Inkjet on the horizon

Just about every printing segment will feel the impact of this technology. Here’s an update on what to expect Wikipedia defines inkjet printing as “…a type of computer printing that recreates a digital image by propelling droplets of ink onto paper, plastic, or other substrates.”  Unlike many technologies that began as expensive items and evolved into broad consumer products (think … Read more →

Imageworks: Adapt, evolve and invest – over $1 million in new technology and renovations

As a small trade printer in a competitive market, Imageworks Print & Prepress faced a critical challenge – evolve quickly or die a slow, painful death of obsolescence. Here’s how it carefully navigated a path less taken to realize exceptional growth and success. Imageworks (Richmond Hill, Ontario) faced a difficult challenge a few years ago … Read more →

On the road with Esko and Ricoh user conferences

The digital transformations of packaging and commercial printing  We were on the road in June, attending two user conferences: EskoWorld in broiling (40°C) San Antonio, TX, and Ricoh Interact, in more temperate Boulder, CO.  These industry user groups always present a good opportunity to gauge certain sectors of the industry. Unlike industry-wide tradeshows, which give … Read more →

Printing and politics dominate in another good news/bad news month

I attended a wonderful open house at Spicers in Vaughan, Ontario last month. About 50 exhibitors participated and the event attracted over 200 professionals from several industry sectors. Congratulations to Andre-Levin Marcon, Paul Tasker, and their hard working staff for putting on such a well-received event. Further congratulations go out to 2018 Gutenberg Gala president … Read more →

Market yourself like a pro and land that next job

Use these strategies to set yourself apart Finding a job today is not what it used to be. It’s been 20 years since Hotjobs.com launched in 1998, while Monster.com launched in 1999 (remember them?) Before that, you attended career fairs, scanned the classified ads of newspapers, magazines and trade publications or heard about an opening … Read more →

Be lean: reduce waste, improve margins, sell more

How to make continuous improvement part of your business strategy With this article we begin a four-part series on lean manufacturing for printers. Our first installment focuses on implementing a sales and continuous-improvement culture in your company. In subsequent articles, we’ll look at how lean principles can improve your prepress and project management, logistics and … Read more →

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