Archive for 'Digital Printing' Category

New Ricoh Inkjet Press Product Briefing

Last updated: Thursday, November 2, 2017

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, Caslon & Company Ricoh has a new continuous feed inkjet press out and there’s a PODi Product Briefing on it. Their new RICOH Pro VC40000 fits in nicely between their IP50000 and Pro VC60000 presses. The RICOH Pro VC40000 is a CMYK plus one optional color, continuous feed, digital [...]

Xeikon on a roll.

Last updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017

After holding the Xeikon Café in Europe for several years, Xeikon brought the event to North America this week in Chicago. While primarily a user conference, Xeikon took the opportunity to add in a press conference and provide new insight on their strategy and positioning. One of the key positioning elements for Xeikon today is [...]

Print Service Providers Optimistic about Growth of Color Digital and Offset Printing

Last updated: Thursday, August 24, 2017

With page volumes up by 15% in 2016, digital color printing continues to be a top growth opportunity for print service providers. This marks the fifth year in a row of annual growth between 12% and 18%.  Contrast this with offset printing where print volumes declined again in 2017 and over the last five years [...]

Inkjet Printing Driving Growth

Last updated: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Digital color pages continue to grow nicely, up 15% in North America in 2016.  Looking at the growth in more detail, one can readily see the page volume growth is being driven by high speed continuous feed color inkjet. Pages produced on web-fed presses have been increasing at ~20% per year in recent years, double [...]

How will printers grow their businesses?

Last updated: Thursday, July 13, 2017

In 2016 production print service providers had a good year. In our recent Caslon survey, more printers reported increases in annual revenues than declines by at least a 2 to 1 ratio. As such, they bought more color digital print engines and produced more color digital pages than ever before. Each year Caslon surveys the [...]

Should You be Considering RICOH TotalFlow Prep?

Last updated: Thursday, June 1, 2017

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, Caslon & Company I recently did a PODi Product Briefing on Ricoh’s TotalFlow Prep and was very impressed. Ricoh’s developers have done an incredible job at bringing their solution’s capabilities up to and, perhaps exceeding, other make-ready solutions on the market. The user interface is well organized and provides [...]

Trevecca Nazarene University In-plant Pulls Off Major Turnaround with Xerox and EFI

Last updated: Thursday, April 20, 2017

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, Caslon & Company I recently interviewed Kelly Huebscher, who runs print services at Trevecca Nazarene University, for a PODi Video Case Study. Trevecca University is a liberal arts school in Nashville, Tennessee with about 3,000 students. It is best known for their teaching and music programs, but my interest [...]

Successfully Implementing Workflow Automation in a Job Shop

Last updated: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

When it comes to justifying workflow automation, especially in small to mid-size print shops, getting a good fix on the ROI can be elusive. That’s because labor savings on each job might not translate to immediate dollar savings. And the added benefits of fewer errors has compounding benefits downstream, from the bindery through to customer [...]

How Does a Worth Higgins get Hundreds of Jobs a Day with MarcomCentral?

Last updated: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, Caslon & Company I recently interviewed a commercial printer with over 70 active online portals servicing tens of thousands of end users, delivering hundreds of jobs per day, and driving 65 percent of their digital business. Brian Losch, VP of Sales, shared some of what they learned on the [...]

Would you like some foil with your digital printing?

Last updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Print Enhancement is not a new concept.  Printers generate over $5 billion annually by adding foil, spot gloss or raised print to printed documents via traditional analog methods. The market drivers for print enhancement are well documented: Adds a luxury look & feel Increases perceived value Makes materials stand out Can increase security Increases profitability [...]