The old saying goes that “birds of a feather flock together,” and in a broad sense, that’s true. At the recent PRINTING United event in Dallas, representatives of all printing segments met up, shared knowledge, made connections and searched for the tools or concepts that will drive their businesses forward. Among the printing segments is one that may be the most diverse of all, and despite being the least known (or understood) by the printing community, it's also likely the largest.
The printing industry today is all about variety. Whether printing companies are producing marketing collateral or display graphics, decorating apparel or marking/embellishing manufactured products, the goal is the same: To do so profitably, in a way that promotes company growth and ensures a productive future.
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.
No matter how you stack the numbers, SGIA’s 2019 FP3: Functional Printing, Process & Products conference (May 5 - 7; Chicago area) adds up to be a must-attend for today’s functional printers. If you’re still on the fence, here’s a number of reasons why to make this event a priority.Read More
For nearly a decade, I have been directly involved with the programming for several SGIA conferences, from the Membrane Switch Symposium to the more recent Industrial Applications & Printed Electronics Symposium. I have been attending these types of conferences for even longer, but not long enough to say I attended their first iterations.Read More