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Heavy Ink Coverage and Twice the Drying Power

December 11, 2018
Printing from the first tower allows ink twice as long to dry helping reduce roller build up and print defects in finishing. Read More

Strategic Technology Stack for Production Inkjet

December 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. Read More

Two Sides of Coated Paper

December 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. Read More

Color Management of Inkjet Printing on Textiles

December 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. Read More

Inkjet Needs Maintenance Too

November 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. Read More

Color- Shift Happens… Know Your Workflow

November 26, 2018
Inkjet is data driven. Understanding design to RIP process and documenting is important when it comes to color alignment in your workflow. Read More

Color- Shift Happens… So Measure

November 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. Read More

Color- Shift Happens

November 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. Read More

The Strategic Press Decision

November 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. Read More

US Postal Service Encouraging Variable Printing

November 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
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EFI’s Earnings Call Highlights Nozomi

November 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
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Rich Black in Images Shouldn’t Be Scary

October 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. Read More

The Value in OEM Inkjet Inks

October 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. Read More

Five Things to Do (Better) When Evaluating Inkjet

October 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! Read More

What You Don’t Know About Print Volumes and Inkjet

October 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. Read More

Inkjet Ink and its Important Additives

October 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. Read More

RISO T2 Twin-Engine Cut Sheet Overview

October 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. Read More

Inkjet ink – Carrier Matters

October 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. Read More

A Tight Paper Market Demands a Disciplined Sourcing Strategy

October 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. Read More

Inkjet Insight at PRINT 18

September 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
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Inkjet ink – Chemistry Matters

September 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. Read More

Albert Munsell his Color Space Accomplishments

September 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. Read More

The Future of Inkjet Printing to 2023 – Highlights

September 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. Read More

Measuring the Capacity of Your Inkjet Workflow – Part 2

September 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. Read More

Your Guide to Inkjet Innovation at PRINT 18

September 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. Read More

Mike Dietz on Communicating with Designers

September 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. Read More

Understanding Your Workflow Capacity – Part 1

September 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. Read More

Growing Inkjet Pages with Designers

August 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. Read More

Delphax Rising

August 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. Read More

Print Providers Speak Out About Paper Trends

August 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. Read More

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. Read More

Developing a Testing Process for Inkjet Adoption

August 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. Read More

You Can Do More with Sheet-Fed

August 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. Read More

Crayon Space and Three Attributes of Color

August 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. Read More

Inkjet in label printing – part 2

August 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. Read More

Print Providers and Buyers Managing Paper Together

August 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. Read More

Managing Color in Crayon Space

July 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. Read More

Your OEM Wants You to Find The Right Paper

July 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. Read More

Inkjet in Label Printing – Part 1

July 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. Read More

White Paper: Océ VarioPrint i300 Offers Flexibility and Growth

July 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. Read More

Paper Suppliers and Crisis Communications

July 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. Read More

IWCO Direct’s Journey to Inkjet

July 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. Read More

Paper Supply and Strategic Planning

July 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. Read More

Zanders Optimistic During Restructuring

July 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. Read More

Ricoh Pro VC 70000 Overview

June 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. Read More

Haberbeck: Offset and, not or Production Inkjet

June 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. Read More

Potential for Inkjet in Packaging

June 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. Read More

Color Vision Deficiencies

June 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. Read More

Mitigating Risk in the Paper Supply Chain

May 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. Read More

“What’s your Why – Your Road to Production Inkjet” Event Explored Production Inkjet Opportunities

May 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. Read More

Pulp Fiction – Challenges Within the Paper Supply Chain

May 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. Read More

Pigment Ink and Creme Brûlée

May 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. Read More

EFI Inkjet Innovation in New Hampshire

May 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. Read More

The #1 Question When Selling Inkjet

May 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. Read More

What is Value Anyway? An Objective Approach to Understanding Inkjet Value

May 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. Read More

Essential Software for Inkjet Success

April 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. Read More

Key Trends in Inkjet Paper Development & Evaluation

April 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. Read More

Understanding Paper Specifications-Shade

April 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. Read More

Inkjet Fun Crossword Puzzle Answer Key

April 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. Read More

Business Case Calculator for Software

April 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! Read More

Understanding Paper Specifications-Whiteness

April 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. Read More

Inkjet Fun – Crossword

April 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. Read More

Understanding Paper Specifications-Brightness

April 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. Read More

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. Read More

How to Make the Business Case for Essential Software

March 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. Read More

Inkjet Print Head Pop Quiz

March 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. Read More

Screening Software Drives Inkjet Quality

March 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. Read More

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. Read More

Objective Ink Measures – Chroma

March 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. Read More

HP Thermal Print Head Strategy – Video

March 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. Read More

Inkjet Growth Should be Faster

March 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. Read More

Objective Inkjet Measures – Optical Density

March 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. Read More

Ricoh Piezo Print Head Strategy – Video

February 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. Read More

Let Data Drive your Print Quality Comparisons

February 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! Read More

Not-So-Simple Discussion of Inkjet Economics – Part 3

February 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. Read More

Essential Consulting Services – Part 2

February 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. Read More

Essential Consulting Services – Part 1

February 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) Read More

Commercial Printers Under Pressure

February 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. Read More

Highly Calendered Inkjet Papers – What to Know

February 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.) Read More

Apparent Resolution – what does that even mean?

February 5, 2018
Contributing author Chris Lynn provides and insightful explanation of "Apparent Resolution": what it means, how it came to be and whether or not it matters for your application segment when evaluating an inkjet press. Read More

Inkjet for Color Books – HP Perspective (Video)

January 30, 2018
Video interview with Eric Weisner, General Manager of HP PageWide Industrial. Eric provides an overview of HP in the book market, specifically color books. He describes the market as a "key focus area" for HP and says that HDNA heads were fundamentally designed to be able to produce color books. Read More

Profiling with Primers and Coatings

January 29, 2018
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. Read More

Hide Your Data. The Hackers are Coming.

January 23, 2018
Three weeks into 2018 and it’s already been a bad year on the information security front. On January 3rd Google’s Project Zero team reported a security flaw affecting any devices that use chips from Intel, AMD or ARM – which pretty much covers most personal computers, tablets and servers. There are two main vulnerabilities, “Meltdown” and “Spectre” that sound like they were named after Bond villains. Read More

How to Make an Inkjet Sandwich

January 22, 2018
We got a lot of good feedback on Elizabeth's post on Peanut Butter and Workflow so I thought I would keep the sandwich metaphor going. When using pre-coatings and post-coatings with inkjet, you are creating an inkjet sandwich served on a paper plate. Each layer of the sandwich can make the ink spread and dry unevenly if not managed before profiling, creating a soggy sandwich. Read More

Peanut Butter and Workflow

January 18, 2018
A workflow is a workflow whether or not it is automated. Your process for making a peanut butter sandwich can be a workflow. There are lots of different kinds of software that can be used to automate different processes, and those processes can be considered workflows, but that doesn’t make the software “a workflow solution.” Many excellent software vendors throw a wide array of their software solutions into a big bucket called “print workflow automation” and that makes it a very messy fishing expedition for buyers to find a solution for the particular aspect of a print process that they are trying to automate. Read More

Building End-to-End Data Security into Inkjet – White Paper

January 17, 2018
The issue of data security is so pervasive that it has moved from an IT and boardroom discussion to become the topic of movies and television shows. More than 7 billion records were exposed through breaches in just the first nine months of 2017, a jump of over 300 percent from the prior year. Five of the top breaches in 2017 were among the largest ten breaches of all time.  With over five million records lost or stolen every day, protecting businesses and consumers from data breaches is a top concern among executives in all industries. While there is a tendency to think of data breaches in terms of the web and digital initiatives, security is no less critical for printing operations. Read More

Inks are the Blood – Video

January 9, 2018
Marco Boer of I.T. Strategies joins us again for a deep dive into inkjet ink sets (try saying that five times fast). He gives a clear, concise overview of aqueous
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The Truth About the Digital Color Evolution

January 8, 2018
It’s been said of the great artist J.M.W. Turner — renowned for pounding out his own colors to create seemingly incandescent oil paintings — that he “painted with tinted steam.”
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Welcome to 2018 – Time Flies as Inkjet Accelerates

January 2, 2018
Suddenly, it’s a new year. It’s been coming on steadily for 365 days and then “time” happened over night. Those are the tricks that time plays. Many people who had
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Transactional Images Looking a Bit Ragged?

December 12, 2017
Traditional transaction documents are turning into “transitional” documents with more personalization, graphics and color. Unfortunately, some of those transactional images are looking a bit ragged.  I’ve started counting the number
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Skew the Gamut

December 8, 2017
Mary Schilling recently wrote about different approaches to matching Pantone colors on production inkjet. We got an interesting note from one of our UK readers, David Albin, who suggested that forcing
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Can You Print This Pantone Color with Production Inkjet?

December 6, 2017
“Can You Print This Pantone Color with Inkjet?” This is a question we hear over and over. Not just from customers, but from customer representatives, designers and sales people. And
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West Linn Inkjet Papers – Going Not Gone

November 30, 2017
A Good Inkjet Paper Is Hard to Find. Get It While It Lasts. West Linn paper mill will be shutting its doors at the end of 2017. The industry loses
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How Media Affects Perceived Resolution

November 16, 2017
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. Read More

Inkjet Economics – Operating Costs – Part 2 of 3

November 13, 2017
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. Read More

Not-So-Simple Discussion of Inkjet Economics – Part 1 of 3

November 9, 2017
Total Cost of Ownership starts with Capital  Costs Part 1 of a 3 part series on inkjet economics. Register for free to be notified of new installments. In theory, calculating
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Careful Consideration of Anilox Pre-Coating Systems for Inkjet

October 30, 2017
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
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Inkjet for Direct Marketing Print– What Matters?

October 20, 2017
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
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What Inkjet Specifications Can Tell You

October 10, 2017
…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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Action at a Distance: Inkjet’s Original Sin

September 19, 2017
Guest Contributor: Chris Lynn, Hillam Technology Partners, LLC Inkjet printing is action at a distance. A convulsion of the piezo or a belch in the silicon chamber causes a droplet
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Xerox Discusses Considerations for Inkjet in In-Plant Operations – Video

November 20, 2018

Katherine Versteegh Discusses Considerations for Acquiring an Inkjet Press – Video

November 13, 2018

Xerox Offers Affordable Entry Point for Transaction Printing – Video

November 6, 2018

Looking at Inkjet from a Maintenance Perspective – Video

October 30, 2018

Tortured Paper Tortures Finishing – Video

October 23, 2018

Highnote’s Inkjet Journey – Video

October 16, 2018

How Xerox Grows Inkjet Pages – Video

October 10, 2018

Inkjet Software and Services – Ed Jansen – Video

October 9, 2018

Inkjet and Offset Magazine at PRINT ’18

October 2, 2018

Guy Broadhurst on Paper Handling Considerations

September 21, 2018

Are User Groups More Important Than Trade Shows? – Video

September 13, 2018

We’re Back! Designer’s Guide 2.0 – Video

September 10, 2018

Paper Options Drive Press Choices – Video

September 4, 2018

Digital Productivity for Labels – Video

August 21, 2018

Evaluating Inkjet and Finishing

August 14, 2018

Making Inkjet Accessible – Video

August 9, 2018

The Value of “Other” for Inkjet – Video

August 2, 2018

i3logix Inkjet Journey – Video

July 25, 2018

Inkjet as Part of a Portfolio – Video

July 19, 2018

Primer, Super Ink or Door Number 3? – Video

July 9, 2018

Marco Boer on the Océ LabelStream 4000 – Video

June 14, 2018

Evaluating Devices – HP Perspective – Video

June 5, 2018

Niche Book Markets – Xerox Perspective – Video

May 14, 2018

HP Drying Options and Tradeoffs – Video

May 7, 2018

Commercial Print and Inkjet – Video

April 24, 2018

Inkjet Book Publishing Workflow – Video

April 16, 2018

From Toner to Inkjet – Who’s Moving? – Video

April 11, 2018

The Past and Future of Dscoop – Video

April 3, 2018

HP Thermal Print Head Strategy – Video

March 12, 2018

Stick It with Aqueous Coatings – Video

March 6, 2018

Ricoh Piezo Print Head Strategy – Video

February 28, 2018

Inkjet for Color Books – HP Perspective (Video)

January 30, 2018

Inks are the Blood – Video

January 9, 2018

How HP PageWide Industrial was Formed – Video

November 28, 2017

What’s the Best Drying Option? – Video

November 20, 2017

Marco Boer – Apples, Oranges & Inkjet Specs – Video

November 10, 2017

David Murphy on Inkjet Printed Magazines and Catalogs – Video

November 6, 2017

Canon Production Inkjet Print Head Strategy – Video

November 2, 2017

The Importance of Inkjet Coatings and Fluids – Video

October 31, 2017

Marco Boer on Inkjet Print Head Technologies

October 4, 2017

Crit Driessen on Ink Chemistry Advances – Video

February 5, 2017