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by Vince Cahill, Big Picture magazine USA
How European Union regulations are driving ink reformulations across the globe and what you can expect from new LED UV-cure and latex products

TRACKING DOWNTIME ON THE SHOP FLOOR
By Terry Combs, Screenprinting USA
Most shop owners think that their plants operate fairly efficiently, but taking the time to monitor production downtime often shows otherwise.

What Information Do You Need ….What Questions Need To Be Asked… To Make Better Decisions…?
By Sid Chadwick, Chadwick Consulting, American Printer (USA)

“What information do you need to make better decisions…. and to share with your department personnel?”…Question Posed By A Smart CFO --- To A Talented Plant Manager (who also has an accounting degree…!)

Italian web enterprise opens print market
By Graphic Display Community magazine (Europe)

Through belief and raw determination, one Italian print service provider has used a bold online model to win significant volumes of business throughout Europe.
Today pixart.it has the financial stability, hardware investment and experience to exploit the benefits of digital print technology on a huge scale. Graphic Display Community visited Marghera, near Venice, to find out more.

Make it POP

By Mike Antoniak - Big Picture magazine (USA)

Large format's advances have led to a growing impact at points of purchase

 

HP’s ‘Digital Print for Corrugated’ Summit: Getting the Ecosystem Right
Bob Leahey for InfoTrends
Color digital printing for packaging so far has been mainly for primary package printing—first in color digital labels where brand owners now spend about $3.2 billion annually, and more recently in folding cartons and flexible packaging, where digital print is really just getting started.

Workflow - It's All About Your Business
By Bryan Manwaring, SignIndustry.com
As a digital graphics printer, the key to profitability is a productive workflow. Keeping your equipment and operators productive is a requirement that directly affects your bottom line.

Learn about the history of Optimus MIS and the success it has brought to it's users
Africa Print Journal - go to pages 42 and 43
Nicola Bisset has brought Optimus to the Australian and New Zealand wide format sector and has enabled its users to improve their businesses with this valuable MIS and Sales Tool. She will be at the Sydney Visual Impact show in May.

10 Low cost marketing vehicles to try
By Patrick Whelan, Ameican Printer USA
As you peruse the following 10 marketing suggestions, you’ll find they are fairly easy to implement. But one caveat—don’t underestimate no. 10. You can’t just wing it and hope your sales improve.

Thomas Valjak talks about HP's plans for PageWide technology
Large Format Review magazine (UK)
In June 2014, HP announced it would ‘disrupt’ the US$1.3 billion production print market – previously dominated by monochrome light-emitting diode (LED) printers – with its PageWide technology; its existing small format inkjet-based PageWide Technology would be...

Stay Ahead with Accurate Sign Estimating Using Advanced Technologies

By Johnny Duncan, SignIndustry.com (USA)
Submitting the winning bid for sign projects is more challenging today than ever before. Click for some insider perspectives on optimizing your company efficiency with estimating.

Laminating Problems and Solutions: Let the Application Be Your Guide
American Printer magazine  
My buddy Steve Johnson at Copresco recently installed a Protopic III-540 laminating system at his Chicago area digital printing plant.“The lamination process enhances the aesthetics and adds value to printed pieces by giving the impression of higher quality and importance,” Johnson.“The new system increases our laminated book-cover capacity and provides better control and faster turnaround of clients’ projects.”

Wide Format Printing Technology and Trends for 2015
By Sophia Moore, American Printer magazine
Over the past few years, consumers have been treated to a fast paced innovation in the world of digital printing. This has seen an introduction of some of the best technologies aimed at meeting varying consumer needs this helping in business growth and satisfaction.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles
By Mike Antoniak and Jake Widman, Big Picture magazine USA

Tips on working with high-profile clients, special considerations for aviation, logistics of on-site installations, and the payoff of philanthropic work

What you need to know about digital inks
Written by  Nessan Cleary for FESPA
When it comes to wide format inkjet printing, the inks themselves are one of the most important parts of the equation.

Marketing Ideas for Printers
By Patrick Whelan, GC World Biz (USA)
With many printing companies continuing to cut back on sales and marketing efforts, closing, merging, downsizing, etc, there’s a tremendous opportunity for companies to win new business and build loyalty with existing clients. But you have to be positioned to take advantage.

Managing colour in a wide format workflow
By Paul Sherfield The Missing Horse Consultancy Ltd UK
Colour accuracy, consistency and appearance are becoming an increasing requirement for all areas of printed products. The wide format market cannot stand apart from this issue.

Seaming Vinyl Banners: To Stitch or Not to Stitch?
Bu Jennifer LeClaire - SignIndustry.com magazine USA
Double-lock stitching increases the durability and improves the appearance of the banner. It is just the most time consuming method. Find out when the time investment is worth the durability payoff.

Weaving new business opportunities through textile printing
FESPA

Digital textile printing provides a fast route from idea to created products, but what's driving the growth, how big will the market become and is it right for you?

Many Shades of Green
My Mike Antoniak, Big Picture magazine USA
Five shops demonstrate better ways to incorporate sustainable large format services

Understanding subtractive and additive colours
By  Simon Eccles, for FESPA
Why is it that if you add red green and blue light together you get white light, but if you mix red, green and blue inks or paints you get black (or dark brown)?

Determining ROI and Profit Opportunities in Wide-Format Printing

By G. Scott Wood, Wide Format Product Manager, EFI - SignIndustry.com
With sustained year-over-year growth in the sign and display graphics business, wide-format digital inkjet printing remains a strong and attractive profit opportunity for printing companies.

Building Yourself a Support System
By Jane Mugford WhatTheyThink? magazine USA
When installing and using print technology, you have a lot of resources to rely on: the vendor, your internal team, the internet, user manuals, consultants and so on. However, often the most untapped resource pool is the user community to which you belong.

5 Questions to Ask When Choosing Wide-format Media
In-plantGraphics (USA)
When it comes to getting the most out of your wide-format printer investment, media matters. Selecting the right media can greatly impact the overall quality of printed output; help attract new clients; streamline construction workflow or even generate sales at the point-of-purchase.

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