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Articles by David Zwang

David Zwang travels around the globe helping companies increase their productivity, margins and market reach. He specializes in production optimization, strategic business planning, market analysis, and related services to companies in the vertical media communications market. Clients have included printers, manufacturers, retailers, publishers, premedia and US Government agencies. He can be reached at [email protected].

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New Challenges and Approaches to Packaging Workflows—Part Two

Published January 31, 2023

More printing companies are finding opportunities in packaging production as more targeted and shorter packaging production runs increase and new digital tools help reduce the skill sets required. However, many are finding that different production tools and workflows as well as new processes are required to optimize and succeed.

EFI and Fiery Transform for Opportunities and Growth

Published January 31, 2023

EFI and Fiery have been one company under Siris Capital for a while now, and the time has come to let each of them grow to their individual potential. David Zwang talks to Jeff Jacobson, former CEO of EFI and now the Executive Chairman of both companies, about how he will help support the new growth.

New Challenges and Approaches to Packaging Workflows—Part One

Published January 24, 2023

Since there is an increasing shift of consumers from large global brands to smaller local/regional brands, so is the amount of disparate packaging required. However, while the diversity of needs commercial print are feeling the pressures, packaging adds many other level of complexities.

Lithec’s Clyde Tillman on Color Control Systems

Published January 17, 2023

David Zwang talks with Clyde Tillman of Lithec about the company’s 25-year-history in developing color control systems primarily for packaging systems. Six years ago, Lithec introduced LithoFlash, an in-press color control system for offset presses.

Hunkeler Innovationdays: A Unique and Important Event

Published January 17, 2023

Hunkeler Innovationdays is not really an expo as you might expect, but is instead a unique gathering and presentation of complete digital print and finishing workflows. There are no expos or other events like this that provide the latest in digital printing and finishing equipment, in live and running complete multi-vendor end to end workflows.

Corrugated Goes Hybrid

Published January 10, 2023

The demand for shorter runs is increasing, driven by consumer market shifts across the packaging landscape. However, justifying the cost of digital corrugated production per package/box, when the ink cost is almost 10X the cost of flexo ink, and close to equal with the media in some cases, is difficult unless there is some added value or a more efficient solution.

For Gallus, New Leader Brings New Approach to the Future

Published January 3, 2023

Today, Gallus and Heidelberg, after some difficulties in the past, are affirming their roles as “natural relatives” to create the innovation and solution which benefit their customers and the industry as a whole.

Giving: What Goes Around Comes Around

Published December 16, 2022

As things start to wind down for a little while, many of us step back, think about new year’s resolutions, and take a look at what we do, how we got here, and where can we go in the future. Those reflections, in some cases, also remind us that perhaps life is really about the rewards of giving.

Time to Thrive: Digital Labels and Packaging Will Continue to Grow

Published December 14, 2022

David Zwang recaps the year in labels and packaging, with a look at notable product releases, and the continued growth of digital labels and packaging. 

Bobst oneLabel Inkjet/Hybrid Press Finds Wide Acceptance in N.A. Market

Published December 13, 2022

David Zwang talks to Matt Bennett, Bobst's General Mgr. Label and Mid Web Business NA, about how Bobst has found the sweet spot between digital and flexo for label production, and how the market acceptance has been encouraging.

Bobst Is Bringing Inkjet Into Their Analog Mix

Published December 13, 2022

Bobst has taken a measured approach to entering the digital print fray. Mr. Bobst often states that he prefers to wait for market entry until he has products that are deserving of the Bobst name and will deliver against the high expectations customers have about the company. While initially they offered a few all digital devices, Bobst has now started to integrate their inkjet print technology into their analog product line.

Celebrating 10 Years: David Zwang Chats with BookBaby’s James Foley

Published December 12, 2022

BookBaby is a publishing services provider for independent, small and self-publishers. The company is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2022. David Zwang spoke with President James Foley.

BookBaby Is the Democratization of Publishing

Published December 12, 2022

With the rise of the digital generation and social media, BookBaby has created the perfect role in the publishing and promoting of independent content creators. David Zwang talks with President James Foley as the company celebrates its 10th anniversary.

WCD’s Karen Brookman Talks About Personalized On-Demand Printing

Published December 5, 2022

David Zwang talks with WCD’s Karen Brookman. WCD is a 70-year-old family owned digital printing and information management company based in Calgary, Alberta. The company offers a broad range of services, from document management and scanning to digital printing and signage. The company is focused on commerce and personalized on-demand print.

The 144-Year-Old Anstadt Company Expands Its Digital Fleet with HP Indigo

Published December 1, 2022

David Zwang talks talks with Matt Doran of The Anstadt Company. Founded in 1878, the company is a fifth-generation family-owned commercial print business that has expanded and diversified. It has been shedding its offset equipment in favor of HP Indigo Digital Presses.

DIY Integration: The Secret to Operational Success

Published November 29, 2022

The print service provider, their suppliers, and their customers are all a part of a value chain ecosystem, and as such their individual processes need to be aligned and bridged with each other for maximum operational benefit. As a result many of the more successful PSPs have tailored their workflow systems to their specific needs, usually using a modular Lego-like logic.

Shutterfly’s Dwayne Black on the HP Indigo 100K

Published November 28, 2022

David Zwang talks with Dwayne Black, COO of Shutterfly. Founded in 1999, Shutterfly started out producing 4x6-inch prints, then expanded into cards, photo books, and gifts, and now can produce whatever the customer wants to personalize. The company has installed more than 30 HP Indigo 100K Digital Presses.

One Touch Point Addresses Industry Challenges with HP Indigo

Published November 16, 2022

David Zwang talks with Chris Greene, COO of One Touch Point, a print marketing company offering direct mail printing, marketing materials, and grand-format, as well as digital marketing services. Their printing equipment runs the gamut from offset duplicators to the latest digital printing technologies. One Touch Point has worked extensively with HP Indigo, which has helped them address their business challenges.

Corefact Grows Its Direct Mail Business with HP Indigo Presses

Published November 14, 2022

David Zwang talks to Corefact’s Christopher Burnley. Corefact was founded in 2005 as a company selling analytics software to the real estate industry. They added direct mail printing capabilities to help build the software business and then began growing the print business, specializing in variable-data printing and some transactional. The company now has locations in California and Kentucky.

Three-Year-Old Start-Up Print-Hub Expands into Commercial Printing

Published November 9, 2022

David Zwang talks to Sammy Shehadeh, President of Print-Hub, a printing company founded three-and-a-half-years ago out of hospitality and real estate businesses that needed printing, had difficulty finding a printer, so decided to start a print business to serve their own needs. They soon started printing for other customers and has since acquired another print business to expand their capabilities.

Ricoh Releases the Dragon: The Ricoh Pro Z75 Goes Into Beta

Published November 8, 2022

Even with Ricoh’s background in inkjet and cutsheet digital toner press manufacturing, developing a reliable larger format cutsheet industrial press takes a lot of research, testing, and time. With the Ricoh Pro Z75, this new B2+ press may really be a game changer.

Julie Watson on Ultimate TechnoGraphics’ Workflow Automation Solutions

Published November 3, 2022

David Zwang talks to Julie Watson, CEO of Ultimate TechnoGraphics, about the post-pandemic uptick in interest in workflow automation, the factors driving that interest, and Ultimate’s portfolio of automation solutions.

Mark Little on Ricoh’s Customer-Centric Approach

Published November 2, 2022

David Zwang talks to Mark Little, Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications, for Ricoh about Mark’s new role at Ricoh as a liaison between the company and its customers, helping customers identify specific desired outcomes and what solutions would bring about those outcomes.

Robert Stabler on Koenig & Bauer and Durst’s Joint Venture into Corrugated Printing

Published October 31, 2022

At PRINTING United, David Zwang talks to Robert Stabler, managing director of Koenig & Bauer Durst about the joint venture between Koenig & Bauer and Durst to build single-pass inkjet presses for the corrugated printing market.

Hybrid Software Group at PRINTING United

Published October 26, 2022

David Zwang talks to Hybrid Software Group CEO Mike Rottenborn about the evolution and growth of the company. Hybrid Software Group is one company with six operating businesses—Hybrid Software, Global Graphics, ColorLogic GmbH, iC3D, Xitron, and Meteor Inkjet—which serve predominantly, but not exclusively, packaging end users and OEMs.

Folding Carton Production: Only for Converters?

Published October 13, 2022

David Zwang talks to HP Indigo Folding Carton Category Manager Glen Adams about how folding carton is the next big opportunity for digital print providers. This is a great interview to learn some of the basics!

Hybrid, Crossover, and Bespoke: Have It Your Way!

Published October 11, 2022

Print technology and production methods have been changing along with the changing market requirements. All of this coupled with the “can do nature” of print and packaging service providers, continues to push technology and equipment manufacturers in new ways. David Zwang looks at how new modular component production solutions can be integrated and combined with almost all printing technologies including digital, offset, flexo, screen, and inkjet.

Product Spotlight: Canon imagePRESS V1000 Checks All the Boxes!

Published October 10, 2022

Designing a digital press for today’s market requirements can be a challenge. Canon’s latest production digital press is the result of years of customer feedback and engineering ingenuity. It focuses on productivity, cost control, automation, quality, and ease of use, individually and collectively.

Koenig & Bauer Update…And Have They Been Busy!

Published October 6, 2022

David Zwang talks to Koenig & Bauer President and CEO Killian Renschler and Sr. VP Marketing and Product Management Eric Frank. Koenig & Bauer has been a powerhouse equipment manufacturer in the commercial print and packaging market for over a century. Through all of the changes, they have managed to keep very relevant and even thrive. Renschler and Frank talk about what the company has been working on.

TLMI’s Linnea Keen on the Resilience of the Label and Packaging Industry

Published October 6, 2022

David Zwang talks with Linnea Keen, President of Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI), a North American association of about 300 label and packaging converters, printers, and suppliers. Like the label and packaging industry in general, TLMI is growing and seeking to add new members in the flexible packaging area.

Gallus One: Gallus and Heidelberg Go Full-On Digital

Published October 4, 2022

The integration of Gallus into Heidelberg is beginning to show impressive returns, starting with the Labelfire 340 hybrid press and now the Gallus One digital all-in-one label press, a jointly developed press and ecosystem. This new press is designed for the industry’s digital future and the new normal.

Calyx Containers Specializes in Childproof Containers

Published October 4, 2022

Rob Bullen, Label Production Manager for Calyx Containers, talks to David Zwang at the recent Labelexpo Americas show. Calyx Containers specializes in producing square childproof containers for the cannabis industry—they make the container via injection molding, print labels, and ship them to customers. The company has HP Indigo digital printing equipment, as well as digital embellishment and laser cutting capabilities. Calyx is looking to expand into other markets.

Karstedt Partners Acquired by Keypoint Intelligence

Published September 28, 2022

Kevin Karstedt talks to David Zwang about the history of packaging consultancy Karstedt Partners, which helps companies bring new and disruptive technologies to the market. They work with OEMs as well as brands and businesses throughout the label and packaging supply chain. It was recently announced that Karstedt Partners was acquired by Keypoint Intelligence.

Labelexpo Americas 2022 Part 2: The Rise of Digital

Published September 27, 2022

Labelexpo cemented the reality that digital is very much on the rise and at lightning speeds. The digital equipment is getting more sophisticated and, more importantly, productive. Digitalization is what will provide the platform for the new normal.

Brook+Whittle Looks to Expand Digital Printing, Embellishments

Published September 27, 2022

David Zwang talks to Jeremy Letterman, COO of Brook+Whittle, a Guilford, Conn.-based prime label printer with 15 locations across the US. They specialize in pressure sensitive and shrink labels as well as flexible packaging, operating a mix of digital (mostly HP), flexo, and rotogravure equipment. Letterman attended Labelexpo Americas to investigate the latest digital label printing technologies, and especially embellishments.

Cambridge Label’s Digital Transformation

Published September 22, 2022

Deanne Sinclair of Cambridge Label talks to David Zwang at last week’s Labelexpo. A family business founded in 1998 and based in Cambridge, Ont., Cambridge Label is a trade label business specializing in pressure sensitive labels and shrink sleeves. The company started with flexo equipment and in 2013 ventured into digital to take advantage of the short- to mid-size label market.

Cor Label Hits the Ground Running

Published September 21, 2022

David Zwang talks to Cor Label’s Bryan Dolbow at last week’s Labelexpo. Cor Label was founded in August 2020 “from scratch,” the founders having no background in the label business. Armed with an HP Indigo 6K and a finisher, the company produces labels, flexible packaging, and shrink sleeves for customers in the nutraceutical and craft brewing markets in North, Central, and South America.

Labelexpo Americas 2022 Part 1: The Times Are Changing

Published September 20, 2022

The level of excitement mirrored the general mood of the industry, and “we’re back but different” was the underlying theme of this event. The takeaway was there is no turning back and rapid change is the new normal, with digitalization as the lifeblood of the infrastructure.

Wholesale Printer Sinalite Supercharges Printers

Published September 20, 2022

Sinalite’s Mike Meshkati talks with David Zwang at last week’s Labelexpo Americas. Sinalite is a family-run wholesale printer founded in 1999. In their 100,000-sq.ft. facility, they offer commercial printing, signage, labels, apparel—“the whole Amazon of printing.”

Fiery Preflight Pro: Troubleshooting Jobs “Within” the Workflow

Published September 19, 2022

EFI Fiery DFEs have been driving digital printers for over 30 years. As the digital printers and the market requirements they serve change, there is a need to bring more automated preflight to the production floor to ensure process consistency, EFI has ensured that their DFE meets those challenges with their customers in mind. This includes the newly released Fiery Preflight Pro, available for Fiery FS500 Pro and newer servers.

HP Pagewide T700i Packaging Press: A Lot More than Corrugated Preprint

Published September 19, 2022

HP has announced a new PageWide packaging press that has a print width that fits nicely between their existing T400 and T1100 series presses corrugated preprint presses. However, the new T700i is designed for more than just corrugated preprint.

Customers Drive Design Requirements for New HP PageWide Advantage Platform

Published September 14, 2022

Yale Goldis, Director Commercial Strategy & Products, HP PageWide Industrial, discusses customer requirements and how this can translate into new developments and requirements for the new HP PageWide Advantage platform.

Development Drivers for the New HP PageWide Advantage Platform

Published September 13, 2022

Barbara McManus, R&D Director for HP PageWide Industrial, offers some background to the development of the new HP PageWide Advantage Platform, and discusses the drivers that led to the creation of the new platform.

HP Introduces the Advantage Inkjet Platform and It’s Brilliant!

Published September 8, 2022

In 2006, HP commercialized its “Scalable Printing Technology,” and in 2008 they introduced the PageWide T300 production inkjet press. Now, 14 years later, with the benefit of a lot of company and customer experience, they are introducing a newly designed high performance press platform.

HP Introduces New PageWide Advantage Platform

Published September 8, 2022

HP PageWide Global Head and GM Annette Friskopp talks with David Zwang about the introduction of HP's new PageWide Advantage 2200 platform.

Smart Retail: AI in the Produce Section

Published August 16, 2022

David Zwang looks at the rise of retail locations featuring checkout-free virtual cashiers. Convenience or “Big Brother”?

IPG Expands from Publishing and Distribution into Printing

Published August 9, 2022

Joe Matthews, CEO of Independent Publishers Group, talks to David Zwang. IPG is a 50-year-old, family-owned book distribution business, the first to bring an alliance of small publishers together to act like one big publisher. IPG also operates two publishing companies: Chicago Review Press, which publishes adult nonfiction, and Triumph Books, which publishes sports titles. They recently added a print manufacturing facility which has become their biggest profit center.

Freedom Graphic Systems’ Migration to Digital

Published August 8, 2022

Eric Blohm, President of Freedom Graphic Systems, talks to David Zwang at the recent thINK Forum. Founded in 1986, Freedom is a data-driven direct marketing company serving the financial services, insurance, telecom, and health care industries. The company has been primarily litho printing with inline inkjet imprinting, but has been migrating to digital.

Impact’s Scott Williams on Improving Efficiency

Published August 4, 2022

David Zwang talks to Scott Williams, Director of Workflow Automation and Systems at Impact Mailing, a 40-year-old, 200-employee, family-owned business that specializes in direct mail, as well as transactional printing and pick-and-pack. The company is 100% digital, built around a Canon platform. As Director of Workflow Automation and Systems, Williams looks for ways to improve efficiency—whether that be new equipment, improved processes, new software, etc.

InfoIMAGE Looks to Expand into Direct Mail

Published August 3, 2022

Christine Esparza, VP of Operations of InfoIMAGE talks with David Zwang at the recent thINK Forum. InfoIMAGE offers printed and electronic transactional materials for banks, credit unions, and insurance companies. The 38-year-old company has two facilities, in California and Texas, and 120–150 employees. She is attending the thINK Forum to help the company branch into color direct mail printing.

Bobst Going Private to Focus on the Future

Published August 2, 2022

Going private again, and being in a position to select and negotiate any financing needs beyond what JBF Finance SA can provide on its own, should minimize and streamline the undue reporting burdens of a public company, and allow Bobst to innovate and focus on the company’s present and future.

JPS Graphics’ Hunter Johnson on the Transition to Inkjet

Published July 28, 2022

Hunter Johnson, CEO, JPS Graphics talks with David Zwang at last week’s thINK Forum. JPS Graphics is a third-generation printer that specializes in book printing and kitting for learning organizations. Originally an offset shop, the company only recently added digital printing and last year added their first production inkjet machine.

Jeff Alexander of Alexander's Print Advantage at the Canon thINK Forum

Published July 27, 2022

Jeff Alexander, President of Alexander's Print Advantage, talks with Dave Zwang. Founded in 1979 as a retail copy center, the company gradually evolved into a trade printer producing one-off books, invitations, etc. Alexander’s Print Advantage has developed an automated system for onboarding customer orders.

Product Spotlight: Canon Press Automation Modules—Optimizing and Simplifying Printing

Published July 19, 2022

With the aging out of skilled labor in the print and packaging industry, engaging and training new hires in the intricacies of print is becoming a problem. David Zwang looks at Canon’s Press automation modules, which can simplify the process while optimizing quality and productivity for new and even older digital presses.

Web 2 Pack: Opportunities Exist…But Is It for Everything?

Published July 19, 2022

There is a growing increase in orders for short-run on-demand packaging to satisfy shifting consumer purchasing requirements and operate at the “speed of retail.” However, while there are opportunities, there are many complexities not seen in commercial print that require a level of expertise not necessarily found in the producers’ kitchen, basement, or garage.

Industry 4.0: Bringing Intelligence to Workflow One Step at a Time

Published June 28, 2022

Industrial revolutions have been driving global change for centuries, and one thing is certain: they will continue to happen at an increasingly rapid rate. As an industry, we have a way to go, but to succeed you need to look at the transformation process as a journey and not expect to do it all at once.

Heidelberg Gallus Begins to Offer its Screeny Silkscreen Program, for Non-Gallus Flexo Presses

Published June 27, 2022

Heidelberg Gallus has a long running program that offers silkscreen creation services as well as equipment and consumables for silkscreen creation on their flexo presses. Heidelberg has now opened up that program to the owners of competitors' presses as well.

ePAC introduces "Connected Packaging"

Published June 16, 2022

David Zwang talks to Carl Joachim, Partner at ePAC, which is continuing their substantial growth globally to support the increased need for flexible packaging—and have also introduced "Connected Packaging."

Inkjet Integration: Flexible and Sustainable

Published June 14, 2022

Production inkjet is not new, but increasingly we are seeing it used in bespoke solutions that address many disparate manufacturing requirements. Importantly, this technology can also provide sustainable solutions.

Technology Outlook 2022—The Labels & Packaging Market: Even Stronger

Published June 9, 2022

In this year’s third annual Technology Outlook, David Zwang looks at new trends, technologies, and products in labels and packaging.

Your Package Has Been Delivered—And More Are Coming

Published June 7, 2022

Just as in web-to-print software solutions for commercial printers, online package creation is facilitating the rapid growth of shorter-run packaging to address the shifting market demands. These new online transaction design and procurement web-to-pack solutions, in combination with digital presses and laser die cutters, are also enabling many commercial printers to find a lift into becoming a packaging converter. David Zwang takes a look at the current web-to-pack landscape.

Mittera Grows to 17 Plants Over 12 Years Across the US

Published June 2, 2022

David Zwang talks to Perry Klein, VP Business Development of Mittera about the company's growth to 17 plants organically and through acquisitions, all the while keeping up with changing market requirements and challenges. All of this with an equipment list that covers most of the industry manufacturers!

Heidelberg Creates Print Media Performance & Training Center Classes

Published June 2, 2022

David Zwang talks to Clarence Penge, Executive VP Product Management, Heidelberg USA about the company's new program to instruct customers' employees in a variety of press, postpress, and general printing-related topics at the Print Media Center in Kennesaw, Ga.

Jubilee Brands: Time to Make the Doughnuts

Published June 1, 2022

David Zwang talks to Allen McNeill, owner of Jubilee Brands, who shares his fascinating story of using a digital press and some converting equipment to build a printing business around a specific product.

Converging People, Process, and Technologies, the Goal Is i4.0

Published May 31, 2022

Does your business have a common informational structure? The US Navy and the rest of the Armed Forces do, and you can as well by converging people, process, and technologies. David Zwang talks to Marty Groover, Partner at C5MI, about how the benefits are significant, and if you haven't started, you may have to catch up later.

Canon: Preparing for a Packaging Push

Published May 24, 2022

The challenges faced as a press manufacturer or even a print service provider when moving from commercial print to industrial and packaging market are very real and can be elusive and daunting. Most of all, though, it’s not just about technology.

On-Demand Offset Is Real and Works for Cober Solutions

Published May 23, 2022

David Zwang talks to Todd Cober, President of Cober Solutions, about "on-demand offset" and how it and workflow technologies have provided him and his customers with a great production platform.

Is Landa Finally Hitting Its Stride?

Published May 17, 2022

There has been a running joke amongst some analysts and media that it takes at least two drupas—or about 8–10 years—before an initially shown product is ready for production. Granted, some of what is “envisioned” as new product technologies may never make it, but many products do successfully make it to market, ready for reliable production.

Hudson Printing Becomes the First Company in the World to Add a Second Landa S10P, Expanding Their Digital Print Toolbox

Published May 10, 2022

Paul Hudson explains his transition through a variety of digital and analog technologies to strenghthen and grow his business offerings. His recent purchase of a secnd Landa S10P digital B1 press rounds it out.

Hybrid Software Develops High-Performance Print Inspection Framework for Print Inspection Systems

Published May 10, 2022

David Zwang talks to David Stevenson, Product Manager, Global Graphics, about how, by using its vast experience in RIPs and rendering, Hybrid Software has been able to create a high-performance framework for print inspection systems.

Global Graphics Smart QI: New Platform for On-the-Fly Inspection

Published May 10, 2022

Press speeds, resolutions, and the use of variable data is growing, and with it the need to inspect the print for defects before it comes off the press and goes into finishing and converting is essential. Global Graphics Smart QI is a solution targeted at that increasing and demanding requirement.

Welcome to the HP Indigo V12 Label Press

Published May 5, 2022

David Zwang talks to Golan Landsberg, R&D Director and Head of Product Development for the HP Indigo V12 Label Press. This groundbreaking label press is a combination of an evolution and revolution in design and application. Take a behind-the-scenes look at its development.

Xeikon Café: Lots of Education and New Products

Published May 3, 2022

Xeikon Café, held at the company’s headquarters, was full of great information, partners, and products, including some new ones. The takeaway was that Xeikon is positioned for good future growth with the confidence of their customers and a lot of new products.

How Do You Change a Market and Market Behavior?

Published April 28, 2022

David Zwang talks to Keren Yakolev, Head of Product & Business Development at HP Indigo, about how HP Indigo has been a leader in changing markets and market behavior in print and packaging. It’s not magic, its a process.

Agfa Acquires Inca: Lots of Synergies, Opportunities, and Focus

Published April 26, 2022

Agfa is in the process of acquiring two very synergistic operating units from SCREEN. These acquisitions could provide Agfa with the necessary technologies and strength to reinvigorate this distinguished company and provide the platform for future growth in packaging and industrial print.

The State of HP Indigo Presses Post-COVID

Published April 25, 2022

David Zwang talks to Eli Mahal, Head of Marketing, Labels & Packaging, for HP Indigo. HP Indigo and its customers have not been idle during the pandemic—growth has been significant for Indigo and for their customers in all segments.

HP Indigo: A Homecoming

Published April 19, 2022

HP Indigo held a VIP event at their facilities in Israel, the first one since February 2019. While a lot has changed for everyone since that last event, both the company and their customers have been knowingly or unknowingly preparing themselves and the market for these changes since 1993.

A Sustainable and Creative Flexible Packaging Application

Published April 18, 2022

David Zwang talks to Andrew Mansfield, New Business Development for Harkwell Labels. The UK-based Harkwell has developed a great application that promotes a circular economy—and it can put a smile on your face.

GMG’s Marc Levine on Accurate Color Proofing and Print Manufacturing

Published April 4, 2022

Hard-copy color proofing has come a long way over the years. David Zwang talks to Marc Levine of GMG Color about how GMG has been on the front lines of this battle.

Workflow Automation Product Spotlight: EFI Fiery JobFlow—Job Prep and Prepress Automation Made Easy

Published March 31, 2022

Automated workflows are discussed a lot, yet the vast majority of print service providers still don’t have a comprehensive job preparation and prepress automation workflow in their operation. Fiery JobFlow is an easy to install and easy to use solution.

New Technology and Drivers for Printing and Packaging

Published March 31, 2022

There are lots of moving parts in print manufacturing, and lots of new technologies and applications. David Zwang talks to Dr. John Anderson, Director of Advanced Print Applications for Miraclon, about some of the issues and advancements that will provide the new growth.

The Business of Using Technology to Prepare All Kinds of Print—Repeatedly

Published March 30, 2022

Increasingly, printing technology is changing to accommodate many new applications, from legacy printing and packaging to industrial print. David Zwang talks to Kevin Bourquin, VP Operations, CyberGraphics, to see how CyberGraphics has figured out the way to keep up.

Hybrid Presses: Bobst and the Next Wave

Published March 29, 2022

At Labelexpo in 2019, there was a smattering of hybrid presses, but since then the market for hybrid presses has grown with a proliferation of hybrid presses from many manufacturers. At that event, Bobst showed the Master DM5, their first take at a digital/flexo hybrid, which they identified as an “All in One” press. Over the years, they have enhanced the design and interface based on early customer feedback. The result is the just-released updated Digital Master 340 and Digital Master 510.

Meeting Print Quality Expectations—Qualitative or Quantitative?

Published March 29, 2022

David Zwang talks to Dianne Kennedy of PQX Initiative about PQX and PRX, which now provide a "standardized" way to communicate print quality between the brand or consumer and producer for all forms of print and packaging using all types of equipment and ink.

Getting Color to Match Across Design, Media, and Processes. Magic? No—CxF!

Published March 28, 2022

What is CxF and how does it ensure the transfer of color information and customer expectation throughout print and...? Dave Zwang talks with Steve Smiley of SmileyColor to find out.

Branding for the Future: How to Engage and Educate Tomorrow’s Print and Packaging Workforce

Published March 23, 2022

David Zwang takes a look at the personnel shortage in the printing industry, and some ways of overcoming it. Market outreach and education is an important requirement, and it is the shared responsibility of the manufacturers, print service providers, suppliers, and industry associations.

Pack Expo East: This Is Where the Printing Goes!

Published March 22, 2022

Shifts in consumer purchasing, will continue to have an impact on packaging growth due to disruptions in the supply chain, shifts in consumer purchasing, and labor availability forcing consumer packaging groups (CPGs) to think about how they can be more efficient at what they do. Automation and even robots are a big part of the answer.

FTA Hosts a Successful Event

Published March 17, 2022

After three years, the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) was able to host a very successful forum and exhibition. Joe Tuccitto, FTA's Director of Education, takes us behind the scenes on creating this event.

Heidelberg US Expands Their Postpress Offerings

Published March 15, 2022

David Zwang talks to Chris Raney, VP Postpress Product Management, Heidelberg US, about Heidelberg's updated and expanded postpress offerings. These include introducing push-to-stop folding, more automated cutting for commercial print, and die-cutting and folder gluers for folding carton production.

Excitement and Information at InfoFLEX 2022 and the FTA Forum

Published March 15, 2022

After three years, “there is a lot of catching up to do.” That was the mood at the FTA event in Ft. Worth. About 1,000 very energized people were there to meet colleagues, see new developments, and hear about how they can optimize their production systems.

Transformations: The Keys to Success

Published March 2, 2022

David Zwang talks to Alon Bar-Shany Chairman of Highcon, Executive Chairman of Redefine Meat Ltd., Chairman and CEO of Twine Solutions, and former General Manager of HP Indigo about the digital transformation of graphic arts, printing, and packaging.

I’m Sorry, Dave: The Rise of AI in Print and Packaging

Published March 1, 2022

There is a wave of innovation in print and packaging equipment and workflow systems that are beginning to implement artificial intelligence, not just within an individual system but across complete supply chains between different systems, processes, and even extending to semi-autonomous labor. David Zwang rounds up the current state of the art.

Behind the Scenes at the Heidelberg Print Media Center

Published February 28, 2022

As Heidelberg continues to broaden their press and postpress offerings, keeping up with the constantly changing Print Media Center is challenging and fun. David Zwang catches up with Jeff Powalisz, Director of Demo Room Operations, Heidelberg US, from the Demo Room.

Hundsdörfer Steers Heidelberg Back on Track—A Farewell Interview, Part 2

Published February 22, 2022

As Rainer Hundsdörfer prepares to close out his successful tenure as Chairman of Heidelberg, he discusses the inherent company strengths and expertise along with a plan that will ensure Heidelberg will continue to grow in addition to and beyond print.

Hundsdörfer Steers Heidelberg Back on Track—A Farewell Interview, Part 1

Published February 15, 2022

Rainer Hundsdörfer took the helm of Heidelberg in 2016 when things were not looking great. In his five-year tenure, they have been able to turn the company around financially and develop a roadmap for the future. Printing plays a big role in that future, but their strengths and opportunities extend beyond.

Digital Print from Heidelberg Is Growing

Published February 15, 2022

David Zwang talks to Dan Maurer, VP Product Management, Digital Print at Heidelberg US. Heidelberg has been selling digital presses for more than 11 years, and they are expanding their efforts and offerings.

Alon Bar-Shany on How Transformations Are the Key to Success

Published February 14, 2022

David Zwang speaks with Alon Bar-Shany who has been on the front line of digital print and packaging transformation for more than 25 years. At HP, ultimately rising to the GM of HP Indigo, he was one of the leaders in the transformation of the printing industry to digital printing, and now is taking what he has learned and transforming other industries.

An Imaging Company at Heart: Part 2—SCREEN Is Building an Impressive Digital Packaging Portfolio

Published February 8, 2022

There is no doubt that digital packaging is a huge growth area for production inkjet, and SCREEN seems to be targeting the high growth areas. They have been developing a range of digital packaging presses including their currently available prime label presses, and the new flexible packaging press and a folding carton press.

An Imaging Company at Heart, SCREEN Is Building Quite a Production Inkjet Portfolio

Published February 1, 2022

The roots of SCREEN are in imaging, dating back to its founding in 1868. The company has leveraged that expertise to create a significant imaging powerhouse which includes industry leading equipment for the production of displays, printed circuit boards, and semiconductors. They also continue to maintain a significant role in the production of printing equipment including high performance inkjet presses for commercial and packaging.

Heidelberg Prinect Update

Published January 18, 2022

David Zwang talks with Dawn Lindsey, Director of Product Management and Implementation for Heidelberg US Prinect, about how the Heidelberg Prinect solution suite has evolved beyond prepress workflow to include connectivity to all of the equipment Heidelberg offers as well as business intelligence.