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Video preview: SPESA Executive Conference Addresses Issues Affecting the Sewn Products Industry: Trade, Workforce, and More

SPESA Executive Conference Addresses Issues Affecting the Sewn Products Industry: Trade, Workforce, and More

Published: October 31, 2019

Michael McDonald, President of SPESA, the Sewn Products Equipment Suppliers of the Americas, discusses the challenges facing the Sewn Products industry, including misconceptions about employment in manufacturing that can be a barrier to attracting new talent. He discusses the role of the organization's Executive Conference, explains what attendees learned, and noted that James Carville, known as the Ragin' Cajun and a native of New Orleans, where the conference was held, was the keynote speaker.

 

Video preview: Small Business Administration Targets Textiles and Sewn Products as Biz Dev Case Study

Small Business Administration Targets Textiles and Sewn Products as Biz Dev Case Study

Published: October 30, 2019

Chris Pilkerton, Acting Administrator of the United States Small Business Administration, talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about his experiences with companies in the textiles and sewn products industries, especially their use of Maker Spaces to make resources more available to small businesses while also doing good for the community. It becomes a case study that can inspire other industries to adopt similar strategies for success.

 

Video preview: Meet the EFI BOLT Digital Textile Printer

Meet the EFI BOLT Digital Textile Printer

Published: October 28, 2019

EFI's Textile Product Manager Micol Gamba walks us through the capabilities of the EFI BOLT single-pass digital textile printer in this video sponsored by EFI. As the world's fastest digital textile printer running at up to 90 meters per minute, the EFI BOLT was shown running at the recent ITMA trade show in Barcelona and four units had already been sold at that time.

 

Video preview: Keypoint Intelligence on Textiles

Keypoint Intelligence on Textiles

Published: October 24, 2019

Keypoint Intelligence - InfoTrends’ Ron Gilboa talks about the different kinds of textile printing applications and how print service providers can add more value for their customers by getting into textile printing.

 

Video preview: A Green Approach to Textiles

A Green Approach to Textiles

Published: October 23, 2019

EFI Reggiani's Vice President and General Manager Adele Genoni discusses the progress of the analog-to-digital transformation underway in textiles and apparel in this video sponsored by EFI, including the benefits for brands and for the environment. She highlights several EFI offerings that make its approach to textile production greener.

 

Video preview: How the Digital Ecosystem in Textile Production Streamlines Operations

How the Digital Ecosystem in Textile Production Streamlines Operations

Published: October 21, 2019

In this video sponsored by EFI, the company's Chief Revenue Officer Frank Mallozzi explains EFI's "ecosystem" approach to the markets it serves, focusing on the components that create an inspiration to production, shipping, and invoicing for textiles. He also outlines the range of EFI Reggiani printers available, from the entry-level Next to the EFI BOLT at 90 meters per minute at the high end.

 

Video preview: Application Development Is the Key to Spurring Digital Textile Printing Growth

Application Development Is the Key to Spurring Digital Textile Printing Growth

Published: September 3, 2019

Roman Barba, Market Development Manager, Textiles, for HP says, "When you buy a printer, it's not about the printer itself—it's what you can do with it." This philosophy is a key to HP's application development efforts in sportswear, fashion, decoration, and soft signage. Barba explains how HP approaches each of these markets from an application perspective in this video sponsored by HP.

 

Video preview: HP Makes Color Management Easy with HP Stitch Series Textile Printers

HP Makes Color Management Easy with HP Stitch Series Textile Printers

Published: August 27, 2019

Joan Jorba, Textiles R&D Engineering Manager at HP, explains how HP has implemented color management for its HP Stitch S Series dye sublimation printers in this HP-sponsored video. He reports that the goal was to make color management easy, even for users who have limited color knowledge, and to ensure accurate color across fleets and with hybrid analog/digital production.

 

Video preview: Tim Williams Explains How Color Solutions International Helps Improve Color in Textiles and Apparel with Certified Color Standards

Tim Williams Explains How Color Solutions International Helps Improve Color in Textiles and Apparel with Certified Color Standards

Published: August 26, 2019

Color Solutions International Tim Williams provides background on the company and the value it brings to the textile and apparel supply chain. This includes integration with Datacolor's ColorReader PRO and Adobe Textile Designer. He notes that 30% of colors are from the company's ColorWall which has nearly 10,000 colors available, and 70% are custom colors requested by brands.

 

Video preview: HP Smart Services Improve Uptime and Productivity in Textile Printing

HP Smart Services Improve Uptime and Productivity in Textile Printing

Published: August 22, 2019

Joan Carol, Services Segment Manager, EMEA, discusses HP Smart Services for textile printing in this video sponsored by HP. He shares how the system works for both predictive and responsive service and leverages HP's large global service footprint for fast response when needed.

 

Video preview: Datacolor ColorReader PRO Can Shrink Color Acquisition and Approval from Weeks to Days or Hours for Textile Designers

Datacolor ColorReader PRO Can Shrink Color Acquisition and Approval from Weeks to Days or Hours for Textile Designers

Published: August 22, 2019

Datacolor's Ken Butts explains the importance of its new ColorReader PRO in the overall textile and apparel design process, enabling designers to quickly and easily acquire color data from inspiration items that can be passed along the rest of the supply chain. The ultra-portable colorimeter also links to CSI ColorWall color libraries. It is also integrated with Adobe Textile Designer.

 

Video preview: Katelyn Lee of Cotton Incorporated Discusses Preparation of Cotton for Digital Printing

Katelyn Lee of Cotton Incorporated Discusses Preparation of Cotton for Digital Printing

Published: August 21, 2019

Katelyn Lee, Textile Chemist at Cotton Incorporated, explains how cotton, as a natural fiber, can be processed in the carding, spinning, and woven fabric preparation to prepare it as a good surface for digital printing with pigment or reactive inks. She also identifies developments the industry should be focusing on to make the process more effective and sustainable.

 

Video preview: How HP's PrintOS Helps Move Digital Textile Printing Forward

How HP's PrintOS Helps Move Digital Textile Printing Forward

Published: August 20, 2019

HP launched PrintOS for commercial print and packaging three years ago. Now HP has migrated this cloud-based production management solution to its new textiles business as well. In this video sponsored by HP, Jan Panek, Worldwide Software Solutions Senior Product Manager, explains how it helps textile printing operations be more efficient.

 

Video preview: Mimaki Continues Expansion of Digital Textile Printing Portfolio with New Product Launches at ITMA

Mimaki Continues Expansion of Digital Textile Printing Portfolio with New Product Launches at ITMA

Published: August 19, 2019

Mimaki's Ronald Van Den Broek talks about what's new with the Mimaki digital textile printing product portfolio, including the Tiger 1800B MkII printing at 400 square meters per hour; the company's ability to control the entire workflow (both analog and digital processes); TA Job Control for advanced, interconnected job control; a new ink type for printing on real and synthetic leather; and the technology demonstration of a textile printer with a dual ink system to broaden the range of fabrics it can print on.

 

Video preview: How Digital Affects Sustainability in Textiles

How Digital Affects Sustainability in Textiles

Published: August 15, 2019

Carlos Lahoz, Global Textiles Brands Strategist, explains the role of digital technologies in improving sustainability within the textiles and apparel industry in this video sponsored by HP, from design through production and supply chain. He talks about the role of innovation in helping move the industry to a more digital and sustainable future.

 

Video preview: Kornit Konnect Helps Textile & Apparel Designers and Producers Leverage Data as an Asset

Kornit Konnect Helps Textile & Apparel Designers and Producers Leverage Data as an Asset

Published: August 15, 2019

Omer Kulka, Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy for Kornit Digital, speaks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about Kornit Konnect, a cloud-based solution that delivers on Kornit's vision of a data-driven business and production environment for textiles and apparel, stressing the importance of data as an asset in the design and manufacturing environment.

 

Video preview: The Digital Future of the Textiles Industry

The Digital Future of the Textiles Industry

Published: August 13, 2019

Joan Perez Pericot, General Manager for HP's textile business, shares his thoughts on the current state of the textiles industry, the impact digital technologies are having, the opportunities he sees in the future, and the role HP wants to play in this evolving market.

 

Video preview: Pointcarre Helps Brands, Designers, and Producers Create a More Efficient Textile Design and Approval Process

Pointcarre Helps Brands, Designers, and Producers Create a More Efficient Textile Design and Approval Process

Published: August 12, 2019

Pointcarre develops, sells, and supports textile design software. President Steve Greenberg explains how the product helps brands and designers visualize the surface design of fabric prior to production. The product supports both Pantone and CSI color libraries.

 

Video preview: Twine Turns the Thread Market On Its Head at ITMA

Twine Turns the Thread Market On Its Head at ITMA

Published: August 8, 2019

Yariv Bustan, Vice President of Product Marketing for Twine, explains the company's digital thread dyeing system that creates on demand a multi-color thread on a single spool (or a single custom color) that can be used to produce complex embroidery, knitting, and sewing applications. He also comments on the sustainability aspects of the solution for these markets.

 

Video preview: The Importance of Implementing a Smart Factory Strategy

The Importance of Implementing a Smart Factory Strategy

Published: August 6, 2019

EFI's Senior Product Director for Scheduling, PrintFlow & TGO Udi Arieli, explains how FedEx Office has leveraged technology to build a Smart Factory, the benefits they have achieved, and why it is important for other companies to follow suit.

 

Video preview: SPGPrints' Jos Notermans Explains the Benefits of the Company's Archer Technology

SPGPrints' Jos Notermans Explains the Benefits of the Company's Archer Technology

Published: August 5, 2019

Jos Notermans has been with SPGPrints almost since the beginning of the company's digital journey, joining the company in 1989. Most recently, he has taken over the role of managing the company's digital textile printing inks portfolio, including reactive, sublimation, and acid inks. He also explains benefits of the company's Archer technology and where the name came from.

 

Video preview: Conceptive Colors Produces Pure Dye Colorants for Digital Textile Printing

Conceptive Colors Produces Pure Dye Colorants for Digital Textile Printing

Published: July 31, 2019

Parashar Kacha, Business Head for India-based Conceptive Colors, a manufacturer of reactive and acid dye colorants for both conventional and digital textile printing, explains how the company has ensured highly purified dye colorants while guaranteeing the necessary properties of these dye colorants following two years of intensive research and development.

 

Video preview: Mouvent, A Bobst Company, Launches New Textile Printer at ITMA

Mouvent, A Bobst Company, Launches New Textile Printer at ITMA

Published: July 25, 2019

Reto Simmen, Chief Business Officer at Mouvent, a Bobst company, talks about full commercial availability of its digital textile printers (including a new model introduced at ITMA, printing at 400 square meters per hour) with reactive or acid dye inks. He also explains the unique compact, lightweight printhead cluster technology these printers use.

 

Video preview: Adobe's Mike Scrutton Offers Valuable Color Management Advice for Digital Textile Printers

Adobe's Mike Scrutton Offers Valuable Color Management Advice for Digital Textile Printers

Published: July 23, 2019

Mike Scrutton, Director of Print Technology and Strategy for Adobe, talks about how Adobe Textile Designer enables brands to bring their defined color libraries into the world of digital textile printing. This helps ensure color consistency in a hybrid analog/digital production environment.

 

Video preview: Durst Discusses the Advantages of Digital Textile Printing

Durst Discusses the Advantages of Digital Textile Printing

Published: July 18, 2019

Durst Textile Segment Manager Martin Winkler explains how digital textile printing is being adopted both by traditional analog businesses and new online businesses. He also stresses the importance of an end-to-end workflow to address the shorter runs and faster cycle times occurring in textiles and apparel today. Durst also focuses on making these technologies more sustainable.

 

Video preview: Is Textile Printing a Business Opportunity for Printers? CMYUK Thinks So!

Is Textile Printing a Business Opportunity for Printers? CMYUK Thinks So!

Published: July 16, 2019

Robin East, Group Director for CMYUK, a UK-based graphic arts distributor, suggests that print service providers should be exploring digital textile printing as a new business avenue that offers higher growth rates than commercial print. He points out that digital print providers have many transferable skills that could serve them well in the textiles market, especially home decor.

 

Video preview: Pantone Adds Tools for Textile Designers

Pantone Adds Tools for Textile Designers

Published: July 11, 2019

X-Rite/Pantone's Iain Pike talks about some of the changes the company has made to its offerings to simplify color selection and management for textile designers and others in the textile and apparel supply chain. New features include easier to use swatches, the i1Pro 3, and a partnership with Adobe at color.adobe.com for palette creation.

 

Video preview: How Do You Avoid B2B/B2C Channel Conflict? Chris Bernat of Vapor Apparel Has Advice

How Do You Avoid B2B/B2C Channel Conflict? Chris Bernat of Vapor Apparel Has Advice

Published: July 8, 2019

Chris Bernat, Chief Revenue Officer of Vapor Apparel, discusses how his company avoids channel conflict between his B2B and B2C apparel business. The company sells blanks as well as garments printed using dye sublimation. He discusses channel strategy, fabric sourcing, printing technologies, and more, including IT systems that facilitate an accurate just-in-time manufacturing environment for B2C.

 

Video preview: Ricoh Expands its Direct-to-Garment Offerings

Ricoh Expands its Direct-to-Garment Offerings

Published: July 8, 2019

Anne Veldman, Ricoh's direct-to-garment product manager, explains Ricoh's mid-range DTG Ri 1000 printer introduced at FESPA, and talks about Ricoh's strategy in the textile market going forward as well as the markets into which its DTG printers are being installed.

 

Video preview: Bluestone Fabrics Touts the Benefits of Digital Fabric Printing

Bluestone Fabrics Touts the Benefits of Digital Fabric Printing

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.

 

Video preview: Design Pool Offers Interior Decor Designs and Links to Fabric Printers for Production

Design Pool Offers Interior Decor Designs and Links to Fabric Printers for Production

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.

 

Video preview: Fujifilm's Dr. Hamid Shirazi Explains the Company's Long-Time Participation in the Textile Industry

Fujifilm's Dr. Hamid Shirazi Explains the Company's Long-Time Participation in the Textile Industry

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.

 

Video preview: Why the EFI BOLT Is a Green Printer for the Textiles Industry

Why the EFI BOLT Is a Green Printer for the Textiles Industry

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.

 

Video preview: Kornit Digital Looks to the Future of the Textiles & Apparel Supply Chain

Kornit Digital Looks to the Future of the Textiles & Apparel Supply Chain

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.

 

Video preview: Debbie McKeegan Addresses How Digital Technologies Make Textiles More Sustainable

Debbie McKeegan Addresses How Digital Technologies Make Textiles More Sustainable

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.

 

Video preview: SmithersPira Digital Textile Printing Conference Helps Shape the Future of the Industry

SmithersPira Digital Textile Printing Conference Helps Shape the Future of the Industry

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.

 

Video preview: Digital Printing Removes Barriers for Interior Designer Claire Vos

Digital Printing Removes Barriers for Interior Designer Claire Vos

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.

 

Video preview: HP Launches STITCH

HP Launches STITCH

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.

 

Video preview: Print. Make. Wear. at FESPA—An Inside View

Print. Make. Wear. at FESPA—An Inside View

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.

 

Video preview: Looking Inside the EFI FabriVU 340i

Looking Inside the EFI FabriVU 340i

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.

 

Video preview: HP Adds Dye Sublimation to Its Portfolio

HP Adds Dye Sublimation to Its Portfolio

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.

 

Video preview: 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.

 

Video preview: HP Enters the Textile Market with Stitch

HP Enters the Textile Market with Stitch

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.

 

Video preview: EFI Focused on Green Printing for Textiles

EFI Focused on Green Printing for Textiles

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.

 

Video preview: Color ReaderPRO Helps Create Customized Fabric Designs

Color ReaderPRO Helps Create Customized Fabric Designs

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.

 

Video preview: Textile Printing for Commercial Printers

Textile Printing for Commercial Printers

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.

 

Video preview: New Enhancements Released in AccuMark Version 11

New Enhancements Released in AccuMark Version 11

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.

 

Video preview: Customization is Key for Carriage House Printery

Customization is Key for Carriage House Printery

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.

 

Video preview: When Fads Fade

When Fads Fade

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.

 

Video preview: Spoonflower Celebrates 10 Years

Spoonflower Celebrates 10 Years

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.

 

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