America’s Print Show Offers Workshops on Workforce Development and Supply Chains

The inaugural America’s Print Show (APS22) will be held Aug. 17-19, 2022 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. APS22 has been created by printers for printers and is a partnership of more than 30 industry trade associations and industry leaders. The goal of APS22 is to bring resources, ideas, education, and thought leadership together to address the critical needs of of the industry.

Education Sessions

“One of our stated objectives is to drive visibility and revenue for the whole graphics
community,” said Jim Cunningham, President of Americas Print Show. “APS has booked top
print industry insiders to bring the latest news and trends to our attendees. Every one of us will
leave Americas Print Show this year with valuable insights we can act on in 2023 and beyond.”

Sessions will focus on cybersecuirty, supply chain issues, workforce development and technology. Here are some of the educational programs planned for America’s Print Show.

Creating a Culture of Innovation. This session will explore how organizations struggle to create a culture that allows everyone to innovate, grow and transform consistently. Research conducted in over 100 large, medium, and small-sized organizations shows that creating a culture for innovation and learning requires leaders to acquire five specific skill sets that can promote reflection, psychological safety, transparency, agile decision making and diverse thinking. In this session, see how to build these skills that can be foundational to your success as change agents of the future. Presenter: Dr. Aravind Chandrasekaran, Associate Dean of the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

Weathering the Labor Storm: How to Inspire, Recruit and Train Your Next-Generation Workforce
This session will explain why the recruitment and retention of the future workforce is one of the most criitical issues facing the print industry. This session will give attendees a better understanding of how to awaken potential career seekers to rewarding new futures in the print industry, create a more diverse and equitable workforce, support supervisors to effectively manage the training process, and empower employees to share the opportunity and impact of print. All attendees will receive a free Print Industry Recruitment Kit. Presenter: Steve Bonnoff, Founding Partner, Print Industries.

Paper and the Supply Chain Gang. Executives from the 100-year-old Millcraft paper merchant that serves the professional paper, packaging, and graphic arts industries will discuss the unprecedented supply chain challenges confronting the print industry today. They will share their insights on: the biggest domestic and global factors impacting the marketplace; what we can expect from suppliers for the rest of 2022 and into 2023; how to navigate the supply chain turbulence; new market opportunities; and what Millcraft is doing to protect their business (and their customers’ business) during this volatile time. Presenters: Greg Lovensheimer Executive VP Chief Operating Officer, Millcraft Paper and Travis Mlakar President / CEO, Millcraft

Think Like a Hacker: Best Practices to Protect your Company’s Brand. Over 60% of small to mid-size businesses were targeted by cyber criminals last year. Over 73% of them never trained their employees in cyber awareness. At this session, an All Covered representative will share best practices, and review current trends and methods to keep your organization and its brand secure. All Covered is part of the InfraGuard partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and members of the private sector to protection U.S. critical infrastructure. They provide education, information sharing, networking, and workshops on emerging technologies and threats. Presenter: David Mauro, Regional Manager, All Covered, IT Services Division, Konica Minolta

8 MegaTrehds Diving Success in the Printing Industry. In a highly competitive industry, printers must focus on two things to succeed: efficiency and growth. The first delivers a better bottom line; the second produces a more robust top line. In this session, New Direction Partners experts share what they have found to be the 8 mega trends driving success for printing companies, providing insight to owners and managers about how they can ensure enduring success in their own businesses. This includes: operating as efficiently as possible, investing in technology, and maintaining a healthy balance sheet. They will also discuss the role of mergers and acquisitions and other factors related to success.. Presenters: James A. Russell and Peter J. SchaeferPartners, New Direction Partners 

Digital U – The ABC’s of Your Social Media Presence. This session will cover everything from your LinkedIn profile to the three main uses of social media to drive sales. The primary focus will be LinkedIn but all major social media platforms will be addressed. You will learn how, why, when, and with whom to use social media to begin and maintain relationships, build trust, and be remembered. You will also learn about all things content related: what to share, how to cultivate valuable content for your clients and prospects, and how to create original content. Presenter: Kelly Mallozzi, Sales Engagement Expert, Success.In.Print

Supporting Associations

America’s Print Show is supported by a variety of regional and special-interest printing associations, such as the groups listed below:

Graphic Arts Association

Graphic Communications Workforce Coalition

Graphic Media Alliance

Great Lakes Graphics Association NPSOA

PIA MidAmerica

Print Industry Midwest

Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation

Print Media Association

Printing Industries of the South

Printing and Imaging Association of Georgia

Print Industries Alliance

Printing Industries of New England

PIA San Diego

PIA Southern California

The Printing Industry of the Carolinas

Visual Media Alliance

For More Information

For information about all of the sessions, exhibitors, and special events, visit:

Recommended Blog Posts

Some of the speakers at America’s Print Show have written blog posts on their of expertise on the America’s Print Show blog. Here are a few posts to check out:\

Why Successful Leaders Understand Cybercrime by David Mauro

Funnelling Sales Opportunities to Your Sales Team by Kelly Mallozi

3 Huge Tips for Entering the Wide-Format Market by Greg Lovensheimer. Travis Mlakar

ISA Sign Expo 2022: Back to the Future

For an independent B2B journalist like me, trade shows are a great place to have quick, face-to-face meetings with multiple sources and clients within a few short days. So I was delighted to attend he International Sign Expo 2022 held May 4-6 in Atlanta.

It was the first in-person trade show I had attended since October, 2019. Like Rip Van Winkle, I felt as if I was waking up from years of sleep to discover how much the world had changed. While everyone (me included) looked a bit older than the last time we met, most show floor booths and products seemed brand new.

Sign Expo was the largest in-person gathering of sign, graphics and visual communications professionals since the autumn of 2019. People liked being able to see, touch, and compare many of the future-focused innovations that exhibitors had announced but hadn’t yet demonstrated at an in-person trade show.

“The show floor was busy all three days – yes, all three days,” said Lori Anderson, ISA president and CEO. “More importantly, attendees came to do business.”


Here are some general impressions I gathered while wandering the show floor.

The audience was noticeably diverse. The show floor and educational sessions attracted young people who wanted to start their own businesses as well as older entrepreneurs who are considering selling the businesses they started 30 years ago.

ISA Sign Expo was a show for signmakers, sign printers, and sign painters. Everything a sign shop could possibly need to fabricate or print signs, brand experiences, musuem exhibits, or brand environments was on display.

While I expected to see digital signage exhibits, I was surpised to watch professional sign artists Kelsey Dalton and Andrew McClellan of Heart & Bone Signs hand painting a 15-foot tall mural promoting Sign Expo 2023 in Las Vegas.

Grand-format digital printers was first used to minimize the need to hand-paint or screen-print billboards, murals, storefronts, and ohter outdoor ads in the 1990s. In recent years, the craft of sign painting has enjoyed a a resurgence.

But ISA International Sign Expo 2022 was about a lot more than signs. The versatility of digital printing, cutting, and engraving equipment makes it easier for sign shops to add product lines such as custom apparel, awards, gifts, decor, or promotional products to their offerings. Many exhibitors showed different types and sizes of flatbed printers, direct-to-object printers, and sublimation systems for making promotional products.

Some booths, such as the Epilog Laser exhibit, featured educational materials to help entrepreneurs build new businesses with systems for engraving, cutting, or personalizing all types of products.

In the Epson booth, Tim Check suggested that the company’s Epson SureColor F170 dye-sublimation printer provides a low-cost way for sign shops and start-ups to learn more about the dye-sublimation printing process for items such as mousepads, mugs, and awards. Priced at $399, the F170 desktop printer outputs dye-sublimation inks onto 8.5 x 11 in. sheets of dye-sub transfer papers. For less than $300 you can buy a heat press that will transfer the printed designs to the item.

Booth designs seemed more creative. One booth featured a digital sign wrapped around a hip-high corner wall. The graphics alternated between a crackling flame and underwater scene. So the people standing in the booth behind the display looked like they were eiether on fire or up to their waist in an aquarium.

Many booths featured QR codes, either on their booth graphics or on the equipment being displayed. When I scanned the QR code on one piece of finishing equipment, it took me to a web page with technical deails about the machine and links to other equipment from the exhibitor. This meant I didn’t have to catch the attention of a booth worker who may or may not have known the answers to my questions.

In the OmniPrint booth, Victor Pena sat on a pedestal above a display screeen and live-streamed interviews and panel discussions that were conducted via Zoom. The sessions focusd on how to start and scale custom apparel businesses using either an Omniprint direct-to-garment (DTG) printer and/or a direct-to-film (DTF) system for making heat transfers.

It was fascinating to watch Pena moderate the discussions and field questions from members of OmniPrint’s Creator Community who watched the livestream. But I couldn’t help but think: “Why am I mesmerized by this in-booth Zoom presentation when I have been so eager to return to live trade shows?” It’s probably because OmniPrint 360 was an excellent example of how a creative marketer could get the best possible return from having a booth at an in-person trade show.

Manufacturers and distributors of adhesive vinyls drew crowds by conducting wrapping demonstrations and timed competitions in their booths.

Flatbed and hybrid printers were everywhere. More than 20 companies showed compact flatbeds, wide-format flatbeds, or hybrid flatbed/roll-feed UV printers.

Many models shown for the first time, including models introduced in early 2020 during the lead-up to the to drupa international expo that was scheduled for 2020 but cancelled due to COVID.

To fully illustrate their capabilities, the flatbed printers at Sign Expo were printing on dozens of different types and thicknesses of rigid and flexible materials.

For example, it’s one thing to read the spec sheet that shows that Roland the Roland VersaUV LEC2 S-Series UV flatbed printer can decorate items up to 7.87 inches high. But when you see the 64-in. UV LEC2 S-Series printer decorating batches of metal lunchboxes, it’s easy to understand why UV flatbed printers can be instrumental in expanding product lines.

Durst, which makes high-end, industrial digital printing and production systems for graphics, soft signage, packaging, labels, and ceramics, was at ISA Sign Expo for the first time in quite a while.

In addition to showing the Durst- PS350 mid-to-high productivity hybrid flatbed/roll printer, Durst helped Vanguard Digital Printing launch two new printers. Vangaurd announced the VK300D-HS (a higher-speed version of their VK300D) that can print up to 60 boards per hour and the VKH900-HS hybrid UV LED printer. The VKH900-HS combines the spped of the VK300D-HS flabed with capabilities of Vanguard’s VKR300-HS roll-to-roll model.

In 2020, Durst acquired a majority stake in Vanguard Digital Printing. Systems. At a Sign Expo press conference, executives from both companies explained the synergies that are strengthening the merged companies.

Vanguard was a 2015 start-up company that quickly made a name for itself with well-engineered, award-winning flatbed printers for entry-level and mid-level production. The acquisition gives the Italy-based Durst a stronger presence in U.S. markets and enables Vanguard to expand its sales in Europe. Smaller sign shops that start with Vanguard flatbed printers can upgrade to Durst printers as they grow.

Vanguard owners can also take advantage of Durst’s software-driven “pixel-to-output” workflow. Durst software includes the Lift MIS/ERP, the Durst Smart Shop web-to-print solution , Durst Workflow for prepress and production, and Durst Analytics for data and transparency.

Digital Direct-to-Film (DTF) systems offer sign shops a cost-effective way to produce decorated apparel. Unlike DTG (direct-to-garment) printers that work with a limited range of pre-treated cotton and cotton/poly shirts, a DTF system can print on non-treated, cotton, silk, polyester, denim, nylon, leather, 50/50 blends, and more.  

STS Inks demonstrated two modular DTF systems they developed with Mutoh, a manufacturer of wide format printers. One system uses a 24-inch Mutoh VJ-628D printer, the second is built around Mutoh’s 64-inch XPJ-1682D printer.

In the DTF process that STS Inks uses, the logos and other artwork are printed in reverse onto a single-side coated PET film that can withstand the higher temperature and pressures of a heat press. Then, the STS Automatic TPU Adhesive Powder Shaker applies a powder adhesive to all inked areas of the film. The shaker removes any remaining powdered adhesive from the non-inked areas. The powdered film is then placed in an STS Transfer Film Curing Oven where the adhesive powder gels with the ink.

The images transfers to the garment when a heat press fuses the adhesive-backed image to the garment.

Kingdom DTF, Reece Supply Company, OmniPrint, and Epson showed other methods for getting stated in DTF printing for garment decoration. For example, if you already own an OmniPrint DTG Freejet printer that works with the company’s GamutPlus or Direct Ink brand, you can buy a Freejet DTF starter kit that includes 100 sheets of film, adhesive powder, a powder funnel, application tray, and squeegee. At Sign Expo, OmniPrint showcased their OmniDTF printer and drying unit.

Adhesive materials were available to decorate almost any surface imaginable. At least 20 companies were promoting adhesive materials that could be used to produce temporary promotional graphics, permanent decor graphics, or digitally cut shapes for for garments and promotional products as well as decals, and labels.

Avery Graphic Solutions demonstrated their smart VELA window film for interior windows in offices, stores, hospitals, and other settings. The translucent film becomes clear when the electronic circuitry embedded in the material is switched on. When occupants of a glassed-in area want privacy, they can keep the film in translucent mode. When they want to open the room to more natural light, they can switch it to clear. In a retail setting, the clear windows used to display products can be converted into digital display screens for product promotions.

Systems for cutting and converting prints into products were in abundance. More than 30 companies were promoting digital routing, cutting, engaving, laminating, and other systems for converting printed materials into ready to use products. But specialty finishing systems were on the show floor too.

Lamina Systems showcased an inline folding, gluing, and taping machine for converting diecut, creased, or slotted materials into boxes, displays, and bags.

Colex Finishing, Inc. and Fotoba International demonstrated the Fotoba XLA170 Automatic X/Y Cutter operating in-line with a Canon Colorado 1650 printer that was being used to print wallpapers. The Canon UVgel Wallpaper Factory automatically cuts the printed wallpaper into custom sizes and lengths, while the rewinder re-rolls, labels, and tapes the wallpaper rolls so they are ready to ship.  

The Textile Finishing Systems group of Media One provides turnkey sewing, welding, and cutting solutions for print-service providers that want to convert digitally printed and sublimated fabrics into displays, flags, curtains, tents, and other products.  The company also provides consulting, training, services along with fabric, keder, loop, zippers, flag accessories, and sewing machine consumables.

Some exhibitors offer specialized services to small sign shops that can’t provide everything that a client might require.

The Sign Pack offers month-to-month subscriptions to sign design services. The specialized sign designers can help with presentation layouts, technical and permit files, as well as pre-production files.

Easelly’s Outsourced Print Graphic Design Service provides access to more than 30 designers of a full-time, part-time, or small-project basis. The designers are experienced in designing signage, brand assets, vehicle wraps, infographics, billboards, business cards, and direct mail. They can also help with logo design, landing pages, blog graphics, and more. Instead of contracting with freelance designers on a project-by-projet basis,,you can subscribe to the monthly plan that best matches the number of design tasks your company has each month.

Advantage Innovations is a nationwide graphic installation company with offices in 20 locations. Specialties include custom retail graphics, signage, die-cut vinyl, surveys, and full decor packages.

National Installations offers installation services for graphics, vehicle wraps, POP displays, interior signage and window film applications. 

Space Tailor is a Korea-based company that offers interior pattern designs to printing and signage companies that print window films and fabrics for interior decor.

Sulliway Engineering offers structural system design and analysis with structural detailing for sign projects. Drawings and calculations are stamped with a Professional Engineering State Seal ready for submission to Building Departments for obtaining a permit. Projects include signs, awnings, billboards, canpoies, tension fabric structures, electronic message centers, large frame structures, tents, and LED structures.

Swagforce provides an e-commerce portal through which designers and creators of custom T-shirts and other promotional products can sell their merchandise.

Comments from Exhibitors

The show floor was busy right up to the close of the show. Attendees relished the opportunity to see products in action. Vloggers and YouTube content creators rushed from exhibit to exhibit conducting interviews and reporting on the most exciting products.

Tom Wittenberg, HP large format industry relations and event manager for North America described the mood at Sign Expo as upbeat: “It was a special pleasure to return to shows with our industry colleagues. The show exceeded expectations on attendance and booth activity for HP.”

“There was constant activity and visitors at our booth throughout the event – even during the last hour of the show!,” said John Glazer, executive vice president of Elliott Equipment.

“Graphic Solutions Group (GSG) was blown away with our results, more than doubling our sales at the previous show in 2019,” said Matt Smith, director of national accounts for GSG. “The customers who came to this year’s show were very engaged and interested in spending time talking to us and intrigued by the new products we were showcasing.”

Sign Expo 2023

The next ISA Sign Expo will be held April 12-14 in Las Vegas, NV.

Catalyst Uses Multiple Epson SureColor F10070 Printers for Home Textile Products

Digital textile printing systems are making it easier for home-textile designers and entrepreneurs to order shorter runs of customized products. For example, Catalyst Fabric Solutions, a large web-to-print manufacturer of home textiles, has installed multiple Epson SureColor F10070 dye-sublimation printers to increase productivity and fulfill print-on-demand orders.

Catalyst Fabric Solutions offers more than10,000 customizable home textile products, including tablecloths, placemats, bean bags, backpacks, lunch totes, pillows, and custom blankets. The customized products that can either be ordered through retailers or shipped directly to customers.

“The print on-demand business has tripled in the last four years, and it continues to grow at a great rate,” said Chuck Smith, owner, Catalyst Fabric Solutions. “We’ve seen business increase over the last two years and a lot of people are searching for internet on-demand businesses. We needed more technology; we needed more printers to keep up. The SureColor F10070 was everything we wanted.”

Orders at Catalyst Fabric Solutions typically spike in October, November, and December as customers prepare for the holiday season. Catalyst sees an increase in demand for photo products, including photo blankets.

“The first of our SureColor F10070 printers were installed in December 2020 – in the middle of our busiest season,” said Jim King, operations manager, Catalyst Fabric Solutions. “Had they not been a plug-and-play set up, we would have had some real problems, as we were counting on their capacity to meet deadlines. However, they hooked into our network easily and we were able to begin printing immediately.”

“Because of the capacity on the SureColor F10070 printers, we were able to take all our blankets that we previously put through 30 other printers onto the new Epson printers. And they were printing them in less than a minute – about four times faster than our previous machines,” said King. “There’s nothing I haven’t put through this printer yet – it’s the workhorse right now for the plant.”

“As one of the largest and most advanced facilities of its kind, Catalyst Fabric Solutions runs an impressive operation,” said Tim Check, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “They are putting the SureColor F10070 to the ultimate test in their industrial facility and pushing a vast majority of their dye-sublimation projects onto the SureColor F10070 printers to best deliver results for clients.”

Epson wide-format industrial dye-sublimation printer
Epson SureColor F10070 Industrial Dye-Sublimation Printer

The Epson SureColor F10070 offers industrial reliability and round-the-clock productivity at a low total cost of ownership. The printer features four 4.7- inch PrecisionCore® printheads to deliver roll-to-roll performance at speeds up to 2,700 sqft/hr.

Features to maximize efficiency and minimize downtime include user-replaceable printheads and a low-cost, high-capacity replaceable ink pack system that holds up to 20 Liters of ink per color for longer print runs with less user intervention.

For additional information on the Epson’s textile printing solutions, visit Epson’s website.

EFI Sells Productivity Software Business to Symphony Technology Group

On January 5, EFI (Electronics for Imaging) announced that they had completed the sale of its eProductivity Software (EPS) packaging and print productivity software business to an affiliate of Symphony Technology Group (STG). STG is a private-equity partner to market-leading companies in data, software, and analytics.

EPS will become an independent global software company, offering mission-critical Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), business, and production software for the packaging and print industries. STG’s backing will accelerate EPS’ growth as a standalone company through organic and inorganic initiatives to deepen and broaden the company’s capabilities.

“This strategic step in becoming an independent company enables us to bring greater value to our customers, as well as the packaging and print industries overall, by extending our collaboration with key industry technology players,” said Gabriel (Gaby) Matsliach, CEO of eProductivity Software. “We will continue to collaborate closely with our friends at EFI.”

EPS has more than 4,000 mid-market and enterprise customers globally. Products include MIS, ERP, e-commerce, and business intelligence solutions to improve efficiency in companies that produce corrugated packaging, labels, flexible packaging, folding cartons, commercial print, direct mail, and displays.

EFI will prioritize technology investments in its Inkjet and Fiery business units to accelerate growth in its fast-growing industrial EFI™ Inkjet business. EFI plans to capitalize on the growth opportunities available in segments the company already serves and drive expansion into markets that are beginning the transformation toward digital. 

“We have never been more excited about the opportunity in the industrial inkjet markets and our ability to leverage Fiery, the leading Digital Front End (DFE) technology for digital color printing, to continue to drive the analog-to-digital transformation in all high-value segments of imaging,” said Jeff Jacobson, EFI’s CEO and Executive Chairman. “We are making significant investments to continue to be the clear leader in the Packaging & Corrugated, Display Graphics, Textile, and Building Materials/Decor markets.” He said EFI will increasingly serve new adjacencies including e-commerce, direct-to-garment, and other rapidly growing segments.

“Industrial inkjet imaging is one of the greatest opportunities I have seen in my 35 years in this industry,” Jacobson added. “The sale of the software business provides our industrial inkjet and Fiery teams the focus that will best position them for success.”

Industrial Inkjet: Unprecedented Opportunity 

The industrial inkjet space is ripe with opportunity in existing and adjacent vertical markets.

EFI Inkjet will continue to develop shuttle and single-pass inkjet technology. The division will leverage its expertise in hardware, mechanical control software, high-speed electronics, services, cloud-connected devices, and ink innovations to deliver the next generation of versatile, high-volume, superior-quality printers and presses. 

“The future of print is digital, and this realignment further solidifies EFI’s technology leadership position and accelerates growing our innovation edge as a provider of the world’s leading digital printers for the Packaging & Corrugated, Display Graphics, Textile, and Building Materials/Decor markets,” said Scott Schinlever, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager, EFI Inkjet. “This sets the stage for our customers to continue to produce more in less time, with less labor, at higher quality, with a reduced environmental impact, and will allow us to drive our level of inkjet knowledge and expertise into promising new market applications.” 

Fiery: Driving Digital Print Innovation and Growth

The Fiery business unit, under the continued leadership of Fiery Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Toby Weiss, remains as the world’s premier provider of digital front ends (DFEs).

Digital front ends process the huge volumes of data required by applications such as superwide graphics, high-speed package printing, and variable-data commercial print. Advanced Fiery solutions drive high-end printers and presses from many major equipment manufacturers.

“The Fiery portfolio of products incorporates world-class color algorithms, advanced cloud technology, and many other best-in-class proprietary solutions that reduce production time and increase print quality,” said Weiss. “Working in close consultation with our partners, the investments we are making in the future of Fiery technology will foster even stronger solutions – including leading-edge cloud offerings through an EFI IQ™ suite of products that continues to help customers achieve new levels of automation, accuracy and profit potential in digital printing.”

About EFI

EFI™ is a global technology company, based in Silicon Valley. To lead the worldwide transformation from analog to digital imaging, EFI develops breakthrough technologies for the manufacturing of signage, packaging, textiles, ceramic tiles, building materials and personalized documents, with a wide range of printers, inks, and digital front ends. (

About eProductivity Software

With headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, eProductivity Software is a global provider of industry-specific business and production software technology for the packaging and print industries. The company’s integrated and automated software offerings and point solutions are designed to enable revenue growth and drive operating and production efficiencies. (

About STG

Symphony Technology Group (STG) in Menlo Park, California is a private equity partner to market leading companies in data, software, and analytics. The firm brings expertise, flexibility, and resources to build strategic value and unlock the potential of innovative companies. Partnering to build customer-centric, market leading portfolio companies, STG seeks to create sustainable foundations for growth that bring value to the companies with which it partners. STG’s expansive portfolio has consisted of more than 35 global companies. (

What is Nanography and How Is It Used?

Nanography® is the enabling science behind a breakthrough digital printing method that combines the variable-data and print-on-demand features of digital printing with the throughput speed, media versatility, and quality of offset printing.

The inks used for the process were developed with nanotechnology — the science of particles that are measured in nanometers (billionths of a meter).

Nanography was invented by visionary digital-printing pioneer Benny Landa, who discovered that water-based inks formulated with nano-sized pigment particles perform differently than standard water-based inks used in production inkjet printing.

Water-based Landa NanoInk® uses less pigment to deliver more brilliant colors than other printing processes. The ultra-small pigments stay on the fibrous surface of paper without the need for an ink-receptive coating or paper treatment. The nano-size pigment particles form images that are a mere 500 nanometers thick. This is less than half the thickness of images created with the inks used on offset presses.
The ink droplets made with nano-sized pigment particles on uncoated paper (bottom row) have more sharply defined edges and greater density than ink droplets on production inkjet presses (top row).

Landa Digital Printing is using the nanographic printing process to develop high-speed digital printing presses for short-to-medium run lengths for commercial printing, publishing, packaging, and direct-mail applications.

S10P Landa nanographic press cockpit view
The Landa S10 press does not need to be installed in a clean-room environment like some digital printers do. From the Landa cockpit (above), the operator can monitor the press status, inspect output, and watch video feeds of printing inside the press.

How Nanography Differs from Production Inkjet

Like a production inkjet press, nanographic printing uses high-speed inkjet printheads and sophisticated software to convert digital files into data that dictate how, when, and where each ink color droplet should be ejected to form the images.

But instead of ejecting wet inks directly onto paper, the printheads deposit the inks onto a specially constructed “blanket” which is then dried before it passes beneath rollers. Pressure from the rollers transfers the image from the blanket to the selected material.

Depending on how each press model is engineered, the Landa dry-ink transfer process will work with the standard off-the-shelf materials used to produce magazines, catalogs, direct mail, folding cartons, or flexible packaging.

In contrast, jobs on production-inkjet presses often require materials manufactured specifically to control the spread of the wet inks as the papers pass quickly beneath the printheads. These materials cost more than substrates already developed for high-volume production on traditional offset or flexographic printing presses.

Like other digital processes, nanographic printing doesn’t require the time and expense of creating and loading a new set of plates for each color on every job. So, the process is inherently more efficient than and cost-effective in producing an uninterrupted sequence of small to mid-sized jobs. Many of these these types of print jobs now include custom designs, localized or personalized messages, or QR codes.

Nanographic printing enables owners of existing offset, flexographic, and gravure presses to focus on running their highest volume jobs on their analog equipment.

Flexibility in run lengths makes it feasible for global brands and retailers to offer more specialty products and seasonal promotions. And, packages, promotions, and inserts can be customized to reflect the buying habits and languages of consumers within each city.

Seven-color Landa presses add orange, green, and blue inks to the standard 4-color inks (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black) used by color offset presses. This 7-color combination can reproduce 96 percent of the Pantone colors that brands use to differentiate themselves in their logos and marketing materials. But even the 4-color Landa (CMYK) presses can hit 84 percent of Pantone colors, 30 percent more than CMYK offset.

The ability to hit a wider gamut of colors than standard offset four-color printing means that Landa press operators don’t have stop and load custom-mixed Pantone spot colors to handle a series of jobs from different clients.

print samples from Landa digital press
With 7 colors of Landa NanoInk and 1200 dpi resolution, Landa presses produce excellent image quality. For packaging, publishing, display, and direct-mail projects that require brand colors, nanography reproduces more Pantone colors than offset printing.

Why Nanographic Printing Is A Breakthrough

The Landa presses are designed to close the “profitability gap” between digital printing presses and the offset, flexographic, or gravure presses that used to mass produce graphics for packaging, magazines, and marketing materials.

Digital presses that use electrophotographic or inkjet technologies have improved in quality, but are still slow compared to traditional offset and flexographic presses. Plus, the costs of inks, toners, and treated or coated papers add up quickly when a customer orders more than a few thousand copies.

Because the Landa presses can print at high-speeds on the same materials that big printing companies already use, owners of offset and flexographic presses can now produce short to medium-run jobs that wouldn’t be profitable on their standard presses.

Current Models

Landa Digital Printing introduced the Nanography process at the drupa global print technology exhibition in 2012 and displayed the first press, the sheetfed S10, at drupa 2016. The first Landa press was installed in 2017. In 2019, Landa Digital Printing began installing a second model: the S10P. Here are a few details about each model.

The Landa S10 is a single-side sheetfed press for mainstream packaging applications such as folding cartons and point-of-purchase/point-of-sale graphics. The S10 prints 6,500 B1 sheets per hour on substrates in thicknesses 2.4 to 32 pts. An inline coating system can enhance or protect the printed materials with UV or aqueous coatings.

The S10 can run seven colors and be profitable on jobs of about 30,000 boxes or even higher when ganging jobs or adding variable barcodes. The S10 provides a digital production solution for more than 50% of all folding carton jobs.

The Landa S10P Nanographic Printing Press is for general commercial print jobs that require printing on both sides of the substrate. For example, the S10P can handle advertising pieces, catalogs, direct-mail, and high-end magazines.

Landa Digital Printing is currently developing web-fed presses for flexible packaging and high-end publishing.

Workflow and Quality Control

The data required to print each job is processed through a digital front end (DFE) that is tightly integrated with each press. Based on EFI Fiery technology, the Landa DFE enables to press to fit into any printing environment, regardless of what mix of digital, offset, or flexo printing processes the company uses.

The Landa DFE not only communicates with prepress automation applications and business-management software, but also with finishing equipment.

All Landa presses are equipped with an active quality management system that fully scans each printed sheets, identifies defects, and initiates corrective actions. Operator intervention isn’t required.

Comments from Users of Landa Presses

Some of the companies using Landa presses in the U.S. include:

K-1 Packaging Group provides custom packaging solutions for consumer products. K-1 uses the Landa S10 for jobs use 5,000 sheets or less. The work includes folding cartons, countertop displays, labels, and litho-lam corrugated boxes. 

K-1 President Mike Tsai said a key factor in the decision to buy the press was how fast the Landa press could produce back-to-back short-to-medium-run jobs. A press run that would have required eight make-readies on a conventional press were achieved in just 70 minutes on the Landa S10.

Because the Landa press handles sophisticated jobs with ease, Tsai said K-1 will be able to bring a more holistic, integrated approach to their clients. For example, K-1 can process and print a client’s 1-to-1 variable product codes, support traceability of products, and meet other supply chain requirements.

Duggal Visual Solutions is an award-winning global supplier of exceptional printed visuals, custom displays, and multi-media solutions for global retailers, Fortune 500 corporations, museums, galleries, non-profit organizations, photographers, and visual artists.

Duggal installed a 7-color S10 Nanographic Printing Press at their New York production facilities to better serve their clients, which include 16 of the top 25 brands in the Interbrand Top 100.

Landa S10 at Duggal
Mike Duggal, CEO of Duggal Visual Solutions (right) says that “With the Landa S10, we can fulfill even more of our customers’ print and packaging needs much faster, and offer personalization and other special features.”

“We are blessed to work with so many of the world’s leading brands and creative minds,” said Mike Duggal, CEO of Duggal Visual Solutions. He said the Landa S10 enables Duggal to help their customers break new ground in what is possible with print.

Duggal sees nanongraphic printing technology as the logical next step in the company’s evolution from their heritage in high-end imaging for professional photographers. Since moving into high-impact corporate work, Duggal now produces a wide range of applications for in-store marketing.

The Marketing Alliance Group is one of the largest retail design and manufacturing companies in the U.S. The company makes visual merchandising displays and fixtures for grocery stores, convenience stores, and manufacturers of health and beauty, apparel, home improvement, and flooring products. Clients include some of the leading retailers and brands in North America.

The Marketing Alliance Group is using their Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press to deliver faster, higher-quality digital printing of short-to-medium runs of retail signs and displays.

“We already had a considerable print operation with a mix of analog and digital printing capabilities, and they all have their place,” explained Bryan Hair, CEO of Marketing Alliance Group. “But the Landa S10 fills a different gap. It’s not only substantially faster than any other digital press, but it also has an offset format. Thanks to its seven colors, the color vibrancy and high print quality satisfy our world-leading brand customers, too.”

Hair said the S10 enables enables retail customers to reduce costs, stock, and waste while getting promotions into stores much faster. “We consider Nanography to be the new era in printing technology.”

Virtual Packaging is an all-digital company founded in 1996. They provide full-service production of packaging prototypes and folding cartons to a variety of U.S. and international brands. The company can provide everything from a single mock-up for a presentation to a few thousand prototypes for market testing.

During a WhatTheyThink! webinar, Virtual Packaging Vice President Jordan Patterson said the Landa S10 press complements their existing fleet of digital printers. Over the past 2 years, the Landa has enabled them to expand their revenue streams to include sustainable packaging and corrugated boxes. The have also used the Landa to print 8,000 posters with different quantities of 127 poster designs. Making plates required to run such a job on an offset press would have been extremely costly.

One of the biggest jobs VIrtual Packaging has handled on the Landa involved printing 100,000 variable-data sheets on a plastic packaging substrate. Problems with ink adhesion made it difficult to print the job with offset and/or Indigo presses. Virtual Packaging completed the job on the Landa in two days.

Virtual Packaging also serves trade printing companies and smaller start-up brands. For example, if a company sells only 6,000 products per month, the client can order folding cartons on a subscription basis. Instead of printing 72,000 cartons for a year’s supply of cartons, the client receives just the number of packages they need each month. The client doesn’t have to warehouse boxes and the brand manager to ttweak the package design each month. One Virtual Packaging client that orders packaging on a subscription basis advertises a related product on an interior panel of the carton and includes a different coupon code each month.

About the Inventor

The Nanographic Printing® process was invented by Benny Landa, the same visionary who created the Indigo liquid electrographic digital printing process for the high-speed production of high-quality color images.

Landa established the Indigo company In 1977 and sold it Hewlett-Packard in 2002. Then, he immersed himself in studying ways nanotechnology could be used to save the planet.

Today, Benny Landa holds more than 800 patents worldwide. He is the Chairman and CEO of the Landa Group in Rehovot, Israel. The Landa Group includes Landa Digital Printing, Landa Labs, Landa Ventures, Lusix, and the Landa Fund.

Read more about Benny Landa’s background and achievements by visiting: Benny Landa – Landa Nanography

For More Information

On the Landa website (, you will find more details about each Landa press. You can also download white papers such as this one:

Nanographic Printing® – Landa Nanography describes the printing process in more detail and how Nanography has evolved.

Correcting Common Myths about Printing Paper and Deforestation

A recent Two Sides North America survey showed that 48% of Americans believe paper is bad for the environment, and 60% believe U.S. forests are shrinking. That’s not true.

In honor of International Print Day (October 20, 2021), we compiled some facts that print buyers should know about the relationship between printing paper use and deforestation.

North American forests are a renewable resource and are not shrinking. U.S. forest area grew by 18 million acres between 1990 and 2020, and net forest area in Canada remained stable at 857 million acres during the same period. This finding was reported in the 2020 Global Forest Resources Assessment conducted by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Using paper for printing and packaging does not contribute to deforestation. According to the FAO report, the greatest forest loss occurs in regions of the world that use the least wood.

Demand for sustainably produced paper products provides a strong financial incentive for private forest landowners to manage their land responsibly and keep it forested rather than selling or converting it for non-forest uses.(U.S. Forest Service, 2019).

A 2019 U.S. Forest Service report noted that tree harvesting in the U.S. occurs on less than 2% of forestland each year. This is less than the nearly 3% of forest trees that are disturbed annually by natural events such as insects, disease and fire.

About 89% of wood harvested in the U.S. comes from privately owned forests which provide most of the wood for domestically produced wood and paper products. (U.S. Forest Service, 2019).

U.S. and Canadian paper and paper-based packaging companies are instrumental in achieving sustainable forestry objectives. Sustainable forestry is a comprehensive, science-based approach to protecting and conserving this vital natural resource.

The U.S. Forest Service defines sustainable forestry as meeting the forest resources needs and values of the present without compromising the similar capability of future generations. Sustainable forestry is a land stewardship ethic. It integrates growing, harvesting and regenerating trees for useful products with the protection and conservation of soil, air and water quality, wildlife habitat and biodiversity. Sustainable forestry also takes into account how the forest contributes to global carbon cycles, aesthetics, and long-term social and economic benefits.

Certification organizations such as the Forest Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forestry Initiative rigorously audit forestry practices. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) independently certify to paper consumers that the products they use come from responsibly managed forests.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, more than half of the world’s certified forests are in North America.

About Two Sides North America

Two Sides North America is an independent, non-profit organization that works to dispel common misperceptions about paper and printing. Through fact sheets and other educational materials, they inform businesses and consumers about the sustainability, versatility, and attractiveness of print, paper and paper-based packaging.

The Two Sides global network includes more than 600 member companies across North America, South America, Europe, Australia and South Africa. Member companies span the Graphic Communications and Paper-based Packaging value chain, including forestry, pulp, paper, paper-based packaging, and related fields.

For more facts about the sustainability of paper and paper-based packaging, visit: https:/


How Do We End the Myths About Paper Use and Forests? Everybody has a Part to Play! – Two Sides North America (

IDTechEx Expects Market for Fully Printed Sensors to Reach $4.9 Billion by 2031

Printed and flexible sensors constitute the largest printed electronics market outside of electronic displays. Printed sensors span a diverse range of technologies and applications, ranging from image sensors to wearable electrodes.

IDTechEx forecasts that the market for fully printed sensors will reach $4.9 billion by 2032.

This growth is expected to occur even though the largest market (printed glucose test strips) is being displaced by continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems. Many new applications and technologies will drive the growth.

New Report on Printed and Flexible Sensors

IDTechEx’s new report “Printed and Flexible Sensors 2022-2032: Technologies, Players, Markets” outlines the current status and future application opportunities in nine categories of printed/flexible sensors.

Specifically, the report covers:

  • Piezoresistive sensors
  • Piezoelectric sensors
  • Printed photodetectors
  • Temperature sensors
  • Strain sensors
  • Capacitive touch sensors
  • Gas sensors
  • Biological sensors
  • Flexible wearable electrodes

Each sensor category seeks to offer a distinctive value proposition over the incumbent technology, with distinct technological and commercial challenges on route to widespread adoption.

Despite this diversity, multiple factors are driving the adoption of many types of printed/flexible sensors. Most important is the increasing adoption of ‘Internet of Things (IoT)’ and ‘Industry 4.0’ since they will require extensive networks of often wirelessly connected low-cost and unobtrusive sensors.

Additionally, the thin-film form factor and conformality of printed/flexible sensors enable them to be incorporated within smaller devices. This gives designers greater freedom to differentiate their products and explore potential new uses.

Printed and flexible sensor technologies

Some of the most commercially promising printed and flexible sensor technologies covered in the report include:

Capacitive touch sensors. These sensors are widely used for transparent touch sensors such as smartphones and tablets. However, there is still extensive scope for innovation within capacitive touch in terms of the transparent conductive materials used, the ability to sense touch over large area displays, and alternative applications for capacitive sensing such as leak detection and interactive surfaces.

Piezoresistive force sensors. These sensors are widely used today in car occupancy sensors, musical instruments, industrial equipment, and some medical devices. While these markets are somewhat commoditized, the sector is innovating to access new, differentiated, higher-value applications. One example is 3D touch panels that can measure applied force as a function position, thus enabling the recognition of more complex HMI gestures than the incumbent capacitive touch panels. Suppliers are continuing to target phones, computer gaming, and automotive interiors.

Gas sensors.. This area is undergoing continued innovation, with emerging approaches utilizing functionalized carbon nanotubes and solution-processable semiconductors. Gas sensors are already used in many industrial contexts and are likely to be increasingly adopted as concern about air pollution grows.

One promising long-term application is the use of printed gas sensors to measure food degradation. The sensors could be directly printed onto food packaging.

Temperature sensors. These can be printed using either a composite ink with silicon nanoparticles or carbon nanotubes. Their main challenge is the low cost, lightweight, and ubiquity of very mature solutions such as thermistors and resistive temperature detectors.

Printed temperature sensors have the clearest value proposition in applications that require spatial resolution using a conformal array. For example, printed temperature sensors could be used to monitor wounds or skin complaints.

Monitoring batteries in electric vehicles is another highly promising application that is receiving increased interest. Printed temperature sensors are lightweight and could be easily integrated into pouch cells.


The report includes highly granular 10-year market forecasts by technology and application, expressed as both volume and revenue. Also included are multiple application examples, technological/commercial readiness assessments, and over 50 company profiles based on interviews with early-stage and established companies. Further details can be found, along with downloadable sample pages, at

About IDTechEx

IDTechEx guides strategic business decisions through its Research, Subscription and Consultancy products, helping clients profit from emerging technologies. For more information, contact or visit

OTTO Motors and Significans Automation Are Bringing Mobile Material-Handling Robots to Printing and Packaging Industry

OTTO Motors, a leading provider of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for production, has signed a partnership agreement with Significans Automation Inc. to bring AMR material handling technology to the Printing and Packaging space in the Americas.

OTTO Motors makes flexible, intelligent, autonomous mobile robots for material handing in production facilities and warehouses.

AMRs are advanced robots designed to transport raw and work-in-progress materials throughout the factory floor in pedestrian-heavy areas. AMRs have been proven to be more efficient and cost-effective than humans, conveyors, or fixed-path transporters.

In fact, OTTO AMRs were found to be only 10% the cost of a full-time equivalent for manual cart movement and only 20% of the costs associated with a driver and forklift.

Significans Automation specializes in delivering next-generation automation to companies who are striving to meet the fast-turnaround demands of e-commerce print, packaging, and personalization.

With the new partnership, Significans can now offer customers true end-to-end solutions.. In addition to integrating business, prepress, and production workflows, Significans can help incorporate efficiency-enhancing robotics.

“As the print and packaging industry moves towards automation, material handling remains one of the most challenging processes to automate.” said Rick Baker, CRO of OTTO Motors. “Implementing an intelligent, flexible and scalable material-handling system with autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) can help solve this problem.”

“Significans’ goal has always been to unify our front-end software automation services with back-end robotic solutions,” said Sean Davis, Significans Automation’s Director of Technology, “This partnership marks the beginning of an exciting future for our customers.”

“We went through an extensive search to find the right robotics partner. We recognized the tremendous power and flexibility of OTTO’s single grid to control every robotic process in the environment,” says Marc Raad, President of Significans Automation. “It’s one grid, one integration, and one truly unified production platform.”

“Significans Automation has done incredible work to help innovate and automate graphics operations and workflows in preparation for a robotic future,” adds John Stikes, Director, Strategic Alliances of OTTO Motors. “As a trusted member of the OTTO Motors Partner Network, Significans Automation now offers AMR technology to help their customers tackle labor shortages, scale their businesses, and outperform the competition.”

About OTTO Motors

OTTO Motors is the industrial division of Clearpath Robotics. OTTO provides autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for material handling inside manufacturing facilities and warehouses. Customers include Fortune 100 brands such as GE and Toyota.

OTTO AMR at door factory
Significans Automation and OTTO Motors are working together to introduce cutting edge offerings to meet specific business requirements of the packaging and printing industry. In this photo, an OTTO autonomous mobile robot moves pallets of patio doors.

About Significans Automation

Significans Automation Inc. specializes in delivering next-generation automation to the Printing and Packaging industry. The company offers programming and expertise in custom workflow development, communication and project management, color management, prepress training, and end-to-end business integration. The company is driven by the conviction that customized automation is the only path forward.

For more information about Autonomous Mobile Robots for printers and packaging converters, please contact Marc Raad at marc.raad (at) or call 1-877-463-4465.

Demand for Sustainable Print Technologies Will Create New Business Opportunities

More environmentally friendly printing is emerging as a key industry trend for the 2020s. This trend is examined in detail in the Smithers report “The Future of Green Printing to 2026,

Published in August 2021, the report profiles the evolution of circular economy principles, key legislative initiatives, the impact on analog and digital print processes, and all major print product segments (Books, Magazines, Newspapers, Advertising, Catalogs, Commercial, Security applications, Transactional print, Printed décor and textiles, Packaging, and Labels).

Smithers’ “Future of Green Printing to 2026” report examines the current state of green printing, shifting consumer attitudes, and the market shifts that ultimately provide the basis for the growth of green printing.

For example, brand owners and consumers are increasingly seeking and choosing solutions that minimize carbon emissions and waste. Print-service providers (PSPs), ink and media suppliers, and equipment manufacturers that invest in more sustainable solutions over the next five years are likely to be rewarded.

New Business Opportunities

The report examines specific opportunities that will evolve at each stage of the print value chain. For example:

Cutting waste in makeready and set-up will favor wider use of digital (inkjet and electrophotography) print systems. A forecast reduction in the average run length for many print jobs will magnify this impact

The rapid adoption of bio-based solvent and water-based inks will reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds.

Sales of sustainable substrates will increase, including recycled fiber and virgin paper grades from sustainably managed forests. For PSPs there is an onus to limit use of virgin materials and print on recycled paper grades when a premium surface is not necessary

Packaging designers will move away from the existing plastic packaging to fiber-based alternatives. Print-service providers can capitalize on this trend by retooling their print lines to support these less uniform substrates.

New fiber sources for printing papers will be studied, including bamboo or agricultural by-products.

Recycled plastic and biopolymer substrates will be used more widely in some packaging applications

Investments will rise in print processes that minimize the use of secondary raw materials, such as water consumption for wash off.

There will be greater support for technology platforms that enable the collection and reuse of print materials, both in industrial closed-loop and consumer recycling streams.

Reshoring production and printing will improve supply-chain security and reduce carbon emissions and wastage in transit.

Larger organizations can switch to centralized printing models, with a single server assigning job requests most efficiently across its network of presses and end-users. This can also extend into the integration of web-to-print platforms for consumer sales.

For more information, download a brochure from the Smithers website: The Future of Green Printing to 2026 | Market Reports & Research | Smithers

The Smithers Methodology

This report is based on extensive primary and secondary research. Primary research consisted of targeted interviews with printing material suppliers, converters and experts drawn from key markets. This was supported by secondary research in the form of extensive literature analysis of published data, official government statistics, domestic and international trade organization data, company websites, industry reports, trade press articles, presentations, and attendance at trade events.

Groups that can benefit from the information in this report include: print-business owners; suppliers of raw materials and consumables; manufacturers of printing machinery and equipment; print buyers; and consultants and analysts.

About the Author: David Zwang

Print and publishing consultant David Zwang has helped companies increase their productivity, margins and market reach for over 40 years. He specializes in process analysis, automation, engineering and strategic development for firms in the fields of publishing and packaging. He is currently the Chairman of the Ghent Workgroup (GWG), an international organization of graphic arts users, associations, and software developers that is building best practices for publishing and packaging workflows.

Virtual Event Explores Opportunities in Specialty, Custom, and Industrial Printing

The Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech) will host Unbound, a one-day virtual event and online trade fair for opportunities in specialty, custom and industrial printing.

The Unbound event will be held November 16, 2021 from 10:00 am-3:00 pm EDT. There is no fee to attend.

“Print is more than ink on paper and it’s more than a medium that conveys a message,” commented Thayer Long, president of APTech. “Look around and you will see something that has been printed—wallcoverings, flooring, glass, fabrics, ceramics, tiles, containers, toys, displays, electronics—the list is almost endless.”

He continued, “This is the message of Unbound. We need to shake off the constraints of what we think print is and look at what it can and could be.”

Industrial printing describes the processes used to decorate or enhance products as part of the manufacturing process.

Functional printing refers to printed elements that enhance the functionality of a product or create entirely new types of products, such as printed electronics.

Unbound keynoter Sean Smyth, UK-based print consultant and industry expert for Smithers, will kick off the day’s events with a big-picture look at the market in his presentation, “The Industrial (Print) Revolution & What it Means for You.”

The seminar program that follows will include 12 sessions, in which successful industry practitioners and topical experts will discuss the nuts and bolts of building a successful line of industrial or functional printing business and the range of opportunities that exist for businesses of all sizes.

To help Unbound attendees grow decor print businesses, decor-market-business development specialist Rachel Nunziata, will discuss “What You Must Know to Succeed in the Interior Décor Market.” She will share her firsthand expertise, top tips, and resources.

Industrial inkjet evangelist Craig Reid of CTR Resources, LLC will explore how inkjet technologies are being used for an ever-expanding number of applications in his session, “You Can Print on That? Exploring Printable Surfaces.”

To explore the full lineup of speakers and their bios along with the sessions and topics, visit Unbound at: or contact staff members at

About the Association for PRINT Technologies

APTech provides a forum to inspire the development of new and valuable print products. Focused entirely on the future of print, the association educates and fosters collaboration between those who create and those who make. For complete information about the association, its programs,,and its member companies, visit:, email, or phone: 703/264-7200.