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Video preview: ColorKarma: Making it Easier for Designers and Producers to Communicate

ColorKarma: Making it Easier for Designers and Producers to Communicate

Published: January 7, 2020

Shoshana Burgett discusses why she founded ColorKarma: to help improve communications between designers and producers, who often speak different "languages." She also aims to make it easier for designers to connect with producers across a wide range of physical product types.

 

Video preview: S-One Labels & Packaging Working to Help the Flexible Packaging Industry Address Its Digital Transformation

S-One Labels & Packaging Working to Help the Flexible Packaging Industry Address Its Digital Transformation

Published: January 6, 2020

Ralph Giammarco, Vice President at S-One Labels & Packaging, discusses the similarities of the analog-to-digital transformation in flexible packaging to the sign industry's transformation. Digital now comprises 1% to 2% of flexible packaging, and Giammarco estimates growth to a double-digit share over the next few years and delivering a more sustainable product.

 

Video preview: Frank's Reading Rainbow

Frank's Reading Rainbow

Published: December 20, 2019

Frank is in a colorful mood this week, reporting on some color-related stories that caught his eye. First, Opaque Couché is declared the World’s ugliest color, for some reason, and in 1692, more than 200 years before PANTONE, an artist described every color imaginable—and even assigned them numbers. He also exposes “The Secret Lives of Color” via a recent book by Kassia St. Clair that traces the history of every color.

 

Video preview: People Love Embellishments—But Often Fear Them

People Love Embellishments—But Often Fear Them

Published: December 19, 2019

Trish Witkowski, Chief Fold Fanatic for Fold Factory, talks to David Zwang about “embellishments”—people love them, but are often scared of them. There is a perception that “special effects” are only for special projects, and embellishment examples are often highly elaborate and aspirational. As a result, printers don’t often see how embellishments can be scaled down and used for more day-to-day print applications.

 

Video preview: Carolina Textile District Helps Match Entrepreneurs to Textile Manufacturing Resources

Carolina Textile District Helps Match Entrepreneurs to Textile Manufacturing Resources

Published: December 19, 2019

Tanya Wade explains how the Carolina Textile District acts as a matchmaker for companies and entrepreneurs interested in textile manufacturing in the U.S. to connect them with the necessary resources. Through an online application process, manufacturers, mills, pattern makers, and others can quickly review requests and determine whether to participate.

 

Video preview: A Look Ahead at FESPA 2020 in Madrid

A Look Ahead at FESPA 2020 in Madrid

Published: December 19, 2019

Graeme Richardson-Locke, FESPA's Technical Support Manager, speaks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the role of FESPA in the industry, its constituency, and its Profit for Purpose program. He also talks about some of the special experiential features that FESPA includes in its European event.

 

Video preview: American Color Imaging Adds Dye-Sub Products with Two HP Stitch Digital Textile Printers

American Color Imaging Adds Dye-Sub Products with Two HP Stitch Digital Textile Printers

Published: December 18, 2019

Mark Lane, President & CEO of American Color Imaging, describes the company's journey from a portrait photo studio and wet photo lab to a digital operation that includes two HP Stitch digital textile printers for production of personalized blankets and other textile-based photo products.

 

Video preview: Print. Make. Wear. An Expanded Presence Planned for FESPA 2020

Print. Make. Wear. An Expanded Presence Planned for FESPA 2020

Published: December 18, 2019

Debbie McKeegan, Textile Ambassador for FESPA and organizer of the event's Print. Make. Wear. exhibit, explains how the exhibit showcases technologies that are changing the future of manufacturing in textiles and apparel. She notes how the exhibit will be expanded for FESPA 2020 in Madrid.

 

Video preview: Adobe's Mike Scrutton Provides Updates on the Latest Adobe Textile Designer Developments and Adobe's New Design to Print Solution

Adobe's Mike Scrutton Provides Updates on the Latest Adobe Textile Designer Developments and Adobe's New Design to Print Solution

Published: December 17, 2019

Mike Scrutton, Adobe's Director of Print Technology and Strategy, brings our viewers up to date on the latest developments with Adobe Textile Designer. He also explains his participation in judging the SGIA Golden Image Awards, with entries including everything from banners, to signage, to prints, including full-color wedding invitations printed on slate! He also notes the launch of Adobe Design to Print, making it easier for designers to visualize how a design will actually look when manufactured.

 

Video preview: The Smart Factory Comes to Australia’s CMYKhub

The Smart Factory Comes to Australia’s CMYKhub

Published: December 17, 2019

Dayne Nankervis of Australian trade printer CMYKhub talks about the company's automation efforts, and how it is helping address the challenge of finding qualified staff. Ease-of-use allows staff to operate multiple machines, and gain new skills as they move around the company.

 

Video preview: GLGA President Provides Advice for Printing Companies in Sourcing Fresh Talent

GLGA President Provides Advice for Printing Companies in Sourcing Fresh Talent

Published: December 16, 2019

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne discusses industry workforce issues with GLGA President Joe Lyman. He outlines the new skills that are required by HR professionals to recruit new talent to the industry and to educate potential employees about the modern, technologically-based nature of the industry today.

 

Video preview: Can the

Can the "Last Mile" of Manufacturing—Sewing—Be More Automated? Frank Henderson Says Yes

Published: December 16, 2019

A third-generation family-owned company in business for 50 years, Henderson Sewing Machine Company has changed with the times, according to CEO Frank Henderson. With sewing—the "last mile" in textile manufacturing automation—still requiring significant manual labor, Henderson talks about the challenges of automating textile sewn products and the progress that is being made.

 

Video preview: Frank and the Future of the Printing Press (Part 2)

Frank and the Future of the Printing Press (Part 2)

Published: December 13, 2019

In part 2 of a two-part series on the future of the printing press, Frank visits Dallas, Tex.’s Summit Direct, which has one of the largest arrays of printing equipment—offset and digital—Frank has ever seen. He talks with president John Barber and VP of Business Development Mike Robinson, VP of Business Development, about their equipment portfolio, including the Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1 inkjet sheetfed press and the different kinds of work they are running on it.

 

Video preview: Kevin Cushing Provides an Alliance Franchise Brands Update

Kevin Cushing Provides an Alliance Franchise Brands Update

Published: December 12, 2019

Kevin Cushing, President of the Marketing & Print Division of Alliance Franchise Brands. provides an update on the company's franchise activities in print and signs, as well as its dual branding initiatives with an Allegra and Image 360 franchise under the same roof with a target to reach 100 of those dual-branded operations. He also talked about the various programs Alliance Franchise Brands has to help franchisees with exit strategies and to help new entrepreneurs enter the Alliance Franchise Brands family as well as new product offerings within the network.

 

Video preview: Attracting New Talent to Textile Manufacturing Starts with 8th Graders at the Manufacturing Solutions Center

Attracting New Talent to Textile Manufacturing Starts with 8th Graders at the Manufacturing Solutions Center

Published: December 12, 2019

Dan St. Louis describes the work being done over the last 30 years at the Manufacturing Solutions Center to help create and maintain jobs. As part of the Catawba Community College, the group, among other things, hosts tours of its facility and selected manufacturing plants for 8th graders to encourage them to seek jobs in the industry.

 

Video preview: Shimmy Into the Workforce of the Future

Shimmy Into the Workforce of the Future

Published: December 11, 2019

Sarah Krasley, CEO of Shimmy, talks about the company's efforts to help with workforce education in the textiles industry through gamification. Initial efforts have been in Asia, but the company is also looking to bring its unique technology to North America as well. The goal is to help workers adapt to changes in the industry driven by new technology and automation.

 

Video preview: Warren Werbitt Says, “We Don’t Need to Be Policed”

Warren Werbitt Says, “We Don’t Need to Be Policed”

Published: December 11, 2019

WhatTheyThink's print evangelist Warren Werbitt exposes the dark underbelly of FSC/SFI/PEFC chain of custody certification, designed to prove that printers are sourcing paper from environmentally sustainable sources. Thanks to auditing fees, $87 million leaves the printing industry each year, and what is gained? The ability to use a logo…which no one uses anymore. He proposes that the industry should come up with its own accreditation and keep the $87 million.

 

Video preview: The “Orders of One” Industry

The “Orders of One” Industry

Published: December 10, 2019

Julian Marsh, Digital Print Expert, talks about the latest challenges facing digital book printers. Customers want highly customized and complex books with faster turnaround than ever—the “Amazon effect.” At the same time, book printers are facing a skills shortage. Enter automation and the smart factory approach to book manufacturing.

 

Video preview: Sourcing Top Talent in Tight Labor Markets

Sourcing Top Talent in Tight Labor Markets

Published: December 9, 2019

PrintLink's Arnie Kahn and Dino Scalia discuss today’s tight labor market, the printing industry's hiring challenges, and PrintLink’s process for sourcing top talent.

 

Video preview: Frank and the Future of the Printing Press (Part 1)

Frank and the Future of the Printing Press (Part 1)

Published: December 6, 2019

In part 1 of a two-part series on the future of the printing press, Frank visits AM Solutions in Egerton, Wis., and talks with Dean Gille, president, and Mike Henning, vice president, about their Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1 inkjet sheetfed press. AM had been an offset shop that had to make changes as they adopted inkjet, and the two technologies literally sit side by side.

 

 

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