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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.

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Selling CYMK+: A Starter Guide (Part 1) (Premium Content)

One of the popular additions to print shops around the world is the ability to create products that add white ink, embossing, debossing, foil, iridescent and neon colors, metallics, varnishes, texture, and unique folds to create high value. We call it CYMK+ because much of this work is created on digital presses and the ability to add enhancements is the plus. The breadth of options for enhancement provide myriad possibilities, but that might make it hard to find a talk track for the sales team. In tbis two-part feature, Pat McGrew walks through the steps to sell CMYK+ capabilities.

Don’t Forget to Finish It!

Virtually every printed document requires some type of finishing. The expanding array of digital printing methods has changed the nature of finishing from large-scale devices focused on offset printing to automated methods that often occur alongside a production digital printer. To reach its true potential, the role of finishing must evolve as well. Recent research from Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends offers important insights on how print service providers (PSPs) can leverage finishing to win business and drive profitability.

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.

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Colter & Peterson Providing Support to Supply Chain Customers During COVID-19 Situation

DSM Expands Textured Coating Resin Range with Highly Functional Sandy-Feel Resin

Hunkeler Innovationdays: Postponement to 2022

Business Continuity Confirmed for Tecnau Offices Based in North of Italy (update March 24, 2020)

Connect with Zund—From Anywhere

A Message from Trotec Laser About COVID-19

FSEA and IADD Cancel the Joint Conference Scheduled for April

ACTEGA Metal Print Announces Kolbe-Coloco as World’s first EcoLeaf™ Beta Customer

Discover How to Avoid the Finishing Bottleneck with Domino’s K600i Embellishment Solution

iColor Chooses the Rollem Insignia6 Die Cutter to Fast-Track their Print Fulfillment Services

Baldwin to Introduce TexCoat G4 Fabric Finishing System to US Textile Industry at Techtextil North America

American Litho Adds Even More Sensory Appeal to Print Campaigns with Custom Coating System from Harris & Bruno

Charlie Brown Named 2020 FSEA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Rollem International Announces New Southeastern Sale Representative

FSEA and IADD Announce Programming and Plant Tours for Upcoming Joint Conference

First Ever Female Die-Maker Joins the Workforce at Arden

UEI® Group Announces the Opening of World Headquarters

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

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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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