How far has production inkjet come, where does it have room to improve and what obstacles to its adoption remain? Inkjet Summit advisory board members Marco Boer, Elizabeth Gooding and Barb Pellow offer their insights.
Press manufacturers, postpress equipment suppliers and software, consumables and substrate companies all came together in Lucerne, Switzerland, recently to showcase automated end-to-end digital production workflows. Among the attendees were more than 100 U.S.-based printers, representing a virtual Who’s Who of leading printing companies.
Xerox is presenting a portfolio of end-to-end solutions designed to help print service providers optimize inkjet production, including the new Xerox Rialto 900 MP Inkjet Press.
As a follow-up to its recent Canon Media & Analyst Event, Canon Solutions America held an ancillary meeting for journalists and analysts covering the production print market, which included a panel discussion with Canon Solutions America customers and a tour of Canon Solutions America's Customer Experience Center.
When it comes to supporting the parent organization’s mission, few in-plants do it better than the Instructional Publication Center at Hemet Unified School District, which now prints all math curriculum materials thanks to the installation of two inkjet presses.
Eef De Ridder, VP of commercial printing, commercial and industrial printing group, Ricoh Europe, says: "Our continuous feed production platform is growing fast and we are delighted to be able to give visitors to Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019 a first look at all the exciting technologies featured in our Pro VC70000 system."
MGI Digital Technology has integrated Memjet's DuraLink printing technology into its new AlphaJET B1 Inkjet Printing and Embellishment press. This is the first 40-plus-inch sheetfed press to integrate the DuraLink inkjet printheads, ink and modules, as well as the first five-color digital printing system to offer decorative special effects.
Fujifilm’s new, third-generation J Press 750S production inkjet press, with a maximum sheet size of 23x29.5˝, further raises the bar by adopting the company’s latest quality, productivity and environmental enhancements.
NAPCO Media, a leading B-to-B media company, has acquired the Inkjet Summit and the Digital Packaging Summit from nGage Events.
The in-plant at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has installed a digital inkjet press along with a range of in-line finishing equipment, which it will use to produce full-color marketing and communications materials.
In-plants are seriously investigating production inkjet printing and expanding their wide-format capabilities according to a new IPG research report on equipment investment trends at in-plants.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve become very familiar with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s in-plant. Not only did I interview director Marcie Carr for October’s cover story, I also toured the Bureau of Publications when it played host to a symposium of government in-plants in September.
PRINTING United will give Canon Solutions America a venue for positioning itself as a leader in digital printing, particularly on the inkjet side.
The Inkjet Summit is an invitation-only, hosted event specifically designed for senior managers and business executives at printing companies and corporate enterprises who are looking to develop strategies, understand their options and make major investment decisions around production inkjet digital printing technology.