Published: June 26, 2019
Bluestone Fabrics, a wholesale digital fabric printing business, offers cutting, sewing, and packaging as well. Co-Founder and CEO John Otsuki talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about his efforts to educate the market on the benefits of digital fabric printing, including the ability to get products they never could before and to help make the industry more sustainable. He also talks about the need to introduce into the printing process things that will help in automating the sewing process, currently the least automated process in the manufacturing process.
Published: June 24, 2019
Kristen Dettoni, interior designer, founded Design Pool as a resource for highly curated interior textile designs as well as a way for designers to connect with fabric printers that have the capability to produce the work they need. Her goal was to make customization of interior decor more affordable and accessible.
Published: June 18, 2019
Dr. Hamid Shirazi explains how Fujifilm has participated in the textile industry for many years by providing contract manufacturing to OEMs for producing colorants and purification of those colorants. More recently, Fujifilm has launched colorants and inks for digital textile printing under its own brand.
Published: June 17, 2019
Paolo Torricella, Sales Segment Specialist for Digital Textile Equipment at EFI Reggiani, explains all the different elements EFI considered when designing the EFI BOLT single-pass digital textile printer in order to make the manufacturing process for the printer—as well as its use—as environmentally friendly as possible.
Published: June 13, 2019
Ronen Samuel, CEO of Kornit Digital talks about consumer demand driving changes in the textiles and apparel supply chain and what that means for apparel and interior design. It is moving from supply and demand driven by the brands to demand and then supply, moving from 18 months lead time to one month or less. He outlines Kornit Digital's role in helping to drive this change.
Published: June 11, 2019
FESPA Textile Evangelist Debbie McKeegan talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about how digital technologies are helping address sustainability issues in the textile industry, the world's second largest polluter. This includes not only the printing aspect, but the entire textiles and apparel supply chain.
Published: June 7, 2019
Duane Neidert, Director of Operations, Americas, for SmithersPira, explains the genesis of its Digital Textile Printing conference and its future. The conference started about five years ago. Its goal is to educate the industry about the digital technologies that are shaping its future, from the print engines to inks and substrates/fibers, and the software and processes that are required for an on-demand production environment.
Published: June 4, 2019
Claire Vos, textile designer for Interiors, shares her thoughts about how digital textile printing, and digital printing in general, has enhanced her business and opened a whole new world of design possibilities for her. Her work was prominently on display in the Mimaki booth at FESPA.
Published: June 3, 2019
Ester Sala, Global Business Director for HP, talks about the development and launch of the new HP STITCH dye-sublimation textile printing portfolio. By working alongside their customers, HP has created a product to solve real-life problems.
Published: May 29, 2019
Print. Make. Wear. is one of the highlights of FESPA, creating a microfactory environment on the show floor to demonstrate to attendees that just-in-time manufacturing of textiles and apparel is not only possible but is being done today. Debbie McKeegan, Textile Evangelist for FESPA, organizes the event and explains what goes into putting it together.
Published: May 28, 2019
Senior Editor Cary Sherburne speaks with EFI's Senior Product Manager Mike Wozny about the EFI FabriVU 340i. Applicable to both the soft signage and textile markets, the FabriVU 340i incorporates patented print and calendering in one footprint and a one-step operation.
Published: May 28, 2019
Santi Morera, General Manager and Global Head of Graphics Solutions Business for HP, discusses the company's strategy for dye sublimation in the textile market and how the new HP Stitch fits into the current HP portfolio.
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.
Published: May 20, 2019
Joan Perez Pericot, General Manager of the Large Format Graphics Division for HP, talks about the company's entry into the growing dye-sublimation-based textile printing market with HP Stitch.
Published: May 20, 2019
Adele Genoni, Vice President and General Manager of EFI Reggiani, talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about EFI's sustainable approach to digital textile printing, from design through production and finishing, including two sustainable inks to cover virtually all fabric types.
Published: December 18, 2018
Thomas LaTempa and Oriol Martinez Riba announce the partnership of Datacolor and Inedit as they collaborate to bring Color ReaderPRO—a color-reading management device and associated mobile app—to the market.
Published: November 6, 2018
Tim Check, Senior Product Manager for Epson America, talks about textile printing technologies and how commercial printers can use fabric printing to open up new business opportunities and offer more options to customers.
Published: August 8, 2018
Mary McFadden, Executive Director of CAD Project Management for Gerber Technology, discusses the new enhancements to AccuMark Version 11. Gerber continues to make enhancements to this premier CAD system for the textiles and apparel industry.
Published: August 1, 2018
Michael Frankhauser, Owner of Carriage House Printery, shares his inspiring personal story, from designing equipment for a manufacturing company to starting his own custom textile printing company.
Published: July 31, 2018
Tim Brule, Vice President of Disruptive Technologies for Fanatics Inc., shares how this company has grown its business via online stores. From fast fashion and fad fashion, to micro moments, the world of fashion is rapidly changing.
Published: July 26, 2018
Gart Davis, CEO of Spoonflower, takes us through the history of a company that has grown its business largely through digital textile printing and e-commerce and now celebrates its 10-year anniversary.
Published: July 19, 2018
Paolo Torricella, Textiles Segment Manager for EFI Reggiani, describes the benefits of EFI InNova pigment inks for direct-to-fabric printing from vibrant colors to a lower impact on the environment.
Published: July 18, 2018
Matt Poovey, President of Champion Thread Company, discusses the importance of automation in bringing textile and garment manufacturing back to the United States. This industrial sewing thread manufacturer is leading the way with a number of innovations.
Published: July 16, 2018
Karsten Newbury, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Software for Gerber Technology, discusses the trends driving change in the textiles industry. Now more than ever, the industry is about speed with pressure on brands and manufacturers for faster time to market.
Published: July 10, 2018
Jeoff Bodenhorst, Jr., President of LACorp, talks about his contract cut-and-sew company that offers a wide range of services to the garment industry. He talks about how automation will continue to improve this part of the manufacturing process, which can often be a labor-intensive bottleneck.
Published: July 5, 2018
Ryan Kurek, Director of Marketing for North America at Kornit Digital, discusses the analog-to-digital transformation as it relates to textiles. As the way we buy clothing changes, the textile industry must adjust, with faster time to market and less waste in the supply chain.
Published: June 28, 2018
Yoram Burg, Regional Sales Director for EFI Optitex, gives us an idea of what to expect in the textiles market as the analog-to-digital transformation continues to unfold. Companies need to develop product and get it to market faster than ever before to keep up with consumers' changing buying habits.
Published: June 26, 2018
At TechTextil, Kirby Best, Chairman of OnPoint Manufacturing, talks about his company, which was founded based on lessons learned in the book industry. OnPoint produces original, beautiful textile work using automated production.
Published: June 25, 2018
Carlos Jimenez, Professional Services Manager of Fashion and Apparel for Lectra, discusses the broad range of services the company offers to streamline the process from design to cutting room for textile-based products. Lectra serves the fashion industry, as well as furniture and other market segments where textiles play an important role.
Published: June 21, 2018
Mark Sunderland, Textile Engineer and Strategist at Thomas Jefferson University, discusses the future of coatings for performance fabrics and their effect on sustainability.
Published: June 18, 2018
Sharon Donovich, Product Marketing Manager for Kornit Digital, talks about the offerings from this Israeli-based company, a solutions provider for printing on textiles. Kornit received a warm response to its line of direct-to-garment and direct-to-fabric printers at the recent TexProcess show in Atlanta.
Published: June 14, 2018
Mark Sunderland, Textile Engineer and Strategist at Thomas Jefferson University, discusses high-performance apparel and products, including new and emerging trends in moisture management and "wearables."
Published: June 12, 2018
Mike Tancini, Director of Sales for North and Central America at Datacolor, describes Datacolor's services for the textile industry. The company recently introduced Spectravision, positioned as a game-changer for measuring printed textile samples.
Published: June 11, 2018
Dave Pullin, CEO of Coldlogic LLC, suggests apps as a solution for increasing workflow automation in the textile industry, much like JDF did for print, enabling systems to talk to each other, minimizing human intervention.
Published: June 8, 2018
Giorgio Sala of EFI Reggiani talks about the company's new pigment-based ink for the FLEXY textile printer. The new ink contains a binder that eliminates the need for post-treatment, such as washing or steaming of the fabric, after printing.
Published: June 7, 2018
Bert Benckhuysen, Senior Product Manager, EMEA, for Mimaki, introduces the new Tiger textile printing system, capable of both direct-to-fabric and transfer-based dye sublimation. Mimaki has also incorporated Tiger into its own microfactory concept for fast fashion and other textile-based applications.
Published: June 7, 2018
Scott Schinlever, President of Automation Services for Gerber Technology, discusses the similarities and differences between digital and analog, as well as his move from EFI to Gerber.
Published: June 6, 2018
Fabio Gromo, Global Sales Manager of Textile Printing for durst, describes the durst line of textile printers and capabilities as well as the company's strategies with respect to the digital textile printing industry.
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.
Published: May 30, 2018
Ann Laidlaw, Consultant for ACL Color Consulting LLC, talks to Cary Sherburne about how ambient lighting impacts our perception of color—an important consideration in retail environments where the lighting under which a consumer views a garment may be different from that under which the garment was manufactured. Compounding the problem is the latest trend toward LED lighting (of which there are many different kinds) in retail stores, which can impact how a particular colored garment is perceived.
Published: May 29, 2018
Kirby Best, President and CEO of Purchase Activated Apparel Technologies (PAAT), talks about one of the biggest challenges he found in the analog-to-digital transformation of textile printing: the difficulty of feeding information to the production equipment. To realize all the advantage of on-demand production, all the systems within the operation need to be in sync and "talking" to each other. He talks to Cary Sherburne about how PAAT overcame that challenge.
Published: May 25, 2018
Debbie McKeegan, Textile Ambassador for FESPA 2018, walks us through the Print Make Wear microfactory and demonstrates the process of textile printing from beginning to end.
Published: May 24, 2018
At this week's TechTextil, Will Duncan, Executive Director of SEAMS, talks about SEAMS which, for 50 years, has been the "voice" of the U.S. sewn products industry. Members include brands and retailers, as well as the textile supply sector. "Made in America" is the association's main initiative.
Published: May 23, 2018
Brian Francois, Executive Vice President of AATCC, discusses the analog-to-digital transformation in textile printing, and identifies such emerging challenges as wearable technology and developing and implementing color standards for LED lighting.
Published: May 22, 2018
Sebastien Hanssens, Vice President of Marketing and Communication for Dover Digital Printing, talks about the “microfactory” concept of on-demand digital garment printing, which Dover Digital Printing was demonstrating at FESPA 2018. “The Sports Factory” showcased customized athletic jersey printing from online ordering to printing and sewing.
Published: May 14, 2018
Rachel Nunziata, Product Development Manager for 4Walls, talks about the design process for digital décor. 4Walls designs and prints wallcoverings and a wide variety of other materials, handling the process all the way from design through production.
Published: April 9, 2018
Tim Check, Production Manager, Epson America, talks about direct-to-garment printing, particularly using the brand-new Epson F-2100 Series printer which can print directly on T-shirts, baby onesies, towels, and other kinds of fabric-based items. Garment printing is a growth area for not only traditional screen printers looking to print short-run items, but also for commercial printers who can complement other display graphics services they may be offering.
Published: April 2, 2018
Senior Editor Cary Sherburne talks with Zazzle's Chief Fulfillment Officer Charles Ohiaeri about the role of digital textile printing in its ecommerce business that delivers personalized paper and textile products. He shares his views on the analog-to-digital transformation underway in the textiles industry and how digital can make the industry more efficient, profitable, and environmentally friendly, while giving consumers more choice with the ability to personalize or customize their garments and other textile-based products.
Published: March 29, 2018
Chris Bernat, Chief Revenue Officer at Vapor Apparel, likes to break the rules. Fourteen years ago, the company determined that good fabrics for sublimation printing were hard to come by and worked to solve that problem. Today, the company provides high-quality blanks for shirts, accessories, and more, including sublimation-certified white and colored garments that perform on press and in the market, making its clothing in the United States. He also discusses the relative roles of digital and conventional printing for textiles.
Published: March 22, 2018
Ryonet's Ryan Moor talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the overall positive impact the analog-to-digital transformation in textiles and apparel stand to have on the environment. He also discusses how his company is helping the people of Haiti by providing workers in his manufacturing operation in the country with a living wage, good working conditions, and more.
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