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Seeking Inkjet Digital Press Advice

  • 1.  Seeking Inkjet Digital Press Advice

    Posted 01-11-2018 10:10 AM
    Good Morning,

    I have been contacted by a member seeking feedback from those that are currently using Canon's VarioPrint i300.  Please see their questions below:

    Our company is currently researching inkjet digital press solutions.  Are there any members that have successfully replaced a production toner device with a Canon VarioPrint i300?  I know of some shops running this device for transactional materials that are most commonly producing jobs on offset papers.  That is not a good comparison to our work as we use a variety of substrates and more commonly coated papers than uncoated papers.  Our digital area primarily runs short run on demand and variable data projects.  I'm very concerned with limited substrates available for this equipment, for example 100# Gloss Cover is not an approved substrate and that's our most common substrate for postcards.   We're looking for any Good, Bad or Ugly information from current user's on Inkjet at this time.  Not information provided from manufacture's and sales folks of the equipment.

    Also, if you have any recommendations for other devices please recommend.  I've briefly looked at the Konica Minolta KM-1.  We're a cut sheet shop so I think any of the roll feed options will not fit our work.

    Thanks in advance.

    Tyler Keeney
    Alexandria VA
    (703) 837-1070

  • 2.  RE: Seeking Inkjet Digital Press Advice

    Posted 01-12-2018 05:44 PM
    The member may want to reach out to Larry Soler Director- Prepress, Press and Digital at Thomson Reuters Core Publishing. They have an i300 and are using it for publication work including printing book covers. Chuck Werninger at Houston Independent School District also has i300 in his shop and producing non-transactional jobs. You can have the member email me directly and I can share contact info/make an introduction.

    Also, if they go to they can do a comparison of the different sheetfed devices. They may also want to reach out to Elizabeth Gooding at Inkjet Insight for some evaluation support. Inkjet Insight also tracks inkjet papers.

    Adam Dewitz
    St. Paul, MN