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Video preview: What's the Best Way to Implement Statistical Process Control in Printing?

What's the Best Way to Implement Statistical Process Control in Printing?

Published: February 8, 2017

It's John The Math Guy Seymour's opinion that traditional statistical process control strategies don't really apply to the printing industry. View the video to find out why, and what his recommendations are.

 

Video preview: Dr Abhay Sharma Discusses the Benefits of Extended Color Gamut Printing

Dr Abhay Sharma Discusses the Benefits of Extended Color Gamut Printing

Published: February 7, 2017

Dr. Abhay Sharma, Professor of Graphic Communications Management at Ryerson University, talks about the revolution Extended Color Gamut printing is bringing to color printing by using a fixed set of inks to achieve a wider color gamut, minimize the need for spot inks and custom manufacturing, and improve productivity. It's a revolution ... better color and less costly.

 

Video preview: How Do You Develop Marketing Content that Resonates?

How Do You Develop Marketing Content that Resonates?

Published: February 6, 2017

Content Strategist Margie Dana talks about how printers can present their technology content in a way that is understandable to customers. She recommends investigating all available channels and creating small bits of content to get started. Creating content in terms that resonate with the customer is critical.

 

Video preview: Frank Talks to EFI's Holly O’Rourke about Connect 2017

Frank Talks to EFI's Holly O’Rourke about Connect 2017

Published: February 3, 2017

Frank talks to Holly O’Rourke of EFI about the latest EFI CONNECT Conference held in Las Vegas. This was one of the most successful of the 17 CONNECT Conferences in terms of content and attendance.

 

Video preview: Fall in Love with Your Customer's Problems

Fall in Love with Your Customer's Problems

Published: February 2, 2017

Our market demands you to be more consultative with your customers so you can extend your value proposition beyond a commodity manufacturer. The best way to be a good consultant is to understand your customer's challenges. You have to dive in and fall in love with your customer's problems in order to build up that trusted partnership that is immune to competitive pricing pressures.

 

Video preview: Production Inkjet Exceeds Expectations for Critical Content Solutions

Production Inkjet Exceeds Expectations for Critical Content Solutions

Published: February 1, 2017

Fred Van Alstyne, COO at Content Critical Solutions in New Jersey, serving the insurance, financial services and government markets, The company has been up and running with production inkjet since January 2014. "It was the best decision we ever made," he says.

 

Video preview: Taking the Mystery Out of Expanded Gamut Printing

Taking the Mystery Out of Expanded Gamut Printing

Published: January 31, 2017

Idealliance's Tim Baechle visits with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne to take some of the confusion out of expanded gamut printing, also known as extended color gamut and fixed color palette printing. He also talks about Idealliance's X-CMYK initiative for expanded gamut with four-color printing and the process of using a fixed palette of CMYK/OGV inks.

 

Video preview: Are you up to date on CxF, the ISO standard for color communication?

Are you up to date on CxF, the ISO standard for color communication?

Published: January 31, 2017

Cory Sawatzki, Director of Digital Print Technologies at CGS, shares his thoughts about the relatively new ISO standard, CxF for communication of color specifications and why it is important for printers and suppliers to the industry to be aware of and compliant with this standard. He also talks about how and when to use this standard.

 

Video preview: Modern Litho Leverages Workflow Automation and MIS to Spur Growth

Modern Litho Leverages Workflow Automation and MIS to Spur Growth

Published: January 30, 2017

Jim Tomblinson, VP of Operations at Jefferson City MO based Modern Litho led his company's very successful efforts to modernize and streamline the company's workflow, significantly enhancing the customer experience. He talks about the value of a scalable workflow in an environment of growth through acquisitions and organically. His hands-on experience provides good insight for his industry peers.

 

Video preview: EFI and Konica Minolta: A Solid Partnership

EFI and Konica Minolta: A Solid Partnership

Published: January 27, 2017

Konica Minolta Senior Vice President Kevin Kern speaks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the company's partnership with EFI. He categorizes EFI as Konica Minolta's go-to partner in areas where they are bringing new things to their customers, emphasizing KM's focus on solutions selling and end-to-end workflow integration.

 

Video preview: Change Management in Print MIS

Change Management in Print MIS

Published: January 26, 2017

When your Print business is faced with changing your Print MIS, the attitude towards the change can make all the difference. Are you looking to force the Print MIS software to work just like you work today or are you willing to adapt your workflows to optimize how the Print MIS software was built?

 

Video preview: Workflow Integration Delivers Near Lights Out Cut Sheet Workflow at the World Bank

Workflow Integration Delivers Near Lights Out Cut Sheet Workflow at the World Bank

Published: January 26, 2017

Jimmy Vainstein, Senior Project Manager at the World Bank, explains how the Bank is revamping it's cut sheet operation to achieve a near lights out workflow, integrating web to print and EFI Fiery Central with Pace MIS.

 

Video preview: Frank on RIT Professor Frank Cost's Contact Print Book

Frank on RIT Professor Frank Cost's Contact Print Book

Published: January 26, 2017

Once again, RIT professor Frank Cost has preserved his family’s memories. It all started with a contact sheet of six Black & White prints of Frank’s mother from the 1950s.

 

Video preview: GAM Graphics & Marketing Opens New Markets with Superwide Format Printing

GAM Graphics & Marketing Opens New Markets with Superwide Format Printing

Published: January 25, 2017

Nathaniel Grant, President of Graphics & Marketing, talks about the 40-year-old company's move into superwide format with the acquisition of a flatbed printer. The company has migrated from a primarily offset platform to 100% digital with much of its work being delivered within 24 hours. He also talks about new markets its hybrid printer has opened for the firm.

 

Video preview: Frank Mallozzi Reports on EFI Connect 2017

Frank Mallozzi Reports on EFI Connect 2017

Published: January 24, 2017

Frank Mallozzi, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for EFI, shares his thoughts about EFI Connect 2017, the 17th year of the conference. Highlights included a fireside chat between CEO Guy Gecht and Joel Quadracci, as well as a fireside chat with Xerox CEO Jeff Jacobson. The conference featured new products, a large number of eduational sessions and lots of opportunity to network among peers, with EFI executives and technical staff, as well as EFI partners.

 

Video preview: Guy Gecht's Advice to the Industry: Keep An Eye on Artificial Intelligence Developments

Guy Gecht's Advice to the Industry: Keep An Eye on Artificial Intelligence Developments

Published: January 23, 2017

Guy Gecht, EFI's CEO, typically includes a thought leadership segment in his opening talk. In 2017, he put the industry on notice that artifice intelligence is almost upon us, with a convergence of technology and market demand that will bring this to mainstream in the foreseeable future. Artificial intelligence (AI) is a technology that will have an impact on the printing industry, and printing owners and managers should keep tabs on its progress, understanding both eh risks and the opportunities for their businesses.

 

Video preview: Frank on Pre-VDP Personalized Direct Mail

Frank on Pre-VDP Personalized Direct Mail

Published: January 20, 2017

Frank Romano keeps EVERYTHING. This week he shares his collection of pre-VDP personalized direct mail when everyone was a winner. Direct marketers tried every trick to get you to open the envelope.

 

Video preview: What Color is Consistent?

What Color is Consistent?

Published: January 20, 2017

Color management works, and it has been available to designers and printers for more than 25 years. Why then do we still make mistakes in color reproduction? Shoshana Burgett of X-Rite Pantone notes that CM has to be understood as something more than calibrating a monitor. It is a set of steps, processes, and tools that must be in place across the entire production workflow, always with monitoring for continuous improvement. Designers who want color to be consistent in all the channels they are now responsible for can find the help they need in CM, Burgett says.

 

Video preview: The Challenges of Managing Color in a Global Supply Chain at Canadian Tire Retail

The Challenges of Managing Color in a Global Supply Chain at Canadian Tire Retail

Published: January 19, 2017

Angela Stone, Manager of Packaging Optimization at Canadian Tire Retail, is responsible for all of the private label packaging that is used for the wide range of products it offers. It covers all types of packaging, from folding carton to flexible to sewn-in labels. She talks about how she handles color management across this disparate array of packaging applications.

 

Video preview: Learn About Anti-Counterfeiting Measures in Packaging

Learn About Anti-Counterfeiting Measures in Packaging

Published: January 17, 2017

Christine Gallagher, Director of Commercialization at Sonoco Trident, a division of the $5.2 billion packaging organization Sonoco, comes from a brand owner background. She speaks about the latest trends in anti-counterfeiting in packaging and how Sonoco Trident controls anti-counterfeiting measures, including reporting, and next generation developments that empower consumers.

 

 

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