Blogs

Detecting the Risk in Software Investments

In a new blog, Consultant Howie Fenton discusses how in-plants can assess the risks in new software investments and then mitigate or minimize those risks.

Is the Printing Industry Embracing Industry 4.0?

There are four major components to defining Industry 4.0, aside from simply calling it the Fourth Industrial Revolution. How has the print industry, as a whole, done with embracing this new wave of technology?

Making an Impact: How to Create Double-Sided Window Graphics

Window graphics are now regarded by many brands as a key part of the marketing mix, so why not take this a step further and maximize window space to capitalize on more marketing opportunities inside the building with double-sided window graphics?

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Business Management

In a new blog, Consultant Howie Fenton discusses how in-plants can assess the risks in new software investments and then mitigate or minimize those risks.

There are four major components to defining Industry 4.0, aside from simply calling it the Fourth Industrial Revolution. How has the print industry, as a whole, done with embracing this new wave of technology?

Window graphics are now regarded by many brands as a key part of the marketing mix, so why not take this a step further and maximize window space to capitalize on more marketing opportunities inside the building with double-sided window graphics?

Wide-Format Printing

In some ways the digital transformation of textile printing has been accelerated due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Considerations of print speed, print quality, and flexibility factor strongly in wide-format equipment purchases. A strategy involving all three is essential.

As a printing segment, wide-format is mature. While the technologies continue to be refined, and the materials get upgraded, the core concept remains unchanged. As the points of differentiation that were once critical selling points lose their punch, what can wide-format producers do to differentiate their businesses?

Consumables

Hunter Bliss runs a small, innovative printing business based in Shenzhen, China, called Pebble Printing Group. It specializes in radical sustainability, with an emphasis on stone paper.

When installing self-adhesive graphics, the last thing you probably think about is the remnants you throw away. However, the quality of these remnants - better known as release liners - can make a significant difference to the printing and installation of graphics.

A new laminate film from Drytac, branded as Polar Chrome, provides an eye-catching, silvery finish for graphics projects. The 3 mm PET product is compatible with numerous ink systems, including solvent, latex and UV cured. PRINTING United Booth 6224.

Production Inkjet

According to the research, roughly 6,000 printers are considering an investment in B2 inkjet printing over the next two years.

A NAPCO Research report, Delivering New Levels of Value with Continuous-Feed Inkjet Printing, highlights the current state of technology capabilities, application opportunities, print customer demands, and investment considerations for print service providers and in-plants.

Offering print providers the ability to create surprising, innovative printed products, the new PX3000 UV inkjet press increases “wow" factor and speeds delivery, while at the same time controlling costs, even as customer SKUs increase. PRINTING United Booth 10564 and 9344.

Digital Printing

The 2021 Inkjet Summit kicked off yesterday afternoon, punctuating strong evidence of a resurgent post-pandemic printing industry.

The imagePRESS C850 offers print speeds of up to 85 letter-size images per minute, duplex, long-sheet printing, and can handle heavier, coated or textured stock. The imagePRESS C850 also features in-line finishing options including creasing and trimming. PRINTING United Booth 7016.

Each year, EFI hosts its customers, partners, media and analysts at its signature event, EFI Connect.

Mailing/Postal

The USPS released its long-anticipated 10-year strategic plan this week and it’s a decidedly mixed bag for the commercial mailing sector, a supply chain that includes printing and packaging, and one that in 2019 generated an estimated $1.6 trillion in sales.

Well planned, executed, and shared audits improve compliance, service, and expectations. Here is what you need to know.

Depending upon which experts you heed, the U.S. Postal Service is either a few months away from insolvency or it’s in no danger of running out of cash any time soon. Let's look at facts about what’s going on with this agency that’s so central to American life.

Workflow/Web-to-Print

When you run wide-format inkjet equipment, it's imperative that you perform a nozzle check each morning. Think of it as a "check engine" light on your car that tells you if you should drive it or not.

During the pandemic, in-plants have been forced to develop new ways to operate or reexamine how they work. We have been working with them to build new workflows or help them take full advantage of the systems they already have, so they can work smarter with fewer touches and staff, on-site or remotely.

Offering increased RIP speeds of up to 400% and aiding the image quality on numerous substrates and products including printed textiles, the recently released ONYX 19 sets a new standard in wide-format print production. PRINTING United Booth 6816.

Sustainability

EPA issued a new rule that reduces the regulatory requirements for waste aerosol cans. The new rule is aimed at improving recycling and reducing the cost and burden of aerosol can management by imposing less stringent regulatory requirements on the cans.

A new film from LINTEC is applied wet and provides an excellent, print-protecting solution for companies in the graphic, in-plant, and visual communication segments. Made with 80% recycled PET materials, it offers a sustainable option. PRINTING United Booth 5104.

By integrating Two Sides materials into the school's curriculum, the faculty educates Digital Media students on the importance of the paper and print industry and the unique sustainable features of paper products.

In-plant Justification

In his latest blog, Greg Cholmondeley talks about the reasons many in-plants do not have up-to-date and relevant strategic plans.

Every year that I moderate an ideal panel session at the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association conference I get some great ideas from the panelists. This year, the session was called "Winning In-plant Ideas” and featured three healthcare in-plant leaders.

Although the business of higher education continues to be revolutionized by digital technology, print and mail are still very much a part of day-to-day operations. Who should be responsible for producing this print collateral, an in-plant or an outside firm?

Binding & Finishing

Broadside accordion folds, or single sheet accordion folds on cover stock, each require scoring in the first section before the right angle fold.

Even the simplest bindery department can be a complicated operation with a mix of post-press machinery, procedures and materials. No matter how well-trained an operator or manager, it's easy to miss something that leads to a mistake. A checklist can prevent mistakes with surprising results.

Nearly all of the successful marketing strategies were inspired by ideas from outside the printing industry.

Sheetfed Offset Printing

This is the time of year when organizations evaluate their current position and start thinking about things that they need to change.

IPG blogger Dwayne Magee takes a trip down printing’s memory lane by sharing an amusing collection of tips for printers.