atlanta
SunDance Will Cut Make-Ready Times and Deliver Faster Turnarounds with Second Installation of a Kluge EHD
Duplo USA Prepares for the IPMA Conference and INTERACT
26th Annual FSEA Gold Leaf Award Winners Announced
Diamond Packaging Wins Seven Awards in 26th Annual FSEA Gold Leaf Awards Competition
Michigan Technological University’s In-Plant Learning about Colter & Peterson’s New PRISM Paper Cutter
Baldwin Technology to Launch TexCoat G4 at ITMA 2019
Bernholz Packaging Takes a New Approach to Quality Assurance with its Rapida 106
CreaseStream Innovator Puts Out a Challenge to Digital Print Manufacturers
StoneHouse Marketing Wins Bronze Addy Award at 10th District Competition with Scodix Press
Intec Auto Sheet Feeding Flatbed Cutter to Be Unveiled at FESPA, Munich, 14-17 May
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Horizon Releases a Fully Automated Binding System
Published: June 3, 2019
Yoshi Oe, General Manager of Global Business for Horizon Systems, talks about the company's new smart binding system, a fully-integrated and automated unwinder, cutter, folder, binder, and three-knife trimmer.
Summa Adds Innovative Laser Cutter for Textiles
Published: May 21, 2019
Wim Maes, Executive Director at Summa, talks about the company's entry into textiles to address the bottleneck created in the cutting department as textile printers gain in speed. The company acquired CadCam Technology, resulting in the development of the Summa L3214, a 3.2-meter laser cutting device that cuts while the fabric feeds across the table, enabling cutting at 800 square meters per hour.
Frank Talks to Highcon's Christian Knapp
Published: May 17, 2019
Frank caught up with Christian Knapp of Highcon at the recent Canadian Graphic Arts show. Highcon is a pioneer in automatic creasing and laser diecutting.
Muller Martini Offers a Full Workflow System
Published: April 30, 2019
Andy Fetherman, VP of Sales and Technology for Muller Martini, talks about the company's complete Finishing 4.0 ideology that helps customers beyond finishing, taking advantage of automation and connecting it to drive variability in finishing.
Hunkeler AG Looks Ahead to drupa 2020
Published: April 18, 2019
Hans Gut, VP of Marketing for Hunkeler AG, talks about the importance of drupa 2020 as a showcase for the industry, and Hunkeler's innovations in automation, workflow, and systems integration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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