Posts tagged: quality

Hunkeler innovationdays 2019 – a hardware view

Ralf Schlozer
 Mar 5, 2019

The Hunkeler innovationdays started out as a humble open house event of a Swiss finishing manufacturing company. Indicating a forward-thinking company, the innovationdays morphed over the years into the most important global event for continuous feed production document printing – as finishing equipment is naturally best demonstrated in conjunction with a printing system. Visitors love the idea of seeing printing lines from all major vendors sitting side-by-side and feeding the finishing lines for converted products. The 2019 iteration improved again on the number of exhibitors and visitors with about 100 exhibitors and 6,500 visitors expected for the show.

The theme of this year’s event was “success with automation”. There is no doubt that automation is getting increasingly important as a means to reduce labour cost, counter the shortage of skilled staff, avoid production mistakes, and speed up the device setup. This is especially critical the shorter the runs become. Hunkeler presented some fine examples of automation, notably a prototype of a sheeter and stacker that is able to automatically change formats from within seconds. Other new launches with focus on automation included a non-stop roll splicer for continuous feed printers, folders, perforators and web inspection modules.

Hunkeler Automated Cut & Stack line

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Questions about Books and Inkjet

Jim Hamilton
 Apr 15, 2014

Recently, Barb Pellow and I participated in a Canon-sponsored Book Business/Printing Impressions webinar on the topic of books and inkjet. (The replay is available at this link if you are interested.) As is typical of most webinars, listeners were encouraged to submit questions, and in this case we received a lot of them. This blog is comprised of those questions and my brief response to each. While not intended to be comprehensive, I believe these questions and answers are a reflection of what is on the minds of the publishing community in regard to inkjet and books today.

Question and Answer

Q: What would be the cost per book difference to print offset vs. ink jet based upon specs such as Read more »

Benny Landa at Graph Expo

Jim Hamilton
 Nov 2, 2012

Though his Landa Corporation did not exhibit at Graph Expo, Benny Landa was in Chicago showing analysts and press some nanographic print samples whose quality was much improved over what was shown at drupa. My biggest complaint with the Landa samples at drupa was the streaking, and that has been reduced significantly since May. Landa described the company’s progress on quality using an S curve to track a period of development, followed by rapid quality increases starting around the time of drupa 2012. He said that there would be significant improvements between now and China Print 2013. According to Landa, as quality climbs on this S curve, it reaches quality levels achievable by offset lithography.

Landa quality S curve

Source: Landa Corporation

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The End of Kodachrome and What It Tells Us About Quality

Jim Hamilton
 Jun 23, 2009

I woke up this morning with a line from an old Paul Simon song stuck in my head and I’m sure I’m not the only aging Baby Boomer who began their day humming “Momma don’t take my Kodachrome away.” Kodak’s announcement that it would stop manufacturing its iconic Kodachrome film is important today mainly as a symbol of the demise of the photographic film market, but it does have other implications. It is an example of how times have changed, and specifically, how a higher quality method of capturing and reproducing photographs has lost out to a method that offers lower (but sufficient) quality as well as numerous other advantages that ultimately outweighed quality alone. Read more »

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