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Video preview: Is Textile Printing a Business Opportunity for Printers? CMYUK Thinks So!

Is Textile Printing a Business Opportunity for Printers? CMYUK Thinks So!

Published: July 16, 2019

Robin East, Group Director for CMYUK, a UK-based graphic arts distributor, suggests that print service providers should be exploring digital textile printing as a new business avenue that offers higher growth rates than commercial print. He points out that digital print providers have many transferable skills that could serve them well in the textiles market, especially home decor.

 

Video preview: Abbott-Action Adds Workflow Components to Better Meet Time-to-Market Needs

Abbott-Action Adds Workflow Components to Better Meet Time-to-Market Needs

Published: July 15, 2019

Chuck Slingerland, Vice President of Sales and Digital Operations at Abbott-Action, discusses how the company has addressed the need to streamline the file-to-production workflow. Partners include Conductor Systems, an MIS provider, and Esko Graphics for its Automation Engine and Kongsberg cutting solutions, gaining 5 to 10 times more productivity.

 

Video preview: All the News That's Fit to Digitize

All the News That's Fit to Digitize

Published: July 12, 2019

Many newspapers are seeing more digital subscribers than print subscribers. Frank bemoans the fact that printed publications are archived in digital form and the printed versions may be discarded.

 

Video preview: Pantone Adds Tools for Textile Designers

Pantone Adds Tools for Textile Designers

Published: July 11, 2019

X-Rite/Pantone's Iain Pike talks about some of the changes the company has made to its offerings to simplify color selection and management for textile designers and others in the textile and apparel supply chain. New features include easier to use swatches, the i1Pro 3, and a partnership with Adobe at color.adobe.com for palette creation.

 

Video preview: How Does Digital Direct-to-Corrugated Printing Help the Watermelon Market?

How Does Digital Direct-to-Corrugated Printing Help the Watermelon Market?

Published: July 10, 2019

H2O Melon CEO Savvas Tsoukalas talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about how digital direct-to-corrugated printing has helped him better promote his watermelon business, customizing packaging to the particular regions the company serves.

 

Video preview: Robert Stabler to Manage Durst/Koenig & Bauer Joint Venture

Robert Stabler to Manage Durst/Koenig & Bauer Joint Venture

Published: July 9, 2019

At the end of 2018, Durst Phototechnik and Koenig & Bauer announced a 50/50 joint venture to develop a single-pass digital printing system for the folding carton and corrugated fiberboard industries. Initially, the joint venture portfolio will comprise the Koenig & Bauer CorruJET 170 and the Durst SPC 130—including all associated services and the ink business—with a top priority to develop the VariJET 106, which was originally announced at drupa 2016 with a different partner. After learning that Robert Stabler would be managing this joint venture, WhatTheyThink was able to speak with him about his role and his thoughts about the future of the initiative.

 

Video preview: How Do You Avoid B2B/B2C Channel Conflict? Chris Bernat of Vapor Apparel Has Advice

How Do You Avoid B2B/B2C Channel Conflict? Chris Bernat of Vapor Apparel Has Advice

Published: July 8, 2019

Chris Bernat, Chief Revenue Officer of Vapor Apparel, discusses how his company avoids channel conflict between his B2B and B2C apparel business. The company sells blanks as well as garments printed using dye sublimation. He discusses channel strategy, fabric sourcing, printing technologies, and more, including IT systems that facilitate an accurate just-in-time manufacturing environment for B2C.

 

Video preview: Ricoh Expands its Direct-to-Garment Offerings

Ricoh Expands its Direct-to-Garment Offerings

Published: July 8, 2019

Anne Veldman, Ricoh's direct-to-garment product manager, explains Ricoh's mid-range DTG Ri 1000 printer introduced at FESPA, and talks about Ricoh's strategy in the textile market going forward as well as the markets into which its DTG printers are being installed.

 

Video preview: Frank Has Some Choice Words

Frank Has Some Choice Words

Published: June 28, 2019

Frank goes off on a mini rant about the latest buzzword in the industry. The industry trend toward diversification of printing services is evident—we print on more than paper. We need a better term that describes that trend.

 

Video preview: Finding Our True Purpose

Finding Our True Purpose

Published: June 27, 2019

Shana Farrell from Fox Valley Technical College talks about the major themes of her inspirational keynote at this month’s In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA) Conference. We should step back and try to decide what our goals and purpose in life really are. She also talks about her own personal journey that led her to ask these questions of herself.

 

Video preview: Sepire: The New Company on the Block

Sepire: The New Company on the Block

Published: June 27, 2019

How would you like to start up a new company with a full complement of hardware, software, and workflows tailored specifically to your requirements with no legacy technology debt? Sepire, which launched only last May, found a way.... At Ricoh's INTERACT, David Zwang talks to Josh Bonham of Sepire, which is an omnichannel solutions provider for the health care and financial services industries.

 

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The "Amazonification" of Mailing

Published: June 26, 2019

Joel Beaton, Address Management Director for the Church of Scientology's in-plant, talks about the changing nature of mailing, especially, the “Amazonification” of mail and how mailers and shippers need to be able to allow mail and package recipients to closely track their shipments.

 

Video preview: Bluestone Fabrics Touts the Benefits of Digital Fabric Printing

Bluestone Fabrics Touts the Benefits of Digital Fabric Printing

Published: June 26, 2019

Bluestone Fabrics, a wholesale digital fabric printing business, offers cutting, sewing, and packaging as well. Co-Founder and CEO John Otsuki talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about his efforts to educate the market on the benefits of digital fabric printing, including the ability to get products they never could before and to help make the industry more sustainable. He also talks about the need to introduce into the printing process things that will help in automating the sewing process, currently the least automated process in the manufacturing process.

 

Video preview: Roland Introduces 16th Generation of Print & Cut at FESPA

Roland Introduces 16th Generation of Print & Cut at FESPA

Published: June 25, 2019

Mark Elvidge, Senior Product Manager at Roland DG, explains some of the 40 enhancements to the company's TrueVIS VG2 print and cut solution, its 16th generation. This includes orange ink for a wider color gamut and faster outgassing for same-day turn of laminated projects.

 

Video preview: Creating a Connected Packaging Value Chain

Creating a Connected Packaging Value Chain

Published: June 25, 2019

Newly appointed Esko President Mattias Byström shares his observations on the opportunities that he sees in creating a connected packaging value chain, as well as early impressions of, and excitement about, his first EskoWorld.

 

Video preview: Howie Fenton Talks In-Plant Trends

Howie Fenton Talks In-Plant Trends

Published: June 24, 2019

Howie Fenton of Howie Fenton Consulting discusses some of the early, preliminary results of the latest IPMA survey of in-plant printing departments. What are the latest technology and business trends? How are in-plants faring? What are some growing product and service areas? The survey is still open and additional in-plants are welcome to participate.

 

Video preview: Design Pool Offers Interior Decor Designs and Links to Fabric Printers for Production

Design Pool Offers Interior Decor Designs and Links to Fabric Printers for Production

Published: June 24, 2019

Kristen Dettoni, interior designer, founded Design Pool as a resource for highly curated interior textile designs as well as a way for designers to connect with fabric printers that have the capability to produce the work they need. Her goal was to make customization of interior decor more affordable and accessible.

 

Video preview: Mimaki Launches Two New Products

Mimaki Launches Two New Products

Published: June 24, 2019

Michael Maxwell, Senior Sales Manager for Mimaki, talks to Richard Romano at the ISA Sign Expo about the launch of their new LED UV flatbed, the JFX200-2513, which can print on media up to 98.4 inches wide by 51.1 inches long by 1.96 inches thick, and the 3DFF-222 3D printer.

 

Video preview: WhatTheyThink at IPMA 2019 Conference

WhatTheyThink at IPMA 2019 Conference

Published: June 24, 2019

Richard Romano reports from the IPMA 2019 Conference - a conference focused on inplant printing operations.

 

Video preview: For Frank's Eyes Only

For Frank's Eyes Only

Published: June 21, 2019

Hoefler&Co at www.typography.com just released a new “security” font that has all black boxes for do-it-yourself document redacting. They also offer a typographic citation book so you can shame those whose type use offends you.

 

 

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