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The Growth of Direct-to-Shape

Posted by Karis Copp on 4/6/20 3:45 PM

As we move into a new decade, consumer inclination for personalized and customized packaging continues apace, prompting the need for shorter runs, quicker turnaround times, and the flexibility to utilize variable data to produce individual designs. The food and beverage market is leading the way, as evidenced at PRINTING United 2019, during which exhibitors showcased digital direct-to-shape solutions with a focus on drinkware applications. 

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Topics: Printing, Packaging, Digital Printing

The Capabilities of Smart Packaging

Posted by Andrew Manly on 3/23/20 4:00 PM

In the world of active and intelligent packaging (A&IP), printed electronics (PE), thermochromic and photochromic inks, and high-definition QR and bar coding are having a tremendous impact. As printing technologies continue to play a central role in A&IP’s development, many big brand owners are quickly catching on to its potential for their increasingly complex needs.

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Topics: Packaging, Digital Printing, Inks

What Impressed Me Most at PRINTING United

Posted by Eileen Fritsch on 12/11/19 1:15 PM

The inaugural PRINTING United in Dallas was a show of unity, vitality and innovation. As digital printing technologies erase the distinct boundaries that once separated commercial, screen and photo printing, 2019 was the perfect time for SGIA and NAPCO Media to introduce a unified trade show for the entire printing industry.

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Topics: Printing Industry, Digital Printing, Screen Printing, Printing United

Digital or Conventional for Label Printing?

Posted by Wim Zoomer on 8/19/19 11:58 AM

The packaging segment — folding carton, flexible, corrugated and labels — has primarily used conventional printing technologies, such as screen, flexo, offset and gravure. Screen printing’s versatility, for example, has often supported the leading conventional technologies with regard to pre-printed white, brilliant or vivid colors, varnish and high or low tactile. But what about the rise of inkjet, and its application in label printing?

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Topics: Printing Industry, Packaging, Digital Printing, flexographic

Digital Textile Printing: Fabrics 101

Posted by Ken Bach on 4/24/19 2:07 PM

With the advantages of today’s digital technology, it is faster and easier than ever to produce a textile sign. The following touches on what you need to know about fabric options and benefits, to help you determine your needs and the solutions that will work for your shop.

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Topics: Digital Printing, Digital Textile Printing, Fabrics