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Video preview: Debbie McKeegan Addresses How Digital Technologies Make Textiles More Sustainable

Debbie McKeegan Addresses How Digital Technologies Make Textiles More Sustainable

Published: June 11, 2019

FESPA Textile Evangelist Debbie McKeegan talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about how digital technologies are helping address sustainability issues in the textile industry, the world's second largest polluter. This includes not only the printing aspect, but the entire textiles and apparel supply chain.

 

Video preview: Vycom Offers a Variety of Plastic and Specialty Substrate Solutions

Vycom Offers a Variety of Plastic and Specialty Substrate Solutions

Published: June 10, 2019

Kevin Duffy, VP of Sales and Marketing for Vycom, outlines a variety of unique substrates available to the sign industry, including Celtec PVC and Polycarve products.

 

Video preview: Onyx Graphics Celebrates 30 Years

Onyx Graphics Celebrates 30 Years

Published: June 10, 2019

Bryan Manwaring, Director of Product Marketing for Onyx Graphics, talks about the 30-year evolution of the company's wide-format RIP software, focused on helping customers and print shops boost profitability.

 

Video preview: SmithersPira Digital Textile Printing Conference Helps Shape the Future of the Industry

SmithersPira Digital Textile Printing Conference Helps Shape the Future of the Industry

Published: June 7, 2019

Duane Neidert, Director of Operations, Americas, for SmithersPira, explains the genesis of its Digital Textile Printing conference and its future. The conference started about five years ago. Its goal is to educate the industry about the digital technologies that are shaping its future, from the print engines to inks and substrates/fibers, and the software and processes that are required for an on-demand production environment.

 

Video preview: Frank on PRINT Becoming Brand Print Americas

Frank on PRINT Becoming Brand Print Americas

Published: June 7, 2019

Frank comments on the merger of PRINT and Graph Expo into Label Expo and bemoans the lack of a shorthand way of referring to what will be Brand Print Americas.

 

Video preview: SmithersPira Digital Print for Packaging Conference Focuses on Results for Brands and Producers

SmithersPira Digital Print for Packaging Conference Focuses on Results for Brands and Producers

Published: June 6, 2019

Sean Smyth, Research Analyst at SmithersPira, explains that the focus of the 2019 edition of its Digital Print for Packaging Conference is increasingly on applications rather than print engines—looking at what users are actually creating with the technology, as well as how they can improve workflow.

 

Video preview: Mimaki and the

Mimaki and the "Internet of Things"

Published: June 6, 2019

Bert Benckhuysen of Mimaki talks about how to imagine the future of print and the "internet of things"—it's all about connecting printers in an integrated workflow with ERP software, robots, cutting solutions, cameras, and more. Mimaki's IP Job Control software brings Mimaki printers into the Internet of Things, enabling an end-to-end workflow with minimal human intervention.

 

Video preview: PrintFactory Offers Color Management Software Solutions

PrintFactory Offers Color Management Software Solutions

Published: June 6, 2019

Simon Landau, Director of the Americas for PrintFactory, talks about the company, the current state of color management, and PrintFactory's software solutions available to the wide-format market.

 

Video preview: An Intro to LED Signage

An Intro to LED Signage

Published: June 5, 2019

Josh Brasher, President of EBSCO Sign Group, offers a primer on LED signage, discussing the technology and the business model.

 

Video preview: John O'Grady Talks About the New Kodak

John O'Grady Talks About the New Kodak

Published: June 5, 2019

At Kodak’s GUA event celebrating the 20th anniversary of Prinergy, WhatTheyThink Contributing Editor Pat McGrew talks to John O'Grady, President, Print Systems Division, Eastman Kodak Company, about his vision for the new Kodak. Specifically, in order to continue to be of value to their customers, Kodak needs to show them ways to be more effective and more efficient, and to reduce costs.

 

Video preview: In-Plant “Front Runners” Head to Louisville for IPMA’s Annual Conference

In-Plant “Front Runners” Head to Louisville for IPMA’s Annual Conference

Published: June 5, 2019

Sherri Isbell from the University of Oklahoma in-plant—and President of the In-Plant Printing & Mailing Association (IPMA)—talks about this year’s IPMA Conference. Centered on the theme of industry "front runners," the annual conference kicked off this week in Louisville, Ky., drawing a record number of attendees from in-plants from around the country.

 

Video preview: Digital Printing Removes Barriers for Interior Designer Claire Vos

Digital Printing Removes Barriers for Interior Designer Claire Vos

Published: June 4, 2019

Claire Vos, textile designer for Interiors, shares her thoughts about how digital textile printing, and digital printing in general, has enhanced her business and opened a whole new world of design possibilities for her. Her work was prominently on display in the Mimaki booth at FESPA.

 

Video preview: Agfa Helps Grow Businesses

Agfa Helps Grow Businesses

Published: June 4, 2019

Jason Hamilton, Solutions Architect for Agfa, talks about the company's goal to help small to mid-tier sign shops grow their business not only through equipment and technology but through a business partnership.

 

Video preview: Horizon Releases a Fully Automated Binding System

Horizon Releases a Fully Automated Binding System

Published: June 3, 2019

Yoshi Oe, General Manager of Global Business for Horizon Systems, talks about the company's new smart binding system, a fully-integrated and automated unwinder, cutter, folder, binder, and three-knife trimmer.

 

Video preview: Kodak Celebrates 20 Years of Prinergy

Kodak Celebrates 20 Years of Prinergy

Published: June 3, 2019

At Kodak’s GUA event celebrating the 20th anniversary of Prinergy, WhatTheyThink Contributing Editor Pat McGrew talks to Todd Bigger about his new role as President of Kodak's Software Division, his personal journey in the industry, and Kodak’s renewed commitment to reinvesting in print and developing new products, particularly in the areas of automation and cloud-based technology.

 

Video preview: HP Launches STITCH

HP Launches STITCH

Published: June 3, 2019

Ester Sala, Global Business Director for HP, talks about the development and launch of the new HP STITCH dye-sublimation textile printing portfolio. By working alongside their customers, HP has created a product to solve real-life problems.

 

Video preview: Pumping Iron

Pumping Iron

Published: May 31, 2019

Frank visits Howard Iron Works In Oakville, Canada (close to Toronto), and talks with Nick and Liana Howard. They have created an amazing printing museum. In many cases, they re-furbish historic letterpresses and make them operational. No one in the world is doing what they are doing to preserve the history of print.

 

Video preview: From File Server to Systems Builder

From File Server to Systems Builder

Published: May 30, 2019

Pat Janowski, Global Sales Director for Proactive Technologies, talks about this boutique computer systems builder focused on the printing industry that began as a file server in the 1980s, as well as the importance of hardware in RIPing and other prepress processes.

 

Video preview: Dataline: ERP Dedicated to Making Graphic Arts Businesses More Efficient

Dataline: ERP Dedicated to Making Graphic Arts Businesses More Efficient

Published: May 30, 2019

Dirk Deroo, CEO of Dataline, talks about the founding of his company in his attic and why its modular approach to ERP for the graphic arts industry adds value for the industry. In addition to product development experts, Dataline puts substantial focus on project management/implementation. The company has 8,000 users across all segments of print including textiles.

 

Video preview: Print. Make. Wear. at FESPA—An Inside View

Print. Make. Wear. at FESPA—An Inside View

Published: May 29, 2019

Print. Make. Wear. is one of the highlights of FESPA, creating a microfactory environment on the show floor to demonstrate to attendees that just-in-time manufacturing of textiles and apparel is not only possible but is being done today. Debbie McKeegan, Textile Evangelist for FESPA, organizes the event and explains what goes into putting it together.

 

 

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