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Fri May 17th

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Christof Bromberger · CEO · Bromberger Pac...

Bromberger Packungen celebrates but doesn't celebrate its 120th anniversary because, as CEO Christof Bromberger says, the big celebration is 125 years in only five years. As the company name indicates, Bromberger Packungen produces packaging material. In this film, we speak to both Christof Bromberger and Arno Duerr from Weilburger Graphics about choosing and working with the right supplier of different consumables like varnishes, coatings, and even ink. Enjoy :-) Interview by James Quirk

Thu May 16th

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Ali Benchekroun · Associate Executive Direc...

What to expect when you visit a North African country for the first time? Well, we arrived at around 20:00 local time in Casablanca airport, and when we got out of the plane, the warm, dry air was pleasant. Luggage and security were a breath, and a few minutes later, our driver came, picked us up, and drove us about 30 minutes from the airport to our hotel. The adventure started great, and the expectations of visiting DirectPrint were high. And we were satisfied. Several Komori printing presses in different formats, Horizon and MBO binding equipment for perfect binding, stitched products, and tons of hands and equipment for rigid boxes, folding cartons, labels, digital embellishment, and, of course, the two KAMA products - the very reason for our visit - a Flexfold FF52i (Folding Gluer with extremely short setup time), and a ProCut76 a die cutter/hot stamping machine with extreme precession AND fast setup time - we have done a walkthrough of the machine, you can see it here: https://inkish.tv/inkish-video/sofwalkthrough/ Ali Benchekroun is getting ready to take over the family business at some point. Still, he will take over a super WELL-run operation with all the modern technology you can only dream of. Enjoy!

Thu May 16th

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Don Kallil · Chief Vision Officer (and owner...

When we spoke with Chris Manley from GraphCo before going to Verdant, he said we would be intrigued by the owner, Don Kallil - and yes - that's an understatement. When you step into the company, you realize this is different. In a way, it's an in-plant because the technology is specifically acquired to serve Don Kallils's design business - another story and a fantastic story - but for now, let's stick to Verdant. Going from a small DI machine to an 8-color RMGT machine is impossible. You see every day, but then again, having an owner who calls himself Chief Vision Officer reflects quite well that visions, ideas, innovation, and a lovely personality define Don Kallil. Super friendly staff, beautiful products, and a happy RMGT customer - but dig into the story and listen for yourself.

Thu May 16th

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Chris Manley · Sales (and owner) · GraphCo

He has a nose for business. He sees opportunities. He knows his products. He cares about his customers - they are referred to almost like family members. He strongly believes in offset and is the only one constantly bringing machines to tradeshows whenever possible. He has a strong respect for his father, who passed away years ago. His father gave Manley an opportunity and another direction of life that was initially planned. Manley is the distributor of RMGT and other products. This story is about Chris Manley and GraphCo - great story!  

Thu May 16th

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Andreas Aplien & Karl Ciz · CoCoCo · Connec...

These days, a new player on the Software scene is being presented—the company's name is CoCoCo, and the founders are well-known people from the industry. In this interview, we get the chance to talk to two of the three founders, Andreas Aplien and Karl Ciz. It's 35 35-minute interviews, but super interesting to learn from - what is CoCoCo, why does it matter, and what benefit does the software provide its customers? In the interview, Aplien and Ciz share an example from one of the company's customers, where it seems apparent that the savings using CoCoCo deliver a truly rapid return to the buyer - but listen for yourself!

Wed May 15th

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Mirco Wilke · All4Labels · Investment in ...

Crystal Clean Connect fully automates the entire plate-making process, from imaging and exposure to plate production, reducing the number of steps in the flexo plate-making process from twelve to just one. It delivers a 90 percent reduction in dedicated operator time, an average 25 percent increase in press OEE, and a 20 percent reduction in ink usage. The system results from two years of joint development between Asahi Photoproducts and Esko. Mirco Wilk from All4Labels, Pascal Thomas from Esko, and Dieter Niederstadt from Asahi Photoproducts share the story in this film. Enjoy. Interviewed by Jacques Michiels.

Tue May 14th

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Yasuo Taketsugu · Horizon International · P...

Reitoft welcomes Taketsugu and thanks him for joining despite the late hour in Japan. Taketsugu, representing Horizon, is busy preparing for Drupa, the major industry show in Düsseldorf. Reitoft expresses admiration for Horizon's continuous innovation and commitment to R&D. Taketsugu affirms that Horizon is still developing new ideas and is committed to achieving its smart factory concept, which began in 2019 and remains a work in progress. They discuss Horizon's use of robotics, AGVs, and robot arms, all integral to their smart factory initiatives. Taketsugu explains that the demand for such technology is growing, particularly in Europe and the US, where automation is sought for repetitive tasks. Although Japan's printing industry lags in adopting new technologies, Taketsugu mentions that labor shortages due to an aging population are driving a gradual increase in demand for automation. The conversation shifts to Horizon's iCE LiNK platform, which integrates both hardware and software, emphasizing the importance of data collection for operational efficiency. Taketsugu highlights the collaboration with software vendors to enhance data utility, which benefits both Horizon and its customers by providing insights and predictive maintenance alerts. Reitoft inquires about data security concerns. Taketsugu reassures that Horizon only collects machine data, not personal data, and emphasizes customer transparency. They discuss Horizon's long-standing partnerships, such as with Hunkeler, which continue despite industry changes like acquisitions. Taketsugu shares that Horizon will showcase 18 different solutions at Drupa, including bookbinding technologies and various automated systems. Reitoft praises Horizon's modular equipment design, which allows for scalability and integration based on customer needs. Reitoft acknowledges Horizon's market-driven approach and the importance of customer feedback in its development process. Taketsugu mentions Horizon's expansive booth at Drupa, which will feature live presentations and demonstrations by knowledgeable staff. Finally, Reitoft and Taketsugu discuss the overall market outlook. While the printing industry's volume may be shrinking, opportunities within specific segments, such as books with increasing titles but shorter runs, are growing. Taketsugu highlights the feasibility of short-run and on-demand printing, which aligns with current market trends.  

Tue May 14th

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Tobias Köngeter · WirbelWild · PreDrupa L...

Reitoft welcomed Tobias Köngeter from Wirbelwild to INKISH. Köngeter introduced himself and his company, which he owns with his wife. In Southern Germany, Wirbelwild's name is a play on the words 'world wind' and 'wild.' Köngeter explained that they started the company because they couldn't find software to create highly individualized printing products, so they decided to develop it themselves. Köngeter and his wife, both from creative backgrounds, found repetitive tasks in pre-press work, such as calendar layouts, boring and risky. They wanted software to handle complex and creative printing tasks that existing software like InDesign or QuarkXPress couldn't manage. To achieve this, Köngeter learned programming, which allowed them to develop the necessary software and turn Wirbelwild into a company providing layout automation solutions. Köngeter introduced ManyPrint Solutions, a cloud-based layout automation software that processes data dynamically without predefined templates. The system can import data from various sources, adapt layout rules dynamically, and produce outputs in multiple formats, including printing PDFs, InDesign files, HTML files, videos, and audio. He explained that ManyPrint Solutions is open to various data inputs, flexible in layout generation, and versatile in output formats. He highlighted a product called the Running Diary, which generates personalized brochures with running route recommendations, maps, and individualized videos based on the user's location. Köngeter announced that Wirbelwild would exhibit at Drupa in Hall 8B, sharing a large stand with Konica Minolta. Visitors can see demonstrations of their products and their integration with Konica Minolta's printing machines. Reitoft admired Köngeter's achievements and planned to visit their booth at Drupa. Köngeter provided final details on their exhibition and expressed his excitement about showcasing their innovative solutions at Drupa.  

Tue May 14th

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Tim Sterbak · IST Metz · PreDrupa LIVE · M...

Morten Reitoft and Tim Sterbak discuss IST Metz's preparations for Drupa 2024. Sterbak, from IST Metz, shares his excitement about their participation and reveals that they have extensively redesigned their entire product portfolio, incorporating significant innovations. Sterbak mentions IST Metz's collaborations, such as their work with Heidelberg, where IST lamps are installed on a CX104 and their partnership with Weillberger for sustainable coating solutions. He highlights that IST Metz will showcase various new products, including mercury lamps and LED solutions, which have been redesigned for better efficiency and performance. Sterbak explains that IST Metz is focused on making their products more sustainable and energy-efficient. They produce their lamps in-house, ensuring high quality and longevity. He mentions introducing a new "Free Cure" solution that eliminates the need for inertization and photoinitiators, making the curing process more efficient. Reitoft inquires about the redesign process, to which Sterbak responds that it involves improving heat management and durability. They aim to make their products more efficient and environmentally friendly. He discusses IST Metz's approach to providing tailored solutions for different applications, using a modular system to meet specific customer needs. Sterbak introduces "Smart Cure," an AI-driven system that optimizes the power usage of curing systems based on job parameters. This leads to significant energy savings and extended product lifespans. The system can adjust power levels automatically, ensuring optimal performance and reducing the carbon footprint. Sterbak expresses his enthusiasm for Drupa, noting that it will be his first time attending the event. He invites visitors to IST Metz's booth to see their innovations and discuss solutions tailored to their needs. Reitoft praises Sterbak's presentation and looks forward to seeing IST Metz's contributions at Drupa. The conversation concludes with Reitoft thanking Sterbak and mentioning upcoming events, including the next non-event in December.  

Tue May 14th

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Theo Buchmeyer · manroland Goss · PreDrupa ...

Morten Reitoft and Theo Buchmeyer discuss Manroland Goss's participation in the upcoming Drupa 2024. Buchmeyer emphasizes the importance of attending Drupa for the company despite the absence of their "brother" company. He sees it as a key opportunity to showcase new products, meet customers, and build new relationships. Reitoft praises Manroland Goss for adapting to market changes through refurbishment and technological innovations, ensuring the continued relevance of their web offset presses. Buchmeyer confirms the significant install base of over 3,000 active presses worldwide and their plans to support these with retrofits and improvements. They discuss Drupa's role as a statement of commitment to the future of the print industry and the importance of maintaining connections with customers. Buchmeyer highlights the company's efforts to integrate digital tools like VPN and IoT boxes for monitoring press performance and predicting downtime, enhancing productivity through tools like Manroland Sense, an artificial intelligence tool for predictive maintenance. Buchmeyer acknowledges the growth of digital printing but emphasizes that offset printing remains a robust, productive process for mid to large runs. He predicts a coexistence of both technologies, offset retaining its place in the industry for the foreseeable future. Manroland Goss's booth at Drupa will focus on its new VarioMAN packaging press, showcasing its flexibility and cost-efficiency in reducing production costs and carbon footprint. It will also demonstrate maintenance tools and emphasize the importance of sustainability and extending the economic life of its installed presses. Reitoft and Buchmeyer discuss the continued relevance and growth of web offset printing in certain markets, noting that some customers are expanding their volumes through consolidation and new titles. Buchmeyer concludes by emphasizing the importance of supporting the existing install base and showcasing Manroland Goss's upgrades and innovations at Drupa.  

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Thu August 17th

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#LearnWithUs MIS · arifiQ · Carina Karlsso...

arifiQ started as an estimation tool in times when estimation took a while. Their claim was a quotation in less than a minute, and not only has arifiQ developed into a full MIS system, but calculations are now instant and offer an interesting approach to pricing, for example, an InDesign plug-in enabling the designers to get quotes based on the design, format, number of pages directly in InDesign - and even ordering directly as well. arifiQ can also make an estimate based on an uploaded PDF, where arifiQ takes the size and number of pages and matches this to a product - and return an instant price. The ideas are solidly based on in-depth knowledge of being printers themselves. The Swedish company started with domain knowledge and added programming to the solution - now globally available, also integrated into HP PrintOS and many other OEM workflow solutions. Enjoy the presentation! LinkedIn Profiles: Eva Rosén https://www.linkedin.com/in/eva-ros%C3%A9n-69375520/ Carina Karlsson https://www.linkedin.com/in/carina-karlsson/

Thu August 17th

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#LearnWithUs MIS · CERM · Fran Boey & Steff...

CERM is by far one of the most thought-after MIS/ERP solutions among label converters - and as we have visited Converters who work with CERM, there is a reasonable reason for the choice. The demos are excellent, the software solves the challenges Converters have and then supports the product, and now the integration to Microsoft Power BI is giving customers options like never before. In this webinar, CERM has decided to focus on the BI functions and the 18 standard reporting tools provided in the optional solution. Fran Boey has a background in the BI-World, and guides us smoothly through how reports can be created, giving customers THE overview! LinkedIn Profile: Fran Boey https://www.linkedin.com/in/fran-boey-951a08169/ Steffen Haaga https://www.linkedin.com/in/steffen-haaga-2b4942/

Thu August 17th

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#LearnWithUs MIS · Dataline ·  Robert Har...

Getting into the hands of Dataline is a safe experience. Covering all aspects of the process, from estimations, planning, web portals, APIs, invoicing, and ERP functions, to mention just a few of the features that make Multipress from Dataline a safe choice. In the presentation, you will see how even complex jobs like hardcover books are calculated, how quick quotations are fast, still comprehensive, and integrated into the entire flow of an order into the production. Dataline is working on extending its presence in the market and has today more than 10,000 users in Europe, but even see other continents as potential play-grounds :-) Enjoy this REPLAY session! LinkedIn Profile: Robert Hartman https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-hartman-a0561618/ Christoph Krohn https://www.linkedin.com/in/christophkrohn/

Thu August 17th

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#LearnWithUs MIS · DURST Lift · Leland Mor...

Leland Morgen takes us through the Durst Lift solution with ease and confidence. Leland has experience working with multiple ERP/MIS solutions, and during the presentation, it feels that Durst Lift is 'home' and, therefore, an answer that he can easily vouch for. Lift differs from other solutions, as almost the entire user interface is shared with customers, who can view orders, specify quantities, proof a project, and essentially do everything from a browser. Lift customers can use Lift for all types of job, but no question that Lift is developed with the product that Durst deliver in mind! LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lelandmorgan/

Thu August 17th

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#LearnWithUs MIS · Omikai · Mathias Erlands...

Omikai is a Swedish Browser-based MIS solution and is a one-solution fits all MIS solution. All updates are applied to all customers, requirements accepted by the development team are delivered to all customers, and with a flexible pricing model, Omikai fits all types of customers. In the demo, CEO and Founder Mathias Erlandsson showed us the flow in Omikai, which includes changing variable data as an end-customer in an uploaded PDF, pricing, integration to various solutions, planning, shipping, etc. A great presentation :-) LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mathias-erlandsson-aa780b15/

Thu August 17th

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#LearnWithUs MIS · PrintIQ · Craig C. Powe...

In the last session of our #LearnWithUs, we meet Craig from PrintIQ in the US. The US is a relatively new market for the New Zealand-based MIS developer, but according to Craig C. Powell, America loves PrintIQ. After a presentation and overview of PrintIQ, we get into the more interesting part of this session, where we see how PrintIQ addresses different topics differently from the other solutions - but see it for yourself - PrintIQ also looks like a nice software to consider :-) LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/craigpowell/

Thu August 17th

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#LearnWithUs MIS · PrintVis · Michael Bradl...

This session was nothing but super great, as Michael Bradley from Printvis did an excellent demo and involved Scott and Hugh (customers) in the presentation. Built on Microsoft Business Software makes PrintVis capable of almost everything, and though it can do much, the upgraded Microsoft UI makes the system look and feel smooth as butter. Great presentation! LinkedIn Profile: Michael Bradley https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-bradley-50a0926/ Scott Carritt https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottcarritt/ Hugh Cleveland https://www.linkedin.com/in/hughcleveland/

Thu August 17th

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#LearnWithUs MIS · Rogler International · ...

The Rogler platform is the only solution that specifically mentions the integration of robots and AGVs, and also the only solution where planning is mentioned as one of the most important features. The Swim Lane overview is excellent, and Hannes Rogler explains how AI is used to plan jobs in the best way utilizing the equipment to its max. A few hiccups because of some technology issues, but reach out to Hannes for more information! LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannes-rogler-b74869130/

Thu October 22nd

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#metoo

#metoo #GirlsWhoPrint LIVE on INKISH.TV from 10.00 AM CEST - we need to listen. We need to talk.

Mon June 1st

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#thankaprinter

Ladies and Gentleman… #thankaprinter Please use the hashtag when sharing. Print Long and Prosper! And when the virus came, people turned to their leaders and their community and said: “We need to keep our families and our loved ones safe. We need to know how. We need somebody willing to get up at dawn in the cold, in the rain, in the blistering heat and open their doors so we may keep ours closed. Somebody who will work tirelessly, with ink-stained clothes and calloused hands to fire up the presses, to feed the paper, to fold and score and distribute hope.” So they called a Printer. And when supplies ran low, when our heath care heroes on the front-lines desperately needed protection, Printers forged facemasks, face shields and partitions and answered the call of their nations to help their citizens heal. They answered by reinventing and retooling and constructing 3D printed parts for respirators, breathing life into patients and hospitals and communities suffocating without . They answered the call to transform children and parents into students and teachers, and kitchen tables into classrooms … and cathedrals. They made the signs, the clings and the decals to arm their communities in the fight to stay open and distanced and educated. They sent the mail that delivered checks that kept food on the table and lights overhead, and protected packaged goods on the shelves in storerooms and backrooms and pantries. They worked in split shifts to keep us safe from harm while struggling to keep their doors open, not once asking for anything in return. When we look back, when we have distanced ourselves from this moment in time and are reunited with each other, let’s not forget to remember who stood, fearless, at the gate, and said this community, this family, this business won’t go down on my watch. Let us not forget to Thank a Printer. Written by Deborah Corn, Print Media Centr. Produced by INKISH and PrintMediaCentr. Video editing by Jan Majnik · INKISH

Wed October 18th

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1 Billion pages + · Marc Johnson · Senior G...

At the HP #PrintAhead event, visitors were invited for cake and champagne to celebrate a 1-billion pages milestone for the new Advantage T-2200 inkjet printer - a milestone - for sure, but 'only' part of a bigger story about how the digital transformation is changing the printing landscape forever. With Brilliant Ink, faster machines, and better drying, Senior Global Market Development Manager Marc Johnson sees HP as a front runner - and obviously both happy and proud about the milestones HP and its customers have achieved - very nice interview, enjoy!

Sat January 11th

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100% Digital Natural · Print Sample TV · Pa...

Konica Minolta and MGI are well-known equipment manufacturers in the printing industry. In this Print Sample TV episode with Pat McGrew, she will show great applications from the two. It would help if you made your own print samples and actively use these in your marketing. Customers do not always know what's possible with the latest technology and showing what's possible will increase your sales.

Mon June 24th

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160.000.000€ and still growing · Ulrich St...

One of Europe's largest printing companies is Druckhaus Mainfranken. They see themselves as an Industrial printer primarily delivering offset print to their sister company Flyeralarm. Mainfranken is managed by CEO Ulrich Stetter, who gave a presentation about their use of enhancement like digital UV/foil at the recent Inkjet Update conference. Excellent presentation, but even greater that CEO Ulrich Stetter took the time afterward took time talk to INKISH.TV. Enjoy this very interesting interview.

Sat October 26th

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2019 Girls Who Print Girlie Award Winner Sabi...

Sabine Geldermann was awarded with the Girls Who Print 'Girlie Award 2019.' In the motivation for the price the Intergalactic Ambassador Deborah Corn states the importance of Sabine Geldermanns work, and how she is seen as a role model for women globally. We congratulate Sabine Geldermann and are proud of supporting women who prints.

Fri September 27th

2nd Show Report LabelExpo - Brussels, Belgium

After a slow start, LabelExpo took off, and for the people we spoke to, everything was great! The number of visitors, along with the quality, was two significant important comments. The media people we met in the Press Office were positive, though a few commented that there weren't that many new technological breakthroughs. I am not sure if that is 100% correct since shows don't only show products, but also represent trends. One of the more important trends at LabelExpo is the adaption of IoT and Industry 4.0. For many printers, this is most likely words with little resemblance, and we will, of course, tell more about what this is and how this can influence you as a printer.

Mon October 18th

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3A Composites introducing new Sustainable Sol...

With well-known brands like DIBOND, FOREX, HYLITE, FOAM-X and many more, 3A composites emblazoned being part of Schweiter Technologies AG. As leading manufacturer of sheet materials in the field of visual communication materials it immediately became clear that all were happy to return to a more human and personal interaction. With some interesting new products in their portfolio the group is clearly putting environmental challenges and sustainability high on the agenda. LinkedIn Profile