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Mimaki Leverages Cross-Platform Development for Faster Time-to-Market

Ronald Van Den Broek of Mimaki explains how synergies across its various business units bring new and innovative technologies to market. He uses as an example the development of the new JFX-200 EX with 17-layer printing to create "2.5D" printing for easy creation of fine art and other applications. Watch Video

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swissQprint's Third-Generation Wide-Format Flatbeds

Mike Kyritsi, President of swissQprint, talks about the history of the company, which was founded in 2007 in Switzerland and came to North America in 2016.The company's wide-format printer portfolio comprises five different models of UV flatbed and hybrid units in its Nyala, Impala, and Oryx lines, with a new roll-to-roll device launching at FESPA. Watch Video

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Durst Launches New P5 Ecosystem for End-to-End Workflow

Christoph Gamper, CEO of Durst, talks about the strategy behind the company's development of a complete modular workflow solution from the webshop through production, working in conjunction with its P5 printer platform. The company also added two new printer models to its P5 family of printers. Watch Video

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Good Graphic Design is an Art

Anthony Hemsworth, Team Leader for My Graphic Design Team, talks with Kelley Holmes about the importance of good graphic design and what it means to the printing industry and its customers. Watch Video

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The Role of Digital Printing in Packaging—and the Rebirth of Flexo

David Zwang talks to Francois Martin, Senior Communication Advisor, Bobst Group, about the role of digital printing in packaging. Although digital has the ability to optimize production, speed time to market, and offer other benefits, flexo is improving dramatically. When it comes to packaging printing, no one technology is better than another; the best-suited printing technology will be application-specific. Watch Video

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Summa Adds Innovative Laser Cutter for Textiles

Wim Maes, Executive Director at Summa, talks about the company's entry into textiles to address the bottleneck created in the cutting department as textile printers gain in speed. The company acquired CadCam Technology, resulting in the development of the Summa L3214, a 3.2-meter laser cutting device that cuts while the fabric feeds across the table, enabling cutting at 800 square meters per hour. Watch Video

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HP Enters the Textile Market with Stitch

Joan Perez Pericot, General Manager of the Large Format Graphics Division for HP, talks about the company's entry into the growing dye-sublimation-based textile printing market with HP Stitch. Watch Video

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EFI Focused on Green Printing for Textiles

Adele Genoni, Vice President and General Manager of EFI Reggiani, talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about EFI's sustainable approach to digital textile printing, from design through production and finishing, including two sustainable inks to cover virtually all fabric types. Watch Video

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Frank Talks to Highcon's Christian Knapp

Frank caught up with Christian Knapp of Highcon at the recent Canadian Graphic Arts show. Highcon is a pioneer in automatic creasing and laser diecutting. Watch Video

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KAO Collins Offers Specialized Inks for Almost Any Application

Kristin Adams, Marketing Manager for KAO Collins talks with Kelley Holmes about the company’s vast portfolio of inkjet inks. KAO Collins works with nearly 90% of printhead manufacturers to offer specialized inks for many different digital applications and customized solutions. The company most recently launched its LUNAJET water-based inks for flexible food packaging. Watch Video

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FESPA 2019 is All About Innovation

Mark Hanley of I.T. Strategies talks about the vibrant digital print market represented at FESPA 2019 in Münich, Germany. Watch Video

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Xante's En/Press Gives Customers More Mailing Options

Rui Cardoso and Melizza van Gelderen take us on a tour of the Xante booth at Hunkeler Innovationdays, specifically discussing the new En/Press Digital Multi-Media Press for envelope printing. Watch Video

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Engineered Printing Solutions Covers Many Substrates

Julian Joffe, President of Engineered Printing Solutions, talks about the history of the company and their ability to print on a variety of surfaces. Watch Video

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HP's Smart Printing

Steve Newton, Software Solutions Manager for HP Large Format, talks with Kelley Holmes about HP's cloud-based "smart printing" for wide-format, facilitated through PrintOS, and introduces HP's Stitch for the dye-sublimation market. Watch Video

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EFI Checks All the Wide-Format Boxes

Ken Hanulec, VP of Marketing for EFI, talks about what customers are looking for in a wide-format printer: lower total cost, expansion of capabilities, and reliability. Watch Video

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Frank Talks to Women in Print

At the Canadian Graphic Arts show, Frank attended a panel of “power women” who work with others, or are active with their own companies. Their panel was just before Frank’s keynote. Watch Video

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3M Introduces the Award-Winning Graphics Hub

Tammi Johnson, Business Development Manager for 3M, talks about the Graphics Hub, a software and website platform for sign and graphics manufacturers, which features a suite of tools including the Install Wizard, which won Business Services/Software Innovation Award at the ISA Sign Expo last month. Watch Video

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Ultimate TechnoGraphics Provides Software Solutions for a Variety of Workflows

Julie Watson, CEO of Ultimate TechnoGraphics, talks about the breadth of automated software solutions available as either standalone applications or integrated into a variety of third-party products and established workflows. Watch Video

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Increase in Quantity and Quality of Inkjet Applications

Sean Smyth, Consultant and Analyst for SmithersPira, talks about Hunkeler Innovationdays, noting the increase in the quality of inkjet applications and the broadening of what can be done with inkjet. Watch Video

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Convergence Connects Communities

Brandon Hensley, COO of the International Sign Association, and Joshua Carruth, Trade Show Director for Emerald Expositions, talk about how digital printing technology is driving convergence across wide-format, signage, and textile printing. Watch Video