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  • Why You Shouldn’t Buy a Digital Press

    Why You Shouldn’t Buy a Digital Press

    Why You Shouldn’t Buy a Digital Press

    By Noel Ward, Editor @ Large

    There are a couple of legends about digital printing that continue to bring a lot of pain to some print providers. They hamper the expansion of digital print specifically and hurt the print industry in general. Ironically, parts of these legends were initiated and promulgated by some of the very people who built and sold digital presses.

    First is the idea that short runs are the main reason...
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  • MIS for the Masses: Printlogic Targets Small Print Businesses

    MIS for the Masses: Printlogic Targets Small Print Businesses

    MIS for the Masses: Printlogic Targets Small Print Businesses

    By Richard Romano, Industry Analyst

    One major trend in print enterprise management software today is the emergence of MIS/CRM and workflow management systems that are as powerful as those used by the largest printing establishments but are tailored to, and are easy to use by, small and mid-size printers–that is, those in the three- to 20-employee range. The goal is to give smaller players all the benefits of...
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  • Canon Doubles Down on One

    Canon Doubles Down on One

    Canon Doubles Down on One

    By Noel Ward, Editor @ Large

    Long Island was humid. Hot. And flying in from the Maritimes took some time. But for a Canon event the effort is always worthwhile. Here’s a short take.

    Two or three times a year Canon updates journalists and analysts on how the company is moving forward, the new products being rolled out and how it is positioning itself in a changing marketplace. And so it was in early August when about 30 of us showed...
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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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  • 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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