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When you have a lot of print, it's immensely important to have software that can ensure a smooth data flow. As Michael Zimmerman explains in this interview, you get files in all formats, and though you would think a PDF is a PDF, it's not the case. When jobs, i.e., contain 30,000 PDF files, Solimar ReadyPDF is used to optimize the PDF file, so the file size gets smaller and, therefore, faster to process. Zimmerman is a very happy Solimar customer, and if you work in a mail department yourself, you will recognize some of the challenges he explains in this film!
It's been amazing seeing the Ahmedabad-based web-to-print developer's journey. We saw the company for the first time at a Print Pack show in Greater Noida in India, and from then at both Indian and international shows in many different countries. The company has developed the web-to-print solution Design'N'Buy but has recently released its DesignO software, essentially the design module from the web-to-print solution, but now possible to integrate easily with several standard eCommerce platforms - and with a comprehensive API set making it easy(er) to use in many different applications. During the pandemic, Nidhi Agrawal and her team wrote a book on becoming a successful online print retailer. Recently, the company was evenly awarded the Pinnacle Award for its software. Difficult to say this isn't a success.
Warren Werbitt IS print. With a background as a co-owner of a Canadian printing company, he knows what he talks about, and many know him from What They Think's 'Printer to Printer' and as consultant and speaker under his own brand as 'The Print Whisperer.' Warren Werbitt is also involved with APTECH and, more recently, Taktiful, which has a mission to educate printers about embellishment. Editor Morten B. Reitoft met with Warren Werbitt at Scodix's booth at PRINTING United and had a talk about why embellishment is important. We hope you will enjoy!
The winner takes it all but in this case? Nah... the customers get an excellent and straightforward product to use to share happy memories. The Unicorn Winner Nations Photo Lab has developed a photo frame that allows customers to place and replace canvas without needing any tooling - fast, innovative, and looks excellent. The Intergalactic Ambassador to the Printerverse, Deborah Corn, found the Unicorn Award winner, who here receives the award and shows the idea/product to you! Congratulations, and enjoy!
Standard Finishing represents Horizon in the US, demonstrating a range of new products. In this film, Bob Flinn presents a robot-arm solution that makes it possible to operate the company's binding equipment almost without people being involved. Amazing to see it in action, and Bob Flinn also tells us about the HUGE interest from many of the attendees!
At PRINTING United, the exhibitors showed more gear than earlier, which was the case for Standard Finishing. In this film, we get a great chat with the Director of Sales, Paul J. Steinke, about the market and products, and we end with a walk-through of the Docutrim to see and understand what it does.
If only two people have a passion for print, it must be Marc Johnson from HP and Pat McGrew from Print Sample TV - and here we bring them together at PRINTING United. Obviously, the new HP T-Series Advantage 2200 is attractive for many reasons, but one, of course, is its media diversity and the quality it delivers - well, don't read. Just watch!
In this Print Sample TV edition, Pat McGrew meets up with Lindy Cook from Kodak. They are looking at the beautiful samples the new Kodak Ascend delivers. As Pat McGrew explains, the machine featured is not compared to almost anything else. It's a digital printer with built-in embellishment options that would generally take MORE machines to do, but it also excels as it can print on LONG and thick substrates. So this is not only for commercial print but even for packaging and indoor signage. New dawn, we dare to say!
In this interview with Stefan Hunkeler, we discuss the Hunkeler Innovationdays 2023. It takes place in beautiful Lucern in Switzerland, February 27th - March 2nd, 2023 - and we can't wait! Hunkeler Innovationdays has grown to become one of the most important events in the industry but had to postpone, like everybody else, because of the pandemic. Now it's the point of no return, and exhibitors and many customers are planning to attend the maybe only end-to-end event for digital print/finishing. INKISH will be covering Innovationdays intensively and will also talk to many of the vendors exhibiting before the event to encourage you to attend. Registration opens November 2nd, and it's a must-attend event, to be honest! Enjoy!
Workflow/automation is becoming increasingly important in all segments of our industry. At PLASTGrommet's booth at PRINTING United, we got to talk to Rob Harris from CSI Printing & Graphics from the D.C. area. Harris speaks about his recent investment in PLASTGrommet and his expectations - great product - great customer!
Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems acquired MultiCam recently, and at their huge booth at PRINTING United 2022, they showcase both Kongsberg and MultiCam products. In this film, we get a chance to learn from Router Product Manager Russel Boudria, who shows what's possible and explains the difference between the different MultiCam offerings! Excellent samples in our minds!
Tom Fitzgerald is responsible for Post Press Products for Koenig & Bauer North America, and for him and his company, PRINTING United has been very successful. In the interview, Fitzgerald can't hide his appreciation of the sales achieved - and as with the rest of the Koenig & Bauer team, everything seems to move up and forward. Good work, guys!
In this film, we wrap up our experience from PRINTING United together with Ford Bowers, the CEO of PRINTING United Alliance. Still, we also get a chance to see some of the products and print samples HP has spent the past three days showcasing. We find PRINTING United an overwhelming success - congratulations to the hard-working team. It's not an easy job to set up a show like this!
Thank you to everybody who has followed us during the past three days. PRINTING United has been a success, and we have been covering as much as we possibly could. This is the last edition of our BONJOUR program, where Deborah Corn, Pat McGrew, and Morten B. Reitoft talk about what we have seen and our expectations for the last day. This has been fun, exhausting, and a lot of hard work! Thank you to our sponsors, supporters, followers, friends, and, most importantly, those who choose to see and read our content!
Rafa Menendez, in this film, explains the benefit of PLASTGrommets products. All are targeted in the large format/signage industry. Based out of Spain and with a global reach, PLASTGrommet secures orders on products from material lifts, manual grommet and welding machines, and consumables to automated solutions. Rafa Menendez tells a story about a customer that became so effective with their PLASTGrommet automated solution that the bottleneck went from production to sales. Amazing story, and when you see/hear and understand the PLASTGrommet products, we are confident you will understand why! Enjoy the film.
Solimar Systems is actually widely used but maybe not known to so many. Almost every letter sent in the US has probably been processed at some point by some of the IT solutions Solimar delivers. You'll find Solimar solutions in operations that need streamlining their data flow, and as the world increasingly uses PDFs, ReadyPDF optimized PDF for max. performance. But listen to Mary Ann Rowan and learn more - and by the way, Solimar Systems also sponsored the recent Xplor breakfast event where the topic was workflow/automation. We published a short piece of it on INKISH.NEWS.
This was a very cool interview, person, and company - all three in one! At the Scodix booth, we got the chance to meet with President & CRO David Baird. His company has for years produced 'Save the Date' magnets - and we talk in the 100,000s per month. David Baird is an entrepreneur, so what's more natural than developing the concept - and voila - here you see the result of a lot of work involving vendors, paper merchants, and of course, the workflow enabling customers to order these very special sets of cards online.
The Scodix booth at PRINTING United was pretty busy during all show days. The interest in the new Scodix Ultra 6000 was immense, but it was also truly great meeting customer who utilizes the technology - some even further than the intentions of Scodix :-) Edmond Rassi is the owner of Trade Finisher in Houston and says that he wanted to extend his business with capabilities enabling customers. He also challenges brand owners as he educates designers and customers about the technology - driving more sales! 100% inspiration!
Koenig & Bauer is one of the world's oldest offset printing companies - and a market leader in many segments. In digital, Koenig & Bauer have followed a few different strategies, like partnering with HP to build technology for corrugated and Durst for folding cartons, along with their own development of the Rotajet. Stephen Kirk Sanker's role is Digital Printing Manager, and in this interview, he explains that Koenig & Bauer have a well-planned strategy for how Koenig & Bauer will get their share of the future market!
Steve Metcalf is a true entrepreneur and is now involved with AMP. AMP develops a software platform for connecting IoT sources to monitor production on a very fine level - all vendor-agnostic and using industry-standard protocols. But listen to Steve Metcalf here, and reach out to learn more - this is super cool!
Everybody knows Sabine Lenz from PaperSpecs. Known for high-quality inspiration and education - and as she says in this film, bridge designers with technology. We met at Scodix's booth at PRINTING United in Las Vegas. We agreed that Scodix had asked us to meet as we both have a passion for embellishment, quality, and everything technology does for designers. The new SHD (Smart High Definition) technology enables finer details and negative text on foil or down to 4.5pt size embellished. Super cool, and it was fun talking to Sabine!
We had hoped to see the new Ricoh Z75 at PRINTING United, but we got the second best, namely Mike Herold, Director of Global Marketing, AND some stunning print samples. In this film, we talk about the market. Though Herold doesn't say anything directly about this, I believe the quality of the range of substrates the Z75 can print on is a B2 format toner-based killer - or at least a very interesting consideration. Even though the quality is very high and with high densities, the operational cost of an inkjet machine is considered lower than a toner-based one. For the printers, of course, very good news! Looking forward to getting a chance to see the machine in action with a PSP. I like this interview, so dig in!
In this edition of Print Sample TV, host Pat McGrew takes you to the PRINTING United show floor and visits Koenig & Bauer. In a chat with Chris Travis, we get to see how extremely small 'dots' can increase the color gamut, how to use an offset machine to create great print effects, and yes - as usual, Pat McGrew and Chris Travis show the great print samples as inspiration for the rest of us - enjoy the episode.
Solution Specialist Philip Dodge shows Editor Morten B. Reitoft Tharstern Desktop in this film. The demo takes us through how to create a quote, how Tharstern integrates with Avalare for accurate tax reporting, and finally, how Tharstern integrates with Power BI for super cool data visualization. Cool demo and a great chat with Philip Dodge - enjoy!
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