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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

High-Value Digital Applications: New Opportunities on the Horizon

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.


Embellishments: What’s Old Is New Again and Still Adds Value!—Part 2 (Premium Content)

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.


Embellishments: What’s Old Is New Again and Still Adds Value!—Part 1 (Premium Content)

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.


Secure Printing Is an Industry-Wide Challenge (Premium Content)

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.”


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.


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News

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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Video

Video preview: Horizon Releases a Fully Automated Binding System

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.

 

Video preview: Summa Adds Innovative Laser Cutter for Textiles

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.

 

Video preview: Frank Talks to Highcon's Christian Knapp

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.

 

Video preview: Muller Martini Offers a Full Workflow System

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.

 

Video preview: Hunkeler AG Looks Ahead to drupa 2020

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.

 

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.

 

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