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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.

Print’s global get-together gets set to embrace the future

It seems like only yesterday, when we were all (well, some of us at least) warbling along to “Drupa is in town again... touch the future” the official song for Drupa 2016, which rang out across the Messe every morning as the doors to the show opened.

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.

UK pressmaker builds on long history of success

Edale is one of the last companies to design and build conventional printing presses on British soil. It enjoys a healthy international market for its modern flexo presses for label, flexible packaging and carton work.

Used kit can be a bargain if you can take away the risk

Buy right or buy twice. It’s sage advice and when it comes to equipment, the quandary that print has to deal with is whether to purchase new or secondhand. Some will instinctively want to use a brand new machine, others will calculate that secondhand offers better value.

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.

Learning on the job

In reality TV the contestant’s journey – the struggle to become the best possible them – is a device to increase the entertainment value. In business there’s a more serious side to going on a journey, which is to drive higher profitability through continuous improvement.

Me & my: Komori Lithrone S529 H-UV

According to Loop Print managing director Chris Gray, “each individual in our team has their own specialist skills they bring to the business”. But could those individuals step up to the mark when the litho and digital printer in South Yorkshire bought a Komori Lithrone S29?

Retro is the new fashion for faster, cleaner operations

Updating your existing kit to UV curing could help you speed up turnarounds but the higher costs need to be weighed against the benefits

A tale of innovation over two centuries

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Koenig & Bauer, which was the first manufacturer in the world to make a motorised cylinder printing press and is the oldest press maker still in existence.

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