Inkjet and Paper Costing Philosophy
Inkjet technologies have enabled in-plants and service providers to print more, faster, and at a lower cost. The big buckets for cost considerations when migrating to inkjet include assessing the capital requirements, changes in operating costs for inks and service plans, power consumption, and changes in labor and finishing. Many have found significant savings in TOC with inkjet. However, paper is still the largest variable cost for any print job. Choosing wisely with inkjet is critical not only from a cost perspective, because paper becomes the fifth color when printing inkjet. The final image quality, the speed of production, and the speed of finishing will all be impacted by the paper choice.