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Agile printers can make the world their oyster

This is the fourth industrial revolution, says Andy Cork from his hyper-connected printing operation. As such its engine room is powered neither by manufacturing nor automation, but silent software – connecting, analysing, optimising. “And that is very powerful,” he says.

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.

Connecting paths of cooperation

There is no doubt that technology is helping companies to collaborate in ways that were unthinkable 20 years ago. The internet is of course the main reason for this – but advances in video technology, cloud computing, processing power, and so forth have led to new types of collaborations.

Calculating the costs of kit enlightenment

No one likes reading the manual. Whether it be electronics, toys or furniture, the huge accompanying instruction booklets are usually largely left untouched. And even when instructions are followed, as with certain flatpack furniture products, things often still go awry.

Bringing post-press depts up to speed

There’s an apocryphal, but believable, story of an early Indigo press user sending a 100-copy job to a trade finisher, who duly phoned up the next day and said “Right, we’ve set up on the overs, can we have the real work now?”

Tinkerers in search of the eureka moment

Print’s best-known eureka moment came more than 550 years ago, when Johannes Gutenberg figured out a way to print books using moveable type and a press based on the sort of screw press used for making wine.

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