HP Flexes Its Packaging Muscles: Part 1

Ron Gilboa
Nov 24, 2014

HP’s Graphic Arts division demonstrated its ongoing commitment to the future of digital printing for packaging applications by announcing a partnership with Kama, a major manufacturer of finishing automation.. The announcement came a part of a recent open house that Kama held at its Dresden, Germany headquarters; also at that event, Kama, a 120-year-old manufacturer of automatic die cutters, hot foil stamping systems, and folder-gluers, revealed its collaboration with HP Indigo to launch a prototype of the FlexFold 52, a folder-gluer that will become commercially available in Q2 2015. During his introduction, Kama CEO Marcus Tralau proclaimed that “packaging is coming home” to Germany with this new technology introduction.

The FlexFold 52 offers automatic setup for rapid changeovers from one job to the next, making it ideal for producing short runs of folding cartons. Setup is handled via JDF and JMF commands, and the device can automatically adjust the length and width of the folding elements before gluing them together at a speed of 200 meters per minute with nearly whisper-quiet operation. Developed in collaboration with HP Indigo’s team, the system complements the capabilities of the HP Indigo 30000 printing system when producing folding carton applications.

 

Kama FlexFold52

Kama FlexFold52

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Mobile printing and those “in-between” moments

Christine Dunne

Close to three months ago, my family and I moved into a new home. For anyone who has experienced a move (probably most of us), you know how crazy it can be. Not only do you need to physically move and arrange your belongings, but you must also handle various administrative tasks as well as acclimate yourself to your new surroundings.

Boxes in our new home

The first few weeks in our home we were largely living out of boxes. We knew where our printer was, but we could not find any cables to set it up on a network or print directly from our PCs.

Normally, we would have just waited until we found these cables, but I needed to print! I needed to print, sign, and scan a number of documents for work, my bank, our mortgage company, and our homeowners’ insurance company. Read more »

Will Phoneless Cameras be the Next Big Thing?

Ed Lee
Nov 21, 2014

Woot! is known for its quirky and often humorous descriptions of the overstocked items that it sells. From time to time, they cause me to smile, chuckle out loud, and even buy something. The following screen capture is a recent example of its humorous approach to selling digital cameras.  Read more »

Ideas in Action at TEDxBeaconStreet

Ed Lee
Nov 20, 2014

The 2014 TEDxBeaconStreet conference took place on November 15 and 16 in Brookline, MA. Like other TED conferences, the talks centered on the themes of Technology, Education, and Design (TED).

Tthe event included 67 speakers, over 2,500 attendees, 3 venues, 3 viewing villages, and 20 event partners. The talks were recorded and will be available shortly at the TEDxBeaconStreet website. The organizers are hoping to achieve a target of 25 million views over the next year. So, check out some of the talks when you have a few moments.

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Mosaic is a Benchmark for Photo Book Mobile Apps

David Haueter
Nov 14, 2014

Smartphones are now the primary camera that most U.S. consumers use on a daily basis and their rise in popularity is having a significant impact on photo output products such as photo prints, photo books, and photo cards. With people taking more pictures with smartphones, they are also creating more printed products with them. In the InfoTrends 2014 U.S. Photo Merchandise End-User Survey, 21% of photo merchandise buyers indicated that they had ordered a photo  product using their mobile device and another 39% said they had not but were interested in doing so.

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Key Trends to Look for at the Digital Marketing Financial Services Summit

Arianna Valentini
Nov 13, 2014

There are few industries left using marketing software than can now be labeled as transformative as a result of digital media – from retail to government, marketers within these vertical markets have taken the marketing software technologies offered by vendors to bring full digital experiences to their prospective customers. However, in industries where more importance is placed on securing sensitive customer information there are greater hurdles to overcome in offering prospective customers a truly valuable experience. One such vertical that is driving the transformation of marketing is the financial services industry. Research completed by InfoTrends in this market and a recent eBook published by the Digital Marketing for Financial Services Summit, show just how marketers in financial services are taking these roadblocks around data security and creating a digital experience for their customers.

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Xerox Blurring the Lines Between the Paper and Digital World with New Solutions and New Partners

Allison Correia
Nov 7, 2014

On November 6th, Xerox launched their Next Generation Managed Print Services campaign to help reduce printing in the workplace, increase user awareness and drive results with paper and digital publishing. They announced three new solutions for the enterprise to automate, simplify, secure, integrate, assess, and optimize processes. Read more »

Augmented Reality: InsideAR 2014 Conference

David Stabel
Nov 5, 2014

From October 29th-30th, the InsideAR 2014 conference took place in Munich, Germany. It is the largest international augmented reality (AR) conference in the world (including representation from Japan, China, and Germany) and is organized by Metaio GmbH (Metaio) each year. The conference brought together the AR community and explores the latest developments in the field of AR – with speakers from around the globe presenting during the event. Technology evangelists, such as Ori Inbar from Augmentedreality.org and Rohit Talwar from Fast Future shared their insights into the possibilities of AR technology. Also, many enterprises – such as Epson, Cisco, SAP, DHL, Audi, Daimler, and Volkswagen – presented this year and shared their efforts in solving real business problems with AR technology.

Thomas Alt, co-founder and CEO of Metaio GmbH, welcomes the InsideAR 2014 attendees in Munich, Germany.

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HP Re-Shapes its Future with 3D Printing and Immersive Computing

Jeff Hayes and Jim Hamilton
Oct 29, 2014

Dion Weisler, EVP Printing & Personal Systems, HP

HP executive vice president Dion Weisler was on stage today for one of his biggest events: the introduction of two new products from HP’s Printing & Personal Systems group (soon to be HP, Inc.). In a live event in New York City that was webcast globally, Weisler and his team introduced two intriguing products designed to help customers unite the physical and digital worlds in a “Blended Reality” supported by HP technologies.

The first products to come out are Multi Jet Fusion, a 3D printer, and Sprout, an immersive computing platform.

Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer

Steve Nigro, senior vice president of HP’s Inkjet and Graphics businesses, unveiled publicly for the first time HP’s production 3D printer, a product that he said will “trigger the next industrial revolution” through ground-breaking speed, quality, and cost. While being limited on technical details, Nigro stated that HP has taken some of its 2D print assets and applied them in a new way to achieve speeds that are 10 times faster than any other technology on Read more »

Room to Grow in the U.S. Photo Merchandise Market

David Haueter

Photo merchandise items like photo books, photo cards, and calendars remain very popular gift items in the U.S. market, but according to recent InfoTrends consumer surveys, the market is showing signs of slowing down. In InfoTrends’ 2014 U.S. Photo Merchandise End-User Survey, about 40% of respondents had bought photo merchandise products in the last year. This was virtually unchanged from the 2013 survey after showing growth the previous two years. InfoTrends believes that while a slowdown is inevitable as the photo merchandise market matures, there is still room for continued growth with targeted marketing efforts and promotions.

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