Book Manufacturers’ Institute Publishes Updated Research on Inkjet Printing and Finishing


2nd edition of the study shows continued interest in inkjet and automation

BRADENTON, FL – The Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI) has released a 2021 version of their research “The Role of Inkjet Printing in Feeding Industry 4.0 in Book Publishing,” the results of a research study, conducted by NAPCO Research (a unit of NAPCO Media LLC) and commissioned by BMI. The paper focuses on how book printers view inkjet printing options, as well as various finishing options and their desire to increase opportunities for automation.

The report details the main benefits of digital book printing and suggests that the economics and flexibility of short runs and print-on-demand are part of the inkjet’s appeal to survey respondents. survey, and includes an analysis of the methods currently employed by book printers, expectations for future investments in plant equipment, including finishing and other functions open to automation.

Matt Baehr, Executive Director of BMI, said: “We are delighted to have this follow-up research from our previous inkjet study. Having historical data to view and adding finishing questions will make this information even more valuable to our members.

Investing in workflow automation is also a key goal for book printers as they move from offset to digital. To maximize efficiency and productivity, book manufacturers can now begin to rely on hardware and software to accomplish tasks that would otherwise require one or more employees and several different pieces of equipment. While many book printers do not yet perform highly automated operations, continuous innovation throughout the manufacturing process gives companies the flexibility to implement these types of technologies wherever they see fit.

“It was great to be able to follow up on our previous BMI inkjet research study with our most recent effort. The latest research helps analyze trends and highlights the importance of inkjet, finishing and the growth of automation for book printers, ”said Nathan Safran, vice president of research at NAPCO Media.

BMI members have full access to the study. Non-BMI members can access a summary by contacting BMI.


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