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Video preview: GMG Assists with Color Management

GMG Assists with Color Management

Published: June 18, 2019

Eric Dalton, Director of Sales - Western Region for GMG, talks about color management specific to wide-format printing and the two kinds of software GMG offers to help users implement color management.

 

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: Roland Wins ISA Innovation Award

Roland Wins ISA Innovation Award

Published: June 17, 2019

Andrew Oransky, President and CEO of Roland DGA, talks about their ISA Innovation Award for their VG2 TrueVIS flagship printer, as well as the release of five other products, including a direct-to-garment T-shirt printer.

 

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: Frank Talks Type with Paul Shaw

Frank Talks Type with Paul Shaw

Published: June 14, 2019

Paul Shaw is a noted designer and design historian. For three decades, he has researched and written about the history of graphic design with a focus on typography, lettering, and calligraphy. He recently gave a talk at the Museum of Printing in Haverhill, Mass. He talks with Frank about type and type trends.

 

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: Canon Solutions America's Océ Colorado Printer Offers Endless Solutions

Canon Solutions America's Océ Colorado Printer Offers Endless Solutions

Published: June 13, 2019

John Kaufman, Senior Marketing Specialist for Canon Solutions America, takes us on a tour of the Océ Colorado wide-format printer with faster automation and an endless array of configurations for both small and wide format printing.

 

Video preview: HP Launches DigitalPack to Improve and Simplify the Corrugated Work Process for Global Brands

HP Launches DigitalPack to Improve and Simplify the Corrugated Work Process for Global Brands

Published: June 12, 2019

David Murphy, Worldwide Director of Marketing and Business Development for HP PageWide Industrial Solutions, explains HP's collaboration with users of its HP PageWide corrugated solutions to form the world's first digital users group for this market segment. Called DigitalPack, the goal of this new users group is to make digital print for corrugated better, easier, and more inspirational for global brands.

 

Video preview: Ricoh's New Flatbed, Latex Wide-Format Units

Ricoh's New Flatbed, Latex Wide-Format Units

Published: June 12, 2019

Dan Johansen, Marketing Manager for Ricoh USA, talks about Ricoh's new flatbed and latex wide-format printers, the technologies behind which are the culmination of many years of development.

 

Video preview: Ricoh Users and Execs Interact in Denver

Ricoh Users and Execs Interact in Denver

Published: June 11, 2019

David Zwang talks to Heather Poulin, Director of Marketing for Ricoh USA, at Interact 2019, Ricoh’s annual user conference. The goal of the event is to get customers and Ricoh executives to “interact” with each other to find best practices that Ricoh users can take back to their shops.

 

Video preview: Canon Solutions America Introduces the New Arizona

Canon Solutions America Introduces the New Arizona

Published: June 11, 2019

Randy Paar, Marketing Manager for Canon Solutions America, introduces the new Arizona wide-format flatbed printer, which was shown for the first time in the U.S. at the ISA Sign Expo. From its UV LED curing system to the new ink formulation, it's changing the way customers print.

 

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: Vycom Offers a Variety of Plastic and Specialty Substrate Solutions

Vycom Offers a Variety of Plastic and Specialty Substrate Solutions

Published: June 10, 2019

Kevin Duffy, VP of Sales and Marketing for Vycom, outlines a variety of unique substrates available to the sign industry, including Celtec PVC and Polycarve products.

 

Video preview: Onyx Graphics Celebrates 30 Years

Onyx Graphics Celebrates 30 Years

Published: June 10, 2019

Bryan Manwaring, Director of Product Marketing for Onyx Graphics, talks about the 30-year evolution of the company's wide-format RIP software, focused on helping customers and print shops boost profitability.

 

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: Frank on PRINT Becoming Brand Print Americas

Frank on PRINT Becoming Brand Print Americas

Published: June 7, 2019

Frank comments on the merger of PRINT and Graph Expo into Label Expo and bemoans the lack of a shorthand way of referring to what will be Brand Print Americas.

 

Video preview: SmithersPira Digital Print for Packaging Conference Focuses on Results for Brands and Producers

SmithersPira Digital Print for Packaging Conference Focuses on Results for Brands and Producers

Published: June 6, 2019

Sean Smyth, Research Analyst at SmithersPira, explains that the focus of the 2019 edition of its Digital Print for Packaging Conference is increasingly on applications rather than print engines—looking at what users are actually creating with the technology, as well as how they can improve workflow.

 

Video preview: Mimaki and the

Mimaki and the "Internet of Things"

Published: June 6, 2019

Bert Benckhuysen of Mimaki talks about how to imagine the future of print and the "internet of things"—it's all about connecting printers in an integrated workflow with ERP software, robots, cutting solutions, cameras, and more. Mimaki's IP Job Control software brings Mimaki printers into the Internet of Things, enabling an end-to-end workflow with minimal human intervention.

 

Video preview: PrintFactory Offers Color Management Software Solutions

PrintFactory Offers Color Management Software Solutions

Published: June 6, 2019

Simon Landau, Director of the Americas for PrintFactory, talks about the company, the current state of color management, and PrintFactory's software solutions available to the wide-format market.

 

Video preview: An Intro to LED Signage

An Intro to LED Signage

Published: June 5, 2019

Josh Brasher, President of EBSCO Sign Group, offers a primer on LED signage, discussing the technology and the business model.

 

 

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