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Canon Doubles Down on Commercial Print with VarioPRINT iX

By Elizabeth Gooding / Published:

With the introduction of two new VarioPPRINT iX models, Canon is focused squarely on the needs of general commercial printers for high image quality on a wide media range and flexibility to run mixed media jobs at full speed. Canon will continue to market and support the current VarioPrint+ iSeries in the appropriate markets along with the new VarioPRINT iX Series. The new devices will be ready to ship in July 2020. See overview and supporting white paper.

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Connecting in Quarantine – Pat McGrew

By Elizabeth Gooding / Published:

We continue our profiles in quarantine series with intrepid traveler, Pat McGrew. It seems to me that Pat is almost always on the road, but she too is doing her part by staying home and staying safe. Pat is sharing her home time with the fuzzy beneficiaries of Pat being grounded – her dogs. She has some thoughts about taking care of yourself and taking care of your business.

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Change in the High Volume Inkjet Printing Industry

By Pete Basiliere / Published:

Pete Basiliere spoke with two users of high volume inkjet presses about the issues they encountered when migrating from analog or other digital technologies to inkjet. Edmundo Ortiz and Brian Dicker offered very different answers to the same question: What advice do you have for someone considering inkjet printing?

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Quarantine ala Ritarossi

By Elizabeth Gooding / Published:

Next up in our profiles in quarantine is Lois Ritarossi who has been staying safe in Washington D.C. and showing off her cooking skills. She wants to make sure that printers are communicating continuously with their employees and customers.

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Community Building in the COVID Economy

By Elizabeth Gooding / Published:

MindFire established the COVID-19 Print Group on LinkedIn to provide a forum for printers to help each other share volumes, information and advice as more states issue Stay at Home policies and organizations are forced to close leaving clients without service. In three days membership has grown from zero to nearly 800 members.

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Learning from Living in Lockdown – Mark Bale

By Elizabeth Gooding / Published:

As we continue our series on Profiles in Quarantine, we visit Mark Bale who covers the most super-techy topics on Inkjet Insight that use math above my pay grade. Mark is based in UK which this week announced necessary, but very restrictive, measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. UK is under lockdown with residents instructed to stay indoors except for essential services and subject to fines for violating guidelines.

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Can In-Plants Change Workflow without Change Management?

By Lois Ritarossi / Published:

Successful inkjet production means transforming the workflow. Defining new workflows that deliver the right information in the preferred format to the right person at the right time – and track it at each step in the production and delivery process using your new equipment requires hard work and leadership. Lois Ritarossi suggests key steps to evaluate and guidance on change management and leadership in workflow redesign.

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A Different Kind of Profile – Amy Hahn

By Elizabeth Gooding / Published:

Usually when we talk about profiles here, we’re talking about paper and color profiles. Today, we’re going for a different kind of colorful by profiling the people behind the scenes here at Inkjet Insight and how we are managing through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since we’re all in this together, let’s get to know who we’re in it with, starting with Amy Hahn our editor and social media coordinator who is based in Minnesota, USA.

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Cool Stuff: Inkjet as Unique as a Unicorn

By Mary Schilling / Published:

Unicorn Graphics began in New York as a humble calendar printer in 1985 and has expanded into a multi-million-dollar creative print company offering a wide array of printed products.Looking beyond inkjet technology as a print service, Unicorn Graphics is bringing product, and product customization, to market using material which we don’t normally don’t think about printing on. Get ready to see some cool stuff.

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Single Pass Inkjet – More than a One-Hit Wonder

By Mark Bale / Published:

The uses of inkjet have grown steadily over the last two decades, taking in 2D, 2.5D and 3D applications. The improvement in productivity throughout has been made possible by increasing levels of technical wizardry. Nowhere is this demonstrated better than for our well-known production printers, which are very, very clever boxes of tricks

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HP Brilliant Pre-drupa Announcement

By Elizabeth Gooding / Published:

This week HP provided a pre-drupa peek at the HP PageWide Web Press T250 HD and new Brilliant InkTM that will be added to its inkjet portfolio this year. Learn about the new capabilities of the device, available before the end of 2020, and how they compare to other devices already in the market from Canon, Ricoh and Screen.

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RIPs for Industrial Inkjet – Part 2

By Elizabeth Gooding / Published:

In the Industrial Inkjet segment, requirements to make ink and print heads compatible with industrial surfaces also leads to special requirements for the related Raster Image Processors or RIPs solutions. Let’s drill down on the special requirements for industrial RIPs.

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More to Ask for in Your Inkjet Digital Front End

By Pat McGrew / Published:

If you run light production equipment, you may not have given much thought to the Digital Front End of your printing device. There is no industry standard for what a DFE should encompass, or even a widely agreed set of guidelines. And, while you may have a choice of features and even vendors for the DFE, there hasn’t been much discussion of what should come next. What should you be asking for and when should you expect it?

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In-Plants: Educate your Customers

By Lois Ritarossi / Published:

Do your customers know everything you can do for them? Education drives ideas and new applications. In-plants that are growing take the time to educate their customers about all their capabilities by hosting events and taking on marketing to educate and demonstrate the benefits of print to solve business and communication needs.

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What to Ask for in your Inkjet Digital Front End

By Pat McGrew / Published:

There is no industry standard for what should be included in a digital front end, and there is no universal template that guides how much control the inkjet DFE should expose to an operator to permit changes in how a job will be processed. As we enter the 2020s, this is something that should change. It’s time for the buyers of inkjet presses to identify their expectations, list the features that make a difference to their operation, and categorize the challenges they may have with their current DFE.

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The Intersection of Inkjet and 3D Printing

By Pete Basiliere / Published:

What comes to mind when you think of inkjet printing? Do you think of substrates (papers, textiles, electronics)? Do you think of two dimensional applications (direct mail, books, ceramics)? Or do you think in three dimensions (displays, jet engines, medical implants)? Why not 3D?

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New Year, New Opportunities with 3D Scanning

By Mary Schilling / Published:

The METIS 3D Scanner creates opportunities for designers and printers think outside the box and expand creative applications for all print markets. Being able to reproduce 3D texture reproductions with existing UV printing equipment or providing scanning services for CGI/PBR (computer-generated imagery/physical based rendering) applications allows designers to not only visualize but customize and develop 3D patterns.