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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.

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. Watch Video

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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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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