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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

Jack Noonan of MGI Discusses the Value of Embellishment in the Packaging Supply Chain
Jack Noonan of MGI Discusses the Value of Embellishment in the Packaging Supply Chain

Published: July 17, 2019

Jack Noonan, Marketing Manager at MGI Digital Technology, talks about embellishment of print as the next phase in the evolution of digital print for packaging. Digital special effects can add value to packaging, raise brand awareness, and foster customer engagement. Find out how. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

Automation Takes Center Stage at 13th Hunkeler Innovationdays
Automation Takes Center Stage at 13th Hunkeler Innovationdays

Published: February 25, 2019

David Zwang talks to Hunkeler AG President Stefan Hunkeler about Hunkeler Innovationdays. The 13th edition of Innovationdays focuses on "Success with Automation" and utilizing Industry 4.0 concepts in automated print production systems. Watch Video

Canon Partners With Duplo to Add Embellishments
Canon Partners With Duplo to Add Embellishments

Published: December 17, 2018

Matt Poliniak, Advisor for Canon USA, demonstrates how the combination of the Canon imagePRESS and the Duplo DDC-810 gives customers the ability to add embellishments to digital prints. Watch Video

Gerber Acquires MCT Digital
Gerber Acquires MCT Digital

Published: December 12, 2018

Scott Schinlever, President and COO of Automation Solutions for Gerber Technology, announces the acquisition of MCT Digital, a company the specializes in automated cutter technology. Watch Video

Adding Embellishment with Duplo's Spot UV Solution
Adding Embellishment with Duplo's Spot UV Solution

Published: December 3, 2018

Si Nguyen, Vice President of Sales for Duplo, shares innovative texture and embellishment effects utilizing Duplo's spot UV solution. Watch Video

The Importance of User Groups
The Importance of User Groups

Published: October 29, 2018

Christine Yardley, President of PrintPanther, talks about the advantages of being a member of PROKOM, Konica Minolta's user community, and how user groups are a great source of information, troubleshooting resources, and networking opportunities. Watch Video

Team Concept Printing Purchases MGI JETVarnish to Expand Offerings
Team Concept Printing Purchases MGI JETVarnish to Expand Offerings

Published: October 25, 2018

Tony Rouse, President of Carol Stream, Ill.'s Team Concept Printing, talks to Kelley Holmes about the company's purchase of a new MGI JETVarnish 3-D to offer customers more options and "spice up" print. Watch Video

Colter and Peterson Announces New Saber Cutting Line
Colter and Peterson Announces New Saber Cutting Line

Published: October 16, 2018

Finishing products manufacturer Colter and Peterson has been in the industry for 100 years and continues to innovate the paper finishing business. President Bruce Peterson, grandson of the company's founder, talks with Kelley Holmes about C&P's new line of Saber cutters. Watch Video

Producing High-Value Print Applications with Scodix's Ultra2 Pro
Producing High-Value Print Applications with Scodix's Ultra2 Pro

Published: October 15, 2018

Mark Nixon, General Manager for Scodix, introduces the Ultra2 Pro at PRINT 18, able to cast and cure, a process that can create very high-value, digitally embossed applications, from holographics to foil. Watch Video

New Horizons for Standard Finishing Systems
New Horizons for Standard Finishing Systems

Published: October 11, 2018

Paul Steinke, National Sales Manager for Standard Finishing Systems, talks about two new Horizon finishing units on display at PRINT 18: the StitchLiner Mark III and BQ-480 perfect binder, both of which include new automation features. Watch Video

Smart Binding System Manufactures Fully-Automated Roll-to-Perfect Bound Variable Books with Ease
Smart Binding System Manufactures Fully-Automated Roll-to-Perfect Bound Variable Books with Ease

Published: September 13, 2018

Trish travels to Boston to visit the VIP Demonstration and Training Center at Standard Finishing Systems, and gets a tour and demonstration of their fully automated Smart Binding System. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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 Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

"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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

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. Watch Video

Take a Tour of the Ricoh Booth at Hunkeler Innovation Days
Take a Tour of the Ricoh Booth at Hunkeler Innovation Days

Published: February 21, 2017

Ricoh's Mike Herold, Eric Staples, Nick Fiore, and John Blyth take us on a tour of the Ricoh booth at Hunkeler Innovation Days. They discuss the VC60000, Pro C9110, and software solutions. Watch Video

12th Hunkeler Innovationdays Kicks Off with New Product Announcements
12th Hunkeler Innovationdays Kicks Off with New Product Announcements

Published: February 20, 2017

For a quarter of a century, Hunkeler Innovationdays has been a preferred venue for new product announcements, and 2017 is no exception. Hear what Hunkeler President and Innovationdays Project Director Stefan Hunkeler has to say about what to expect at this year's event, which is expected to draw nearly 7,000 visitors. Watch Video

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