Archive for 'Digital Printing' Category

Ricoh Goes Big with Interact

Last updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018

It seems like just a few years ago (it was probably more like 6-8 years ago) I was invited to participate at a Ricoh user’s meeting. I recall sitting in a conference room with about 10 Ricoh users and discussing where digital print was headed and other various industry topics.  Just last week I was [...]

Canon Enters the Label Market

Last updated: Friday, June 15, 2018

Leveraging its “Inkjet DNA” Canon is entering the packaging market.  The first inkjet entry is into the labels market with the launch of the Océ LabelStream 4000 series press. This press has many of the same characteristics of the inkjet presses Canon produces for the production printing markets.  The clean solid design of this label [...]

Inkjet Adoption in Commercial Printing

Last updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

As I mentioned in a previous blog (link) the print volume of color inkjet comprises over 50% of the page volume of color digital pages in the production market in North America. While this growth has been impressive, it is only phase 1 for the adoption of inkjet technology.  This phase is characterized by 4 [...]

The Journey to Inkjet Printing Hits Another Milestone

Last updated: Monday, February 26, 2018

Both in North America and in W. Europe in 2017 over half of the production digital color pages were printed on inkjet presses. The majority of what was printed can be characterized as applications that require low color coverage on uncoated stock which translates to transactional documents, direct mail and books. When it comes to [...]

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 [...]