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Video preview: Dacar Digital Printing Purchases 100th EFI Roll-to-Roll Device

Dacar Digital Printing Purchases 100th EFI Roll-to-Roll Device

Published: May 31, 2018

At FESPA 2018, EFI sold its 100th roll-to-roll device to Belgium's Dacar Digital Printing. Dacar's Dennis van der Lingen talks about his wide-format printing company that serves the Benelux region, talks about the kind of print work the company does, and the opportunities that are enabled by EFI products.

 

Video preview: Lectra Launches Cutting 4.0, A New Platform for Textile Cutting

Lectra Launches Cutting 4.0, A New Platform for Textile Cutting

Published: May 31, 2018

Frederic Gaillard, VP of Product Marketing for Lectra, talks to Cary Sherburne about Cutting 4.0, Lectra's new smart cutter for textile cutting that interfaces with Lectra Digital Cutting, a new cloud-based cutting platform. The machine receives orders and executes them, and sends back data so the entire process can be controlled in real time. The platform is designed to address the new challenges the company sees in the market, such as small runs and customization. The new platform also includes a fabric library.

 

Video preview: Lighting and Color in Retail Spaces

Lighting and Color in Retail Spaces

Published: May 30, 2018

Ann Laidlaw, Consultant for ACL Color Consulting LLC, talks to Cary Sherburne about how ambient lighting impacts our perception of color—an important consideration in retail environments where the lighting under which a consumer views a garment may be different from that under which the garment was manufactured. Compounding the problem is the latest trend toward LED lighting (of which there are many different kinds) in retail stores, which can impact how a particular colored garment is perceived.

 

Video preview: When Launching a Business or a Product, Don’t Skimp on Marketing

When Launching a Business or a Product, Don’t Skimp on Marketing

Published: May 30, 2018

Mark Abramson, President of Printform Corporation, talks about his experiences in starting a business that produces specialty-printed products, as well as his efforts in helping other entrepreneurs launch wide-format, industrial, and other specialty products. He shares some pieces of advice for success, a key one being to invest at least as much in marketing as in any other part of the business.

 

Video preview: Streamlining and Automating On-Demand Textile Production

Streamlining and Automating On-Demand Textile Production

Published: May 29, 2018

Kirby Best, President and CEO of Purchase Activated Apparel Technologies (PAAT), talks about one of the biggest challenges he found in the analog-to-digital transformation of textile printing: the difficulty of feeding information to the production equipment. To realize all the advantage of on-demand production, all the systems within the operation need to be in sync and "talking" to each other. He talks to Cary Sherburne about how PAAT overcame that challenge.

 

Video preview: EFI's Inkjet Philosophy

EFI's Inkjet Philosophy

Published: May 29, 2018

Josh Samuel, Director of Ink Development at EFI, talks to David Zwang about EFI's inkjet philosophy: helping companies and even entire industries make a seamless transformation from analog to digital. EFI offers the machines, the inks, and the software as a larger system to help customers make that transformation.

 

Video preview: A Little Place for Your Stuff

A Little Place for Your Stuff

Published: May 25, 2018

Frank is distraught because the last US Blockbuster Video Store is closing. He does a quick review of recorded media, from tape cassettes, to video tape, to CD, to video disc, and even USB sticks.

 

Video preview: Inside FESPA 2018's Print Make Wear

Inside FESPA 2018's Print Make Wear "Fast Fashion" Microfactory

Published: May 25, 2018

Debbie McKeegan, Textile Ambassador for FESPA 2018, walks us through the Print Make Wear microfactory and demonstrates the process of textile printing from beginning to end.

 

Video preview: Product and Technology Changes Afoot at Xeikon

Product and Technology Changes Afoot at Xeikon

Published: May 24, 2018

At the recent Xeikon Café, Filip Weymans, Vice President of Marketing for Xeikon, discusses some recent technology and product changes that customers can look forward to, from the addition of dry toner and UV inkjet to a complete digital technology upgrade.

 

Video preview: SEAMS: The Voice of the Sewn Products Industry

SEAMS: The Voice of the Sewn Products Industry

Published: May 24, 2018

At this week's TechTextil, Will Duncan, Executive Director of SEAMS, talks about SEAMS which, for 50 years, has been the "voice" of the U.S. sewn products industry. Members include brands and retailers, as well as the textile supply sector. "Made in America" is the association's main initiative.

 

Video preview: New 3D Hologram Solution for Label and Packaging Security

New 3D Hologram Solution for Label and Packaging Security

Published: May 23, 2018

Matt Hirsch Ph.D., Co-Founder and CTO of Lumii, talks to David Zwang about a new solution for label and packaging security that allows 2D printers and presses generate holographic 3D effects. Using proprietary algorithms and Terascale computing, the Lumii Light Field Engine calculates the exact patterns for a duplex print from a single image to create a visual 3D object from a 2D pattern.

 

Video preview: Techtextil 2018: New Technologies—and Challenges—for Textile Printing

Techtextil 2018: New Technologies—and Challenges—for Textile Printing

Published: May 23, 2018

Brian Francois, Executive Vice President of AATCC, discusses the analog-to-digital transformation in textile printing, and identifies such emerging challenges as wearable technology and developing and implementing color standards for LED lighting.

 

Video preview: Xeikon Cafe Opens in Chicago

Xeikon Cafe Opens in Chicago

Published: May 22, 2018

Benoit Chatelard, CEO of Xeikon, talks to David Zwang at this year’s Xeikon Café in Chicago about the evolution of the Café and its move into the U.S. market. He also talks about recent changes at Xeikon and its decision to focus—to a greater extent than before—on industry segments in which the company offers a unique value. 

 

Video preview: From Concept to Creation—Dover Digital Printing’s Microfactory Streamlines Digital Textile Production

From Concept to Creation—Dover Digital Printing’s Microfactory Streamlines Digital Textile Production

Published: May 22, 2018

Sebastien Hanssens, Vice President of Marketing and Communication for Dover Digital Printing, talks about the “microfactory” concept of on-demand digital garment printing, which Dover Digital Printing was demonstrating at FESPA 2018. “The Sports Factory” showcased customized athletic jersey printing from online ordering to printing and sewing.

 

Video preview: EFI's New H Series Set to Launch This Summer

EFI's New H Series Set to Launch This Summer

Published: May 21, 2018

Ken Hanulec, Vice President of Marketing, Inkjet Solutions for EFI, talks about the company's new H Series at FESPA 2018 in Berlin. This new hybrid printer, targeted at the mid-range market, is capable of printing on both rigid and flexible substrates.

 

Video preview: Wade Neff Offers an Inkjet Reality Check

Wade Neff Offers an Inkjet Reality Check

Published: May 21, 2018

At the InPrint Industrial Inkjet Conference, Wade Neff, Strategic Business Unity Manager for Strategic Factory, discusses how inkjet printing is not the solution for every application, and that print service providers need to understand, and be able to communicate to customers, both the advantages and limitations of inkjet technology.

 

Video preview: HP PageWide Technology Changes the Food Packaging Industry

HP PageWide Technology Changes the Food Packaging Industry

Published: May 18, 2018

This week at FESPA 2018, HP launched two new PageWide presses for ultra-high-volume digital corrugated printing. David Murphy, Worldwide Director of Marketing & Business Development–HP PageWide Industrial Division, describes the Digital Corrugated Experience at FESPA 2018. and how HP's PageWide technology has versatility and adaptability for uses in consumer, electronics, and food and beverage packaging.

 

Video preview: FESPA Berlin 2018 Focuses on Education

FESPA Berlin 2018 Focuses on Education

Published: May 17, 2018

Roz Guarnori, Exhibition Director for FESPA, talks about what visitors will find at this year's FESPA Berlin, from a show floor packed with the latest technologies to educational programs for textiles and corrugated.

 

Video preview: Massivit Launches New Entry-Level 3DPrinter

Massivit Launches New Entry-Level 3DPrinter

Published: May 17, 2018

Kevin M. Sykes, North American President of Massivit 3D, talks about the new Massivit 1500 "Exploration" 3D printer, which allows users to pursue 3D printing at a lower price point than the company's flagship product. Sykes also discusses the opportunities to be had in 3D printing.

 

Video preview: EFI Launches New Hybrid Printer Series at FESPA Berlin

EFI Launches New Hybrid Printer Series at FESPA Berlin

Published: May 16, 2018

Frank Mallozzi, Chief Revenue Officer for EFI, talks about the new hybrid VUTEk printer series the company is launching this week at FESPA in Berlin: the h Series, EFI's new mid-range line, which boasts faster speed, higher image quality, and lower operating costs. The company is also demonstrating its textile-based "mini factory."

 

 

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