The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US) or America, is a country consisting of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.[g] At 3.8 million square miles (9.8 million km2), it is the world’s third- or fourth-largest country by total area[c]. Most of the country is located in central North America between Canada and Mexico. With an estimated population of over 328 million, the U.S. is the third most populous country in the world. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City.

Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago.[19] European colonization began in the 16th century. The United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies led to the American Revolutionary War lasting between 1775 and 1783, leading to independence.[20] The United States embarked on a vigorous expansion across North America throughout the 19th century—gradually acquiring new territories,[21]displacing Native Americans, and admitting new states—until 1848 when it spanned the continent.[21] During the second half of the 19th century, the American Civil War led to the abolition of slavery in the United States.[22][23] The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the country’s status as a global military power.

The United States emerged from World War II as a global superpower. It was the first country to develop nuclear weapons and is the only country to have used them in warfare. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union competed in the Space Race, culminating with the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, the spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon. The end of the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the world’s sole superpower.[24]

The United States is a federal republic and a representative democracy. It is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States (OAS), NATO, and other international organizations. It is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

A highly developed country, the United States is the world’s largest economy by nominal GDP, the second-largest by purchasing power parity, and accounts for approximately a quarter of global GDP.[25] The United States is the world’s largest importer and the second-largest exporter of goods, by value.[26][27] Although its population is 4% of the world total,[28] it holds 29.4% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share of global wealth concentrated in a single country.[29] Despite income and wealth disparities, the United States continues to rank very high in measures of socioeconomic performance, including average wage, median income, median wealth, human development, per capita GDP, and worker productivity.[30][31] It is the foremost military power in the world, making up more than a third of global military spending,[32] and is a leading political, cultural, and scientific force internationally.[33]

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Thu February 22nd

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Fireball Studio · Paul Yavarone & C...

We often say it, and we always mean it. Seeing so many different printing companies, that within their domains are successful is simply great. This time, we visit Fireball Studio in an area of Philadelphia, where the owner, Paul Yararone, tells us that drugs are sold just a few blocks away. However, he also tells about how streets close down traffic to celebrate local art festivals, where both his business and life partner are active. Customers are artists, schools, non-profits, and normal business customers. Despite the company's size, investments range from self-developed Apple Filemaker software to a new Canon iX-3200 Inkjet printer. Motivated staff, even a company turtle, is part of what makes the company stand out, great, and an inspiration to visit. To manage a small business with so many orders, Fireball depends on software. Filemaker for the front end, Enfocus Switch for data routing, and our Canadian friends from Ultimate TechnoGraphics deliver the secret sauce, pushing files and orders to the printer. It is a super company, producing super products and a super setup with motivated staff and owners that kick buts to grow their business - and I for sure hope to be back, expecting further integrations and utilization of Impostrip even more - of course :-) Thanks - wonderful company you have! LinkedIn Profiles: Paul Yavarone https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-yavarone-774887168/ Catherine Dentino https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-dentino-b9829389/

Wed February 14th

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Marrs – the Eagle Has Landed · Joh...

Marrs is a super interesting company, producing luxury packaging. Besides the Eagle Systems Cold Foiler and the two Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 presses, Marrs is equipped with everything needed to produce beautiful boxes. They even produce all the dies inhouse - and to give you an idea of how much they produce, they have two people employed to only produce die forms - and seeing how the dies are prepared for the die-cutting machines is super nice. The family-owned company is VERY pleased with their second investment in the Eagle foiling system, and it's being used almost all the time. Super interesting to meet the next generation (cousins) John Brigsby and Andrew Marrs - and, of course, also talking to Ricardo Lopez, who's worked in offset for years - after giving up his dream of being a professional football player many years ago. A truly nice company with a convincing family spirit.

Wed February 14th

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Digital Corrugated High Speed High Quali...

A year ago - on February 14th, 2023, the HP PageWide C550 was launched, and just a few months later, the first installation in North America was a reality with Sutherland Packaging in Andover. In this INKISH episode, you learn about the considerations and the result of the investment - and from the perspective of being a family-owned company that until this investment primarily focused on brown boxes, this step is major. Sutherland sees entirely new opportunities and an opportunity to convert brown-box customers into multi-colored boxes. However, the C550 is also used to produce Point-of-Sales displays, a lucrative business for Sutherland - but listen and see. Super nice people and super nice company - it was fun being there - thank you, Jake and Manny!

Mon February 5th

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Atomyx Launch Event · Specialist · David...

David Zwang, speaker, consultant, and writer, gave a super nice presentation at the Atomyx event in Gent this morning. He spoke about the Cloud and whether it is a viable technology for workflow/automation. He also spoke about how the different Industry X versions change more and more rapidly, making it very visible to the audience how the world is changing and requiring faster and faster decisions. In this interview, we talk about whether the technology or the mindset is the real show stopper - but listen for yourself, and remember to enjoy!

Mon February 5th

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Atomyx Launch Event · Specialist · Pat M...

What are the impressions from Industry specialist Pat McGrew? Are there differences between the US and Europe? Pat McGrew also gave a presentation at the REACT24 event - but listen to her yourself :-)

Tue January 16th

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President · Dave Leskusky · PRINTING Uni...

Dave Leskusky has worked with NAPCO since 1995 and has had a fantastic career - now President of PRINTING United Alliance & NAPCO Media. In this interview, Editor Morten B. Reitoft from INKISH asks about the role of print and if print today might need to change the metrics on how print is measured. We also talk about print as an art form. It was SUPER nice talking to Dave Leskusky and understanding more about the motivations behind PRINTING United Alliance and why big is necessary when seeking political influence and truly making a difference for our industry.

Tue January 16th

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Expectations · Mark Subers · PRINTING Un...

We were in Philadelphia filming a super interesting printing company. Of course, we took the opportunity to meet our friends from PRINTING United at a headquarters that, by all means, showed that you'll soon find them at a new address. Mark Subers is the President of PRINTING United Expo, and we got the chance to talk to him about expectations for PRINTING United 2024 at a time when both drupa and also Label Expo are taking place - Label Expo even on the same dates as PRINTING United. As always super nice talking to Mark Subers!

Fri December 15th

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Unboxing AGFA SpeedSet 1060 · Jeff Wette...

Jeff Wettersten works as an analyst with Keypoint Intelligence and gave his analysis on the packaging market - and was very direct that the AGFA SpeedSet 1060 is nothing but a gamechanger about the market needs now, but even more important in the future - Speed, Quality, and no need for changeovers are important KPI's of the new machine - Editor Morten B. Reitoft got a chance to talk to him after his presentation!

Fri December 8th

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Tonernews urge readers to support a cont...

What started as an article on tonernews.com strongly urging their readers to raise their voices against lifting the ban on Ninestar - ended up with a long yet lovely conversation between Herve Milner from tonernews and Editor Morten B. Reitoft about global politics, free trade, democracy, and well - interesting we think. If you have time, listen to the conversation, and feel free to comment :-)  

Sun December 3rd

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Pat McGrew · President McGrew Group · NO...

The last presentation at this year's NON-EVENT23 was with Pat McGrew, who, based on chats with a couple of printers, gave an outlook for 2024 - with many good questions from the audience. Enjoy the presentation. Soon, you will also have an outlook for 2024 by editor Morten B. Reitoft - and as we are entering into a drupa year - much to expect :-)

Sun December 3rd

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William Crabtree · CEO/President · Tampa...

Maybe the headline was a bit "catchy" - as the headline from Strip to Print said. Nevertheless, Will Crabtree does have a colorful career and has, despite this, been able to grow his company into almost 40 employees at a rapid pace, and this is what he talks about here at the NON-EVENT23 - enjoy!

Sun November 12th

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Great Design & Marketing · Melissa ...

A few months ago, we visited Courier Graphics in Phoenix, Arizona - and besides the fantastic technology they use to produce great print and also the implementation of a new MIS solution from PrintVis, which brought us to the site, we got a chance to see the amazing showroom, talk to Designer Melissa Loughran from Courier Graphics - and to see some of the samples that really pushed the boundaries. Enjoy this!

Wed November 1st

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Markus Weiss von HP Industrial Printing ...

German language - English subtitles In this Weber Reitoft - already our 5th edition - we have invited General Manager Markus Weiss of HP Industrial Printing EMEA to talk about HP from a German perspective, but also based on whether we in Europe and Germany in particular can learn from the Americans. The inspiration came from an interview Editor Morten B. Reitoft did with Marc Johnson from HP in San Diego, who interviewed at HP's PrintAhead event in Alpharetta, Georgia. Super interview with English subtitles - so dig in.

Mon October 30th

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Printing United 2023 · Erik Norman · Pre...

Erik Norman is the President of SwissQprint America, and besides that, he is also a VERY nice guy to talk to, which you can hear in this interview we did with him at PRINTING United. At the show, we spoke about technology, quality, ROI, repayment time, and how important it is to work with trustworthy people. We really like the SwissQprint technology - and combining all of the above with excellent technology - is absolutely worth exploring, right?

Sat October 21st

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Printing United 2023 · Jeffrey Nelson · ...

Fujifilm was the biggest exhibitor at PRINTING United, and with about 100 Fujifilm people at work, it was a pleasure for us to meet with Jeffrey Nelson. In front of the JPress 750S, we talk about digital transformation and how Fujifilm, with their cut-sheet inkjet machine, combines speed and high quality with the needs offset printers have - and also about how successful Fujifilm is in the North American market - enjoy!

Sat October 21st

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Printing United 2023 · Chris Manley · Sa...

At Graphco's booth, we meet on the first morning of PRINTING United: Chris Manley, owner of Graphco and distributor of RMGT in 17 states (I believe) - and as we start the interview, the new 9-series at the stand - and by the way the only offset machine at PRINTING United, has a beautiful plague that has a super cool history - actually involving Heidelberg. That story you, however, have to get listening to Chris Manley here on INKISH. Enjoy!

Sat October 21st

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Printing United 2023 · Mike Herold · Exe...

Mike Herold has been well-known in the US printing industry for years, working for Ricoh. At PRINTING United in Atlanta, we met Mike Herold at the EMT International booth. EMT International delivers binding various types of paper processing and finishing equipment, and as Herold said in our interview - the time when many are changing to digital isn't a bad time for the company - and also one of the reasons why he chose to have a new career with EMT International. Funny, btw, as we also met Mike Herold at the HP #PrintAhead event the day before the show - and that would have been impossible while Herold worked for Ricoh - but listen for yourself - super nice seeing Mike Herold and again!

Sat October 21st

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Printing United 2023 · Peter Georges · H...

Screen has been a partner with Solimar for years - and both Solimar and Screen often emphasize the importance of the relationship. Fast printers require fast processing and optimized data - but listen to Peter Georges from Screen.

Sat October 21st

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Printing United 2023 · Maggie Curry · Na...

Our opening question to Maggie Curry is, "How important is it to have partners like Solimar?" - Of course, it's important. Though the answer isn't surprising, it's still something that some PSPs may not prioritize at the same level as investing in hardware. Maggie Curry from RISO gives you great insights in this interview, so listen and enjoy!

Sat October 21st

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Printing United 2023 · Joe Marin · Senio...

To learn is to live, and to live is to learn - and one of PRINTING United Alliance's member services is iLearn+. Joe Marin is responsible for the organization's member service. In this interview, we learn how the program is curated and how and why many of the courses and certification programs are translated into 30+ languages. One of the things we liked about how PRINTING United develops member services is the business approach. Member advantages for sure, but PRINTING United Alliance develops material based on demand instead of providing tons of courses nobody demands. It offers these services as paid-for-services at a very fair price level. But listen to Joe Marin and get your first lesson (ours) entirely for free :-)

Sat October 21st

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Printing United 2023 · Ellen Manning · V...

Eagle Systems IS, in many ways, Mike King, but for years, Ellen Manning has also been the (prettier, sorry pal) face of Eagle Systems. In this interview, Ellen Manning speaks about cold-foil, the Eagle Systems technology, and all the wonderful applications that take advantage of metalization. Nice to talk to Ellen Manning, and we hope you will enjoy the interview as well :-)

Fri October 20th

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Printing United 2023 · Ford Bowers · CEO...

Ford Bowers is a happy man. Not only will PRINTING United Atlanta 2023 be bigger than any of the previous shows, but the PRINTING United Alliance will have success. New members are signing up daily, and the size and importance of the Alliance, and recently the establishment of the first print industry congressional caucus - giving the US printing industry access to - as Ford Bowers said, 'maybe not favorable legislation, but at least influencing negative legislation for the industry.' Member services and a commercially driven not-for-profit organization are facts, and PRINTING United Expo is the evidence.

Fri October 20th

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Printing United 2023 · Pete Dolfis · Vic...

It's almost become one of the things we do when we meet with Pete Dolfis from Tecnau - having a walkthrough of the technology - and the PRINTING United 2023 edition is no exception. That gives you, dear viewer, a great understanding of the technology and also, in this case, a chat about having integration partners. Three solutions are presented - enjoy!

Fri October 20th

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Printing United 2023 · Chris Raney · VP ...

At our great friends from Tecnau''s booth, we met with Chris Raney, VP of Heidelberg USA - and he is telling us about the collaboration between Tecnau and Heidelberg - and demonstrated at the booth with an integrated Stahlfolder. Raney, however, explains that the integration now can be with pretty much any Stahl product. It is interesting to see how partnerships in the industry keep developing.

Fri October 20th

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Printing United 2023 · David Dey · VP Ma...

PRINTING United is about technology, business, and networking. Often, gatherings are organized at the booth when the show nears the closing hours, and people are invited to join for a party. That is exactly what happened at AGFA's booth on the second day of PRINTING United. We suggested Deborah Hutcheson from AGFA invite some of the AGFA customers we filmed for the past years for a 'reunion,' and five super nice people agreed to join us. Here is our first guest, David Dey, from ColorDynamics in Allen, near Dallas, TX. Link to film from ColorDynamics:

Thu October 19th

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Printing United 2023 · Bonjour#2 · Steve...

Though Bonjour is early morning, with the smell and taste of warm coffee, it's always great to meet people passionate about what they do. Steve Billow and Ron Gilboa work for Fujifilm Dimatix - the division of Fujifilm that delivers print heads. Samba is the most known name in the printing industry, but Fujifilm Dimatix supplies various types based on requirements and applications. This Bonjour discusses digital transformation and what drives the market forward. Interesting morning. Enjoy!

Thu October 19th

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Printing United 2023 · Michael Aumann · ...

WARNING - this is a LONG interview/walkthrough. It is a decision to edit or to cut interviews into shorter sections. Still, sometimes it also makes sense to learn about the business opportunity, learn the technology, see the samples, and understand the entire ecosystem. Michael Aumann from KURZ has been on INKISH before, but I believe it's the first time we've learned so much in one go - and you know - almost 25 minutes fly by in good company - enjoy!

Thu October 19th

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Printing United 2023 · Stephen Miller · ...

AI is everywhere, and Xerox works with AI as part of its technology offerings - of course, we were about to say. In this film, we speak with Stephen Miller, Xerox's Chief Digital Officer, about AI in general and AI, specifically how Xerox will use it to improve customers' profitability, uptime, etc. It was super nice talking to Stephen Miller, and maybe you can learn something as well?

Thu October 19th

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Printing United 2023 · Andrew Gunn · VP ...

We promised to ask Xerox if they are leaving the professional production space after many speculations - and the answer from VP Global Production Marketing, Andrew Gunn, gave us a loud and clear 'no' to this question. With a renewed agreement with Fujifilm about developing new products, this is at least not something to be worried about now. What is MORE interesting, however, is Xerox's focus on marketing automation, AI, and many more things that, in our view, add value for Xerox customers but eventually free Xerox from specific hardware platforms. Like HP's PrintOS can be used with other brands, so is it for Xerox - if we understand Gunn correctly - but listen to Andrew Gunn and judge yourself. To us, great and encouraging statements from Xerox.

Wed October 18th

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1 Billion pages + · Marc Johnson · Senio...

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!

Wed October 18th

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HP software, a strong starting point · ...

At the HP Open House #PrintAhead event, INKISH met with Category Manager PrintOS Bob Raus. HP announced the 'Automation Center' upgrade to its PrintOS, and we discussed that. Still, Bob Raus also speaks about the market, how software enables printers to do more with their hardware investments, and even how HP allows many software services to be used on other than HP hardware. Conclusion - This is a super interesting conversation, and for PSPs and Converters, it is important to learn that software is as much of a game-changer as the hardware we all fall so easily in love with. Thanks to Bob Raus for a very open-minded and interesting chat - thank you!

Wed October 18th

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How ‘white’ can make embelli...

At the HP #PrintAhead Open House in Alpharetta, we met with Co-founder and Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Geeves to learn what Color-Logic does. More than 100 devices are now supported by the tools that Color-Logic has developed for designers, and the only thing you need to make stunning effects using metallic foils is a printer able to print white. I am amazed about the tools that help designers and printers get more out of current investments.

Tue October 17th

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Part of Something Bigger · AlphaGraphics...

AlphaGraphics Sandy is one of the bigger franchises of AlphaGraphics - and in this film, we talk to the  Owner and president, Andy Selcho, about the advantages of being part of AlphaGraphics. Andy Selcho's father started AlphaGraphics Sandy, and though it wasn't the plan at first to have Andy Selcho take over, it became increasingly the plan - and today, Andy Selcho runs the Sandy division with many different technologies and services. In the film, we talk about the history. Still, also about current time and the future - we even get time to visit a customer, showing how many different technologies and applications AlphaGraphics Sandy can deliver. This is our first visit to a franchise company in the industry, so we are very excited about the story and the drive that Andy Selcho and his employees deliver. We contacted AlphaGraphics Sandy due to an unfortunate cancellation on one of our US trips. As we knew Director of Operations Paul Gardner from previous visits to Salt Lake City - a connection was established. We hope you like the story, and if you have great stories to share - feel free to reach out. We often have opportunities to do editorials like this - thank you for your support!

Thu October 12th

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Eagle Systems Cold Foiler on AM Litho...

Minutes after arriving at AM Litho in Chicopee, MA - a smiling Al Meadows welcomed us. I believe everybody who arrives at AM Litho comments on the 'rain forest' you have to pass to get into the printing company. Al Meadows first gives us a tour starting with the rain forest, the history of the Caribbean-inspired wall paintings, and the entire production. In the pre-press area, we meet Fred Gamber, who joins us for the rest of the tour and is part of the interview. AM Litho is a super interesting printing company, focusing on high quality with the abilities of the Eagle Systems cold-foil unit on the company's Koenig & Bauer KBA 106. We are entering the color lab where colors are mixed and checked so they comply 100% with the high-end brands that trust their work to AM Litho. You'll easily recognize the iconic whiskey and perfume brands, and when you see the work put into the colors and the quality insurance, you get a sense of what AM Litho is all about. Besides the KBA with Eagle Systems, the other printing presses are from Komori. Al Meadows is very pleased with his relationship with Komori - and for the first time (for INKISH), we get to see the Komori IS40 (digital inkjet printer based on the Konica-Minolta KM1). Also, this machine is highly appreciated by both Al Meadows and Fred Gamber. The digital department is all Canon printers, which are also highly appreciated by the two. You realize these people invest in technology, supporting their business and supplier relationships. AM Litho is veteran-owned as Al Meadows, and many employees are veterans. AM Litho highly values employees, and you see signs of appreciation and constantly reaching customer satisfaction as a very integrated part of what makes AM Litho, AM Lithography! Great story!

Mon October 2nd

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Dennis Groh & Bernie Lacy · Added V...

We arrived late to Litho Press in Indianapolis, connecting flights from Europe becoming more and more difficult, but when we arrived, it was SUPER cool. The reception area nicely designed 50's airplane kind of style furniture and a great deal of humor with a doll as a receptionist. We were welcomed by Plant Manager Dennis Groh, who has only been with Litho Press for a couple of weeks; he was so excited, new, and with many ideas for how to make the VLF packaging printer even smarter. One of the two brothers, Bernie Lacy, still owns most of the company. Still, the transition into an employee-owned company has already started. We talk with Bernie Lacy about everything from being third-generation, investing in technology, and relationships with customers and vendors - and of course, we get to see the Eagle Systems foiler - which is the biggest of its kind in the world, mounted on the huge manroland press - You will like this film!

Fri September 29th

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Mark Subers · PRINTING United Expo 2023...

PRINTING United takes place October 18th-20th in Atlanta, Georgi - and of course, INKISH will cover the event - and as usual, in-depth, engaging, and hopefully something you will like. Part of coverage is as often as possible to talk to the people behind the scenes and for PRINTING United Expo, one of the leading forces in Mark Subers. In this session, we talk about whether the Under One Roof approach is still the right approach that visitors can expect, and, of course, we also talk about the industry in general. It was nice catching up with Mark; we hope you enjoy it!

Mon September 18th

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Optimizing using PrintVis MIS/ERP · Scot...

Courier Graphics is located in Phoenix, Arizona, and is yet another amazing printing company. When entering the production, you'll see the huge 32-page manroland web-offset press, which is great to see in work, and funny to see how small a Heidelberg XL-106 - 8-color suddenly is compared to the manroland - however, the combination is super great for a company that focuses on HIGH-quality magazines, catalogs, etc. We are visiting Courier Graphics and President Scott Carritt, as the company recently invested in a new MIS/ERP solution from PrintVis, which has given Courier Graphics productivity gains and many other advantages, which we talk about in this INKISH film.

Thu September 14th

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The temperature of Mark Andy Mexico by K...

Mark Andy’s Mexico sales manager talks about the Mexican label market and how nearshoring is helping growth to stimulate growth. LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kenjiro-celaya-kobayashi-58a47366/

Wed September 13th

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Positive expectations from manroland Gos...

When INKISH visited the HQ of manroland, we also got to talk to David Soden, President of manroland & responsible for the American operations. Enjoy!

Tue September 12th

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Walkthrough Mark Andy · Phil Baldwin · E...

Mark Andy presents three machines at LabelExpo Europe 2023, and who better to present the machines than Phil Baldwin, European Sales Manager for Mark Andy. You will learn about the technology as we walk through the booth, so stay tuned!

Tue September 12th

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Print Across America · Deborah Corn · Pr...

Print Across America is a super interesting idea formulated by the one and only Intergalactic Ambassador to the Printerverse, Deborah Corn. American and Canadian printing companies are invited to have an Open House event on October 25th - to teach, inspire, to embrace print - and more than 40 printing companies have already registered!  

Mon September 11th

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Mark Andy LATAM · John Vigna · Mark Andy...

Inkish TV talks to John Vigna, Latin America sales manager for Mark Andy, about the press manufacturer’s strong sales in the region, trends in the Mexican market, and the machines on show at Labelexpo Europe 2023.

Tue August 29th

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Impact of the UFLPA Ban · Herve Milner ·...

This interview with Herve Milner, President of Tonernews.com, is super interesting, and though now a response to the recently published interview with David Gibbons, it's two sides of the same case. Tonernews has for 20+ years covered the manufacturing and re-manufacturing of toner/ink cartridges and has seen how overproduction and challenging business ethics have created a very unhealthy business environment. In this interview, you will certainly understand why the US ban (UFLPA) has resonated so well among some of the people in this industry segment.

Mon August 21st

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How Technology Drives · Brandon Boyers ·...

When planning trips that involve many printing companies in many states or countries, we, from time to time, get last-minute cancelations as a PSP can be too busy, machines are not ready, or simply days in between without work. This time, Editor Morten B. Reitoft had a stop-over in Louisville before heading back to Denmark, and we called Steve Wuerdeman from HP, as he lives in Louisville, to hear if he could recommend a printing site to visit - and lucky us - we got to meet Brandon Boyers and Jen Von Almen from Vivid Impact in Jeffersontown. A super interesting company with so many capabilities, from offset to digital, and the production of beautiful applications like covers for vinyl albums to children's books with amazing effects, a company that once again shows how things can be done differently. What you see is a printing company, but speaking to Brandon Boyers, you realize that the production is merely a tool enabling the real business - data-driven communication, where print is "just" a part of it. But listen for yourself and enjoy!

Thu August 17th

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#LearnWithUs MIS · PrintVis · Michael Br...

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/

Mon August 14th

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Elisha Kasinskas · New Director of Marke...

Starting in a new position is always exciting, and on INKISH, we share the considerations and ambitions of people getting into new positions. In this interview, Elisha Kasinskas talk to Editor Morten B. Reitoft about the new job as Director of Marketing for BCC software. Only a few days "old" in the position puts a lot of limitations on what you know. However, we find this tense field interesting as this is where knowledge, skills, and ambitions are manifested now, knowing the new company. We love this!

Wed August 9th

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Koenig & Bauer Best Service · Janak...

Somewhere in the always surprisingly huge Los Angeles, you'll find Ultimate Paperbox, a company specializing in packaging. The owner Janak Patel has been in the industry for years and has built a growing packaging printing company. In this film, we talk to him about his relationship with Koenig & Bauer. Besides going way back with the German manufacturer, Patel is still very focused on what they do now - and has invested in folding/gluer from Koenig & Bauer Iberica - and listening to Patel, we wouldn't be surprised to also see a Koenig & Bauer Durst Varijet at some point at the site. In the meanwhile - enjoy!

Wed August 2nd

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From four to two machines · Brian Stone ...

Visiting a company like ColorDynamics is an experience in itself. The entrance is impressive, and the company's design makes it interesting, with gardens, courtyards, and space. The history of ColorDynamics is also fascinating, as it was founded in Chicago but moved years ago to Allen in Dallas and has since grown through excellent management and acquisitions. We learned all this from Brian Stone and David Dey, along with how the company reduced their four wide-format digital printers to two new Agfa wide-format printers, delivering more than anticipated and higher quality. ColorDynamics is a fantastic printing company specializing in trading cards and providing solutions using their Heidelberg and HP presses and web-offset machines with tailor-made finishing - super lovely company!

Thu July 20th

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Full Service provider Prisma uses Hunkel...

Kerry Labatt has been with Prisma Graphic in Phoenix for years but with five different positions/roles and has thrived with the company's growth. Visiting Prisma Graphic is truly interesting - the shielding between the entrance and reception area to the customer service people is one long arc with super nice samples of print done by Prisma Graphic - and they are GOOD. The company excels in several types of print, from offset to web-offset, to various types of digital print from inkjet to toner, and the facility is WELL laid out. We are visiting Prisma Graphic as they use Hunkeler equipment and their Screen 520 Truejet device - and Hunkeler kindly sponsored this film. Super nice company, and great to see a company that keeps investing in technology. In the film, you will learn how Kerry Labatt sees investments and when the time is right to do new ones! Enjoy!

Wed July 19th

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From Syria to Successful Bay Area Printe...

As part of our California Cruising tour, we visited Lahlouh in San Francisco. That was an interesting visit, not only because of the company's technology - ranging from Xerox over Heidelberg to EFI, Horizon, and tons of other equipment but also because Lahlouh is a truly family-operated and owned printing company. The company has a commitment to its customers is second-to-none. With an ever-optimistic approach and willingness to develop new products and services, Lahlouh is in the hotspot of why print has a long and amazing future. Enjoy! LinkedIn Profiles: Catherine Lahlouh https://www.linkedin.com/in/lahlouh/ Tony Lahlouh https://www.linkedin.com/in/tony-lahlouh-49b20535/

Wed July 19th

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ChatGPT and Ultimate TechnoGraphics · Da...

Boone Graphics is located in Santa Barbara, about 2 hours drive from Los Angeles, and besides the traffic in LA, the rest of the tour was super nice. When we got to Boone Graphics, we were kindly received and got into a super nice meeting room with all types of print - and the rest of the day was interesting. Learning about how ChatGPT is used to write XML documents to be used with Ultimate TechnoGraphics Impostrip and Bindery was a surprise - but the story and how Boone Graphics navigates in the industry was just super nice. Enjoy! LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-tanner-313ba58/ Apology from the editor: As Boone Graphics ALSO uses both Impostrip and Bindery from Ultimate TechnoGraphics, Editor Morten B. Reitoft asked about the use of Impostrip Bindery but used the phrase ImpoBind, which obviously isn't the name - sorry for this - hereby disclaimed!

Tue June 13th

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Counting on Horizon · Shawn & Pallo...

Fast, good & Cheap is the slogan of this truly dense printing company in the San Francisco Bay Area, where almost all types of print production are possible. RGMT offset press, HP Indigo, Xerox Iridesse, Fujifilm Wide Format, and tons of binding equipment from Horizon enable the company to deliver fast, well, and cheaply. The two Nag brothers have a background as software engineers at Intel but decided to start their own business year's ago - and here we are with PrintPapa in the Bay Area - amazing how much technology you can fit into premises this size. Great meeting the brothers :-) LinkedIn Profile: Shawn Nag: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shawn-nag-4839508/ Pallob Nag: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pallob-nag-555254b/

Tue June 13th

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Invests in Tilia Labs · Peter Varady · C...

Meet Peter Varady from Pacer Print from California. This company started as a design company and became increasingly involved with production. Learn how Tilia Labs became an enabler for the company. Super story and a great example of how many ways into the industry are so different :-)

Wed May 24th

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Brodnax invests in Eagle Systems and mor...

What was supposed to be our California Cruising tour also took us to Dallas in Texas, and lucky us, as this allowed us to meet with Jim Singer from Brodnax21C. Brodnax is a General Commercial printing company with both digital and analog equipment. The company has specialized in trading cards and high-end printed products, and as they are an Eagle Systems customer, Mike King and Ellen Manning asked to stop by to see how they utilize the Eagle. And that was a great experience to see and understand why Jim and his team invested in cold foiling. Brodnax has also agreed to invest in a Landa Press in a new DURST vast format machine and has on order a new SCODIX 106 HD machine - and I understand from Jim Singer that even more signatures are on their way for more equipment. Efficiency and a firm belief in the future are what I see when visiting Brodnax - Super lovely people, and super great to see print striving.

Wed May 24th

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Mark Andy Digital Series HD digital pres...

Phil Baldwin gives us a Mark Andy Digital Series HD walkthrough from Mark Andy's demo center in Warsaw, Poland. Get to know the concept of the press, which utilizes embellishment, flexo, digital and finishing, and a very configurable line, managed from one simple-to-use user interface and with the flexibility you'll expect from any Hybrid machine. Great work, Phil Baldwin :-)

Tue May 23rd

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Phil Baldwin · European Sales Manager · ...

When looking at the flexo printing space, what is the situation in the European markets? We talk to Phil Baldwin, European Sales Manager and a longtime employee of Mark Andy, who knows the company inside out. Phil has a long history of understanding the printing business and has hands-on experience with it. Label/packaging is a strong market and is doing well. Let's hear what his assumptions are in today's market.

Tue May 23rd

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Tom Cavalco · Executive Vice President ·...

The Mark Andy Low Migration event gives us an amazing opportunity to talk to interesting people. Here Jacques Michels talks to the executive VP of Sales, Tom Cavalco. Another more things Cavalco focuses on is why Hybrid machines are an important area for Mark Andy and how their partner strategy plays a role. Great to learn from!

Tue May 23rd

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Łukasz Chruśliński · European Sales Mana...

Mark Andy is one of the leading suppliers in the flexo/label market, and on May 23rd and 24th, Mark Andy has an open house in their Warsaw-based. Jacques Michiels asks the European Sales Manager Łukasz Chruśliński why 'low migration' and isn't low migration more about things besides the machines? Enjoy, and learn!

Tue May 23rd

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Genesis and Better Together is worth pay...

At the Graphics Canada show, INKISH talked to the Head of Global Product Marketing and Product Life Cycle, Andrew Gunn from Xerox, about something called Genesis. The great thing about Genesis is that it has become part of the XEROX DNA as it's about how Xerox customers and their customers can become more profitable using the Beyond CMYK+ technology and in the interview part in the same film with Global Product Marketing Manager Billy Stojanovski, talk about another theme with Xerox, 'Better Together.' 'Better Together' is very much about utilizing different types of technology, so you, for example, use one type of technology for covers and another for content - to optimize your profit. INKISH believes most PSPs already understand this, but by emphasizing this once again, Xerox is taking the lead in educating customers - that gives an A in our minds :-)

Wed May 17th

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Steve Billow · New President for Fujifil...

Steve Billow was recently appointed President & CEO of Fujifilm Dimatix. You may not know that name so well, but in the graphic arts industry, that equals Samba print heads, used in many inkjet printers. We got a chance to talk to Billow about his job, inkjet in general, and many more things - super nice talking to you, and looking forward to further conversations!

Mon May 15th

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Michael Reiher ·  Good2Go Software · Gra...

Good2Go is a simple yet super nice idea enabling printers to keep track of files, revisions, proofs, etc., using Good2Go rather than relying on filled-up mailboxes. I spoke to President and founder Michael Reiher when Good2Go was almost ready for the market, and now it's in the market and has already delivered thousands of files for production. Great to see how an idea became a great product helping many customers. Well done, Michael!

Mon May 15th

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Sean Springett · manroland sheetfed · Gr...

In this interview, Sean Springett, CEO of manroland sheetfed USA & Canada, talks about growth for manroland and how their new Evolution series fit into packaging and general commercial print. Good to learn from!

Mon May 15th

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Andre D’Urbano · RISO · Graphics C...

RISO has, for many years, developed some of the fastest inkjet printers in the industry. In this interview with VP Sales, André D'urbano, he explains that RISO is now emphasizing the inks to offer speed and better quality. Always great to talk to André, so please enjoy!

Wed March 29th

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Using RMGT to Grow His Business · Kevin ...

In the suburbs of Indianapolis, we met with Kevin Bennet from EZ Mailing. EZ mailing is a company focused mainly on political campaigns - a type of company you mainly see in the US. When you come to EZ Mailing, all the walls are covered with slogans and banners from all types of political campaigns. Slogans from elections of mayors and house members to school elections and election of the head of a fire brigade. The diversity is vast, and so is the production, which has both offset, digital, binding equipment, inkjet devices for addressing, a huge paper warehouse, and what drove us to EZ Mailing, an RMGT Series 9 offset printing press. Besides the current machine EZ Mailing has, the company has already ordered its first 9-series perfector press to support the Bennet experience growth. He is even foreseeing growth that could lead to yet a perfector press. Who says print is dying?

Tue March 14th

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Marco Boer Learn New Things Every Day · ...

Marco Boer has become (for many years) a number-one go-to source for market development and understanding how digital print, particularly inkjet, fits the bill in a future printing landscape. At ICE/InPrint, we got a chance to talk to Marco, and we spoke about the split between research to understand the future combined with the presentations of the present, which are equally important. We also discuss whether the digital transformation takes place at such a speed that the research might become obsolete before publication. However, Marco Boer has an eternal hunger for knowledge, and as he says (even with an example), he learns EVERY day. Enjoy!

Sun March 5th

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Solimar Systems · Jamie Walsh · Hunkele...

In this interview, Jamie Walsh from Solimar Systems explains how using Solimar Systems will free up capacity on existing printing equipment, as the data will be more streamlined, freeing up space on the machines. Solimar has a great reputation for involving customers in its academies and is engaged with customers to secure success. Jamie Walsh handles EMEA. Enjoy!

Fri March 3rd

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Graphco · Chris Manley · Hunkeler Innova...

The diversity of people attending an event like Hunkeler Innovationdays is simply amazing. PSPs, Specialists, Media, and of course, dealers. In this interview, Chris Manley from Graphco in the US explains how great he finds his first Hunkeler Innovationdays. As with many other attendees, Chris Manley meets friends, customers, and new leads. Dig in!

Wed March 1st

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HP · Yale Goidis · Hunkeler Innovationda...

In this short interview, Editor Morten B. Reitoft asks HP's Yale Goidis about curing and bonding/pre-treatment to optimize print and speed. Interesting observations!

Wed March 1st

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McGrew Group · Pat McGrew · Bronte · Hun...

In this series of Coffee Breaks from Italian book-of-one software developer Bronte, Pat McGrew talks about the importance of workflow automation. Enjoy!

Tue February 28th

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Hunkeler Innovationdays · Xerox · Billy ...

Xerox was one of the first OEMs to provide cut-sheet inkjet. In this film, we talk to Billy Stojanovski, Senior Marketing Executive, Xerox, about the Baltoro platform and why it's an important asset in the Xerox portfolio and its customers.

Tue February 28th

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Xerox · Andrew Gunn · Hunkeler Innovatio...

Beyond CMYK and many people at the Xerox booth makes the people we talk to very happy, obviously. Andrew Gunn talks about the Xerox Iridesse platform, and we realize it may be the only CMYK+ machine on the show floor. Enjoy!

Tue February 28th

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Ironside Technology · Bill Riley · Hunke...

The industry will HAVE to go down the path of automation & industry 4.0, whether they want it or not. Same trends & necessities surface in Europe as they do in the US. Analog is shifting to Digital. So, let’s hear what Bill Riley, President & Founder of Ironsides Technology, says about this at HID23. Bill has been the contact for the larger Europe himself and explains why there is a need for a specialist software provider next to the classic ERP/MIS systems in use.

Thu February 23rd

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Kodak Prosper Ultra 520 Press · Randy Va...

Seeing some of the latest technology is always interesting, and here, ladies and gentlemen, are the Kodak Prosper Ultra 520 Press. The 520 is a brand-new press developed for a pretty broad segment of the market, as its prints on almost any substrate - paper and plastic - and with speed comparable to virtually any B2 offset press. In this film, VP Randy Vandagriff, a legend within Kodak and broadly recognized for his talent, explains the ultrastream technology and how he believes the 520 perfectly fits into today's commercial print space. Enjoy!

Wed February 15th

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Hunkeler Innovationdays · Ironsides Tech...

Imagine how difficult it is to measure OEE in a company with multiple machines at different locations, or if you acquire a company where the machines are different from your current... With Ironside's technology, you can easily monitor your equipment and will be notified when it operates outside its optimum. Smart, and with the experience Ironsides has gained since its foundation years back, you will certainly learn a lot. The first step is to listen to this interview with President and Founder Bill Riley. The second step is to meet with the company at Hunkeler Innovationdays! Enjoy!

Thu February 9th

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Hunkeler Innovationdays · Xerox · Andrew...

Everybody talks about AI these days, but imagine that you at Hunkeler Innovationdays can experience for yourself, what Andrew Gunn from Xerox describes as automated automation software. Predictive designs, utilizing beyond CMYK in many different ways - even without using a designer, and this is just the beginning. Xerox production equipment can be upgraded beyond CMYK capabilities, enabling customers to increase their margins by selling high-value prints. Truly a great story. Enjoy it!:

Wed February 8th

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Hunkeler Innovationdays · Eastman Kodak ...

In this interview, Editor Morten B. Reitoft talks with Senior Vice President Randy Vandagriff from Eastman Kodak. In the interview, you will understand the ecosystem Kodak is developing with data from their plate business, software, and hardware business. Randy Vandagriff has extensive knowledge of inkjet, as he has worked on some of the core technologies you find in Kodak technology. At Hunkeler Innovationdays, attendees will get the opportunity to see the Kodak Prosper Ultra 520 press for the first time in Europe - and it seems to be a product not to miss. See you!

Tue February 7th

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Hunkeler Innovationdays · Harris & ...

Harris & Bruno exhibits at Hunkeler Innovationdays, and in this interview, Juan Soto talks to Editor Morten B. Reitoft about the wonderful opportunities the company's products offer. Harris & Bruno works with coating for almost all technologies, along with other technologies, but as you can learn in this film, Harris & Bruno see opportunities with their coaters that can be used both for pre-treatment before print and post-coating using different types of varnishes and coatings. A really nice interview. Apologize for the slight delays you may hear from California to Denmark. Enjoy!

Mon February 6th

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Hunkeler Innovationdays · SpencerMetrics...

According to CEO David Spencer, you can optimize your production more with the right data than by buying the optimization software, which sounds right to us. All printers have downtimes - and by analyzing the cause of the downtime, you can develop solutions that teach operators to be more efficient or find out the workflow bottlenecks. All this can be done using SpencerMetrics solutions, and in this interview with founder and CEO David R. Spencer, you get the insights to understand the potential. This is something we will follow up on. Enjoy!

Fri January 27th

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Hunkeler Innovationdays · HP PageWide In...

As Hunkeler Innovationdays gets closer, INKISH has invited all exhibitors to give an interview with Editor Morten B. Reitoft to get an idea about what to expect. In this episode, we get to talk to Kris Albee from HP. She is based in San Diego and works with many interesting things. In this interview, you'll learn what to expect from HP at Innovationdays - applications. Of course, according to Albee, the new HP T-series Advantage 2200 will be presented with interesting additions. Enjoy!

Mon January 16th

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This is the Rolls Royce in UV Large Form...

At PRINTING, United Agfa showed off technology derived from the recent acquisition of Inca Digital, namely the Agfa Inca Onset X3 - which was presented at the show with a robot handling media loading and unloading. A very happy and proud Global Business Manager, Matt Brooks, explains why there is such a vast interest in the X3 - and how Agfa continues to develop state-of-the-art technology!

Mon December 26th

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Walkthrough Roland 700 Evolution · Kevin...

Kevin Neureuter is the Director of Sales with manroland sheetfed USA and explains here why the Roland 700 Evolution series is a good fit for customers. He explains that the color pilot, the level of automation, and the undeniable growth in packaging are a good fit for manroland. As we are visiting Keystone Paper & Box, who recently invested in two machines - Kevin Neureuter is very convincing talking to. Enjoy!

Tue December 13th

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Super Optimizing Transactions with Solim...

Imagine serving millions of people yearly. Imagine consolidating numerous printing entities across a state and developing a print service provider printing more than 140,000,000 pages annually. Going from fast photocopiers to an up-to-minute modern print facility using Ricoh Inkjet, binding equipment from Tecnau, and all tight together using Solimar software - but more importantly, brilliant people like Mike Lincoln and Gilbert Gomez. Meet them in our film from Colorado State.

Thu December 8th

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Being Operator Friendly is key · David W...

David Walden is the Plant Manager for PrimeSourceOPC out of North Carolina and, of course, influences the decision process when investing in new equipment. At the BOBST Open House event, he explains some of the KPIs when choosing equipment. But listen to what he says, and learn :-)

Wed December 7th

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Trade Printer Wise looks for capabilitie...

Being a trade printer serving thousands of customers requires excellent flexibility. At the BOBST Open House event in Alpharetta, Will Prettyman from WISE explains what they are looking for before investing in new technology. When Will Prettyman says 'capabilities,' it shows how crucial fast setup time, automated setup processes, and the high quality of a hybrid press is - and well, it's always great talking to experienced people!

Wed December 7th

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Experience makes you ask better question...

The BOBST Open House in Alpharetta is, of course, about presenting technology to potential customers. It's about selling. But for the attendees, it's also about asking questions that can avoid future investment mistakes, and during Dean Haertel from BOBST's presentation, I overheard a very interesting question. The question was how BOBST avoids stitching issues. Stitching can be seen when multiple printheads are clustered in a print bar and can either leave a tiny white line or a line of double print. The question came from Jodi Westphal from Western Shield Label & Packaging. Stitching is handled by BOBST in a smart and simple way, but this we will explain in INKISH.NEWS.

Wed December 7th

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Going to Events like this, I learn…...

David Zwang has been in the industry for a long time and continues to be 'everywhere' :-) And this time in the BOBST Open House in Alpharetta, Georgia. In this almost ten minutes long interview, we get to know a few of the many roles David Zwang has covered in the past years - but for now, enjoy the interview where you get different perspectives!

Wed December 7th

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