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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.

 

Video preview: Ghent Workgroup PDF Study aims to Identify Gaps in the Standard

Ghent Workgroup PDF Study aims to Identify Gaps in the Standard

Published: March 21, 2017

David Zwang, WhatTheyThink's Technology Editor and Chairman of the Ghent Workgroup, explains why the organization is conducting a landmark PDF study. The last study was conducted in 2008 and is not representative of todays workflow demands. They want to understand how people are using PDF and identify gaps in the standard that the Ghent Workgroup can help address for better process integration in commercial print and packaging production. Visit http://www.gwg.org/gwg-2017-pdf-survey/

 

Video preview: Print: The Strongest Component of an Omnichannel Campaign

Print: The Strongest Component of an Omnichannel Campaign

Published: March 20, 2017

Charyl Kahanec, President of Marketing Solutions at EarthColor, always has interesting insights to share, and this video is no exception. She talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the role of print in today's marketing mix. She points out that marketing is not just one channel, but rather the overall conversation with the customer; and print is the strongest component of that conversation. Hear more.

 

Video preview: View the latest production inkjet news from Screen

View the latest production inkjet news from Screen

Published: March 20, 2017

Aron Allenson, Sales Support Specialist for High Speed Inkjet at Screen, talks about how new SC inks from Screen allow inkjet printing to commodity offset stocks without pretreatment. The ink is used in the Truepress JET 520 HD. He also explains the next generation of Truepress JET presses, the Truepress JET 520 NX, just released.

 

Video preview: Frank on Newspaper Business Practices

Frank on Newspaper Business Practices

Published: March 17, 2017

We need newspapers and they need us. But some of their business practices could be improved. With declines in ad revenues, newspapers are raising subscription rates to stay in business.

 

Video preview: The Software Technology Stack of Your Print Business

The Software Technology Stack of Your Print Business

Published: March 16, 2017

our print software is as important as your print manufacturing equipment. Software enables you to get to new customers and automate your workflows to enable you to do more with less effort. Software is becoming your most strategic resource.

 

Video preview: Bringing Finishing into the Fold at Canon Solutions America

Bringing Finishing into the Fold at Canon Solutions America

Published: March 14, 2017

Michael Poulin, Director of Product Marketing at Canon Solutions America, share's his thoughts about Canon's finishing partner strategy. The goal is to provide an integrated and automated end-to-end solution for applications in the graphic arts industry, such as book printing, Book of One, and more. He also talks about the mix of inline versus near-line finishing he has observed in the field.

 

Video preview: Grant Miller Shares Insight on Pitney Bowes Innovation for the Mailing Industry

Grant Miller Shares Insight on Pitney Bowes Innovation for the Mailing Industry

Published: March 14, 2017

Grant Miller, Chief Operating Officer, Pitney Bowes Document Messaging Technologies, explains the advances in the company's Epic inserting solution for high-speed letter processing as well as flexible processing of flats since its introduction at Hunkeler Innovationdays in 2015. This includes full automation, booklet making and more. He also discusses the advances in the Clarity Intelligent Mailing Solution and the company's partnership with HP, Inc.

 

Video preview: Production Inkjet: How Do We Work The Economics?

Production Inkjet: How Do We Work The Economics?

Published: March 13, 2017

Cheryl Kahanec, President of Marketing Solutions at EarthColor, talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the progress that has been made in production inkjet technology since the first "inkjet drupa" in 2008, calling drupa 2016 the inkjet drupa on steroids. The challenge now is working the economics -- balancing toner, inkjet and offset.

 

Video preview: Frank Visits Delphax

Frank Visits Delphax

Published: March 10, 2017

Frank visits Delphax in Missassauga, Canada to take a look at the elan 500 digital printing system. It is interesting that many of the original Delphax ion deposition printing systems are still in use. The elan is their first foray into inkjet printing.

 

 

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