Heidelberg receives prestigious award for its digitization strategy

The Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering at RWTH Aachen University (Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) has selected the five best companies in product and portfolio management, in cooperation with Complexity Management Academy GmbH and a high-profile industry consortium. The aim of the benchmarking project was to identify exceptionally successful methods, structures and processes in … Read more →

Winnipeg’s PrintPro installs Canada’s first Xerox Iridesse Production Press

PrintPro Digital & Offset Printing (Winnipeg, Manitoba) has acquired the first Xerox Iridesse Production Press in Canada to help achieve the double-digit annual revenue growth it’s maintained since 2012, and enter the packaging printing market. Founded in 1989, PrintPro is a family-owned commercial printing company operating in the same facility as two complementary businesses which … Read more →

World’s first web-to-packaging solution with dynamic-size models to be showcased at Print 18

At the Print 18 trade show (September 30 – October 2, 2018 at McCormick Place South in Chicago, Illinois), Aurigma (Alexandria, VA) in booth 239 will present Customer’s Canvas Packaging – an online editor that allows printing companies to add packaging personalization to their online storefronts and automate the packaging ordering workflow. This unique web-to-packaging … Read more →

Oklahoma University becomes first in the U.S. to Install Kodak Nexfinity Press

The University of Oklahoma’s Printing, Mailing and Document Services Division has become the first printer in the United States to install the Kodak Nexfinity Digital Press. As the largest in-plant and most award-winning university printer in the U.S., the installation of the new press expands its digital services by joining the university’s existing Kodak Nexpress … Read more →

Miip unveils MiipCam Mini-Web Inspection System

Miip, a Montreal-based specialist in web inspection technology for the printing industry, has released its new miipCam Mini Web Viewer – a new web inspection system for printers and converters. Most flexo printers use a web viewer camera or registration camera to inspect their print in real time. Without it, print quality and production speed … Read more →

Zanders releases new fluorocarbon-free barrier paper

Zanders, a leading German manufacturer of high-quality specialty papers and cartons for the label, packaging and commercial printing markets, has unveiled its latest proprietary product – a natural barrier paper called Zanbarrier NGR. “Due to a special manufacturing process, the use of fluorocarbons or other chemicals is completely unnecessary to ensure its function as a … Read more →

Ricoh unveils Pro C7200 sheetfed series with 5th-colour option

Ricoh USA has announced the availability of a highly versatile sheetfed series that makes “unprecedented and unmatched colour printing affordable.” The Ricoh Pro C7200 series, featuring its Graphic Arts Edition and 5th-colour-station models, brings best-in-class price performance and predictability to most demanding production print environments, said the OEM. With inline sensors and calibration, these digital … Read more →

EFI unveils Vutek FabriVU 340i fabric and soft signage printer with inline heat press sublimation

EFI’s new direct-to-fabric and soft-signage printer with inline sublimation – the EFI Vutek FabriVU 340i – is an advanced aqueous dispersed dye-sublimation printer featuring a new platen and extraction system that enables inline heat press sublimation directly from the printer. EFI added that customers will gain greater convenience and value with this new printer, as … Read more →

Fujifilm to release new roll-to-roll Acuity LED 1600R wide-format press

The new Acuity LED 1600R is the latest addition to Fujifilm’s popular Acuity Series, offering customers a flexible, lower-cost alternative to the successful Acuity LED 1600 II hybrid press that recently achieved its 1,000th global installation. Featuring Q-Class printheads from Fujifilm Dimatix, the Acuity LED 1600R is a 64-inch dedicated roll-to-roll press offering four colour … Read more →

Five key questions to ask to uncover any hidden costs of owning an inkjet printer

Here, Andrew Gunn, North American Product Marketing Director at Xerox, explores what you should know before purchasing an inkjet digital printer. Buying an inkjet digital printer is a major investment for both small-sized and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) – one that can pay off with greater capabilities and improved efficiencies. But, like buying any significant piece … Read more →

Heidelberg SystemService reports substantial productivity boosts and waste reductions

Heidelberg continues to enhance its SystemService portfolio with performance services that improve production processes and make the personnel who operate equipment more efficient. “Customers engaged have seen productivity increases of over 40%, and waste reductions of up to 50% – resulting in savings between $200,000 and $450,000 a year,” said the OEM. “We know that … Read more →

3DPrinterOS to power Kodak Portrait 3D Printer

3DPrinterOS, a leading U.S.-based software provider for 3D printers, has announced that it will be powering Smart International’s Kodak Portrait 3D Printers “aiming to set a new standard in professional 3D printing.” Under the partnership, all Kodak Portrait 3D Printers will come bundled with 3DPrinterOS Cloud 3D Printer Management, with the goal of driving mass … Read more →

Microsoft and 3DPrinterOS launch world’s first Enterprise IT-compliant 3D Printer Management Platform

Microsoft and 3DPrinterOS (San Francisco, California) have unveiled a 3D printing software bundle aimed at drastically reducing the effort needed to securely deploy 3D printing within enterprises. “We chose to work with 3DPrinterOS because their 3D printing software covers the widest amount of machines. Coupled with our Azure private and public clouds, this simplifies how … Read more →

Massivit to premier its new 1800 3D printer at drupa

Massivit 3D Printing Technologies (Lod, Israel) will use drupa 2016 (May 31 to June 10 in Düsseldorf, Germany) for the first public demonstration of its new Massivit 1800 printer with “groundbreaking” technology that produces unique attention-grabbing large-format 3D displays for a wide variety of markets. A fast, large-format 3D printer, the Massivit 1800 is ideal … Read more →

Sappi North America calls for entries for its 2016 Ideas that Matter grant competition by July 15

Sappi North America, a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, has called for its 2016 Ideas that Matter grant proposals, inviting designers to show the world how design, specifically print, can play an important role in changing our lives for the better. Sappi established the Ideas that Matter grant program 17 … Read more →

GPA launches its 2016 Print & Design Contest

GPA, a U.S.-based market leader in substrate solutions for offset, digital and wide-format printing, has kicked off its 2016 Print & Design Contest. Now in its 11th year, the contest recognizes outstanding printed pieces for their excellence and creativity combined with the use of GPA substrates. Entries will be accepted through to October 31, 2016. … Read more →

RGD announces In-House Design Awards and Creative Earners Survey

The Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) is inviting entries for its first-ever international In-House Design Awards. The competition has been created to acknowledge and honour the work done by ever-growing creative teams that work as internal agencies. A renowned line-up of judges has been confirmed. The early-bird entry deadline is Friday, June 3 and the … Read more →

Choosing the best types of content to build into your marketing initiatives

Here, Rae Steinbach, Freelance Editor for Taktical Digital (https://taktical.co/) headquartered in New York City, explores successful content strategies that drive increased audience engagement and excitement. Steinbach is a graduate of Tufts University with a combined International Relations and Chinese Degree. After spending time living and working abroad in China, she returned to NYC to pursue … Read more →

CAMP Marketing Awards calls for entries by July 22

The Canadian Association of Marketing Professionals (CAMP) Marketing Awards celebrate the best individual achievements in the Canadian marketing community in 12 categories including branding, digital and integration – as well as the ultimate marketer in the worlds of corporate, SME, government/not-for-profit, entrepreneurial and student categories. Four new categories added this year include direct marketing, video, … Read more →

Xeikon appoints Barrett to head marketing in North America

Heather Barrett has joined Xeikon as Director of Marketing to further develop its growing North American presence. Following its successful series of Securing a Successful Future roadshows (where Xeikon partnered with Flint Group Narrow Web, Label Traxx, Mark Andy and ThermoFlexX) to educate label printers and packaging converters about key developments in the North American … Read more →

Rolland realigns its sales and marketing departments and makes key appointments

Rolland Enterprises (St-Jérôme, Quebec), the Canadian-based producer of fine recycled paper, has changed its 2016 sales and marketing structure to maintain its current momentum. The company is the market leader in the production of specialty uncoated fine papers with “the undisputed highest standards for environmental sustainability.” It produces fine papers with biogas energy and up … Read more →

Roland DGA introduces Fluorescent Inks for its Texart Dye-Sub Printers

Roland DGA (Irvine, California), a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, has introduced fluorescent ink specifically formulated for its Texart XT-640 and RT-640 wide-format dye-sublimation printers. Developed specifically for dye-sublimation transfer printing, Texart printers deliver “outstanding print quality and productivity” for sportswear, fashion, soft signage, decor, promotional merchandise and more. The new … Read more →

Agfa Graphics’ Jeti Mira wins EDP Award

The European Digital Press Association grants the EDP Awards to the best products of the year introduced into the European market. It reviews quality as well as other key benefits such as value to the user, tech support and service. Agfa Graphics’ Jeti Mira earned the award in the category of Best Wide-Format Flatbed/Hybrid Printer … Read more →

The Signage Foundation releases Retail Wayfinding Best Practices Study

Being able to easily navigate today’s retail stores is key to improving customer experiences. Retailers and designers looking for effective strategies can find insights from some of the top retailers in new research from the Signage Foundation. The Signage Foundation (SFI) and its new Retail Wayfinding Best Practices report includes case studies from industry-leading retailers … Read more →

PPC brings together Canadian folding carton manufacturers with bold new initiatives

With the latest meeting of the U.S.-based Paperboard Packaging Council’s (PPC) Canadian Committee during its recent Spring Conference in Miami, Florida, the association has deepened its efforts to address Canadian-specific manufacturing and regulatory issues, build relevant programs and increase the organization’s Canadian membership. Comprised of a number of Canada-based folding carton manufacturers, PPC’s Canadian Committee … Read more →

BHS corrugated and Screen GP partner to develop new corrugated printing solution

BHS Corrugated and Screen Graphic and Precision Solutions (Screen GP) have announced an exclusive partnership to develop the BHS Corrugated Inline Digital Printing Solution for corrugated box plants. A new company, Screen GP IJC Limited was established to develop the print engine technology that will be integrated into the new digital print solution. It’s based … Read more →

Bell and Howell announces new Raptor Series of Labelers

Bell and Howell has unveiled its Raptor series labeling solution. The system’s high throughput and easy label roll changeover can reduce the number of labelers needed and increase the performance of a production line currently limited by traditional labelers. “High-volume distribution centers moving variable-sized packages and parcels often face a bottleneck at the label applicator,” … Read more →

Incredible inkjet: Navigating the present, the future and the opportunities of inkjet printing

With the world’s largest printing industry tradeshow, drupa 2016, set for May 31 to June 10 in Düsseldorf, Germany, we’ll be presenting several helpful “drupa expert” features leading up to this year’s big event. Here, author Sean Smith delves deeply into the current state of inkjet printing, where it’s been and where it’s headed. Smyth … Read more →

Swedish researchers closer to a commercial paper battery for smart packaging

BillerudKorsnäs (Solna, Sweden), a world leader in offering the packaging market sustainable materials (specifically paper and board material) and solutions, along with researchers at Uppsala University (Uppsala, Sweden) have together taken an important step towards the future of paper batteries. They’ve teamed up to take basic research based on pure cellulose from algae, and developed … Read more →

Toronto printing and communications specialist increases throughput 10 times with new technology

Taylor-Demers of Toronto is a full-service, SOC II-certified, data-driven communications provider, delivering transactional solutions and documents for the financial, insurance, not-for-profit, government and health care industries, as well as expertise in direct mail. The company offers its clients an extensive range of capabilities, including fully customizable digital and inkjet printing, booklet printing and finishing, and … Read more →

IntuIdeas launches updated interactive edition of Introduction to Graphic Communication using Ricoh Clickable Paper

Cal Poly Professor Emeritus Harvey R. Levenson (Ph.D) and former Seybold Editorial Director John Parsons, have co-authored and published an updated, digitally-enhanced edition of their interactive textbook Introduction to Graphic Communication. Levenson, former Department Head of Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department, had received numerous requests for an update to the popular and fascinating 2007 work, … Read more →