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Mar. 05, 2018

Objective Inkjet Measures – Optical Density

This the first in a series of articles by Mary Schilling that will drill down on specific print quality metrics, what they mean, how they are measured and what factors in your printing process can affect them. Optical Density is one of the important quality metrics that can be objectively measured and it can be correlated to a number of other quality metrics.
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Feb. 28, 2018

Ricoh Piezo Print Head Strategy – Video

Another perspective on Piezo. Video ion Ricoh’s selection of piezoelectric print heads for their production inkjet devices. Mike Herold, Director of Global Marketing for Ricoh Inkjet Solutions, provides his quick take on the science behind piezo and how it delivers benefits in the form of reliability and efficiency.
Feb. 23, 2018

Essential Consulting Services – Part 2

Part two in the series “Essential Services” by Andrew Gordon will discuss activities to drive customer acceptance and revenue including testing, certifications, and business development. There are a lot of services that go into getting an inkjet implementation up and running smoothly. Planning for them in advance helps to avoid surprises and take advantage of OEM buying incentives.
Feb. 13, 2018

Essential Consulting Services – Part 1

Andrew Gordon discusses the range of services to consider before, during and after a production inkjet implementation that will help to ensure your success with inkjet in the shortest time. (Part 1 of 2 in series)
Feb. 12, 2018

Commercial Printers Under Pressure

Marco Boer discusses the surprising array of labor and technology trends that are putting pressure on commercial printing enterprises to invest in production inkjet technology. Includes charts, graphs, trends and the insight decoder ring from Marco.
Feb. 07, 2018

Highly Calendered Inkjet Papers – What to Know

Mary Schilling dives into the process for creating inkjet treated, coated and hybrid papers that are treated, yet perform like a coated paper. Some mills describe these as a “coated feel” paper and list them as coated, while others list them as treated (which is technically more accurate.)
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Feb. 05, 2018

Apparent Resolution – what does that even mean?

Contributing author Chris Lynn provides and insightful explanation of “Apparent Resolution”: what it means, how it came to be and whether or not it matters for your application segment when evaluating an inkjet press.
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Jan. 30, 2018

Inkjet for Color Books – HP Perspective (Video)

Video interview with Eric Weisner, General Manager of HP PageWide Industrial. Eric provides an overview of HP in the book market, specifically color books. He describes the market as a “key focus area” for HP and says that HDNA heads were fundamentally designed to be able to produce color books.
Jan. 23, 2018

Hide Your Data. The Hackers are Coming.

Three weeks into 2018 and it’s already been a bad year on the information security front. On January 3rd Google’s Project Zero team reported a security flaw affecting any devices that use chips from Intel, AMD or ARM – which pretty much covers most personal computers, tablets and servers. There are two main vulnerabilities, “Meltdown” and “Spectre” that sound like they were named after Bond villains.
Jan. 22, 2018

How to Make an Inkjet Sandwich

We got a lot of good feedback on Elizabeth’s post on Peanut Butter and Workflow so I thought I would keep the sandwich metaphor going. When using pre-coatings and post-coatings with inkjet, you are creating an inkjet sandwich served on a paper plate. Each layer of the sandwich can make the ink spread and dry unevenly if not managed before profiling, creating a soggy sandwich.
Jan. 18, 2018

Peanut Butter and Workflow

A workflow is a workflow whether or not it is automated. Your process for making a peanut butter sandwich can be a workflow. There are lots of different kinds of software that can be used to automate different processes, and those processes can be considered workflows, but that doesn’t make the software “a workflow solution.” Many excellent software vendors throw a wide array of their software solutions into a big bucket called “print workflow automation” and that makes it a very messy fishing expedition for buyers to find a solution for the particular aspect of a print process that they are trying to automate.
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Jan. 17, 2018

Building End-to-End Data Security into Inkjet – White Paper

The issue of data security is so pervasive that it has moved from an IT and boardroom discussion to become the topic of movies and television shows. More than 7 billion records were exposed through breaches in just the first nine months of 2017, a jump of over 300 percent from the prior year. Five of the top breaches in 2017 were among the largest ten breaches of all time.  With over five million records lost or stolen every day, protecting businesses and consumers from data breaches is a top concern among executives in all industries. While there is a tendency to think of data breaches in terms of the web and digital initiatives, security is no less critical for printing operations.
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Jan. 09, 2018

Inks are the Blood – Video

Marco Boer of I.T. Strategies joins us again for a deep dive into inkjet ink sets (try saying that five times fast). He gives a clear, concise overview of aqueous
Jan. 08, 2018

The Truth About the Digital Color Evolution

It’s been said of the great artist J.M.W. Turner — renowned for pounding out his own colors to create seemingly incandescent oil paintings — that he “painted with tinted steam.” We haven’t reached that point in high-speed production inkjet, but we’ve come a long way since 2007, when the technology was the realm of transactional printers and used primarily for black-and-white applications. (Sponsored Content)
Jan. 02, 2018

Welcome to 2018 – Time Flies as Inkjet Accelerates

Suddenly, it’s a new year. It’s been coming on steadily for 365 days and then “time” happened over night. Those are the tricks that time plays. Many people who had
Dec. 12, 2017

Transactional Images Looking a Bit Ragged?

Traditional transaction documents are turning into “transitional” documents with more personalization, graphics and color. Unfortunately, some of those transactional images are looking a bit ragged.  I’ve started counting the number
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Dec. 08, 2017

Skew the Gamut

Mary Schilling recently wrote about different approaches to matching Pantone colors on production inkjet. We got an interesting note from one of our UK readers, David Albin, who suggested that forcing
Dec. 06, 2017

Can You Print This Pantone Color with Production Inkjet?

“Can You Print This Pantone Color with Inkjet?” This is a question we hear over and over. Not just from customers, but from customer representatives, designers and sales people. And
Nov. 30, 2017

West Linn Inkjet Papers – Going Not Gone

A Good Inkjet Paper Is Hard to Find. Get It While It Lasts. West Linn paper mill will be shutting its doors at the end of 2017. The industry loses
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Nov. 28, 2017

How HP PageWide Industrial was Formed – Video

David Murphy, Worldwide Marketing Director for HP PageWide Industrial Division talks about the strategy and integration that led to the rebranding of HP’s print operations and how this positions them

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