July 17, 2018

Paper Suppliers and Crisis Communications

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.
July 16, 2018

How to Hide Banding

If you see banding in continuous solid colors, ask the designer  if “mixing up” that continuous solid is possible. Adding random patterns to large solid colors makes cross process print head density shifts less visible when multiple heads across the web are used to produce the solids.
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July 13, 2018

IWCO Direct’s Journey to Inkjet

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.
July 10, 2018

Paper Supply and Strategic Planning

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.
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July 10, 2018

Global Graphics ScreenPro Version 2 Reduces Non-uniformity in Production Inkjet Printing

ScreenPro with PrintFlat technology reduces non-uniformity, commonly known as the inkjet smile. Source: Global Graphics Release from Issuing Company Cambridge UK, 10th July 2018: A new version of ScreenPro™, the
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July 9, 2018

Primer, Super Ink or Door Number 3? – Video

Eric Wiesner, General Manager of HP PageWide Industrial Division provides background on HP’s decision to expand the range of media compatibility for HP devices using a pre-coat or primer rather than adding additional solvents, resins and other chemistry to the ink.
July 9, 2018

Understand Drying Differences

The wrong drying configuration on an #inkjet press can torture the paper without properly drying the ink. Learn about the best drying options to match your type of work, ink type and coverage.
July 2, 2018

Zanders Optimistic During Restructuring

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.
July 2, 2018

Ask Questions About the Digital Front End

Don’t blindly accept the DFE bundled with the press. Ask about color management, variable data and file handling features of the DFE. Consider all of your DFE options and find the best fit for your workflow.
June 29, 2018

Zanders GmbH Restructuring Process Continues

The restructuring process for Zanders GmbH continues. Restructuring Director Igor Ferlan and external consultants manage Zanders in collaboration with lawyer d’Avoine and his team. Everyone involved is optimistic that they will be able to create a stable future for Zanders.
June 26, 2018

Ricoh Pro VC 70000 Overview

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.
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June 25, 2018

Ricoh Changes the Inkjet Game, Introducing Additional Inks and the New RICOH Pro VC70000

Ricoh USA Inc. today announced the newest addition to its award-winning inkjet portfolio, the RICOH Pro VC70000, built to accelerate the transfer of offset print volumes to digital. The new continuous feed platform empowers commercial printers to produce quality applications, such as high-end catalogs and magazines, traditionally expected from offset presses. Additionally, Ricoh-developed inks enable up to 40 percent savings in paper costs while also expanding media support to offset-coated papers, untreated papers and more.
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June 20, 2018

Haberbeck: Offset and, not or Production Inkjet

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.
June 18, 2018

Compare Costs of Complete Solutions

Compare Costs of Complete Solutions. Don’t conduct TCO or eliminate press options until you have configured a complete solution. An “expensive” press may look reasonable once you configure the “bargain” press with drying, priming, turn-bar, premium ink, software and finishing. Compare fair!
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June 14, 2018

Marco Boer on the Océ LabelStream 4000 – Video

We caught up with Marco Boer at the unveiling of the Océ LabelStream 4000. Canon is entering the label and packaging market with a high-end, hybrid system targeting adhesive label applications. Marco provides a great overview of what was learned in Germany.
June 11, 2018

Understand Press Settings & Profiles

A different profile is needed for each paper AND the press settings it will be run under. Speed, TAC and resolution factors can all affect color chroma, density, graininess, small text clarity and line raggedness. Differences at top speed can be dramatic on some presses.
June 7, 2018

Potential for Inkjet in Packaging

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.
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June 5, 2018

Evaluating Devices – HP Perspective – Video

Elizabeth asked David Murphy of HP PageWide Industrial what he thought customers should be considering and his first response was to say that customers should be taking a long term view – multiple years out. He said customers should be thinking in terms of the ability for the device to remain relevant as inkjet continues to evolve.
June 4, 2018

Understand Job Productivity

Not all presses will produce their top quality at top speed. Understand the impact of sheet size or web width, media type, ink coverage and actual production speed (not rated speed) on your achievable Images Per Minute (IPM). There are many other issues that impact overall productivity – but it starts at the press for each job.
June 4, 2018

Color Vision Deficiencies

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.

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