Archives by Tag 'print on demand'

Avoiding color shift across the space-time continuum

Last updated: Monday, September 8, 2014

OK, I’ve been watching too many Star Trek reruns, but there still is an industry-wide challenge with maintaining color consistency across space (devices and locations), time (day to day and shift to shift) and even a third dimension: people (multiple color managers). How do you do this in a way that is efficient and cost-effective [...]

If you need to digitally print a LOT of books, you should check this out

Last updated: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I recently did a product briefing on Canon’s Oce PRISMAproduction Professional Book Module and it is a pretty impressive automated digital book production workflow solution. The catch is that you probably need to be digitally printing many hundreds or thousands of books per week to justify the investment. However, you should read on if you [...]

What’s the New EFI Fiery FS150 All About?

Last updated: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Yesterday, May 14th, EFI announced its new Fiery FS150 Pro DFE platform. Press releases can only provide so much content. Since I had an opportunity to sit down with their product team a few weeks back to discuss this new offering, I thought I’d share my perspective on what it is and why you should [...]

Providing Value by Re-engineering Workflows

Last updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014

One of the ways in which digital printers can offer value to their customers is by re-engineering a process to improve efficiencies and lower costs. The latest addition to the PODi case study database is an excellent example of this. Fenner Drives is a leader in the design and manufacture of problem-solving power transmission and [...]

Is printing 3D corsets in your future?

Last updated: Thursday, December 12, 2013

Yesterday an article by CNN caught my eye about how one of the Victoria’s Secret models wore a 3D-printed costume at their fashion show. They took a 3D scan of her body and created form-fitting “wings” to augment her outfit. The article went on to talk about how 3D printing is becoming available to the [...]

Here’s a Sweet Solution to Streamline Print Production from Konica Minolta

Last updated: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My last blog started a discussion about the value print providers viewing their operations from a manufacturing perspective. Simplify unnecessary media or size options from mainstream products. Batch and gang work together to reduce waste and setup times. Automate workflows where possible. I had the opportunity to review a workflow automation product from Konica Minolta [...]

Five PRINT13 Software Solutions that Rocked My World

Last updated: Monday, October 14, 2013

There were many, many solutions shown at PRINT13 and I’m sure I’ll offend companies by not mentioning theirs. Let me start by apologizing for that. It’s a big world and a small blog article; I really don’t mean to slight anyone. That being said, here are five solutions that I thought were really innovative and [...]

Creating Value Strategies: Print On Demand

Last updated: Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Since 2008 offset print volumes in North America have declined by nearly 30%, while color digital printing in the production market has nearly doubled to 67 billion pages in 2012. So despite the overall market decline those companies focusing on opportunities enabled by color digital printing have been part of a large growth trend. The [...]

PART THREE: IN SEARCH OF PROFITS – BUSINESS STRATEGIES FOR TODAY’S MARKET

Last updated: Monday, April 30, 2012

As we saw last time, the overall volume of print is in decline and printing companies are scrambling to find strategies to not only survive, but to grow revenue and margins. What are Companies Doing? Acquire competitors Become the low-cost producer for a niche Add new services complementary to print Use technology to change the [...]

New Opportunities in Digital Packaging

Last updated: Monday, September 26, 2011

  Today digital printing in packaging is primarily used for prototypes and short run labels. This is eerily familiar to the early days of digital document printing. Been there, seen that – know where that’s gone: Through the roof! Digitally printed page volumes have increased over 750% since 2003, and are projected to hit 130 [...]