Articles By Ralf Schlozer

Ralf Schlozer is Independent Print Analyst. Ralf provides analysis, sizing and forecasting the market for digital printing technologies and associated applications and business processes. Connect with Ralf on LinkedIn

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September 15, 2022

RISO’s 20 Years of Production Inkjet

RISO has a long history in inkjet printing, however serving lower volume bands, the offerings for production print are sometimes overlooked. This article looks at the latest devices, their positioning and usage cases.
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August 18, 2022

Inkjet for Online Printers – Part II

Part 2 of this article will look at the considerations to be made when adopting inkjet at online print and some feedback from online printers using inkjet today.
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August 11, 2022

Inkjet for Online Printers

Online printing is a major growth segment and inkjet printing and online printers should be a marriage made in heaven. Still, there are few inkjet solutions installed at typical online printers so far. Part 1 of the article will look at the current state of adoption and the strategic fit for inkjet
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July 20, 2022

Fujifilm Acquiring Unigraphica

With Fujifilm acquiring Unigraphica AG the company is setting their eyes on becoming a leading provider of inkjet integration services based on the technology developed by Fujifilm and the expertise of Unigraphica in bespoke inkjet solutions.
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June 30, 2022

Inkjet in Corrugated – Gaining Traction

Inkjet in corrugated has been a success story. However, the pandemic did impact press installations noticeably. Suppliers are enhancing their product portfolio now and the outlook is bright as the demand for corrugated remains strong.
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June 22, 2022

Setting Records – Kodak Prosper 7000 Turbo

It has been a while since an inkjet press manufacturer raised the bar for the print speed, now Kodak set a new record with the Prosper 7000 Turbo. At an event in Dayton press and customers had a chance to see the device, judge the output and gain more insight into Kodak’s portfolio and strategy.
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May 26, 2022

Bobst: Building a Digital Strategy

Bobst has been widely in the news recently when the Digital Master Series was launched. While it is an interesting product by itself it gives a valuable insight into Bobst’s product and technology strategy.
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May 17, 2022

Free Whitepaper – Improving TCO and Customer Satisfaction with Inkjet

This 12 page white paper covers the many ways that priming and coatings for inkjet reduce the total cost of ownership and improve product satisfaction for press buyers and their customers.
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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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