A view from AGFA - Industrial Inkjet Printing : What is it and Is it fit for growth ?

A view from AGFA - Industrial Inkjet Printing : What is it and Is it fit for growth ?

Agfa Graphics will be present at the InPrint USA show in Orlando 25-27th April 2017.  We recently caught up with Marc Graindourze, Business Development Manager & Tom Cloots, Director Industrial Inkjet at Agfa Graphics to hear their view on growth of this exciting segment.


In a world that is changing fast, there is a need to be flexible !

In a world that is changing fast, there is a need to be flexible !

Frank De Voeght  at Chemstream tells us how the company has developed as a flexible but highly innovative Inkjet ink specialist.

Frazer Chesterman interviews Frank De Voeght

What is MEMS?

I recently talked with Mike Willis of Pivotal Resources about MEMS. Why? Because what Mike doesn’t know about ink jet heads probably isn’t worth knowing. And because MEMS seems to be one of the key buzzwords of the moment for industrial print development.

LinkJet - A call for cycling and print enthusiasts

Inkjet industry cyclists Mark Ritchie (formerly of Xaar), Tim Phillips of IMI Europe and Neil Stickland of Global Inkjet Systems recently put their heads together with a view to widening inkjet and industrial print activities in a more physically active direction. They are organising a road cycle ride on Friday 18th November 2016, the day after the InPrint show in Milan and hope that other industry cyclists will join in.

Mark Ritchie joins special Tour de France stage for Charity Challenge

Mark Ritchie has worked in the print industry for over 30 years. The last 10 years he has worked within the inkjet sector while employed at Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems and more recently at Xaar. He has been involved with InPrint since its inception and has presented at a number of events, including the last InPrint exhibition in Munich. Mark is a father of three grown up children, with one granddaughter and a 20-year long passion for cycling. In this blog we discover his latest challenge to ride a stage of the Tour de France and raise money for a charity very close to his heart.

(Approximately) five key issues in inkjet ink development

When developing inkjet inks, the chemistry teams in companies around the world face a variety of challenges: often the only visibility of this is when a digital printing application falls short in the field and the search for someone to blame begins! Perhaps a more complete understanding of the difficulties being faced in today’s market would help the collaboration between ink developers and the other disciplines that are required for a successful development.

The Craft Beer revolution

There’s a rumbling from the depths of the international beer drinking market, and for a while now, this rumbling has been getting louder and louder. In this blog Simon Edwards from Tonejet unveils the forces behind the astounding rise of the craft beer market and the opportunities at play for industrial digital print.

Zund to show innovative robotic cutting technology at InPrint Show 2015


Zünd Systemtechnik proudly presents the latest high-performance, ultra-versatile digital cutting solutions for industrial graphics production at InPrint 2015 in Munich (Booth C41, Hall A6, November 10 - 12). In conjunction with its modular flatbed cutters, Zünd is also exhibiting automation and productivity features that can be tailored to any application and production environment.

While industrial print service providers are continually increasing the efficiency and flexibility of their production workflows by integrating digital printing technologies, graphics finishing all too often remains a bottleneck; however, with the demand for ever shorter turn-around times, flexible, high-throughput automated digital cutting & finishing solutions are becoming an absolute necessity. This is exactly where Zünd comes into play with its lineup of high-performance digital cutting systems combined with advanced automation solutions tailored to the specific needs of the individual customer. With its à la carte automation offerings, the Swiss cutting system manufacturer can help customers automate anything from material loading to off-loading, picking, and stacking. 

At the booth in Munich, Zünd will be demonstrating ways for print service providers to increase productivity while reducing labor costs. For efficient, reliable automation of the loading process, the Zünd automatic Sheet Feeder is an ideal solution. It is perfectly suited for continually loading sheets of printed vinyl, cardstock, carton, and foamcore materials. A key element in Zünd's fully automated digital workflow is the ability to capture QR-codes to automatically retrieve the appropriate cut files. The integrated camera system captures the QR-code preprinted with the job, and Zünd Cut Center ZCC automatically opens up the correct cut file for processing. Before cutting/processing begins, ZCC also automatically determines the exact position and orientation of the job at hand and, if necessary, compensates for any distortions in print or material. Another highlight of Zünd's exhibit is the new collaborative robot. The robotic off-load device is shown in conjunction with an S3 M-800, from which it automatically picks cut pieces and stacks them at a predefined location. The robot is designed to operate autonomously in production environments in which the human operator and robotic device are working together to accomplish a task. 

Because of their modular design, Zünd high-performance digital cutters can easily be adapted to the specific requirements of industrial print service providers. This guarantees both exceptional productivity and an unbeatable ROI. Zünd cutters are equally well suited to function as stand-alone, semi-automated system or as fully integrated component of a completely automated digital production workflow. Their open architecture allows for easy integration of Zünd cutters in any existing production environment. 

What distinguishes Zünd cutters is their unique functional versatility, unmatched reliability and build quality, as well as their ease of use and compelling cost-benefit ratio. No other digital cutting solution on the market can handle such a wide range of materials with the same efficiency and ease.

How do you create the perfect Ink?

As a business, Diamond Dispersions have always had a simple philosophy -  ‘Creating the perfect dispersion to make the perfect ink.’ From their humble beginnings to the successful dispersion business, with an incredible list of significant OEMs and Ink customers that they now have, the owners Sue Wright and Peter Callahan talk about their journey.

Sun Chemical and SunJet combine expertise, knowledge and know-how to showcase latest ink solutions and inkjet chemistry at InPrint 2015

Sun Chemical and its specialist global inkjet division SunJet, will be joining forces to showcase the potential of collaborative product development and present its latest ink solutions and inkjet chemistry for functional and speciality print applications on its stand (Hall A6, Stand C56) at Inprint 2015.  

Why is InPrint the Fastest Growing Print Technology Event in Europe?

Why is InPrint the Fastest Growing Print Technology Event in Europe?

With over 60 new exhibiting companies and a 50% increase in exhibition space, InPrint 2015 is set to provide tremendous value for exhibitors and visitors in 2015. But Why is InPrint 2015 the Fastest Growing Print Technology Event in Europe'? We provide some answers here...

Kyocera: The Single Pass Story

Kyocera is participating at InPrint for the first time at InPrint 2015. Along with over 50 new exhibitors, proving that the show is continuing to evolve after its first outing, Kyocera will being their innovative head technologies and their new products to market for the industrial sector.

How to transform reliability in ink jet: The need to control electric charge

InPrint exhibitor, Archipelago raise an issue and a solution for  successful ink jet print production by dealing with the problem of electrical charge. This article written by Guy Newcombe is a follow on from our interview with him back in January 2015.

Direct to Shape: Is this the beginning of the end of the printed label?

Direct to Shape: Is this the beginning of the end of the printed label?

The potential to digitally print directly onto an object could herald a revolution. But what does this mean for the printed label? Is this the beginning of the end? This blogs takes a look at this exciting technological development that is set to take centre stage at InPrint 2015.