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What threat does IoT pose to printers’ kit?

Fridge freezers that auto-order milk, kettles that boil water using an app and thermostats that you control from your car... the internet and things that run on it have come a long way since Sir Tim Berners-Lee decided that a network to share data with colleagues at CERN would be a good idea.

Give workers a lift and avoid getting a pain in the neck

According to the Health & Safety Executive, manual handling incidents account for over a third of accidents reported in the print trade.

Materials to conjure with: wide-ranging wide-format

For any brand or business shopping around for wide-format print, the industry offers a Willy Wonka-style profusion of delights to play with and pick from.

How much heavy lifting can your computers take on?

Machine learning, artificial intelligence and robotics have dominated every technology conference, tradeshow and summit in the past six months.

Can paper replace fantastic plastic?

We’re just a month and a half into 2018 and the packaging industry’s sustainability agenda has been firmly set for the forthcoming year – and indeed beyond.

What printers can do to recycle waste

The UK is the world’s fifth largest manufacturer of printed products, and while there aren’t any statistics to indicate the level of overall material consumption in the industry, it is probably safe to assume that it’s a significant amount. As such, it’s responsible for a correspondingly high volume of waste – and it’s only in recent times, over the last decade or so, that the majority of it has been recycled.

All-rounders step up to big leagues

Typically we print to flat surfaces, like paper or board, or to labels that can be fixed to objects. But there is a growing interest in printing direct to objects.

How a letterpress innovator is making new impressions

"Post-digital letterpress.” Erik Spiekermann is always good with an apt phrase that works just as well in English as his native German.

Manufacturers with visionary ambitions

One of life’s minor pleasures is reading old predictions for the future and observing how wrong they were. Flying cars, fusion power stations and consumer 3D printing have all been past examples.

Pressing questions: who’s made progress since Drupa?

It has now been 18 months since the big Drupa exhibition in Germany in May 2016, so it’s a good point to look at what’s happened to the many digital production presses that were unveiled there, plus a few of the significant developments or announcements since.

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