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May 12, 2022

Opening Opportunities – The Latest Inkjet in Folding Carton Print

Folding carton offers a huge opportunity for inkjet printing, yet the market is barely being addressed. This article will look at the inkjet press options available and future options being developed.
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May 5, 2022

Coating and Varnishing for Inkjet

Coating & varnishing can add value to a print and is often used in commercial print. However, adoption in inkjet still lags. This articles looks at the reasons behind, changes in adoption and markets for growth.
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April 7, 2022

In-Line Control for Inkjet

In-line quality control is a important step to automate print production and for short run inkjet printing it is especially crucial to minimise waste and interruptions. The article looks at strategies for in-line control options and gives an outlook.
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March 17, 2022

Is Inkjet Environmentally Unfriendly?

The focus on sustainability is gathering steam among consumers, print buyers and other organisations involved. The more surprising it is to see digital printing, specifically inkjet, being labelled not environmentally friendly by the Royal Mail.
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February 24, 2022

Heliosonic: Inkjet Without Nozzles

Heliosonic proposes an inkjet process without nozzles in which a laser induces the jetting of drops. The advantage is that all kinds of inks can be used, from standard offset inks to specialty, functional inks.
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February 3, 2022

Gutenberg One – The Book of One Produced on Site

A professionally finished single book printed on location can be an attractive proposal for consumers. The Gutenberg One, a fully self-contained print & finishing solution, sets out to fulfill this promise.
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January 20, 2022

Europe: Looking Back at 2021 and Forward to 2022

2021 was not quite what we expected, with paper shortages, transport issues, and cost increases disrupting the industry. Ralf Schlözer offers some lessons learned by the European printing industry and how to take advantage of them as we move into 2022.
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January 6, 2022

Going Green with Plant-Based Ink from Ricoh

Ricoh launched a plant-based ink, promising strong environmental benefits. The ink is available for integrators in packaging print and other markets.
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December 16, 2021

Inkjet Packaging Print in 2021

A wrap-up of the most important inkjet press launches for label & packaging applications in 2021
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December 8, 2021

Virtual Packaging: Expanding Their Market with Cutsheet Inkjet

Virtual Packaging demonstrates how a company can grow and expand its business with cut-sheet inkjet technology. With the investment in a Landa S10 the company was able to move into short run packaging production and expand into graphic arts applications.
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November 30, 2021

NEOS – Custom Inkjet Integration Made in Italy

Inkjet integrators are seldom in the limelight of the inkjet industry, yet they provide crucial solutions to customers in all industry. This article presents NEOS from Italy, a provider of custom inkjet solutions for wood décor, packaging and metal print.
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November 10, 2021

Optimizing the Book Supply Chain

BoD offers true book-of-one production with roll-fed inkjet and a dedicated online portal for authors and publishers. Moving the production site allows even for next day delivery to all book shops in Germany.
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October 19, 2021

The VariJET 106 Arrives for Short-Run Folding Carton Print

Ralf Schlozer covers the press launch of the VariJET 106

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October 5, 2021

Cimpress Takes a Strategic Approach to Inkjet Investment 

Examining the strategic value of the multi-site Cimpress inkjet deal with Canon and the co-existence of inkjet, toner and offset.
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September 2, 2021

Inkjet Players and Development Trends in the Label Market

A look at 3 categories of inkjet label printers: low volume, mid-high volume, and hybrid with an overview of the key players in each of these groups.
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August 24, 2021

Where Does Inkjet Fit in the Digital Label Market?

The first in a two part series looking at trends and technology driving the digital label market.
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August 17, 2021

From Fuji Xerox to Fujifilm

FUJIFILM Business Innovation is set to become a major digital printing player – watch the transition unfold.
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August 3, 2021

Fujifilm: Higher Speed JetPress, Flex Pack and More

The secret to the JPress/JetPress speed updates, flex pack solutions, Xbar and integration service updates from Fujifilm’s recent virtual exhibit.
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July 27, 2021

Propelled by the Pandemic: Inkjet in Book Printing

A look at the inkjet book printing market and publishing workflow in the book market with examples from CPI Group, Wiley, Canon and HP.
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June 29, 2021

Inkjet in Flexible Packaging – Part 2

A deep dive on a diverse group of low to mid-range and high volume inkjet solutions for flexible packaging.

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