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  • Chasing the Holy Grail of Inkjet Printing: The Second of Three Parts

    Chasing the Holy Grail of Inkjet Printing: The Second of Three Parts

    Episode 2: To Prime or not to Prime?

    by Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    The story so far: Inkjet printing on glossy and coated stocks is a Holy Grail of inkjet printing. But like in human relationships, there’s chemistry involved, only here it is the chemistry of inks and the surface of the paper. The technologies are advancing all the time, but for the moment it comes to one question:

    To Prime or Not to Prime?
    The surfaces of glossy or coated stocks are resistant...
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  • Chasing the Holy Grail of Inkjet Printing: The First of Three Parts

    Chasing the Holy Grail of Inkjet Printing: The First of Three Parts

    Episode 1: Where Ink and Paper Meet

    By Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    It’s probably no coincidence that adoption of high-speed inkjet printing has been growing right along with the throughput speeds of the presses. But for all they offer, high-speed inkjet systems have typically lacked the ability to handle coated or glossy substrates. Now, thanks to changes in inks and papers, such stocks are speeding beneath the print heads of many inkjet presses. This expands the opportunities...
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    Last edited by noelward; 11-30-2017, 08:55 AM.

  • Xeikon Café Opens Shop in Chicago

    Xeikon Café Opens Shop in Chicago

    By Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    If you aren’t a Xeikon customer or prospect, or just didn’t go to the recent Xeikon Cafe in Chicago, you missed a great event. We’ll get to that. But first, a bit of history.

    That was then…
    A quarter century ago, at a trade show called IPEX (now a mere shadow of its former self) two smallish companies rolled out their full-color digital printing presses. Today, the latest iterations of their machines are still influencing the ever-expanding...
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  • How Canon Users thINK

    How Canon Users thINK

    By Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    Early fall is a fine time to go to south Florida. Hurricanes are (maybe) a bit less likely to disrupt travel plans, the temps have dropped out of the nineties and although the humidity is still there, the lower end of the Sunshine State is not a bad place to be, especially when the venue is the tony Boca Raton Resort and the reason for being there is Canon thINK 2017. This third iteration of Canon’s customer-driven conference brought in more than 400 people...
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  • An under-the-radar flight pattern for MCS Inc.

    An under-the-radar flight pattern for MCS Inc.

    by Sean O’Leary

    The first thing Glenn Toole said to me was “We change our world every 4 - 5 years and if we don’t we’re not moving ahead.”

    It was just last week that your PrintPlanet reporter stopped by MCS, Inc.’s Bolingbrook, IL National Demonstration Facility for a follow up chat with Glenn Toole, Vice President Sales & Marketing. This trip was sort of a continuation of a brief Print ’17 booth visit, after which I had been dogged by a feeling that there was more...
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  • Putting the customer at the center

    Putting the customer at the center

    An interview with the Managing Director of Enfocus
    Some of our members may be aware of changes at Enfocus during this year. As change happens, staff turnover occurs and some new faces emerge. Such has been the case at Enfocus, however the one constant is their ongoing customer support, evident on PrintPlanet posts and by their own, internal customer support. At PRINT-17, our staff had the chance to meet the new Managing Director, Wim Fransen, and discuss his customer-centric focus.
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  • Seeking Full Disclosure: Who was Underwhelmed by PRINT 17?

    Seeking Full Disclosure: Who was Underwhelmed by PRINT 17?

    By Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    Trying not to be snarkier than usual, I look back on four days at PRINT 17, remembering what it once looked like, thinking about what many I spoke with said about the show, and wondering what universe NPES lives in when they say this show went well.

    To be sure, the educational sessions, on the floor and in meeting rooms, were very good. These are one of the prime reasons for attending a trade show and anyone who goes to a show without taking advantage...
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    Last edited by noelward; 09-21-2017, 03:48 PM.

  • Short-Run Rotary Die-Cutting: More Value and More Margin

    Short-Run Rotary Die-Cutting: More Value and More Margin

    By Richard Romano, Industry Analyst

    Printing today is about more than ink on paper. In fact, even saying “ink on paper” is an anachronism, given the bewildering variety of substrates that today’s equipment can print on. Today’s print customers are increasingly looking for ways for what they produce to stand out from other printed items, either in customers’ mailboxes, on store shelves, or any other environment where printed materials are jostling for attention. To that end,...
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  • Automated Cross Platform Color Management is Now a Thing

    Automated Cross Platform Color Management is Now a Thing

    "What do you want the job to look like, where is it going and what are the rules for mapping out of gamut colors?"

    Sean O’Leary
    Chief Technology Officer | Print Planet

    I was recently involved in producing case studies documenting a half dozen large commercial printers’ installations of high speed production inkjet printers. The featured inkjet models were built by Xerox, Fuji, Ricoh, HP, Konica-Minolta and other major manufacturers and they had been installed...
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  • Noodling with Job Planning and Imposition Software

    Noodling with Job Planning and Imposition Software

    By Richard Romano, Industry Analyst

    I once bought a pasta maker. It seemed like a good idea at the time. I mean, I like pasta (it’s part of the heritage, after all!), and fresh, restaurant-quality pasta is one of life’s great delights. However, since I do not actually run a restaurant, the pasta maker ended up being more trouble than it was worth. From all the prep work it takes to make the dough to put into the thing, to the elaborate clean-up required, it turned out that just...
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  • A Duplo Upgrade As A Weapon Against Commoditization
    by MyWildIrishProse
    Few observers of the commercial print industry have missed the fact that the industry now changes at hyper speed, even as it continues to consolidate. These days, most of these technology innovations fall under the aegis of automation, as efficiency becomes ever more critical to competitiveness. For better or worse, the machines keep getting smarter and taking on more of the workload as skilled operators become harder to find.

    Change is generally good – especially when it improves...
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  • Learn to do Something That Can Kill You
    by noelward
    by Noel Ward, Editor @ Large

    Unlike many industry events there was no sense of déjà vu when coming to the third edition of Xeikon’s Café in North America. Every one of these events has been an improvement from the one before and the level of value keeps increasing. Why anyone who has or is considering a Xeikon digital press or ThermoflexX plate maker would not be at this event is mystifying. It’s one of the poster children for how vendor-sponsored events should be run.
    ...
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  • Green Light For Green Button Laminators at the 2019 BindRite Conference
    by MyWildIrishProse
    Al Boese, Executive Director and longtime spirit guide of the BindRite Dealers Association, prefers the term “Green Button Technology” to automation.

    “It tells a better story,” explains Boese. Al likes stories and he is good at telling them. As a longtime player in the post print segment, Boese has enjoyed a front row seat as digital technology transformed finishing and laminating equipment.

    “In my mind, GBT originated in photocopying in the early 1970’s and...
    05-16-2019, 08:39 AM
  • Killer Apps Percolating At The Free Xeikon Café in May
    by MyWildIrishProse
    Anyone feeling challenged by running a printing business in the digital age may be interested in getting to Chicago mid-May to check out Xeikon Café North America (May 14-16, 2019). This multi-vendor educational & networking event follows on the heels of a record-breaking Xeikon Café Europe in April, which attracted over 1,000 participants to Antwerp. The North American conference includes panels, workshops, demonstrations, presentations and social events, with a focus on automation and flexible...
    04-25-2019, 08:33 AM
  • The Space Between: RISO Nails the “Business InkJet” Niche
    by MyWildIrishProse
    by Sean O’Leary

    The transition from electrostatic/toner printers to inkjet printing continues apace, with few observers doubting that inkjet platforms will prevail in the long term. The latest generation of production inkjet presses from Xerox, KM, and Ricoh are faster than toner-based (EP) machines and generally cost less per page for the same job. As for the color accuracy question, once the accountants and customers take a good look at total benefits, it turns out that inkjet color...
    04-17-2019, 10:02 PM
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