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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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    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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  • 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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  • Speeding the Shift to Inkjet from Offset

    Speeding the Shift to Inkjet from Offset

    By Noel Ward

    The machine is deep blue, maybe 30 feet long, 10 feet high and deep. The owner calls it a variable offset press. It resides in a climate-controlled room, just outside of which an 8-color Speedmaster churns out work at 18,000 sheets per hour. The big blue inkjet press may be far slower, but it is actively taking work from the company’s two offset presses and a pair of full-color toner presses. The CTO of the operation says there is no reason to ever buy another offset...
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  • You Won’t Survive by Printing Alone

    You Won’t Survive by Printing Alone

    By Noel Ward

    In the mid-90s I was going into print shops, setting up internal networks, training prepress people on using QuarkXPress and dragging many shop owners kicking and screaming into the tenuous new world of digital file prep and digital printing. Some embraced the new technology while others were skeptical or resistant. Suffice it to say that those who survived were not the skeptics or resisters. A couple years later I was an active advocate for digital printing, editing a...
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  • Pay Attention to the Machine Behind the Curtain

    Pay Attention to the Machine Behind the Curtain

    By Noel Ward, Editor@Large

    They served champagne. It was a product launch, after all.

    About halfway through the afternoon, at the far end of a meeting room deep within the Boca Raton Resort, Canon pulled back the curtain on the Océ Colorado 1640. Rolling out an entirely new set of technologies, the new roll-to-roll large format printer opens up new opportunities for Canon–and its customers–in the fastest growing segment of the large format market.

    The...
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    Last edited by noelward; 03-28-2017, 01:20 PM.

  • So. You Want to do Label and Package Printing

    So. You Want to do Label and Package Printing

    By Noel Ward

    You’ve been doing a nice mix of commercial printing and have a host of satisfied customers. A digital press or two have been taking up some real estate on your shop floor for a couple of years, helped expand your reach, and now you’re looking for more opportunities. You’re thinking labels and folding cartons seem like a fairly natural transition into packaging. After all, how hard can it be?

    Labels and folding cartons are often seen as the low hanging...
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  • Violet is the New Black: Epson SureColor P-Series for Printing & Packaging Proofing

    Violet is the New Black: Epson SureColor P-Series for Printing & Packaging Proofing

    Violet Is the New Black: Epson SureColor P-Series for Commercial Printing and Packaging Proofing

    By Richard Romano, Industry Analyst

    One of the perennial challenges in any printing workflow is accurate proofing. Back in the day, when prepress workflows were still largely analog and film-based, proofing was not foolproof, so to speak, but color proofs generated from color-separated films gave a pretty accurate representation of what was going to come off press.
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  • Why You Shouldn’t Buy a Digital Press

    Why You Shouldn’t Buy a Digital Press

    Why You Shouldn’t Buy a Digital Press

    By Noel Ward, Editor @ Large

    There are a couple of legends about digital printing that continue to bring a lot of pain to some print providers. They hamper the expansion of digital print specifically and hurt the print industry in general. Ironically, parts of these legends were initiated and promulgated by some of the very people who built and sold digital presses.

    First is the idea that short runs are the main reason...
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  • MIS for the Masses: Printlogic Targets Small Print Businesses

    MIS for the Masses: Printlogic Targets Small Print Businesses

    MIS for the Masses: Printlogic Targets Small Print Businesses

    By Richard Romano, Industry Analyst

    One major trend in print enterprise management software today is the emergence of MIS/CRM and workflow management systems that are as powerful as those used by the largest printing establishments but are tailored to, and are easy to use by, small and mid-size printers–that is, those in the three- to 20-employee range. The goal is to give smaller players all the benefits of...
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  • Canon Doubles Down on One

    Canon Doubles Down on One

    Canon Doubles Down on One

    By Noel Ward, Editor @ Large

    Long Island was humid. Hot. And flying in from the Maritimes took some time. But for a Canon event the effort is always worthwhile. Here’s a short take.

    Two or three times a year Canon updates journalists and analysts on how the company is moving forward, the new products being rolled out and how it is positioning itself in a changing marketplace. And so it was in early August when about 30 of us showed...
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