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2021 Inkjet Summit Begins: The Compelling Power of Inkjet Printing Opportunity

The 2021 Inkjet Summit kicked off yesterday afternoon, punctuating strong evidence of a resurgent post-pandemic printing industry.

Sales Are Rising, But Operating Cost Inflation, Labor Shortages Persist

Recovery has begun for the printing industry. Sales are growing and confidence is on the rise, but operating cost inflation and labor shortages are squeezing margins. Those are primary conclusions of the second quarter 2021 Print Business Indicators Survey.

The COVID War: A Veteran Printer’s Tale

After countless months mired in a painfully slow slog, we now begin to emerge from the trenches, in what we hope is the decisive conclusion to the COVID War. As we conduct the battle damage assessment, I’m now discussing the aftermath and raw scars.

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Digital Printing

The 2021 Inkjet Summit kicked off yesterday afternoon, punctuating strong evidence of a resurgent post-pandemic printing industry.

The imagePRESS C850 offers print speeds of up to 85 letter-size images per minute, duplex, long-sheet printing, and can handle heavier, coated or textured stock. The imagePRESS C850 also features in-line finishing options including creasing and trimming. PRINTING United Booth 7016.

Each year, EFI hosts its customers, partners, media and analysts at its signature event, EFI Connect.

Business Management

Recovery has begun for the printing industry. Sales are growing and confidence is on the rise, but operating cost inflation and labor shortages are squeezing margins. Those are primary conclusions of the second quarter 2021 Print Business Indicators Survey.

After countless months mired in a painfully slow slog, we now begin to emerge from the trenches, in what we hope is the decisive conclusion to the COVID War. As we conduct the battle damage assessment, I’m now discussing the aftermath and raw scars.

As we prepare for life post-pandemic, this leaves us with the question of: what does reopening look like for businesses across the U.S.?

Wide-Format Printing

As a printing segment, wide-format is mature. While the technologies continue to be refined, and the materials get upgraded, the core concept remains unchanged. As the points of differentiation that were once critical selling points lose their punch, what can wide-format producers do to differentiate their businesses?

For any wall or floor graphics application, it's essential that the graphic itself will stand the test of time. Bricks and concrete, being rough and porous, are not the easiest surfaces to work with, but these tips should help you achieve great results.

When it comes to adding large-format printing to your operation, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here are 10 tips on the pitfalls to watch out for and how to set yourself up for success.

Mailing/Postal

The USPS released its long-anticipated 10-year strategic plan this week and it’s a decidedly mixed bag for the commercial mailing sector, a supply chain that includes printing and packaging, and one that in 2019 generated an estimated $1.6 trillion in sales.

Well planned, executed, and shared audits improve compliance, service, and expectations. Here is what you need to know.

Depending upon which experts you heed, the U.S. Postal Service is either a few months away from insolvency or it’s in no danger of running out of cash any time soon. Let's look at facts about what’s going on with this agency that’s so central to American life.

Workflow/Web-to-Print

When you run wide-format inkjet equipment, it's imperative that you perform a nozzle check each morning. Think of it as a "check engine" light on your car that tells you if you should drive it or not.

During the pandemic, in-plants have been forced to develop new ways to operate or reexamine how they work. We have been working with them to build new workflows or help them take full advantage of the systems they already have, so they can work smarter with fewer touches and staff, on-site or remotely.

Offering increased RIP speeds of up to 400% and aiding the image quality on numerous substrates and products including printed textiles, the recently released ONYX 19 sets a new standard in wide-format print production. PRINTING United Booth 6816.

Production Inkjet

A NAPCO Research report, Delivering New Levels of Value with Continuous-Feed Inkjet Printing, highlights the current state of technology capabilities, application opportunities, print customer demands, and investment considerations for print service providers and in-plants.

Offering print providers the ability to create surprising, innovative printed products, the new PX3000 UV inkjet press increases “wow" factor and speeds delivery, while at the same time controlling costs, even as customer SKUs increase. PRINTING United Booth 10564 and 9344.

We asked in-plants which new products and services would be fueling their growth over the next few years. The responses were surprising.

Consumables

When installing self-adhesive graphics, the last thing you probably think about is the remnants you throw away. However, the quality of these remnants - better known as release liners - can make a significant difference to the printing and installation of graphics.

A new laminate film from Drytac, branded as Polar Chrome, provides an eye-catching, silvery finish for graphics projects. The 3 mm PET product is compatible with numerous ink systems, including solvent, latex and UV cured. PRINTING United Booth 6224.

At the beginning of next year, magazine publishers will be paying about 25% more for paper than they did just 18 months earlier.

Sustainability

EPA issued a new rule that reduces the regulatory requirements for waste aerosol cans. The new rule is aimed at improving recycling and reducing the cost and burden of aerosol can management by imposing less stringent regulatory requirements on the cans.

A new film from LINTEC is applied wet and provides an excellent, print-protecting solution for companies in the graphic, in-plant, and visual communication segments. Made with 80% recycled PET materials, it offers a sustainable option. PRINTING United Booth 5104.

By integrating Two Sides materials into the school's curriculum, the faculty educates Digital Media students on the importance of the paper and print industry and the unique sustainable features of paper products.

In-plant Justification

In his latest blog, Greg Cholmondeley talks about the reasons many in-plants do not have up-to-date and relevant strategic plans.

Every year that I moderate an ideal panel session at the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association conference I get some great ideas from the panelists. This year, the session was called "Winning In-plant Ideas” and featured three healthcare in-plant leaders.

Although the business of higher education continues to be revolutionized by digital technology, print and mail are still very much a part of day-to-day operations. Who should be responsible for producing this print collateral, an in-plant or an outside firm?

Binding & Finishing

Broadside accordion folds, or single sheet accordion folds on cover stock, each require scoring in the first section before the right angle fold.

Even the simplest bindery department can be a complicated operation with a mix of post-press machinery, procedures and materials. No matter how well-trained an operator or manager, it's easy to miss something that leads to a mistake. A checklist can prevent mistakes with surprising results.

Nearly all of the successful marketing strategies were inspired by ideas from outside the printing industry.

Sheetfed Offset Printing

This is the time of year when organizations evaluate their current position and start thinking about things that they need to change.

IPG blogger Dwayne Magee takes a trip down printing’s memory lane by sharing an amusing collection of tips for printers.