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Automation Takes Center Stage at 13th Hunkeler Innovationdays

David Zwang talks to Hunkeler AG President Stefan Hunkeler about Hunkeler Innovationdays. The 13th edition of Innovationdays focuses on "Success with Automation" and utilizing Industry 4.0 concepts in automated print production systems. Watch Video

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Frank Talks About Print Down Under

The EFI Connect Conference in Las Vegas attracts the second largest contingent of media and analysts after drupa. Frank took advantage of this unique audience to get a brief insight into print trends in some overseas markets. In this interview, he talks to Wayne Robinson, Editor, Print21 in Australia and New Zealand. Watch Video

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Expanding into Wide Format with FASTSIGNS

Kevin Hebert, a FASTSIGNS franchisee, co-branded in 2013 to add wide-format graphics to their existing printing company in Louisiana. In the last two years, they've opened four new centers. Watch Video

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FASTSIGNS' Catherine Monson on the Company's Continued Growth

Kelley Holmes talks with FASTSIGNS CEO Catherine Monson about the recent conference in Orlando and the growth of the company in 2018. Watch Video

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Frank on the Penrose Annual

The Penrose Annual was published from 1895 to 1982. It was a time capsule that documented the evolving technologies that would transform the printing industry, from halftone printing to process color lithography. Frank visits the Kennedy Library at CalPoly which has in its collection the very rare first three editions. Watch Video

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Canon Solutions America's Touchstone Dimensional Printing Software

Randy Paar, Marketing Manager for Wide Format at Canon Solutions America,talks about new products the company launched at SGIA 2018—such as Océ Touchstone Dimensional Printing Software. Watch Video

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Oce Arizona 6100 for Corrugated and Flatbed Users

Patrick Donigain, Senior Marketing Specialist for Canon Solutions America, talks about the Oce Arizona 6100 UV High Flow Vacuum Series Printer designed to solve materials handling issues for corrugated customers as well as flatbed users working with materials that are difficult to hold down on the printer bed. Watch Video

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Enfocus' Vendor-Neutral Automation Platform

Toon Van Rossum, product manager for Switch at Enfocus, talks to David Zwang about the development of the vendor-neutral automation platform and how it has grown in popularity in recent years. Watch Video

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Print Trends UK

The EFI Connect Conference in Las Vegas attracts the second largest contingent of media and analysts after drupa. Frank took advantage of this unique audience to get a brief insight into print trends in some overseas markets. In this interview, he talks to Editor and Publisher Darryl Danielli and Contributing Editor Jo Francis of PrintWeek UK. Watch Video

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Fellers Supplies Wrap and Sign Materials as Well as Training

Lisa Smoke, franchise sales manager for Fellers, talks about the "world's largest wrap supply company" with more than 60 locations nationwide supplying vehicle wrap films as well as sign supplies, tools, and other materials. The company also offers training classes on working with wrap materials. Watch Video

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SGIA 2018 Canon Booth Tour

Angel Georgiou, Senior Marketing Specialist for Canon Large Format Solutions, takes visitors through the company's booth at the SGIA Expo in Las Vegas, highlighting their vast array of printing solutions. Watch Video

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swissQprint Announces Its First Roll-to-Roll Wide-Format Printer

Mike Kyritsi, president of swissQprint, talks to Kelley Holmes about the company's first roll-to-roll wide-format printer, to be launched at FESPA in Munich in May. Watch Video

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Canon's Business Builder Program Offers Training

Bob Honn, Senior Director of Marketing Support, Large Format Solutions, for Canon Solutions America, discusses how the Business Builder Program combines traditional hardware sales with a variety of training services. Watch Video

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Nigerian Prints

Frank found a press item from Nigeria bemoaning the fact that electronic filings would cost many jobs. We then go back in time and hear a little history about the SEC’s EDGAR. Watch Video

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Cloudprinter.com's Global Print Hub

David Zwang talks with Martijn Eier, CEO of Cloudprinter.com, about the cloud-based, global print fulfillment business. The Cloudprinter.com platform serves as a hub that integrates print providers from around the world. Watch Video

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Frank Comes to His Senses

Frank is impressed by "Battle of the Senses," a calendar and book produced by Agfa Corp. Based on recipes for chocolate and champagne, both products are paragons of beautiful printing. Watch Video

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Out of Stock

Frank comments about shortages of printed books. At the end of 2018, bookstores— and even Amazon—ran out of inventory for certain bestsellers. Ebooks have not truly replaced printed books and we are still trying to find the equilibrium between ebooks, on-demand books, and long-run printed books. Watch Video

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Frank Books a Hotel Room

Frank discovers a hotel lounge that uses the printed encyclopedia as part of the décor. The Hilton Fanueil Hall in Boston has 40 or more sets of various reference encyclopedias in a small room off the main entrance. Watch Video

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Royal Printers Succeeds with Sustainability

Royal Printers believes sustainability is good for them and their customers—and it's working. Watch Video

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Celebrating a Quarter-Century of Digital Color Printing Part 2: Indigo

Frank celebrates the 25th anniversary of HP Indigo. What began as Benny Landa’s groundbreaking technology is now a multi-billion-dollar worldwide business. It ushered in the era of on-demand color printing, and, more importantly, the use of variable-data printing for personalized promotion. Watch Video