Becky McConnell

About Becky McConnell

Becky McConnell is the product manager for Fujifilm's high productivity wide format equipment, the digital UV inks that are integrated with these systems, as well as digital cutting tables. She has actively participated as an expert on a panel regarding digital printing and its applications to flat sheet metal decorating for the International Metal Decorators Association's Annual Conference; and Becky spoke at an ICI (Institut des Communications Graphiques et de l'Imprimabilité/Printability And Graphic Communications Institute) post-Drupa conference in Montreal, Québec regarding innovation in high production printing.

Driving Future Wide Format Sales with “Print Packages”

It might be cliché to say it’s important to stand out from the crowd, but it’s especially important when standing out could mean higher profits and a stable future, right? Following the SGIA 2018 Expo in Vegas, I was reading the SGIA Journal and came across a great piece written by Deborah Corn (Intergalactic Ambassador to the Printerverse, Print Media Centr) about ways to profit as a print provider in [...]

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Inkjet and Corrugated: Innovative and Untraditional Solutions

Corrugated printers are being challenged to produce shorter runs. Fortunately, new innovations in digital inkjet printing have been developed to meet the challenge and respond to shifting market demands and industry trends. The Drive to Digital Customers are demanding faster turnaround and shorter runs due to customization and localization. Corrugated printers are now able to respond with an economically viable solution. At this point in time, digital inkjet printing for [...]

January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Inklings Blog|Comments Off on Inkjet and Corrugated: Innovative and Untraditional Solutions

Using Twitter to Engage with Fellow Print Professionals

As a commercial printing professional, you probably already know the value of using LinkedIn to connect with business partners, colleagues and peers. But did you know Twitter is also a great place to connect with print professionals? I recently participated in my second Twitter chat, #PrintChat, which happens every Wednesday at 4:00 pm EST and is organized by Print Media Center, and I found it to be a very valuable [...]

January 11th, 2018|Categories: Inklings Blog|Comments Off on Using Twitter to Engage with Fellow Print Professionals

Three Hot Wide Format Applications for 2017

As reported by Richard Romano, Wide Format Editor/Senior Analyst on WhatTheyThink.com, while wide-format and specialty printing products will show gains across most all application segments this year, three particular areas are poised for dramatic growth. Signage Romano is bullish about signage, calling it a "basic human need." Signage covers a wide area of uses already, including wayfinding, advertising, promotional and decorative purposes. Like its packaging printing cousin, the range of [...]

July 24th, 2017|Categories: Inklings Blog|Comments Off on Three Hot Wide Format Applications for 2017

OBIE Awards Showcase Out-of-Home Creative Printing Ideas & Techniques

The 2016 OBIE Awards for the best Out-of-Home (OOH) advertising campaigns were featured last November in a Big Picture article ("Printed Advertising Takes to the Streets") and highlights how creative printing and engineering can result in eye-catching and effective new ways to breakthrough the advertising clutter. Have you changed the way you think about how OOH can impact your business? Awards for creative applications featuring wide format printing were given [...]

June 20th, 2017|Categories: Inklings Blog|Comments Off on OBIE Awards Showcase Out-of-Home Creative Printing Ideas & Techniques

The Next Profitable Opportunity in Inkjet: Industrial Printing

InfoTrends author Frank Romano showcased recently in an article (The Next Big Thing, InfoTrends InfoBlog, November, 2016) how the existing wide format inkjet technology in most print shops opens the doors for PSPs to participate in a new and growing category: Industrial Printing. The ability of flatbed UV presses to print quality images directly on substrates like plastics, wood, glass, board, metal, ceramics, textiles, and carpeting has spurred printers to [...]

March 20th, 2017|Categories: Approval Area, Inklings Blog|Comments Off on The Next Profitable Opportunity in Inkjet: Industrial Printing

How Industrial Inkjet Innovation is Streamlining Manufacturing Processes

In an article published in November, 2016 on IndustrialPrintMagazine.com (Looking at Industrial Inkjet in Composite - Major Opportunities), author Tim Greene states that inkjet printing is not only driving value within the proofing and short-run models in print but is causing manufacturers to rethink how they produce materials. "From a technical standpoint one of the key advantages of using inkjet is that it is a non-contact printing technology, which allows [...]

February 21st, 2017|Categories: Inklings Blog|Comments Off on How Industrial Inkjet Innovation is Streamlining Manufacturing Processes

Inkjet Delivers High-def Digital Printing Option for Plywood Company

The inkjet revolution has helped redefine another industry thanks to innovative thinking by North American Plywood. With facilities located in California and New Jersey, North American Plywood Corporation (NAPC) has launched DesignPly, a first of its kind digital staining technology using the Onset inkjet press and robotic materials handling. First reported by Woodworking Network (January 10, 2017), NAPC has adapted an Inca Onset high-definition inkjet press directly into its panel [...]

February 6th, 2017|Categories: Inklings Blog|Comments Off on Inkjet Delivers High-def Digital Printing Option for Plywood Company

Printing Success in a Changing Retail Landscape

Today’s P-O-P printers are facing an uphill battle with retailers demanding shorter turnaround times and out-of-the-box thinking in an age where 87 percent of smartphone and tablet owners use their devices for online shopping. An article in Big Picture (P-O-P Culture: Success in the Changing Retail Landscape, 9/1/16) highlights how one California Print Service Provider (PSP) is achieving unprecedented growth by taking risks to always find a way to say "yes" to their retail [...]

December 13th, 2016|Categories: Inklings Blog|0 Comments

Experts Share What to Expect from Wide-format Printing in 2017

Last week, Big Picture published an informative article (Ask the Experts: The State of Wide Format, 11/16/16) that asked six digital print specialists to share the current state of the industry and what to expect next year. “The wide-format market continues to redefine itself in the regard that multiple, entry-level products are being replaced by volume-oriented machines. Durable ink types such as pigment, latex, and UV have been the primary [...]

November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Inklings Blog|0 Comments

State of the Graphics Arts Industry on Display at SGIA

In a recently published article from Digital Output ("The Widening World of the Graphic Arts: State of the Industry 2016." August, 2016), author Melissa Donovan recapped some of the hottest trends and new applications in the industry so far this year. In particular, the evolution of product innovations and their affect on how print service providers (PSPs) are able to increase job efficiencies has been one of the lead stories [...]

September 6th, 2016|Categories: Inklings Blog|0 Comments

As Marketing Evolves, So Too Must Commercial Printers

Think about your commute to work each day. As you drive, ride or walk to your office, you see and hear multiple brand messages – radio ads, billboards, logos – every minute. If you ride mass transit, think about the additional brand messages you’re exposed to if you’re also on your smartphone or reading a print publication during your commute. As consumers, we’ve become so accustomed to multitasking and being [...]

August 28th, 2016|Categories: Inklings Blog|0 Comments

Win Consumers’ Attention with Outdoor

Many of today’s commercial printers are feeling the pressure to offer more creative solutions to better serve their customers and win more business. As brands fight to win consumers’ attention, it’s no surprise that ads are becoming more creative and the competition tougher. Luckily, inkjet printing technology today is fast, inexpensive and versatile, allowing you to be creative with your offerings for printing outdoor ads. To help spark your creativity, [...]

August 15th, 2016|Categories: Inklings Blog|0 Comments

Die-cut through the Clutter

In a world full of advertising impressions, helping your customers’ brands break through the visual noise can make or break the success of a product. With cutting and routing, you can transform material into custom shapes and sizes – simple or intricate – to turn a common design into a unique display. Punch up promotions with a printed piece that speaks for itself and grabs the audience’s interest. Here are [...]

July 19th, 2016|Categories: Inklings Blog|0 Comments

Techniques to Increase Your Profitable Revenue

How can you ensure your marketing tactics are generating profitable revenue? Heather Davis provides a strategic approach to doing so in her article on PrintingNews.com (The Sign Connection: Is Your Marketing Resulting in Profitable Business? 7/1/15). "One way to increase profitability is to increase revenue. A better way to increase profitability is to increase your profitable revenue. If you sell more products with a higher profit margin, you will naturally [...]

April 19th, 2016|Categories: Inklings Blog|0 Comments