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Ricoh Showcases Vertical Applications of Relyco Products at Graph Expo
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 October 2012 02:42 Written by firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 11 October 2012 02:42
Digital on-demand printing is driving the market for all sorts of practical vertical market application. When a printer partners with a substrate vendor that is focused on the digital production printing market like Relyco is, thousands of application ideas are instantly available. At this week’s Graph Expo show in Chicago, Ricoh showcased many of Relyco’s digital substrate solutions to show off a variety of vertical application ideas. Using Relyco’s REVLAR waterproof paper, EZ-Card ID and membership cards, and DigiPOP custom digital packaging products, Ricoh created an application gallery to show customers just what’s possible with their Ricoh printer and the right digital substrates. Here are some great photos from the show of the the applications.
What If You Could Unprint?
Last Updated on Friday, 16 March 2012 08:41 Written by email@example.com Friday, 16 March 2012 08:41
Here’s one of those industry-interesting stories that instantly caught my eye. This one was an article on CNET.com last night about a laser unprinter. What if you could ‘unprint’ the toner from your printed documents… Talk of the paperless office has been ongoing for many years now, but the market has proven that we still need to print. This ‘unprint’ technology could help us become greener without sacrificing what we print.
Here’s the article from CNET.com:
Cambridge researchers say they’ve successfully used lasers to remove toner from printed sheets without ruining the underlying paper.
What if instead of recycling old printouts, you could simply “unprint” them and re-use the paper?
Researchers at the University of Cambridge say it’s possible–and that ultimately, widespread adoption of the practice could not only save trees but significantly reduce climate-change emissions from paper manufacturing and recycling as well.
The university reported yesterday that Julian Allwood, leader of the Low Carbon Materials Processing Group at Cambridge, and doctoral student David Leal-Ayala had successfully used lasers to remove toner from paper without significantly damaging the paper.
With help from the Bavarian Laser Center, Allwood and Leal-Ayala tested 10 different laser setups–spanning the ultraviolet, visible, and infrared spectrum, and featuring different strengths and pulse durations–on standard Canon copy paper with HP Laserjet black toner.
The researchers then examined the test sheets using a scanning electron microscope and subjected them to color, mechanical, and chemical analyses.
The university speculates that advances in laser, copier, and printer technology could one day make toner-removing devices widespread in office settings. “What we need to do now is find someone to build a prototype,” the university quotes Allwood as saying.
And reusing paper in this way could at least halve emissions from the pulp and paper recycling industry, the university claims, with emissions from paper incineration and decomposition in landfill being affected as well.
A commenter on the Cambridge site also wonders if the process could replace shredding as a security measure.
For unique and environmentally friendly consumable products, such as waterproof, paper, carbonless laser paper, and more that you can use in your laser printer today, visit us at www.relyco.com, call us at 1-800-777-7359, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to survive and thrive in a digital world
Last Updated on Friday, 10 February 2012 10:18 Written by email@example.com Friday, 10 February 2012 10:18
When we find articles of interest, we like to pass them on to you. This one “How to survive and thrive in a digital world” from ProPrint Magazine discusses the transition to digital print technologies and 10 business tips printers can use to
help increase their business. Relyco’s primary focus is delivering laser and digital substrate/consumable products that can save our customers time and money while enabling them to increase their business. With unique substrate solution like REVLAR waterproof paper and DigiPOP digital packaging solutions, printers can easily add new applications and revenue streams. And, traditional product applications can also be addressed with laser and digital compatible solutions such as REIMAGE carbonless laser paper and ULTRASEAL pressure seal form solutions.
Here’s the full article. We hope it gives you some ideas on how to grow your business. And, talk to us about exciting digital substrates that you can use today…1-800-777-7359 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new online reality can seem scary, so take note of these 10 top tips for business decisions.
The Internet and online technology are influencing the way we receive, process, print, finish and deliver printed products. Let us briefly contrast what happens in the industry now to the challenges and opportunities ahead.
1. Printing technology has shifted from conventional offset printing to toner-based and inkjet digital printing.
2. With the advent of MIS, web-to-print, and cloud web-based software, the delivery of files has changed from the courier with a CD to online web-based shopfronts where clients can self-quote, upload their data and track delivery. The cloud is the next step to being a click away from your client.
3. The next big offensive of the digital revolution is in finishing, with smart QR tracking systems using automated registration sensors. More will be learned about this at Drupa 2012.
4. Are you aware that digital print technology’s speed, resolution and quality will continue to increase by 50% every 18 months because the technology is still in an evolutionary phase?
5. Consider that RIP technology as the brain and the printing equipment as the arms and legs of your production. Therefore, investing smart money on the brain (RIP) will get the best out of your equipment and maximize efficiency. Work smarter, not harder.
6. Use standards to improve your digital work by using ISOcoated-v2 as your exchange color space; get PDF compliance to PDF-X1a or PDF-X4, and implement quality control for predictable and reliable daily color reproduction. These three key points will give your business maximum efficiency.
7. Automation with tools such as SwitchBox will reduce repetitive tasks in pre-press by intelligent file management, normalizing PDF with specific workflow and distributing output to the right printing devices. Workflow automation can grow with your business by processing an unlimited number of files without increasing your staff overhead.
8. Web-to-print will create business opportunities that do not exist today. Choose wisely, do not limit yourself to what the technology can do today; rather build a vision of what it can do for you in the future. Do not get lured into doing an in-house development project at high cost when technology is available overseas for a fraction of the price.
9. Your clients belong to the Facebook and Twitter generation. They are a click away from print suppliers. They expect user-friendly technology that makes printing happen easily.
10. Because digital technology development is going so fast, finding skilled staff is becoming a problem for many printers. Your best business investment is to keep the knowledge and training of your staff up-to-date so you are prepared for the future.
Finally, consider how the industry will change after Drupa 2012. The main focus of this important show will be about software and automation driven by the need to bring about greater efficiency. The labor cost comparison between Asian and Western countries is now 1:6. The answer for our printing industry is to use automation to keep the work at home and still be able to compete. Efficiency is the new business model because it is much easier to save $100,000 cost than find additional work earning $100,000 of new profit.
Next Generation of Printing: 3D
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2012 09:39 Written by email@example.com Tuesday, 31 January 2012 09:39
When we see something cool in the printing industry, we like to pass it along to you. 3D printing is cool and it got a lot of attention at the recent CES show. This technology may very well be the next generation of printing. Check out this article
from CNET that does a great job of describing the technology and uses for it: Who will get the biggest slice of 3D-printed pie?
While Relyco hasn’t jumped into the 3D printing market just yet, we do offer some pretty cool products that you can use in your laser printer or digital press today. Be sure to check out our DigiPOP personalized digital packaging solutions as well as our REVLAR ‘virtually indestructible’ waterproof paper.