Mailing Systems Technology July/August 2022

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nkjet technology has become increasingly popular in the recent past, and this is hardly surprising. Its value proposition aligns well with the communication needs of today’s consumers and buyers. As a result, the volume of pages being transferred from offset and digital toner devices to inkjet is healthy and growing. Keypoint Intelligence’s Global Production Printing & Copying Market Forecast predicts a strong growth rate for inkjet through 2025 (see Figure 1 below).



Recognizing the opportunity and need, technology providers have been steadily improving their product portfolios and capabilities. Moreover, new players continue to enter the market with the forecasted growth in the adoption of inkjet solutions. Suppose you are seeking a print provider that offers inkjet or considering investing in an inkjet press yourself. In either case, you’ll quickly notice that there is no shortage of information about the various technologies and capabilities.

What’s more, the information available to today’s buyers is growing all the time. So much information can make the decision-making process quite overwhelming, and the consequences can be costly if the wrong decision is made. Due to variances in technology, ink, paper, and other factors, it is nearly impossible for a linear decision-making process to reveal the right solution. As a result, selecting the best inkjet production press for your operation isn’t always as simple as evaluating speed, capacity, and quality. Today’s print operations have a great many choices when it comes to inkjet, but this piece attempts to make sense of them. The Incongruity of Inkjet Modern inkjet devices are available in all shapes and sizes. In fact, at the date of this publication, there are upwards of 70 different models that qualify as production inkjet presses. These presses can use coated or uncoated stock, and include continuous paper or cut-sheet feeding systems. Ink choices include water-based pigment or dye inks as well as UV-curable or solvent inks. Depending on the ink type that is chosen, additional paper considerations play a key role. For example, papers can be pre-treated or primed to improve press performance and image quality, or coatings can be applied post-printing.