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September 21, 2023

LabelExpo 2023: Launches and Trends – Part 1

LabelExpo is the leading event for label printing and the 2023 edition, after a 4-year break, had several interesting launches. Part 1 of the article will focus on the standalone and hybrid inkjet label presses and some other packaging inkjet presses that sneaked in.
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August 31, 2023

Inkjet Shopping Guide – Label Presses – Part 3: Hybrid

Primarily in the high end of the market are found hybrid inkjet / analogue presses that can provide economic and productivity benefit over either stand-alone technology in the right scenario.
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August 23, 2023

Inkjet Shopping Guide – Label Presses – Part 2

Inkjet label presses come in different sizes and from a raft of different vendors, making selecting a device challenging. This article focuses on mid-to high-volume printers and will be followed by a third instalment on hybrid presses, which combine inkjet and analogue print.
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August 10, 2023

Inkjet Shopping Guide: Label Presses – Part 1

Labels are a large and growing market for inkjet presses with more than 25 suppliers serving the market. The buyer’s guide for label presses discusses segments, major decision criteria, and products currently on offer by segment. Part 1 introduces the main segments and printers available in the entry-level segment.
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July 11, 2023

Using B2 inkjet flexibility for packaging print

B2 inkjet presses can be a relatively cost-efficient way for moving into packaging print. The flexibility of the presses does allow for commercial and packaging print. User feedback shows that these presses can be successfully used for packaging or mixed environments.
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June 29, 2023

Inkjet on Metal

One fascinating property of inkjet is its ability to print on almost any substrate – with the right inks and transport as a prerequisite. Metal is not the newest substrate for inkjet, however, mainstream adoption is just about to start.
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June 21, 2023

Scanning head versus fixed array inkjet

At FESPA 2023 in Munich, more than four halls of exhibits demonstrated the wide choice of scanning head inkjet printing available.
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May 4, 2023

Optimising inkjet paper supply with autosplicers

With inkjet moving into high quality, commercial print the prerequisites have changed. Faster speeds trigger more roll changes. Frequent paper changes and high productivity requirements call for automated solutions.
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April 25, 2023

Inline Quality Control for Inkjet

High end inkjet printers are increasingly addressing commercial print and high-end mailing markets, where print quality and consistency are paramount. Inline quality control systems can assure high print quality and additionally provide a quicker start-up and fewer manual interventions.
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April 12, 2023

Koenig & Bauer in Inkjet

This article aims at providing an overview of the current activities of Koenig & Bauer in inkjet printing.
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March 15, 2023

2023 Inkjet Shopping Guide for Flexible Packaging Presses

This shopping guide is intended to give a high-level overview of flexible packaging presses available or announced.
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March 6, 2023

Hunkeler innovationdays 2023 – inkjet reaching maturity

The Hunkeler Innovationdays event evolved from an open house for web finishing into what is arguably the most important event for high volume digital printing.
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February 28, 2023

2023 Inkjet Shopping Guide for Corrugated Presses Part 2: Pre-Print Plus

Continuing our coverage of inkjet for corrugated, the second part in this shopping guide offers a high-level overview of the corrugated post-print devices available plus a few alternative approaches to corrugated print.
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February 21, 2023

2023 Inkjet Shopping Guide for Post-Print Corrugated Presses

High-volume production inkjet is still relatively new to the corrugated printing industry. However, the choices are already plentiful. This shopping guide is intended to give a high-level overview of the corrugated post-print devices available.
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February 14, 2023

Opportunities with single-pass dimensional inkjet print

Several companies offer tactile embellishment systems already and the market interest has been quite high. However, as multi-pass systems, they require some time to build up sufficient thickness.
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January 31, 2023

A closer look at the Landa S10P press

The Landa technology has captivated users since the first technology presentation. As with most new technology introductions, the roll-out has been slower than anticipated. An open house at Groupe Prenant gives an excellent opportunity for a technology update and learning from user experience.
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January 24, 2023

MGI AlphaJET: changing the paper transport game

The MGI AlphaJET is a B1 inkjet print, embellish and finishing press. Unique is the sheet transport relying on trays and electromagnetic linear motors. This article looks at the status of the press, the first customers and potential future developments.
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January 5, 2023

Powerdrop – not the usual inkjet

Powerdrop is a new process of jetting fluids on a surface. The process allows jetting large amounts of viscous fluids, which is opening up a range of new applications.
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December 15, 2022

Label & Packaging Inkjet in 2022

This article provides a view of the major launches of inkjet label and packaging presses in 2022 and how installation fared in 2022.
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December 8, 2022

Kento Hybrid: a new player for corrugated inkjet

Kento, a new player in press manufacturing plans to shake up the corrugated print market with a new hybrid concept, combining inkjet and flexo. This article looks at the press and the opportunities.

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