Archive for 'Packaging' Category

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 [...]

How a Commercial Printer Entered the Label Business in a Big Way

Last updated: Thursday, January 26, 2017

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, Caslon & Company I know it’s a slight departure from my usual focus on workflow software, but I wanted to share this conversation I had with Joshua Feller, owner of ColorZone ( in Benicia, California. We talked about the innovative ways they are using their EFI VUTEk and Jetrion [...]

Is Digital Print Enhancement the Next Big Thing?

Last updated: Thursday, October 20, 2016

Since being introduced in the market, innovations in color digital printing have aimed at transferring pages from offset. As digital set its sights on the offset market, the first areas of focus were image quality, speed, and costs. Once digital printing image quality was acceptable and productivity reasonable, the focus continued to expand to other [...]

Canon Simplifies Color Management

Last updated: Thursday, April 21, 2016

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company Color management shouldn’t be as complex and time-consuming as it is. At least I don’t think it should in a world of ubiquitous computers and “apps” for just about everything. However, the sad facts are that conforming to the various G7 standards typically involve [...]

When is an in-plant not an in-plant?

Last updated: Thursday, December 4, 2014

Just before Thanksgiving I visited a printing company called Labels in Motion. Labels in Motion is a label printing company which uses a Xeikon 3500 to service a wide range of industries such as food services, industrial, beauty products, cleaning supplies, marketing and others with their number one client, by far, being Xymogen – a [...]

A Closer Look at Miyakoshi Label Presses

Last updated: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Included in Caslon’s Digital Label Printer Report  are an inkjet digital label printer from Miyakoshi and a toner based label printer that is built by Konica Minolta and Miyakoshi. Recently my colleague, Mark Kamei, who heads up PODi Japan had the opportunity to attend an Open House put on by Miyakoshi, where the company showed [...]

Digital Label Presses Galore

Last updated: Thursday, November 6, 2014

As the business drivers take hold in the market demand for digital printing of labels is expected to continue to grow rapidly.  It used to be easier to select a digital print engine for label production.  The first manufacturers in the field were HP Indigo and Xeikon with their electro-photographic presses (ElectroInk for HP and [...]

HP Upgrades Two Workhorse Indigo Presses

Last updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014

HP recently announced that they are making enhancements to two of Indigo’s top sellers:  the Indigo 7600 for the commercial print space and the Indigo WS6600 for the label and film packaging markets. New features have been announced that transform the Indigo 7600 into the Indigo 7800 include:

HP’s Inkjet Web Press Business Demonstrates Thought Leadership at Transform Event

Last updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Transform was the theme of the recent HP Inkjet Web Press event in Dallas (May 2014).  The event was designed to show customers and prospects how they can transform their business using digital printing technology.  It was one of the most impressive events I’ve attended as it showcased customers, technology, innovation and strategy. HP brought [...]

Mark Andy Offers a New Digital Label Press

Last updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014

The digital printing market for labels is attracting considerable attention.  Mark Andy, a leader in flexographic printing recently announced their latest entry into the market.  In Caslon’s updated report on high-end digital label presses we tallied 34 presses from 25 manufacturers.  You can get a copy of the report at Digital Label Press Report. What [...]