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Canon Solutions America Introduces Book Smart SuiteFebruary 21, 2019
Canon Solutions America’s Book Smart announcement highlights the maturation of the company’s solutions for complex book production requirements on a range of technologies, from sheet-fed to continuous feed, Canon’s PRISMAprepare and PRISMAproduction controllers, Canon equipment or competitors, to a broad range of finishing capabilities.
Biggest Mistakes that Impact Press Availability – VideoFebruary 20, 2019
While there are certainly technology and maintenance issues that impact inkjet production, often it’s as simple as rethinking and modifying an application. Brian Gallipeau, Vice President, Field Service with Canon
Building your own Inkjet Press SolutionFebruary 19, 2019
Building your own inkjet press might seem like a radical approach. Each year brings more options for speed, print resolution, and finished print sizes in both cut-sheet and web-fed formats. For some companies the option of building a custom press provides opportunities for differentiation that are worth considering.
One Slice of One CanonFebruary 14, 2019
Coverage of the One Canon event focused on the Production Print Solutions (PPS) division and specifically the inkjet portfolio within PPS, in the context of the whole Canon pie.
Preparing Your Brain for InkjetFebruary 12, 2019
Regardless of whether you are new to production inkjet or trying to work through production challenges, success often comes with a well-rounded approach that includes filling knowledge gaps and executing critical process steps.
Field Guide to Living with Your Inkjet Press: GhostbustingFebruary 12, 2019
By Pat McGrew Last week I introduced a new series on Living with Your Inkjet Press where I promoted to share some tricks to help you to maintain your inkjet
Rudimentary Color Management with the Munsell Color AtlasFebruary 7, 2019
We are about halfway through the series that leads us to an understanding of CIELAB and how it is used in managing color. In this post John Seymour takes a humorous look at how color could be managed using the Munsell color space, and the limitations that CIELAB can address.
Ghosts in the MachineFebruary 5, 2019
After the trainers leave and before you develop buyer’s remorse, there are tricks to living with your press that will allow you to maintain your inkjet excitement. That is the purpose of this series, starting with this first episode on dealing with ghosts.
Everyone Loves Print SamplesJanuary 31, 2019
Print samples are usually fulfilled as part of the sale process. But what do you do if you are just trying to get your own executives to the table? Here are a couple of options.
The Year Ahead for Catalogs and MagalogsJanuary 28, 2019
The catalog market looks unexpectedly bright for 2019, both due to retail brands embracing direct mail and advances in inkjet technology to meet the needs of this challenging application segment.
2019 Predictions – Part 2January 24, 2019
Inkjet Insight considers developments in the production inkjet market for 2019. This is Part 2 of a series and covers product news that we anticipate throughout the year. Part 1 covered topics including supply chain issues, page volume growth strategies, and new market opportunities.
IoT, Print and Inkjet SecurityJanuary 23, 2019
With the complexity of Internet of Things (IoT) networks expanding and the cost and frequency of breaches climbing, printers must take advantage of every resource to protect their security and their reputations. We discuss 2018 trends in security and print environments including links to research from Ponemon, Aberdeen and Inkjet Insight.
Color-Shift Happens… Understanding Aqueous Ink ChemistryJanuary 22, 2019
Welcome to the latest post in the "Shift Happens" series. In this post, we will focus on aqueous ink chemistry and factors affecting color shift. Knowing the type of ink and understanding its chemistry is just as important as understanding how it reacts to your surface conditions. Find out why.
2019 Inkjet Predictions – Part 1January 15, 2019
Inkjet Insight considers developments in the production inkjet market for 2019. Part 1 covers topics including supply chain issues, page volume growth strategies, and new market opportunities. Part 2 of this series will cover product announcements that we anticipate throughout the year.
Designer’s Guide to Inkjet Meets Dear ClientJanuary 14, 2019
Debora Haskel of IWCO Direct discusses how marketing professionals can get the most value and best results from printers using two recently published resources.
Closure of a GP Paper MillJanuary 11, 2019
Another blow for the publishing marketannounced by Georgia Pacific. GP is closing the communications paper division of its Port Hudson facility, as well as the wood yard, pulp mill and energy complex that support it.
Learning from the Experts in 2018January 8, 2019
One of the great things about being a partner at Inkjet Insight is that I get to talk to really interesting people and, in many cases, capture them on video. Over the course of 2018 we recorded some great advice from industry strategists, OEM execs and companies that have acquired inkjet for a wide range of application types. Here are some highlights.
The Price of Ink and the Cost of Ink are DifferentJanuary 6, 2019
The price of ink and the cost of ink are different. For some applications, paying for a high-end inkjet ink can reduce drying costs, allow production on lower cost papers and streamline workflows by allowing more work to be produced on the same device. Price per liter and true cost are not the same.
Inkjet Insight – 2018 Year in ReviewDecember 12, 2018
This article summarizes the top articles published by Inkjet Insight in 2018 and reviews the progress we have made to fulfill our mission to be the most valuable source of unbiased information for companies evaluating and using production inkjet. We know that there are many exciting announcements coming in 2019 and look forward to sharing in this journey with our community.
Heavy Ink Coverage and Twice the Drying PowerDecember 11, 2018
Printing from the first tower allows ink twice as long to dry helping reduce roller build up and print defects in finishing.
Strategic Technology Stack for Production InkjetDecember 10, 2018
Andy Gordon discusses the strategic role of production inkjet and the importance of developing a technology stack to drive business transformation. He discusses an NPR Freakonomics interview with Ford Motor Company’s CEO, Jim Hackett and the lessons to be learned that can apply to the printing industry.
Two Sides of Coated PaperDecember 4, 2018
If you are using inkjet coated or primed offset coated paper, different papers will have different porosity levels on each side of the sheet.
Color Management of Inkjet Printing on TextilesDecember 3, 2018
I entered this with a fair amount of naivete. I had heard that the romance between inkjet and cloth was just starting to get steamy. The idea of customizable fashion where someone can upload a design and have a dress printed and shipped that day is alluring.
Inkjet Needs Maintenance TooNovember 27, 2018
Like all mechanical printing technologies, inkjet requires maintenance. We often forget that ink and dust build up that happens with conventional printing and toner units can also impact inkjet equipment.
Color- Shift Happens… Know Your WorkflowNovember 26, 2018
Inkjet is data driven. Understanding design to RIP process and documenting is important when it comes to color alignment in your workflow.
Color- Shift Happens… So MeasureNovember 19, 2018
Color shifts can happen, and when it does, it may become unacceptable and even embarrassing when they are visually obvious. For our first segment of our Color Shift Happens series, we will discuss why it is important to add industry proven methods to evaluate color.
Color- Shift HappensNovember 15, 2018
Have you ever received a pdf file which called for bright red or a blue shade, but didn’t print correctly with colors visually different from what the customer was targeting? Shift can happen from paper to paper or from device to device. It can even happen to the same color printed in different areas on the same page in certain conditions. Color shift is any change which is unexpected and doesn’t meet customer expectations.
The Strategic Press DecisionNovember 6, 2018
This article discusses the role of strategic planning in making equipment acquisition decisions and highlights the use of the Ansoff product-market matrix as a tool to help with brainstorming and planning.
US Postal Service Encouraging Variable PrintingNovember 5, 2018
2019 Personalized Color Transpromo Promotion US Postal service is encouraging mailers of color messaging to sign up for the discount mailing promotion. They are offering an upfront postage discount to
EFI’s Earnings Call Highlights NozomiNovember 1, 2018
Most inkjet printer manufacturers are either private (Durst) or part of a larger public company for which inkjet is only an element of their portfolio (HP, Canon, Ricoh, etc), so
Rich Black in Images Shouldn’t Be ScaryOctober 31, 2018
Producing quality rich blacks and image details with inkjet can become a scary task. Learn how to control black details (shadows) by understanding the ink/paper/profile combinations that are spooking your results. Happy Halloween.
The Value in OEM Inkjet InksOctober 31, 2018
Have you ever wondered why it is difficult to find 3rd party ink suppliers for production inkjet devices? Mark Bale discusses the pros and cons of OEM supplied inkjet inks versus 3rd party and the key questions to ask if considering working with 3rd-party ink developers.
Get the Specs and Read ThemOctober 30, 2018
Before signing your inkjet deal, get the specs for power, ceiling height, load-bearing, square footage, humidity and more. You may find that changes need to be made to your environment that add cost and delay installation. Measure (at least) twice before you buy.
Five Things to Do (Better) When Evaluating InkjetOctober 25, 2018
In recent research 97% of senior leaders said that “being strategic” was the leadership behavior most important to their organization’s success. However, a lot of executives don't feel that they have time to be strategic. Inkjet purchases are a ccase excamplewhere strategic intent is often marred by tactical execution. We can do better!
What You Don’t Know About Print Volumes and InkjetOctober 24, 2018
If you want to make good decisions about inkjet, you need to take a long hard look at your entire book of business. This post discusses the common issues that arise when decisions are made without proper analysis of all of a company's print volume - whether they think it can transition to inkjet or not.
Inkjet Ink and its Important AdditivesOctober 19, 2018
Mark Bale provides an overview of the important differences in inkjet ink characteristics that come from various components such as resins, solvents, humectants and surfactants. With an understanding of these components and how OEMs use them to differentiate their inks, you’ll be better informed next time you have a conversation with your supplier.
Total Cost of Paper – TCPOctober 15, 2018
Inkjet Tip of the Week: Understand Total Cost of Paper to compare TCO TCP=Cost per carton weight (delivered) + cost of priming or spot treatment + excess ink usage+ excess drying energy. Papers not formulated for inkjet often use more ink and require additional drying energy. Measure TCP to fully understand TCO - every machine/ink/paper combination is different.
RISO T2 Twin-Engine Cut Sheet OverviewOctober 10, 2018
Overview and analysis of the RISO T2 Twin-Engine Cut Sheet printer scheduled for controlled release later this year with 10 units currently available in the U.S. and general availability in January 2019. Comparison to VarioStream i300 and Delphax elan 500 sheet fed devices.
Inkjet ink – Carrier MattersOctober 2, 2018
Mark Bale provides a deep dive into the differences in the approach to colorant carrier in the main categories of inkjet ink: aqueous, oil, hot-melt and UV curable. Ink chemistry matters and different approaches are better suited to specific applications.
A Tight Paper Market Demands a Disciplined Sourcing StrategyOctober 1, 2018
Karen Weil, Director of Procurement for IWCO Direct, shares her impressions of Inkjet Insight’s market research on paper supply and her approach to securing paper for her client’s projects.
Inkjet Insight at PRINT 18September 28, 2018
Inkjet Insight will be all over PRINT 18. On Monday October 1, at 12:00 authors Elizabeth Gooding and Mary Schilling will have a book signing for the release of the
Inkjet ink – Chemistry MattersSeptember 24, 2018
First in a new series by Mark Bale discussing the topic of inks. This post explains the chemistry and colorant options available in the production print market. Our aim is to give a non-exhaustive insight in to material differences and how they impact print quality and color.
Albert Munsell his Color Space AccomplishmentsSeptember 22, 2018
John Seymour shares a humorous post on the accomplishments of Albert Munsell and his contributions to the field of color management. Provides an overview of the leading sources of color management theory and an approachable way to understand three-dimensional color space.
The Future of Inkjet Printing to 2023 – HighlightsSeptember 21, 2018
Highlights from the latest Smithers Pira report: The Future of Inkjet Printing to 2023 project that the value of the global inkjet market will rise at 9.4% over the next five years. As the global print market transforms, shifts in buyer demands—short runs, versioned and personalized products—and higher quality are aligning with the capabilities of inkjet. This is making it a key focus for technology developers. This analysis shows that inkjet will grow by deepening its penetration into existing markets and exploiting new emergent market opportunities through 2023.
Measuring the Capacity of Your Inkjet Workflow – Part 2September 18, 2018
Managing your workflow resources, understanding potential bottlenecks and the corresponding job attributes that will trigger them is essential to meeting SLA performance expectations in an inkjet environment. Tim Cooper of Harland Clarke provides expert insight on identifying constraints and measuring for success.
Your Guide to Inkjet Innovation at PRINT 18September 13, 2018
At Print 2018 in Chicago, Mary Schilling of Inkjet Insight will be the moderator and tour guide for the High Speed Inkjet Print Advancements Tour. Sign up now.
Mike Dietz on Communicating with DesignersSeptember 11, 2018
Mike Dietz, Executive Creative Director with IWCO Direct discusses best practices in designing for digital and approaches to customer education on the wonders of production inkjet.
Understanding Your Workflow Capacity – Part 1September 5, 2018
Tim Cooper, Chief Enterprise Architect from Harland Clarke Holdings Company shares insights in a two-part series on defining, measuring and modelling workflow capacity for production inkjet printing. This article is focused on understanding the components of workflow and how it may impact capacity.
Growing Inkjet Pages with DesignersAugust 29, 2018
The growth markets for production inkjet lie in the segments where creatives hold sway. If you want to grow pages in these markets, you will need to get designers on your side.
Delphax RisingAugust 28, 2018
Delphax Solutions Inc. (DSI), was created in August, 2017 by Air T to design, manufacture, and sell printing equipment starting with the elan product line. The company shared news of the new organization and strategic direction.
Print Providers Speak Out About Paper TrendsAugust 22, 2018
The Inkjet Insight team has dedicated a lot of its recent editorial activity towards understanding the impact of mill closures and paper supply issues on the production inkjet market. In addition to interviewing print service providers, equipment manufacturers, mills, and paper merchants, we also sent out a survey to our audience in order to validate what we were learning.
Conventional Offset – Is it time for Inkjet?August 21, 2018
Mary Schilling discusses the opportunity for sheet-fed inkjet including the traditional barriers of paper, pricing and image quality. The analysis discusses the requirements for inkjet to compete with commercial offset printing.
Developing a Testing Process for Inkjet AdoptionAugust 16, 2018
In the past, when new graphic arts technology has been introduced, the first response has often been, “It will never be good enough to replace ‘X.’” It was said that offset printing would never be good enough to replace letterpress. Web offset would never be good enough to replace sheetfed. Toner-based digital print would never be good enough to replace offset. The introduction of production inkjet was no different.
You Can Do More with Sheet-FedAugust 14, 2018
Sheet-fed presses have traditionally addressed high image quality requirements, short runs, substrate flexibility, larger format applications such as folder or posters, expanded color gamut, and value-added enhancements. This article discusses the market opportunity for sheet-fed inkjet presses, a range of devices, and opportunities.
Crayon Space and Three Attributes of ColorAugust 8, 2018
Last week in Color Management as Crayon Space, I posed an impossible task: to arrange crayons in a line according to their color. Color can’t be arranged in a line because it’s three-dimensional. This post will discuss the three dimensions of color: hue angle, lightness value, and chroma/saturation. Again, we’ll play with crayons and some real-life experiments.
Inkjet in label printing – part 2August 7, 2018
Chris Lynn continues his packaging series with a look at what has held inkjet back in the label market and, by extension, what has caused even slower adoption in the rest of the packaging market – and how these limitations are being overcome.
Print Providers and Buyers Managing Paper TogetherAugust 1, 2018
Andy Gordon discusses ways that print providers and their print buying customers can work together to reduce the disruptive impact of paper scarcity. More planning, more testing and more emphasis on strategy can lead to shared success.
Managing Color in Crayon SpaceJuly 31, 2018
John Seymour joins Inkjet Insight for part one of a series discussing color management using crayons as a guide. Part one poses the challenging of creating a linear organization of a non-linear concept.
Your OEM Wants You to Find The Right PaperJuly 26, 2018
Print OEMs need to understand that, for the foreseeable future, they will be judged as much on their paper program as the print technology they offer to the market.
Inkjet in Label Printing – Part 1July 24, 2018
Chris Lynn explores the reasons why toner and inkjet account for under 10% of the volume of labels printed last year and why the label sector of the packaging market was the first to adopt digital technologies despite the uphill battle.
White Paper: Océ VarioPrint i300 Offers Flexibility and GrowthJuly 18, 2018
Production inkjet has been limited in its ability to produce customized jobs on a wide range of substrates due to a predominantly roll-fed approach. Canon’s research and development of sheet-fed inkjet presses has addressed customization and substrate flexibility while bringing the benefits of inkjet printing to an expanded application range.
Paper Suppliers and Crisis CommunicationsJuly 17, 2018
My last post, Paper Supply and Strategic Planning, continued our coverage of paper shortage in the U.S. market. This post offers suggestions to mills and paper merchants on how they can help print providers navigate this difficult time.
IWCO Direct’s Journey to InkjetJuly 13, 2018
Robert Clark of IWCO Direct discusses their experience migrating from conventional print to production inkjet. The pros far outweighed the cons, but that doesn't mean the journey to inkjet came without a learning curve.
Paper Supply and Strategic PlanningJuly 10, 2018
Inkjet Insight is closely watching the challenging paper shortage in the U.S. market. Our team has covered different aspects of this topic from pulp trends to impacts to the supply chain. Most recently, we have been interviewing subject matter experts throughout the paper supply chain to gain a holistic view of the market. It’s clear that the tight paper market is driving frustration and change and it’s incumbent on participants throughout the supply chain to consider how to solve this challenge.
Zanders Optimistic During RestructuringJuly 2, 2018
Last week Zanders GmbH issued a press release regarding the continued restructuring process for the company. The release included a sentiment that we don’t often hear in these types of announcements: optimism.
Ricoh Pro VC 70000 OverviewJune 26, 2018
I had the opportunity to see the Ricoh Pro VC70000 in action at Ricoh’s Boulder Colorado Customer Experience Center last week and to learn about some of the innovations that differentiate it from the rest of the Pro VC lineup. While visually similar to the VC 60000, the VC7000 offers three key innovations: new ink chemistry, advanced drying technology and finely controlled drop sizes.
Haberbeck: Offset and, not or Production InkjetJune 20, 2018
Christian Heneke of Service & Print Group Haberbeck gave a presentation today at the Ricoh Interact 2018 event on offset and inkjet working together. Like many companies, Haberbeck looked at the volumes of current work that could be transferred to inkjet, but he had a broader message.
Potential for Inkjet in PackagingJune 7, 2018
The package printing climate is changing, and waves of new technology are breaking on the shores of short-run work, but the packaging mainland is mostly unaffected so far. Chris Lynn offers insights on the packaging market for inkjet.
Color Vision DeficienciesJune 4, 2018
Knowing he color capabilities of your inkjet device is very important, but understanding the color capabilities of your press crew is critical. Visually tweaking or modifying color on press is never an efficient or repeatable way to run production. Making your staff aware of their potential vision deficiencies will help catch color, as well as print quality issues, before they get to your customer. Here are some things you should know.
Mitigating Risk in the Paper Supply ChainMay 30, 2018
There are a number of issues with the inkjet paper supply chain that are going to test your paper qualification and sourcing policies. You will need to test more papers, track them carefully and ensure that your receiving dock runs like a NASCAR pit stop. Here are a few survival tips.
“What’s your Why – Your Road to Production Inkjet” Event Explored Production Inkjet OpportunitiesMay 24, 2018
This week Elizabeth Gooding was the keynote speaker and panel moderator at a thought leadership workshop hosted by Xerox at its Gil Hatch Center for Customer Innovation. Xerox assembled a group of print operation executives from transactional, book, inplant, and commercial printing to explore production inkjet opportunities.
Pulp Fiction – Challenges Within the Paper Supply ChainMay 22, 2018
The demand for paper and pulp is growing and the supply chain is having a hard time keeping up. We lost a couple of other mills over the past year, West Lynn and Appleton, contributing to a 16% overall loss in inventory.
Pigment Ink and Creme BrûléeMay 15, 2018
As inkjet moves into applications with high ink coverage and quality demands, users can run into some hard to diagnose problems. If you only focus on the paper and the print heads when trying to diagnose print quality issues, you could struggle for a long time looking in the wrong places.
EFI Inkjet Innovation in New HampshireMay 10, 2018
This week I had the opportunity to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new 225,000 square foot EFI innovation center in Londonderry New Hampshire. In his opening remarks Guy Gecht, CEO of EFI said "the future of packaging is inkjet printing" and based on EFI's massive investment in this very impressive facility, they are ready to meet demand.
The #1 Question When Selling InkjetMay 8, 2018
Investing in a production inkjet solution is both a major expenditure and the beginning of major changes for the organization. Most companies invest because they believe that new hardware and software will help them to make money – either by doing more for the customers they have or by attracting new customers.
What is Value Anyway? An Objective Approach to Understanding Inkjet ValueMay 1, 2018
People are always trying to figure out how to get more value for less money. Designing an inkjet solution is no exception. But, here’s the thing, you need to be able to define what “value” is, and with inkjet it’s often about more than one thing. In this post, as always, we try to make it objective.
Essential Software for Inkjet SuccessApril 30, 2018
Elizabeth Gooding shares her insights on key software investments to deliver end-to-end workflows that meet customer needs, are scalable, and achieve production efficiency goals.
Key Trends in Inkjet Paper Development & EvaluationApril 19, 2018
Advances in inkjet technology and fluids are enabling production on a wider variety of paper grades and finishes. How does this impact the evaluation process for papers? What new variables must be considered when evaluating paper for particular application segments. Mary offered work-arounds for scarcity in the market and tips on finding and evaluating papers.
Understanding Paper Specifications-ShadeApril 16, 2018
Shade is important to inkjet color reproduction as the paper's shade shows through the ink and can shift the ink's colorant when applied to the sheet. Paper shade can affect all values of highlight, mid-tone and shadow areas of print.
Inkjet Fun Crossword Puzzle Answer KeyApril 13, 2018
There were so many great inkjet conferences this week and we felt bad for the people who couldn't attend so we made a crossword puzzle to keep you busy. As promised - here is the answer key.
Business Case Calculator for SoftwareApril 11, 2018
A very simple tool to allow you do do some "what if" analysis on how improvements in uptime, minimizing paper changes and other seemingly minimal improvements can impact your revenue over the course of the year. It adds up!
Understanding Paper Specifications-WhitenessApril 10, 2018
Paper whiteness is particularly important in markets for which small text and readability is important such as book as well as magazine. For magazine images, the level of OBA's in the paper can affect color reproduction accuracy of certain colors combinations.
Inkjet Fun – CrosswordApril 9, 2018
We've put together something to keep you thinking about inkjet - an inkjet crossword puzzle. If you've been reading our posts you should find this pretty easy. Post a comment to brag if you finish in less than 10 minutes.
Understanding Paper Specifications-BrightnessApril 6, 2018
Characteristics like brightness, whiteness and shade level of the paper can impact the inkjet color outcomes for your project. Lets talk about how some of the manufactured paper specifications and how brightness can directly affect your color fidelity.
Inkjet for Catalogs and Magazines – What Matters?April 4, 2018
Offset printing satisfies the majority of the production requirements for both catalogs and magazines. As marketers seek to increase ROI, you can start to make the case for shorter runs, versioning, hyper-localization, and personalization and then inkjet printing starts to become interesting.
How to Make the Business Case for Essential SoftwareMarch 26, 2018
As faster and more productive inkjet devices reach the market, maximizing productive uptime is truly essential. Unfortunately, many companies skimp on building the costs for essential software into their inkjet justification. Find out how costly this mistake can be.
Inkjet Print Head Pop QuizMarch 21, 2018
OEM executives and analysts offer balanced overviews of the pros and cons of the different print head technologies, but to understand which is best buyers need to look beyond the head technology itself and consider specific characteristics of each implementation of the technology. Here are the questions to ask.
Screening Software Drives Inkjet QualityMarch 20, 2018
David Zwang joins us for an initial look at an interesting new screening software development that significantly improves the quality of inkjet imaging. The software referenced is only available as an option from an OEM as part of their RIP, or as a component in a custom-developed (bespoke) hybrid inkjet printing solution.
Inkjet for Marketing Collateral – What Matters?March 15, 2018
While the conversion of marketing collateral from offset to digital may not be high, the value for digitally printed collateral is often much higher than other applications, typically driven by shorter run lengths, versioning and personalization. This has created excellent revenue opportunities for commercial printers who specialize in this area.
Objective Ink Measures – ChromaMarch 14, 2018
In this installment of "Let Data Drive your Print Quality Comparisons" Mary Schilling discusses the importance of chroma, how it's defined within the context of print quality analysis and differences between inkjet and offset.
HP Thermal Print Head Strategy – VideoMarch 12, 2018
Eric Wiesner of HP provides the 4th installment in our print head strategy series. Wiesner provides some history on HPs print head developments and highlights the factors that drove HP to select thermal print heads for their production devices in the graphics market.
Inkjet Growth Should be FasterMarch 8, 2018
Despite what can be seen as very healthy growth rates, the production inkjet market could be growing considerably faster. Let's look at the barriers to inkjet growth and how we as an industry can work together to tear them down.
Objective Inkjet Measures – Optical DensityMarch 5, 2018
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.
Ricoh Piezo Print Head Strategy – VideoFebruary 28, 2018
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.
Let Data Drive your Print Quality ComparisonsFebruary 26, 2018
Mary Schilling discusses objective inkjet print quality comparisons and the benefits of a data-driven approach. Objective print quality analysis provides clear comparative data and removes all personal bias and visual subjective deficiencies when reviewing prints off competing inkjet devices. Inkjet beauty is more than skin deep!
Not-So-Simple Discussion of Inkjet Economics – Part 3February 23, 2018
Part Three in the Inkjet Economics series by Elizabeth Gooding. This time discussing how simple assumptions about timing can have a big impact on evaluation and profitability.
Essential Consulting Services – Part 2February 23, 2018
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.
Essential Consulting Services – Part 1February 13, 2018
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)
Commercial Printers Under PressureFebruary 12, 2018
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.
Highly Calendered Inkjet Papers – What to KnowFebruary 7, 2018
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.)