Future Links January 21st 2015

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers HP’s plans to include 3D printing features on mobile devices, the revival of JC Penny’s catalogue, EFI’s printing and packaging software suite, a case study on the benefits of a value stream map, a 3d printing initiative in Tanzania aimed at reducing e-waste, Fujifilm’s sustainability award and Xeikon’s continued investment in textile printing.

HP to bring 3D printing features to mobile devices
HP’s Sprout workstation already incorporates several 3D features, including the capability to play with a 3D image so that it can be used to 3D print the object. Now, HP announced that it will bring this capabilities to laptops and tablets as well for a more interactive computing experience.
More at CIO

Department store JC Penny brings back its print catalogue
Five years after the U.S. retail chain JC Penny decided to stop printing its massive catalogue and focus on the web, the catalogue is back. The move is substantiated with data showing that many of JC Penny’s online sales were driven by what the shoppers saw in print.
More at Fortune

EFI presents print and packaging software suite
EFI opened its Connect user conference with news of a fresh best of suite approach to its software offerings. The company had invested in creating a large portfolio of print and packaging software to create EFI Productivity Suite. Instead of providing the best software for distinct points of the production processes in print and packaging, EFI focuses on having the best end-to-end workflow out of a box.
More at Print Week

Value stream map provides continuous improvement opportunity
Contemporary Graphic Solutions is a print and packaging firm based in Pennsauken, NJ. The companies business has shifted over time from print jobs to more involved packaging production. To analyze the print production workflow, the company created a value stream map. The case study exemplifies how the value stream map and certification has helped the company to remain competitive in an increasingly crowded market.
More at What They Think?

Tanzania 3D printing initiative for creating jobs and reducing waste
Nowadays, electronic devices such as smart phones and laptops are replaced by newer gadget in breathtaking speed. This causes huge amounts of electronic waste. A partnership between several initiatives in Tanzania is now aiming to reduce the e-waste and to create new jobs by designing 3D printers made of discharged electronic parts. The 3D printers will be distributed through FabLabs throughout the country.
More at 3D Printing Industry

Fujifilm won sustainable innovation award
Fujifilm Europe announced that the Fujifilm Specialty Ink Systems Limited (FSIS) manufacturing facility for screen and UV wide-format ink based in Broadstairs, UK, won the 2014 ‘Sustainable Innovation’ and ‘Manufacturing Champions’ awards. The award-winner was chosen by the British Coatings Federation (BCF); it acknowledges Fujifilm’s initiatives that have led to low levels of waste and high recycling figures.
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Xeikon continues its investment in textile printing
Digital print specialist Xeikon has continued its investment in textile printing. At the trade show Heimtextil in Frankfurt, Germany, Xeikon’s presses were used by Hugo Diego for its 2015 Textures collection. Xeikon’s presses allowed Hugo Diego to demonstrate the commercial and creative flexibility that the presses bring to the market, said Xeikon.
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