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Trend Alert: The Evolving Role of Production Inkjet

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Production inkjet is evolving from the production of transactional document and books to a broad range of applications, including packaging. Its growth will be driving significant changes in the industry, including grabbing market share from offset and cut sheet digital applications. Managers need to understand the applications and the business case for implementing a production inkjet solution. Join an in-depth evaluation of how and why high-speed inkjet is creating new business opportunities.

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Trend Alert: The Evolving Role of Production Inkjet

  1. 1. Trend Alert: The Evolving Role of Production Inkjet Dr. Mark Bohan Vice President, Technology and Research Jim Workman Assistant Vice President, Center for Technology and Research
  2. 2. Session Overview ▶ Inkjet technology ▶ Evolution ▶ Solution set ▶ Today and in the future ▶ Market segments ▶ Business opportunities ▶ Technical solutions ▶ Use cases © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 2
  3. 3. Digital printing General comments ▶ Increasing market share ▶ New applications ▶ Variability ▶ It is “relatively nice” to the fluids ▶ Categories ▶ Toner based systems ▶Commercial applications ▶ Inkjet ▶Wide range of applications © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 3
  4. 4. Inkjet marketplace What is happening ▶ Majority of heads still developed for the home environment ▶ Industrial increasing ▶ Consider piezoelectric heads ▶ Majority are going into wide format ▶ Production Inkjet ▶Growth potential ▶ Packaging and label ▶Growth potential © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 4
  5. 5. Inkjet market Different sectors ▶ Home market ▶ Proofing ▶ Wide format ▶ Label ▶ Mailing and addressing ▶ Production ▶ Low to high speed ▶ Industrial © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 5
  6. 6. Inkjet Technologies Continuous Nozzle technology Inkjet Printing Drop-on-Demand Thermal Piezoelectric Kodak © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 6
  7. 7. Stand alone systems Industrial engineering ▶ Combine different system components ▶ Modular design ▶ Heads ▶ Drivers ▶ Being done by ▶ System integrators ▶ Print companies ▶ Industrial applications Sources Xennia and Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 7
  8. 8. Communication is key How do you present your data! ▶ Resolution ▶ dpi and variable dot size ▶ Quality ▶ Speed ▶ Impacts resolution ▶ Print volume ▶ What is included in the overall time ▶ Where are items classified ▶ How do you run at start up? ▶ What is acceptable quality? 6pl Sub-Drop 42pl drop 24pl drop 12pl drop Source Xaar © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 8
  9. 9. Workflow Driving the presses ▶ Different solutions and workflows available ▶ Dependent on application ▶ Color management ▶ Variable content ▶ Can you fill the press? © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 9
  10. 10. Variable data Different solutions Dov Isaacs, Adobe, Automation Solutions Network Meeting, February 2012 © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 10
  11. 11. Production inkjet Industry acceptance ▶ Print quality ▶ Speed ▶ Cost of production ▶ Cost of ownership © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 11
  12. 12. Production inkjet presses www.printing.org/productioninkjet ▶ Canon Océ JetStream and ColorStream Series, used in transactional, direct mail and commercial solutions ▶ Delphax ELAN™ SERIES, Packaging using memjet heads ▶ FUJIFILM Jet Press 720, sheetfed. ▶ HP T Series web press, utilizing thermal drop generation ▶ KBA RotaJET 76, piezo inkjet technology ▶ Kodak Prosper Series, stream inkjet head technology. ▶ Kodak Versamark Series, high-volume variable solutions, transactional ▶ Komori Impremia, web and sheetfed inkjet presses ▶ Landa Technologies, novel technology ▶ Konica Minolta KM-1, sheetfed B2-format ▶ Ricoh InfoPrint 5000, direct mail, transactional, and by service bureaus ▶ RICOH Pro VC60000, commercial print ▶ RISO ComColor series, cut sheets, applications in medium-volume production ▶ Screen Truepress Jet520, piezoelectric drop-on-demand water-based inks ▶ Timsons TPrint, piezoelectric drop-on-demand ▶ TKS JetLeader, piezoelectric focusing on the newspaper market ▶ Xerox CiPress™, resin-based ink formulation, piezoelectric ▶ Xerox Impika, piezoelectric, transactional, direct mail © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 12
  13. 13. Substrate developments Inkjet and offset ▶ Inkjet requirements very different from offset ▶ Specialty papers developed ▶ Marketplace not there yet ▶ Characteristics include ▶ Coating, binder, show through, gloss, water fastness …. ▶ New papers are here ▶ Different inkjets have different requirements © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 13
  14. 14. Coatings Affecting the paper and improving quality ▶ Added value to the prints ▶ Development of coatings to apply ▶ Pre and post printing ▶ Use the same technology ▶ Flood anilox coaters ▶ Broaden scope of products available © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 14
  15. 15. Market opportunities Inkjet ▶ Transactional ▶ Transpromo ▶ Books ▶ Newspaper ▶ Direct mail ▶ General commercial ▶ Packaging ▶ Specialty ▶ Hybrid applications © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 15
  16. 16. Where is the business coming from? Production Inkjet ▶ Offset ▶ Sheetfed ▶Web ▶ EP ▶ Cut sheet based ▶ Pre-print ▶ New business © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 16
  17. 17. Print quality Expectations for different markets Direct mail Books Packaging Commercial Transactional Newspaper Transpromo Quality Newsletters © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 17
  18. 18. Market Segments The potential and where the sales challenges are ▶ Transactional ▶ Statements, personal communication, checks .. ▶ Increase in color opportunities ▶ Very specific market segment ▶ Transpromo ▶ Taking market from EP, offset shells / EP © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 18
  19. 19. RICOH InfoPrint 5000 series Transactional printing ▶ Focus on transactional, service bureaus, direct mail and mono books ▶ 7 Unique Models ▶ 5 Different Ink Types ▶ MICR configurations ▶ Variable droplet size ▶ AFP, PS and PDF solutions ▶ Wide range of different solutions ▶ Simple and robust design ▶ Utilizes robust technologies Booth 1931 © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 19
  20. 20. Canon Océ Jetstream and ColorStream Overview ▶ Proven technology using piezoelectric heads ▶ Wide range solutions within the family ▶ Full MICR capability ▶ Variable drop size ▶ Used in many transactional applications ▶ Books ▶ Transpromo ▶ Commercial printing Booth 613 © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 20
  21. 21. Xerox Impika Overview ▶ Piezoelectric drop on demand ▶ HD inks ▶ Up to 6 colors ▶ Small footprint ▶ Compact design ▶ Modular ▶ Also applications in direct mail Booth 1213 © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 21
  22. 22. Market Segments The potential and where the sales challenges are ▶ Books ▶ Market for digital on short run ▶ Mono or color ▶ Manuals ▶ Educational ▶ Personalization © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 22
  23. 23. HP T Series Web Presses Overview ▶ Presses are installed worldwide ▶ Wide range of configurations ▶ Up to 42” wide ▶ Color or mono ▶ Multiple heads used ▶ K C M Y + Bonding Agent (BA) ▶ 7 thermal printheads on each printbar ▶ Tandem printbars Booth 1913 © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 23
  24. 24. Timsons TPrint Overview ▶ Book centric solution ▶ Uses Kodak S-Series heads, 52” wide web ▶ Integrated finishing ▶ Different signatures ▶ Leverages ZMR technology © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 24
  25. 25. Xerox CiPress ▶ Novel ink technology ▶ Waterless technology ▶ Wide range of stocks ▶Light weight Overview ▶ Web width up top 20.4” ▶ Books & manuals, direct mail, transactional promotional Booth 1213 © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 25
  26. 26. Customer highlight Hudson Printing ▶ Purchased HP T330 Color Inkjet Web Press in fall 2013 to meet demand for shorter run books, magazines, catalogs. ▶ Reached 70% capacity on one shift within a few months of beginning production. ▶ Press produces posters, catalogs, brochures, flyers…almost every type of work typically produced on the company’s web offset presses. ▶ The variable capabilities opens up new customer conversations, such as highly-variable magazines. © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 26
  27. 27. Customer highlight Documation ▶ Sought a way to deliver journals, books, children’s books, newsletters, magazines faster and more cost effectively to publishing and association clients. ▶ Installed two HP T230 Color Inkjet Web Presses. ▶ Migrated color book blocks for children’s books from offset and digital sheetfed presses for more efficient printing. ▶ UV in-line coating enabled digital production of high-quality postcards, a new application. ▶ Plans to leverage presses to grow direct mail business. © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 27
  28. 28. Market Segments The potential and where the sales challenges are ▶ Packaging ▶ Cartons ▶ POP ▶ Flexible packaging ▶ As long as we use “things” packaging is never going away ▶ Prototypes ▶ Personalization ▶ Regionalization ▶ Growth in international markets © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 28
  29. 29. FUJIFILM Digital Inkjet J Press 720 Overview ▶ Strong focus on the short run market ▶ Prints on sheets ▶ Targets both litho and digital operations ▶Packaging ▶ Pre-coat to allow conventional litho substrates ▶ Water based inks ▶ Samba print heads from Dimatix Booth 3213 © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 29
  30. 30. Market segments The potential and where the sales challenges are ▶ Newspapers ▶ Short run versions ▶ Replace offset ▶ Inserts ▶ Advertising opportunities ▶ Personalization ▶ Regionalization ▶ Competitions © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 30
  31. 31. TKS JetLeader ▶ Focus on newspaper Overview ▶ 2014 InterTech Technology Award ▶ In line finishing ▶ Books and commercial printing ▶ Piezoelectric drop-on-demand water based inks Booth 3248 © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 31
  32. 32. Kodak Prosper 6000P Overview ▶ Utilizes novel continuous inkjet technology ▶ Aqueous inks ▶ Publishing, targeting high speed applications ▶ Low to medium coverage ▶ Different substrates ▶ Typical 42 gsm – 125 gsm Booth 831 © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 32
  33. 33. Market Segments The potential and where the sales challenges are ▶ Direct mail ▶ Targeted direct mail ▶ Metrics are critical ▶ Brochures ▶ Take from different markets ▶ Newsletters ▶ Lower quality © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 33
  34. 34. Market Segments The potential and where the sales challenges are ▶ General commercial printing ▶ Primarily roll feed ▶Increase in the sheetfed solutions ▶ Appropriate use of personalization ▶ Static short run © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 34
  35. 35. Kodak Prosper 6000C Overview ▶ Utilizes novel continuous inkjet technology ▶ Aqueous inks ▶ Targeting high speed applications ▶ Typical 650 fpm Glossy substrates ▶ Different substrates ▶ Typical 42 gsm – 270 gsm Booth 831 © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 35
  36. 36. Screen Truepress Jet520 Overview ▶ Piezoelectric heads ▶ 20.4” web width ▶ 720 dpi resolution ▶ Varied for different applications ▶ New higher resolution available ▶ Magazines, newspapers, small-lot printing, textbooks and transactional printing ▶ Packaging press option with UV ▶ Sheetfed inkjet press ▶ 810 duplex sheets per hour © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 36
  37. 37. RICOH Pro VC60000 Commercial printing marketplace ▶ Focus on commercial, direct mail and color book ▶ Announced before the show! ▶ Offset, EP and inkjet markets ▶ Higher quality ▶ 1200x1200, x600, 600x600 ▶ High volume ▶ 40M A4 pages per month ▶ Wider substrate range ▶ Offset coated, matte, uncoated ▶ Thickness 40-250 gsm Booth 1931 © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 37
  38. 38. Customer highlight Inkjet and offset: bonprix ▶ Issue ▶ Increase catalogue impact ▶ Traditionally all offset catalogue ▶ Introduced variable cover ▶ Personalized the cover to demographics and data ▶ Significant increase in after market sales © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 38
  39. 39. Customer highlight Gilson Graphics ▶ First US installation of sheetfed J Press 720 (half-size 28”) in late 2011, outputting a range of commercial work. ▶ Work has migrated from Gilson’s offset presses and also coming from applications that previously were impossible to print. ▶ Gilson has since installed the J Press 540W web press (600 dpi) for booklet and coupon jobs, as well as monochrome book work. © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 39
  40. 40. Market Segments The potential and where the sales challenges are ▶ Hybrid applications are challenging this market ▶ Ink costs for offset are significantly less ▶ Fast production speeds ▶ Integrate into many areas ▶ Newspaper ▶ Commercial ▶ Transactional © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 40
  41. 41. Customer highlight The Sun (UK) ▶ Using inkjet imprinting to promote premium online content Reference © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 41
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  43. 43. Landa technologies Overview ▶ New technology showcased ▶ Innovative technology ▶ Inkjet that is offset from a heated blanket and then adhered to the substrate © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 43
  44. 44. KBA RotaJET 76 Overview ▶ Utilizing strengths from offset ▶ Web widths up to 30.74 ▶ 500 ft./ min ▶ Small footprint ▶ Produces through start up ▶ Minimizing waste Booth 213 © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 44
  45. 45. Komori Impremia/Konica Minolta KM-1 Overview ▶ Partnership between the companies ▶ Cut sheet device ▶ 29” sheet size ▶ UV ink ▶ LED Curing Booth 1231 / 654 © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 45
  46. 46. Adoption Challenges ahead ▶ Inertia and status quo ▶ Market readiness ▶ New technology ▶ There will be some failures! ▶ Existing equipment ▶ Just because you can do it – should you? ▶ Your USP ▶ Handle data at high speed © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 46
  47. 47. Production inkjet Closing thoughts © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 47
  48. 48. Thanks for listening! Dr. Mark Bohan Vice President, Technology & Research 412 259 1782 mbohan@printing.org Jim Workman Assistant Vice President 412 259 1710 jworkman@printing.org www.printing.org www.printing.org/free www.printing.org/markbohan www.linkedin.com/in/markbohan © Printing Industries of America | www.printing.org 48

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