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Production Inkjet

This topic section of WhatTheyThink focuses on emerging trends in the rapidly-growing area of production inkjet. It features commentary and analysis on technical and business trends relative to the ability for production inkjet.

Memjet and the Expansion of Single-Pass Inkjet Printing
Memjet and the Expansion of Single-Pass Inkjet Printing

Published: March 30, 2020

Kevin Shimamoto, CMO for Memjet, talks to David Zwang about how Memjet’s inkjet technology platforms and OEM partners are expanding single-pass inkjet into the mainstream printing market and beyond, into new and different applications. Watch Video

HP Announces New PageWide Web Press with Brilliant Ink
HP Announces New PageWide Web Press with Brilliant Ink

Published: March 10, 2020

Carles Farre of HP talks to David Zwang about the just-announced HP PageWide Web Press T250 HD with Brilliant Ink. Brilliant Ink expands the range of applications users can produce, as it makes the HP PageWide T250 HD press compatible with offset coated stock. Watch Video

Frank Flexes
Frank Flexes

Published: January 24, 2020

While at PRINTING United, Frank stopped by the Kodak booth and was impressed by Kodak and Uteco’s development of an inkjet technology that can print on flexible film. He was especially impressed by the quality of the fleshtones—one of the limitations of flexography was its shortcomings in being able to print photorealistic images. He thinks that inkjet is now able to challenge flexography for certain jobs. He is also predicting that drupa will be the “Inkjet On Anything” show. Watch Video

Frank and the Future of the Printing Press (Part 1)
Frank and the Future of the Printing Press (Part 1)

Published: December 6, 2019

In part 1 of a two-part series on the future of the printing press, Frank visits AM Solutions in Egerton, Wis., and talks with Dean Gille, president, and Mike Henning, vice president, about their Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1 inkjet sheetfed press. AM had been an offset shop that had to make changes as they adopted inkjet, and the two technologies literally sit side by side. Watch Video

Ricoh’s 5th Color Lab Focuses on Design
Ricoh’s 5th Color Lab Focuses on Design

Published: December 2, 2019

Ricoh’s Heather Poulin highlights Ricoh presence at PRINTING United, focusing on the customer experience. In addition to its continuous-feed inkjet and wide-format hardware offerings, Ricoh was featuring its 5th Color Lab, showing customers how to design for new printing technologies, how to manage color, and how to use ColorLogic to print metallics. Watch Video

Tri-Win Direct Wins with Continuous-Feed Inkjet from Ricoh
Tri-Win Direct Wins with Continuous-Feed Inkjet from Ricoh

Published: November 11, 2019

Andy Chagan of Tri-Win Direct talks about the direct mail company's humble beginnings in a second-floor apartment and now, 22 years later, mails 350-400 million pieces a year. The company uses predominantly Ricoh equipment and, in 2015, the company transitioned from cut-sheet to continuous-feed, and the Ricoh VC60000 was a game-changer. Watch Video

Ricoh at PRINTING United
Ricoh at PRINTING United

Published: November 4, 2019

Ricoh USA’s Gavin Jordan-Smith talks to David Zwang about the diverse equipment the company had on the show floor at PRINTING United, the variety of customers—including commercial as well as sign and display printers—who visited Ricoh’s booth, the surprising amount of business Ricoh was closing, and the overall air of excitement at the show. Watch Video

Memjet’s DuraLink Commercial Press Technology
Memjet’s DuraLink Commercial Press Technology

Published: October 22, 2019

Eric Owens General Manager of Memjet’s Commercial Print Division, talks about DuraLink, the company’s pigment-based technology designed for mid- to high-volume commercial inkjet print systems. Watch Video

Kirk-Rudy Launches the Memjet-Powered FireJet 4C
Kirk-Rudy Launches the Memjet-Powered FireJet 4C

Published: October 15, 2019

Kirk-Rudy’s Bob Mills showcases the new FireJet 4C, a Memjet-powered four-color inkjet printing system that can print at 1600 x 1600 dpi at speeds up to 150 feet per minute. It uses pigment aqueous ink and is designed to cost-effectively print envelopes, bags, packages, napkins, and other items. Watch Video

HP SPS OEMs launch wide format, full color solutions for mail and specialty printing applications
HP SPS OEMs launch wide format, full color solutions for mail and specialty printing applications

Published: October 9, 2019

Paul Barton from HP Specialty Printing Systems (SPS) talks about the SPS division and how it allows OEMs to leverage HP’s engineering and manufacturing scale to bring products to market. At PRINT 19, HP SPS introduced the Fixed Imager (FI) 1000, a print engine that allows boxes, bags, corrugated, and cardboard to be printed at the desktop level. Watch Video