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Gietz-Vinfoil Americas to Introduce New Options for Embellishment at Amplify
Gietz-Vinfoil Americas to Introduce New Options for Embellishment at Amplify

Published: May 16, 2022

The upcoming Amplify event in Minneapolis in June will be a great place to see all of the latest developments in finishing techniques. Embellishing print adds value and increases engagement, a good way to make direct mail, packaging and other applications more effective. In this discussion, Chris Leary talks about the offerings he will be showing at Amplify from Geitz and Vinfoil, two European companies that have heretofore had somewhat limited exposure in the Americas. Watch Video

Rick Salinas on Duplo at the ISA Sign Expo
Rick Salinas on Duplo at the ISA Sign Expo

Published: May 16, 2022

Duplo’s new president Rick Salinas talks to Kelley Holmes talks about Duplo’s first time exhibiting at the International Sign Association (ISA) Sign Expo. He notes that the big growth areas in the industry are signage, POP, and packaging, and Duplo is moving to pursue those areas. Watch Video

Why Amplify? An Exciting New Show Taking Place in Minneapolis in June!
Why Amplify? An Exciting New Show Taking Place in Minneapolis in June!

Published: May 2, 2022

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne speaks with Jeff Peterson, Executive Director, Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA), one of the organizers of AmplifyPrint.com; Kevin Abergel, President, Taktiful, an exhibitor; and Haley Quick-Hutchison, Vice President Infinity Foils, Inc., also an exhibitor, about what to expect at Amplify, taking place in Minneapolis in June, and the importance of beginning with the end in mind—consider finishing at the beginning of the job. They also explain some of the advantages of embellished pieces in direct mail, packaging, display graphics, and more. Watch Video

Joris Bosch on Digital Printing and Finishing
Joris Bosch on Digital Printing and Finishing

Published: April 28, 2022

Joris Bosch from Holland-based Wihabo talks about digital printing and finishing. Wihabo offers commercial and packaging printing. Five years ago, they added an HP Indigo 10000, which was a game changer for the company. They have added digital die-cutting and recently added Highcon and Scodix machines to add even more value to printed materials. Watch Video

Will We See You in Minneapolis in June for Amplify?
Will We See You in Minneapolis in June for Amplify?

Published: April 28, 2022

This unique event is focused on finishing, with a large dash of embellishment. In this video discussion, you'll hear from APTech about the event, and gain the perspective of both an attendee and an exhibitor about why the show is important and what you might gain from attending or exhibiting! Watch Video

Heidelberg US Expands Their Postpress Offerings
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. Watch Video

Duplo Stresses Workflow Automation for Successful Printing/Packaging Operations
Duplo Stresses Workflow Automation for Successful Printing/Packaging Operations

Published: November 11, 2021

Mistakes in the bindery are arguably the most expensive mistakes a printing/packaging operation can make, and with today's short runs and fast turn times, bindery waste is not an option for a profitable business. In this interview, Rick Salinas, Vice President of Marketing for Duplo, talks about all of the ins, outs and latest developments in finishing technology, including the importance of "beginning with the end in mind" when planning work and process integration across the entire workflow. Watch Video

Canon Partners Showcased at the thINK Forum
Canon Partners Showcased at the thINK Forum

Published: November 2, 2021

At the recent thINK Forum, representatives from Standard Finishing, Domtar Paper, Tecnau, Pixelle, Muller Martini, and Solimar Systems spoke about software, paper, and finishing solutions being showcased, and the value they bring as Canon’s solutions partners. Watch Video

Muller Martini: Full Speed Ahead on Finishing Automation
Muller Martini: Full Speed Ahead on Finishing Automation

Published: October 19, 2021

Andy Fetherman, Vice President of Sales and Technology at Muller Martini, shares his thoughts about the importance of automation, not only in the bindery, but as an integrated workflow across the entire process. He notes some of the advances the company is making and what we should be looking forward to in the future. He also reports seeing a shift beginning from a preference for near-line finishing to the more efficient and less labor intensive in-line model. Watch Video

Amplify Print! A New Event Dedicated to Advances in Print Finishing
Amplify Print! A New Event Dedicated to Advances in Print Finishing

Published: July 21, 2021

APTech and FSEA have teamed up to produce a new industry event: AmplifyPrint will be held 14-16 June 2022 in Minneapolis, a conference and exhibition dedicated to educating printers and designers about the latest possibilities in the realm of finishing. More info can be found at www.amplifyprint.org. Jeff Peterson and Thayer Long explain the event in this video interview. Watch Video

Exclusive: Key Highcon Executives Share Updates and Vision of the Future
Exclusive: Key Highcon Executives Share Updates and Vision of the Future

Published: January 25, 2021

In this video interview, Shlomo Nimrodi, CEO, and Simon Lewis, VP Marketing, of Highcon, along with their newest addition, Alon Bar-Shany as Chairman, discuss the current state of Highcon following its very successful IPO, the target customer base, some of the changes driven by the pandemic, and their vision of the future in a dynamic, interactive discussion. Following this interview, Highcon and EFI announced a global partnership benefiting their common core of customers with ERP integration; Highcon also has a similar partnership with HP Indigo—and a common core of customers—where integration of print and finishing has offered many benefits. Watch Video

Brother's Rick Frye Talks Sewing Automation
Brother's Rick Frye Talks Sewing Automation

Published: December 15, 2020

Sewing is often referred to as the "last mile" in the manufacture of sewn goods in terms of an overall automated workflow. Huge progress has been made in the level of automation, and an operator can be quickly trained to execute sewing of some types of items. But the fine work of sewing apparel is still out of reach. Rick Frye shares his thoughts about the current state of sewing automation, and describes Brother's new Bridge sewing technology. Watch Video

Sewing Automation: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?
Sewing Automation: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?

Published: September 10, 2020

Frank Henderson of the Henderson Sewing Company is the third generation running this family business and has been doing so for the last 40 years. He has an extensive amount of experience to share, including what's being done to accelerate reshoring of manufacturing of sewn products, how his company interacts with others in the industry to create innovative workflows, and what he sees as future developments in sewing, robotics, and workforce development. Watch Video

People Love Embellishments—But Often Fear Them
People Love Embellishments—But Often Fear Them

Published: December 19, 2019

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

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

Published: December 16, 2019

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

Finishing Automation is Becoming a Critical Investment
Finishing Automation is Becoming a Critical Investment

Published: November 14, 2019

Bob Flinn from Standard Finishing talks about why, with the current labor market, investment in automation within binding and finishing is imperative. Watch Video

Horizon International Introduces IoT Capabilities in its Finishing System
Horizon International Introduces IoT Capabilities in its Finishing System

Published: November 13, 2019

Yoshihiro Oe, General Manager at Horizon International Inc., talks about the "ICE Concept" that Horizon International introduced at the Think Smart Factory event. The concept brings Internet of Things (IoT) interconnection to finishing equipment to provide real-time data analytics, predictive maintenance, remote service, and support. Horizon is collaborating with customers to determine which type of IoT functionality is most useful within an automated print factory. Watch Video

Think Smart Finishing Showcases Automated Print Production
Think Smart Finishing Showcases Automated Print Production

Published: November 12, 2019

2019 Think Smart Finishing, organized by Horizon International, showcases automated print production from order to finished product. WhatTheyThink spoke to Yasuo Taketsugu of Horizon International about bringing 14 industry partners together across software, print, and finishing to show a fully integrated print environment. Watch Video

EFI’s Red Hot Fiery Technology at PRINT 19
EFI’s Red Hot Fiery Technology at PRINT 19

Published: October 22, 2019

Giselle del la Moriniere Product Marketing Manager in EFI’s Fiery Group talks about EFI’s Fiery partners, the Red Hot Technology Award-winning FreeForm Create software, and the integration of the Fiery digital front end with Duplo’s spot coater and slitter/cutter/creaser. Watch Video

Colter & Peterson’s Cutting Edges
Colter & Peterson’s Cutting Edges

Published: October 17, 2019

Colter & Peterson’s Bruce Peterson talks about the company’s latest PRISM and SABER paper cutters, the company’s line of reconditioned cutters, and how cutters have evolved over the years. Watch Video

Hunkeler's New Flexible Stacker
Hunkeler's New Flexible Stacker

Published: October 14, 2019

Hunkeler’s Hans Gut talks about the products the company was demonstrating at PRINT 19, including the Red Hot Technology Award-winning Hunkeler LS8-30 Long Stacker, which is designed to cut and stack a wide variety of print products. Watch Video

Graphco: “The Unfair Advantage”
Graphco: “The Unfair Advantage”

Published: October 14, 2019

Graphco’s Chris Manley talks about the technologies the company was demonstrating at PRINT 19, including its chemical embossing system for RMGT offset presses, Foliant laminating, and GEW LED UV technology. Watch Video

Standard Finishing's Red Hot Technologies
Standard Finishing's Red Hot Technologies

Published: October 8, 2019

Paul Steinke of Standard Finishing Systems showcases two Red Hot Technology Award-winning products Standard was demonstrating at last week’s PRINT 19: the Horizon VAC-L600H Air-Suction Collator and the Hunkeler LS8-30 Long Stacker. Watch Video

Jack Noonan of MGI Discusses the Value of Embellishment in the Packaging Supply Chain
Jack Noonan of MGI Discusses the Value of Embellishment in the Packaging Supply Chain

Published: July 17, 2019

Jack Noonan, Marketing Manager at MGI Digital Technology, talks about embellishment of print as the next phase in the evolution of digital print for packaging. Digital special effects can add value to packaging, raise brand awareness, and foster customer engagement. Find out how. Watch Video

Horizon Releases a Fully Automated Binding System
Horizon Releases a Fully Automated Binding System

Published: June 3, 2019

Yoshi Oe, General Manager of Global Business for Horizon Systems, talks about the company's new smart binding system, a fully-integrated and automated unwinder, cutter, folder, binder, and three-knife trimmer. Watch Video

Summa Adds Innovative Laser Cutter for Textiles
Summa Adds Innovative Laser Cutter for Textiles

Published: May 21, 2019

Wim Maes, Executive Director at Summa, talks about the company's entry into textiles to address the bottleneck created in the cutting department as textile printers gain in speed. The company acquired CadCam Technology, resulting in the development of the Summa L3214, a 3.2-meter laser cutting device that cuts while the fabric feeds across the table, enabling cutting at 800 square meters per hour. Watch Video

Frank Talks to Highcon's Christian Knapp
Frank Talks to Highcon's Christian Knapp

Published: May 17, 2019

Frank caught up with Christian Knapp of Highcon at the recent Canadian Graphic Arts show. Highcon is a pioneer in automatic creasing and laser diecutting. Watch Video

Muller Martini Offers a Full Workflow System
Muller Martini Offers a Full Workflow System

Published: April 30, 2019

Andy Fetherman, VP of Sales and Technology for Muller Martini, talks about the company's complete Finishing 4.0 ideology that helps customers beyond finishing, taking advantage of automation and connecting it to drive variability in finishing. Watch Video

Hunkeler AG Looks Ahead to drupa 2020
Hunkeler AG Looks Ahead to drupa 2020

Published: April 18, 2019

Hans Gut, VP of Marketing for Hunkeler AG, talks about the importance of drupa 2020 as a showcase for the industry, and Hunkeler's innovations in automation, workflow, and systems integration. Watch Video

Scodix's Digital Embellishments Change the Way Products Are Consumed
Scodix's Digital Embellishments Change the Way Products Are Consumed

Published: March 13, 2019

Adina Shorr, CEO of Scodix, talks about the digital embellishment and enhancement, especially in packaging production. Thanks to its ability to mass customize printed packaging, digital embellishments can turn something that is functional—a package—into a form of communication, ultimately changing the way that products are consumed. Watch Video

The Future of Finishing at Hunkeler AG
The Future of Finishing at Hunkeler AG

Published: February 28, 2019

Michel Hunkeler, CEO of Hunkeler AG, talks about the company's new product portfolio as well as how he sees the future of not only finishing technology, but entire print production systems. Watch Video

Hunkeler Offers Customers More Services to Help Production
Hunkeler Offers Customers More Services to Help Production

Published: February 27, 2019

Stephan Estermann, VP of Services for Hunkeler AG, talks about the new service offerings that Hunkeler is bringing to market to increase customer productivity and profit. Watch Video

The Future Is Here at Hunkeler Innovationdays
The Future Is Here at Hunkeler Innovationdays

Published: February 27, 2019

Marco Boer, Vice President of IT Strategies, joins David Zwang at Hunkeler Innovationdays to share his thoughts on the event and how cutting-edge technology has improved inkjet quality. Watch Video

Hunkeler Highlights New Roll and Sheet Solutions at Innovationdays 2019
Hunkeler Highlights New Roll and Sheet Solutions at Innovationdays 2019

Published: February 26, 2019

Hans Gut, VP of Marketing, and Daniel Erni, VP of Sales, at Hunkeler AG talk about the latest finishing solutions the company is featuring at Innovationdays 2019. Hunkeler has continued to invest in automation features with its Generation 8 platform, and used the event to announce its entry into sheet finishing with the Hunkeler DOCUTRIM platform. Watch Video

Automation Takes Center Stage at 13th Hunkeler Innovationdays
Automation Takes Center Stage at 13th Hunkeler Innovationdays

Published: February 25, 2019

David Zwang talks to Hunkeler AG President Stefan Hunkeler about Hunkeler Innovationdays. The 13th edition of Innovationdays focuses on "Success with Automation" and utilizing Industry 4.0 concepts in automated print production systems. Watch Video

Canon Partners With Duplo to Add Embellishments
Canon Partners With Duplo to Add Embellishments

Published: December 17, 2018

Matt Poliniak, Advisor for Canon USA, demonstrates how the combination of the Canon imagePRESS and the Duplo DDC-810 gives customers the ability to add embellishments to digital prints. Watch Video

Gerber Acquires MCT Digital
Gerber Acquires MCT Digital

Published: December 12, 2018

Scott Schinlever, President and COO of Automation Solutions for Gerber Technology, announces the acquisition of MCT Digital, a company the specializes in automated cutter technology. Watch Video

Adding Embellishment with Duplo's Spot UV Solution
Adding Embellishment with Duplo's Spot UV Solution

Published: December 3, 2018

Si Nguyen, Vice President of Sales for Duplo, shares innovative texture and embellishment effects utilizing Duplo's spot UV solution. Watch Video

The Importance of User Groups
The Importance of User Groups

Published: October 29, 2018

Christine Yardley, President of PrintPanther, talks about the advantages of being a member of PROKOM, Konica Minolta's user community, and how user groups are a great source of information, troubleshooting resources, and networking opportunities. Watch Video

Team Concept Printing Purchases MGI JETVarnish to Expand Offerings
Team Concept Printing Purchases MGI JETVarnish to Expand Offerings

Published: October 25, 2018

Tony Rouse, President of Carol Stream, Ill.'s Team Concept Printing, talks to Kelley Holmes about the company's purchase of a new MGI JETVarnish 3-D to offer customers more options and "spice up" print. Watch Video

Colter and Peterson Announces New Saber Cutting Line
Colter and Peterson Announces New Saber Cutting Line

Published: October 16, 2018

Finishing products manufacturer Colter and Peterson has been in the industry for 100 years and continues to innovate the paper finishing business. President Bruce Peterson, grandson of the company's founder, talks with Kelley Holmes about C&P's new line of Saber cutters. Watch Video

Producing High-Value Print Applications with Scodix's Ultra2 Pro
Producing High-Value Print Applications with Scodix's Ultra2 Pro

Published: October 15, 2018

Mark Nixon, General Manager for Scodix, introduces the Ultra2 Pro at PRINT 18, able to cast and cure, a process that can create very high-value, digitally embossed applications, from holographics to foil. Watch Video

New Horizons for Standard Finishing Systems
New Horizons for Standard Finishing Systems

Published: October 11, 2018

Paul Steinke, National Sales Manager for Standard Finishing Systems, talks about two new Horizon finishing units on display at PRINT 18: the StitchLiner Mark III and BQ-480 perfect binder, both of which include new automation features. Watch Video

Smart Binding System Manufactures Fully-Automated Roll-to-Perfect Bound Variable Books with Ease
Smart Binding System Manufactures Fully-Automated Roll-to-Perfect Bound Variable Books with Ease

Published: September 13, 2018

Trish travels to Boston to visit the VIP Demonstration and Training Center at Standard Finishing Systems, and gets a tour and demonstration of their fully automated Smart Binding System. Watch Video

Fridays with Frank: Superior Opportunities in Finishing
Fridays with Frank: Superior Opportunities in Finishing

Published: August 17, 2018

Frank interviews Jay Smith at Superior Packaging and Finishing in Braintree, Mass. Superior recently acquired Acme Binding and now is one of the largest finishing companies in America. Watch Video

The Success of Roll-Fed Inkjet and Importance of Finishing
The Success of Roll-Fed Inkjet and Importance of Finishing

Published: August 15, 2018

Mark Hunt, Director of Strategic Alliances for Standard Finishing Systems, discusses the reasons behind the surge of popularity in roll-fed inkjet, and the importance of finishing. He also discusses what to expect at Hunkeler Innovations Days 2019. Watch Video

Solutions that “Stick” Around: Five Opportunities in Synthetic Print Media
Solutions that “Stick” Around: Five Opportunities in Synthetic Print Media

Published: July 12, 2018

Trish's video this week features five different products that utilize “sticky” synthetic substrates for marketing communications. Each product uses completely different techniques and technologies, and she’ll demonstrate and compare them all. Watch Video

Duplo Event at the Museum of Printing Mixes the Old with the New
Duplo Event at the Museum of Printing Mixes the Old with the New

Published: June 22, 2018

Duplo, the digital finishing company, usually runs customer events at hotels. This time they set up various pieces of equipment at the Museum of Printing in Haverhill, Mass. Their theme was “Old Print New Print” as modern finishing equipment was mixed in with older printing machines. Watch Video

Digital Variable Scratch and Reveal Technology
Digital Variable Scratch and Reveal Technology

Published: May 31, 2018

In the ongoing search for new print techniques and technologies for mail, Trish highlights an exciting digital variable scratch-off collaboration between Mohawk, HP and Lawton Connect in Orlando. Watch Video

Lectra Launches Cutting 4.0, A New Platform for Textile Cutting
Lectra Launches Cutting 4.0, A New Platform for Textile Cutting

Published: May 31, 2018

Frederic Gaillard, VP of Product Marketing for Lectra, talks to Cary Sherburne about Cutting 4.0, Lectra's new smart cutter for textile cutting that interfaces with Lectra Digital Cutting, a new cloud-based cutting platform. The machine receives orders and executes them, and sends back data so the entire process can be controlled in real time. The platform is designed to address the new challenges the company sees in the market, such as small runs and customization. The new platform also includes a fabric library. Watch Video

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