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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.

Best of British: Building on a long legacy of imaging expertise

When PrintWeek writes the word ‘phoenix’, it’s usually code for a company that has risen out of failure with a shiny new legal identity, miraculously escaping pesky encumbrances like debts and liabilities.

Beware Nirvana Mañana

At the beginning of February, Xerox took the wraps off a new printing technology under development in its PARC laboratory and, in so doing, opened a can of worms.

Best of British: Setting out to make the impossible possible

It’s now exactly 20 years since Graham Harris found a better way to crease paper, although at first he wasn’t sure how to actually make it.

Pre-loved profitability: used machines can pay

With digital print having become a fixture in the industry (it hit its silver jubilee last year) you might think that as the market became established a strong secondhand market would have emerged offering the canny printer more affordable machinery.

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