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Digital & Inkjet

This topic section of WhatTheyThink focuses on emerging trends in the rapidly-growing area of digital printing technology. It features commentary and analysis on technical and business trends relative to digital printing applications.

Conquering the New Frontier in Production Inkjet

The new frontier for production inkjet is high-quality, high-coverage, graphic arts applications. The challenge in this market is to precisely place high amounts of liquid ink onto porous, and non-porous, materials and dry them at high speed without damage. The very small number of presses serving this market is a testament to the difficulty of meeting this challenge. Today, we have a new entrant with a unique approach to delivering quality while driving up the economic equivalent order quantity between inkjet and offset. Read More

Inkjet Integration: Flexible and Sustainable

Production inkjet is not new, but increasingly we are seeing it used in bespoke solutions that address many disparate manufacturing requirements. Importantly, this technology can also provide sustainable solutions. Read More

Technology Outlook 2022—Digital & Inkjet: Overcoming Challenges Through Efficiency

In this year’s third annual Technology Outlook, Inkjet Insight’s Elizabeth Gooding looks at the latest digital printing and production inkjet technology trends and new product introductions. Read More

Canon: Preparing for a Packaging Push

The challenges faced as a press manufacturer or even a print service provider when moving from commercial print to industrial and packaging market are very real and can be elusive and daunting. Most of all, though, it’s not just about technology. Read More

Freedom Leverages the Power of Digital for More Effective, Profitable Direct Marketing

In this feature, sponsored by HP, we explore how HP PageWide production inkjet printing systems have benefited leading direct marketing firm Freedom, based in Milton, Wisconsin. The company was an early adopter of production inkjet printing and now has three HP PageWide production inkjet presses installed. Read More

An Imaging Company at Heart, SCREEN Is Building Quite a Production Inkjet Portfolio

The roots of SCREEN are in imaging, dating back to its founding in 1868. The company has leveraged that expertise to create a significant imaging powerhouse which includes industry leading equipment for the production of displays, printed circuit boards, and semiconductors. They also continue to maintain a significant role in the production of printing equipment including high performance inkjet presses for commercial and packaging. Read More

Production Inkjet: The Year in Review

In 2021, for commercial print applications, production inkjet volumes held their own, and some applications saw modest growth. While production inkjet can displace toner printed pages, and has been for well over a decade, the lion’s share of the growth opportunity is offset pages, and that will continue for the foreseeable future. David Zwang looks back at recent press introductions, many of which are targeted at that volume. Read More

Compu-Mail: Relevant Information to the Right Person at the Right Time

Compu-Mail is a direct marketing services and solutions company located in Grand Island, N.Y., that provides database marketing for pharmaceutical companies, statements for medical insurance and even membership cards for automobile clubs. They have built their business around the variable data printing model: “Relevant information to the right person at the right time.” Read More

American Litho Turns to HP PageWide Production Inkjet for Increased Flexibility, Productivity

In this article sponsored by HP, Mike Fontana, CEO of Illinois-based American Litho, explains the decision process behind acquiring two HP PageWide Production Inkjet Presses and the value the company has received from its investments. The ninth largest US direct mail producer touts quality, speed, and support as key decision factors. Read More

Digital Unboxing: Packaging Experiences an Innovation Collision

Throughout the industry, from brand identity and messaging to converting and distribution, digital capabilities cause processes in every part of the packaging supply chain to be re-evaluated. Mary Schilling explains how the presence of digital print technology has created stellar opportunities for label, folding carton, and flexible packaging. Read More


Century Direct Leverages Canon varioPRINT iX3200 and Data Management Services to Reach “Next Level” in its Direct Mail and Personalized Print Initiatives

Freedom Graphic Systems Discuss Keys to Success with Latest Production Inkjet Press Investment from Canon Solutions America

Midland Leadership in Inkjet Papers Continues at thINK 2022

Landa Opens European Ink Facility, Doubling Capacity to Support Increased Press Sales and Booming Print Volumes

Ricoh Enables More Business Opportunities for Offset and Digital Printers with New RICOH Pro VC70000e

$86.8 Billion World Inkjet Printing Market to Grow at 8.2% CAGR, Latest Smithers Expert Study Forecasts

Spring Forward with Tecnau 2022 Concludes - customer case stories followed by a wide audience

Fujifilm Launches Jet Press Connector App for Enfocus Switch

Don't Miss This Webinar! Understanding Customer Needs Without a Plane Ride

Kodak Announces Fastest Inkjet on the Market with Groundbreaking KODAK PROSPER 7000 Turbo Press

Fujifilm UK Appoints Martin Fairweather as National Digital Business Manager

Fujifilm Acquires European Inkjet System Integrator UNIGRAPHICA to Expand Inkjet Integration Business Globally

Inkjet Insight Webinar: Understanding Customer Needs Without a Plane Ride - Virtual VOC

BOBST Inkjet Printing: A Printing Cluster Changing Label Production

Tecnau & Ricoh Partner for “Spring Forward with Tecnau” Live Virtual Event on June 9th

New EFI Fiery DFE Expands its Reach to Power Inkjet Printer Manufacturers with its Impressive Capabilities

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thINK Forum Platinum Partners Talk About the Event
thINK Forum Platinum Partners Talk About the Event

Published: August 10, 2022

Standard Finishing’s Mark Hunt, Tecnau’s Scott Peterson, Müller Martini’s Michael Wing, and Solimar Systems’ Jonathan Malone-McGrew, talk about their participation in this year’s thINK Forum. Watch Video

Impact’s Scott Williams on Improving Efficiency
Impact’s Scott Williams on Improving Efficiency

Published: August 4, 2022

David Zwang talks to Scott Williams, Director of Workflow Automation and Systems at Impact Mailing, a 40-year-old, 200-employee, family-owned business that specializes in direct mail, as well as transactional printing and pick-and-pack. The company is 100% digital, built around a Canon platform. As Director of Workflow Automation and Systems, Williams looks for ways to improve efficiency—whether that be new equipment, improved processes, new software, etc. Watch Video

InfoIMAGE Looks to Expand into Direct Mail
InfoIMAGE Looks to Expand into Direct Mail

Published: August 3, 2022

Christine Esparza, VP of Operations of InfoIMAGE talks with David Zwang at the recent thINK Forum. InfoIMAGE offers printed and electronic transactional materials for banks, credit unions, and insurance companies. The 38-year-old company has two facilities, in California and Texas, and 120–150 employees. She is attending the thINK Forum to help the company branch into color direct mail printing. Watch Video

HP and Tecnau Help DG3 Conquer Supply Chain Challenges
HP and Tecnau Help DG3 Conquer Supply Chain Challenges

Published: August 1, 2022

DG3 is a full-service solutions provider serving primarily the pharmaceutical and financial markets, as well as Fortune 1000 companies across a wide range of industries. A longtime HP customer, DG3 installed a PageWide T230 back in 2013, and were recently able to upgrade it to the latest T250 specs, taking advantage of the latest HP technologies such as Brilliant Ink. The partnership between HP and Tecnau has also helped DG3 weather the recent labor and supply chain challenges. Watch Video

JPS Graphics’ Hunter Johnson on the Transition to Inkjet
JPS Graphics’ Hunter Johnson on the Transition to Inkjet

Published: July 28, 2022

Hunter Johnson, CEO, JPS Graphics talks with David Zwang at last week’s thINK Forum. JPS Graphics is a third-generation printer that specializes in book printing and kitting for learning organizations. Originally an offset shop, the company only recently added digital printing and last year added their first production inkjet machine. Watch Video

Ed Jansen Offers Highlights of thINK Ahead 2022
Ed Jansen Offers Highlights of thINK Ahead 2022

Published: July 26, 2022

Elizabeth Gooding of Inkjet Insight talks to Ed Jansen, Vice President of Marketing for Production Printing Solutions at Canon Solutions America, about last week's thINK Ahead 2022 event. Watch Video

Canon and Tecnau Help A.B. Data Transition to Production Inkjet
Canon and Tecnau Help A.B. Data Transition to Production Inkjet

Published: July 25, 2022

In business for 40 years, A.B. Data produces direct mail and transactional statements, specializing in variable-data printing. Formerly relying on black-and-white toner-based digital printing, the company transitioned to production inkjet to improve its efficiency. See how partners Canon and Tecnau helped A.B. Data make its transition. Watch Video

Ricoh and Tecnau Help the State of Colorado Transition from Toner to Inkjet
Ricoh and Tecnau Help the State of Colorado Transition from Toner to Inkjet

Published: June 23, 2022

The State of Colorado uses Tecnau’s Revolution 50 Series high-speed cutting and stacking system in tandem with Ricoh’s VC60000 to produce a wide variety of transactional documents. The integrated equipment can produce graphic arts-quality documents with high ink coverage using coated papers in a wide variety of basis weights, and has helped the state transition from toner-based systems to production inkjet. Watch Video

The Value of Inkjet Printing in Direct Mail
The Value of Inkjet Printing in Direct Mail

Published: May 10, 2022

As we exit the pandemic phase of COVID, direct mail has seen a resurgence, and production inkjet printing is an ideal mechanism for its production. Industry evangelist and WhatTheyThink contributor Pat McGrew talks about the direct mail market in general and the advantages of producing direct mail with HP PageWide production inkjet printers in this video, sponsored by HP. Watch Video

Kyocera Ramps Up Production Inkjet Print Business
Kyocera Ramps Up Production Inkjet Print Business

Published: March 29, 2022

Industry veteran Michael Poulin is now the Director of Product Marketing & Business Development for Kyocera, building a robust team to enhance Kyocera's go-to-market strategies for sheetfed production inkjet. The company has already installed more than 200 TASKalfa Pro 15000c worldwide. Poulin provides more information in this exclusive WhatTheyThink interview. The TASKalfa Pro 15000c swatch book can be ordered here from April 2022 and beyond. Watch Video