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Nov. 20, 2017

What’s the Best Drying Option? – Video

We asked Mike Herold, Director of Global Marketing for Ricoh Inkjet Solutions, “how can customers figure out the best drying option for their application?” Mike gave a succinct overview of Ricoh’s approach to tailoring drying technology on their various devices and a nice breakdown of how different drying options work.
Nov. 16, 2017

How Media Affects Perceived Resolution

Print manufacturers include print resolution in their machine specs. It is usually shown as dots per inch (DPI) e.g. 600 x 600 or 1200 x 1200, but you may also see different amounts for the process and cross process directions e.g.  600 x 480, particularly with high speed continuous devices.
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Nov. 10, 2017

Marco Boer – Apples, Oranges & Inkjet Specs – Video

Marco Boer of I.T. Strategies discusses specifications that actually tell you something about inkjet print quality – so, yes to gray levels and not-so-much on DPI and number of nozzles.
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Nov. 06, 2017

David Murphy on Inkjet Printed Magazines and Catalogs – Video

We asked David Murphy, Worldwide Marketing Director for HP PageWide Industrial Division to share his thoughts on market readiness for inkjet printed magazines and catalogs. He gave us some interesting
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Nov. 02, 2017

Canon Production Inkjet Print Head Strategy – Video

Crit Driessen, Vice President Strategy and Alliances, Océ Printing Systems discusses Canon’s print head strategy for enhancing print resolution and overall print quality while managing ink costs in production. Sponsored Content
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Oct. 31, 2017

The Importance of Inkjet Coatings and Fluids – Video

We asked Mike Herold, Director Global Marketing, Production Inkjet Technologies at RICOH to share his insight on how the company is approaching investments in inks, coatings and fluids and what
Oct. 30, 2017

Careful Consideration of Anilox Pre-Coating Systems for Inkjet

Anilox coating systems apply a precisely measured and consistent level of coating to a printed surface. The process uses an anilox roll, which is a hard cylinder with metal core
Oct. 20, 2017

Inkjet for Direct Marketing Print– What Matters?

The market for direct marketing print is a good news – bad news story. Bad news: according to the Direct Marketing Association and the USPS, the volume of direct mail
Oct. 10, 2017

What Inkjet Specifications Can Tell You

…and what they can’t. I posted an open letter to inkjet OEMs last week and got some feedback on the specifications people find most important when comparing production inkjet technology.
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Oct. 04, 2017

Marco Boer on Inkjet Print Head Technologies – Video

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Sep. 19, 2017

Action at a Distance: Inkjet’s Original Sin

Inkjet printing is action at a distance. A convulsion of the piezo or a belch in the silicon chamber causes a droplet the size of a millionth of a teardrop[1]
Aug. 28, 2017

Components of Inkjet Print Quality

What determines production inkjet print quality? This is a complex question which can’t be answered by simply looking at the published spec sheet for a device. Many OEM’s tout higher
Aug. 10, 2017

Transaction, Transpromo, Transitional Printing – What Matters?

Transaction print, transpromo and transitional print are all ways of talking about segments of the production print market that produce statements, invoices, letters, notices and other important customer communications. The
Aug. 01, 2017

Inkjet Book Printing – What Matters?

Discussion of the key performance indicators (KPIs) and segment definitions that matter when evaluating equipment for inkjet book printing.
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Jul. 17, 2017

Understanding the Gray Areas of Inkjet – Grayscale

Often people discuss inkjet print quality in terms of dots per inch and the number of colors available, but this is just a small slice of what goes into the discussion of print quality. To get at the heart of quality in the age of ever smaller print heads with more densely packed nozzles, we need to look at the gray areas. Join us for a discussion of grayscale.
Jun. 01, 2017

Understanding Linearization

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May. 03, 2017

Proper Packaging of Design Files

Design files can be pretty complex. A typical file could contain hundreds or thousands of detailed elements such as font families, lines, vignettes plus drawn and linked elements such as logos and photos. These may be created in multiple formats housing extremely detailed dither and color data. Designers sometimes go to painstaking detail to create a particular effect.
May. 01, 2017

Setting Paper Evaluation Requirements

Before you start any paper trials, know what you’re finished product goals will be and design your trial around them. Paper evaluation needs to consider a broad array of issues beyond compatibility with a specific device. If you don’t consider the big picture, you can waste a lot of time testing papers or miss out on opportunities to save money and improve quality.
May. 01, 2017

RFPs, RFIs, RFQs and Cutting to the Chase

An in-house print operation at a large insurance organization may have very different requirements for soliciting bids for large equipment purchases than a privately-held, mid-sized printing firm.
Apr. 27, 2017

Understanding the TAPPI Roll Identifier

TAPPI is the technical arm of the American Pulp and Paper Association. They are an ANSI-Certified Standards development organization, and one of the standards that they have developed is the

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