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Video preview: 12th Hunkeler Innovationdays Kicks Off with New Product Announcements

12th Hunkeler Innovationdays Kicks Off with New Product Announcements

Published: February 20, 2017

For a quarter of a century, Hunkeler Innovationdays has been a preferred venue for new product announcements, and 2017 is no exception. Hear what Hunkeler President and Innovationdays Project Director Stefan Hunkeler has to say about what to expect at this year's event, which is expected to draw nearly 7,000 visitors.

 

Video preview: Frank and Konica Minolta's Gavin Smith

Frank and Konica Minolta's Gavin Smith "Connect" on Book Cover Embellishment

Published: February 17, 2017

Frank talks to Gavin Smith of Konica, which distributed 800 copies of “The New Print Industry” book at EFI CONNECT Conference. We discuss the cover embellishment by MGI.

 

Video preview: Software Focus:  Staying on Main Street

Software Focus: Staying on Main Street

Published: February 16, 2017

What does "staying on Main Street" with your software product mean? It means using software for what it was intended to do and not trying to add features just because you can. Tight focus on both the development of software solutions and their use will keep everyone out of trouble.

 

Video preview: Clemson University: Contributing to the Printing Industry Talent Pool

Clemson University: Contributing to the Printing Industry Talent Pool

Published: February 15, 2017

Dr. Erica Walker, Lecturer in the Graphic Communications Department at Clemson University, talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the university's program and its contribution to attracting new talent to the printing industry. She emphasizes the importance of stressing print as an important element of multi-channel communications.

 

Video preview: Why Worry about Optical Brightening Agents and Their Impact on Color?

Why Worry about Optical Brightening Agents and Their Impact on Color?

Published: February 14, 2017

Son Do, Chief Technology Officer at Rods and Cones, a color management and workflow consulting firm, talks about the impact of optical brightening agents (OBAs) on color management and how to compensate for them. He explains how new standards for viewing conditions help ensure colors are in sync across a variety of lighting conditions. He also talks about the importance of having the right controlled lighting conditions and color measurement instruments.

 

Video preview: Are you up to date on the latest M-Series and Viewing Standards?

Are you up to date on the latest M-Series and Viewing Standards?

Published: February 14, 2017

Ray Cheydleur, X-Rite's Printing & Imaging Portfolio Manager and Chairman of CGATS, provides an update on the most recent changes in the M-Series and viewing standards, and how they interact in terms of accurately and consistently measuring color, especially when optical brighteners are involved.

 

Video preview: Are Printers Investing in Professional Services?

Are Printers Investing in Professional Services?

Published: February 13, 2017

Pat McGrew, Director of Production Workflow at InfoTrends, discusses recent InfoTrends research that reveals that printers are not so willing to pay for Professional Services, but rather, expect the vendor to support them with services as part of the purchase. The fact that vendors see services as a growth area reflects a disconnect that will be important to watch play out. She provides advice to both parties.

 

Video preview: Frank on Industry Research and WhatTheyThink's Printing Forecast

Frank on Industry Research and WhatTheyThink's Printing Forecast

Published: February 10, 2017

Frank reviews WhatTheyThink's latest research and "Printing Forecast 2017". This insightful report captures the mindset of the printing industry at this time and presents both Federal data and projections.

 

Video preview: Why You Should Attend InPrint US in Orlando in April

Why You Should Attend InPrint US in Orlando in April

Published: February 9, 2017

Are you planning to attend InPrint, the industrial printing show in Orlando in April? Maybe you think industrial print doesn't apply to you. But take a look at this video with show co-founder Frazer Chesterman who explains what it means and why it is important for print and packaging service providers to pay attention. As he explains, we're not talking about additive manufacturing as much as we are talking about different ways inkjet deposition technologies are being used for industrial purposes, including home decor. We'll see you at the show. Don't be left behind!

 

Video preview: Stop with the Software Talk

Stop with the Software Talk

Published: February 9, 2017

In talking about software solutions, its best to talk about the problems you want to solve rather than suggesting solutions like "drag and drop". Making recommendations for how to solve things prevents real understanding of what you're actually trying to solve. Focus on describing the problems you're having and the results you want to create.

 

Video preview: Core Publishing Solutions: A Rich Heritage and a Dynamic Future Strategy

Core Publishing Solutions: A Rich Heritage and a Dynamic Future Strategy

Published: February 8, 2017

On a recent visit to Thomson Reuters Core Publishing Solutions in Minneapolis, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne was able to speak with Vice President Todd Roth about the organizations history, dating back to the late 1800s, and his strategies for the future. The company follows Lean Manufacturing principles to deliver outstanding service and quality to both internal and external customers.

 

Video preview: What's the Best Way to Implement Statistical Process Control in Printing?

What's the Best Way to Implement Statistical Process Control in Printing?

Published: February 8, 2017

It's John The Math Guy Seymour's opinion that traditional statistical process control strategies don't really apply to the printing industry. View the video to find out why, and what his recommendations are.

 

Video preview: Dr Abhay Sharma Discusses the Benefits of Extended Color Gamut Printing

Dr Abhay Sharma Discusses the Benefits of Extended Color Gamut Printing

Published: February 7, 2017

Dr. Abhay Sharma, Professor of Graphic Communications Management at Ryerson University, talks about the revolution Extended Color Gamut printing is bringing to color printing by using a fixed set of inks to achieve a wider color gamut, minimize the need for spot inks and custom manufacturing, and improve productivity. It's a revolution ... better color and less costly.

 

Video preview: How Do You Develop Marketing Content that Resonates?

How Do You Develop Marketing Content that Resonates?

Published: February 6, 2017

Content Strategist Margie Dana talks about how printers can present their technology content in a way that is understandable to customers. She recommends investigating all available channels and creating small bits of content to get started. Creating content in terms that resonate with the customer is critical.

 

Video preview: Frank Talks to EFI's Holly O’Rourke about Connect 2017

Frank Talks to EFI's Holly O’Rourke about Connect 2017

Published: February 3, 2017

Frank talks to Holly O’Rourke of EFI about the latest EFI CONNECT Conference held in Las Vegas. This was one of the most successful of the 17 CONNECT Conferences in terms of content and attendance.

 

Video preview: Fall in Love with Your Customer's Problems

Fall in Love with Your Customer's Problems

Published: February 2, 2017

Our market demands you to be more consultative with your customers so you can extend your value proposition beyond a commodity manufacturer. The best way to be a good consultant is to understand your customer's challenges. You have to dive in and fall in love with your customer's problems in order to build up that trusted partnership that is immune to competitive pricing pressures.

 

Video preview: Production Inkjet Exceeds Expectations for Critical Content Solutions

Production Inkjet Exceeds Expectations for Critical Content Solutions

Published: February 1, 2017

Fred Van Alstyne, COO at Content Critical Solutions in New Jersey, serving the insurance, financial services and government markets, The company has been up and running with production inkjet since January 2014. "It was the best decision we ever made," he says.

 

Video preview: Taking the Mystery Out of Expanded Gamut Printing

Taking the Mystery Out of Expanded Gamut Printing

Published: January 31, 2017

Idealliance's Tim Baechle visits with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne to take some of the confusion out of expanded gamut printing, also known as extended color gamut and fixed color palette printing. He also talks about Idealliance's X-CMYK initiative for expanded gamut with four-color printing and the process of using a fixed palette of CMYK/OGV inks.

 

Video preview: Are you up to date on CxF, the ISO standard for color communication?

Are you up to date on CxF, the ISO standard for color communication?

Published: January 31, 2017

Cory Sawatzki, Director of Digital Print Technologies at CGS, shares his thoughts about the relatively new ISO standard, CxF for communication of color specifications and why it is important for printers and suppliers to the industry to be aware of and compliant with this standard. He also talks about how and when to use this standard.

 

Video preview: Modern Litho Leverages Workflow Automation and MIS to Spur Growth

Modern Litho Leverages Workflow Automation and MIS to Spur Growth

Published: January 30, 2017

Jim Tomblinson, VP of Operations at Jefferson City MO based Modern Litho led his company's very successful efforts to modernize and streamline the company's workflow, significantly enhancing the customer experience. He talks about the value of a scalable workflow in an environment of growth through acquisitions and organically. His hands-on experience provides good insight for his industry peers.

 

 

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