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2020 Technology Outlook - Finishing

Print Finishing Technology Outlook Webinar

Listen to Trish Witkowski discuss the latest developments in mailing and finishing. This 30-minute LunchNLearn webinar highlights the latest technology and product announcements, and trends in mailing and finishing. Get the lowdown on new features, capabilities, and applications that can give your business a competitive edge.
What you’ll learn:
- New developments and trends in mailing and finishing
- New products from major industry vendors
- New features, capabilities, and applications

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Featured Articles

    Don’t Forget to Finish It!

    Virtually every printed document requires some type of finishing. The expanding array of digital printing methods has changed the nature of finishing from large-scale devices focused on offset printing to automated methods that often occur alongside a production digital printer. To reach its true potential, the role of finishing must evolve as well. Recent research from Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends offers important insights on how print service providers (PSPs) can leverage finishing to win business and drive profitability.


    Actega EcoLeaf (aka Nano Metallography) Digital Metallization Ready for Prime Time

    At drupa 2016, Landa Labs introduced Nano Metallography, a new metallization technology to replace foils for embellishments. This process is designed to produce zero waste at less than half the cost of foil. In February of 2017, Actega Metal Print, a division of Altana AG, acquired the technology and rebranded it EcoLeaf. The solution is now going into beta and will be fully commercialized in time for drupa 2020.


    How To Sell Enhanced Printing

    “Digital enhancement” or enhanced printing is one of the hottest trends in the industry and has been the talk of many recent trade shows—but enhanced print doesn’t sell itself. Pat McGrew offers some tips and strategies for selling enhanced printing to maximize ROI.


    Embellishments: What’s Old Is New Again and Still Adds Value!—Part 2

    Embellishment has been a function of print production for as long as there has been printing. In fact, it almost goes back to the beginning of the writing of documents. There is no doubt that embellishment does add value to the printed product. Especially with the more recent introduction of digital embellishment technologies designed to complement digital printing. Now that embellishments have finally begun to capture market awareness, new developments are happening all the time. In part 2 of this series, David Zwang will look at new mainstream technologies that add embellishments and value to print and packaging production.


    Embellishments: What’s Old Is New Again and Still Adds Value!—Part 1

    Embellishment has been a function of print production for as long as there has been printing. In fact, it almost goes back to the beginning of the writing of documents. There is no doubt that embellishment does add value to the printed product. Especially with the more recent introduction of digital embellishment technologies, designed to complement digital printing technologies. New developments in digital embellishment are happening all the time now that it has finally begun to capture market awareness. In part one of this two-part feature, David Zwang will look at the added value and long history of embellishments.


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Automate Cutting with the Jetstream Rotary XY Slitter
Jetstream Rotary XY Slitter

Jetstream’s XY Slitter is the preferred choice for higher volume professional converting of postcards, business cards, retail shelf tags and photo books. Speeds up to 5,000 sph with 100% cutting accuracy plus scoring and perforating. This fully automated system offers a new flexible stacker, auto-collator, bar code reader or in-line folder/gluer to maximize any type of product delivery. Streamline finishing with the 24” or 30” Jetstream XY Slitter.

www.rollemusa.com/jetstream-ssp/

Muller Martini’s Digital Solutions Portfolio

Smart production is critical in today’s digital finishing environment as shorter runs down to book of one become more commonplace and workflows become more complex. That’s why our Finishing 4.0 principles of automation, connectivity, variability, touchless workflow and hybrid systems are embodied throughout a Digital Solutions portfolio that delivers ultra-efficient production of saddle stitched or perfect bound products for either hardcover or softcover applications.

www.mullermartini.com

Ultimate Bindery - Your Workflow’s Finishing Touch

Ultimate Bindery is a standalone software solution designed to fill the gap between prepress and finishing. Ultimate Bindery® can take any imposed job and complete it with all the necessary parameters needed to automatically set up your finishing equipment such as perfect binder, saddle-stitcher, cutter, slitter-creaser, 3-knife cutter, etc. It allows to produce variable length products in different quantities, on the fly with no manual make-ready. Ultimate Bindery® is a hub of knowledge of many different finishing devices from different manufacturers and can automate in-line and near-line finishing equipment. It operates as a central location to validate that each job is built respecting the capabilities and constraints of the selected finishing equipment. These validations prevent errors and reduce waste since an alert is sent to the user for them to rectify the situation.

imposition.com/software/bindery