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MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS: How Printers Continue to Redefine

The print industry is changing. Not really a news flash, right? But here's the thing about change. It can be a daunting task. Today's printers, many of which continue to sift through the ever-shifting dynamics of technology and customer behaviors, have come to accept that you must, forgive the honesty here, adapt or die. When the topic of change comes up with Thanh Nguyen, he likes to repeat an old [...]

June 10th, 2019|Categories: Inklings Blog|Tags: , |Comments Off on MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS: How Printers Continue to Redefine

Why the Acuity LED 40 Series is Worth a Look

A variety of productive print modes. Light and white ink options. An LED UV curing system. The benefits of Fujifilm's new Acuity LED 40 Series are many. And if those qualities are not enough to catch the eye of today's print service providers looking for innovative solutions for customers in the sign and display graphics industry, there is much more. For starters, the mid-volume UV LED flatbed printer can output [...]

June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Acuity, Inklings Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Why the Acuity LED 40 Series is Worth a Look

California’s Proposition 65 New Warning Requirements . . . it’s a SIGN

Many of us in the printing industry print unique signs and labels.   The reason for signs and labels is to educate and inform. Effective August 30, 2018, the state of California amended a measure adopted by voters in 1986.  Designated as Proposition 65 on the ballot, the actual title is “Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act.” To be compliant to this law, California requires business owners in California and [...]

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Taking Advantage of Trends in our Industry

The world of commercial print is facing new challenges every day and commercial print owners are continually looking for creative, and cutting edge ways, to meet the ever changing tides.  And, at the very same time, looking for new revenue streams and ways to grow their businesses in a space that is shrinking by consolidation and seeing margins for commodity work stagnate. Being able to face both the market trends [...]

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Driving Future Wide Format Sales with “Print Packages”

It might be cliché to say it’s important to stand out from the crowd, but it’s especially important when standing out could mean higher profits and a stable future, right? Following the SGIA 2018 Expo in Vegas, I was reading the SGIA Journal and came across a great piece written by Deborah Corn (Intergalactic Ambassador to the Printerverse, Print Media Centr) about ways to profit as a print provider in [...]

November 20th, 2018|Categories: Inklings Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Driving Future Wide Format Sales with “Print Packages”

Next Generation LED for Narrow Web Flexo Printing

It has been clear for more than a decade that LED curing for flexographic printing should be a very good fit due to the many benefits it provides. While the adoption rate has slowly accelerated recently, overall it remains to be a niche solution due to high cost and limitations of the equipment and inks. The transition to LED may well be at a tipping point to becoming the preferred [...]

September 6th, 2018|Categories: Inklings Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Next Generation LED for Narrow Web Flexo Printing

Aluminum—Did You Know?

Aluminum has been in the news a lot lately.  For something we all interact with daily, here is a bit more you might not know.  Aluminum is probably the widest used metal on Earth and is particularly important to the printing industry.  It is true, inkjet and toner based printing is growing and has consumed many offset produced pages and products, but the vast majority are still produced using aluminum [...]

A Strategic Look at Your Customer Base

Orders are coming in and you’re busy with production. But, do you know what percentage of revenues are coming from your biggest clients? The 80/20 rule is an old business adage that states about 20% of your customers produce 80% of your sales. Does this rule apply when reviewing your client portfolio? Is 80% of your revenue coming from 20% of your customers, or is 80% of your revenue coming [...]

April 30th, 2018|Categories: Inklings Blog|Comments Off on A Strategic Look at Your Customer Base

Leap Forward and Embrace Change

Let’s face it, there are many things in our lives we don’t want to change. Change can be difficult. It can be messy and disruptive. Unless there is a compelling reason to change many people opt for the status quo. Doing what you’ve always done is predictable. It’s safe. Or is it? Do you remember this old saying? If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what [...]

February 15th, 2018|Categories: Inklings Blog|Comments Off on Leap Forward and Embrace Change

Inkjet and Corrugated: Innovative and Untraditional Solutions

Corrugated printers are being challenged to produce shorter runs. Fortunately, new innovations in digital inkjet printing have been developed to meet the challenge and respond to shifting market demands and industry trends. The Drive to Digital Customers are demanding faster turnaround and shorter runs due to customization and localization. Corrugated printers are now able to respond with an economically viable solution. At this point in time, digital inkjet printing for [...]

January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Inklings Blog|Comments Off on Inkjet and Corrugated: Innovative and Untraditional Solutions

Using Twitter to Engage with Fellow Print Professionals

As a commercial printing professional, you probably already know the value of using LinkedIn to connect with business partners, colleagues and peers. But did you know Twitter is also a great place to connect with print professionals? I recently participated in my second Twitter chat, #PrintChat, which happens every Wednesday at 4:00 pm EST and is organized by Print Media Center, and I found it to be a very valuable [...]

January 11th, 2018|Categories: Inklings Blog|Comments Off on Using Twitter to Engage with Fellow Print Professionals

A Look Back on Fujifilm’s 2017 Achievements

It’s that time again – the end of the year is around the corner and the start of another one will bring new opportunities and successes. Fujifilm had many highlights in 2017, but here are some of the most memorable moments. Launch of Print Illustrated Fujifilm debuted the first issue of Print Illustrated, an in-house produced, business-to-business magazine that offers great insight and a wealth of information for industry professionals. [...]

December 18th, 2017|Categories: Inklings Blog|Comments Off on A Look Back on Fujifilm’s 2017 Achievements

Owner Perspectives: J Press 720S Drives a Competitive Advantage for Production of Short Run Packaging

IT Strategies recently reported perspectives from the Digital Packaging Summit, an invitation only event by NAPCO Media and Engage sponsored in part by Fujifilm. The report noted that “there is a big squeeze by consumer goods manufacturers on packaging converters to reduce lead times on procuring print.” The report went on to comment that those same consumer goods manufacturers are evaluating converter capabilities and are looking for converters who can [...]

December 13th, 2017|Categories: Inklings Blog|Comments Off on Owner Perspectives: J Press 720S Drives a Competitive Advantage for Production of Short Run Packaging

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

Are Your Signs Following the Law?

If you read our blog post on ADA guidelines that print service providers (PSPs) should know, you know that a business can incur fines of up to $50,000 for sign violations. That's a hefty price to pay - especially for a small business - and can be easily avoided when PSPs are thoroughly educated on the guidelines. The same goes for the legality of the signs you make. Cities, counties [...]

October 30th, 2017|Categories: Inklings Blog|Comments Off on Are Your Signs Following the Law?