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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.

Inkjet Ink Estimating: Challenges and Work-Arounds

Estimating in any print business can be a challenge, but inkjet users face a level of variability that users of other print technology don’t. In this article, Inkjet Insight’s Elizabeth Gooding and Alexandra Pekar look at the challenges of inkjet estimating and offer some solutions for overcoming those challenges. Read More

Can Measuring OEE Improve Your Productivity?

It seems like everyone is talking about “OEE” these days. This article, sponsored by HP and written by HP Indigo's "Workflow Chef" Gershon Alon, explains how OEE is a standard way to measure the “overall equipment effectiveness” of a manufacturing process—in this case, the printing process. Read More

Nine Continuous-Feed Inkjet Webinar Takeaways

Takeaways from a recent webinar on assessing continuous-feed (CF) inkjet for your print operation. Read More

Leveraging the Evolution of High-Speed Inkjet in Today’s Digital World

Concerns about data security have escalated in the COVID era, making some people wary of digital engagements. As a result, traditional print-based communications remain effective and can sometimes enable businesses to stand apart from their competitors. This article explores how print service providers can use high-speed inkjet equipment to their advantage Read More

The Expertise to Innovate with New Inkjet Applications: NIXKA

NIXKA may be the new kid on the block, or are they? They actually have 30 years of expertise in developing ink and material jetting solutions, with an impressive track record. More importantly, they have the right philosophy. Read More

Executive Q&A: John Mills, CEO of Xaar

John Mills, CEO of Xaar, talks about the company’s rebranding strategy, the new ImagineX printhead platform, and the “new Xaar.” Read More

Is There a First-Mover Advantage for Inkjet? Five Inkjet Early Adopters Share Their Experiences

Why would a printing business want to be an early adopter and take a risk on unproven technology? Inkjet Insight’s Elizabeth Gooding spoke with five technology leaders using inkjet in quality-sensitive operations about their experiences as pre-release adopters of production inkjet presses. Read More

Ricoh Enters the Cutsheet Production Inkjet Press Market with a Game Changer

Ricoh is not a newcomer to production inkjet. But as a late-comer to cut-sheet production inkjet, how do you compete with both the existing B2+ and A3 presses in the market at the same time? Apparently, they figured it out! Read More

Inkjet, TikTok, and Happy New Year: The Year in Review

Inkjet Insight’s Elizabeth Gooding  rounds up the production inkjet press launches serving the document and publishing market in 2020, when they were announced, when they will be commercially available, and the related development trends. Read More

KODAK NEXFINITY Digital Press: Versatility that Helps Printers say “Yes”

Print service providers who can say “yes” to virtually any job are at an advantage today. This article, sponsored by Kodak, explains how the KODAK NEXFINITY is a compelling solution for printers seeking a robust, flexible, effective sheetfed digital color press, delivering running costs competitive with medium-run offset andprints up to 400% more pages per month than competing sheetfed digital presses. Read More

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A Tour of the HP Indigo B2 Development Lab
A Tour of the HP Indigo B2 Development Lab

Published: May 5, 2021

Itamar Malka, R&D Product Development Lab Manager at HP Indigo, takes us on a short tour of the HP Indigo B2 development lab, where HP tests new features and capabilities on machines like the HP Indigo 100K, 15K, and 12000—as well as systems still in development. Learn more about the lab in this video sponsored by HP Indigo. Watch Video

Enhanced Productivity Mode (EPM) with HP Indigo Explained
Enhanced Productivity Mode (EPM) with HP Indigo Explained

Published: April 28, 2021

Alon Gazit, VP of R&D at HP Indigo, brings us to the HP Indigo 100K lab to talk about the benefits of using just three colors vs. CMYK when using Enhanced Productivity Mode (EPM) on the HP Indigo 100K Digital Press. EPM can increase productivity by 33% vs. printing in CMYK. Learn more about this approach in this video sponsored by HP Indigo. Watch Video

Differentiate With Direct Mail - Appealing to all the Senses
Differentiate With Direct Mail - Appealing to all the Senses

Published: April 16, 2021

Thriving in the print industry isn’t just about what you can do, but how you can do it even better. Delivering high-quality prints is a start, but standing out requires going the extra mile. And that means kicking creativity up a notch with enhanced, high-value direct mailers that appeal to consumers on a multi-sensory level. In fact, stimulating consumer senses has been proven to increase response rates, brand awareness and emotional bonds to products Watch Video

A Tour of the HP Indigo V12 Lab
A Tour of the HP Indigo V12 Lab

Published: April 14, 2021

Maya Poleg and Roi Liraz from the HP Indigo team take us on a behind the scenes tour of the HP Indigo V12 Digital Press R&D lab in this video sponsored by HP Inc. The first in a series of short videos which bring to light HP Indigo technology advancements, advantages, and an insider’s view from Indigo’s top technology experts. Watch Video

The Power of Perseverance - HP's Colorful Road to Brilliant Ink
The Power of Perseverance - HP's Colorful Road to Brilliant Ink

Published: March 25, 2021

HP has spent the past four decades not simply investing in inkjet ink research and development but perfecting it. Its five world-class teams of international chemists have worked to create custom inks for a range of different markets. They’ve partnered closely with hardware and writing systems engineers to develop the best integrated technology for its inkjet devices. In this Tech Talk, HP R&D Chemist Saba Lotfizadeh shares stories of the significant challenges and exciting breakthroughs in ink development that enable printing on a wide range of media. Watch Video

Canon Responds to the Pandemic
Canon Responds to the Pandemic

Published: September 3, 2020

Canon Solutions America EVP Francis McMahon and and thINK Executive Director Eric Hawkinson talk about how the company took actions in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and reached out to customers to ensure that their needs were being met and supply chain disruptions were minimized. Canon has also not slowed down its introduction of new hardware—and all through the pandemic, sales have been robust. Watch Video

thINK Board Members on This Year’s Event
thINK Board Members on This Year’s Event

Published: September 2, 2020

David Zwang talks to thINK Board members Todd Roth and Pete Studer about how the Board made the decision to hold thINK as a virtual event, how they went about putting the event together, and how they approached the selection of specific programs and new topics to cover. Watch Video

thINK Conference Goes Virtual
thINK Conference Goes Virtual

Published: September 1, 2020

Canon Solutions America EVP Francis McMahon and and thINK Executive Director Eric Hawkinson, preview the sixth annual thINK Ahead conference, this time held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Well over 1,000 people have registered for this event which will feature 35 sessions and 80 customer speakers, explaining their successes not only with production inkjet but also in running their businesses during the pandemic. The thINK Ahead conference takes place Wednesday, September 2. Watch Video

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

Direct Mail Printing with Inkjet Poll

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