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Frank On Platen Presses

Frank talks about very old printing presses, specifically, the evolution of the two-person hand presses into the single-user platen presses named for George Phineas Gordon of Salem, N.H. The advantage of the platen press was that it used a foot pedal, and thus could be operated by one person, unlike the older hand presses which required two operators. The platen presses were the workhorses of the 1800s and early 1900s, and many are still in use.  Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Andrew Ettinger

This week, Warren talks with Andrew Ettinger, CEO of The Best Postcards. The Best Postcards is a Connecticut-based multimedia marketing company that started in direct marketing. The company specializes in helping customers find their own unique niches. Watch Video

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Jim Raffel and Shelby Sapusek Geek Out with Marty Davis

In the latest installment of the Print Geeks Interview Series, Resident Print Geeks Jim Raffel and Shelby Sapusek talk to Marty Davis, President of Alder Color Solutions, about how “color management” should really be “color IT.” It’s not just being able to hit a brand or PMS color, but how fast can you get to color? Are you wasting materials and time getting to color? Are you reworking jobs? Watch Video

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From B2B to B2C: The Challenges

Kristen Dettoni founded Design Pool in 2019 as a B2B initiative targeting interior designers with an extensive design library and a network of printers who could execute their projects. During the pandemic, she launched Domanda Designs, a B2C initiative. In this conversation, she discusses some of the challenges with gaining mindshare in a B2C environment and what she is doing to counteract those. Watch Video

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Frank’s Highway to Hell

What the Hell? Frank talks about color scanners and emphasizes the granddaddy of them all, the venerable Hell Scanner, named for Dr. Rudolf Hell. Their use in the 1960s made color common in the printing industry, and trained scanner operators could pull in a decent salary. Soon, more than 10 companies had scanners and prices dropped so that every designer could have one. Now scanners are built into most desktop printers. Watch Video

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Q&A with DG3's Rob Mayerson

Diversified Global Graphics Group (DG3) was founded as Cunningham Graphics International Inc. (CGI) to provide time-sensitive investment research printing and worldwide distribution in response to customer needs not being met efficiently by other firms. Over time, the company has diversified its client base and its product and service mix to become a leading provider of end-to-end communications solutions to financial, life sciences, and other industries. DG3 has trusted HP technology to provide their customers with the best printing quality in the industry with the latest enhancement to their fleet being the HP PageWide Web Press T250 HD with Brilliant Ink. Watch Video

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

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

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Parkland Direct’s Clint Seckman

This week, Warren talks to Clint Seckman, President of Parkland Direct, which started out 40 years ago as a mom-and-pop commercial print shop. In the early 2000s, the company started to focus on direct mail and envelope printing, specializing in high-quality litho print and embellishments. Watch Video

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The Feeding System for the 100K Digital Press

In this video sponsored by HP Indigo, Ami Yaari, R&D Mechanical Engineer at HP Indigo, talks about and demonstrates the feeding system on the HP Indigo 100K Digital Press. The 100K’s multiple input sources have many advantages, including the ability to load different substrates into the machine and rapidly switch substrates during production without stopping the press. Watch Video

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Book Printing a Growth Segment in the Overall Print Market According to Adi Chinai

Adi Chinai of Boston-based King Printing shares his thoughts on how the pandemic affected the book market, which segments are growing most, and how production inkjet printing has changed the business. He also talks about the growth in self-publishing and how digital technologies have made that more accessible to more authors. Watch Video

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Frank Gets the Munchies

There has been a noticeable uptick in printing directly on food, such as cookies, cakes, and other comestibles. He still has his archival carton of printed (and deteriorating) Pringles from the 1990s, but with inkjet, you can print on anything—even foods. Watch Video

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Strategic Factory's Keith Miller on Strategies for Success

Richard Romano talks to Keith Miller, President of Strategic Factory, this year's top small commercial printer, in this excerpt from our recent "Top 100 Small Commercial Printers" LunchLearn Webinar. Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with bopi’s Tom Mercier

This week, Warren talks to Tom Mercier, president of bopi printing, a 50-employee commercial offset printer that also offers die-cut printing, finishing, fulfillment, and more. The company’s various certifications—ISO 9001:2015, G7, and USPS—have definitely helped open doors with certain clients. Watch Video

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Jim Raffel and Shelby Sapusek Geek Out with Color-Logic’s Mark Geeves

In the latest installment of the Print Geeks Interview Series, Resident Print Geeks Jim Raffel and Shelby Sapusek talk to Mark Geeves, co-founder and director of sales and marketing for Color-Logic, about the importance of education and training in the graphic arts and printing industries, as well as how to bring new people into the industry. Watch Video

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The Value of Affiliates Membership

Adam LeFebvre, President of Specialty Print Communications and a GLGA Board Member, explains why it is important for printing companies to support their local Affiliate and shares some of the benefits he has received from membership and from donating his time to serve on the Board. Watch Video

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Frank Would Like a Word

Frank learned that the Oxford University Press printing arm is closing after hundreds of years. He talks about their best known product, the Oxford English Dictionary, a monumental work that traced the derivation and first usage of every word in the English language. It took 30 years to produce the first volume—A and B. Simon Winchester’s “The Professor and the Madman” is an excellent book about the creation of the OED. Watch Video

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Know Your Privacy Laws

In the latest edition of the “Things That Are Legal that You Probably Need to Know” series, Pat McGrew talks to University of Colorado Professor Linda Fried about the recently passed Colorado privacy act—and similar acts in other states and potentially nationally—and what they mean for the printing industry and direct mail. Watch Video

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Jim Raffel and Shelby Sapusek Geek Out with PUA’s Ray Weiss

In the first installment of the new Print Geeks Interview Series, Resident Print Geeks Jim Raffel and Shelby Sapusek talk to Ray Weiss, Director of Digital Print Programs for PRINTING United Alliance, about the importance of education and training in the graphic arts and printing industries. Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Nikos Kallas

This week, Warren talks to Nikos Kallas, VP of Manufacturing at MET Fine Printers. Based in Vancouver, with a second manufacturing plant in Calgary, Alberta, MET specializes in high-end commercial printing, such as full-color books that feature specialty finishing, case binding, slipcases, and other features that are out of the ordinary. Watch Video

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The Digital Label Factory

In this video sponsored by HP Indigo, Gershon Alon, Head of PrintOS, talks about leveraging advanced technologies on the HP Indigo V12 to streamline the digital label production workflow and maximize overall efficiency. The goal is for the HP Indigo V12 to be able to replace two flexo presses, Watch Video