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Video preview: First-Ever ThreadX Powered by SGIA a Success

First-Ever ThreadX Powered by SGIA a Success

Published: March 7, 2018

In seeking to better serve its membership, SGIA took the advice of its Garment Decorating Committee to host an event dedicated to that under-served segment. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne was there, and explains why this event was different. The sold-out event will be held again next year, location TBD.

 

Video preview: FTA's FIRST Program Explained

FTA's FIRST Program Explained

Published: March 6, 2018

Joe Tuccitto, FTA's Director of Education, explains the FTA's FIRST program, Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications and Tolerances, which has been around for two decades. Created for the industry by the industry, it is a book of starting points, a guide to getting started with everything flexo. Version 6.0 has just been released, and is accompanied by certification programs.

 

Video preview: For This Print Business Owner, Collaboration Is Key

For This Print Business Owner, Collaboration Is Key

Published: March 6, 2018

At the NPOA Owners Conference, Danny Paline, President of Five Star Printing and Signs, talks about the benefits of talking with other print business owners as well as the importance of a positive attitude.

 

Video preview: How EFI Reggiani Is Helping Accelerate the Analog-to-Digital Transformation in Textiles

How EFI Reggiani Is Helping Accelerate the Analog-to-Digital Transformation in Textiles

Published: March 5, 2018

Adele Genoni, Vice President and General Manager for EFI Reggiani, speaks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about how Reggiani fits into the EFI ecosystem. She explains how the company is moving the analog-to-digital transformation forward in textiles, and what she expects to see in the future, including reshoring textile production in North America and Europe.

 

Video preview: Networking Is an Essential Tool for Digital Transition

Networking Is an Essential Tool for Digital Transition

Published: March 2, 2018

Longtime NPOA member and first-time Owners Conference attendee Joey Reinhardt, President of Barbour Printing Services, talks about how advice and guidance from his peers has helped him steer his business from an offset to a digital environment, as well as how the association—and the Conference—are well-suited for a business of his size.

 

Video preview: Nothing for Money: Forgery On the Desktop

Nothing for Money: Forgery On the Desktop

Published: March 2, 2018

Frank talks about fake money and how one forger used a desktop printer to counterfeit 10 and 20 dollar bills.

 

Video preview: Julie Shaffer Discusses the Importance of Education at the Association for Print Technologies

Julie Shaffer Discusses the Importance of Education at the Association for Print Technologies

Published: March 2, 2018

Julie Shaffer, Associate VP of Program and Community Development at the Association for Print Technologies, talks to Gina Testa about why she decided to join the team at the new association and her passion for education and bringing new people into the printing industry.

 

Video preview: APTech’s Kelly Kilga Shares Expectations and Education Opportunities the Print 18 Event

APTech’s Kelly Kilga Shares Expectations and Education Opportunities the Print 18 Event

Published: March 2, 2018

Kelly Kilga, VP Meetings & Events at the Association for Print Technologies (formerly NPES) lays the foundation for expectations and education at APTech’s signature annual event, PRINT®, coming September 30 - October 2, 2018 to Chicago’s McCormick Place.

 

Video preview: Print Business Valuation 101

Print Business Valuation 101

Published: March 1, 2018

At last week’s NPOA Owners Conference, Paul Reilly, Partner at New Direction Partners, gave an overview of the dominant business valuation methods. Here, Mr. Reilly summarizes what print business owners need to know about business valuation—whether they are planning to sell their business or not.

 

Video preview: ”A Valuable Place to Be”—Learning from Peers and Presenters at the Owners Conference

”A Valuable Place to Be”—Learning from Peers and Presenters at the Owners Conference

Published: March 1, 2018

Gerry Engelhart, President of Porath Printsource, discusses the top challenges he faces as the owner of a print business, as well as the new marketing and promotion ideas he gleaned from this year’s NPOA Owners Conference.

 

Video preview: The Importance of SEO for Print Businesses

The Importance of SEO for Print Businesses

Published: February 28, 2018

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is all about ensuring that your business gets found on Google when potential customers search for the products and services you offer. John Foley, CEO of interlinkONE & Grow Socially, talks about his session at the NPOA Owner’s Conference on the importance of SEO for print businesses—and how even small shops can make the time to effectively optimize their websites.

 

Video preview: “Crowdsourcing” Solutions: The Advantages of Networking

“Crowdsourcing” Solutions: The Advantages of Networking

Published: February 28, 2018

Last week’s NPOA Owners Conference provided two days of sessions and networking for small and mid-size print businesses. Paula Fargo, President of Baltimore’s Curry Printing & Copy Center, talks about the challenges her business faces and the tangible benefits of events like the Owners Conference—especially interacting with peers.

 

Video preview: Why FTA Members Should Attend PIA's Color Conference

Why FTA Members Should Attend PIA's Color Conference

Published: February 27, 2018

Joe Tuccitto, Director of Education for the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the value of PIA's Color Conference to members of FTA and the industry as a whole. Color Conference 2019 will be held in San Diego in January.

 

Video preview: Durst Launches New P5 Next-Generation Technology Platform

Durst Launches New P5 Next-Generation Technology Platform

Published: February 27, 2018

We travel to Lienz, Austria for the unveiling and launch of the new Durst P5 Platform. We speak with CEO Christoph Gamper, who gives us an overview of the new platform and how it came about. Tomio Kiyose, Product Manager for Large Format Flatbed, also shares some of the technical details—including a 70% productivity increase along with resolution and quality gains.

 

Video preview: John Henry on the Sixth Annual NPOA Owners Conference

John Henry on the Sixth Annual NPOA Owners Conference

Published: February 26, 2018

John Henry, CEO of Mitchell’s Speedway Press and Conference Director for the National Print Owners Association, talks with Richard Romano about the benefits of the association and the Owners Conference, as well as some of the hot topics discussed at this year’s Conference.

 

Video preview: ThreadX: A New Event for Garment Decorators

ThreadX: A New Event for Garment Decorators

Published: February 26, 2018

SGIA CEO Ford Bowers explains the genesis of ThreadX as coming from a focus group of garment decorators who felt an event dedicated to helping with business and technology information them didn't exist. This first edition sold out, and SGIA is planning to do the event again next year. Hear what Bowers has to say and stay tuned for more news and videos from ThreadX!

 

Video preview: As Far as the Eye Can See: Increasing Color Display Quality

As Far as the Eye Can See: Increasing Color Display Quality

Published: February 23, 2018

Kevin O'Connor, Principal at Make Color Behave, talks about advances by Apple and others are looking ahead to new video standards that will enhance color viewing beyond SRBG which only presents about 35% of the colors the unimpeded human eye can see. The most current Apple screens will support new standards that will capture about 53% of what we can see with our eyes.

 

Video preview: Frank: Book Publishers Turn the Page

Frank: Book Publishers Turn the Page

Published: February 23, 2018

Frank opines about offset vs. digital printing for books and variable art for packaging. Book publishers are changing their warehousing and distribution strategies as a result.

 

Video preview: New Print Finishing Techniques for Direct Mail

New Print Finishing Techniques for Direct Mail

Published: February 22, 2018

Tim McGinley of the Mail Innovations Program at the USPS challenges Finishing Section Editor Trish Witkowski to find new print finishing techniques and effects for mail. Trish begins her journey with Jeff Hernandez of Classic Color and his groundbreaking Brand Alchemy exploration. Jeff is developing realistic textures that mock actual products, and he’s putting the ideas directly into the hands of creatives.

 

Video preview: Arna Marketing: “A Technology Company That Happens to Print”

Arna Marketing: “A Technology Company That Happens to Print”

Published: February 21, 2018

New Jersey’s Arna Marketing, “a technology company that happens to print,” builds custom programs for its customers, heavily leveraging variable data and digital printing via Canon Solutions America’s Océ Varioprint and Colostream systems. David Zwang talks to Steven Hegna, President and “Concierge” of Arna Marketing, about the work he currently does for his customers, as well as where he sees his business going.

 

 

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