Feb 17, 2015
About a year after Canon Solutions America (CSA) announced that it was exploring the idea of forming a user group for its production print customers, it has announced a name for the group and the date of its first event. The group is called the thINK Customer Community and its inaugural event, the thINK Customer Conference, will take place September 8th to 10th in New York. The thINK Customer Conference will overlap with Canon’s Expo (the once every four year showcase of Canon technologies).
Though thINK is described as a “Community of Canon Solutions America Production Print Customers,” the focus is clearly on inkjet, Read more »
Feb 11, 2015
Later this year, Yale University Press will publish a biography of a person who truly made a difference in the printing industry.
H. Joseph Gerber (1924–1996) founded of the Gerber Scientific Instrument Company. He was imprisoned in a labor camp at the age of 13, and in 1940 he and his mother fled war-torn Austria, immigrating to the United States. After completing high school in just two years, he entered Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) on a scholarship, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering in 1946.
In his junior year at RPI, Gerber invented the Gerber Variable Scale. With a $3,000 investment, the Gerber Scientific Instrument Company was born. On my first visit to his company in Connecticut, he literally dragged me to his office to show me the original scale. Read more »
Color digital printing for packaging so far has been mainly for primary package printing—first in color digital labels, where brand owners now spend about $3.2 billion annually, and more recently in folding cartons and flexible packaging, where digital print is really just getting started. Another digital category, though, is emerging, and that is corrugated package printing, mostly for secondary packs and displays, and typically produced by specialist converters. Corrugated is now clearly a color print market, and one where several inkjet vendors are now participating.
One of those suppliers, Hewlett Packard, recently hosted over 100 guests in Atlanta for a conference about color digital printing for corrugated packaging. While most attendees were prospects—dozens of corrugators and sheet printers, most from North America, but some from as far as China—there were also current users of HP Scitex flatbed inkjet printers for corrugated, and there were also HP technology partners, such as Esko (cutting Read more »
Heimtextil 2015 (held January 14-17 in Frankfurt, Germany) hosted about 2,800 exhibitors and 68,000 visitors. Hailed as “the most successful Heimtextil for many years,” this year’s event attracted exhibitors and buyers of textiles covering a wide range of products (e.g., floor/window coverings, bath/bed linens, upholstery, wall coverings, sun/deco systems, fibres, yarns, fabrics, and increasingly digital print). According to Debbie McKeegan, Designer and Owner of Digetex, this year’s trends include recycled vintage designs—and with readily available digital printing, designers are now going beyond photo printing creations and into painterly effects and overlaid photos in their designs. Additionally, fashion and interiors are merging with catwalk designs appearing in home textiles.
Feb 10, 2015
On a snowy February day I met Gilad Tzori, Landa’s Vice President of Product Strategy, at Terminal C of Logan Airport. Gilad had just completed a speaking engagement in Florida and had offered to stop in Boston to show me the latest Landa S10 print samples and to give me a general Landa update.
Gilad showed me a dozen or so B1-format sheets with a number of images that included Read more »
Feb 9, 2015
America’s two largest U.S. office supply chains are once again challenging the views of antitrust regulators – and this time, if they succeed, it could spell the demise of traditional competition in that business sector. Read more »
Feb 6, 2015
HP has long been at the forefront of innovation in the digital printing marketplace with inkjet solutions spanning consumer, office, and production. HP’s announcement of its High Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA) shows how inkjet technology is evolving, but the main take-away shouldn’t be just about high resolution, redundancy, or better print quality. The important part of this announcement is how it helps future-proof investments made by HP customers.
The centerpiece of the announcement is a new 2,400 dot-per-inch, dual channel, thermal inkjet (TIJ) print head Read more »
Feb 5, 2015
A new class of production workflows, which we refer to as “compact workflows,” received attention in 2014 and should gain traction with customers this year. Unlike existing workflows for digital printing, compact workflows incorporate aspects of online ordering, print management, production workflow, output management Read more »
Jan 26, 2015
In the past few years we have heard an awful lot about the printers adding additional services to stay competitive in their respective markets. So it was particularly interesting when Bridgeport National Bindery in Agawam, MA, a trade binder at heart, took the opposite course and added digital printing as a service. For most of the company’s history its sales representatives traveled throughout the Northeastern United States convincing print shops to send them their printed material for binding and distribution. This meant shipping and storing printed pages, having extra printed pages on hand in case of errors, and finally distributing completed work or shipping it back to the printer. It’s easy to see how that business process could be streamlined, and since 2005 Bridgeport National has been active in the print-on-demand market (POD). Their origins as a trade bindery, however, left them in an advantageous position when it comes to POD book printing due to the wide variety of applications and experience they have gained.
Last month Bridgeport National Bindery hosted an HP “Print your Future” event at Read more »