Anthony Locicero, Associate Editor01.16.19
At a time when raw material costs are on the rise, ink manufacturers are looking for ways to keep their own costs as low as possible for their own customers. The ability to process materials and produce inks more efficiently and accurately is a major step in that direction.
James Ballen, VP of engineering for INX International Ink Co., provided perspective from an ink manufacturer’s POV, with an eye on the ability to improve quality through analytics.
“The future of possible ‘AI’ or artificial intelligence in our lives and the ability to process machines to be interactive with data analytics will be very important,” Ballen said. “If we ever expect to see equipment self-adjust to keep in-line with quality values, we need a high degree of background data to truly understand how an adjustment of the machine will affect both the product being manufactured and the machine itself.
“Much of what our ink equipment does for us can be monitored and bo
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