Articles By Mary Schilling

Mary Schilling is the co-owner of InkjetInsight.com, she writes technical inkjet industry articles, provides RIP and workflow training, manages print quality analysis evaluation, ink management and color management for OEM’s and end users for pre and post machine installs. Mary Schilling consults with paper mills, fluid and inkjet machinery suppliers on how to improve color and print quality for high speed and industrial inkjet involving paper, plastics, metal, fabric and glass with UV and aqueous inkjet fluids. This experience led her to receive Innovator of the Year awards from the Flexographic Technical Association and from Xplor International for her efforts in closing the gap between inkjet printing for document, and digital corrugated packaging. She is the owner of Schilling Inkjet Consulting, Published Author and Certified ColorGate Color Trainer and Distributor. Her latest published works can be found www.thinkforum.com/bookstore

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June 29, 2022

Inkjet Printing with Eyes Wide Open

Having quality issues? Sometimes printheads aren’t the problem. Here are tips for diagnosing common problems before they cost you money.
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February 1, 2022

Color Me Not Impressed – Preparing for Pantone Punt

Pantone discontinuing swatch updates from Adobe color libraries. Get ready. Get set. Get something else. Why this change matters to your inkjet design workflow, and steps you can take now to lock in the value of your existing color libraries for as long as possible.
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October 26, 2021

Understanding Printhead Requirements for Single Pass Applications

Designing an inkjet print process for your inhouse manufacturing? Looking for the right process for your industrial or commercial printing needs? Finding the right printheads for your particular process, product substrate, speed and manufacturing needs can be a daunting process. Print heads are vital to the print quality and process of the printed piece when integrating or developing an inkjet print application.
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October 21, 2021

Digital Unboxing: Packaging Experiences an Innovation Collision

Throughout the industry, from brand identity and messaging to converting and distribution, digital capabilities cause processes in every part of the packaging supply chain to be re-evaluated. Mary Schilling explains how the presence of digital print technology has created stellar opportunities for label, folding carton, and flexible packaging.
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August 31, 2021

Color Management is Not Just About Color- Part 2 Drying & Curing

The next installment in the components color management takes a look at drying and curing and their impact on print quality.
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August 16, 2021

The Toilet Paper Effect

Spare paper? Connect with inkjet printers in need.
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August 11, 2021

Color Management is Not Just About Color – Uniformity

Inkjet for commercial and industrial printing are mostly using aqueous or UV ink. They may be jetting on media surfaces from metals, synthetics, plastics, glass and of course paper based substrates.
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June 24, 2021

Eating Inkjet- Sweet!

Inkjet has moved past the outside packaging and print directly onto edible products. The printing is easy – the ink chemistry is hard.
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May 18, 2021

Offset vs. Inkjet- Part 3 – Controlling the Pain Points

This article focuses on a challenge unique to inkjet presses, the jet-out. However, while offset does not experience jet-outs, it does experience ink voids in the form of hickies and picking.
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May 4, 2021

Offset vs. Inkjet- Part 3 – Measuring Uniformity

Remember our comparison environment from the previous post on graininess? This time we compare uniformity challenges for inkjet and offset.
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April 27, 2021

Offset vs. Inkjet- Measuring Print Defects For Perspective

The first in a series taking a measured approach to comparing offset and inkjet print quality.
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April 8, 2021

Should Inkjet Be Compared to Commercial Print?

Mary does a bake off with a 200 lpi sheet-fed offset press against a continuous aqueous pigment inkjet press. She measures when she bakes.
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February 4, 2021

Impress Without Leaving an Impression

Top reasons why inkjet is better than flexo for corrugated packaging.
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January 21, 2021

Xaar Looking Toward The Future

A candid interview with John Mills of Xaar on strategy and changes to support industrial inkjet integrators and their customers.
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December 1, 2020

Trends in Book Papers

Mary Schilling talks key attributes of book papers and some new paper releases for 2020.
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November 23, 2020

Color Management and Shiny Things

As inkjet expands into more demanding markets it’s time to demand more from your color management tools.
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September 8, 2020

Obsession With Inkjet

Back in 2017, Indie band OK Go, achieved a task like no other. Elaborately choreographing a 4-minute music video using 567 perfectly timed Canon inkjet desktop printers, creating a waterfall
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August 26, 2020

Cool Tools: Bringing You the World of Color

Have you ever wanted to hold a color globe just to systematically navigate between colors and explore how they blend into each other? Have you ever wanted to physically display the color wheels’ gradual relational value from any given color to the next? Inkjet Insight has been on a mission to find Cool Tools which make our lives easier. For printers to prepress and designers, there are tools and innovations which help with the processes or create a better understanding of our creative, colorful world.
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August 4, 2020

Cool Tools 2: Creating Cross-Channel Color Schemes

Being efficient is what digital communication is all about. Helping save time and energy when designing for different media is an industry requirement that can be achieved through knowledge as well as finding cool apps and gadgets for designers.
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July 28, 2020

Cool Tools: Selecting Color Schemes for Print

Whether you are working on direct mail or transaction printing, designing for ease of navigation and to deliver a clear message is just as important as the color scheme or graphics used. Each color carries a message or an emotion and will provoke a response. Choosing the colors to support the intended tone of the mailing is important – particularly when there is a call to action that needs emphasis.

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