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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

Embracing Bindery Automation—It’s Time to Take the Leap (Premium Content)

If the bindery is the final frontier of total workflow automation, and the technology has been in existence for over a decade, why are so many companies still passing on the opportunity to gain efficiency and save money? Trish will explore the challenges and benefits of taking the leap into bindery automation.


Faces of Finishing: Mark Nixon of Scodix on the Triumphs and Challenges of Bringing Disruptive Technology to Market (Premium Content)

In the latest installment of this interview series, Trish Witkowski talks with Mark Nixon, GM and VP Sales for Scodix NA, about creating a market and elevating print with disruptive technology.


Trend Watch: Popularity of Press Coatings Drives “Designer Presses” (Premium Content)

Greater awareness of special print effects and press coatings is driving printers to rethink their press configurations to meet the demands of discerning customers who need high-impact, quick-turn, two-sided printing with press coatings at a competitive price.


The Selling Power of a Successful Client Event (Premium Content)

A successful client event can drive a lot of business your way, and deepen relationships with your customers. This week, Trish will share the secrets of successful events, along with some of the biggest mistakes that can trip up even the most well-intentioned host.


USPS Challenge: “Mr. Scratch-Off” Digital Variable Scratch and Reveal Technology (Premium Content)

In the ongoing search for new print techniques and technologies for mail, Trish highlights an exciting digital variable scratch-off collaboration between Mohawk, HP and Lawton Connect in Orlando.


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News

Kluge to Demonstrate the Newest Line of Print Finishing Solutions at PRINT 18

Sheridan Increases its Digital and Inkjet Print Capabilities with the Addition of Two HP Presses

New Integration with Duplo Finishers and EFI Fiery Digital Front Ends Brings Automation to Print Finishing Workflows

Rollem to Preview Two Sized Die Cutters, In-Line Folder/Gluers and Automated Slit/Score Perf Systems at PRINT 18

Colter & Peterson to Demonstrate Three New Finishing Products at PRINT 18

FSEA Partners with PACK EXPO International

MGI Scores JETvarnish 3D Triple Play with Three New Israeli Press Sales

Easy Vinyl Cutter Software Now Compatible with Summa, PixMax Rabbit, and Vicsign Cutting Plotters

Muller Martini’s Vareo Perfect Binder is Supporting a Company’s Growth in the Digital Marketplace.

Xerox Continues to Drive Cutting Edge Technology for Print Providers

MBO America Welcomes Joe Forest as Northeast Regional Sales Manager

Konando Unveils New Digital Industrial Print Factory

Successful IGAS 2018 for Ultimate TechnoGraphics

Koenig & Bauer Rotary Die-Cutter Scoops Supplier Award in the Category "Innovation"

Standard Brings Smarter Workflow, New Technology to PRINT 18

MCT Expands into Mid-Range Cutters with New 1.0 kW Router Offering

Award Winning Scissor Hands Cutting Automation Returns to IGAS 2018

Rollem International Launches New Print Finishing Website

MCT Expands into Packaging Cutters with Innovative Offerings

Battlefield Press Finds Superior Technology In New KBA-Iberica Optima 106 Die Cutter

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Video

Video preview: Fridays with Frank: Superior Opportunities in Finishing

Fridays with Frank: Superior Opportunities in Finishing

Published: August 17, 2018

Frank interviews Jay Smith at Superior Packaging and Finishing in Braintree, Mass. Superior recently acquired Acme Binding and now is one of the largest finishing companies in America.

 

Video preview: The Success of Roll-Fed Inkjet and Importance of Finishing

The Success of Roll-Fed Inkjet and Importance of Finishing

Published: August 15, 2018

Mark Hunt, Director of Strategic Alliances for Standard Finishing Systems, discusses the reasons behind the surge of popularity in roll-fed inkjet, and the importance of finishing. He also discusses what to expect at Hunkeler Innovations Days 2019.

 

Video preview: Solutions that “Stick” Around: Five Opportunities in Synthetic Print Media

Solutions that “Stick” Around: Five Opportunities in Synthetic Print Media

Published: July 12, 2018

Trish's video this week features five different products that utilize “sticky” synthetic substrates for marketing communications. Each product uses completely different techniques and technologies, and she’ll demonstrate and compare them all.

 

Video preview: Duplo Event at the Museum of Printing Mixes the Old with the New

Duplo Event at the Museum of Printing Mixes the Old with the New

Published: June 22, 2018

Duplo, the digital finishing company, usually runs customer events at hotels. This time they set up various pieces of equipment at the Museum of Printing in Haverhill, Mass. Their theme was “Old Print New Print” as modern finishing equipment was mixed in with older printing machines.

 

Video preview: Digital Variable Scratch and Reveal Technology

Digital Variable Scratch and Reveal Technology

Published: May 31, 2018

In the ongoing search for new print techniques and technologies for mail, Trish highlights an exciting digital variable scratch-off collaboration between Mohawk, HP and Lawton Connect in Orlando.

 

Video preview: Lectra Launches Cutting 4.0, A New Platform for Textile Cutting

Lectra Launches Cutting 4.0, A New Platform for Textile Cutting

Published: May 31, 2018

Frederic Gaillard, VP of Product Marketing for Lectra, talks to Cary Sherburne about Cutting 4.0, Lectra's new smart cutter for textile cutting that interfaces with Lectra Digital Cutting, a new cloud-based cutting platform. The machine receives orders and executes them, and sends back data so the entire process can be controlled in real time. The platform is designed to address the new challenges the company sees in the market, such as small runs and customization. The new platform also includes a fabric library.

 

Video preview: Paul Marino of Impress Communications Talks About His “Picture-Perfect” Bobst ACCUCHECK System

Paul Marino of Impress Communications Talks About His “Picture-Perfect” Bobst ACCUCHECK System

Published: April 26, 2018

Trish Witkowski visits Impress Communications in Chatsworth, Calif., and speaks with owner Paul Marino about the challenges and the benefits of installing a 100%-accurate quality control inspection system on their Bobst EXPERTFOLD folder-gluer line.

 

Video preview: Roland’s New Laser Foil Decorator

Roland’s New Laser Foil Decorator

Published: March 27, 2018

At the ISA Sign Expo 2018, Roland DGA introduced the DGSHAPE LD-80 laser foil decorator. Roland President Andrew Oransky talks about the new device and the opportunities it opens up for print service providers to offer unique, high-value printed specialty products.

 

Video preview: USPS Challenge: “Hidden Message” Special Effects Screen Printing with Flash-Activated Photochromatic Ink

USPS Challenge: “Hidden Message” Special Effects Screen Printing with Flash-Activated Photochromatic Ink

Published: March 22, 2018

In the hunt for new print techniques and technologies for mail, Trish leads us to H&H Graphics in Chicago for a photochromatic ink technology that is designed to work in conjunction with the camera on your smartphone

 

Video preview: New Print Finishing Techniques for Direct Mail

New Print Finishing Techniques for Direct Mail

Published: February 22, 2018

Tim McGinley of the Mail Innovations Program at the USPS challenges Finishing Section Editor Trish Witkowski to find new print finishing techniques and effects for mail. Trish begins her journey with Jeff Hernandez of Classic Color and his groundbreaking Brand Alchemy exploration. Jeff is developing realistic textures that mock actual products, and he’s putting the ideas directly into the hands of creatives.

 

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Jennifer Matt

Trish Witkowski, Section Editor
Author, speaker and entrepreneur with specialized expertise in print finishing and mail.

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