I attended the recent Dscoop Americas event in San Antonio and was struck by a few trends:
Value-added special effects – One of the fascinating things that HP did in its Dscoop exhibit floor space was to display some special effects that its R&D labs are working on which may or may not be implemented someday on the Indigo platform through the use of the fifth, sixth, or seventh imaging stations. The intent of showing these was to get feedback from attendees on the concepts, each of which provides some value-added feature. The concepts included fluorescents, phosphorescents (glow in the dark), thermochromic, silver, scented, adhesive, glitter, chameleon, lenticular, expanding, gloss, invisible, and taggant. Attendees could vote on which effects they were most interested in. For those who want something now, HP has recently introduced a new more opaque white for Indigo. This white will require fewer hits to get the desired opacity. Speaking of value-added special effects, Scodix showed some beautiful examples combining dimensional and foil. (For more on Scodix, see the InfoTrends blog entitled “Pre-drupa: Israel’s Scodix Rolls Out Speedy, B1-Sized Digital Enhancement System.” For more on HP’s Indigo news, see the InfoTrends blog entitled “HP at drupa 2016: Re-Imagining Production Digital Printing.”)
Last week, like many others I braved snow, sleet, and freezing rain to get to DscoopX in Washington DC. While the weather outside was less than desirable, there was tremendous spirit and enthusiasm for the industry and digital technologies inside the Gaylord Convention Center.
More than 2,000 print professionals from 41 countries and over 115 business partners participated to share perspectives on how to “Xpand Print”. According to show organizers that means that since inception more than 20,000 HP end users worldwide have participated in a Dscoop event. DscoopX had the largest Dscoop solutions showcase ever with over 45,000 square feet of exhibitions. It had the biggest HP presence in the solutions showcase in Dscoop history featuring an HP Indigo 30000, HP Indigo 20000, two HP Indigo 10000 units, and an array of large format technology all showcasing applications and opportunities for digital technology. Read more »
My trip to Dscoop9 was short — one day only — but fabulous. In the time I was there I saw a hilarious and thought-provoking keynote, spent hours on the show floor collecting print samples (see links to videos below), moderated a panel of innovative HP Indigo 10000 users, met with HP Indigo executives, and interviewed an HP “Graphics Influencer.”
Here are my take-aways from the day I spent at Dscoop9:
How Important Is Dscoop to HP? Dion Weisler was at Dscoop9. Read more »
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to participate in Dscoop9 in Orlando, Florida. I got to see more than 2,000 print professionals and over 100 business partners focus on the conference directive of “breaking the mold.” According to Chris Petro, Dscoop’s Chairman and the President and CEO of GlobalSoft Digital Solutions, attendees visited from 33 countries around the world. In addition, 30% of print service providers were first-time attendees.
Education was a critical area of emphasis at Dscoop9, and the Dscoop University portal was officially unveiled at this year’s event. John Tenwinkel, Director of Dscoop University, states, “Dscoop University is designed to provide industry-leading personalized education to help users enhance their corporate strategies and grow their businesses. This blended learning environment offers 24/7 access to training, on-demand content, live-streaming and downloadable resources, and in-person courses. The content is tailored to various job functions, including business owners, sales and marketing, and operations. Dscoop University is designed to ensure that educational opportunities don’t end with the conference.”
Probably the most interesting news item to come out of the recent Canon Solutions America (CSA) briefing was CSA’s announcement that it was forming a user group steering committee, and that it hoped to have its first convention in 2015. The focus of this user group will be production digital print.
Keep in mind that two of the most successful user events in the production digital print space–Dscoop (a cooperative of HP Graphic Arts users) and EFI Connect (the annual EFI worldwide users’ conference)–have been gaining more traction in recent years. That CSA would consider creating a group for its own production digital print users should come as no surprise, particularly with Francis McMahon on board. McMahon, Vice President of Marketing for CSA’s Production Print Solutions division, played an integral role in getting Dscoop off the ground many years ago when he was the Director of Marketing for HP’s Graphic Solutions Business. In addition, CSA’s hiring of Dscoop Executive Director Eric Hawkinson in 2013 should have tipped us all off; it makes sense that Canon would use Hawkinson’s skills to start an initiative like this.
CSA’s Eric Hawkinson with Customer Panel
Exactly what form (or what name) the user group will take has yet to be determined. Read more »
Dscoop (Digital Solutions Cooperative) is an independent global community of graphic arts business owners and technical professionals who use HP Indigo, Scitex or HP web press equipment. Dscoop was founded in 2005 and after establishing a strong presence in North America it is broadening its reach with the second conference for the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, Africa). More than 700 digital print professionals from 36 different countries gathered at the second annual Dscoop EMEA conference. Among them were 400 print service providers, a substantial increase from 200 in the year before. The event titled “Print Grand Prix” ran November 6th to 8th at the Rome Marriott Park Hotel, Italy.
A few years ago, you could not turn around without hearing or seeing something about digital printing. The noise has quieted down, but the changes keep on coming.
Offset press manufacturers now send out a press release every time they sell a system because it is such a unique event. There is still a good market for offset presses, but it is smaller that ever and getting smaller.
Komori and KBA were the only press makers at the PRINT show. Komori actually had a press. “Find us by following the noise,” I was told.
Digital printing volumes are growing nicely, but no one notices. Read more »
Benny Landa was at EFI’s Connect event in Las Vegas this week and as part of a fireside chat with Guy Gecht and a separate meeting with the trade press and industry analysts he provided a status update.
Market progress — Landa reported that his company had signed 430 letters of intent (LOI), a significant portion of them coming with deposits. These LOIs were from all over the world, including quite a number from Asia Pacific. He noted that the company was on track with product development and expected to have its first product in beta testing at the end of 2013. This will be the Landa S10 cut-sheet, B1-format device, which Landa said was the most popular configuration. Landa also said that the platform’s print resolution has been increased from 600 to 1,200 dots per inch. Read more »
In this video blog I discussÂ a print sample called the “Book of Possibilities” that was handed out at the recent Dscoop7 user conference. Created using HP Indigo technology, the sample book highlights a range of interesting special effects (such as white ink and raised printing) and substrates (including watercolor paper, pearlescents, and metallics). The piece was designed by Cipher Creative Group and paper was provided by GPA Specialty Substrate Solutions, Mohawk Fine Papers, NewPage, Finch, Sappi, and Neenah Paper.
Last week Jeff Hayes, Barb Pellow, and I had the pleasure of presenting at the Survive & Thrive conference, which was held at the Beijing International Hotel Conference Center in Beijing, China ahead of the China Print 2009 trade show. Co-developed by HP and InfoTrends, the conference was the gathering point for hundreds of HP customers, prospects, and partners. Sponsored by abg International, Creo, DigiLabs, Dscoop, and Press-sense, the two-day event was highlighted by several keynotes (including ones by Alon Bar-Shany and Chris Morgan of HP, and Jeff Hayes and Barb Pellow of InfoTrends) as well as by presentations by many HP Indigo users from all over the world.
Arguably, the biggest news of the conference was the announcement that Dscoop (the Digital Solutions Cooperative user group) would be expanding its operations into the Asia Pacific region. Founded in 2005, Dscoop (www.dscoop.org) has developed a formidable presence in the North American market and provides a valuable resource for a growing range of HP customers (today primarily Indigo and some wide format). Dscoop has 700 member companies on six continents and conducts an annual conference that has grown from about four hundred attendees in 2006 to more than 1,300 in 2009. The 2010 conference will be held in Dallas in February. Dscoop is also notably web-centric, having offered more than one hundred web seminars and supporting many web discussion forums for its members. In his comments preceding the announcement of Dscoop Asia Pacific, Alon Bar-Shany, Vice President of HP’s Indigo division, called the birth and rapid growth of Dscoop a highlight of his professional career, given how it came together in a very short period of time after a “difficult” situation involving the prior user group, the Indigo Customer Exchange (ICE). Read more »