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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

To Robotize or Not? The Real Numbers Behind Production Chain Productivity (Part 2 of 2) (Premium Content)

In the second of this two-part feature on production chain productivity, guest-writer Henrik Christiansen of Graphic Robotics addresses the quantitative aspects of automation, and how the robotization of finishing processes in the appropriate production environments can greatly reduce labor costs and improve productivity. Read on.


Productivity and the Total Profitability of the Print Production Process (Part 1 of 2) (Premium Content)

Henrik Christiansen of Graphic Robotics writes about the real meaning of productivity and efficiency in the print production process. This two-part article will address the quantitative side of automation in print.


Faces of Finishing: BindTech/Finish Line Bindery Owner John Helline On the Trade Bindery As an Investment Target (Premium Content)

In the latest installment of this interview series, Trish Witkowski talks with bindery owner and investor John Helline on the pitfalls and the strategic opportunities involved in the trade bindery business.


Dangerous Potential: The True Power of A Strategic Approach to Paper Cutting and Handling

A shop’s cutting department is often thought of—when it’s thought of at all—as an “invisible workhorse”: highly productive—until it’s not. In this feature, Trish Witkowski takes a 360-degree look at cutting equipment, from retrofitting newer features onto older cutters, to the latest automated, and even robot-assisted, cutting systems.


Faces of Finishing: Industry Legend Werner Rebsamen On the Hidden Costs of Poor Material Handling

Trish kicks off a new interview series to introduce perspectives of knowledgeable people in the print-finishing category. The series begins with the legendary Werner Rebsamen, who steps out of retirement to share his opinion on the greatest advancements in bookbinding, and where he feels the trade still has a long way to go.


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News

Gammerler (US) Corporation and GammTech Corporation Merge

Team Concept Printing Experiencing Consistency and Success with SABER Paper Cutters

VersaTech2™ Flatbed Laser/Router/Knife Solution Shows Full Capabilities at FESPA

C.P. Bourg to Host Global Dealer and Customer Event in Ottignies Brussels Belgium World Heaquarters May 14-17, 2018

Eagle Systems’ Cold Foil Installed at Utah PaperBox Marks a Significant Milestone in Cold Foil Implementation

Zünd UK Team to Guide FESPA Visitors Through Latest Cutting Innovations in Berlin

Montreal Trade Printer Imprimerie Reflet Installs Standard/Horizon Folder and Creaser Folder Systems, Purchased from KBR Graphics

Muller Martini’s Presto II Digital Validates Content and Delivers the Precise Stitch and Trim—No Matter the Product’s Variability or Thickness

Impress Communications Is First In The West with Highcon’s Revolutionary Laser Die-Cutter

New from Baumer hhs: The MLT-STA as an Entry-Level Solution for Cost-Efficiently Controlling Glue Application on Flexo Folder Gluers

MAXSON Rapid Change Slitting Cartridge Slashes Downtime

Leanin' Tree Greeting Cards installs a Kluge EHD Foil Stamper

At FESPA, Esko Leads the Way in Automation for Sign, Display & Digital Corrugated Markets

Odyssey Expo 2019 Travels to Atlanta

Webcom Adds 7.5 Million Hardcover Books Per Year to Its Manufacturing Capacity with Acquisition of York Bookbinders

Koenig & Bauer Offers Close-Up Insights into Rotary Die Cutting

Digital Book Manufacturer Total Printing Systems Invests in the SigmaTrimming Center

InvestorCOM Enhances Bindery with Standard/Horizon Finishing System from KBR Graphics

Colter & Peterson’s SABER X-15 Paper Cutter Gaining in Popularity for Large and Wide Format Work

Roland DGA Launches the World’s First Laser Foil Decorator – the DGSHAPE LD-80

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Video

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.

 

Video preview: How Digital Technologies are Impacting Package Printing with New Embellishment Tools

How Digital Technologies are Impacting Package Printing with New Embellishment Tools

Published: December 11, 2017

Jeff Peterson, President of FSEA, gives an overview of the association and how it serves members through their Odyssey show, magazine, and webinar events. He also discusses how new digital technologies like MGI and Scodix take specialty effects to the next level as well as a new study done in conjunction with Clemson University that showcases how end users tend to see embellished print first over standard package printing.

 

Video preview: Automation on Display: a Key Hunkeler Innovationdays Takeaway

Automation on Display: a Key Hunkeler Innovationdays Takeaway

Published: March 1, 2017

Jack Glacken, President of TGI in Philadelphia, talked about his first visit to Hunkeler Innovationdays, saying his business today is all about automation and Hunkeler, Horizon and Standard Finishing have that covered. He learned a lot, was impressed with what he saw, and would like to return in 2019.

 

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"Last Frontier" for Automation Addressed at Hunkeler Innovationdays

Published: February 28, 2017

Mark Hunt, Director of Strategic Alliances at Standard Finishing, shares his thoughts with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne on the increased automation trends and innovations on show at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017. He characterizes the bindery as the "Last Frontier" for automation and is optimistic about today's solutions being able to stand up to the challenge and help customers be more productive and profitable.

 

Video preview: A first-time visitor to Hunkeler Innovationdays shares insights on the event

A first-time visitor to Hunkeler Innovationdays shares insights on the event

Published: February 28, 2017

Bryan Constable, Director of Engineering at RPI Print, shares his thoughts about his first visit to Hunkeler Innovationdays, citing the beautiful surroundings and the more intimate environment than most other industry events. He also appreciated seeing the integrator of both Hunkeler and Horizon products in the same production line, as well as Hunkeler integration with Muller Martini.

 

Video preview: Hunkeler and Horizon Partner for Automated Book Binding

Hunkeler and Horizon Partner for Automated Book Binding

Published: February 23, 2017

Yoshihiro Oe, General Manager for Export at Horizon International, highlights the company's smart book binding systems being shown in partnership with Hunkeler at Hunkeler Innovationdays for complete inline automation book binding down to a book of one at up to 800 books per hour. He emphasizes the importance of Hunkeler Innovationdays in driving deeper customer relationships.

 

Video preview: Hunkeler Strategies Feature Partnerships for End-to-End Automation

Hunkeler Strategies Feature Partnerships for End-to-End Automation

Published: February 23, 2017

As a successful Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017 wraps up, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne speaks with Hunkeler CEO Michel Hunkeler about the company's strategies for the future. Key to the future is Hunkeler's partnerships with printing and finishing vendors to leverage respective strengths for the benefit of their mutual customers.

 

Video preview: Increased Multi-Vendor Integration Featured at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017

Increased Multi-Vendor Integration Featured at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017

Published: February 22, 2017

Daniel Erni, Sales Director at Hunkeler, speaks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the new products the company has on display at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017. He highlights the increased integration among Hunkeler, Horizon and Muller Martini for better end-to-end finishing productivity.

 

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Trish Witkowski, Section Editor
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