Let’s face it: The functional/industrial printing sector is diverse. Printing everything from circuit boards to skateboards and everything in between, the sector is joined, mostly, by a handful of common imaging technologies. What makes them different is the extensive variety of materials and processes these companies use to mark or manufacture products. For this year’s Functional and Industrial Printing Luncheon at PRINTING United, we’ve chosen to address what all of these companies have in common: The quest for profitability.
Although I fear that I’ll sound like a tech-unsavvy old man pining for the “old days,” I’ll just go ahead and say the following: I don’t always trust online portals made available by vendors. Of course, as I say this, I have a couple of examples — one short, and one rather specific — highlighting the failings of some companies I’ve done business with (or wanted to).
First, if you missed all the good stuff in my THREADX 19 day one recap, be sure to check it out. Now, onto a look at day two, and what I really got out of the entire conference experience.Read More
As I’m writing this, I’m on an airplane, heading home from SGIA’s THREADX 19 conference in San Diego. The last two days are dancing in my brain, and I want to get some of my thoughts and observations down before they begin to fade.Read More
While there is much discussion on convergence in today’s printing industry, it is neither new nor unique to this time. There are surely times in which convergence and its effects are more pronounced, but this concept is a part of our past, present and future. The discussion here helps us put convergence into context and suggests how it applies to our printing businesses.Read More