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Do print industry standards stand up to the test?

When discussing the merits or otherwise of ISO standards for printers with participants in the printing industry, you end up getting into quite a few conversations that conclude that these badges of honour can be a little like Schrodinger’s cat.

Manufacturing a cure for toxic errors is getting simpler

Swiss-made is synonymous with a meticulous attention to detail, reliable performance and unimpeachable standards. Think watches, chocolate, banking, the Red Cross and Roger Federer.

Clever chemists cook up special FX for value-add

Historically manufacturers used to unveil new ink ranges every three to five years. Often these inks were launched to great fanfare and would accompany a new piece of hardware. However, in recent years things have changed.

More connectivity should usher in a smarter era

An estimated 26 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020, according to technology analyst Gartner. These include ‘smart’ fridges, and thermostats, as well as devices things like smartphones, tablets and TVs.

Digital tech takes corrugated to the next level

Corrugated looks set to be the next big adopter of high-speed single-pass digital printing technologies. It’s a natural progression up in capacity from the big flatbed industrial inkjets that are already fairly common sights in the sector.

Why UK print needs to pay attention to cyber security

For a number of years, the words cyber crime and hackers had people thinking of balaclava-wearing tech geeks in bedrooms trying to make a quick buck out of unsuspecting victims.

Get to grips with tomorrow’s world

Technology has affected every industry in some shape or form, and in many cases it has completely revolutionised sectors. In the printing industry this has been manifested in the machines becoming more sophisticated as a result, with continuous improvements in both hardware and software.

Low-cost solutions for colour consistency

Colour is a very subjective concept in that we each perceive light and colour in subtly different ways. But colour management is all about eradicating differences in the way that colours are printed.

Go fourth and automate

At Drupa we saw the future and its name is Print 4.0. It is a ‘mega trend’ all about automation and integration. Here we look at what this paradigm shift in printing practices may mean for the industry.

Techie tips to back up your presses

A printing business is a technology business, with many elements vital to its smooth operation – from fast networks and file storage systems, to security and e-commerce platforms. PrintWeek asked a raft of experts in these fields, as well as printers themselves, about how they’re dealing with these challenges, and what’s on the horizon to be aware of.

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