How Media Affects Perceived Resolution

By Mary Schilling / Published:

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.

Inkjet Economics – Operating Costs – Part 2 of 3

By Elizabeth Gooding / Published:

When looking at a big ticket item like a production inkjet device, the one with the lowest price may seem like the best choice. The cost of the machine is the big number (the race car) that will play the smallest role in total cost of ownership. It’s the operating costs that can make or break your return on investment.

What Inkjet Specifications Can Tell You

By Elizabeth Gooding / Published:

…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. …

Components of Inkjet Print Quality

By Mary Schilling / Published:

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 …

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Understanding the Gray Areas of Inkjet – Grayscale

By Elizabeth Gooding / Published:

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.

Understanding Linearization

By Mary Schilling / Published:

The key to print quality and color management is controlling the migration of the ink into the paper. The size of the drops jetted along with the pattern which forms upon contact …

RFP Checklist – Software Requirements

By Elizabeth Gooding / Published:

Software requirements are critical to getting the most out of an inkjet solution. We recommend doing a thorough SW analysis before investing in hardware. Premium members can access the Inkjet Insight Software Requirements Worksheet here.

Proper Packaging of Design Files

By Mary Schilling / Published:

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.

Understanding the TAPPI Roll Identifier

By Mary Schilling / Published:

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 …

RFP Checklist: Production Inkjet Requirements

By Elizabeth Gooding / Published:

Before you can effectively research your production inkjet options, you need to consider the features that are most important. That, of course, is dependent on the volumes you need to support, the types of applications those volumes represent and whether those volumes are existing business that needs to be transitioned or new business for your organization.

Understanding the “Two-Sided” Effect

By Mary Schilling / Published:

Have you ever completed a custom profile of your paper to only find out that when printed, one side looks darker than the other? You may notice that the ink densities are different, but may also see a visual color and perhaps a mottle, line and text clarity difference.

Setting Customer Expectations with a Fingerprint

By Elizabeth Gooding / Published:

One challenge that companies new to inkjet face is to move customers from a model where they control paper buying to one where they are expected to choose from a list of approved papers. Another challenge is to get customers to send files that are designed appropriately for the paper selected and the device it will be produced on. One tool that can help with both of these challenges is what is known as a fingerprint file.

Stripes, Solids and Banding – Cross-Process Density

By Mary Schilling / Published:

Stripes can be a wonderful design element, but when we see stripes when printing solids, we might call that “banding.” In inkjet terminology, it is more correctly referred to as “cross-process density shift” which is a bit of a mouthful.