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  • The Importance of Industry Affinity Groups

    How Print Providers Can Benefits from Membership and Events

    , Industrial Print/Production Print, Business Development Manager

    Human beings, by nature, are not solitary animals. Rather, they are among the most social creatures in existence, and have a very strong tendency to partner with others where there are common interests. People with a strong interest in music will attend concerts, and even if only for a few hours, will tend to align in behaviors, excitement and fun at the same points of the performance. This, too, is the human inclination that can bring thousands of people in a stadium to their feet during a sporting event in a perfectly synchronized “wave” of standing and sitting again. This is just how we humans are. (more…)

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    Advantages of B2+ Format Printing

    , Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Development

    Investing in technologies that improve operating efficiency, lower production costs and expand capabilities are top of mind for most print service providers (PSPs.) According to a recent NAPCO Research survey, 65 percent of PSPs report that competing against low-cost producers is a critical/moderate challenge. At the same time, more than three-quarters of these providers are expanding the print applications they offer customers. These trends have many providers investigating the benefits of a B2+ format press. (more…)

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    9 Benefits of LED UV Inks for High-speed Inkjet Printing

    , Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Development

    Today’s print customers expect providers to offer them options to enhance their printed communications. According to a recent NAPCO research study Adding Value to Digital Printing, 94 percent of marketers surveyed report that when selecting print providers, it is important that they offer print enhancement ideas. Substrate selection is one method of enhancing print and over half print providers participating in the research indicate customer demand for special substrate use is increasing.

    But when printing on plastic or non-porous materials, the ink and the process of drying of the ink is a vital part that needs to be taken into account for the finished result to be a high-quality print. If care isn’t taken, the resulting graphic can be smeared and lack sharpness. (more…)

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    Haptic Printing And Consumer Marketing

    How Decorative Embellishment Can Enhance Perceived Value

    , MGI Marketing Manager

    As human beings who must learn to live, love, work and connect with each other in a modern technological society, we all seek a natural framework of reference to structure our thoughts and feelings. The physical, biological vehicle of our bodies (including our eyes, hands, skin and brains) provides the field of gravity that grounds the sensory perception that fuels our minds. This element of subjective material existence is paralleled by the awareness and influence of our environmental settings, such as homes, offices or stores. (more…)

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    What to Expect at the PROKOM Conference in Budapest

    , Industrial Print/Production Print, Business Development Manager

    What are your plans for the first week of June?

    Mine have me in Budapest, Hungary, to join our global PROKOM community on June 6th and 7th. This second annual PROKOM Conference, hosted by Konica Minolta, will take place on the banks of the Danube River. (more…)

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    I remember a TV commercial from the 1990s for a still camera that featured the great tennis player, Andre Agassi, had the accompanying tagline: “Image is Everything.” That tagline is still very applicable and valid today in the production print world with the emergence of digital finishing. This encompasses such “touch-and-feel” finishing applications as Spot UV, 3D embossing and foil stamping, which provide sensory dimensional textures to printed output. These and other services bring to life brochures, labels, posters and packaging with eye-catching images. And it’s finally catching the eye of print shops everywhere. (more…)

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    Print and Digital Communications Are Alive and Well

    , Manager, Product Marketing Industrial Print Products

    Since 2008, the digital communications industry has been publicizing “Print is Dead.” This quote is an opinion and not fact based. It reminded me of the oft-quoted line by Mark Twain, the great American humorist, when he learned that a major American newspaper had prematurely published his obituary. Upon hearing of this, Twain replied: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

    I contend that the same can be said of the print communications industry. Yes, it’s changing and, in some cases, drastically. For instance, transactional printing has declined due to digital communications of eBill and eStatements. However, there are some legal issues that still require transactional statements to be printed in hardcopy. In fact, each segment has its own reasons for the continuing need for print. (more…)

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    Automated Artificial Intelligence Revolutionizes Printing

    , Director, Franchise & Commercial Print Associations

    From the home to the office to the print shop, artificial intelligence (AI) is bringing smart technology into our workplace to make our lives easier. When I want to listen to music, I don’t always want to think about what band, what album or even what song I want to hear. I don’t always have time to make or sort through a playlist for specific selections. Today, I use a personal automation listening app like Pandora to pick my mood/feeling/style/era of music and it fills in the great bands, the great albums and the best songs from that timeline. Simply put, Pandora automates and makes my life easier. (more…)

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    Print 17: Showcasing Production Print’s Limitless Opportunities

    , Senior Vice President, Product Management and Planning

    Print17_revisedPrint 17 – the commercial print industry’s most innovative and exciting exhibition – is just days away. It’s where Konica Minolta and other vendors get to show off their products and solutions. But more than that, it gives the world a bird’s-eye-view of the industry. This year, if you take a look at just our Print 17 booth alone and the wide array of offerings from us and our strategic partners, it’s clear to see the limitless opportunities that abound for print production. (more…)

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    The Continuing Evolution of the Print Production Market

    , Vice President, Graphic Communications & Industrial Print

    Print17_revisedIn the print production market, including Graphic Communications and Industrial Printing, customers’ needs and expectations have changed over the last 30 years. As printing technology has changed, the method and means of production has changed, but print quality and impact are still the most important considerations. As digital quality levels and speeds keep increasing, new communication channels (email, social, etc.) and print embellishments or decorations (such as with our MGI solutions) have been the moving factors that continue to reset expectations for end customers. (more…)

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