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Video preview: Debbie McKeegan Talks about a Holistic View of Sustainability in Textiles and Apparel

Debbie McKeegan Talks about a Holistic View of Sustainability in Textiles and Apparel

Published: November 20, 2019

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne chats with Debbie McKeegan, Founder and CEO of Texintel, a UK-based advisory service focused on the textiles industry, about her perspective on making the textile industry more sustainable across the entire value chain.

 

Video preview: Warren Werbitt Says, “Tell Me About Your Business”

Warren Werbitt Says, “Tell Me About Your Business”

Published: November 20, 2019

WhatTheyThink's print evangelist Warren Werbitt checks in from Nashville and the Avanti Users Conference. He talks to a number of event attendees—printers and Avanti partners—about their businesses, their experiences with Avanti solutions, and the advantages of attending the conference.

 

Video preview: Canon’s Versatile imagePRESS Technology

Canon’s Versatile imagePRESS Technology

Published: November 19, 2019

Canon USA’s Matthew Poliniak talks about the company’s imagePRESS technology—specifically the imagePRESS C10000VP and C910 Color Digital Presses—and the wide range of applications imagePRESS technology can produce, achieving the same high quality on uncoated and coated stock, as well as textured and other specialty substrates.

 

Video preview: Xanté Introduces InfoMark, an Alternative to QR Codes

Xanté Introduces InfoMark, an Alternative to QR Codes

Published: November 19, 2019

Robert Ross, CEO of Xanté, introduces InfoMark, a simple four-digit alphanumeric code designed to replace the QR code. InfoMark gives publishers, designers, packagers, and others a simple digital link to quickly access audio, video, PDF, and any other digital content from a printed piece using a desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet.

 

Video preview: Software Binds Together All the Elements of an Automated Workflow

Software Binds Together All the Elements of an Automated Workflow

Published: November 19, 2019

Ray Duval of Ultimate TechnoGraphics talks about the concept of the “smart factory,” how virtually any print process can be automated, and how software is the glue that holds together all the different parts of the automated workflow.

 

Video preview: With the Ricoh TF6250, It’s a Whole New Ballgame for MAC Specialties

With the Ricoh TF6250, It’s a Whole New Ballgame for MAC Specialties

Published: November 18, 2019

Mark Cohen, President of MAC Specialties, talks about the wide-format and specialty printing services his company offers, and explains how they produce custom cellphone stands. MAC Specialties recently installed a Ricoh TF6250 UV LED Flatbed Printer which allows them to print on materials other than flat sheets or boards—such as foam footballs.

 

Video preview: SGIA's Ray Weiss Explains SGIA's Student Ambassador Program

SGIA's Ray Weiss Explains SGIA's Student Ambassador Program

Published: November 18, 2019

Ray Weiss, Director of Digital Print Programs at SGIA, discusses SGIA's Student Ambassador Program that funds students to attend PRINTING United as an extension of their industry education. Ten university students from around the country were funded in 2019.

 

Video preview: Frank’s Short Architectural Tour of Chicago

Frank’s Short Architectural Tour of Chicago

Published: November 15, 2019

Frank visits the original Chicago location of The Oliver Typewriter Company, the edifice of which remains intact—even the logo of the company which appears about 40 times. Some of the architectural features of the structure are iconic and have long outlasted The Oliver Typewriter Company itself, which declared bankruptcy in 1928. In its heyday, the company was highly successful, as it was among the first to make typewriters that let typists see what they were typing as they were typing.

 

Video preview: Fujifilm’s Onset X3: An Emphasis on Automation

Fujifilm’s Onset X3: An Emphasis on Automation

Published: November 14, 2019

Fujifilm’s Becky McConnell talks about the latest developments with the Onset X3 wide-format UV flatbed printer, as well as a new inkset from Fujifilm that was specifically formulated for greater adhesion to difficult plastic and synthetic substrates.

 

Video preview: Teaching Millennial Marketers About Direct Mail

Teaching Millennial Marketers About Direct Mail

Published: November 14, 2019

Jeana Garms, VP of Marketing for SG360°, talks about her experiences as a Millennial working for a direct mail company. Her age cohort tends to think in terms of digital media first, so she finds that marketers who entered the workforce in the last 10 years need a lot of education about print direct mail.

 

Video preview: Finishing Automation is Becoming a Critical Investment

Finishing Automation is Becoming a Critical Investment

Published: November 14, 2019

Bob Flinn from Standard Finishing talks about why, with the current labor market, investment in automation within binding and finishing is imperative.

 

Video preview: Warren Werbitt Says, “People Are Supposed to Fall Out of Their Chairs When They See What We Can Do!”

Warren Werbitt Says, “People Are Supposed to Fall Out of Their Chairs When They See What We Can Do!”

Published: November 13, 2019

WhatTheyThink's print evangelist Warren Werbitt exhorts printers to actively market themselves. Printers do beautiful work for clients, work that is designed to market and promote those clients. So why don’t printers do beautiful work to promote themselves? Warren calls out two examples of print businesses that do produce beautifully printed self-promotional pieces, and urges other shops to do the same.

 

Video preview: Epson’s 20 Years of Wide-Format Printing

Epson’s 20 Years of Wide-Format Printing

Published: November 13, 2019

Epson launched its first wide-format printer in October 1999, and Epson’s Reed Hecht talks about the latest generation—the SureColor P7570 and P9570, featuring a redesigned print engine for photographers, fine artists, graphic designers, and proofers—as well as how the requirements for art and photography have changed over the past two decades.

 

Video preview: Horizon International Introduces IoT Capabilities in its Finishing System

Horizon International Introduces IoT Capabilities in its Finishing System

Published: November 13, 2019

Yoshihiro Oe, General Manager at Horizon International Inc., talks about the "ICE Concept" that Horizon International introduced at the Think Smart Factory event. The concept brings Internet of Things (IoT) interconnection to finishing equipment to provide real-time data analytics, predictive maintenance, remote service, and support. Horizon is collaborating with customers to determine which type of IoT functionality is most useful within an automated print factory.

 

Video preview: Transformation and Transition at Kodak

Transformation and Transition at Kodak

Published: November 12, 2019

Patti Smith, VP, WW Business Development & Marketing, Digital Inkjet Printing, for Kodak, talks to David Zwang about the latest developments at Kodak, the company's new CEO Jim Continenza, and the renewed emphasis on understanding—and replicating—the transitions customers are undergoing.

 

Video preview: Think Smart Finishing Showcases Automated Print Production

Think Smart Finishing Showcases Automated Print Production

Published: November 12, 2019

2019 Think Smart Finishing, organized by Horizon International, showcases automated print production from order to finished product. WhatTheyThink spoke to Yasuo Taketsugu of Horizon International about bringing 14 industry partners together across software, print, and finishing to show a fully integrated print environment.

 

Video preview: Marco Boer on Industry Convergence

Marco Boer on Industry Convergence

Published: November 11, 2019

Marco Boer of I.T. Strategies talks to David Zwang at PRINTING United about the theme of the show: convergence, or that, in order to grow their businesses, printers need to incrementally add new kinds of print applications.

 

Video preview: Tri-Win Direct Wins with Continuous-Feed Inkjet from Ricoh

Tri-Win Direct Wins with Continuous-Feed Inkjet from Ricoh

Published: November 11, 2019

Andy Chagan of Tri-Win Direct talks about the direct mail company's humble beginnings in a second-floor apartment and now, 22 years later, mails 350-400 million pieces a year. The company uses predominantly Ricoh equipment and, in 2015, the company transitioned from cut-sheet to continuous-feed, and the Ricoh VC60000 was a game-changer.

 

Video preview: Frank at PRINTING United: RMGT “Commits to Print”

Frank at PRINTING United: RMGT “Commits to Print”

Published: November 8, 2019

Frank talks to Chris Manley of Graphco as the company sets up the RMGT 9 Series, the only offset press on the show floor at PRINTING United. There are more than 70 of these presses installed in the US today. In 2014, when they first exhibited the press, there were only 3.

 

Video preview: 4Over's Simon Beltran Talks About Transformation

4Over's Simon Beltran Talks About Transformation

Published: November 7, 2019

Simon Beltran, President of 4Over, talks about how the company has grown over the past 18 years to become the premier trade provider to the print industry in North America, with nine locations and 1,400 team members in the US and Canada. The company is continuing its transformation by adding and looking at new print applications, such as packaging.

 

 

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