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.

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.

Making Books That Last

Hardcover book production seemed to be under serious threat not too many years ago.

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.

A Guide to Buying Digital Finishing Systems (Part Two)

In the second part of "A Guide to Buying Digital Finishing Systems," Don Piontek continues to share his experience to help you make the best finishing decision for your operation. In part two, he focuses on two key questions: when should you choose in-line versus off-line? And, how much automation do you need?

A Guide to Buying Digital Finishing Systems (Part One)

Not too long ago, a majority of digital print volume was printed on cut-sheet toner printers. Finishing options were (and still are) many, with a host of built-in bookletmakers and perfect binders that could output a finished product. These were built for the speeds and volumes of the cut-sheet production model. But we’re now in the era of digital big iron.