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Apr 26, 2024

X-BAR Print Module Elevates Direct Mail Production

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Direct mail is pivotal in marketing strategies, enabling businesses to connect with customers. Traditional direct mail printing production methods limit customization and operational efficiency.

Analog printing processes like offset and flexographic printing, commonly used in direct mail production, need a digital boost to meet modern marketing demands.

These systems often need more agility to customize content quickly for individual recipients or to handle small print runs efficiently. Digital printing, combined with the availability of big data, makes personalization and customization easier.

Consequently, businesses are exploring innovative solutions to supplement traditional methods and improve their direct mail capabilities with digital inline inkjet printing.

Here’s a look at the benefits and solutions for retrofitting analog systems with the high-performance X-BAR print module from Kao Collins.

 

5 Benefits of a Hybrid Digital-Analog Printing System

Integrating digital printing into traditional analog presses eliminates the capital investment of a new printer. The hybrid approach offers a cost-effective way to enhance direct mail production while leveraging existing infrastructure.

1. Enhanced Customization Capabilities

Hybrid inline printing using digital print modules like the Kao Collins X-BAR connected to significant data information sources enables variable data printing on offset or flexo presses. Direct mail materials can be personalized with information such as unique incentives beyond a recipient’s name and address.

2. Increased Speed and Efficiency in Production

Inline digital printing combines various processes into a single pass, enhancing efficiency and reducing handling time, making it ideal for faster turnaround times in direct mail campaigns. A hybrid inline system streamlines workflows and increases flexibility, especially for small print runs.

3. Cost Savings

Leveraging digital printing alongside offset or flexo minimizes waste and streamlines production, leading to substantial cost savings and enhanced cost-effectiveness for varying print quantities. Adding digital print modules eliminates the need to invest in a new printer or have separate digital printing systems for secondary operations.

4. Versatility

Integrating inline digital systems with flexo printing technology takes advantage of flexo’s versatility, allowing for printing variable data on direct mail items such as postcards, brochures, and envelopes. The hybrid system offers a range of customization options and finishing touches to enhance visual appeal and engagement.

5. Efficiency

Reduced waste during setup and changeovers is a crucial benefit of hybrid inline systems. Allowing for adjustments to digital elements without interrupting press operations, making the hybrid configuration well-suited for direct mail campaigns that demand precision in print quantities.

Enter the Kao Collins X-BAR Print Module

the kao collins x-bar print module powered by fujifilm

The Kao Collins X-Bar Print Module adds inline variable data printing to analog printers.

The Kao Collins X-Bar Print Module revolutionizes direct mail production by offering enhanced customization through variable data printing and personalized content tailored to recipients.

The print module, powered by Fujifilm Inkjet Technology, combines speed, quality, and versatility. It offers 1,200 dpi resolution at speeds of up to 1,000 feet per minute (fpm), making it ideal for applications such as direct mail, catalogs, magazines, and packaging. With seamless integration into existing presses, reduced downtime, and eco-friendly features, the X-BAR enhances your printing capabilities and sustainability.

X-BAR Highlights

Stylized black and white stopwatch with a red hand. Stylized black and white icon of droplets, one droplet is red.
Reduced downtime for fast restarts, zero charge shorts, and zero streakers. Uses advanced dye or pigment inks for printing on various substrates. Less ink consumption and waste contribute to sustainable production.

 

Overall, the Kao Collins X-Bar Print Module combines versatility, efficiency, and quality to elevate direct mail production and deliver highly targeted marketing materials that drive customer engagement and response rates.

Upgrade Your Analog Printing System for Enhanced Results

The Kao Collins X-BAR Print Module meets this need for direct mail printing by delivering vibrant colors and crisp images that amplify engagement. Businesses incorporating the X-BAR module into existing offset or flexo printing systems experience significant improvements in print quality and productivity, leading to enhanced customer satisfaction and ROI.

 

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