Cary chats with Bill Graushar of Quad Graphics, who has been at Innovationdays since the beginning and asks Bill what's caught his attention this year.
Cary: Hi, I'm Cary Sherburne, Senior Editor at WhatTheyThink.com and I'm here with Bill Graushar who is the Vice President of finishing operations for Quad Graphics.
Bill Graushar:: Post-press. Post-press finish.
Bill: Post-press operations. Yep.
Cary: For Quad Graphics.
Bill: Thank you. Thank you very much, Cary.
Cary: So we're here at Hunkeler Innovation Days 2011 and I understand that this is not your first time to come to one of these events.
Bill: No, I think -- boy, it dates me. I've been coming to this for about probably 20 years when Fronz started this in Zofingen. We started going to his shows and watching, looking, listening, and seeing where he was going and today we are a user of his equipment. He keeps us state-of-the-art plus he's a good friend.
Cary: That's great.
Bill: Yeah, and we work well together.
Cary: And so in 2011, what do you see in here that's intriguing?
Bill: Wow! That's a big question. Going through all the digital presses, Xerox introduced their new press at the show here as a first as a for sale. Our friends at Muller Martini is showing their digital machine, digital stitcher. Hunkeler with their book block feeder.
Cary: That's pretty cool.
Cary: Double pile.
Bill: Oh, awesome. That starts to give us more suppliers to look at; a lot of more innovation happening. There's a lot of excitement on the floor because this is a small show and everybody's bringing the best of the best. You meet a lot of good people, good friends, you make good friends. It's been a good show for me.
Cary: And it's a beautiful environment.
Bill: Oh, the environment, you look outside the mountains are right there.
Bill: You can't ask for anything better than that, Cary.
Cary: That's terrific. Thank you.
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.