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Navigating Paper Selection – Video

By Andy Gordon / Published:

Tina Moylan, Director of Inkjet Specialty Products at Pixelle, shares insight into the complex world of paper and how to navigate the options for production inkjet printers to achieve optimal quality and the best value proposition.

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A Market Map Puts Everything in Perspective

By Andy Gordon / Published:

Inkjet Insight maps out I.T. Strategies North American print volume data to explore opportunities for production inkjet technologies. The map looks packaging, publishing, and document application categories. Production inkjet has been successful with applications that have light ink coverage printed on uncoated stocks … namely, transactional, direct mail, and some book applications. Many of these applications were converted from high-speed roll-fed toner devices and inkjet provided economic and process benefits and by adding color. Inkjet also provided the ability to add value to printed pages. It’s useful to look at the entire market to help put this area of success in perspective and to think about the requirements for expanding adoption.

Canon Solutions America Introduces Book Smart Suite

By Andy Gordon / Published:

Canon Solutions America’s Book Smart announcement highlights the maturation of the company’s solutions for complex book production requirements on a range of technologies, from sheet-fed to continuous feed, Canon’s PRISMAprepare and PRISMAproduction controllers, Canon equipment or competitors, to a broad range of finishing capabilities.

Everyone Loves Print Samples

By Andy Gordon / Published:

Print samples are usually fulfilled as part of the sale process. But what do you do if you are just trying to get your own executives to the table? Here are a couple of options.

2019 Predictions – Part 2

By Andy Gordon / Published:

Inkjet Insight considers developments in the production inkjet market for 2019. This is Part 2 of a series and covers product news that we anticipate throughout the year. Part 1 covered topics including supply chain issues, page volume growth strategies, and new market opportunities.

2019 Inkjet Predictions – Part 1

By Andy Gordon / Published:

Inkjet Insight considers developments in the production inkjet market for 2019. Part 1 covers topics including supply chain issues, page volume growth strategies, and new market opportunities. Part 2 of this series will cover product announcements that we anticipate throughout the year.

Inkjet Insight – 2018 Year in Review

By Andy Gordon / Published:

This article summarizes the top articles published by Inkjet Insight in 2018 and reviews the progress we have made to fulfill our mission to be the most valuable source of unbiased information for companies evaluating and using production inkjet. We know that there are many exciting announcements coming in 2019 and look forward to sharing in this journey with our community.

Strategic Technology Stack for Production Inkjet

By Andy Gordon / Published:

Andy Gordon discusses the strategic role of production inkjet and the importance of developing a technology stack to drive business transformation. He discusses an NPR Freakonomics interview with Ford Motor Company’s CEO, Jim Hackett and the lessons to be learned that can apply to the printing industry.

The Strategic Press Decision

By Andy Gordon / Published:

This article discusses the role of strategic planning in making equipment acquisition decisions and highlights the use of the Ansoff product-market matrix as a tool to help with brainstorming and planning.

Delphax Rising

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Delphax Solutions Inc. (DSI), was created in August, 2017 by Air T to design, manufacture, and sell printing equipment starting with the elan product line. The company shared news of the new organization and strategic direction.

Print Providers Speak Out About Paper Trends

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The Inkjet Insight team has dedicated a lot of its recent editorial activity towards understanding the impact of mill closures and paper supply issues on the production inkjet market. In addition to interviewing print service providers, equipment manufacturers, mills, and paper merchants, we also sent out a survey to our audience in order to validate what we were learning.

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You Can Do More with Sheet-Fed

By Andy Gordon / Published:

Sheet-fed presses have traditionally addressed high image quality requirements, short runs, substrate flexibility, larger format applications such as folder or posters, expanded color gamut, and value-added enhancements. This article discusses the market opportunity for sheet-fed inkjet presses, a range of devices, and opportunities.

Print Providers and Buyers Managing Paper Together

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Andy Gordon discusses ways that print providers and their print buying customers can work together to reduce the disruptive impact of paper scarcity. More planning, more testing and more emphasis on strategy can lead to shared success.

Paper Suppliers and Crisis Communications

By Andy Gordon / Published:

My last post, Paper Supply and Strategic Planning, continued our coverage of paper shortage in the U.S. market. This post offers suggestions to mills and paper merchants on how they can help print providers navigate this difficult time.

Paper Supply and Strategic Planning

By Andy Gordon / Published:

Inkjet Insight is closely watching the challenging paper shortage in the U.S. market. Our team  has covered different aspects of this topic from pulp trends to impacts to the supply chain. Most recently, we have been interviewing subject matter experts throughout the paper supply chain to gain a holistic view of the market. It’s clear that the tight paper market is driving frustration and change and it’s incumbent on participants throughout the supply chain to consider how to solve this challenge.

Ricoh Changes the Inkjet Game, Introducing Additional Inks and the New RICOH Pro VC70000

By Andy Gordon / Published:

Ricoh USA Inc. today announced the newest addition to its award-winning inkjet portfolio, the RICOH Pro VC70000, built to accelerate the transfer of offset print volumes to digital. The new continuous feed platform empowers commercial printers to produce quality applications, such as high-end catalogs and magazines, traditionally expected from offset presses. Additionally, Ricoh-developed inks enable up to 40 percent savings in paper costs while also expanding media support to offset-coated papers, untreated papers and more.

Kyocera Previews New High-Speed Inkjet – TASKalfa Pro 15000c

By Andy Gordon / Published:

KYOCERA Document Solutions America, Inc., one of the world’s leading document solutions companies, today previewed the TASKalfa Pro 15000c, in an exclusive exhibit at the 2018 KYOCERA Innovate dealer conference in Orlando, Florida. The TASKalfa Pro 15000c represents Kyocera’s inaugural product entry into the high-speed cut sheet inkjet market. With print speeds at 150 pages per minute in A4 (146 pages per minute Letter), regardless of media type, this full-color production inkjet printing system delivers unparalleled quality and reliability. Ideally suited for Print Service Providers and customers looking to run medium to large volume jobs in-house, the TASKalfa Pro 15000c delivers the necessary functionality at an attractive price point.

Konica Minolta Debuts Continuous Feed Inkjet Solution

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Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta,) a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that it will unveil the latest offerings in its long line of market-leading production printing devices for the commercial print industry – the WEBjet 200D and WEBjet100D continuous feed inkjet presses – at the inkjet Summit 2018 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, April 9-11.

Inkjet for Catalogs and Magazines – What Matters?

By Andy Gordon / Published:

Offset printing satisfies the majority of the production requirements for both catalogs and magazines. As marketers seek to increase ROI, you can start to make the case for shorter runs, versioning, hyper-localization, and personalization and then inkjet printing starts to become interesting.

Inkjet for Marketing Collateral – What Matters?

By Andy Gordon / Published:

While the conversion of marketing collateral from offset to digital may not be high, the value for digitally printed collateral is often much higher than other applications, typically driven by shorter run lengths, versioning and personalization. This has created excellent revenue opportunities for commercial printers who specialize in this area.

Essential Consulting Services – Part 2

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Part two in the series “Essential Services” by Andrew Gordon will discuss activities to drive customer acceptance and revenue including testing, certifications, and business development. There are a lot of services that go into getting an inkjet implementation up and running smoothly. Planning for them in advance helps to avoid surprises and take advantage of OEM buying incentives.

Essential Consulting Services – Part 1

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Andrew Gordon discusses the range of services to consider before, during and after a production inkjet implementation that will help to ensure your success with inkjet in the shortest time. (Part 1 of 2 in series)