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  • The Light Stuff:

    The Light Stuff:

    GTI’s Illuminating thoughts on ISO 3664.:2009 and color viewing environments

    Sean O’Leary

    As printing technology gallops like a runaway stagecoach along the digital trajectory, one critical production facet persists as decidedly analog and human: the dream of universal color viewing environments. Especially for higher value creative projects, the standardization of color evaluation supply chains is essential across the creative/production continuum. Designers, brand...
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  • Why Inkjet?

    Why Inkjet?

    By Noel Ward

    When the first high speed inkjet machines, all roll-to-roll devices, began reaching the market there was a lot of skepticism. Even some of the journalists and analysts with whom I swap perspectives weren’t sure inkjet was going to be a real player. Some thought (or maybe hoped) electrophotographic (EP) systems would go on forever. EP was, after all, their comfort zone. Many remained skeptical about inkjet.

    Why would anyone want cutsheet inkjet?
    A couple...
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  • Of Piggly Wiggly, CHILI Publish and the Fourth Wave of the Industrial Revolution

    Of Piggly Wiggly, CHILI Publish and the Fourth Wave of the Industrial Revolution

    by Sean O’Leary
    CTO, PrintPlanet

    It is not every day that one has the privilege of attending an event that kicks off with a discussion of how the Fourth Wave of the Industrial Revolution traces back to the 1916 self-service grocery innovations of PigglyWiggly. Nevertheless, that was how CHILI CEO Kevin Goeminne opened his talk at the Spicy Talk ‘18 Chicago Workplace on February 15. CHILI, of course, is the creator of a surging browser-based document editing platform that allows...
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  • Wtp

    Wtp

    by Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    What do you do when things go sideways? What does your team do? Who decides? And how do people feel when it’s all over? Successful? Or maybe like everyone just dodged a bullet?

    When things don’t go according to plan, there are usually a few people in any organization who fall apart, operating under a policy that goes something like, “when wracked by fear, or deep in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout.” Meanwhile, cooler heads usually...
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  • Accelerating Delivery for Parts & Service

    Accelerating Delivery for Parts & Service

    by Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    Ask yourself a question: How dependent is your business on the support available for the equipment and technology on your shop floor? If your company is like most others in our industry the answer is probably something like, “More than I’d like it to be.”

    To minimize the stress and moments of panic that come with an unexpected equipment failure, you probably have a series of procedures in place to help ensure you can still meet deadlines...
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  • Chasing the Holy Grail of Inkjet Printing * Third of 3 Parts

    Chasing the Holy Grail of Inkjet Printing * Third of 3 Parts

    Episode 3: Ink and Substrates Matter

    by Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    So you know inkjet is the game changer and has a lot of room to grow and change, and that an inkjet press running coated or glossy paper offers more paths to profitability. Priming fluids may have helped, but are not necessarily essential. So it sill comes down to putting the ink on the page, which is why Ink and Substrates Matter.

    Inks and Substrates Matter
    On any flavor of press, substrates...
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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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  • 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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  • Do You Know Enough to Succeed?
    by noelward
    By Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    In this age of rapidly evolving technology knowledge can make the difference between success and mediocrity…or even failure. This goes way beyond knowing your customers and the markets you serve. These days, that stuff just lets you put up a sign and open the front door, and it’s not enough. You also have to be conversant on at least some of the technology that is making your business valuable to your customers.

    Some of this is the entry-level...
    11-01-2019, 01:19 PM
  • Does Color Really Make a Difference?
    by noelward
    by Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    Henry Ford used to say the Model T came in any color you wanted as long as it was black.

    That was pretty much how purveyors (and buyers) of digital presses and copiers thought until the mid-1990s. Toner was all black all the time. Then, along came a couple of presses that delivered color, but they were less than reliable and the toner from one could sometimes be rubbed off a print with a pencil eraser. Not exactly what customers were looking for....
    10-28-2019, 01:27 PM
  • Have You Been Corrugated Lately?
    by noelward
    By Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    On any given week one news source or another runs a story about Amazon. The stories go on and on about the company’s outsized influence, its enormous market capitalization, the impact its facilities have on real estate values, local infrastructure, and more. They all miss one thing: Amazon’s indelible impact on corrugated packaging.

    Corrugated containers are simply the most practical way to ship a much of Amazon’s products, and cardboard—the...
    09-18-2019, 02:04 PM
  • PitStop Pro 19 Delivers the Tools Users Asked For
    by MyWildIrishProse
    PitStop Pro 19 Delivers the Tools Users Asked For
    The PDF editing platform we know as PitStop Pro has become a ubiquitous industry standard since it was introduced in 1993, embedded in the commercial printing industry like a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As the dominant preflight product, PitStop provides deep quality control and editing for PDF printing workflows. Over the decades, Enfocus has continued to develop new functionality, moving steadily toward more and more automation. Each...
    08-15-2019, 09:20 AM
  • Follow the Money with an Automated Workflow
    by noelward
    By Noel Ward, Editor@Large, PrintPlanet.com


    What is time worth?

    This means your time or that of your CSRs, prepress technicians, press and finishing equipment operators, and even the people in shipping. What is their time worth, and how do you translate those hours into payroll, the dollars you keep in your operating account, and profitability?

    Mounting competitive pressures and customer expectations for fast turnarounds and competitive prices rising...
    07-24-2019, 03:17 PM
  • What You Missed
    by noelward
    By Noel Ward, Editor@Large


    If you have medium- to large-size Ricoh presses and printers and didn’t go—and you probably did get an invitation—you missed an opportunity to learn how to make your operation more efficient and profitable.

    I’m talking about Ricoh Interact 2019, held June 5th and 6th in Denver, the second full-scale version of the company’s customer-oriented event that was all about making one’s business work better and not about prying money out of...
    06-20-2019, 01:50 PM
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