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September 22, 2021

Understanding Brand Colors & Inkjet – Webinar Replay

People tend to take strong positions on brand colors, how to match them and how closely to match them. Not all of those positions are based on facts, and even those who think they are relying on facts may be citing poorly constructed, or out of context research. If you want your color strategy based on facts watch this webinar.
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August 31, 2021

Color Management is Not Just About Color- Part 2 Drying & Curing

The next installment in the components color management takes a look at drying and curing and their impact on print quality.
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August 25, 2021

Wide Open Color

Mike Todryk speaks to those who say “We don’t need no stinkin’ color standards. We want wide open color!”
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August 18, 2021

Why Do You Want Priming and Coating?

Should you consider priming and post-coating to enhance inkjet print? Here’s what you need to know.
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August 11, 2021

Color Management is Not Just About Color – Uniformity

Inkjet for commercial and industrial printing are mostly using aqueous or UV ink. They may be jetting on media surfaces from metals, synthetics, plastics, glass and of course paper based substrates.
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July 28, 2021

Nozzle Correction for Image Quality

Since inkjet printing uses arrays of nozzles to precisely jet ink, the effect of blocked or deviating nozzles is one of the biggest barriers to quality. Learn how different systems approach the problem.
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June 9, 2021

Why Standards Are Important in Inkjet

Printing to standards doesn’t necessarily mean printing to ISO standards – but you do need standards to follow.
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June 8, 2021

GIS Atlas™ IQ Tools – Intelligent Software Solutions for Modern Industrial Inkjet Printers

Simon Edwards of Global Inkjet Systems, talks about the Atlas Image Quality (IQ) tools for image optimization and system performance management.
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May 18, 2021

Offset vs. Inkjet- Part 3 – Controlling the Pain Points

This article focuses on a challenge unique to inkjet presses, the jet-out. However, while offset does not experience jet-outs, it does experience ink voids in the form of hickies and picking.
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May 4, 2021

Offset vs. Inkjet- Part 3 – Measuring Uniformity

Remember our comparison environment from the previous post on graininess? This time we compare uniformity challenges for inkjet and offset.
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April 27, 2021

Offset vs. Inkjet- Measuring Print Defects For Perspective

The first in a series taking a measured approach to comparing offset and inkjet print quality.
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April 8, 2021

Should Inkjet Be Compared to Commercial Print?

Mary does a bake off with a 200 lpi sheet-fed offset press against a continuous aqueous pigment inkjet press. She measures when she bakes.
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April 7, 2021

Effects of Paper on Brand Colors

Real world look at the impact of paper color on inkjet-produced brand colors from IWCO Direct.
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March 16, 2021

Understanding Media Qualification – Replay

Our March Inkjet Explainer tackles that fundamental factor of inkjet life – media qualification. How do you get from a paper that is “approved” by your OEM to finding something right for jobs on your press?
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November 23, 2020

Color Management and Shiny Things

As inkjet expands into more demanding markets it’s time to demand more from your color management tools.
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August 5, 2020

Why Business Color Won’t Cut It for Transaction Print

Direct mailers are heavily invested in inkjet. In the US 42% of direct mail page volume runs on inkjet – that’s only 6% behind offset and growing. Now, commercial printers
January 29, 2020

Profiling with Primers and Coatings

In the previous post How to Make an Inkjet Sandwich I talked about the potential different ways that ink can react to a substrate when used in combination with other fluids such as primers or post-coatings. Those interactions make it critical to optimize all the fluids for your entire process, prior to linearization and profiling, to avoid print defects such as color to color bleed and coalescence.
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January 13, 2020

New Year, New Opportunities with 3D Scanning

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.
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January 7, 2020

Inkjet Insight Production Inkjet Market Survey on Print Quality Measurement and Paper Qualification

Our latest research surveys production inkjet users on  requirements for print quality measurement when qualifying papers for use on inkjet presses and their satisfaction with OEM services related to meeting those requirements. Executive summary available to all. Premium members can download 18 page report.
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December 3, 2019

Mary’s Wish List: Scanner to Replicate 3D Textured Objects

One of the fastest-growing applications in wide-format and industrial printing is textures, and while a lot has been written about how these kinds of materials are printed, typically using UV flatbed wide-format printers, not much has been said about the front end of the required process when developing inkjet imaged home décor such as flooring and window covering.

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