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The “Orders of One” Industry

Julian Marsh, Digital Print Expert, talks about the latest challenges facing digital book printers. Customers want highly customized and complex books with faster turnaround than ever—the “Amazon effect.” At the same time, book printers are facing a skills shortage. Enter automation and the smart factory approach to book manufacturing. Watch Video

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Sourcing Top Talent in Tight Labor Markets

PrintLink's Arnie Kahn and Dino Scalia discuss today’s tight labor market, the printing industry's hiring challenges, and PrintLink’s process for sourcing top talent. Watch Video

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Frank and the Future of the Printing Press (Part 1)

In part 1 of a two-part series on the future of the printing press, Frank visits AM Solutions in Egerton, Wis., and talks with Dean Gille, president, and Mike Henning, vice president, about their Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1 inkjet sheetfed press. AM had been an offset shop that had to make changes as they adopted inkjet, and the two technologies literally sit side by side. Watch Video

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CapStone’s AutoViri Automates Mailing

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. Watch Video

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Scott Schinlever Presents an Overview of Gerber Technology's Role and Strategy in the Textiles and Apparel Market

Scott Schinlever, President and Chief Operating Officer of Automated Solutions for Gerber, discussed the company's strategy and how its acquisition of MCT fits in to the overall integrated ecosystem, from design to the cut piece. This positions Gerber and its customers to play in the fast fashion and microfactory initiatives that are gaining steam in textiles and apparel. Watch Video

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GMG and Epson Partner for Packaging Prototyping

Eric Dalton, Director of Sales, Western Region, for GMG, talks to Cary Sherburne about the company's package prototyping solution using GMG ColorProof, GMG OpenColor Software, and an Epson SureColor S80600 printer to print and proof with white ink on clear materials and other specialty substrates, such as shrink sleeves for bottles. Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Says, “What Were You Thinking?!”

WhatTheyThink's print evangelist Warren Werbitt shares some recent direct mail pieces he has received—the good, the bad, and the ugly. He sings the praises of Bennett Graphics’ promotional sample book—each page is printed on a different substrate and the cover features embellishment from Scodix and laser cutting from Highcon. He offers…constructive criticism of the others. Watch Video

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Alwan’s Elie Khoury on Extended Color Gamuts

Elie Khoury, President of Alwan Color Expertise, talks to David Zwang about extended color gamuts. The idea of expanding the color gamut of a press goes back decades, but the tools for its effective implementation were often lacking. Alwan Color Expertise is working to develop standards to help make extended gamut printing consistent and reliable. Watch Video

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Bookmasters Brings the Smart Factory to Book Production

Brad Sharp, Director of Manufacturing for Bookmasters, talks about the company’s implementation of the “smart factory,” not only in the front end, but also in printing and finishing, leveraging automation to tie together as many work centers as they can for short-run, on-demand book production. Watch Video

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Enfocus Addresses the Needs of Niche Printing Markets

Wim Fransen, Managing Director of Enfocus, talks to David Zwang about the proliferation of niche printing markets—commercial, labels, textiles, wide format, vehicle graphics, etc.—and how they all share many of the same underlying challenges. Enfocus has been seeking to develop specific configurations of its flagship PitStop software to address the individual needs of these vertical markets. Watch Video

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Kodak’s drupa 2020 Vision

Patti Smith, Kodak’s VP, WW Business Development & Marketing, Digital Inkjet Printing, talks to David Zwang about the major trends that Kodak has been seeing in the lead-up to drupa 2020. The biggest among them is packaging, especially digital packaging, the demand for which is being driven by the brands. Watch Video

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U.S. Department of Commerce Sees Textiles as a Good Case Study for Reshoring Manufacturing

Lloyd Wood, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials, U.S. Department of Commerce, was a speaker at the recent SPESA Executive Conference and took time to share his thoughts about what the Department of Commerce is doing to help the textiles and apparel industry be more competitive. Watch Video

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Ricoh’s 5th Color Lab Focuses on Design

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. Watch Video

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Avanti’s Red Hot Technology Awards

Pat Bolan, President of Avanti, talks to Pat McGrew about the company’s Red Hot Technology Award-winning enhancements to Avanti Slingshot at PRINT 19—Advanced Fulfillment Workflow Enhancement and the XML Loader Enhancement for Web to Print solutions. Watch Video

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Conlin’s Print Upgrades its EFI Wide-Format Printer

Bill Conlin, Jr., of Conlin’s Print talks to Cary Sherburne about the company’s nearly 40 years as a family-owned digital printing business. About five years ago, they began offering wide-format printing. Conlin’s Print recently acquired an EFI VUTEk h3 hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll superwide-format LED inkjet printer, replacing an older VUTEk QS2. Watch Video

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Crawford Technologies’ SmartSetup Streamlines Application Onboarding

David Zwang talks to Ernie Crawford, CEO of Crawford Technologies, a software company that focuses on the transactional printing market, helping organizations improve the ways that they deliver documents to customers, in print or omnichannel. The company just launched its new SmartSetup, designed for rapidly onboarding applications into workflow automation and ADF systems. Watch Video

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Bobst’s D’Annunzio on Digital Label Printing

David Zwang talks to Federico D’Annunzio, Senior Innovation Advisor for the Bobst Group, about some of the new innovations surrounding digital label printing, and how the same automation process can be applied to digital inkjet, flexo, offset, or hybrid label printing equipment. Watch Video

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Frank: One Tote Over the Line

Frank provides his eagerly anticipated 2019 Tote Bag Review, a critical evaluation of the branded tote bags that he has picked up at recent trade shows. He even picks a winner. Watch Video

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Hear from Tom O'Brien, the "Poster Child" for Business Diversification

Tom O'Brien of AccuLink is the "poster child" for diversification, starting with dye-sublimation projects in 2016. That application already represents 40% of revenues. The next challenge he is taking on is on-demand production of flexible packaging. His story is an example to the industry of how diversification not only stimulates growth but keeps the excitement in the business. Watch Video

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Ricoh’s Wide-Format Journey

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. Watch Video