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Frank Is the Bearer of Bad News

Newspapers continue to move from atoms to bits. Frank uncovers more news about newspapers reducing or cutting their print editions in favor of digital editions. Within the next two decades, the printed newspaper will be a vestigial product. Watch Video

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eProductivity Software Caps Off a Busy 2022

eProductivity Software’s Charlotte Tueckmantel and Nick Benkovich recap ePS’ busy year, starting 2022 by splitting from EFI into a standalone company and working over the course of the year to build a foundation to continue bringing new products to its customers. Watch Video

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Ricoh’s Duncan Ellis on System Integration

Ricoh’s Duncan Ellis talks about the state of Ricoh’s integration of the disparate parts of the business from production software, to business services, to hardware, and how this integration offers customers a one-stop shop. Watch Video

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Colordyne’s Judd Quimby on Inkjet Retrofitting

Judd Quimby of Colordyne talks about the company’s focus on retrofitting their LED UV inkjet engines onto existing analog equipment, such as flexo and offset presses. This allows the company’s customers to print both analog and digital inline. Watch Video

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Monadnock’s Julie Brannen on Sustainability

Julie Brannen from Monadnock Paper Mill talks about Monadnock’s long history of sustainability, as well as some of the company’s latest initiatives and new products. Watch Video

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Designing For and Operating Digital Embellishment Equipment

In the latest episode of The Digital Embellishment Show, Taktiful's Kevin Abergel talks with Dominic Zaidan and Frank Deiuliis of NAPCO USA about embellishment design and equipment operating challenges they have overcome in the digital packaging world. Watch Video

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

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. Watch Video

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Product Strategy: Standard Finishing’s Paul Steinke on Increased Automation and Decreased Touchpoints

Standard Finishing’s Paul Steinke talks about how the top challenges for Standard’s customers are people and paper. To help customers with staffing shortages, Standard’s manufacturers—Hunkeler and Horizon—are increasing levels of automation in their equipment as well as improving ease-of-use for less skilled bindery operators. Watch Video

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Product Strategy: VITS International’s Deirdre Ryder on Substrate Diversity

Deirdre Ryder of VITS International talks about increased customer needs for improved digital inks, wider format substrates, higher speeds, and a wider variety of substrates, such as papers, foils, and films. VITS is addressing these needs by designing equipment to run wider formats at faster speeds, as well as improve overall efficiency. Watch Video

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Product Strategy: Scodix’s Eli Grinberg on Helping Commercial Printers Into Packaging

Scodix’s Eli Grinberg talks about how digital embellishments are a perfect fit for packaging—and can help commercial printers enter the packaging market. Watch Video

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Product Strategy: W+D’s Brook Spaulding on Dynamic Envelope Conversion

W+D’s Brook Spaulding talks about how the ability to custom convert envelopes on the fly is a game changer for direct mailers. Watch Video

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Product Strategy: Graphic Whizard’s Max Allen on Digital Die-Cutting

Graphic Whizard’s Max Allen talks about Graphic Whizard’s new highly automated digital die-cutting solution designed for longer digital runs. Watch Video

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Frank Gets Branded

European consultant Eddy Hagen has researched and produced an excellent report on brand colors: “Project BBCG: a Better Brand Color Guide.” It should be required reading for anyone working with Pantone and specialized color systems. Frank the discusses brand colors in the context of the Pantone system. Watch Video

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Product Strategy: Printing and Mailing Integration with Capital Mailing Equipment

Troy Shatus of Capital Mailing Equipment talks about the latest industry trends, such as the increased demand to be able to print on as many different kinds of papers as possible, as well as integration of new printing equipment with mailing and binding equipment. Capital Mailing Equipment offered solutions that will address these demands and more. Watch Video

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Product Strategy: Kirk-Rudy’s Jim Williams on Digital Envelope Printing

Kirk-Rudy’s Jim Williams talks about the evolution of envelope printing and how the company's FireJet envelope printer has been a game-changer for customers. Watch Video

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Product Strategy: Tecnau’s Scott Peterson on Overcoming Supplies and Labor Shortages

Tecnau Product Marketing Manager Scott Peterson talks about how Tecnau’s versatile and easy-to-use finishing equipment helps customers address supplies and labor shortages. Watch Video

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Product Strategy: Muller Martini’s Andy Fetherman on the Finishing “Smart Factory”

Muller Martini President and CEO Andy Fetherman talks about how Muller Martini’s automated, “smart factory”-based finishing workflow helps overcome the challenge of finding bindery employees. Watch Video

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RMGT “Commit to Print World Tour” at PRINTING United

On the 8th and final US stop of its “Commit to Print World Tour,” RMGT stopped at PRINTING United for a sold-out showing of the RMGT 9 Series Offset Press. The “Commit to Print World Tour” included six stops at printing companies across the US, bringing together the industry for education, demos, and networking.  Watch Video

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Product Strategy: Xeikon’s Benoit Chatelard on the Continuing Digitization of Labels and Packaging

Benoit Chatelard of Xeikon talks about top trends impacting labels and packaging, including the increased desire to print on non-paper substrates, the desire to reduce inventory, and a move toward more sustainable processes. These trends and others are continuing the drive toward digital label and packaging printing. Watch Video

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

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. Watch Video