August 10, 2017

Transaction, Transpromo, Transitional Printing – What Matters?

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
August 1, 2017

Inkjet Book Printing – What Matters?

Discussion of the key performance indicators (KPIs) and segment definitions that matter when evaluating equipment for inkjet book printing.
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July 17, 2017

Understanding the Gray Areas of Inkjet – Grayscale

Often people discuss inkjet print quality in terms of dots per inch and the number of colors available, but this is just a small slice of what goes into the discussion of print quality. To get at the heart of quality in the age of ever smaller print heads with more densely packed nozzles, we need to look at the gray areas. Join us for a discussion of grayscale.
June 1, 2017

Understanding Linearization

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
May 24, 2017

RFP Checklist – Software Requirements

Software requirements are critical to getting the most out of an inkjet solution. We recommend doing a thorough SW analysis before investing in hardware. Premium members can access the Inkjet Insight Software Requirements Worksheet here.
May 3, 2017

Proper Packaging of Design Files

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.
May 1, 2017

Setting Paper Evaluation Requirements

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.
May 1, 2017

RFPs, RFIs, RFQs and Cutting to the Chase

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.
April 27, 2017

Understanding the TAPPI Roll Identifier

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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March 20, 2017

RFP Checklist: Production Inkjet Requirements

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.
March 16, 2017

Premium Customizable Fingerprint Files

Fingerprints are an indispensable way to help your customers understand the benefits of inkjet and the paper selected for a particular job.
March 10, 2017

Understanding the “Two-Sided” Effect

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.
March 8, 2017

Diagnosing Cross-Process Density Shifts

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.
March 2, 2017

Setting Customer Expectations with a Fingerprint

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.
February 22, 2017

Stripes, Solids and Banding – Cross-Process Density

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.
February 16, 2017

Working with Thin Papers

Thin papers require more thought than their thicker kin because thin papers have much less fiber content.
February 15, 2017

West Linn Paper Company Introduces Sonoma Jet High-speed Digital Inkjet Web Paper

Press Release West Linn Paper Company today announces the launch of Sonoma®Jet, a high-speed, digital inkjet matte paper with 88 brightness and available in 45# and 60# basis weights.  The
February 14, 2017

Working with Thick Papers

Thick papers can take on more ink volume and heat than their lighter weight brothers.
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February 5, 2017

Crit Driessen on Ink Chemistry Advances – Video

We asked Crit Driessen, Vice President Strategy and Alliances, Océ Printing Systems to talk about the main ink chemistry advances driving  production inkjet systems. In this video, he talks about two key areas: advances that expand the color gamut and those that enable printing on coated stocks. Great overview of how it all works.
January 25, 2017

Verso Introduces Ideal TrueJet Line of Uncoated Inkjet Papers

Press Release MEMPHIS, Tenn.,  — Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS), a leading producer of digital printing papers, today introduced Ideal® TrueJet®, a specialized line of uncoated inkjet roll papers for commercial

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