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In 1947 Bridgeport National Bindery was founded. Times were different, but Bridgeport served books of one despite all the commercial and technical differences. The product wasn't a finished book but library binding, handled in small runs. Today Bridgeport National Bindery is a modern printing- and binding company still focusing on small print runs down to copies of one. We got the chance to meet with Bruce Jacobsen, who gave us a tour of an amazing company producing beautiful hard- and softcover books. They produce 20,000 unique titles per day in peak seasons, and only possible because of their HP and Screen presses + the Hunkeler setup creating perfect book blocks!
Books of one are for sure one of the mega-trends in book printing, and it's been fantastic to see how different, same equipment is utilized with different printing companies. Stay tuned for more films like this, soon on INKISH :-)
Most of us know how addictive this industry is, and I am not sure why Kirk Icuss decided to get back into business after selling his long-time business. BUT. Imagine starting with all the knowledge you have and then choosing the right equipment, the right finishing equipment, and maybe even the right customers to begin with? This is precisely what happened to Kirk Icuss, who know run and operates Enterprise Group Printing with help from smart employees (some even his kids) :-)
This is a good film to find inspiration from!
Tiffany Bisson manages the EFI Customer Experience Center and has great knowledge and skills in explaining the technology. In this film, Robert Godwin from INKISH gets a demo of the new EFI Pro 30F - Enjoy!
George Howe is an Applications Specialist at EFI, and at the eProductivity Software/EFI Connect 2022, he demos a new EFI roll-to-roll digital printer to Robert Godwin. Both also chat about how EFI trains new users to the EFI experience. Enjoy
At EFI Connect 2022, we did two films with Vice President of Marketing Rick Salinas from Duplo USA. Both are to be found on INKISH, of course. This film demonstrates two cutting solutions that Duplo USA presented - exciting, and as always, great to learn!
We visited the printing company TPC Printing & Packaging in Chattanooga, which recently invested in two new Koenig & Bauers presses. One of the presses is installed with Eagle Systems cold-foil solutions. In this film, President Joey Schmissrauter explains why they chose to invest in the Eagle Systems solutions and how it enables them to create even more luxurious packaging combined with their BOBST hotfoil solutions and their Scodix 106 digital enhancement solution. Very interesting story, and in the film you can see amazing print samples - just for inspiration :-)
Ralf Sammeck and Dirk Winkler of Koenig & Bauer along with Johan Schur of Schur Technologies describe how the two companies, acting as one service, work together to provide world class packaging print and logistics solutions. Advanced technologies including automated workflow and robotic AGV management implemented in the Schur Gallin packaging facility give a glimpse of what IOT can do to create modern, efficient production.
VR Print operates its business from Durban, South Africa, and visiting the company was an inspiring experience. Today the company, managed and owned by CEO Hilton Janse van Rensburg, is an all-digital printing company. However, in February, VR Print will receive its first Nilpeter FA-Line machine. Normally INKISH visits printing companies with new equipment already installed. In this video, we talk to Hilton about the market, the expectations, and what made the company choose to add Flexo capabilities to its production.
Golan Landsberg is the Head of Product Development at HP Indigo, and in this film, we meet him in the V12 lab. Interesting to see the iterations of machines but also the openness to a world now known by most. In the film, Golan Landsberg explains why he believes HP Electro ink, known from the Indigo machines, is superior in quality and speed. Interesting perspectives and we are excited to give you this story!
A huge thank you to the HP Indigo team for opening your doors in Israel!
Visiting vendors is always fun, and when we went to Israel, we got two great opportunities: to speak with Gershon Alon and Golan Landsberg - straight from the HP V12 lab outside Tel Aviv in Israel. In this short interview with Gershon Alon, we get his view on how HP PrintOS supports the industry's megatrends - and yes, the trends are also what we see wherever your hardworking INKISH team is! More jobs, shorter jobs, and more customized jobs. The trend is apparent within almost every segment of the industry. HP PrintOS is a great software that enables printers to optimize print production, and as Gershon Alon explains, the software is vendor agnostic. Vendors like Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, EFI, and Kodak already integrates with HP PrintOS.
German language · English subtitles.
Robots are essential in the production of, i.e., cars. Still, though the printing industry also experiences heavy lifting and repetitive work, it's only now robots are entering into binderies in particular. We talk to robot specialist Henrik Christiansen from Cool Graphics, who works with MBO on various robot projects. In this film, he explains the difference between robots and cobots. Together with CEO Thomas Heininger, they both talk about why robots are becoming more and more critical. Important!
On the border between Poland and the Czech Republic, you find a divided city called Cieszyn (on the Polish side) and Cesky Tesin (on the Czech side). The city is divided by a river, and quite amazing to see how a city lives side by side yet being in two different countries. On the Polish side, we visited a printing company called Cieszynskie Zaklady Kartoniarskie, or easier for most to say, CZK. CZK has a fantastic history and has documents from both German occupations during the second world war and being part of the communist regime until its liberation.
In this film, however, we are talking with Piotr Kulikowski and Anna Wnuk about how CZK, with a major investment, moved from being entirely analog to becoming a digital packaging company with a new HP Indigo 30000 press and the new Scodix solution! Always great to see how companies with investments create interest from new customers. Enjoy!
In a small company in the suburbs of TelAviv in Israel, you'll find a company called MibaStar. For years, the company has been researching and developing bread bags and food packaging materials that look and feel like plastic - but it's not. MibaStar, today part of the global packaging group PolyStar, has invented a product that has similar properties to the know mixed paper/plastic products used daily worldwide, but without the use of plastics. The journey has been quite interesting and with quite some a-ha experiences. Today CEO Itzhak Yoffe and his team can deliver finished products for bread, fish, and other products, and raw material for other printers to use. The story is amazing and shows how innovation and craftsmanship, hand in hand, can develop solutions to almost every problem defined! This is a very important step in the right direction - enjoy!
Tertius Van Eeden is the owner and Managing Director of Print On Demand in Cape Town, South Africa. INKISH visited the company that has become the first PSP in South Africa capable of producing books of one. His company 'Print on Demand' has invested in Inkjet, smart binding, and all are tight together using Ultimate TechnoGraphics software. In this film, we talk to Tertius Van Eeden to understand the South African market and how working with various partners like Ingram, Amazon, and more enables a global approach to the business.
Edelmann Group has recently invested in a new Steinemann DPE machine that enables the company to do short-run foils and varnish and develop applications not possible in an analog environment. In this film, Global Business Development Manager Wolfram Hahn explains some of the challenges and demands from customers and how the company addresses these challenges. One of the things that surprised your INKISH team was meeting a company with such a dedicated focus on hair-nuances and colors - but when you see the packaging from well-known hair-products, we, of course, understand why :-)
Is it at all possible to print "meat"? Most probably disagree that it is possible; nevertheless, this is precisely what Redefine Meat is all about! Think of meat as layers of complex structure crafted from muscle, fat, and blood, and if you can recreate the structures and replace the animal components with plant-based, you get something that not only looks like meat but have taste, texture, and feel like meat. Take that from a meat-lover. Redefine Meat is a successful startup in Tel Aviv founded by Eshchar Ben-Shitrit, supported by venture capital, and with Alon Bar-Shany as chairman, a new success is established. We got the chance to visit the lab/office in Tel Aviv and neighboring Stratasys, HP, and many other Israeli tech companies; we believe that Redefine Meat not only redefines the meat industry but how we will see food in the future!
Sendmoments is a German photo-products printing company specialized in the products of copy one. In this film, CMO Sven B. Binder from sendmoments.de explains how the company uses Ultimate TechnoGraphics in its production. Great film and good learn from - enjoy!
Production and Sales Director Mirko Breznan from TBB in Slovakia is very direct when he in this film says, "Without investing, there is no chance of surviving." And that is precisely what the company does. INKISH visited the printing company and, it was an exciting business to see how books are printed in a modern 100% up-to-date production. Offset equipment, binding equipment, efficient workflow, and spiced with the recent investment in Scodix - digital enhancement.
Watch this really nice looking film, and enjoy!
Wolverine Solutions Group handles millions of letters, printing, addressing, enveloping, and managing all the mission-critical data that ensure delivery of health-, financial, insurance, and marketing information posted to households all over the US. Of course, hardware is important, but in this film, we focus mainly on the software provided by Solimar. Wolverine is an impressive company, and we are confident that you can find inspiration and, of course, a good reason why you should reach out to either Wolverine or Solimar.
CERM is a producer of a Management Information System (MIS) which provides a complete solution in Business Management for the labels and packaging printing industry. Companies achieve their goals through the added value of their total solutions.
Cerm’s MIS software helps Label and Packaging printers to better automate and manage their business, interconnecting all components and functions of a print shop from CRM, pre-press software, print presses, finishing equipment, logistics service providers and suppliers.
Discover all the advantages of this MIS software for your business & more
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Eduard Martin operates Schwabenprint - a printing company specialized in manuals, documentation, and other B&W productions. Schwabenprint delivers stitched and glued products in a very efficient production using Horizon and Hunkeler equipment together with the company's Domino Inkjet press.
An exciting story and funny to see how niche products can be done fast and efficiently using the right technology. Enjoy!
Eduard Martin LinkedIn Profile
We don't know many who don't talk about automation, often referring to workflow automation, but in this film, you will see automation like never before. The cardboard packaging printing company Schur Pack in Germany uses Schur Pack's own (but commercially available) logistics systems - sold and distributed in collaboration with Koenig & Bauer. CEO Klaus Madsen from Schur Pack explains the motivations and background for the high automation level, ensuring zero touchpoints on the substrates printed on. Director, Per Baekgaard from Schur Technology, explains why logistics solutions are important. "The faster a machine runs, the more it costs to spend time getting paper/cardboard to and from the machine," and the productivity gains can be in the range of 12-15% - and NOT reserved to large printing companies only.
Enjoy the film - you WILL be inspired!
CEO Klaus Madsen
Director Per Baekgaard
This was - to be honest - a very funny interview to do. Shayne Huston and Pam Deacon interviewed in this film from MGC, Des Moines, Iowa, made it a blast to do - even though editor Morten Reitoft interviewed them remotely. Mail Communications Group started as a mail sorting service, and today MCG is a full-service communications company that essentially helps its customers succeed. Solimar delivers one of the core products and the backbone of the IT infrastructure. INKISH and Solimar have done many projects together, and what continues to - well - not surprising, but emphasize, is the very close and personal relationship Solimar has with their customers. Enjoy.
In this film CEO Dayne Nankervis talks about the recent investment in the HP Indigo 100K. CMYKhub is an Australian trade printer working not only with print and binding, but also enhancement and embellishment - enjoy!
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