Archive for 'Packaging' Category

Influence the Industry and Compare with Your Competition

Last updated: Friday, March 14, 2014

The 2014 PODi Production Workflow State of the Industry Survey is underway and I especially want the readers of this blog to participate. Hundreds of you read these articles every week, indicating that you have a clear interest and understanding of production workflows. Everyone who completes the survey will receive the analysis report as well [...]

ESKO Automation Engine – Bringing Efficiency to Packaging & Signage Workflows

Last updated: Thursday, February 27, 2014

Packaging, label, signage and display workflows have different needs than those for document production yet automation is equally critical for this type of work. I recently had the opportunity to have Dries Vandenbussche, Product Manager Server Platforms at ESKO show me ESKO’s Automation Engine workflow solution. It comprehends the differences needed to support these types [...]

Adding Value with Digitally Printed Labels

Last updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014

Michael Porter, a leading guru on strategy (his book called Competitive Advantage is the definitive work on the subject) has said that to win in a market you need a competitive advantage and you really only have two strategy choices Be the low cost provider Add value

New Content-driven PODi Website Keeps You Up to Date

Last updated: Thursday, February 6, 2014

Go to www.podi.org today and you’ll see some major changes. It’s gone from a static, generic page to an up-to-the-minute content-driven design highlighting the latest, relevant PODi materials based upon your area of interest. In other words, PODi has always been about high-quality content such as our 500+ case study library, workflow product briefings, reports, [...]

What Do YOU Want in 2014?

Last updated: Thursday, January 16, 2014

It’s that time of year when we look back, take stock of what worked (and what didn’t work) last year, and plan for the future. So let me share what I’ve learned about you, dear readers, and ask you to confirm that we’re moving in the right direction. We grew this year … a lot. [...]

If print is dead, why is my recycling bin so full?

Last updated: Tuesday, December 24, 2013

As I took out my trash this morning, I noticed that my paper recycling bin was overflowing again. Furthermore, I noticed the couple across the street dragging out two recycling bins of paper. By the way, this is not seasonal … it’s a pretty typical week. I can only imagine what next week’s will be [...]

Xeikon at Labelexpo – More than just Great Presses

Last updated: Monday, November 18, 2013

There is a natural evolution for companies that sell presses in a market for many years. They go from being “box suppliers” to “solution providers”.  The new kids on the block are excited about their new presses (and rightly so).  They can’t wait to tell you about all the new features.  With new entrants in [...]

Digital Print Engines Flood the Label Market

Last updated: Tuesday, November 5, 2013

It used to be easier to select a digital print engine for label production.  The first manufacturers in the field were HP Indigo and Xeikon with their electrophotographic presses (ElectroInk for HP and toner for Xeikon).  Then along came the Jetrion (now EFI) inkjet presses.  It wasn’t too hard to pick from one of the [...]

Will the Vista Print model work for Label Converters?

Last updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

As more and more brand owners become aware of the benefits of digital printing combined with the advances in digital printing technology the industry will continue to shift to more short-run digital printing. Label converters who wish to take advantage of this market shift are faced with key challenges in both Sales and Production.  The [...]

EFI raises the ante at Labelexpo with the Jetrion 4950

Last updated: Friday, October 18, 2013

The leader in inkjet press installations for label market, EFI announced the availability of the Jetrion 4950 and 4950LX. The new 4950LX has full LED curing, whereas previous models had a mix of mercury arc and LED curing.  This allows customers to run more applications, especially those with very thin films or heat sensitive substrates.