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Printing in another dimension

Augmented reality – or AR, as most of us refer to it – is seeping into the print industry and changing the way we interact with brands and products.

The future is up in the air

Cloud-based systems are changing the way printers work, allowing them to better serve changing customer demands and put resources and capital into more effective channels, as well as providing additional functionality.

Flexo widens its appeal

Back in July we looked at how advances in automation and fast drying are allowing the latest litho presses to increasingly compete what were once the USPs of digital processes: short runs and fast responses. Something similar is happening in flexography too, though it’s not been remarked upon as much as the amazing increases in flexo print quality over the past decade.

Best of British: Rollem plays its cards right

About half of our Best of British subjects and future candidates have surprisingly long histories. They’ve survived by adapting to the huge changes in technologies, social and economic conditions over the years and still manage to present relevant products to the market.

Best of British: Hamillroad’s big screen test

How does a small Cambridge developer produce halftone screening software intended to outperform the big pre-press players? This is the story of Hamillroad, which sells advanced Digitally Modulated Screening (DMS) technology for flexo and litho printing as an aftermarket add-on for any platesetter RIP.

Bells and whistles litho can take on short-run digital

In the quarter century or so that digital colour presses have been around, most of the debate has been about if, how, and when they would take over from ‘conventional’ printing processes.

Best of British: A historic type firm that’s still at the cutting edge

Next year sees the 300th anniversary of the company that is today called Caslon Ltd. In 1720, a London based engraver called William Caslon cut the punches for his first typeface, and went on to set up a foundry that bore his name.

Best of British: The sky’s not the limit for this exporting superstar

Machines that convert large rolls of material into smaller more manageable rolls may not quite count as the unsung heroes of the industry, but they’re certainly vital and need both precision engineering and some of the latest tech. Who’d have thought that you could use Bluetooth in a slitter?

Best of British: Essex business plotting to exceed your expectations

Blackman & White today is known as a builder of flatbed plotting and cutting tables that are mainly bought for large-format CNC applications including print signage, textiles and packaging.

Early birds can catch the slug-a-beds napping

Simon Biltcliffe’s beard is not (quite) in the same league as Kim Kardashian’s derrière as a personal physical attribute with the ability to break the internet but it may be as close as the UK print industry is going to get.

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