Ray Glenn Clark, President, Motivating Graphics in Ft Worth, Texas on building a printing business that reaches across the globe.
Pat Henry: This is Pat Henry of WhatTheyThink and we are at Graph Expo 2010 in Chicago, and with us this afternoon is Ray Glenn Clark. Ray is President, Motivating Graphics, Ft Worth, Texas. Ft Worth, Texas I should say, but the way, is the hub of a global operation. Ray, please tell us about Motivating Graphics and your international reach.
Ray Glenn Clark: Oh, thank you Pat. Motivating Graphics is basically a global printing company that specializes mostly in telecom; that would be mostly in print and boxes. And basically that, you know, our reach is North America, South America, and into Central America as well as into China and even Europe. And basically our company was started in 1976 and we were from originally from Florida and we now reside in Fort Worth, Texas and we operate as our central location in Fort Worth.
Pat Henry: Now, when did you begin distributing data to all of these remote locations and what makes it possible for you to do it. That’s no mean feat technically.
Ray Glenn Clark: Well, basically, we started doing that about two years ago. And basically, Printergy basically helped us move into where we could send information on a global basis rather than just to our Fort Worth facility or possibly by doing it more of a mobile way.
Pat Henry: And Printergy, I believe, you sourced from Xpedx which is also a primary supplier to you of prepressed consumables and other things. How did it come about? How did Xpedx get you into the Printergy business?
Ray Glenn Clark: Well, Xpedx, you know, came in and educated us on the best way to do our Prepress Department when we moved to a larger format for some of our printing equipment. So having a large format printing company for boxes kind of put us in a situation where we needed to have a program in place to move into Mexico as well as Brazil and into China and Europe. So, by doing that, you know, basically the hub, which would be Fort Worth, we moved our spokes into all parts of the globe, basically.
Pat Henry: And I believe that with the help of your Printergy workflow, not only are you distributing data, but you are also maintaining a pretty consistent color standards fro location to location.
Ray Glenn Clark: Yes. I think you know, with our Prepress Department having a consistent color level and basically our presses of high maintenance level that we keep them with between the prepress with our curves coming from prepress, I believe that our company is performing at a very high level of color and consistency for the industry.
Frank Mallozzi Reports on EFI Connect 2017
Published: January 24, 2017
Frank Mallozzi, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for EFI, shares his thoughts about EFI Connect 2017, the 17th year of the conference. Highlights included a fireside chat between CEO Guy Gecht and Joel Quadracci, as well as a fireside chat with Xerox CEO Jeff Jacobson. The conference featured new products, a large number of eduational sessions and lots of opportunity to network among peers, with EFI executives and technical staff, as well as EFI partners.
Guy Gecht's Advice to the Industry: Keep An Eye on Artificial Intelligence Developments
Published: January 23, 2017
Guy Gecht, EFI's CEO, typically includes a thought leadership segment in his opening talk. In 2017, he put the industry on notice that artifice intelligence is almost upon us, with a convergence of technology and market demand that will bring this to mainstream in the foreseeable future. Artificial intelligence (AI) is a technology that will have an impact on the printing industry, and printing owners and managers should keep tabs on its progress, understanding both eh risks and the opportunities for their businesses.
What Color is Consistent?
Published: January 20, 2017
Color management works, and it has been available to designers and printers for more than 25 years. Why then do we still make mistakes in color reproduction? Shoshana Burgett of X-Rite Pantone notes that CM has to be understood as something more than calibrating a monitor. It is a set of steps, processes, and tools that must be in place across the entire production workflow, always with monitoring for continuous improvement. Designers who want color to be consistent in all the channels they are now responsible for can find the help they need in CM, Burgett says.
Frank on Pre-VDP Personalized Direct Mail
Published: January 20, 2017
Frank Romano keeps EVERYTHING. This week he shares his collection of pre-VDP personalized direct mail when everyone was a winner. Direct marketers tried every trick to get you to open the envelope.
The Challenges of Managing Color in a Global Supply Chain at Canadian Tire Retail
Published: January 19, 2017
Angela Stone, Manager of Packaging Optimization at Canadian Tire Retail, is responsible for all of the private label packaging that is used for the wide range of products it offers. It covers all types of packaging, from folding carton to flexible to sewn-in labels. She talks about how she handles color management across this disparate array of packaging applications.
What PDF 2.0 Will Mean for the Printing Industry
Published: January 17, 2017
Mark Lewiecki, Senior Product Manager at Adobe, talks about PDF 2.0, now being developed through the International Standards Organization which has responsibility for the PDF standard. A key new attribute is the ability to put page-level media-specific information directly into the PDF file. The ISO is also defining the metadata as it relates to media, especial for variable data printing, and is incorporating CxF spectral data into the PDF file.