Interviews with Industry Executives, Commentary & Analysis from WhatTheyThink Contributors and other video features.
Published: August 17, 2016
Color management used to be a matter of intuition and educated guesswork. Now, says X-Rite Pantone president Ron Voigt, it's what can happen automatically when printers use "a consistent language and a consistent set of processes to control color from the front of the workflow to the back of the workflow." Voigt reaffirms that color will always be associated with art and the designer's inspiration. X-Rite Pantone supplies tools to turn that vision into digital specifications for accurate reproduction in print.
Published: August 16, 2016
Liturgical Publications (LPI) has carved out a unique and interesting business. Vice President of Operations Frank Horning shares the company's story in this interview with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne. Six facilities around the U.S. produce weekly Catholic Church Sunday bulletins and has leveraged four HP PageWide web presses to incorporate more color and meet tight delivery deadlines, migrating volume from offset.
Published: August 16, 2016
Brian Sidebottom, General Manager of UK-based Glossop Cartons, was the first company in the world to purchase a Highcon Euclid. Now the company is the first in the world to install the Highcon Beam to raise the crossover point between conventional and digital cutting and creasing while enabling new applications and revenue streams.
Published: August 15, 2016
Senior Editor Cary Sherburne speaks with MASSIVit 3D CEO Avner Israeli about the company's unique approach to 3D printing. The MASSIVit 1800 prints at 35 cm/hour and is designed with graphic arts applications in mind. MASSIVit will make its US debut at SGIA Expo 2016.
Published: August 12, 2016
Frank always takes the long way to Drupa on a ship that goes around the world. From Israel to China and Antwerp to London, he files reports that we will run over the next few weeks. In this weeks episode he stops at HP Indigo in Israel.
Published: August 11, 2016
Hiro Imamura, VP of Marketing for Office Solutions at Canon, explains how Canon is unifying the customer experience with "a single neck to choke" regardless of where the pieces and parts come from -- Canon, partners and/or channels. He also talks about new products from Canon.
Published: August 10, 2016
Joakim Weidemanis, Vice President at Danaher, speaks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the $20 billion company's strategy relative to the packaging industry through acquisition. drupa was the first time Danaher companies Esko, Enfocus, X-Rite and Pantone have jointly exhibited, featuring co-developed solutions and other synergies.
Published: August 9, 2016
Neil Hopkinson, Director of 3D Printing for Xaar, talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about new offerings the company showed at drupa 2016 to enable high volume 3D printing and the cost-effective manufacture of products that could not be made before. He claims the company will be able to deliver some of the highest speeds in the market.
Published: August 8, 2016
Jeff Clarke, Kodak's CEO, talks with Cary Sherburne, Senior Editor, about functional printing, 3D printing, and Kodak's future strategies in this area, including its new development partnership with Silicon Valley based Carbon 3D.
Published: August 5, 2016
Frank always takes the long way to Drupa on a ship that goes around the world. From Israel to China and Antwerp to London, he files reports that we will run over the next few weeks. In this weeks episode he stops at Artron Printing in Shenzhen, China.
Published: August 4, 2016
Printing to numbers in a calibrated production environment using grey balance as the reference—this is the essence of the G7 process control methodology, and by now, most printers have heard about it. Fewer have embracedit, but IDEAlliance's Steve Bonoff foresees greater adoption as brands press their print service providers to adopt a uniform approach to process control. Then, he says, the ROI of G7 can come quickly.
Published: August 3, 2016
Eric Wiesner, General Manager of HP's PageWide Web Press Division, explains PrintOS, a cloud-based production management system, set to redefine the concept of end-to-end workflow, beginning with the printer's customer and carrying an automated workflow through to shipping, invoicing and track-and-trace. All this will contribute to print being an equal Internet citizen and part of the Internet of Things far into the future.
Published: August 3, 2016
Thayer Long, NPES' new President, shares his thoughts with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about what to expect at Graph Expo 2016, scheduled for September 25-28 in Orlando. He shares his thoughts on the relevancy and value of trade shows. The goal is to reach 12,000 attendees, including printers in the Southeast for whom it might be their first Graph Expo.
Published: August 2, 2016
Antoine Fady, the new CEO of the Flint Group, shares the company's strategy to expand its offerings in the commercial print and packaging markets, including its acquisition of Xeikon. But States the Company "is not addicted to acquisitions." Packaging now represents 70% of Flint Group's revenues.
Published: August 1, 2016
Thomas Lange of Grupo SG, a 3rd-generation graphic arts distributor serving Central America and the Caribbean, the first to distribute Heidelberg presses in the region. The company was the first in the world to sell the new EFI Nozomi digital direct-to-corrugated press first shown at drupa 2016. He talks about rapid adoption of new graphic arts technology in the region.
Published: July 29, 2016
Frank time travels back to the days of rubber cement, wax, rubylith, non-repro blue, and the “magic knife.” We think he is sniffing rubber cement.
Published: July 28, 2016
Senior Editor Cary Sherburne talks with Gavin Jordan-Smith, Vice President of Solutions and Production Planning for Konica Minolta U.S., about getting customers to an efficient end-to-end workflow across the entire value stream, including efficient integration of embellishments for applications like labels, and the importance of offering business development services to enable new business opportunities.
Published: July 27, 2016
Content marketing—every organization with customers wants to do it, but creating, targeting, and distributing high-quality content is hard, time-consuming work. Enter MAX From InterlinkONE, a software tool for automating content marketing campaigns. InterlinkONE's Karen DeWolfe says that with MAX, users can easily integrate and share content of all types in true cross-media fashion.
Published: July 26, 2016
Bill Duerr, President of New Jersey based Hatteras, joins Senior Editor Cary Sherburne to discuss how adding two HP Indigo 10000s has changed the company's production platform and expanded its offerings, with a combination of offset transfer and new applications. It has also helped make offset production more efficient by removing shorter offset runs from the mix.
Published: July 25, 2016
Aviv Ratzman, Founder and CEO of Highcon, joins Senior Editor Cary Sherburne to talk about what's changed at Highcon since it first launched at drupa 2012. The company saw great success at drupa 2016, which featured a giant paper sculpture created using Highcon technology.