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Video preview: Frank and the Future of the Printing Press (Part 2)

Frank and the Future of the Printing Press (Part 2)

Published: December 13, 2019

In part 2 of a two-part series on the future of the printing press, Frank visits Dallas, Tex.’s Summit Direct, which has one of the largest arrays of printing equipment—offset and digital—Frank has ever seen. He talks with president John Barber and VP of Business Development Mike Robinson, VP of Business Development, about their equipment portfolio, including the Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1 inkjet sheetfed press and the different kinds of work they are running on it.

 

Video preview: Kevin Cushing Provides an Alliance Franchise Brands Update

Kevin Cushing Provides an Alliance Franchise Brands Update

Published: December 12, 2019

Kevin Cushing, President of the Marketing & Print Division of Alliance Franchise Brands. provides an update on the company's franchise activities in print and signs, as well as its dual branding initiatives with an Allegra and Image 360 franchise under the same roof with a target to reach 100 of those dual-branded operations. He also talked about the various programs Alliance Franchise Brands has to help franchisees with exit strategies and to help new entrepreneurs enter the Alliance Franchise Brands family as well as new product offerings within the network.

 

Video preview: Attracting New Talent to Textile Manufacturing Starts with 8th Graders at the Manufacturing Solutions Center

Attracting New Talent to Textile Manufacturing Starts with 8th Graders at the Manufacturing Solutions Center

Published: December 12, 2019

Dan St. Louis describes the work being done over the last 30 years at the Manufacturing Solutions Center to help create and maintain jobs. As part of the Catawba Community College, the group, among other things, hosts tours of its facility and selected manufacturing plants for 8th graders to encourage them to seek jobs in the industry.

 

Video preview: Shimmy Into the Workforce of the Future

Shimmy Into the Workforce of the Future

Published: December 11, 2019

Sarah Krasley, CEO of Shimmy, talks about the company's efforts to help with workforce education in the textiles industry through gamification. Initial efforts have been in Asia, but the company is also looking to bring its unique technology to North America as well. The goal is to help workers adapt to changes in the industry driven by new technology and automation.

 

Video preview: Warren Werbitt Says, “We Don’t Need to Be Policed”

Warren Werbitt Says, “We Don’t Need to Be Policed”

Published: December 11, 2019

WhatTheyThink's print evangelist Warren Werbitt exposes the dark underbelly of FSC/SFI/PEFC chain of custody certification, designed to prove that printers are sourcing paper from environmentally sustainable sources. Thanks to auditing fees, $87 million leaves the printing industry each year, and what is gained? The ability to use a logo…which no one uses anymore. He proposes that the industry should come up with its own accreditation and keep the $87 million.

 

Video preview: The “Orders of One” Industry

The “Orders of One” Industry

Published: December 10, 2019

Julian Marsh, Digital Print Expert, talks about the latest challenges facing digital book printers. Customers want highly customized and complex books with faster turnaround than ever—the “Amazon effect.” At the same time, book printers are facing a skills shortage. Enter automation and the smart factory approach to book manufacturing.

 

Video preview: Sourcing Top Talent in Tight Labor Markets

Sourcing Top Talent in Tight Labor Markets

Published: December 9, 2019

PrintLink's Arnie Kahn and Dino Scalia discuss today’s tight labor market, the printing industry's hiring challenges, and PrintLink’s process for sourcing top talent.

 

Video preview: Frank and the Future of the Printing Press (Part 1)

Frank and the Future of the Printing Press (Part 1)

Published: December 6, 2019

In part 1 of a two-part series on the future of the printing press, Frank visits AM Solutions in Egerton, Wis., and talks with Dean Gille, president, and Mike Henning, vice president, about their Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1 inkjet sheetfed press. AM had been an offset shop that had to make changes as they adopted inkjet, and the two technologies literally sit side by side.

 

Video preview: CapStone’s AutoViri Automates Mailing

CapStone’s AutoViri Automates Mailing

Published: December 5, 2019

Troy Power, cofounder of CapStone Technologies, talks about the company’s Red Hot Technology Award-winning AutoViri robotic solutions for automating mailing workflows. AutoViri helps connect the physical workflow to the digital workflow—and can save customers money on mailing costs by being plugged into the latest USPS regulations.

 

Video preview: Scott Schinlever Presents an Overview of Gerber Technology's Role and Strategy in the Textiles and Apparel Market

Scott Schinlever Presents an Overview of Gerber Technology's Role and Strategy in the Textiles and Apparel Market

Published: December 5, 2019

Scott Schinlever, President and Chief Operating Officer of Automated Solutions for Gerber, discussed the company's strategy and how its acquisition of MCT fits in to the overall integrated ecosystem, from design to the cut piece. This positions Gerber and its customers to play in the fast fashion and microfactory initiatives that are gaining steam in textiles and apparel.

 

Video preview: GMG and Epson Partner for Packaging Prototyping

GMG and Epson Partner for Packaging Prototyping

Published: December 5, 2019

Eric Dalton, Director of Sales, Western Region, for GMG, talks to Cary Sherburne about the company's package prototyping solution using GMG ColorProof, GMG OpenColor Software, and an Epson SureColor S80600 printer to print and proof with white ink on clear materials and other specialty substrates, such as shrink sleeves for bottles.

 

Video preview: Warren Werbitt Says, “What Were You Thinking?!”

Warren Werbitt Says, “What Were You Thinking?!”

Published: December 4, 2019

WhatTheyThink's print evangelist Warren Werbitt shares some recent direct mail pieces he has received—the good, the bad, and the ugly. He sings the praises of Bennett Graphics’ promotional sample book—each page is printed on a different substrate and the cover features embellishment from Scodix and laser cutting from Highcon. He offers…constructive criticism of the others.

 

Video preview: Alwan’s Elie Khoury on Extended Color Gamuts

Alwan’s Elie Khoury on Extended Color Gamuts

Published: December 4, 2019

Elie Khoury, President of Alwan Color Expertise, talks to David Zwang about extended color gamuts. The idea of expanding the color gamut of a press goes back decades, but the tools for its effective implementation were often lacking. Alwan Color Expertise is working to develop standards to help make extended gamut printing consistent and reliable.

 

Video preview: Bookmasters Brings the Smart Factory to Book Production

Bookmasters Brings the Smart Factory to Book Production

Published: December 3, 2019

Brad Sharp, Director of Manufacturing for Bookmasters, talks about the company’s implementation of the “smart factory,” not only in the front end, but also in printing and finishing, leveraging automation to tie together as many work centers as they can for short-run, on-demand book production.

 

Video preview: Enfocus Addresses the Needs of Niche Printing Markets

Enfocus Addresses the Needs of Niche Printing Markets

Published: December 3, 2019

Wim Fransen, Managing Director of Enfocus, talks to David Zwang about the proliferation of niche printing markets—commercial, labels, textiles, wide format, vehicle graphics, etc.—and how they all share many of the same underlying challenges. Enfocus has been seeking to develop specific configurations of its flagship PitStop software to address the individual needs of these vertical markets.

 

Video preview: Kodak’s drupa 2020 Vision

Kodak’s drupa 2020 Vision

Published: December 3, 2019

Patti Smith, Kodak’s VP, WW Business Development & Marketing, Digital Inkjet Printing, talks to David Zwang about the major trends that Kodak has been seeing in the lead-up to drupa 2020. The biggest among them is packaging, especially digital packaging, the demand for which is being driven by the brands.

 

Video preview: U.S. Department of Commerce Sees Textiles as a Good Case Study for Reshoring Manufacturing

U.S. Department of Commerce Sees Textiles as a Good Case Study for Reshoring Manufacturing

Published: December 2, 2019

Lloyd Wood, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials, U.S. Department of Commerce, was a speaker at the recent SPESA Executive Conference and took time to share his thoughts about what the Department of Commerce is doing to help the textiles and apparel industry be more competitive.

 

Video preview: Ricoh’s 5th Color Lab Focuses on Design

Ricoh’s 5th Color Lab Focuses on Design

Published: December 2, 2019

Ricoh’s Heather Poulin highlights Ricoh presence at PRINTING United, focusing on the customer experience. In addition to its continuous-feed inkjet and wide-format hardware offerings, Ricoh was featuring its 5th Color Lab, showing customers how to design for new printing technologies, how to manage color, and how to use ColorLogic to print metallics.

 

Video preview: Avanti’s Red Hot Technology Awards

Avanti’s Red Hot Technology Awards

Published: November 27, 2019

Pat Bolan, President of Avanti, talks to Pat McGrew about the company’s Red Hot Technology Award-winning enhancements to Avanti Slingshot at PRINT 19—Advanced Fulfillment Workflow Enhancement and the XML Loader Enhancement for Web to Print solutions.

 

Video preview: Conlin’s Print Upgrades its EFI Wide-Format Printer

Conlin’s Print Upgrades its EFI Wide-Format Printer

Published: November 26, 2019

Bill Conlin, Jr., of Conlin’s Print talks to Cary Sherburne about the company’s nearly 40 years as a family-owned digital printing business. About five years ago, they began offering wide-format printing. Conlin’s Print recently acquired an EFI VUTEk h3 hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll superwide-format LED inkjet printer, replacing an older VUTEk QS2.

 

 

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