Interviews with Industry Executives, Commentary & Analysis from WhatTheyThink Contributors and other video features.
Published: May 11, 2017
When you need to transition off a legacy Print MIS, there are few things that you need to consider when selecting your new trusted system of record. Jennifer Matt interviews Jane Mugford about how she guides companies through that decision process.
Published: May 10, 2017
We recently caught up with Joe Morgan, formerly CEO of Standard Register, to find out what he is up to these days. Now Founder and CEO of Be Safe. Be Inspired. Be YOU, Joe is translating his 20+ years of experience as a CEO into a consulting business that helps companies improve leadership and transform corporate culture to better meet the market needs of today.
Published: May 9, 2017
Jim Lambert, Vice President and General Manager of INX Digital, talks about the company's role in industrial digital printing. The goal is to be the company that helps its customers make the transition into digital in the industrial world. This includes the continued move from screen and pad printing to digital technologies. He explains how non-contact printing direct to objects is enabling new applications, showing real-world examples.
Published: May 9, 2017
Karl Swanson, Vice President of Global Sales for ebeam Technologies, explains the company's electron beam curing technologies, discussing the benefit of electron beam versus UV curing, especially where ink migration is a concern.
Published: May 8, 2017
Ken Mead, the new Dscoop Regional Director for the Americas for Dscoop, shares a little about his background and why he decided to take on the Dscoop role. He also talks about the future of Dscoop and where he sees it going under new management, including more local events, brand owner focus and 24/7/365 member support and resources.
Published: May 5, 2017
Frank looks at some old books produced as part of student projects and a host of memories are evoked. This never happens with e-books or PDFs.
Published: May 4, 2017
Gerhard Martterer of Eversfrank Gruppe shares the company's success with location-based marketing using LOCR maps, enabling global/local advertising. Hear how his company has implemented this for magazines with circulation as high as 600,000 using digitally printed wrappers.
Published: May 2, 2017
Jan De Roeck, Director of Solutions Management at Esko, explains Esko's recently announced pre-configured workflows for label production. Leveraging its dozens of years of setting up workflows, the company has turned its expertise to helping label converters address workflow automation with an out-of-the-box solution that can be up and running in 3 days.
Published: May 2, 2017
Cary Sherburne talks to Frazer Chesterman of Mackbrooks talks about bringing the InPrint show to the USA and the developing industrial printing market in the United States.
Published: May 1, 2017
Ralf Schlözer, Director of On Demand Printing and Publishing for InfoTrends, shares insights into the state of printing in Europe. Overall the industry is flat in Europe, but there is quite a bit of uptake for production inkjet and interest in automation. He talks about the differences between Europe and North America in this regard.
Published: April 28, 2017
Frank bumps into David Manning, his oldest friend, at the Print Canada show. After high school, David went into the textile industry and Frank went into printing. Now their worlds have come together as printers use inkjet devices to print on fabric.
Published: April 27, 2017
Our default reaction to talking about software is to try to describe the solution or a feature of the potential solution (e.g. drag and drop). Focus on telling the story of the CHALLENGE you are trying to solve - this is so much more helpful. What do you want to solve and who do you want to solve it for?
Published: April 25, 2017
Steve Nigro, President of HP's 3D business, provides an update on HP's JetFusion 3D printing solution, which is now commercially available. After a period of hype, Nigro believes 3D printing is "frothing" again ... and talks about how 3D printing can fit into a graphic arts business, and what new skills are required. He also predicts what market growth will look like.
Published: April 24, 2017
Richard Romano visits with ISA President & CEO Lori Anderson from the show floor to talk about the 2017 expo and breaking attendance records once again.
Published: April 21, 2017
Frank goes back in time as he visits the Cal Poly Shakespeare Museum. Surrounded by modern printing technology, this collection is a time warp of how printing was in the past.
Published: April 20, 2017
When you sell a web-to-print program, you have a brief honeymoon period that needs to be optimized. Stay focused on the business goals - get orders flowing through the system. Nobody wants to hear from a customer saying, its been six months and we've seen no value!
Published: April 18, 2017
Udo Panenka, President of Esko, talks about being part of Danaher, the value to the business being part of the Danaher family brings. A toolbox of proven great processes has been key to continuing -- and even speeding up -- the innovation that has enabled Esko to continue to bring new products to market. He talks also about the ability to bring these tools to customers to strengthen relationships and help them improve their businesses as well.
Published: April 17, 2017
It was a pleasure to speak again with Gerhard Martterer of the Eversfrank Gruppe again at Hunkeler Innovationdays. He always has interesting applications to talk about, and this conversation is no exception. Take a look at the great success the company is having on behalf of its customers with real-time printing.
Published: April 14, 2017
Frank uses a book authored by RIT student Akshat Pardiwala to demonstrate that the cover often makes the book. He shows two versions to make his case.
Published: April 13, 2017
One of the key functions of a Print MIS is to track where every single job is in your facility. Chain of custody is about inputting the transfer of ownership between resources in your plant. It always amazes us how powerful this one feature of a Print MIS when implemented properly.