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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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  • Digital Packaging Summit 2015

    Digital Packaging Summit 2015


    Digital Packaging Summit 2015
    Converting Cognoscenti Gather to see the Future

    By Noel Ward, Managing Director, Brimstone Hill Associates

    The rich content at first annual Digital Packaging Summit (DPS) made up for the less than sunny Florida weather. Put on by nGage Events and Napco Media at the Ponte Vedra Beach Inn and Club near Jacksonville, this unique, invitation-only event gathered some 55 converters and more than 20 printing equipment and supplies companies
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  • Is Your Business Synced?
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    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
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    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
  • Feeling the Buzz at Labelexpo
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    by Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    The Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois is probably not on anyone’s bucket list of must-see locations, yet every two years the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center is packed to the roof trusses with label and flexible packaging pros looking for new technologies that will help make them more money. There was a lot to see.

    My own curiosity aside, I was there at the behest of a client who needed me to shoot video for immediate uploading to the...
    10-04-2018, 11:02 AM
  • G7 Color Strategy Paves The Path to Reinvention
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    Koenig and Bauer Builds New Automation Into Commercial Offset Presses

    by Sean O'Leary


    Two centuries after the establishment of Schnellpressenfabrik Koenig & Bauer in Würzburg, Germany, corporate management at the world’s oldest printing press manufacturer initiated a yearlong “pause to assess”. This process was intended to determine strategies Koenig and Bauer would develop in response to the colossal evolution of the global printing industry. In the course of...
    09-26-2018, 09:03 PM
  • Finishing Is Not An Afterthought
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    AccuLink’s Engineered Workflow Leverages Standard Finishing’s Automated Finishing Solutions
    by Sean O’Leary

    When long time trade printer AccuLink got the recommendation from Dscoop, Tom O’Brien understood right away it was going to be a game changer.

    One of the world’s largest digital print and design communities, the Dscoop organization links HP digital PSPs with designers, creatives and users. So when a major personalized print products company was looking...
    08-22-2018, 02:29 PM
  • Xeikon Café: Sharing Ideas and Experiences
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    By Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    Just about all the major equipment and software vendors these days hold annual events to connect with customers and prospects, talk about new technologies, and try to bring a personal touch to what can otherwise be a somewhat distant relationship. These shindigs span the globe, take on all formats and some are decidedly better than others. I’ve been to many of them over the years and have found some are crafted to address the needs of customers. Which, you’d...
    08-01-2018, 08:49 AM
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