Mike Barry

About Mike Barry

Mike Barry is the Product Marketing Manager for Digital Solutions. Recently he spoke on Hybrid Printing for Graphics Canada at the Innovations Hub.

Fujifilm Participates in Hybrid Print Panel at Digital Packaging Summit

Mike Barry, Fujifilm product marketing manager - digital solutions, joined a panel of suppliers at the third annual Digital Packaging Summit to discuss the impact hybrid flexo/inkjet printing technology will have in packaging. Moderated by Marco Boer of I.T. Strategies, the panel also included representatives from Mark Andy, Nilpeter, Kodak, and Gallus. "In the label segment, hybrid printing, which often combines inkjet and flexographic technologies, has emerged as a solution [...]

November 29th, 2017|Categories: Inklings Blog|Comments Off on Fujifilm Participates in Hybrid Print Panel at Digital Packaging Summit

Hybrid Printing of Shrink Sleeve Beer Cans Ideal for Micro-Brews

A recent article by Richard Romano for WhatTheyThink.com (That Can-Do Spirit: New Trends in Beer Consumption Open Up a Can of Opportunities, July 31, 2017) showcases the opportunities available to printers by the tremendous U.S. growth in microbreweries and the new benefits of canning their beer versus bottling. First, there's economics. Cans are cheaper for breweries to buy as well as ship. No wonder cans are gaining favor among micro-brews [...]

August 21st, 2017|Categories: Inklings Blog|Comments Off on Hybrid Printing of Shrink Sleeve Beer Cans Ideal for Micro-Brews

UV Ink Part 3: UV-curable Ink and Hybrid Printing

This blog is the third of a three-part series discussing the positive attributes of UV-curable ink technologies as presented in a panel discussion at IT Strategies' Digital Packaging Summit by Mike Barry, Fujifilm Product Marketing Manager - Digital Solutions. How UV-curable inkjet technology adds new flexibility in hybrid printing Hybrid printing, like the versatile Graphium, marries the benefits of digital UV-curable inkjet printing with all the same finishing applications that [...]

June 8th, 2017|Categories: Inklings Blog|Comments Off on UV Ink Part 3: UV-curable Ink and Hybrid Printing

UV Ink Part 2: UV-curable Inkjet and Label Printing

This blog is the second of a three-part series discussing the positive attributes of UV-curable ink technologies as presented in a panel discussion at IT Strategies' Digital Packaging Summit by Mike Barry, Fujifilm Product Marketing Manager - Digital Solutions. What makes UV-curable inkjet technology a good fit for Label Printing? UV and UV-LED inkjet technologies are ideally suited for Tag and Label applications across a myriad of industries including Manufacturing, [...]

May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Inklings Blog|Comments Off on UV Ink Part 2: UV-curable Inkjet and Label Printing

UV Ink Part 1: How UV-curable Ink Works

This blog is the first of a three-part series discussing the positive attributes of UV-curable ink technologies as presented in a panel discussion at IT Strategies’ Digital Packaging Summit by Mike Barry, Fujifilm Product Marketing Manager – Digital Solutions. How does UV-curable inkjet technology work? The basic make-up of UV-curable inks consists of four components: monomers, oligomers, pigments and photoinitiators. The monomers provide a building block of the ink and can contribute certain properties such as softness/hardness of the ink when cured as well as flexibility or elongation characteristics of the ink for varying types of applications. Monomers also help control ink viscosity which is essential to jetting reliability. The oligomers in the ink formulation consist of reactive resins and uniquely formulated adhesive components for printing on particular substrates. The pigments provide the color. However, the pigment dispersion is a critical component of the UV ink make-up as the particles need to be ground to less than 200 nanometers (one-fifth the size of a human nerve cell process) to fully develop color, with each nano particle coated to prevent agglomeration (clotting). Particles that are too large or agglomerated would compromise jetting accuracy, resulting in unacceptable print quality. Essentially all inkjet inks, whether UV or aqueous, need to be nano-sized to jet reliably and provide precise drop placement to optimize print quality. “The R&D and quality control in the manufacturing of inkjet ink is crucial to achieve the incredible color consistency and print quality delivered by today’s digital presses.” […]

May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Inklings Blog|Comments Off on UV Ink Part 1: How UV-curable Ink Works

Labels & Labeling Insert Features Hybrid Digital Label

The August/September Issue of Labels & Labeling Magazine features an insert produced on the Graphium hybrid digital inkjet label press using multiple digital finishing techniques. The inserts were produced in a single pass on the hybrid flexo press using digital CMYK and White inks. The combined effect of the insert incorporated a number of processes designed to catch the eye of the publication's readers while highlighting what is now possible [...]

September 1st, 2016|Categories: Inklings Blog|0 Comments

Package Printers Adding Flexibility with Digital

As reported by Chris Bauer in a June 15, 2016 article posted on PackagingPrinting.com entitled Striking a Competitive Balance, package printers have added digital printing technology alongside their conventional printing equipment to better react to the varied needs of their customers. "Companies with a mix of digital and conventional equipment laud the benefits of having a diversified pressroom." -- Chris Bauer, Package Printing One company highlighted in the article is [...]

July 5th, 2016|Categories: Approval Area, Inklings Blog|0 Comments

InfoTrends Author Weighs in on Hybrid Label Printing

An article authored by InfoTrends consultant Bob Leahey on WhatTheyThink.com (Hybrid Press Profile: FFEI Graphium Updated, 8/4/15) captures his key takeaways after attending a FUJIFILM "Tech Summit" for label converters that featured the Graphium Hybrid Press technology. "...what’s the rationale for hybrid label printing? The simplest reason is that hybrid printing gives the converter more options to execute jobs — spot colors that inkjet can’t quite match can be printed [...]

August 21st, 2015|Categories: Inklings Blog|0 Comments

InfoTrends Survey on Color Management Best Practices

In an effort to identify the current state of color management within printing operations, InfoTrends surveyed the readers of Printing Impressions in February, 2015 to focus on identifying key business practices, investment decisions and technology impacts. The results as reported in PI World in June of this year indicate while some print service providers are finding success among the associated challenges of managing color, others are struggling. "Managing color for [...]

July 25th, 2015|Categories: Inklings Blog|0 Comments

FFEI Blog Tells Story behind Label Created for Labels & Labeling Magazine Cover

As reported recently in a FFEI Blog article entitled Embrace Complexity with a Hybrid Press, FFEI authors share why they purposefully chose to feature a challenging Health & Beauty label as the peel and reveal for the front cover of Labels & Labeling magazine, Issue 3, 2014. "We purposely made it challenging - a digital label that incorporates a number of processes to create an eye popping statement for the [...]

June 30th, 2015|Categories: Inklings Blog|0 Comments

Hybrid Printing Seen as Key 2015 Trend

With the start of a new year, experts are weighing in on what upcoming trends may help label converters deal with the ever-increasing challenges of competitiveness reaching new highs as overall margins approach record lows. One recent article at labelandlabeling.com offers up several solutions to assist converters in streamlining their processes to gain a clear competitive advantage through increased efficiencies and cost savings. In the article, Label and Packaging Market [...]

January 13th, 2015|Categories: Inklings Blog|0 Comments