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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.

 

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.

 

 

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