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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.


drupa Preview—Canon VarioPRINT iX Targets Commercial Print (Premium Content)

Canon has announced the next generation in its VarioPrint line of sheetfed inkjet presses. The varioPRINT iX series is built on a new platform, based on the experiences from the current i-series platform, and is designed for commercial print applications.

drupa 2020—HP Inkjet Has Become Brilliant (Premium Content)

HP likes to combine technology innovation with the release of a new press. In this case, the new innovation is HP Brilliant InkTMand the press is the new HP PageWide Web Press T250 HD. Targeted at commercial and publishing markets, initially Brilliant InkTMadds compatibility with offset coated and uncoated media through the selective use of a new HP Optimizer. This brings HP PageWide to the level of media handling capabilities of the competing Canon ProStream and Ricoh VC70000.

Executive Q&A: Kevin Shimamoto, Chief Marketing Officer, Memjet

Kevin Shimamoto is the CMO of Memjet, a company that is positioned to provide the tools for the next generation of printing applications. His background, and the Memjet mission, is a great story that brings energy and innovation to print.

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!

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New Varioprint iX-Series Sheetfed Press Offers Offset Quality, Digital Flexibility And Inkjet Productivity

ProStream 1000 Reaching Milestones in Print Volume Capabilities

Jet Press 750S Investment Was the Obvious Next Step for Aries in Fujifilm Partnership

BlueCrest Announces More Versatility with the IntelliJet® 20 HD with HP Brilliant Ink™

HP Accelerates Digital Printing with New B2 Indigo and PageWide Presses

GPO Publishes First Congressional Record on New Digital Inkjet Presses

Major UK Book Printer Reflects on the Versatility and Make-Ready Benefits of Fujifilm’s Jet Press 750S

Canon Inc. Recognized as a Leader in IDC MarketScape for Worldwide High-Speed Inkjet Press

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

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Video preview: 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.


Video preview: 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.


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.


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