Typically, large-format inkjet printers have either a roll-fed or flatbed option, but what about the printers that have both? Print companies today need to be able to offer their clients a wide variety of capabilities without breaking the bank. That’s where hybrid presses are the perfect option. With the ability to print on rigid substrates as well as flexible materials, print companies are able to print on both types of materials without incurring the cost of a second machine. The flexibility of hybrid presses makes them suitable for a variety of applications in many different industries, including signs, displays, backlit displays, interior building materials, large-size posters, POP displays, vehicle wraps and more. For this section of Featured Markets, we’ve looked at four different printers, each with their own unique features.
Posts by Kristen Read
This month I had the opportunity to chat with Ian Baitz, chair of the Ryerson School of Graphic Communications Management, to find out what he’s looking forward to most in his new job, and what’s new for students as the school year begins.
This month I had the opportunity to chat with Michael Makin, president and CEO of Printing Industries of America (PIA), to discuss how process automation and social media are important tools that many printers still aren’t utilizing.
On Thursday, June 17th, CIP4 and the School of Graphic Communications Management held a day-long JDF technology seminar at Ryerson University in Toronto. Experts came from the U.S. and around Canada to educate over 70 industry professionals who attended on the latest developments in workflow automation and JDF technology.
Every month, when I sit down to write Featured markets, I look at the topics and think about which companies in the industry have recently done something interesting within those markets. This month’s subjects centre around packaging, RFID, barcodes and QR Codes, which leaves the door open a little bit to try something different.
This month I chatted with George Mazzaferro, owner of RP Graphics in Mississauga, to find out how he differentiates his business from competitors and what his thoughts are for the future of print.
Your company has been around for more than 30 years. What do you think are some of the attributes and secrets to its longevity?
There have been a lot of really exciting developments in ink technology lately. Especially in the last couple of months, a lot of interesting products have surfaced from some of the big manufacturers. Inks today go far beyond your typical CMYK – now we’ve got silver inks, invisible inks, dry inks, clear inks, environmental inks and inks that can produce a wider colour gamut than ever before!
This month, I spoke with Wendy Cebula, president of Vistaprint North America, to learn about the company’s business strategy and how it can afford to give its customers free products such as business cards and pens.
With the state of the industry right now, what factors do you think have led to the current success of your company?
These days, it seems that there are almost as many brands, types and models of finishing equipment available in the printing industry as there are droplets of water in the ocean. It is a vast market that includes everything from cutters, slitters, creasers, gluers, stitchers and perforators, all the way to die makers, perfect binders, collators, laminators and embossers. While each and every one of these products are vitally important for the finished printed product, the fact is that many of them haven’t changed too drastically in recent years.
This month I interviewed Tony Karg, senior director of business development and marketing for Fujifilm Graphics, to discuss how printers can use social networking technology as a marketing tool to enhance print.
With the state of the industry right now, what factors do you think are leading to Fujifilm’s current strength and survival?
Your monthly buyer’s guide to the latest print industry products br>This month: In-line Press Enhancements & Offset Presses
In-line Press enhancements
Today’s print buyers want their jobs printed in high- quality, using cutting-edge technology, and they want them finished now. Quicker than now; they wanted them yesterday. How can anybody keep up? These days, a lot of innovative techniques such as laminating and foiling can be created in-line, while the job is running on press. This can save you time and money, while still giving your clients top-notch finished work. Why not check out some of the latest in-line equipment available in the industry? They could not only compliment and enhance what you have to offer customers, but also make production run more efficiently.
This month I interviewed Scott McDougall, president of North American environmental marketing firm TerraChoice, to find out how the print industry is stacking up environmentally and discover his tips on how consumers can avoid greenwashing.
Historically, the printing industry has not always been known for its eco-friendliness. Are you seeing that turn around these days or do we have a lot of work left ahead of us?