GRAPH EXPO 2014: The Allure That Is Chicago
Landheer was in Chicago to conduct a little research. He wanted to investigate the progress of inkjet printing during the past six to 12 months and get a sense for where the technology is heading in the short-term future.
On the finishing side, Landheer wanted to examine current perfect binder offerings, and what kind of automation enhancements could be expected. "We're looking at how a 20-minute binder makeready can be reduced to 10 minutes or less," he notes.
Though Landheer thought attendance lagged behind past years, he was excited about the workflow enhancement technologies that were offered on the show floor. He had planned meetings with suppliers that serve CHG on a regular basis, but Landheer also relished the opportunity to learn more about alternative offerings.
"For us, it's more about researching the direction that is the best one for our company to take," he remarks.
Unscientific Observations Dept.: Was it just me, or did GRAPH EXPO 14 see perhaps its greatest influx of women at the annual trade show? It seems everywhere you turned, a sales/technical rep was providing information regarding a piece of machinery to a client or prospect who happened to be female.
Whether this represents a trend toward more women being tasked with making decisions regarding future equipment/software enhancements for their respective companies remains to be seen, but even a slight uptick in the female-to-male ratio must be viewed as a positive sign for an industry often viewed by outsiders as mature and technologically staid.
Did you notice the obnoxiously loud helicopters buzzing around McCormick Place on Monday morning during the show? Apparently, this is one of the few times you can blame President Obama…or at least his wife.
First Lady Michelle Obama was hitting the campaign trail on Sept. 29, stumping for the Democratic candidate for governor in Wisconsin, Mary Burke, who is attempting to unseat incumbent Scott Walker. On her way to the Land of Cheese, Mrs. Obama landed in Chicago. We don't have it on authority, but photos provided by Jodie Haynes of the Graphic Arts Show Co. show an Osprey helicopter (shown above) and what appears to be the Air Force One chopper, seem to indicate as such.