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  • An Introduction to the Marketing Supply Chain

    An Introduction to the Marketing Supply Chain

    An Introduction to the Marketing Supply Chain

    By Richard Romano, Industry Analyst

    Most people reading this are likely familiar with the concept of the “supply chain,” the businesses that provide the resources that printers need to get jobs produced: paper suppliers, equipment dealers, consumables distributors, and so on. Naturally, printers are part of their customers’ supply chains. In fact, every business in each link in a supply chain has its own links that make...
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  • Leave the Nest...To Software

    Leave the Nest...To Software

    Leave the Nest...To Software

    By Richard Romano, Industry Analyst

    For many years, the wide-format graphics conversation centered predominantly on the printing equipment, and usually for good reason, as it is the most expensive and conspicuous part of the production process. Occasionally, finishing capabilities were added into the mix, but one piece of the production puzzle that routinely got short shrift was the front end, aka the RIP.

    Time was, a raster image...
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  • Rhin-O-Tuff to Debut Innovative Auto-Collating Punch at drupa

    Rhin-O-Tuff to Debut Innovative Auto-Collating Punch at drupa

    By Sean O'Leary

    Although new inkjet systems are claiming a lot of the pre-drupa fanfare, there appear to be some startling developments in the post press world worth paying attention to...


    For example, U.S. binding equipment manufacturer Rhin-O-Tuff has just told PrintPlanet they will unveil a potentially game-changing off-line automated collation and punching platform at the show. Incorporating BDT Print Media GmbH’s advanced media handling technology, the Tornado Autopunch...
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  • ​HighCon will demonstrate pumped up digital converting systems at drupa ‘16

    by Sean O'Leary

    No one can accuse the visionaries at Highcon of thinking small. Since the company’s 2009 establishment in Yavne, Israel, the founders’ objective has been to digitally transform the post printing end of the production line, and in the process create demand for a new industry paradigm that doesn’t even have a proper name yet. Or, as the mission statement suggests: “To bridge the gap between design creativity and production capability with innovative digital technology...
    3-D model produced by Euclid III
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  • Thinking Inside the Box: Maximizing Finishing Productivity

    Thinking Inside the Box: Maximizing Finishing Productivity

    By Richard Romano, Industry Analyst

    It’s no secret that each year sees more and more offset work migrating to digital, a technology transfer driven largely by a decline in run lengths. While today’s digital presses can productively handle these short runs (however you want to define “short run”), the bottleneck has historically been in the finishing stage. For much of the past 15 years, the lack of finishing equipment that was compatible with digital presses was a common lament....
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  • Digital vs. Traditional Print Packaging A Growth Market. Good News!

    Digital vs. Traditional Print Packaging A Growth Market. Good News!

    drupa Expert Article 8. Edited for PrintPlanet
    Author: Michael Seidl


    Summary
    Digital printing has succeeded in establishing value in the traditional areas of the print media industry, but adoption has been slower in packaging. The exception is label printing. The requirements of the packaging industry are completely different from those in traditional printing, and the players have taken more time to adopt a digital future. But, increasing numbers of producers and customers...
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  • New Drytac CEO Takes “We Must Make It Happen” Attitude Into The Future

    An Interview with Hayden Kelley

    by Sean O'Leary

    Drytac, a manufacturer of graphics printing, finishing and specialty products, has appointed Hayden Kelley CEO of the Richmond, VA-based company. Effective January 1, 2016, Kelley was handed the reins of a diversified global operation with manufacturing and distribution locations in the US, Canada and Europe. With core capabilities in film coating and converting, the company develops and markets products for an eyebrow raising...
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  • A Hurdle to High Speed Inkjet Supremacy Writ Small

    A Hurdle to High Speed Inkjet Supremacy Writ Small

    The ascendancy of production inkjet may be written in disappearing ink…or not.

    by Sean O'Leary
    There is a speed bump dogging the supremacy of inkjet technology like trouble dogs River City. We’re talking about de-inking. That is to say, “pulp laundering”, the key component of the recycling process in which ink residue is washed and filtered out of incoming paper stock. The problem is that aqueous inkjet formulations are difficult to completely remove from paper pulp and...
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  • EFI Connect Conference Highlights Integrated Solutions and New Market Opportunities

    EFI Connect Conference Highlights Integrated Solutions and New Market Opportunities

    Sold Out January 19 -22 Event Claims 10% Registration Uptick

    This year’s EFI Connect event opened yesterday at Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, as another sold out conference, with 10% more pre-registered customer attendees than 2015. Networking and information sharing between attendees is a key highlight, with the list of Connect 2016 participants representing many of the world’s leading print businesses.

    The Jan. 19-22 conference — one of the printing industry’s largest...
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  • Back To The Future at SGIA 2015

    Back To The Future at SGIA 2015

    by Sean O'Leary

    The “Screen Printing” Show as a Mirror of 21st Century Enterprise

    Back when I was a trade journalist focusing on the graphic arts, I specialized in disruptive technologies such as wide-format inkjet and electronic displays. This niche was rewarding because it allowed me to make predictions that most people would probably forget I had made, including me. At one point I even considered becoming a futurist, but I procrastinated and the opportunity flew by....
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    Is it just me or does it seem to anyone else that print technology is slowing down?

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