Don Piontek

Don Piontek

Don has worked in technical support, sales, engineering, and management during a career in both the commercial offset and digital finishing sectors. He is the North American representative for IBIS Bindery Systems, Ltd. of The United Kingdom.

In-Line Versus Off-Line Finishing: The Eternal Question

With the growth of digital print, lots of consideration goes into designing the optimum finishing process. The short-run nature of digital presses means the finishing process must be carefully analyzed. So let's look at the in-line and off-line options, and the arguments for each.

An Update on Short-Run Diecutting

Although there have been many new finishing systems introduced in the past two or three years, one type of system has caught my attention. The spread of high-quality, cut-sheet digital presses has created a real opportunity for short-run finishing for all sorts of packaging, labels, stickers, boxes, pocket folders, greeting cards, and retail display material.

Be Your Own Bookbinder

You can produce short-run, hardcover orders in-house, and with great quality.

Hunkeler Innovationdays; the Search for the Perfect Book Block

Hunkeler Innovationdays are approaching. Over the years, this biannual event has steadily grown until it has become a "must" for companies seeking out the latest in digital finishing technology. And for book printers, this is a chance to see the "best of the best" finishing technology for their workflow.

(Wide-Format) Signs of The Times

The term "finishing" can apply a rather large spectrum of products that are printed. Among these are signage of all types. Signs (unlike much printed material) are designed to quickly convey directions or information to the viewer. And the market for signage is vast, incorporating everything from highway, to retail, to institutional, and much more.

The Era of File-Based Finishing

We are now in the era of file-based finishing (or as some call it, Finishing 4.0). While there were many prior efforts to transform offset production into a file-based workflow (remember JDF?) digital print has completed the changeover.

Innovation Ahead!

2016 was quite a year for innovation and new developments on both the digital print and finishing side. But we’re about to jumpstart 2017 with Hunkeler's bi-annual Innovationdays in February. Unique among the various print trade shows and vendor-sponsored gatherings, Innovationdays is largely a finishing-centric showcase. And not just finishing, but digital finishing.

Expanding the Bindery's Repertoire

Any trade bindery owner looking to keep his business going must look at other opportunities outside of traditional print finishing.

An Update on 'That Vision Thing'

Way back in 2012, I wrote a blog about vision systems in the bindery. Well, it’s late 2016, and I’m feeling this needs a refresh. If I could name one technology that wasn’t around in finishing 30 years ago, but is now (in a big way), it would be machine vision.

What’s in the Box?

We see tons of packaging in retail every day, but luxury packaging is a different breed.