Inkjet Summit 2013: Production Inkjet, the True Game Changer

Ricoh’s George Promis (standing) weighs in during a group discussion about the opportunities that inkjet printing can provide to print providers.

A panel of digital printing experts/consultants featured, from the left, Elizabeth Gooding, Gooding Communications; Marco Boer, IT Strategies; Gilles Biscos, Interquest; Skip Henk, Xplor; and Howie Fenton, NAPL.

The Inkjet Summit included scheduled, one-on-one meetings between individual printer attendees and appropriate vendor sponsors—a novel approach to industry conference formats that drew praise from all sides.

Networking opportunities was a key component of the conference.

Courier VP of Technology Stephen Franzino got the award for most contribution.

Charlie Corr is the Group Director of Enterprise Document Strategy Services at InfoTrends.

Charlie Pesko, nGage Events.

Howie Fenton, Senior Consultant, NAPL.

Marco Boer, Vice President, IT Strategies.

Elizabeth Gooding, President, Gooding Communications Group.

Skip Henk, President and CEO, Xplor International.

The near-constant flow of information provided printers with an in-depth look at everything involved in making cut-sheet and continuous-feed production inkjet printing work for them—from the effect of paper and ink choices on productivity, to the critical role of automation and in-line finishing on their profitability.

Attendees, some of them admittedly blasé about inkjet at the onset, were bowled over by the deluge of practical knowledge they received. Many commented that they had never considered factors like their digital front ends and other workflow needs, feeding and finishing requirements, as well as paper selection and how profoundly their paper choice could impact print costs and productivity.

Attendees were split into three market segments based on their business focus: books, direct mail/marketing and transactional/transpromo. Sponsors presented case studies for each segment, experts offered industry research on those markets, and current inkjet users lent their experience to some insightful, very interactive discussions.

The enthusiasm of attendees and sponsors alike was very high, with many compliments going to organizers for bringing the two groups together in such an intimate setting. The event included scheduled one-on-one meetings between individual printers and appropriate vendors, a novel approach in the industry that drew praise from all sides.

“The Inkjet Summit provided much needed insight into the current state of inkjet technology and the opportunity to talk to “real” users first-hand,” praised attendee John Lacagnina, CEO of SoftPrint Holdings. “The good, the bad and the ugly about inkjet were all there—just what is needed to make informed decisions.”

John McGrath, print technology coordinator at Veritas Document Solutions, a Consolidated Graphics company, agreed. “The event was extremely informative whether you were an asset owner or potential inkjet purchaser. The environment allowed for great sharing of ideas among peers, and the one-on-ones with suppliers really helped expand my knowledge of the products available in the market.”

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