Digital Dish: September 2020

By: Karin King

Oct 5, 2020

Each dish will feature a new nugget to chew on and fuel your digital cravings. This month, Mark Schlimme, Vice President of Marketing for SCREEN Americas, returns as host to provide you with a feast of inkjet resources available together in one place, exclusively for Digital Dish readers. And the best news? - the meal is on the house!

Each year the print industry is known for organizing multiple events, which are usually held in person. 2020 has forced all industries to rethink how to stay connected and provide education in a more socially distant, virtual world. While we hope to meet face to face again soon, there is still plenty of great virtual programming to participate in and take advantage of now! So, what has SCREEN been up to the past few months? Well, keep reading to access free inkjet content from their participation in recent industry events and expert discussions, such as Inkjet Summit 2020..


PaDid you know that SCREEN's graphic arts roots reach to the late 19th Century as a supplier of copper screens for the textile printing industry in Japan’s cultural capital, Kyoto? SCREEN introduced itself to U.S. graphics markets in the 1960s with solutions for image scanning and capture, CTP imaging and prepress workflow. In 2007, SCREEN entered the press manufacturing market when it partnered with IBM to develop the first production class continuous feed inkjet printer. Now, SCREEN provides print providers directly with its brand of Truepress Jet Series presses and indirectly as the OEM partner for Ricoh Production Print solutions. Through all channels, more than 1,500 continuous feed printing engines are in production today.


Recently, SCREEN's Aron Allenson, Product Manager for the Truepress Jet 520 Series, met with Bob Neubauer, Editor In-Plant Impressions, to discuss the factors that print providers must consider when evaluating the "fit" for continuous-feed inkjet within their production mix. Assessing Continuous-feed Inkjet for Your Print Operation presented valuable, objective information pertinent to print managers and owners whose businesses may fall anywhere within the spectrum of print services and are looking to improve productivity and drive labor efficiencies. The 60 minute discussion, which included a Q&A session, covered a range of considerations for printers just learning about inkjet to those well into their evaluations of specific options and configurations:

  • Applications best suited to inkjet
  • Key differences between continuous-fed inkjet, toner and litho technologies
  • Benefits of using variable data

A replay of the webinar can be viewed on demand through October.



After doing research on the benefits of inkjet printing, the next step is making the transition from web offset to inkjet, which includes determining which OEM and press will accomplish your specific operational goals. Case studies provide the opportunity to hear first hand from industry peers how and why they made the transition. Recently, Michael Nahan, CEO and joint owner of long-time SCREEN customer Nahan Printing in St. Cloud, Minnesota, presented a short 15 minute presentation to the audience of the 2020 Inkjet Summit on their positive experience using SCREEN inkjet technology. As a provider of direct mail catalogs for national luxury brands, Nahan Printing was looking for an OEM that would work with them and match the quality they had achieved on their three high-end, heat-set web offset presses. What was expected to be an 18-24 month journey of transitioning work from offset to inkjet was accomplished in just 8 months with the SCREEN Truepress Jet520ZZ. Nahan found in SCREEN "very robust technology" that delivers "predictable and repeatable quality," and looking to the future, he affirms the prediction that more and more printing will move to a digital format.



Thank you again to Mark and SCREEN Americas for contributing to this month's Digital Dish. For a complete list of International Paper's Accent® Opaque digital inkjet product line, visit our website.