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Finch Paper Unveils Digital Paper Program

April 20, 2011
GLENS FALLS, NY—April 19, 2011—Finch Paper President and CEO Joe Raccuia took the wraps off a comprehensive digital paper program that employs a new, cross-company digital applications team to research and specify the riht product mix for digital printing applications.
 
Finch Paper’s collaborative, solutions-oriented relationship approach—which has successfully served its traditional customers for decades—is the model for the company’s customer-centric development and delivery plan for the digital paper program.  
 
“Digital production is about choice. You have equipment, software, ink and substrate choices; and you marry these to your resources and customer needs,” Raccuia says. “Our unique, vertically integrated manufacturing platform allows us to engineer papers that meet customers' resource and application requirements, resulting in highest quality at the lowest cost.”
 
Finch learned that people may not realize how much better their jobs can look, or how much money they can save, because most paper manufacturers can't offer this kind of customization—especially for high-speed inkjet printing.

“It’s been the invisible leg of the three-legged stool, with the print engine and the ink comprising the other legs,” said Phil Hart, Finch Paper director of product marketing. “Paper is a critical part of the digital print equation, and has tremendous impact on every job.”
 
Hidden cost savings      
In its “Managing the Variable Characteristics of Inkjet Substrates for Profitability” whitepaper, Finch says, “It is by optimizing absorption and ink-fastness specifically for unique print environments that it is possible for printers to use paper and ink with the highest levels of cost efficiency. This is an especially appealing factor when you consider that the ink (and often, bonding agents) contributes nearly 30 percent to the cost of an inkjet printing job, and the paper only contributes about 10 percent, or less, to the cost."
 
Optimizing absorption and ink-fastness can influence quality characteristics such as color and show-through; while engineering modifications can also affect variables like speed and runnability.
 
In other words, printers can save ink—and money—while boosting quality and ease of use, by using tailored paper solutions.
 
Finch recommends that paper buyers investigate their options, and ask their paper provider about its ability to tailor paper formulations for their particular needs.

At minimum, Finch recommends that digital printers use papers formulated for the type of colorant (toner or ink) their systems utilize. Finch Fine iD papers, which have received the highest ratings possible from the RIT certification body commissioned by HP, have been available for some time. Finch Fine iD is engineered for HP’s popular liquid toner-based Indigo systems. This past fall Finch rolled out its Finch Inkjet Pi for pigment-based inkjet production. Today, Finch dyeJet is released for dye-based inkjet systems, completing the basic formulation product line.
 

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