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  • Bringing the Bling

    Bringing the Bling

    Duplo Taps Into Tactile With A New Digital Spot Coater
    By Sean O’Leary

    As printing markets continue to morph and mature, some existing choices disappear while new opportunities simultaneously arise. While there is no question there is an abundance of stress in the 21st Century printing world, it is also equally evident that things are as interesting as they ever have been for those of the intrepid and innovative persuasion.

    To thrive in this hypercompetitive new environment,...
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  • How to Stop Chasing Color and Increase Profitability

    How to Stop Chasing Color and Increase Profitability

    By Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    Chances are, you’re seeing more and more jobs that require full color—it may be even most of the ones coming in, given the rapid increase in digital short-run printing. With that demand comes the need for color consistency, reliability and predictability, so you have to set and satisfy customer expectations for how colors will look on the printed page. And that is not always easy. Some familiar color reproduction challenges include:
    • Repeatability (matching
    ...
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  • You, the Tax Man and Section 179

    You, the Tax Man and Section 179

    By Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    Owners of small to mid-size businesses—meaning just about any type of print provider—know first-hand how tough it can be to keep a business profitable and moving forward. You’re always looking to get the most favorable returns on every deal and you try not to leave any money on the table. And when it comes to taxes, it’s especially important to know how to work the rules. And right now, one of the best of the bunch is called Section 179. Your tax guy...
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  • SGIA and NAPCO Media Engineer an Inclusive Trade Event for an Evolving Market

    SGIA and NAPCO Media Engineer an Inclusive Trade Event for an Evolving Market

    Sean O’Leary




    In October 2019, the Specialty Graphics & Imaging Association (SGIA) and NAPCO Media will launch Printing United, a trade show and conference envisioned to reflect the dynamics of a convergent printing industry. The move is the most recent development in a process, first announced in February, that began with a split between Printing Industries of America (PIA) and the Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies...
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  • You've Been Hacked!

    You've Been Hacked!

    By Noel Ward, Editor @Large

    Well, maybe you haven’t been hacked (that you know of), but chances are one or more of your customers has, whether or not they are willing to admit it.

    I was getting a glass of wine at the One Canon event a few weeks back when Carlos Fernandes the head of Agile Cybersecurity Solutions came up and introduced himself. He asked how familiar I was with the issue of cyber security. I said that to be honest, I’d thought of data security as something...
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  • The Light Stuff:

    The Light Stuff:

    GTI’s Illuminating thoughts on ISO 3664.:2009 and color viewing environments

    Sean O’Leary

    As printing technology gallops like a runaway stagecoach along the digital trajectory, one critical production facet persists as decidedly analog and human: the dream of universal color viewing environments. Especially for higher value creative projects, the standardization of color evaluation supply chains is essential across the creative/production continuum. Designers, brand...
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  • Why Inkjet?

    Why Inkjet?

    By Noel Ward

    When the first high speed inkjet machines, all roll-to-roll devices, began reaching the market there was a lot of skepticism. Even some of the journalists and analysts with whom I swap perspectives weren’t sure inkjet was going to be a real player. Some thought (or maybe hoped) electrophotographic (EP) systems would go on forever. EP was, after all, their comfort zone. Many remained skeptical about inkjet.

    Why would anyone want cutsheet inkjet?
    A couple...
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  • Of Piggly Wiggly, CHILI Publish and the Fourth Wave of the Industrial Revolution

    Of Piggly Wiggly, CHILI Publish and the Fourth Wave of the Industrial Revolution

    by Sean O’Leary
    CTO, PrintPlanet

    It is not every day that one has the privilege of attending an event that kicks off with a discussion of how the Fourth Wave of the Industrial Revolution traces back to the 1916 self-service grocery innovations of PigglyWiggly. Nevertheless, that was how CHILI CEO Kevin Goeminne opened his talk at the Spicy Talk ‘18 Chicago Workplace on February 15. CHILI, of course, is the creator of a surging browser-based document editing platform that allows...
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  • Wtp

    Wtp

    by Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    What do you do when things go sideways? What does your team do? Who decides? And how do people feel when it’s all over? Successful? Or maybe like everyone just dodged a bullet?

    When things don’t go according to plan, there are usually a few people in any organization who fall apart, operating under a policy that goes something like, “when wracked by fear, or deep in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout.” Meanwhile, cooler heads usually...
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  • Accelerating Delivery for Parts & Service

    Accelerating Delivery for Parts & Service

    by Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    Ask yourself a question: How dependent is your business on the support available for the equipment and technology on your shop floor? If your company is like most others in our industry the answer is probably something like, “More than I’d like it to be.”

    To minimize the stress and moments of panic that come with an unexpected equipment failure, you probably have a series of procedures in place to help ensure you can still meet deadlines...
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  • How CHILI’S New Illustrator® Feature Plugs Into An Increasingly Automated Future
    MyWildIrishProse
    By Sean O'Leary



    As 2019 kicks off, CHILI publish will begin rolling out a new Illustrator Plug-in for its Universal Graphics Engine platform. That news is bigger than it sounds at first.

    The “native AI document conversion utility” is particularly targeted to the packaging and label industries, which, due to the greater complexity of their graphics (and the incorporation of large numbers of vector components), have historically favored the Adobe Illustrator®...
    02-01-2019, 10:26 AM
  • Why Ever Would You Want to Automate?
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    by Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    Why ever would you want to automate your operation? After all, it seems far too complex, costs money, involves a lot of your people, will absorb significant time, and you figure you probably don’t need it. And then you run out of excuses.

    I used to work with a guy who had some 20-odd years in printing and packaging behind him. He insisted that every shop he went into had a superbly lean and extremely efficient workflow and spectacular MIS. He...
    01-09-2019, 02:50 PM
  • Can Reality be Printed?
    noelward
    By Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    The title above is not intended as an existential question, but as the relevance of print continues to evolve it is worth consideration. Of interest here is a technology called Augmented Reality and its relationship to print. Is there one?

    Definitely. At PRINT 18 I gave a presentation entitled “Is AR the Resurrection of Print?” which much to my surprise drew a standing-room-only crowd and has since generated numerous phone calls about this...
    12-20-2018, 10:37 AM
  • Ultimate’s Red Hot Technology Breakthrough Award: New Dimensions in AI
    MyWildIrishProse
    Sean O'Leary

    In 1989, the Berlin Wall came down, the Little Mermaid swam into our hearts and desktop publishing was a fresh new thing. Platforms like PageMaker, QuarkXpress and Photoshop were still novel and the PDF protocol was a future gleam in Adobe’s eye. But as I was writing this post, I discovered that another event took place in 1989 that surprised me: Ultimate Technographics launched the original version of its signature Ultimate Impostrip® digital imposition software....
    12-18-2018, 06:48 PM
  • Is Your Business Synced?
    noelward
    By Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    Many printers I talk with say they worry that some jobs may be handled without the attention to detail they claim is part of their company culture. Ensuring that such care is taken is not always an easy task, especially once a job leaves prepress and lands in production. Sooner or later, almost every print business owner I talk with shares tales of how colors have been wrong, how press operator time per job is more than expected while press uptime and reliability...
    10-19-2018, 02:27 PM
  • Canon USA’s Gamut Destinations Exhibit Is A Mini Vacation With A Message
    MyWildIrishProse
    by Sean O'Leary

    I have been to more trade shows than I can (or want to) count at this point, so I think it’s accurate to say it takes something special to get my attention. At Print 18, there was no shortage of exhibitors willing to deploy loads of money and creative resources in an effort to somehow translate their corporate mission via the unwieldy medium known as the trade show booth (an esoteric and challenging art form indeed). But as has always been the case, funds expended...
    10-15-2018, 06:00 PM
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