Interviews with Industry Executives, Commentary & Analysis from WhatTheyThink Contributors and other video features.
Published: August 8, 2019
Yariv Bustan, Vice President of Product Marketing for Twine, explains the company's digital thread dyeing system that creates on demand a multi-color thread on a single spool (or a single custom color) that can be used to produce complex embroidery, knitting, and sewing applications. He also comments on the sustainability aspects of the solution for these markets.
Published: August 8, 2019
Kelley Holmes talks with Steve Albritton, President & CEO of Sir Speedy Tampa, about the marketing tips he picked up at the Franchise Services Annual Convention, as well as some exciting recent projects he has worked on, including signage and display graphics.
Published: August 7, 2019
At Ricoh Interact, David Zwang talks to Mark Little, VP of Operations for Quik Print of Oklahoma City. Quik Print was founded in 1963, and is today an interesting family organization with about 40 locations across six states, run by a "team of bothers." Through cooperation, they have found a way to use assorted print production technologies to create a strong and growing presence.
Published: August 6, 2019
David Zwang talks to Christian Schamberger, President of Mercury Printing, about the history of the company and its current focus on the educational publishing market. Mercury has a wide variety of offset and digital equipment (toner and inkjet) to serve its clients, but is now almost completely digital, and has transitioned much of its work from toner and offset to inkjet.
Published: August 6, 2019
EFI's Senior Product Director for Scheduling, PrintFlow & TGO Udi Arieli, explains how FedEx Office has leveraged technology to build a Smart Factory, the benefits they have achieved, and why it is important for other companies to follow suit.
Published: August 5, 2019
Jos Notermans has been with SPGPrints almost since the beginning of the company's digital journey, joining the company in 1989. Most recently, he has taken over the role of managing the company's digital textile printing inks portfolio, including reactive, sublimation, and acid inks. He also explains benefits of the company's Archer technology and where the name came from.
Published: August 2, 2019
Frank tours the National Playing Card Museum in Turnhout, Belgium, located on the site of an 18th-century printing plant that produced the original playing cards for Europe and other parts of the world, such as China. The museum’s collection includes commercial and private brand cards, as well as antique presses from the plant’s history as it moved from letterpress, to lithography, and eventually film. The production process required special finishing equipment (to add rounded corners to the cards) and the company even produced its own packaging.
Published: August 1, 2019
Howie Fenton talks about a trio of white papers he recently completed for the In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA). Specifically, his white paper on the topic of the “customer experience” found that web-to-print is still one of the most important issues for in-plants, as in-plant customers want that “Amazon experience.” Other white papers looked at predictive analytics and integrated services.
Published: July 31, 2019
Parashar Kacha, Business Head for India-based Conceptive Colors, a manufacturer of reactive and acid dye colorants for both conventional and digital textile printing, explains how the company has ensured highly purified dye colorants while guaranteeing the necessary properties of these dye colorants following two years of intensive research and development.
Published: July 30, 2019
Kevin Currier, Product Manager for Software in North America for Durst, talks about the Durst Professional Services strategy, announced in 2018. He also explains the value of Durst Lift ERP, focused on large-format operations and the specific requirements these businesses have. He notes that Lift ERP is device-agnostic and can apply to the textiles and commercial print markets as well.
Published: July 29, 2019
CloudLab, an ecommerce provider, has an online store offering that integrates with other components in the workflow, including production and business applications, for an automated environment. Steven Antoni, President of CloudLab Americas, explains how.
Published: July 26, 2019
Frank bemoans the loss of ebook access by Microsoft users who were told that “The books will stop working.”
Published: July 25, 2019
Reto Simmen, Chief Business Officer at Mouvent, a Bobst company, talks about full commercial availability of its digital textile printers (including a new model introduced at ITMA, printing at 400 square meters per hour) with reactive or acid dye inks. He also explains the unique compact, lightweight printhead cluster technology these printers use.
Published: July 24, 2019
Spencer Cramer, CEO of ei3 Corporation, talks about how the company, founded in 1999, leverages the Internet to monitor, manage, and analyze machines. ei3 has partnered with Bobst to serve the package printing and converting industry and now has more than 5,000 machines connected in 100 countries around the world. The next step is develop predictive algorithms to identify potential machine issues before they occur.
Published: July 23, 2019
Mike Scrutton, Director of Print Technology and Strategy for Adobe, talks about how Adobe Textile Designer enables brands to bring their defined color libraries into the world of digital textile printing. This helps ensure color consistency in a hybrid analog/digital production environment.
Published: July 22, 2019
Liz Logue, Director of New Business Development for EFI, talks about how ecommerce is changing the way brands and consumers think about the buying experience. She gives examples of how combining the capabilities of digital textile printing with digital direct-to-corrugated experience can offer an exciting unboxing experience for the consumer—for example, for high fashion or product-of-the-month subscriptions.
Published: July 19, 2019
Frank discusses a batch of miscellaneous items: the time we spend on mobile devices vs. TV, the new Pantone color in memory of rock star Prince, and the sale of the Barnes & Noble bookstore chain. As you would expect, he has opinions on all these items—and would even like his own Pantone color.
Published: July 19, 2019
Rich Lowe of Franchise Services talks to Kelley Holmes at this week’s Franchise Services Convention about current trends in the marketplace affecting print franchises and their customers. Specifically, franchises have had to learn how to really be a marketing services provider, how to work with data, and have had to understand the sign business.
Published: July 18, 2019
Durst Textile Segment Manager Martin Winkler explains how digital textile printing is being adopted both by traditional analog businesses and new online businesses. He also stresses the importance of an end-to-end workflow to address the shorter runs and faster cycle times occurring in textiles and apparel today. Durst also focuses on making these technologies more sustainable.
Published: July 17, 2019
Jack Noonan, Marketing Manager at MGI Digital Technology, talks about embellishment of print as the next phase in the evolution of digital print for packaging. Digital special effects can add value to packaging, raise brand awareness, and foster customer engagement. Find out how.