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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

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.


Executive Q&A—Wim Maes, Summa (Premium Content)

Cary Sherburne talks to Wim Maes, Executive Member of the Board at Summa NV, a global leader in cutting and finishing equipment for the printing, signage, outdoor advertising, packaging, and textiles industries.


EskoWorld: Packaging Connected (Premium Content)

Esko held its 28th EskoWorld in Nashville with an audience of over 550 attendees. Since its inception, this has been a go-to event for those in packaging production and signage, although the audience is now growing with about 25% of which were brand owners. This plays nicely into the theme “Packaging Connected.”


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News

Thimm Installs Highcon Beam 2C

Rollem Announces Insignia Die Cutter Installations

Make a Resolution to Attend the FSEA·IADD Joint Conference: Registration Now Open

Color Ink Completes Digital Transformation With the Addition of Komori’s Highcon Euclid III Digital Die Cutter and Creaser

Duplo USA to Showcase its Newest Solutions with Fiery Workflow Integrations at EFI Connect 2020

Easy Cut Studio Release Version 5 with More Cutter Support and 64-Bit Compatibility

Old Relationship, New SABER X-15 Paper Cutter Keeps Alameda County Sheriff’s Office In-Plant Running Smoothly

Optimum Signs Installs Kongsberg X24 Digital Cutter from CMYUK

Ripon Printers Makes Major Additions to Digital Printing Capabilities

Industry Veteran Michael Ciaramella Joins Highcon

Colter & Peterson’s Paper Cutter Service Solves a Challenge for Montana’s Ballyhoo Printing & Design

Fulfillment America (FAI) Chooses the Rollem Insignia5 Die Cutter to Support their Superior Print Fulfillment Services

Tensor Sells Second Folder to Papua New Guinea Newspaper

Edelmann Group Delighted with the Rapida RDC 106

Nobelus Laminate Films Validated for Scodix Embellishments

Baker Labels Makes £300k Investment in Two ASHE Slitters for their Materials Department Baker Materials

MGI and Konica Minolta Present JETvarnish 3D Embellishment & Accurio Print Solutions at 2019 Digital Packaging Summit

Scodix the Production Backbone, as Users Collect More Than 25% of Honors at Canadian Printing Awards

Heidelberg to Focus on Core Activities with the Sale of Hi-Tech Coatings to ICP Group / USA

POLAR Appoints Martin Hornig as Head of Sales and Service

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Video

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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