Archive for 'Digital Printing' Category

Super Bowl Drives Print

Last updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018

Close but no cigar. My Minnesota Vikings came within one game of playing the Super Bowl in their home stadium. It seemed as it was destiny as in the divisional playoff game the Minneapolis Miracle occurred when with 10 seconds left in the game and trailing by one, the Vikings completed a 61 yard pass [...]

Digital Printers Invest in Finishing

Last updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017

More than ever, printers are investing in technology to automate their shops. Order entry and prepress is being automated with web to print software, new digital presses continue to get more productive, and job information is flowing effortlessly through the system. Now that drive for automation is now being directed at finishing. That helps explain [...]

Ricoh Expands its Wide Format portfolio with addition of EFI® Vutek™ Hybrid Printers

Last updated: Thursday, November 30, 2017

Since 2004 when Ricoh acquired Hitachi Printing Systems, they have been on a mission to become a world leader in production printing. In a short period of time they have built an impressive portfolio of high speed rollfed inkjet presses and cutsheet toner presses, software (Web to Print, VDP, MIS, and workflow) plus a line [...]

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 [...]