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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with VISOgraphic’s Bob Dahlke, Jr.

This week, Warren talks to Bob Dahlke Jr., of VISOgraphic, a general commercial shop based outside of Chicago. Founded in 1946 and owned by the Dahlke family since 1979, the company is about 65% litho, 35% digital, and starting to do more and more packaging. 2019 had been the company’s best year ever, and, VISOgraphic having been an early adopter of LED UV, they bought a brand new press in December, enjoying one great quarter of business before the pandemic hit. Watch Video

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Brother's Rick Frye Talks Sewing Automation

Sewing is often referred to as the "last mile" in the manufacture of sewn goods in terms of an overall automated workflow. Huge progress has been made in the level of automation, and an operator can be quickly trained to execute sewing of some types of items. But the fine work of sewing apparel is still out of reach. Rick Frye shares his thoughts about the current state of sewing automation, and describes Brother's new Bridge sewing technology. Watch Video

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The New Canon imagePRESS C10010VP Digital Press

Canon’s Matthew Poliniak talks about the new Canon imagePRESS C10010VP digital press, which features enhanced media handling capabilities. The imagePRESS C10010VP can handle media up to 400 gsm and also supports running on synthetic media, allowing you to offer new and customized applications to customers. Watch Video

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Shutterfly and HP Discuss Recent Landmark Agreement for Indigo Digital Press Rollout

Cary Sherburne speaks with Dwayne Black, COO of Shutterfly, and Haim Levit, General Manager, HP Indigo. Shutterfly, the US-based online personalized products and photo leader, last month signed a landmark agreement with HP Indigo for more than 60 new HP Indigo digital presses, as it expands its capabilities to supply the growing demand for printing photo memories. Watch Video

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Michael Makin Looks Back and Ahead

In this discussion, Michael Makin talks about his experience in the SGIA/PIA merger that created PRINTING United Alliance, the benefits for PIA Affiliates, and the industry of the merger and his view of the future of the industry. Watch Video

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Frank Goes In Search of The Lost World of Typesetting Services

The Museum of Printing has one of the largest collections of specimen books from typesetting services, a business classification distinct from type foundries. At their peak around 1990, there were more than 4,000 typesetting services in the U.S. They set type for ad agencies, book and magazine publishers, and graphic designers. When word processing came along, these businesses lost the income from keyboarding, and desktop publishing finally did away with this once-vibrant industry. Watch Video

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Mimaki Brings Digital Textile Printing Versatility to North America with Hybrid Fabric Printer

Victoria Harris, Textile Specialist at Mimaki USA, discusses the Mimaki TX300P-1800 MKII hybrid printer, which easily switches between pigment ink printing for direct to fabric and dye-sublimation inks for printing on heat-transfer paper, as well as other digital textile printing solutions from Mimaki. Watch Video

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EFI Reggiani BOLT Wins an InterTech Award

Adele Genoni, General Manager of EFI Reggiani, talks to Cary Sherburne about EFI Reggiani’s BOLT being awarded an InterTech Award—the first textile product to win an InterTech Award. Watch Video

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APTech and Innovatis Group Join Forces to Better Serve the Industry

Thayer Long, President of the Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech), and Eric Hawkinson, Senior Vice President at Innovatis Group, explain APTech's partnership with Innovatis Group to enable the association to broaden its offerings and increase its value to its members and to the industry. Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with PDI Group CEO Jamie Barbieri

This week, Warren talks to Jamie Barbieri, President & CEO of PDI Group. Formed in 2007 from the consolidation of three printers, PDI Group is the largest independent printer in Canada and provides commercial and wide-format printing, distribution, and other products and services for a blue-chip customer base. Watch Video

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For Label Specialties, Versatility Is Key

David Zwang talks to Jenny Johnson Wolf and Mike Wolf of Label Specialties. Based in Louisville, Ky., Label Specialities is a trade printer that uses every technology available, especially flexo and, most recently, digital labels using HP presses. They also offer a variety of finishing and die-cutting services so as to be able to handle whatever requirements a customer may have. Watch Video

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Duggal Visual Solutions: "We Try to Be Involved in Every Way Our Customers Communicate Visually”

David Zwang talks to Michael Duggal, CEO of Duggal Visual Solutions. The company started in 1963 as a boutique photo lab for artists and museums and has transformed with new technologies to offer a full gamut of visual communications—from high-quality photoprinting, wide-format printing and vehicle and building wraps,to fabrication services, to CGI and interactive digital multi-media. Duggal also just recently acquired a Landa S10 to broaden their print offerings even further. Watch Video

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Adapting to Today's Virtual World: An Interview with EFI's Frank Mallozzi

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended many things, not the least of which are trade shows and other in-person events. EFI's Chief Revenue Officer Frank Mallozzi talks about the company's decision to pull out of drupa 2021, its creation of a virtual event, EFI Engage, to replace EFI Connect 2021, and shares an update on the EFI BOLT including talking about its recognition with an InterTech Award. (Note: This video was recorded before drupa announced its cancellation of the 2021 event.) Watch Video

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OnPoint Manufacturing and Gerber Join Forces to Launch Eloise.Fashion

Entrepreneur and innovator Kirby Best has been working with Gerber to make on-demand fashion design and manufacturing tools more accessible to designers and brands, especially smaller organizations that have found the cost of these tools to be a barrier. The result is Eloise.Fashion, where designers can leverage tools and technology to create designs, prepare them for manufacturing, and connect with manufacturing facilities such as OnPoint Manufacturing. Kirby explains it all in this video. Watch Video

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Frank Reads the Fine Print

Frank discovered these tiny editions of the Boston Herald that were printed in the mid-1940s. These were special editions that were reduced in size photographically for shipment overseas to members of the armed services during WWII to give them a slice of home—primarily for the headlines as the text ended up about four points. These editions were sponsored by the Jordan Marsh department store and printed using offset lithography at a time when letterpress was the dominant printing technology. Watch Video

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Target Report Interview—Conversation with Jim Barker, Former Owner of Richardson Communications Group

Rod Bristol talks with Jim Barker, the former owner of Richardson Communications Group, who merged his company with Kingston Printing. Jim talks about selling his business right in the middle of the worst part of the COVID-19 crisis. Watch Video

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Xeikon Moves into Corrugated

Daniel Valema, Strategic Director, Digital Solutions, Xeikon, talks to David Zwang about Xeikon’s move into forms of packaging beyond labels, namely corrugated. Watch Video

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Canon’s Crit Driessen on the Labelstream 4000 Installation at Germany’s Oschatz Visuelle Medien

Crit Driessen, VP Digital Packaging Print, Canon, talks with David Zwang about the installation of the first LabelStream 4000 series digital label press at Oschatz Visuelle Medien, a full-service visual communications agency based in Niedernhausen, near Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Richard Kouwenhoven of Hemlock Printers

This week, Warren talks with Richard Kouwenhoven, President & COO of Hemlock Printers, a 52-year-old company based In British Columbia. Since more than 80% of Hemlock’s work is offset, March and April saw a dramatic drop in volume, although it has been creeping back up. Thanks to help from the Canadian government, Hemlock did not have to lay off any employees. Watch Video

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Xeikon’s Stefan Clopterop on fleXflow

David Zwang talks with Stefan Clopterop, Segment Manager, Labels and Packaging, Xeikon, about the Xeikon fleXflow digital pouch production solution. Watch Video