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February 28, 2018

Ricoh Piezo Print Head Strategy – Video

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.
February 26, 2018

Let Data Drive your Print Quality Comparisons

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!
February 23, 2018

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

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.
February 23, 2018

Essential Consulting Services – Part 2

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.
February 13, 2018

Essential Consulting Services – Part 1

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)
February 12, 2018

Commercial Printers Under Pressure

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.
February 7, 2018

Highly Calendered Inkjet Papers – What to Know

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.)
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February 5, 2018

Apparent Resolution – what does that even mean?

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.
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January 30, 2018

Inkjet for Color Books – HP Perspective (Video)

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.
January 29, 2018

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.
January 26, 2018

Elizabeth Gooding to Judge 2018 HP Inkspiration Awards

Elizabeth Gooding, President and Co-founder of Inkjet Insight, will be joining an esteemed group of industry experts in New York City during the first week of February as a judge for the 2018 HP Inspiration Awards Americas. The judging will occur on February 8th at the New York offices of Publicis Groupe. There are 14 awards across both Labels & Packaging and General Commercial Printing segments.
January 23, 2018

Hide Your Data. The Hackers are Coming.

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.
January 22, 2018

How to Make an Inkjet Sandwich

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.
January 22, 2018

Mary Schilling to Kick Off Unleashing Print at Dscoop

Mary Schilling, head of print quality analysis with Inkjet Insight, will be joining the opening panel at the Unleashing Print conference at Dscoop 2018. Mary will be discussing considerations when designing for inkjet and overcoming color ink and graphics challenges.
January 18, 2018

Zanders Launches Zanjet Inkjet Coated Paper

Press Release New Zanjet Coated Inkjet Papers for high-speed inkjet Zanders has announced the official launch of Zanjet, a coated inkjet paper available in a Gloss and Silk finish. Paper
January 18, 2018

Peanut Butter and Workflow

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.
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January 17, 2018

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

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.
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January 9, 2018

Inks are the Blood – Video

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
January 8, 2018

The Truth About the Digital Color Evolution

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.” We haven’t reached that point in high-speed production inkjet, but we’ve come a long way since 2007, when the technology was the realm of transactional printers and used primarily for black-and-white applications. (Sponsored Content)
January 4, 2018

Konica Minolta, Epic Products International Announce Partnership to Promote Digital Inkjet Solutions

Press release from the issuing company January 3, 2018: Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), today announces the partnership with Epic Products International, an Arlington, TX-based designer and

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