Interviews with Industry Executives, Commentary & Analysis from WhatTheyThink Contributors and other video features.
Published: November 22, 2016
KBA's intensive focus on the packaging market can be seen in the large portfolio of products it has developed for packaging applications of many different kinds. Eric Frank, director of marketing, talks about the new VariJet 106, a hybrid inkjet/conventional/finishing platform that will be built to order for specific market segments. He also reviews KBA's capabilities in flexography, diecutting, metal decorating, and VLF (very large format) offset.
Published: November 21, 2016
Scodix CEO Roy Porat talks about digital embellishment trends and the opportunities this opens for commercial printers to differentiate themselves in the market and rise above commodity services. Between January and September 2016, the company has installed nearly 60 machines including foiling, 80% of which are in commercial printing firms who have never sold foiling.
Published: November 18, 2016
Frank meets up with David Hunter who has developed a system that tracks all color activity in a plant for all devices with feedback and data that aids in the management of production.
Published: November 17, 2016
Chris Kropac, President of PCI Group, a transactional printing business located in Charlotte NC, talks about how his company got into production inkjet and why. The company sells quality and compliance, Production inkjet has enabled them to continue to raise the bar while keeping costs in line.
Published: November 16, 2016
IDC's Terry Frazier, Research Director for Document Solutions, recently completed a study of the insurance industry in the U.S. and Western Europe. He shares the top-line results and trends uncovered by the year-long study with 403 insurance company executives responding.
Published: November 15, 2016
Michael Corbett, Director of Operations for Webcom, chats with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the changing needs of publishers, and how the company has added digital printing to its platform to address those needs. The company has also added software infrastructure to aid publishers in reducing inventories and supply chain costs. He also addresses the production of personalized copies of Unsquaring the Wheel at Graph Expo.
Published: November 14, 2016
Dan Foster, President of DataPrint Initiatives, explains why he decided to get into wide format printing. He added the capability to serve the needs of one customer and was pleasantly surprised at how fast the business grow with that customer and others, going from 0 to 25% of revenues in a year. He offers advice for other commercial printers who may be considering the addition of wide format.
Published: November 11, 2016
Frank meets with Professor Elena Fedorovskaya at RIT School of Media Sciences to get a demonstration of a unique augmented reality smart phone app created by students. Any image, print or art or more, can activate a link to a website for video or audio presentation.
Published: November 9, 2016
Mark Baran, VP of Purchasing and Print Operations at CCG Marketing Solutions, talks about the company's journey into digital printing and reasons for moving to the Xerox iGen5, including the 5th color and clear ink capabilities to expand the available color gamut and add spot varnish capabilities.
Published: November 8, 2016
Caraustar, a packaging solutions provider with plants throughout the U.S., has added an HP Indigo 30000 digital press to augment its offset and flexo production of folding cartons and set-up boxes. Director of Business Development John Ramsier explains why ... speed, high quality, innovation.
Published: November 7, 2016
Arizona State University's Print & Imaging Lab hires students in the graphic arts program to provide them with hands-on experience while also providing needed services to the University. Kyle Pendley, Production Manager, shares outstanding examples of some of the work the shop has produced
Published: November 4, 2016
We know that Frank is a hoarder but we did not know that it extended to hats. You got that right. Frank has saved hats. He wears most of them in this video.
Published: November 3, 2016
Chuck Werninger is Senior Manager at Houston Independent School District, a community of about 250,000 teachers, staff and students. Its print shop recently added the Canon VarioPrint i300 sheetfed inkjet press to open up full-color teaching. The press, which replaced several toner devices, was justified at a million impressions a month, and is already at 3 million three months after install.
Published: November 2, 2016
David Murphy, Director of Marketing for HP Pagewide Presses, provides an update on HP's High Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA) and its field roll-out. Combined with HP's priming solution, it opens the door to a wide range of new applications.
Published: November 1, 2016
Pylar Pinkston, Director of Sales & Marketing at Texas-Born and Texas-Proud Abox, talks about digital printing as a game-changer for her company, which now has a digital division in addition to offset and flexo. "We realized that digital was the way ..." The company selected the HP Indigo 30000.
Published: November 1, 2016
No vendor understands mail processing workflows better than Pitney Bowes. Here, PB's Grant Miller explains how the company has put what it knows into the AcceleJet printing and finishing system, a "white paper factory" solution for commercial printers and other print/mail environments. With AcceleJet, rollfed white paper goes in, and fully printed and finished mailing pieces come out. As this is happening, a cloud-based software solution called Clarity Suites gathers production data that can be used to make the workflow even more efficient.
Published: October 31, 2016
Konica Minolta's Gavin Jordan Smith, VP of Product Solutions, joins Senior Editor Cary Sherburne to discuss the company's new Accurio production print graphic communications line of hardware software and services, and its partnerships, especially with MGI. He also talks about the company's move into the industrial printing space and its aim of helping its customers grow.
Published: October 28, 2016
Frank found a copy of one of his old books that covered the dotcom boom of the late 1990s. It is interesting to see who was who then and who is still around now. (Watch this one in full screen)
Published: October 27, 2016
Christine Soward, President and Owner at DMS Ink in Ohio, has grown the business from $2 million to $20 million since 2005. The company introduced inkjet as a means to continue to scale the business and increase uptime. Two Canon roll-to-roll production inkjet presses and a Canon VarioPrint i300 sheetfed inkjet press replaced 7 toner devices, delivering more than 90% uptime.
Published: October 26, 2016
Rich Lloyd, VP of Sales for GMC, shares the company's strategy to help customers bridge the gap between printed and digital communications and to service the enterprise on multiple levels. He cites the industry skills that ideally position service providers to be a single source communciations services provider.