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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

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

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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Inkjet Insight Expands Analyst Resources for Inkjet Community

November 8, 2017
Andrew Gordon Joins Inkjet Insight to help companies accelerate inkjet transformation. Will lead growing analyst and consulting services program and oversee new product development. ― Printing industry strategist and
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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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Components of Inkjet Print Quality

August 28, 2017
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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Transaction, Transpromo, Transitional Printing – What Matters?

August 10, 2017
Transaction print, transpromo and transitional print are all ways of talking about segments of the production print market that produce statements, invoices, letters, notices and other important customer communications. The
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Inkjet Book Printing – What Matters?

August 1, 2017
In 2011, Cary Sherburne wrote an article about inkjet book printing at Webcom, one of the largest book printers in Canada, where she said: “As more high speed full-color inkjet
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Understanding the Gray Areas of Inkjet – Grayscale

July 17, 2017
Often when people talk about the capabilities of an inkjet printer, they will discuss print quality in terms of dots per inch and the number of colors available, but this
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Customer Education Checklist for Inkjet

July 10, 2017
We’ve provided a customer education checklist because we want you to make creating an inkjet customer education plan a priority. Creating a solid customer education plan has many potential benefits for
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Premium Tool – Customizable Process Color Guide

June 5, 2017
Color matching tools are an important part of any inkjet customer education program, so we are continually adding tools to help you communicate with customers. Previously we provided a free
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Understanding Linearization

June 1, 2017
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
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RFP Checklist – Software Requirements

May 24, 2017
Many an inkjet evaluation has run aground in the murky waters of software requirements. I say murky because software requirements often aren’t as clear as hardware needs. If a piece
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Inkjet Insight Tint Book – Free Tool

May 15, 2017
Pretty much everyone is familiar with the Pantone swatch / tint book which shows the CMYK, RGB and HTML values used to reproduce each swatch color, or tint, as accurately as possible in standard print and onscreen applications. The problem is that production inkjet is not really a “standard” print application. Read More

Proper Packaging of Design Files

May 3, 2017
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. Read More

Setting Paper Evaluation Requirements

May 1, 2017
Before you start any paper trials, know what you’re finished product goals will be and design your trial around them. Paper evaluation needs to consider a broad array of issues beyond compatibility with a specific device. If you don't consider the big picture, you can waste a lot of time testing papers or miss out on opportunities to save money and improve quality. Read More

RFPs, RFIs, RFQs and Cutting to the Chase

May 1, 2017
An in-house print operation at a large insurance organization may have very different requirements for soliciting bids for large equipment purchases than a privately-held, mid-sized printing firm. Read More

Understanding the TAPPI Roll Identifier

April 27, 2017
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
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RFP Checklist: Production Inkjet Requirements

March 20, 2017
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. Read More

Premium Customizable Fingerprint Files

March 16, 2017
Fingerprints are an indispensable way to help your customers understand the benefits of inkjet and the paper selected for a particular job. Read More

Understanding the “Two-Sided” Effect

March 10, 2017
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. Read More

Diagnosing Cross-Process Density Shifts

March 8, 2017
If you see any signs of cross-process density shift, get a baseline by running a diagnostic test pattern on a high holdout inkjet coated sheet. Read More

Setting Customer Expectations with a Fingerprint

March 2, 2017
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. Read More

Stripes, Solids and Banding – Cross-Process Density

February 22, 2017
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. Read More

Working with Thin Papers

February 16, 2017
Thin papers require more thought than their thicker kin because thin papers have much less fiber content. Read More

Working with Thick Papers

February 14, 2017
Thick papers can take on more ink volume and heat than their lighter weight brothers. Read More