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Profiles in Print Premier Press
Profiles in Print
Premier Press (Portland, Oregon)

WhatTheyThink traveled to Portland to visit Premier Press to learn more about their business, how they operate, and what makes them unique. This film is the first in an ongoing series of Profiles in Print.

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Frank Speaks in Tongues

Frank looks at the typesetting and printing of languages other than English. As usual, he takes us on a little trip through the evolution of type, with the history of Linotype, Monotype, and phototypesetting. He ends with the publication of the Unicode standard. He is the only WTT presenter to ever mention King Farouk. Watch Video

EFI Reggiani Acquires Inèdit

EFI announced yesterday the acquisition of Inèdit, the leading RIP for digital textile printing. The company has been using the Inèdit RIP for some time, and in this interview, Senior Vice President and General Manager Adele Genoni, explains why the acquisition is important to Reggiani. She also notes that EFI will continue to meet commitments with other suppliers that use the Inèdit RIP. Watch Video

Spoonflower and Shutterfly: An Update

In this video, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne speaks with Spoonflower's Kerry King, Senior Director of Process Innovation, about how things have changed for Spoonflower with its acquisition by Shutterfly almost a year ago, how they are adapting to the supply chain and human resources challenges, and her thoughts on whether reshoring of the industry will gain any kind of critical mass. Watch Video

swissQPrint Showcases Its Neon Inks

Kelley Holmes talks to Carmen Eicher of swissQPrint about the company’s wide-format printer portfolio. The ISA Sign Expo was the first showing of the company’s recent product releases, including a set of neon inks and its Generation 4 printers, including the Nyala 4, which features new printheads and smaller drop sizes. Watch Video

Mutoh Shows Off Its New Products at the ISA Sign Expo

Kelley Holmes talks to Brian Phipps, President and GM of Mutoh America, about the company’s return to industry events, and some new product launches, including the new eco-solvent XpertJet Pro line with a new printhead and 25% faster speed, and the XpertJet 661, a 24x19-inch flatbed UV printer. Watch Video

Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Tiger Press’ Reza Shafii

This week, Warren talks with Reza Shafii CEO of Tiger Press, about the company’s origins as a copy shop called Copy Cat that Shafii started with his wife after they graduated college in the mid 1980s. After adding several locations around western Massachusetts and southern Vermont, they added offset printing capabilities. The cat grew up and the company was renamed Tiger Press in the mid 1990s. Today, the company is pursuing greater efficiency and automation. Shafii also talks about the advantages of being part of the Graphic Arts Alliance. (Sponsored by Graphic Arts Alliance) Watch Video

Screen and Tecnau Help Shelter Insurance Transition to Production Inkjet

Shelter Insurance in Columbia, Mo., is a property and casualty insurance company that operates in 21 different states. When they wanted to switch from toner to production inkjet for their—to add color and better compete against other insurers—they chose Screen, which has dedicated itself to continuous-feed inkjet. For finishing equipment, Shelter turned to its long-time partner Tecnau. See how Screen and Tecnau helped Shelter make its transition. Watch Video

Jim Raffel Geeks Out with Caldera’s Joey Phillips

Resident Print Geek Jim Raffel talks with Caldera’s Joey Phillips about the latest updates to Caldera’s software. Version 15 of CalderaRIP will see improvements to the cutting algorithm, new drivers, and updates to existing drivers, amongst other new and upgraded features. PrimeCenter, Caldera’s prepress software, also gets a major upgrade to Version 2. Watch Video

Heidelberg USA Offers New Plant Relocation Services Program

Heidelberg has always installed their new presses and even offered services to relocate them for customers. Now they are offering a program to relocate entire production plants, including all Heidelberg and non Heidelberg equipment. Watch Video

SPESA President Michael McDonald Reports on Texprocess Americas

It's been four years since the last Texprocess Americas show, and according to SPESA President Michael McDonald, a co-organizer of the Atlanta event with Messe Frankfurt, it was an outstanding show, with the exhibit hall and the aisles crowded, and lots of innovation. Watch Video

Modern VDP: What Is It?

Believe it or not, we have been printing variable data for at least 45 years. What we were doing then is what Jacob Aizikowitz calls Legacy or Classic VDP. In this video interview, he explains what he means by Modern VDP, how it differs from Classic VDP, the technology framework that was required to enable Modern VDP, how adoption of this framework helped print service providers differentiate themselves, and where we go from here. Watch Video

Frank Rants

Frank goes off on two rants. First, he reports that some newspapers will not have sports scores from afternoon or evening games. Their front pages will contain commentary and little news. Then, he saw that printers were blamed for errors in ballots and asks who signed off on the proofs. Watch Video

Canon Prisma: What's New

WhatTheyThink contributors Pat McGrew and Ryan McAbee dug deep into Canon Prisma in a recent WhatTheyThink Product Spotlight. In this video, Bob Barbera, Canon USA Marketing Director, hits the high points on Prisma, its value to a production operation, and the new tools the company has added. Watch Video

Mittera Grows to 17 Plants Over 12 Years Across the US

David Zwang talks to Perry Klein, VP Business Development of Mittera about the company's growth to 17 plants organically and through acquisitions, all the while keeping up with changing market requirements and challenges. All of this with an equipment list that covers most of the industry manufacturers! Watch Video

Heidelberg Creates Print Media Performance & Training Center Classes

David Zwang talks to Clarence Penge, Executive VP Product Management, Heidelberg USA about the company's new program to instruct customers' employees in a variety of press, postpress, and general printing-related topics at the Print Media Center in Kennesaw, Ga. Watch Video

Jubilee Brands: Time to Make the Doughnuts

David Zwang talks to Allen McNeill, owner of Jubilee Brands, who shares his fascinating story of using a digital press and some converting equipment to build a printing business around a specific product. Watch Video

Canon's Rich Reamer Talks about the Added Value of Fluorescent Inks

A recent survey by Canon U.S.A. revealed consumers’ sentiments and preferences regarding the appeal, attraction, and indelibility of fluorescent colors, especially fluorescent pink, an aqueous ink now available with the company's new imagePROGRAF GP Series printers. In this interview, Canon U.S.A.'s Rich Reamer, Senior Director of Large Format Printing, explains why there is a resurgence in interest in fluorescent inks and how they can add value to printed products. Watch Video

Coloreel Changing the Face of Embroidery in North America

Ed Levy, Director of Software Technologies at Hirsch Solutions, discusses why customers are excited about being able to dye thread on demand with Coloreel. Hirsch Solutions distributes Coloreel along with conventional embroidery and direct-to-garment digital printing solutions, providing its customers with a wide range of garment decoration technologies. Hirsch has installed a number of Coloreel units in North America and sees significant interest from both existing and new customers in this innovative digital technology. Watch Video

Converging People, Process, and Technologies, the Goal Is i4.0

Does your business have a common informational structure? The US Navy and the rest of the Armed Forces do, and you can as well by converging people, process, and technologies. David Zwang talks to Marty Groover, Partner at C5MI, about how the benefits are significant, and if you haven't started, you may have to catch up later. Watch Video

Frank's Slugfest

Frank talks about the Ludlow Typograph and the book he wrote about it. Introduced at the beginning of the 20th century, the active production lifespan of the Ludlow lasted just over 80 years, but its impact has continued. As typography evolved from metal, to film to digital, many of the fonts in use were based on hot-metal libraries, especially the Ludlow Typograph. He also demonstrates how to cast a type slug on it. Watch Video