Mar 18, 2011
As a follow-up to Wednesday’s blog, here are some observations collected over the two days of this event:
Announcements: Three major announcements came out of this event: (1) HP’s T400 Inkjet Web press (for more on this, see the InfoTrends white paper), (2) Pitney Bowes simultaneous announcement of the IntelliJet 20, and (3) HP’s partnership with Compart for an AFP solution for the Inkjet Web Press.
It’s not a document until it’s finished: ONeil’s T300 was in their main production area along with offset presses, monochrome roll-fed digital printers, Indigos, paper storage, binding & finishing, and mail lines. The most illuminating part about the tour of this facility was the extent and sophistication of O’Neil’s various binding, finishing, insertion, and mail operations. It becomes obvious how critical these functions are to O’Neil and its clients. O’Neil has found that a roll-to-roll workflow is best for them given the range of finishing requirements (perfect bound, saddle-stitch, and transactional mail)
More than seven million impressions in a day: O’Neil said that they had one day (3-shifts, 24 hours) in which they printed 7,619,883 impressions on their Inkjet Web Presses. This was on multiple 20-inch webs and they calculated that thisÂ was atÂ 80% uptime). Note: 7,619,883 impressions over 24 hours equates to 5,292 impressions per minute.
The heads are lasting a long time: After a year of operating their T300, 71 of the individual heads were still in the unit and operational. This is about 50% of the total number of heads. After a year and a half of operation there were 44 original heads left, and there were 41 left after a year and three quarters. Read more »