The Printer Space blog is powered by the team at INX International: The Research & Development Team, Color Specialists, Technical, Print, and Ink Experts, and by one or two subject matter experts. Some articles may also receive input from a team of specialists on the topic. We trust you will find their expertise and perspectives informative, interesting, and valuable. We welcome guest articles or suggestions about topics you feel are important to the industry.
Articles By Sarah Jacks
Four Tools to Optimize the Production of Can Labels, Jul 13, 2022
6 Best Practices for Color Management in the Press Room, Dec 01, 2021
Sarah was instrumental in the creation of, and currently manages INX International’s color management group, INX Color Perfection®. Sarah has been at INX for over six years where she has worked in Special Projects within the digital and metal divisions prior to her current role. She is an active member of IMDPA and has served as a board member since 2019, and chairs several committees within the association. Sarah is a graduate of Clemson University where she earned her B.S. in Packaging Science with minors in Food Science and Business.
Articles By Renee Schouten
Renee began working at INX in 2001 and has led the marketing communication efforts at INX International for 17 market segments across four product divisions. During her tenure at INX, Renee has created strong brand awareness and market presence by coordinating the development of the company’s marketing, advertising, and public relations programs – including creative collateral and digital content. In addition to her leadership role at INX, Renee is also involved in several industry organizations, and most recently she was President of the International Metal Decorating and Packaging Association (IMDPA).
Articles By Shane Bertsch
Shane Bertsch is the Vice President of Strategic Planning & Innovation at INX International, where he leads all aspects of the strategic planning process and identifies key growth opportunities for investment. This includes managing incubator and startup relationships, the portfolio of technology investments and Brand Owner relationships for INX International. Shane has worked with big Brands such as McDonald’s, Panera, Abbott, Abbvie, and Unilever, and prior to joining INX International was Vice President of Global Innovation for HAVI where he launched HAVI’s Recycling and Waste Solutions business, led business process, sustainability and product stewardship, among other various functions within the field. While operating as HAVI’s Vice President of Global Innovation, he worked with INX to develop INXhrc™ natural-based water, solvent and conventional inks for clean and sustainable packaging that were introduced to the market last January.
Articles By Todd W. Hanrahan
What You Need to Know About Press Fingerprinting, Nov 17, 2022
How to Conduct a Total Cost Analysis for Ink, Mar 02, 2022
Seven Ways to Increase the ROI on your Ink Spend, Jan 10, 2022
Todd has worked in the printing ink industry for 37 years. In his current position, Todd is responsible for technical services and in-plant operations as well as sales for the Offset Division. Establishing state-of-the-art ink rooms has been Todd’s passion for many years. He is very proud of his work leading the transformation of how INX designs ink rooms which has resulted in increased differentiation for both our customers and ourselves.
Articles By Jonathan Graunke
Three Advantages of Cold Foil Applications, Sep 13, 2022
Jonathan joined INX in 1992 as a Research Chemist and currently leads UV/EB Technology for the company. He has contributed to the transformation of UV/EB technology at INX, positioning the company as an industry leader in the field. Jonathan is a board member of Radtech, an active member of the EUPIA Printing Inks for the Food Packaging Group, and the Energy Curing Working Group of EUPIA. He has been awarded the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) Award for Technical Achievement and has been recognized with the NAPIM Printing Ink Pioneer Award. Jonathan regularly contributes to industry articles and has been a speaker at conferences held by NAPIM, Radtech, Print UV, Label Expo, RMGT Users Group, Graph Expo, and WPA. Jonathan graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Articles By Kim Hill
Benefits of Special Effect and Functional Inks, Nov 30, 2021
Kim is currently the Research & Development Director for Liquid Solvent Technology where she enjoys working directly with our customers and her colleagues to solve problems and develop new technologies. She joined INX International in our Appleton, Wisconsin manufacturing plant in 2004. Kim has worked with all facets of our liquid ink division including raw material procurement, manufacturing, ink development, and sales in the US and with many of our foreign subsidiaries and partners. Kim has also helped in the process of transitioning technology from our parent company Sakata INX. Kim received her B.S. in Chemistry from St. Norbert College and her M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota.
Eli has been with INX International for close to 15 years. He recently moved from his position as a research chemist in our Energy Curable Group to his current role as the Technical Lab Manager of our facility in West Chicago, where he is responsible for quality control and technical support services. Eli was a lead contributor to the development of our UV Cold Foil Adhesive products. Together with INXCure™ (UV Offset) and INXFlex (UV Flexo), our UV lines have provided our customers with increased variety and flexibility with their printed products. Eli received his B.S. in Chemistry from Hope College.
Articles By Jim Lambert
What are the Advantages of Digital Printing?, Aug 05, 2022
Jim has over 35 years of printing industry experience with responsibilities ranging from operations and management to sales and marketing. Jim currently serves as Vice President of INX Internationals’ Digital Division. Prior to joining INX, Jim was the co-owner of Innovative Solutions Inc. in Huntsville, Alabama. INX acquired the digital printer and integration manufacturing company in 2007. Jim previously led the Publishing and Prepress Division at Intergraph Computer Systems, where he championed electronic publishing and digital output workflows to graphic arts and digital print professionals. Jim received a B.A. in Industrial Design from Auburn University.
Joe has been with INX for over 30 years. Early on he recognized the benefits and efficiencies that ink dispensing would provide for our customers and was influential and active in implementing our local dispensing program. Joe has been active in industry associations and was recognized with the NAPIM “Pioneer” award in 2016. He has also been a speaker at Tappi, the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), and the Envelop Manufacturers Association (EMA). Joe graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Articles By Mike Hailfinger
Seven Ways to Increase the ROI on your Ink Spend, Jan 10, 2022
Mike has been with INX International for over ten years. He currently serves as a Senior Director of Technical Services in our Liquid Division, where he oversees personnel planning, hiring, training, troubleshooting, and auditing pressroom facilities. He has been in the industry for over 30 years, and he is often a speaker at industry events, including the Western Plastics Association (WPA) and the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA). Mike enjoys mentoring and training others; and, he is recognized for his dedication to continuous improvement.
Articles By Alex Garcia Valle
Alex has been with INX for over 18 years. He currently serves as Director of Business Development for Latin America, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Alex is a dedicated sales professional who works closely with INX customers to provide high-performance printing inks and coatings for commercial, packaging, and digital print applications. Alex graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration and Management from the University of Colorado in Denver. He began his sales career in the financial industry before spending the last 22 years in the print industry.
Articles By Rebecca Lipscomb
Food Safe Packaging & Inks: 5 Tips, Jun 13, 2022
Rebecca is currently the Director of Global Regulatory Affairs where she leads the regulatory affairs team in all aspects of legislation and regulations. She has been with INX International for 10 years and has served in a variety of roles within the INX Environmental Health and Safety Department. Rebecca enjoys the challenges and opportunities for problem solving that come from ongoing regulatory changes and updates. Prior to joining INX, Rebecca worked in the cosmetics and private label food industries. She is a frequent speaker at industry events and is a member of EuPIA, FSAP, and NAPIM. Rebecca graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in Biology.
Articles By Editorial Team
Welcome to our blog, Printer Space. Printing. Ink. Advice. Powered by the team at INX International, this blog features thought leadership, best practices, and insights created by our Research & Development Team, Color Specialists, Technical, Print, and Ink Experts. Some blogs are authored by one or two subject matter experts; others receive input from a team of specialists on the topic. We trust you will find their expertise and perspectives informative, interesting, and valuable.
Articles By Omar C. Baez
Best Practices for Third-Party Ink Conversion, Mar 31, 2022
Omar has worked in the printing and ink industry for 28 years, and has extensive experience in art direction, file preparation, digital production and planning, and technical repair and resolution. In his current position as a Technical Service Representative for the Americas region, Omar is responsible for all incoming technical support requests, including providing support for the digital and metal divisions of INX. Omar was instrumental in refining INX’ remote color conversion program to support our customers during the pandemic. He graduated from Miami Dade College with an Associates Degree in Commercial Art.
Javier currently serves as a Technical Service Manager at INX where he collaborates across the business to develop education and training programs for our technical service team, sales groups, and our customers. Javier has been in the industry over 30 years and has earned industry recognition and certification as an IDEAlliance Color Management Professional and Master Trainer, G7 Expert, and G7 PCC Expert.
Ron has almost 30 years of experience in the ink and coating industry. He has held a variety of positions throughout his career, from a lab-technician to working in manufacturing, in-plant operations, and sales. Ron currently serves as Senior Vice President of Sales for INX International, he is also a member of INX International’s Board of Directors. Ron is recognized for his collaborative leadership style and strong teamwork. He is a member of and has served as the past vice president and president of the Canadian Printing Ink Manufacturers Association. Ron is also a member of The Flexographic Trade Association and the Gravure Association of America. He has been published in Ink World Magazine and Labels and Labeling. Ron graduated from Sir Sandford Flemming College and is currently completing his MBA from the Australian Institute of Business.
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