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Video preview: Aldo Peretti Discusses the Advantages of Conventional Printing Technology

Aldo Peretti Discusses the Advantages of Conventional Printing Technology

Published: June 13, 2018

Aldo Peretti, CEO of UTECO and President of the Italian Machine Manufacturers Association, shares his thoughts on the future of digital technologies in packaging and why he feels digital will share a place with conventional printing technology for while.

 

Video preview: In-Plants and Outsourcing: The Perennial Problem

In-Plants and Outsourcing: The Perennial Problem

Published: June 13, 2018

At this year's IPMA Conference, Howie Fenton addresses one of the perennial challenges that in-plant printing departments face: their parent company outsourcing print and other related work. He offers some suggestions for bringing that work back in-house.

 

Video preview: Datacolor Rolls Out Spectravision for Measuring Printed Textile Samples

Datacolor Rolls Out Spectravision for Measuring Printed Textile Samples

Published: June 12, 2018

Mike Tancini, Director of Sales for North and Central America at Datacolor, describes Datacolor's services for the textile industry. The company recently introduced Spectravision, positioned as a game-changer for measuring printed textile samples.

 

Video preview: IPMA 2018 Conference Update: In-Plant Printing Trends and Challenges

IPMA 2018 Conference Update: In-Plant Printing Trends and Challenges

Published: June 12, 2018

Mike Loyd, Executive Director of the In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA), talks about the major trends affecting in-plant printing departments, the challenges faced by in-plant operations managers, and the value of the annual IPMA Conference.

 

Video preview: Looking at Textile Workflow Automation Through Apps

Looking at Textile Workflow Automation Through Apps

Published: June 11, 2018

Dave Pullin, CEO of Coldlogic LLC, suggests apps as a solution for increasing workflow automation in the textile industry, much like JDF did for print, enabling systems to talk to each other, minimizing human intervention.

 

Video preview: Roland Rolls Out New Digital Technologies at FESPA 2018

Roland Rolls Out New Digital Technologies at FESPA 2018

Published: June 11, 2018

Paul Willems, Head of Business Development and Product Management, EMEA, Roland, previews new sign, decor, and interior textile printing technologies at FESPA 2018 in Berlin.

 

Video preview: New EFI Reggiani Pigment Textile Ink Eliminates Need for Post-Treatment

New EFI Reggiani Pigment Textile Ink Eliminates Need for Post-Treatment

Published: June 8, 2018

Giorgio Sala of EFI Reggiani talks about the company's new pigment-based ink for the FLEXY textile printer. The new ink contains a binder that eliminates the need for post-treatment, such as washing or steaming of the fabric, after printing.

 

Video preview: Famous Last Words

Famous Last Words

Published: June 8, 2018

There are about 8,000 spoken languages left on this planet and they are disappearing at one language every two weeks. Some have fewer than 1,000 speakers left. Frank opines in what we think is English.

 

Video preview: Mimaki Unleashes New Tiger Textile Printing System

Mimaki Unleashes New Tiger Textile Printing System

Published: June 7, 2018

Bert Benckhuysen, Senior Product Manager, EMEA, for Mimaki, introduces the new Tiger textile printing system, capable of both direct-to-fabric and transfer-based dye sublimation. Mimaki has also incorporated Tiger into its own microfactory concept for fast fashion and other textile-based applications.

 

Video preview: Scott Schinlever Continues Analog-to-Digital Transformation at Gerber Technology

Scott Schinlever Continues Analog-to-Digital Transformation at Gerber Technology

Published: June 7, 2018

Scott Schinlever, President of Automation Services for Gerber Technology, discusses the similarities and differences between digital and analog, as well as his move from EFI to Gerber.

 

Video preview: Durst's Textile Printing Strategy

Durst's Textile Printing Strategy

Published: June 6, 2018

Fabio Gromo, Global Sales Manager of Textile Printing for durst, describes the durst line of textile printers and capabilities as well as the company's strategies with respect to the digital textile printing industry.

 

Video preview: Factors Driving the Growth of Industrial Printing

Factors Driving the Growth of Industrial Printing

Published: June 6, 2018

Marcus Timson, Co-Founder of the InPrint Industrial Inkjet Conference, discusses the reasons for the growing popularity of industrial printing, including the plateauing of traditional print markets, the maturity of digital inkjet and its advantages in industrial applications, and changing consumer behaviors.

 

Video preview: Océ LabelStream 4000 UV Inkjet and Flexo Hybrid Press Development and Strategy

Océ LabelStream 4000 UV Inkjet and Flexo Hybrid Press Development and Strategy

Published: June 5, 2018

Crit Driessen, VP Strategy and Alliances at Canon Océ talks about the launch of the Océ LabelStream 4000. The Océ LabelStream 4000 is a 5-color UV inkjet hybrid press. Océ selected two strong partners in the development of this new press: Edale Ltd. for the transport and FFEI for the imaging engine.

 

Video preview: Update on Canon Océ Product Strategy

Update on Canon Océ Product Strategy

Published: June 5, 2018

Christian Unterberger, CMO & EVP of Production Printing Products at Canon Océ talks about the organizations “Inkjet DNA” and its approach to bringing production inkjet products to market.

 

Video preview: SAi Brings AR Capabilities to Signmaking

SAi Brings AR Capabilities to Signmaking

Published: June 4, 2018

Annette Plummer, Director of Marketing for SAi, a developer of software for the signmaking industry, discusses the use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in signmaking.

 

Video preview: RadLaunch Helps Start-Ups Make Connections

RadLaunch Helps Start-Ups Make Connections

Published: June 4, 2018

Nir Waiskopf, Ph.D., of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, attended the RadTech UV+EB 2018 Conference as part of RadLaunch, an "idea accelerator" for start-ups, students, and innovators. Dr. Waiskopf chose the RadTech conference for its educational and networking opportunities, seeking potential collaborators and partners for some of the projects he is helping develop.

 

Video preview: Roland Is Looking for Heroes

Roland Is Looking for Heroes

Published: June 1, 2018

At FESPA Berlin, Gillian Montanaro, Head of Marketing for EMEA Roland, talks about the launch of the Roland Hero Campaign, in which Roland collects and presents their customers' inspiring stories. (For more information, visit www.rolandhero.com.)

 

Video preview: Frank Thinks Around the Outside of the Box

Frank Thinks Around the Outside of the Box

Published: June 1, 2018

A visitor to the Museum of Printing donated an old, handheld rotary letterpress device for marking boxes and cartons. Frank dates it back to the early 20th century, and contrasts it with a modern, handheld digital inkjet box-marking printer.

 

Video preview: Digital Variable Scratch and Reveal Technology

Digital Variable Scratch and Reveal Technology

Published: May 31, 2018

In the ongoing search for new print techniques and technologies for mail, Trish highlights an exciting digital variable scratch-off collaboration between Mohawk, HP and Lawton Connect in Orlando.

 

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.

 

 

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