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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.

Articles

drupa Preview: Corrugated Re-Envisioned Part 2—Direct Print (Post-Print) Lots of Choices! (Premium Content)

In Part 2 of this series, I focus on the available digital post-print solutions with some limited product mentions. Leading up to drupa, I will cover some of the offerings in greater depth. All of the solutions discussed here are “single pass” printers, where the printheads are stationary and only the media moves. They include complete corrugating equipment with built in printing, to a tabletop printer with lots of other options in between. Equipment pricing ranges from in excess of $4MM to as low as $19K. In summary: Lots of Choices!


Beer Giant AB InBev Launches Trial “Direct Object Printing” for UK Market

This month, AB InBev will launch a campaign for its Beck’s brand in the UK using glass bottles that were printed via “direct object printing” inkjet technology. ABI has partnered with Dekron to develop its first UV printing line for high-speed inkjet digital printing of glass bottles. Ths article provides a brief overview of the campaign.


Production Inkjet: Welcome to the Revolution—Landa Helps Change the Tides (Premium Content)

Considering only about 3% of the total global print production in the market is digital, including all digital technologies, capturing a larger share will depend on production speeds and cost. Landa and their global customer base are now ramping up for a global presence, high demand, and are ready to participate in the Inkjet Revolution. The tides are changing…


Production Inkjet: Welcome to the Revolution—Front Line Report from Rochester’s Mercury Printing (Premium Content)

This article is a part of a series looking at production inkjet solutions leading up to and through drupa 2020. We will look at what’s new, how it’s being used, and how it’s  transforming print service providers. In this article, we go to the front lines and we take a look at Mercury Printing of Rochester, N.Y., a perfect example of a digital technology and business transformation. And for all the right reasons…


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News

Action Mailers Lowers Paper Costs, Delivers Increased Print Quality via its Ricoh Alliance

Premier Graphics Adds Two New HP PageWide Web Presses, Tripling Inkjet Color Capacity

Ricoh Named a Worldwide Leader in High-Speed Inkjet in New IDC MarketScape Report

Konica Minolta Announces Official Launch of High-Speed Digital Press

Techkon Announces Strategic OEM Partnership with Screen Americas

SCREEN Truepress Jet520 Press Proves Its Worth in 6-Year Technology Partnership Between SCREEN and Indiana-based L & D Mail Masters

VarioPrint i-series from Canon Completes 250 Customer Installations

Johnson & Quin Acquires Its Fourth MCS Condor Inkjet System

Innovative Inkjet Technology Takes Center Stage at Kao Event

Book Manufacturers’ Institute Publishes “The Role of Inkjet Printing in Powering Industry 4.0 in Book Publishing”

New Inkjet Insight Research on Inkjet Print Quality Measurement and Paper Qualification

New Inkjet Insight Research on Inkjet Print Quality Measurement and Paper Qualification

Kodak and Uteco Sell First Ever Ultrastream Powered Flexible Packaging Press

Graphic Village Expands Marketing Offerings with Canon Solutions America

1500, 1501, 1502, 1503…SCREEN Truepress Jet520 Inkjet Engines and Counting, All Celebrated at the Inaugural Printing United Show

Innovations in Inkjet Printing Help Drive a Growing Personal Care Market

GPO Manufacturing Modernization Continues with Ink Jet Presses

South Korea Gets its First Jetmaster

Access Direct Mail Adopts High-speed Roll-Fed UV Inkjet, Expands Capabilities with Purchase of SCREEN’s Milestone 1,500th Truepress Jet520 Press

Spectrum Lithograph Expands Folding Carton Opportunities with FUJIFILM’S J Press 720S

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Video preview: 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.

 

Video preview: 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.

 

Video preview: 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.

 

Video preview: 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.

 

Video preview: 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.

 

Video preview: 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.

 

Video preview: 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.

 

Video preview: 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.

 

Video preview: Printware announces their new full color mail solution based on HP FI-1000

Printware announces their new full color mail solution based on HP FI-1000

Published: October 9, 2019

Printware’s Tim Murphy talks about a new entry in the company’s iJetColor line of benchtop and industrial inkjet printing systems: the iJetColor Pro, a light industrial press based on the FI-1000 printhead technology from HP SPS, allowing customers to create short-run, personalized packaging.

 

Video preview: Color Learning Materials at a Black-and-White Price Point

Color Learning Materials at a Black-and-White Price Point

Published: October 3, 2019

Chuck Werninger, Senior Manager of IT Administrative Services at Houston Independent School District, talks about his adoption of a Canon Océ VarioPrint i300 inkjet press to improve the quality of educational materials for Houston ISD students.

 

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