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Video preview: Frank: Judge a Book by its Covers

Frank: Judge a Book by its Covers

Published: April 14, 2017

Frank uses a book authored by RIT student Akshat Pardiwala to demonstrate that the cover often makes the book. He shows two versions to make his case.

 

Video preview: Chain of Custody of Print Jobs

Chain of Custody of Print Jobs

Published: April 13, 2017

One of the key functions of a Print MIS is to track where every single job is in your facility. Chain of custody is about inputting the transfer of ownership between resources in your plant. It always amazes us how powerful this one feature of a Print MIS when implemented properly.

 

Video preview: Beyond the Box: Thinking Beyond Equipment to an End-to-End Workflow

Beyond the Box: Thinking Beyond Equipment to an End-to-End Workflow

Published: April 12, 2017

Jan De Roeck, Director of Solutions Management for Esko, talks about the importance of rooting out waste in every step of the business and production workflow to make sure equipment has a higher effectiveness rate. Esko published a white paper in partnership with InfoTrends and the International Signs Association on the topic.

 

Video preview: Trends in Corrugated

Trends in Corrugated

Published: April 11, 2017

Pat McGrew, Director of Production Workflow at InfoTrends, talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about trends in the corrugated market. The desire to create shorter run corrugated packaging is getting more popular and she explains how new digital technologies and workflows will facilitate that in a profitable manner while opening new opportunities for marketers.

 

Video preview: Core Publishing Solutions to Install a Hybrid Bindery Solution to Address a Wide Range of Short- and Long-Run Work

Core Publishing Solutions to Install a Hybrid Bindery Solution to Address a Wide Range of Short- and Long-Run Work

Published: April 10, 2017

Steve Zweber, the Director of Manufacturing & Distribution Services at Thomson Reuters Core Publishing Solutions, talks about the company's diverse bindery operation and how its focus on continuous improvement has made much of its equipment short-run capable. That being said, the company is adding a new piece of equipment that can equally handle web offset and digital output. Hear the full story.

 

Video preview: Printing with E-coli and Charging Students to Print Homework

Premium Content Printing with E-coli and Charging Students to Print Homework

Published: April 7, 2017

Frank has a potpourri of items to rail against, especially printing with e-coli bacterium. He also rants against charging students for printing homework assignments.

 

Video preview: Print Is Not Dead AND Its Not Returning to Past Dominance

Print Is Not Dead AND Its Not Returning to Past Dominance

Published: April 6, 2017

Print is not dead, we still need print and it needs to work and play well with its digital alternatives. The use of print has changed, especially in marketing. Printers need to extend their value proposition to understand all communication options in order to keep print relevant.

 

Video preview: Production Inkjet: Why Should You Care?

Production Inkjet: Why Should You Care?

Published: April 5, 2017

Paul Gardner of Time Starvd works with clients to help them build their production inkjet businesses. He shares his insights into why businesses should seriously consider getting into inkjet, taking digital printing to scale but opening new opportunities by removing constraints of traditional technology.

 

Video preview: Printing Firm LaGwana Finds Value in 3D Printing

Printing Firm LaGwana Finds Value in 3D Printing

Published: April 4, 2017

Dan Byler, President of LaGwana, a printing firm in Indiana, acquired a 3D printer to explore its possibilities and it's been worth the investment! The company modeled its new building, which led to new business in the Architectural arena; was able to print a repair part for a digital press; and is selling furniture models to Amish furniture builders! Hear the whole story.

 

Video preview: Workflow and Automation in Book Manufacturing

Workflow and Automation in Book Manufacturing

Published: April 3, 2017

Rick Lindemann, President of Total Printing Systems, a short-run digital book manufacturer located in Newton IL, describes the workflow the company has implemented for book manufacturing, as well as his thoughts about the new technologies and solutions he saw for book manufacturing at Hunkeler Innovationdays, and these how technology investments can pay for themselves.

 

Video preview: Esko Receives Prestigious RedDot Design Award for Product Design

Esko Receives Prestigious RedDot Design Award for Product Design

Published: April 3, 2017

Esko's CDI Crystal 5080 XPS flexo platemaking solution was in good company when it was awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award for Product Design. Previous award winners have included HP, Polycom, Bosch, and others. Esko President Udo Panenka talks with Cary Sherburne about the award, which was entered into the competition by Esko's German desig agency, Designship.

 

Video preview: New Software Technology Introduced to a Printer

New Software Technology Introduced to a Printer

Published: March 30, 2017

When new technology is introduced into a printer the success of it really depends on how your people engage (or don't engage) with the software. The success is way more dependent on your team than it is on vendor. You have to learn the software and then strategically apply it to your business.

 

Video preview: Frank Romano Memorial Bookshelf at CalPoly

Frank Romano Memorial Bookshelf at CalPoly

Published: March 30, 2017

Frank tours the Student Resource Room at Cal Poly and points out his books (because no one else will). Cal Poly has received many donations of research publications over the years.

 

Video preview: RPIprint Achieves Near-Touchless Order-to-Delivery Process with Workflow Automation

RPIprint Achieves Near-Touchless Order-to-Delivery Process with Workflow Automation

Published: March 29, 2017

Bryan Constable, Director of Engineering for Seattle-based RPIprint, explains the company's workflow automation strategy, incorporating RPI and partner manufacturing into a seamless, almost completely touchless, order-to-delivery process with a homegrown Order entry/workflow/MIS solution. He also talks about the future of the company's homegrown solution.

 

Video preview: Xeikon introduces their first UV Inkjet Label Production Printer

Xeikon introduces their first UV Inkjet Label Production Printer

Published: March 28, 2017

Xeikon was one of the earliest entrants into digital label printing with their electrophotographic dry toner based production systems. Since that time, others have entered the market with a variety of electrophotographic and inkjet technologies and products. Xeikon is now ready to take their expertise in label production systems to the next level with their first UV inkjet production printer offering.

 

Video preview: Global Graphics: Working to Support Industry Efficiency

Global Graphics: Working to Support Industry Efficiency

Published: March 27, 2017

Martin Bailey, CTO of Global Graphics, shares information the initiatives the company has underway to better support manufacturers of inkjet presses during the development process, as well as the company's role in conducting interoperability events around the launch of PDF 2.0 to ease its entry into the market.

 

Video preview: Guy Gecht on the State of the Inkjet Business

Guy Gecht on the State of the Inkjet Business

Published: March 27, 2017

Guy Gecht, EFI's CEO, discusses the state of the inkjet business, from signs and displays to packaging, building materials and textiles. He outlines the opportunities for printing businesses these emerging applications present. He points out that inkjet printers are opening the door to a plethora of specialty applications that can fuel business growth.

 

Video preview: CalPoly Students Create Book about Printing Pioneer Michael Bruno

CalPoly Students Create Book about Printing Pioneer Michael Bruno

Published: March 24, 2017

Frank’s class at Cal Poly produced a 300-page book on the life and work of printing pioneer Michael Bruno. Mike was one of the major researchers who made offset lithography a viable process.

 

Video preview: The Importance of a Good Web-to-Print Demo Site

The Importance of a Good Web-to-Print Demo Site

Published: March 23, 2017

Demonstrating your web-to-print solution is critical to your sales process. Use your demonstration site to configure all the bells and whistles of your solution so you never have to say, "we support that feature but its not configured on this site."

 

Video preview: The Future Of Customer Communications In The Financial Services Industry

The Future Of Customer Communications In The Financial Services Industry

Published: March 22, 2017

Matt Swain, Senior Director at InfoTrends, talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the latest trends in customer communications, some of which is driven by financial technology that is enabling more voice-driven communications. Consumers have increasingly demanding expectations about how they interact with financial services providers, including optimized print communications.

 

 

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