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The brains of your printing business

UK printers first started using management information systems (MIS) in the 1980s. At the time the software was pretty rudimentary, recalls Keith McMurtrie, managing director at Tharstern, who describes those early systems as “barely more than a calculator”.

Not yet a silver bullet for workflow woes

When speaking with printers about JDF, you get a lot of negative responses. The managing director of one large commercial printer on the South Coast puts it diplomatically: “I’ve never really got on with it...” he says, declining to elaborate further.

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.

Coping with your worst nightmare

Those images on Monday 28 December were horrifying, and remain unforgettable. Like most people, Chris Milner had been tuning into TV news channels over the Christmas period, gripped with cold fascination as the rising waters of flood-hit Britain made news headlines across the UK.

Link the two tribes with better communication

The two worlds of the pre-press technician and the finisher are, considering they work for the same firm and are often just a few metres apart, pretty different. One's day-to-day existence revolves around Macs, colour calibration software and background tints, the other gets more hands-on with all manner of cutting, folding, stitching and gluing kit.

Ten top buys for 10K or less

From new kit to additional training, it needn't cost a fortune to revitalise productivity and rapidly recoup initial outlay, writes Jo Francis

Review of the decade

As the curtain falls on the decade, the printing industry will be hoping that the next 10 years bring better fortune than the last. In a two-part look at events since the turn of the millennium, PrintWeek trawls the archive to revisit the stories that hit the headlines during one of the industry's most eventful periods

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