Blogs

5 Things to do After a Bad Week

When you haven’t accomplished a lot in week, make sure it is an isolated incident. Bill’s blog offers a protocol for corrective action.

Commentary: The Paper-Based Communications Option — It's Our Right, Right?

Do consumers have a genuine “right” to stick steadfastly to paper when other kinds of documentation work as well? I’m not so certain.

Business Mantra: We Do the Best We Can

One of Tennessee’s most famous companies has quite an interesting business mantra. We found out why during a tour of the company.

Other Staff Bloggers
Business Management

When you haven’t accomplished a lot in week, make sure it is an isolated incident. Bill’s blog offers a protocol for corrective action.

Do consumers have a genuine “right” to stick steadfastly to paper when other kinds of documentation work as well? I’m not so certain.

One of Tennessee’s most famous companies has quite an interesting business mantra. We found out why during a tour of the company.

Digital Printing - Production Inkjet

HID provides a unique chance to see a wide range of applications that many printers might miss in online searches or in giant shows.

Hunkeler Innovationdays improved on the number of exhibitors and visitors with about 100 exhibitors and 6,500 visitors expected.

What will it take for sales reps to sell digital/inkjet? That riddle is solved in this week’s blog by Bill Farquharson.

Data Management

Two weeks back, two hearings in Congress were held about a possible forthcoming new federal data privacy law for the United States.

California’s privacy act will require marketers and direct mailers to adhere to new regulations. Here’s what you need to know.

With the 2020 elections already underway, social media marketing is in the spotlight.

Training and Education

The faculty educates students on the importance of the paper and print industry and the unique sustainable features of paper products.

Use the years of accumulated finishing experience of your most senior people to train your new people, before they head out the door.

The partnership POV Solution formed with CIA is one small but significant way to change the fact that the industry is trending older.

Mailing/Fulfillment

Looking at direct mail through the lens of targeting by generation can be instrumental in increasing your response rates.

In order to create direct mail campaigns that ignite more response, you need to ask the right questions at the planning stage.

The best direct mail marketing is able to communicate your message in a way that is understood, remembered and acted upon.

Color/Quality Control

Gina Ferrara digs deeper into her research with Madison Advisors on color migration and digital delivery.

The use of CMYK+ is poised for moderate page volume growth, based on several factors.

The perception of color is dependent on three distinct variables — the light source, the object and the receiver.

Software

On demand production print DFEs emerged in the late ’90s, but how have they evolved and what can printers expect in the future?

Barb Pellow discusses how Alexander’s Print Advantage changed its course and reached an exciting and profitable destination.

Are you frustrated with your current software? Here are some tips for finding the right solution for your business.

Finishing

2019 will throw challenges (and opportunities) at print. Here are three critical trends impacting the finishing side.

Consider adding robots to your finishing operation to relieve operators from repetitive tasks and the strain associated with them.

Don Piontek explores photo book challenges printers face and how technology from Photobook Technology could be the solution.

Binding

Don Piontek shares some of the diverse finishing applications and systems he’s come across in his career.

During a recent trade show, Don Piontek looked for the newest finishing technology and he found innovations in mechanical binding.

In the search for new finishing developments, Don Piontek received a LinkedIn press release alert on something called “Vpaper.”

Interactive Print

Direct mail is a very effective marketing channel; however, when you add a mobile element such as AR to it, you can skyrocket results.

Technology has allowed us to increase direct mail ROI even more! By adding technology, you can draw attention to your mail piece.

On Thursday May 11, around 150 Konica Minolta production print users gathered in Vienna for a day of presentations at the inaugural meeting of PROKOM, the Konica Minolta user community. With the focus, at least at first, on users of cut-sheet light to mid-production color and black-and-white digital print, the opportunity for PROKOM is unlike many other user groups, which tend to focus on higher levels of production.

Digital Printing - Wide Format

The billboard might be the descendant of one the oldest forms of human advertising but it’s proving to the perfect partner for digital.

Each year, EFI hosts its customers, partners, media and analysts at its signature event, EFI Connect.

In a short period of time, Ricoh has built an impressive portfolio of high-speed rollfed inkjet presses and cut-sheet toner presses, software, plus a line of services that include color management and workflow analysis. Ricoh continues to invest in this market.

Consumables - Paper

At the beginning of 2019, buyers of publication grades will be paying about 25% more for paper than they did just 18 months earlier.

Did you know that paper absorbs moisture in the air, which can impact quality? Here’s a short guide on paper in relation to humidity.

Understanding your carbon footprint can decrease your consumption of energy and materials, reducing your carbon emissions.

Digital Printing - Toner

The grapevine has been ripe the past weeks, but now the news is finally out. Fujifilm has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the majority holding of Xerox Corporation and will merge Fuji Xerox with Xerox.

With Canon’s announcement of the Océ VarioPrint 6000 Titan, it’s a good time to revisit the cut-sheet monochrome digital market.

A financial analyst who specializes in the printing industry recently speculated that “the…

Consumables - General

We have seen lots of advances in adhesives for bookbinding over the years, with PUR (polyurethane reactive) adhesive being the last major game changer. But there is now a revived interest in protein-based adhesives.

 

Quick! Name two consumables that are indispensable to operation in the bindery. If you named adhesives as one, you'd be on the mark. But...if you included knives, (yes, they are a consumable), you would be quite savvy. Cutting and trimming are part of almost every finishing operation. And the quality of those cuts are essential to the quality of the finished product.

Adhesives are widely used in finishing, this includes perfect binding, folding, mailing, and folding carton applications. And coatings and various chemical solutions are used in the digital print process to both enhance image quality and make the paper more "finishing-friendly." Both chemistry and environmental control have a lot to do with systems performance.

Offset Printing

OK, I digress from my usual finishing tech. discussion this week. Although I’m on the digital finishing side, I spent enough time in the high-volume offset world to become quite familiar with publication, periodical and catalog production.

We were in Japan last month, and as luck would have it, we were there at the same time that Komori held an open house to showcase its newest digital print solutions. This international event took place at Komori’s facility in Tsukuba, Japan, and drew hundreds of attendees from all over the Asia Pacific region. It also provided the opportunity to showcase its Impremia IS29, a B2-format, sheetfed, UV inkjet printer.

In a sense, Berlin Industries was once the king of Chicago. Last week, the remaining assets were auctioned off. If you were there, you could have purchased a Heidelberg Sunday M3000 five-unit web press for a mere $47,000.

Digital Printing - Digital Offset

What follows is an interview with Rosemarie Breske Garvey, VP at Blooming Color in Lombard, Ill. Blooming Color is doing some pretty spectacular work beyond traditional four-color printing and I wanted to learn more.

Dscoop is part tradeshow and part education event, with an agenda that included A-List keynotes and mentalist Lior Suchard as emcee. The sessions were the expected array of customer success stories, successful selling solutions and product reviews, but there were also a variety of sessions covering finishing, packaging and 3D printing.

A young designer I spoke to the other day was very frank about the fact that she did not like digital printing because you could only print on white paper. Granted there are some print providers that prefer to print on white coated stock all day long (digital or offset, it does not matter to them). And these few give our whole industry a bad reputation.

Mergers and Acquisitions

It looked like a good fit. The seller, unfortunately, didn’t see it that way.

As a trade association president, I knew that one of my most important jobs was to offer our members a friendly, well informed, third-party perspective on strategic business issues. Today, our New Direction Partners clients want the same thing: not just information about the mechanics of M&As, but also a genuine understanding of the industry and the mindsets of the people who own those companies.

For many years, I had the privilege of serving in leadership positions with Printing Industries of New England (PINE), the largest printing trade association in the Northeast. Then as now, I was greatly impressed by the resiliency of our members and their ability to adapt to changing business circumstances.

Consumables - Ink

Slowing down and following a "Best Practices" method to paper trials and qualification will save you time and ink costs by focusing on ink and paper surface compatibility. As your cost for a better inkjet paper and print quality go up, your ink usage should go down. But only if there are best practices in place.

The fifth housing station in the upgraded Xerox 800i/1000i series can now also deliver metallic inks: gold and silver.