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Cool Stuff: Inkjet as Unique as a Unicorn

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Unicorn Graphics began in New York as a humble calendar printer in 1985 and has expanded into a multi-million-dollar creative print company offering a wide array of printed products.Looking beyond inkjet technology as a print service, Unicorn Graphics is bringing product, and product customization, to market using material which we don’t normally don’t think about printing on. Get ready to see some cool stuff.

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Cool Stuff: Inkjet Makes a Grand Entry

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Inkjet has entered our homes in many ways. From flooring and wallpaper to tile and upholstery, inkjet print technology has touched just about every point in our personal lives. There seems to be no limit to the ability to personalize the interior of our homes and make them one of a kind. But, why limit the personal touch to the interior?

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New Year, New Opportunities with 3D Scanning

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The METIS 3D Scanner creates opportunities for designers and printers think outside the box and expand creative applications for all print markets. Being able to reproduce 3D texture reproductions with existing UV printing equipment or providing scanning services for CGI/PBR (computer-generated imagery/physical based rendering) applications allows designers to not only visualize but customize and develop 3D patterns.

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Mary’s Wish List: Scanner to Replicate 3D Textured Objects

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One of the fastest-growing applications in wide-format and industrial printing is textures, and while a lot has been written about how these kinds of materials are printed, typically using UV flatbed wide-format printers, not much has been said about the front end of the required process when developing inkjet imaged home décor such as flooring and window covering.

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Media Considerations for Digital Print

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Mary Schilling will be presenting on Media Considerations for Digital Print as part of the 2-day Brand United, Digital Printing for Professionals. The session will be delivered in Dallas on Thursday October 24 at 9:30 a.m. as part of the 2019 Printing United event. See the full session description and receive a free attendee code from Inkjet Insight.

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Solimar Systems Announces ReadyPDF Module

By Mary Schilling / Published:

Solimar Systems announced the addition of a new module,  ReadyPDF™, to their existing robust suite of variable data document processing tools. This tool is very relevant in a production inkjet environment. Print organizations who accept large variable text and image files commonly find that improperly prepared PDF files can process slowly, choke, or error out, slowing overall production because of file element and structure issues within the PDF

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Primary Ink Management = Savings

By Mary Schilling / Published:

Many printers practice ink management by limiting combined process inks (CMYK and +) through a color profiling process. TAC adjustment can help control ink costs, drying, curl and paper cockle by limiting the overall volume of ink printed. Let’s talk about how to find the the percentage value of a color at which we no longer gain any color value by adding ink.

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Inkjet TechWalks at Print19

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InkjetInsight will be the host and tour leader for Expanding Opportunities with Inkjet Print19 TechWalks, Friday, October 4th at 11:30 am on the show floor theater. Enjoy a leisurely stroll …

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Screen Announces New Label Press

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Release Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Press release from the issuing company SCREEN Graphic Solutions Co., Ltd. (SCREEN GA) has finalized development of its new Truepress Jet L350UV SAI inkjet …

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Inkjet Paper at your Fingertips

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Developed from the “fibers up”, Inkjet Insight Paper Finder is an easy to use web application for searching inkjet paper availability from US and International paper mills. Each paper listed …

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Understanding Ream Labels

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You may already know that the TAPPI roll label is a very important item to review and retain, but did you know that the label on cut sheet reams and cartons holds the same valuable information?

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Measuring Paper Against Expectations

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Companies evaluating paper for suitability for their inkjet environment have different expectations. What is most important to you and your customers: gamut, show-through, small text clarity, mottle, coalescence, edge clarity, or are they all important? Do you get the data you need to see how a paper performs in these areas on your press?

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6 Sensible Steps for Diversifying your Inkjet Book of Business

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Inkjet is having an impact on every segment of the print market. While adoption has been slower in some segments than others, the need for inkjet presses to stay running has caused a ripple effect across segments. Many print organizations who invest in inkjet quickly seek to diversify their book of business in order to fill their inkjet presses, minimize marginal running costs and maximize revenue.

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Inkjet Insight and Group JOOS Present

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Mary Schilling will be in Belgium next week presenting to a mixed audience of creative and production professionals hosted by Group JOOS Unlimited Digital Solutions.  Group JOOS are experts in converting big data into hyper-individualized cross marketing communication through digital, print and augmented reality. We are excited to announce this year’s program will be held at the Roosekes Breem Venue on June 4, 2019, focusing on “Better Match-Better Return through Cross Marketing and Inkjet Printing through Inkjet Insight’s Great 8 Program

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Combating Coated Paper

By Mary Schilling / Published:

Coated papers being more expensive, we expect higher quality from the printed piece. Gloss coated, which holds the ink high on the surface, will show any defect from inconsistent pre-coating, print head jetting and even inconsistent paper coating. Note that, even though we may not see a difference in surface coating, offset coated papers can come with inconsistencies that originate at the paper mill. If coating is not evenly applied across the entire paper machine, the roll or ream you receive will print and dry differently than the one before.

Inkjet Designers: Think Before you Click

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There’s more at stake than pretty print – files that are inefficient, or just plain bad cost a lot of people time and money. Designing for inkjet comes with great responsibility – are you ready? Or should we find you a radioactive spider?

Inkjet Success and the Great Eight

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To successfully integrate inkjet into your print workflow, focus on 8 key elements to create a clearer path to success. Whether you are in high speed, industrial or packaging, the Great Eight will empower a process, reduce production preparation and down time and pave the way to on-board projects with more profitability.

Shift Happens… Visual Expectations

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Shift can happen anywhere in the printing process, but if the process is set up with visual expectations which can’t possibly be matched, the process is set up for disappointment. Here’s how to help internal and external designers create files with a better understanding of Machine, Ink and Media or MIM.