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Cambridge Label’s Digital Transformation

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. Watch Video

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Cor Label Hits the Ground Running

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. Watch Video

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David Mauro on the Need for Effective Cybersecurity

David Mauro from All Covered, a provider of cybersecurity services, shares some scary cybersecurity breaches and explains why it’s important for companies to have effective safeguards in place. Watch Video

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Wholesale Printer Sinalite Supercharges Printers

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.” Watch Video

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Matthew Poliniak Discusses the Canon imagePRESS V1000 Color Digital Press

Matthew Poliniak, Manager, Product Marketing–Production Solutions, for Canon USA, shows off the new Canon imagePRESS V1000 Color Digital Press at the Americas Print Show. The imagePRESS V1000 can print 101 images per minute, even on coated stocks up to 400 gsm. The imagePRESS V1000 has also been deigned to print on a wide variety of stocks, and can help expedite production of complex, mixed-media jobs. Watch Video

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Sheri Jammallo on “The Designer's Guide to a New Generation of Inkjet”

Inkjet Insight’s Elizabeth Gooding talks with Canon Solutions America’s Sheri Jammallo about the release of “The Designer's Guide to a New Generation of Inkjet.” This update of Canon’s classic design guide provides guidance on the creative potential for design projects produced on inkjet, or inkjet in combination with other print processes. Watch Video

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Frank Gets Marked Up

Frank discusses mark up for typesetting. Once upon a time, typesetting began with a typewritten manuscript. Typographic format was communicated with marked-up instructions. The typesetting person then followed these instructions to provide the specified font, size, etc. He shows off the special copyfitting rulers and tools that were used to determine copy depth and page count. Watch Video

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The Canon imagePROGRAF GP-4000 Prints Neon and Pastel PANTONE Colors

David Rice, Senior Manager, Technical Marketing Analysts, Large Format Solutions, Canon USA, talks about the Canon imagePROGRAF GP-4000 wide-format printer. At the Americas Print Show, Canon was demonstrating how the printer can print PANTONE colors, especially neon and pastel PANTONE colors. Watch Video

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Customers Drive Design Requirements for New HP PageWide Advantage Platform

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. Watch Video

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Galo Fraga On Fraga Graphic Solutions’ Unique Hiring and Employee Development Strategy

Galo Fraga, CEO of Fraga Graphic Solutions, talks about his company and the proactive approach he takes to hiring, cross-training, and promoting employees from within, as well as the value of the recent Americas Print Show. Watch Video

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Development Drivers for the New HP PageWide Advantage Platform

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. Watch Video

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Canon’s Solutions on Display at the Americas Print Show

Bob Barbera, Marketing Director for Canon USA, shows off Canon’s booth at the Americas Print Show. Canon highlighted its solutions for wide-format and production printing, including the latest additions to the Prisma line of production and workflow software. Watch Video

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Frank Remembers Bookbuilders of Boston

Formed in 1937, the Bookbuilders of Boston was an acclaimed organization that supported the book publishing industry. Sadly, it just closed down. Through its workshops, meetings, and annual events, it educated generations of book professionals. Frank has saved most of the annual catalogs from their annual book awards. Watch Video

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HP Introduces New PageWide Advantage Platform

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

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Warren Werbitt on Taktiful’s Embellishment Education Initiatives

Warren Werbitt talks to Kelley Holmes about Taktiful, a marketing agency focused on embellishments. Taktiful’s goal is to teach designers the technical aspects of working with embellishments as well as guiding printing company owners and operators in running the equipment effectively. Watch Video

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Label Traxx Merges with Siteline, Batched

Label Traxx, an ERP designed specifically for the labels and flexible packaging industry, has merged with long-time partners Siteline (founded by Jennifer Matt) and Batched (founded by Matt Murphy). Label Traxx President Rob Mayerson explains why this is important for the industry, and for Label Traxx customers. Mayerson and his team will be at LabelExpo September 13–15 in Chicago. Watch Video

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Frank is Powerpointless

Frank takes us back to a time before electronic presentations. He shows us an overhead transparency projector and a Kodak Ektamatic 35mm slide projector. These are from the time before Aldus Persuasion, MS Powerpoint, and Apple Keynote. Watch Video

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Digital Print Solutions at the Americas Print Show

Adam Silk, President & CEO of Digital Print Solutions, talks about the Americas Print Show, as well as how, as a provider of equipment to the commercial print industry, DPS has been helping its customers navigate the current supply challenges and take advantage of new opportunities in embellishments. Watch Video

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Kim Shannon on Neenah’s Idea Shop

Neenah’s Kim Shannon talks to Kelley Holmes about Idea Shop, Neenah’s new online platform where brands, designers, artists, printers, and others can connect and discover Neenah’s wide array of solutions. The Idea Shop showcases a curated selection of work from Neenah’s global community of designers and creatives. Watch Video

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Bill Farquharson Talks About the Americas Print Show

Bill Farquharson, Head of Community for The Sales Vault, talks about the positive conversations he had with attendees at the Americas Print Show, held two weeks ago in Columbus, Ohio. Watch Video