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Pantone Adds Tools for Textile Designers

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. Watch Video

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

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. Watch Video

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Robert Stabler to Manage Durst/Koenig & Bauer Joint Venture

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. Watch Video

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

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. Watch Video

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Ricoh Expands its Direct-to-Garment Offerings

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. Watch Video

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Frank Has Some Choice Words

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. Watch Video

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Finding Our True Purpose

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. Watch Video

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Sepire: The New Company on the Block

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. Watch Video

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The "Amazonification" of Mailing

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. Watch Video

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Bluestone Fabrics Touts the Benefits of Digital Fabric Printing

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. Watch Video

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Roland Introduces 16th Generation of Print & Cut at FESPA

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. Watch Video

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Creating a Connected Packaging Value Chain

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. Watch Video

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Howie Fenton Talks In-Plant Trends

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. Watch Video

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

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. Watch Video

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Mimaki Launches Two New Products

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. Watch Video

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WhatTheyThink at IPMA 2019 Conference

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

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For Frank's Eyes Only

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. Watch Video

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The Church of Scientology’s In-Plant Continues to Grow

Jud Posner, pressroom manager for the Church of Scientology’s in-plant, talks about the evolving capabilities of the church’s in-plant and the new products and services, such as wide-format printing and garment decorating, the in-plant has started offering to the church. Watch Video

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Ditch Your Silos for Convergence

Pat McGrew, President of McGrew Group, talks about convergence and what it means for the printing industry. Watch Video

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3D Printing: An Opportunity for Signs & Display Graphics

Hear what Massivit's new CEO Erez Zimerman has to say about the company and the opportunities it sees for 3D printing to augment signs and display graphics with "stopping power," including illuminated models. Watch Video