Customers aren’t buying envelopes like they used to. They want shorter-runs and full-color, both of which can make offset an expensive, time-consuming print method (and sometimes even impossible—did someone ask for variable data?).
The solution? Digital.
With full-color capabilities and the option to “click and print”, digital presses remove the setup costs and time of the offset press while adding full-color, variable data capabilities.
Digital solutions for dedicated envelope devices utilize either toner or inkjet technology. Here are the differences:
Toner devices use fusers, drums, belts, and toner to thermally adhere an image to an envelope. This form of printing has the highest consumable cost and fewest capabilities (i.e. can’t bleed off the edge, use regular window envelopes, easily handle wide range of media like remits, coins, and As).
Inkjet devices require only a printhead and ink which drops onto an envelope as it passes straight through the machine. This form of printing has the lowest consumable cost as small as $0.003/piece and most capabilities (i.e. bleeds off the edge, prints on regular window envelopes, easily handles media as small as 3” x 4 1/8”, plus is twice as fast as toner).
The iJetColor family offers a full range of short-run envelope print solutions for operations with monthly envelope volumes starting at 20,000.