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Articles by Richard Romano

Richard Romano is Managing Editor of WhatTheyThink | Printing News & Wide-Format & Signage.  He curates the Wide Format section on WhatTheyThink.com. He has been writing about the graphic communications industry for more than 25 years. He is the author or coauthor of more than half a dozen books on printing technology and business. His most recent book is “Beyond Paper: An Interactive Guide to Wide-Format and Specialty Printing.

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What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Industrial Printing?

Published September 16, 2020

The definition of “industrial printing” has been changing, especially with the advent of inkjet printing, which is opening up all new “industrial” applications. This article looks at the state of industrial printing today, and the various applications that comprise it. 

Velox Brings Mass-Production to Digital Direct-to-Shape Printing

Published September 8, 2020

Velox specializes in industrial-scale direct-to-shape digital printing—or, as the company calls it, “decorating”—predominantly on tubes, aerosols, and other cylindrical items. We take a look at the capabilities of Velox’s technology.

Canon Solutions America Launches Fifth-Generation Arizona Series UV Flatbed Printer

Published September 2, 2020

Yesterday, Canon Solutions America announced the new Arizona 2300 Series wide-format flatbed printer. The new series is built on a novel approach to media handling that eliminates zones, masking, and taping, helping speed job changeover and reduce operator intervention.

All Projects Great and Small: Phil Fox Takes Signs By Tomorrow Fort Worth to New Heights of Signage

Published September 1, 2020

Offering a diverse array of applications, from banners and feather flags, to vehicle wraps, to ADA signage, to channel letters 30 stories above the ground, Signs By Tomorrow Fort Worth has grown dramatically since Phil Fox bought the franchise in early 2018. An emphasis on marketing and versatility have been the keys to growth—even in the midst of a global pandemic.

Xanté’s InfoMark Finds Religion...Or Vice Versa

Published August 25, 2020

Last year, Xanté had launched InfoMark, a way of linking supplementary and complementary digital and multimedia assets to print media by means of a four- or five- digit code. Since it was launched, InfoMark has evolved, and extenuating circumstances have led to its growing adoption in some markets that Xanté had not originally considered. We caught up with Xanté president Robert Ross.

Benson Integrated Marketing Solutions Creates W2P Store for COVID Signage and Safety Materials

Published August 4, 2020

Benson Integrated Marketing Solutions offers a wide variety of small- and wide-format printing, signage, apparel, and promotional materials to the multi-family home real estate market. Early adopters of web-to-print, Benson provides individual B2B sites for customers through which they can order customized materials, and has recently launched a B2C site for COVID-related products.

Wide-Format, Signage, and Apparel Technology Update

Published July 27, 2020

This feature rounds up some of the highlights of our Technology Outlook article and webinar series specific to wide-format, signage, and textiles and apparel, offering up some product releases and trends from the first half of 2020.

Mimaki in 3D

Published July 21, 2020

Mimaki's recently introduced 3D printer models are giving commercial printers an entry into 3D printing—and are finding applications in some unique market niches.

The Factory NYC Takes Experiential Graphics to the Next Dimension

Published July 14, 2020

Brooklyn-based fabrication shop The Factory NYC is taking experiential graphics and retail displays to the next level with its new Massivit 3D printer, helping make big brands even bigger.

SpeedPro Launches InfoLnkX for Contactless Restaurant Menus—and More

Published July 7, 2020

In development even before COVID-19 hit, InfoLnkX by SpeedPro is an NFC-based chip that can be programmed to deliver digital, contactless menus to patrons’ phones right from restaurant signage or table decals. But the uses for InfoLnkX go far beyond restaurant applications.

2020 Top 100 Small Commercial Printers

Published June 24, 2020

Each year, Printing News invites small commercial print business owners to participate in our Top 100 Shops Survey. This article presents the results of that survey, this year’s Top 100 small commercial printers, and profiles of the Top 6.

TempDefend—Dynamic Digital Signage with Thermal Detection Enables “Protection as a Service”

Published June 22, 2020

Last week, 22Miles—a developer of digital signage and wayfinding systems—launched TempDefend, a highly customizable “protection as a service” solution that integrates dynamic digital signage with thermal cameras to scan visitors to a business or other establishment, generating an alert if the visitor’s temperature exceeds 99.5°.

Ashland Adds New Textures to Labels

Published June 10, 2020

Amy Gran, LA&C Radcure Tech Service & Product Development Chemist at Ashland, talks about Ashland’s energy-curing adhesives and coatings for the food packaging markets, some of the new product trends coming to market—such as tactile materials like soft-touch coatings, sand textures, and raises images—and the advantages of UV curing for these kinds of applications.

Fine Dining: How Print Businesses Can Help Restaurants Reopen

Published June 9, 2020

As businesses start to reopen, they will have post-COVID print needs beyond safety and distancing signage. To follow up last week’s look at the current signage environment, Richard Romano identifies some of the unique print needs reopening restaurants are likely to have to complement their signage.

The Coming Signs of Summer: The Need for Post-COVID Signage

Published June 2, 2020

Sign shops were essential businesses when the crisis first hit and they will continue to be essential businesses as the country starts to reopen. Post-COVID signage will be important in both the short term and the long term, and there is no reason why it can’t be creatively designed, professionally printed, and seamlessly integrated into a business’s pre-existing signage and branding. Let’s have a look at what some local businesses have been doing signage-wise.

A Tale of Two Shows: drupa and ISA 2020 Event Plans Disrupted Over COVID-19

Published June 1, 2020

Two of the most anticipated industry events—Messe Dusseldorf’s drupa 2020 and ISA’s Sign Expo 2020—were postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis. We spoke with the organizers of these events about their rationale for the new dates, the expected impact on the events themselves, and the impact of the pandemic on the printing industry.

Cutting Remarks: Finishing Systems Offer New Tools, Greater Productivity, and More Application Options

Published May 28, 2020

A rundown of some of the new tools and features that have come to cutting tables for wide-format finishing. Laser finishing systems also offer unique options for cutting and etching.

Marci Kinter on the Increased Importance of Sustainability in Packaging

Published May 20, 2020

Marci Kinter, Vice President, Government Affairs, SGIA (now Printing United Alliance) talks about the increased importance of sustainability and the circular economy to packaging producers, brand owners, and consumer products companies.

Come Sail Away: PhotoSails Takes Billboard Advertising Out to Sea

Published May 19, 2020

The thought of hopping on a sailboat and heading out to sea is an appealing one at the moment and thanks to a company called PhotoSails, sailing enthusiasts who buy their own boats can defray the cost of their investment.

EFI’s Josh Samuel on UV Inks for Packaging

Published May 11, 2020

Josh Samuel, Director of Ink Development for EFI, talks about ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) curable inks and their advantages for use in packaging printing, especially corrugated.

FASTSIGNS of Saratoga Springs Flies High with New Maggie McFly’s Location

Published May 7, 2020

FASTSIGNS of Saratoga Springs won the Grand Prize at the Wide Format & Signage/FASTSIGNS Awards, held during the annual FASTSIGNS International Convention in Phoenix, Ariz., back in January. The six-year-old franchise won for interior and exterior signage for Maggie McFly’s ninth location at Albany’s Crossgates Mall.

2019 Annual Sign Franchise Review

Published April 28, 2020

Our annual review of the sign franchises finds that employee challenges and competition from commercial print businesses top the list of challenges, while expanding the range of applications tops the list of opportunities. In all, these four organizations generated $926 million in revenues in 2019.

Rockin’ the Boat: Applied Graphics Bring Dazzle to the High Seas

Published April 21, 2020

Have you ever tried installing high-end graphics on the hull of a boat while floating on a raft? Meet LuxWrap, a British company that has carved out a decidedly unique niche: high-end yacht graphics. They recently gold-foil-wrapped a yacht for hair extension brand Bellami—a project that was beset with all kinds of challenges.

Signs Get Smart: Dynamic Digital Signage Moves in Unusual Directions

Published April 7, 2020

The buzz around dynamic digital signage (DDS) may have died down, but DDS has continued to evolve and move in unique directions—even to the user’s own mobile phone.

Wide Format and Signage: Essential Services in the Time of Crisis

Published April 2, 2020

How are wide-format and signage providers coping with the COVID-19 crisis? Some are playing important roles in providing safety signage, while others still serve businesses that are classified as “essential.” In the first of a series of “check in” articles, we look at how the crisis has impacted the wide-format and signage market.

Executive Q&A: Brand Print Americas

Published March 31, 2020

Last year, the Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech) teamed up with the Tarsus Group, the organizers of Labelexpo, to launch a new show called Brand Print Americas. The inaugural event will be co-located with Labelexpo Americas, September 15–17 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, in Rosemont, Ill. We spoke with Andy Thomas-Emans, Strategic Director of Tarsus Labels, Packaging and Brand Print Group, about the new show and how it complements Labelexpo.

Covering All Bases: Applied Graphics Keep Evolving

Published March 24, 2020

As the options for applied graphics proliferate, it can be a challenge for print service providers to keep up, and yet it has never been more important to understand how a material will perform both on press and on its intended surface. As a result, consumables manufactures are playing a greater consultative role.

High-Energy Discussions at RadTech UV + EB Conference

Published March 17, 2020

Last week we attended RadTech’s 2020 UV+EB Technology Conference in Orlando. Richard Romano reports on some of the new trends in energy-cured inks for packaging, 3D printing, and how UV technology is helping combat the coronavirus.

RadTech UV+EB Technology Expo & Conference Takes Place in Orlando

Published March 12, 2020

Eileen Weber, President of RadTech, talks about this year’s RadTech UV+EB Technology Expo & Conference 2020, which took place this week in Orlando, Fla. She also discusses some of RadTech’s upcoming events and initiatives.

Upcoming Sign Expo Offers Hands-On Educational Opportunities

Published March 10, 2020

As of this morning, the ISA Sign Expo 2020 is still a go. This year, the show heads to Orlando April 1–4, with four days of educational sessions and its continuously expanding exhibition floor. We spoke with Brandon Hensley, ISA’s Chief Operating Officer, and Iain Mackenzie, ISA’s VP of Meetings & Events, for a preview of this year’s show.

New Owner Greg Ellison Gets Up to Speed at SpeedPro Denver

Published March 5, 2020

Last November, Greg Ellison took over as the new owner of the well-established SpeedPro Denver. Coming from outside the printing industry, he found the learning curve has been steep but enjoyable.

Printing Outlook 2020—Happy Days Are Here Again?

Published March 2, 2020

WhatTheyThink’s annual printing industry outlook report, including the results of our Fall 2019 Business Outlook survey, is now available in our Report Store. This article offers some of the top-level results from that survey.

Cracking the QR Code: Xanté Goes Beyond Print with InfoMark

Published February 25, 2020

Xanté has launched an alternative to the QR code called InfoMark that lets writers and other content creators “attach” multimedia elements to print via a unique four-digit code. We gave InfoMark a spin to see how it worked.

Ghent Workgroup Launches New Specification for Sign and Display

Published February 18, 2020

Wide-format printing often involves a phenomenon called “apparent resolution,” which can be quite different than a print’s actual resolution. An image designed to be viewed up close, like a photograph in a magazine or direct mail piece, will have a different apparent resolution—and thus resolution requirement—than one designed to be viewed from a long ways away. Taking apparent resolution into account was the raison d’êtreof a new specification for sign and display graphics just released by the Ghent Workgroup.

The Print Distributor Market Changes with the Times

Published February 17, 2020

Technology and a changing print product mix drive changes in the distributor–client relationship. We spoke with Matt Bruno and Nathan Goldberg of the PSDA to get a bead on how the non-asset-based print sales market has evolved.

For Phoenix’s Custom Graphix, It’s a Banner Day

Published January 28, 2020

Since its founding in 2002, Phoenix, Ariz.’s Custom Graphix Signworks has cornered the market on that most commoditized of wide-format applications: banners. We spoke with Mladen Mike Mirkovic, founder and principal of Custom Graphix.

Direct Objects: Thinking—and Printing—Outside the Box

Published January 21, 2020

One of the most exciting growth areas in print today is direct-to-object (DtO) printing, but challenges of ink adhesion, transport, and feeding abound. I spoke with Peter Baldwin, Director of Marketing for East Dorset, Vt.’s Engineered Printing Solutions (EPS), about some of the issues—and opportunities—involved in direct-to-object printing.

Good Chemistry: Wide-Format Inks Continue to Evolve—Part 1 of 2

Published January 14, 2020

Whether it be for production inkjet, packaging, wide format, or industrial printing, inks are evolving at a rapid pace to enable the fast-growing range of print applications. This article will offer a look at some of the recent developments specific to wide-format inks—and even more specific to solvent/eco-solvent and UV inks.

SGP Adds a New Certification and Community Events for 2020

Published January 8, 2020

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) is complementing its Printer certification with a Supplier certification, and in 2020 will be ramping up its outreach and education efforts with regional “lunch and learn” forums. We caught up with SGP’s Marci Kinter to talk about what’s new with SGP as we enter a new decade.

Executive Q&A: Massivit 3D’s Erez Zimerman

Published December 16, 2019

Lod, Israel’s Massivit 3D was founded in 2013, and in the past six years has made a substantial impact with its 3D printing technology. Erez Zimerman joined Massivit 3D four years ago as VP of Global Sales, and was appointed CEO in May 2019. We caught up with Zimerman at the recent PRINTING United show in Dallas.

Wide-Format 2019: Where Are We Now?

Published December 10, 2019

As 2019 winds down, we take a look at the current state of wide-format printing. Where have we come, where are we now, and where are we going?

CapStone’s AutoViri Automates Mailing

Published December 5, 2019

Troy Power, cofounder of CapStone Technologies, talks about the company’s Red Hot Technology Award-winning AutoViri robotic solutions for automating mailing workflows. AutoViri helps connect the physical workflow to the digital workflow—and can save customers money on mailing costs by being plugged into the latest USPS regulations.

Ricoh’s 5th Color Lab Focuses on Design

Published December 2, 2019

Ricoh’s Heather Poulin highlights Ricoh presence at PRINTING United, focusing on the customer experience. In addition to its continuous-feed inkjet and wide-format hardware offerings, Ricoh was featuring its 5th Color Lab, showing customers how to design for new printing technologies, how to manage color, and how to use ColorLogic to print metallics.

Know the Signs: A Non-Print Signage Primer

Published November 25, 2019

Print businesses have been expanding into signage by leaps and bounds—but print signage is only the tip of the iceberg. “Signs” comprise a lot of different manufacturing products and materials.

The RMX Network: United They Grow

Published November 21, 2019

The RMX Network is an alliance of more than 100 independent North American wide-format print service providers. It’s not a franchise, but rather an affiliation of like-minded companies that band together to support each other and help solve problems. We spoke with President Rick Bosworth to learn more about their unique business model.

Ricoh’s Wide-Format Journey

Published November 21, 2019

Dan Johansen of Ricoh talks about the company's wide-format journey from a manufacturer of inkjet printheads to a manufacturer of entire wide-format printing systems, including two new UV flatbeds—the Ricoh Pro TF6250 and the larger Pro T7210—and the Pro L5160 latex printer. Ricoh also was demonstrating a printing system for imaging directly onto the side of a truck or plane.

The Moving Canvas: Wrapping “Kings” Turn Vehicle Graphics Into Art

Published November 19, 2019

Last Fall, Avery Dennison held its Wrap Like a King (WLAK) competition, which honored some of the best and most creative vehicle graphics projects. We spoke with one of the judges and some of the regional winners to get some insight into the vehicle graphics design process.

Fujifilm’s Onset X3: An Emphasis on Automation

Published November 14, 2019

Fujifilm’s Becky McConnell talks about the latest developments with the Onset X3 wide-format UV flatbed printer, as well as a new inkset from Fujifilm that was specifically formulated for greater adhesion to difficult plastic and synthetic substrates.

Epson’s 20 Years of Wide-Format Printing

Published November 13, 2019

Epson launched its first wide-format printer in October 1999, and Epson’s Reed Hecht talks about the latest generation—the SureColor P7570 and P9570, featuring a redesigned print engine for photographers, fine artists, graphic designers, and proofers—as well as how the requirements for art and photography have changed over the past two decades.

Dr. Abhay Sharma Talks About His New Expanded Gamut Printing Study

Published November 7, 2019

Ryerson University’s Dr. Abhay Sharma shares some top-level findings from a new expanded gamut printing study he authored, based on a series of extensive tests using commercial color management systems to process and print test forms containing PANTONE spot colors.

Five Alive: 5G Technology Will Transform Sign & Display

Published November 5, 2019

What is 5G and what is its impact on sign and display graphics likely to be? Richard Romano spoke with Dexter Johnson, author of a recent ISA white paper called “5G in Signage Technology” about the technology and the advantages of 5G and its potential applications in sign and display.

The Continued Evolution of Wide Format at PRINTING United

Published October 29, 2019

What was new at PRINTING United on the wide-format front? In this feature, Richard Romano runs down a handful of announcements and other items that caught his interest.

A New Age of Trade Shows Dawns in Dallas

Published October 24, 2019

The inaugural PRINTING United kicked off on Wednesday, heralding a new era for industry trade events.

RSA’s Dirk Craib on Helping Keep PSPs' Data Secure

Published October 23, 2019

Dirk Craib, VP of Sales for Rochester Software Associates (RSA), talks about some of the issues that in-plants have been facing—security being chief among them—and how RSA’s software solutions are helping address those issues.

Wide Receivers: A Flatbed Applications Photo Gallery

Published October 15, 2019

In this pictorial feature, we round up some unique and creative products and applications created on UV flatbed wide-format printers.

Mutoh’s Next-Gen Eco-Solvent Printers

Published October 15, 2019

Miguel Gonzalez, Director of Sales, talks about Mutoh's new eco-solvent printers which launched in September. The new machines have been redesigned from previous generations and now offer bulk ink delivery as standard feature.

Inside Tanner’s Healthy In-Plant

Published September 25, 2019

Gayle Robinson, Production Manager for Tanner Health Systems' in-plant, talks about Tanner's small, two-person in-plant. The department produces letterhead, direct mail pieces, appointment reminder cards, and other collateral materials, and has also been acquiring wide-format printing capabilities to open up the kinds of materials they can print on and produce–such as wayfinding and other kinds of signage.

Latest Sign Code Court Decision May Have Serious Implications for Billboard and Sign Industry

Published September 24, 2019

Two weeks ago, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s decision in the case of Thomas v. Bright that the government cannot distinguish between on-premise and off-premise signage because it is an unconstitutional content-based distinction. We spoke to David Hickey, VP Advocacy, for the International Sign Association (ISA) about the decision and some of the potential ramifications.

The State of Oregon's In-Plant Takes on Creative Color Projects

Published September 16, 2019

Tim Miller, interim production manager from the in-plant for the State of Oregon, talks about the vast array of products and services the in-plant produces for the various state agencies and departments across Oregon, such as jury summonses, training manuals, and creative color work for the state lottery.

Executive Q&A: Xerox

Published September 16, 2019

WhatTheyThink spoke with Marybeth Gilbert, Vice President General Manager Production Inkjet and Packing Business, Chris Irick, Worldwide Product Marketing Manager, Entry Production Inkjet, and Bill Bay, Manager, Production Cut Sheet Business Team.

Bloomberg’s In-Plant Brings Wide-Format and Specialty Printing In-House

Published September 12, 2019

John Cruser, Global Manager of the Bloomberg in-plant, talks about the vast array of materials the in-plant produces for the news organization—from promotional and marketing materials, stationery, and business cards to wide-format prints of magazine covers, as well as specialty items such as golf balls and cellphone covers.

Don’t Call It Wallpaper: “Wallcoverings” Are Just One Aspect of Décor

Published September 10, 2019

Digital wide-format printing and new substrates are changing the face of wall décor, both in commercial and residential spaces. In this feature, we look at some unique applications and detail some prevailing trends.

Digital Color Printing and Inline Bookletmaking Transform the Mayo Clinic's In-Plant

Published September 5, 2019

John Bedsted of the Mayo Clinic’s in-plant talks about the various medical information products that his department produces for the Clinic's million-plus patients. The in-plant has a mix of offset and digital equipment, as well as inline and offline bookletmakers.

Sustainability Today: Trying to Close the Loop

Published September 5, 2019

WhatTheyThink talks to Renée Yardley, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Sustana Group—parent company of Rolland Paper and Sustana Fiber—about the company’s new sustainability initiatives as well as the current state of sustainability in the paper and printing industry.

University of Oklahoma In-Plant Experiences Growth in Wide-Format and Specialty Printing

Published August 20, 2019

John Sarantakos, Director of the University of Oklahoma in-plant—the biggest university printer in the country—talks about how wide-format, display graphics, banners, and specialty printing are growing while at the same time there has been a migration away from black-and-white copies and traditional offset printing.

Summer Stroll: The Signs Around Us

Published August 13, 2019

What kinds of signage and display graphics are in fashion? You don’t need elaborate market research surveys to find out—sometimes all you need to do is get out of the office and have a look around. Just doing a little recon can often generate ideas for new product areas to expand into.

The State of Inkjet in In-Plant Printing

Published August 13, 2019

Mike Lincoln, from the State of Colorado inplant, talks about the growth his facility is seeing in transactional work for various state agencies and individual municipalities and districts, as well as his four-year production inkjet journey. His was the first government inplant to install production inkjet equipment.

Surface Tension: Specialty Substrates Are Proliferating, but Printing on Them Has Its Challenges

Published August 12, 2019

"Inkjet devices can print on any surface" is a common industry talking point, but the practical reality is a bit more complicated, involving the chemical and physical interplay of inks and substrates. This article offers an inkjet printing reality check.

New White Papers Focus On Important Issues for In-Plants

Published August 1, 2019

Howie Fenton talks about a trio of white papers he recently completed for the In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA). Specifically, his white paper on the topic of the “customer experience” found that web-to-print is still one of the most important issues for in-plants, as in-plant customers want that “Amazon experience.” Other white papers looked at predictive analytics and integrated services.

SAi Launches Augmented Reality App for Signmakers

Published August 1, 2019

SAi’s new VirtualSign is an augmented reality (AR) app that lets signmakers show clients how a sign will look in situ before it is printed and installed. We spoke wth SAi’s Gudrun Bonte, Vice President of Product Management, who oversaw the development of the app.

Beware of Dog: Automation and Wide-Format Printing

Published July 25, 2019

Automation for wide-format printing can encompass a lot of different processes, from automatic file processing, to robotics, even to database management. Where once wide format was deemed too “artisanal” or “craft-like” to be automated, the times are changing. After all, as competition in the wide-format segment continues to heat up, automation becomes a key element in controlling costs. We’ll take a look at the current state of automation for wide-format printing.

Let There Be More Light: LED Signage Hits the Big—and Small—Time

Published July 9, 2019

Advances in LED technology—and of course lower costs—have enabled LED signage to move indoors, and are even replacing LCD-based dynamic digital signage (DDS) for many applications.

Finding Our True Purpose

Published June 27, 2019

Shana Farrell from Fox Valley Technical College talks about the major themes of her inspirational keynote at this month’s In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA) Conference. We should step back and try to decide what our goals and purpose in life really are. She also talks about her own personal journey that led her to ask these questions of herself.

Avery Dennison Launches New Car Wrap Visualizer

Published June 27, 2019

To help vehicle wrap installers better help customers with color change vehicle wraps, Avery Dennison has launched an online Car Wrap Visualizer that shows how a particular vinyl film color looks on a representative sample of vehicle types. We spoke with Avery Dennison’s Abby Monnot, who helped develop the tool.

The "Amazonification" of Mailing

Published June 26, 2019

Joel Beaton, Address Management Director for the Church of Scientology's in-plant, talks about the changing nature of mailing, especially, the “Amazonification” of mail and how mailers and shippers need to be able to allow mail and package recipients to closely track their shipments.

Howie Fenton Talks In-Plant Trends

Published June 24, 2019

Howie Fenton of Howie Fenton Consulting discusses some of the early, preliminary results of the latest IPMA survey of in-plant printing departments. What are the latest technology and business trends? How are in-plants faring? What are some growing product and service areas? The survey is still open and additional in-plants are welcome to participate.

Mimaki Launches Two New Products

Published June 24, 2019

Michael Maxwell, Senior Sales Manager for Mimaki, talks to Richard Romano at the ISA Sign Expo about the launch of their new LED UV flatbed, the JFX200-2513, which can print on media up to 98.4 inches wide by 51.1 inches long by 1.96 inches thick, and the 3DFF-222 3D printer.

WhatTheyThink at IPMA 2019 Conference

Published June 24, 2019

Richard Romano reports from the IPMA 2019 Conference - a conference focused on inplant printing operations.

The Church of Scientology’s In-Plant Continues to Grow

Published June 20, 2019

Jud Posner, pressroom manager for the Church of Scientology’s in-plant, talks about the evolving capabilities of the church’s in-plant and the new products and services, such as wide-format printing and garment decorating, the in-plant has started offering to the church.

Epson Teams up with Graphtec and OnyX

Published June 19, 2019

Matt McCausland, Product Manager for Epson America, talks about Epson's partnership with Graphtec and Onyx to release the SureColor S Series Print Cut Bundle at a competitive price for customers.

Do Customers Know What “Wide Format” Printing Is?

Published June 18, 2019

What’s in a name? Does the term “wide format” mean anything to today’s print buyers? Avoiding industry jargon in sales and marketing efforts—and especially in one’s online presence—can help attract potential customers who may not be hip to our jive.

GMG Assists with Color Management

Published June 18, 2019

Eric Dalton, Director of Sales - Western Region for GMG, talks about color management specific to wide-format printing and the two kinds of software GMG offers to help users implement color management.

Roland Wins ISA Innovation Award

Published June 17, 2019

Andrew Oransky, President and CEO of Roland DGA, talks about their ISA Innovation Award for their VG2 TrueVIS flagship printer, as well as the release of five other products, including a direct-to-garment T-shirt printer.

Ricoh's New Flatbed, Latex Wide-Format Units

Published June 12, 2019

Dan Johansen, Marketing Manager for Ricoh USA, talks about Ricoh's new flatbed and latex wide-format printers, the technologies behind which are the culmination of many years of development.

Canon Solutions America Introduces the New Arizona

Published June 11, 2019

Randy Paar, Marketing Manager for Canon Solutions America, introduces the new Arizona wide-format flatbed printer, which was shown for the first time in the U.S. at the ISA Sign Expo. From its UV LED curing system to the new ink formulation, it's changing the way customers print.

In-Plant "Frontrunners" Race to IPMA's Annual Conference

Published June 6, 2019

More than 200 in-plant “Frontrunners” raced to Louisville, Ky., this week for the In-Plant Printing & Mailing Association’s (IPMA) Annual Conference, four days of sessions, networking events, and technology exhibits.

In-Plant “Front Runners” Head to Louisville for IPMA’s Annual Conference

Published June 5, 2019

Sherri Isbell from the University of Oklahoma in-plant—and President of the In-Plant Printing & Mailing Association (IPMA)—talks about this year’s IPMA Conference. Centered on the theme of industry "front runners," the annual conference kicked off this week in Louisville, Ky., drawing a record number of attendees from in-plants from around the country.

swissQprint's Third-Generation Wide-Format Flatbeds

Published May 23, 2019

Mike Kyritsi, President of swissQprint, talks about the history of the company, which was founded in 2007 in Switzerland and came to North America in 2016.The company's wide-format printer portfolio comprises five different models of UV flatbed and hybrid units in its Nyala, Impala, and Oryx lines, with a new roll-to-roll device launching at FESPA.

Beyond PRINT: With Tarsus Alliance, APTech Begins a New Chapter for Itself and for the Industry

Published May 20, 2019

Last week, the Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech) announced that it has joined forces with Tarsus Group, the owner and organizer of the Labelexpo and Brand Print Global trade shows, to launch a new show called Brand Print Americas. We spoke with APTech president Thayer Long about what the new alliance means for the future of APTech—and for the industry.

Fujifilm Launches Next-Generation J Press 750S

Published May 7, 2019

Last week, Fujifilm held a user event at its experience center outside Chicago to launch the J Press 750S, the company’s third-generation cut-sheet production inkjet press. The event included presentations from Fujifilm executives, a user panel, and a tour of the center featuring Fujifilm’s vast portfolio of inkjet technologies, both small- and wide-format.

ISA Sign Expo 2019 Wraps Up in Vegas

Published April 29, 2019

Some “quick hits” from the Sign Expo show floor, including the winners of the ISA Innovation Awards, some new product announcements, and more.

Sign Expo 2019 Opens in Las Vegas

Published April 26, 2019

Old and new sign production technologies were on display this week in Las Vegas at the 75th Annual ISA Sign Expo and, as an additional indication  of how the disparate pars of the printing industry are concverging, ISA announced that as of next year the Sign Expo will colocate with Impressions Expo, formerly the Imprinted Sportswear Show.

ISA Sign Expo 2019 Opens in Las Vegas

Published April 25, 2019

David Hickey, VP Advocacy for the International Sign Association (ISA), talks about the 2019 Sign Expo’s opening day, some of the new technologies on display at this year’s show, and how new signage technologies and applications are impacting sign codes and regulations.

Production Inkjet: It’s Not Just About the Technology Anymore

Published April 11, 2019

Canon Solutions America President Peter Kowalczuk and Production Print Solutions Executive Vice President Francis McMahon talk to WhatTheyThink/Printing News about the company’s new emphasis on the services part of the organization and how today’s production inkjet vendors are tasked with not just offering top-of-the-line technology, but playing a more consultative role in helping customers with business development.

Windigo Signs Takes Soft Signage to the Next Level

Published April 8, 2019

Printed textiles are rapidly replacing vinyl and rigid materials for signage, and Tempe, Ariz.’s Next Level Signs has leapt into so-called “soft signage.” Founder Mark Baldwin has launched a sister company Windigo Signs to offer a robust, custom-made, and weather-resistant alternative for outdoor soft signage mounting.

“Alexa, Tell Me About Voice Technology”: A Conversation with Bradley Metrock of Score Publishing

Published April 4, 2019

Voice technology is appearing in more and more places—and is starting to become relevant to printing and publishing. WhatTheyThink talks to Bradley Metrock, CEO of Score Publishing, producer of the VoiceFirst Events portfolio which includes The Alexa Conference, the Voice of the Car Summit, and Digital Book World, about the current and future state of voice technology.

ISA Sign Expo Heads Back to Vegas

Published April 3, 2019

ISA Sign Expo 2019 heads to Las Vegas later this month, with four days of educational sessions and its continuously expanding exhibition floor. We spoke with Brandon Hensley, ISA’s Chief Operating Officer, and Iain Mackenzie, ISA’s VP of Meetings & Events, about what’s new this year.

Printing Outlook 2019—Has the Industry Turned a Corner?

Published March 11, 2019

WhatTheyThink’s annual printing industry outlook report, including the results of our Winter 2018–2019 Business Outlook survey, is now available in our Report Store. This article offers some of the top-level results from that survey.

InPrint USA to Showcase the Latest Industrial Printing Opportunities

Published March 7, 2019

InPrint USA heads to Louisville, Ky., to showcase the latest opportunities for commercial printers in the fast-growing area(s) of industrial printing. Richard Romano offers a preview, and talks with InPrint co-founder Frazer Chesterman about the show and industrial printing.

World on the Windows: The Changing Face of Window Graphics

Published March 5, 2019

Window graphics are a growing subset of wide-format printing, and are popping up in more and more locations, both public and private, and new films and materials are making window graphics more versatile and eye-catching than ever. Printing is the easy part; it’s installation that can cause problems, and eat into your profitability. Here are some dos and don’t for working with window graphics.