Inprint – the industrial side of printing

12th November 2015

The graphic arts have become increasingly industrialised over the last five to ten years, as standardisation has taken much of the craft aspect out of the business. So it’s hardly surprising that many equipment vendors are now looking for opportunities in manufacturing industries. But what are those opportunities, and what exactly is industrial printing?InPrint 2015 show

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Industrial Printing

9th November 2015

Industrial Printing
This week sees the second outing of the InPrint show, this time in Munich, starting on Tuesday. It’s hard to define industrial printing. It includes conventional print technologies such as screen and wide format, but also more niche elements like 3D printing and some novel approaches to inkjet. It covers a wide market, from automotive, electronics and white goods to interior décor, as well as a fair bit of packaging.
There’s a technical conference with some 60 sessions and a second show, Productronica, which covers electronic manufacturing. I’ll be there so look out for a report later this week.

The colour of labels

14th October 2015

Now that this year’s label show is all done – and I’ve had a chance to write the stories that people actually pay me for – it’s time for a final appraisal of the show.

Industrial Inkjet launched this high speed single colour print unit, the MP500i.
Industrial Inkjet launched this high speed single colour print unit, the MP500i.

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The writing’s on the label

30th September 2015

I foolishly broke my own rule about not going to press conferences and then wasted half of the first day at Label Expo listening to various corporate heads waffling on that they had the fastest press with the best imaging quality and that these things would sell faster than sliced bread.

Klaus Bachstein, CEO of Gallus with the new DCS340 digital hybrid press.
Klaus Bachstein, CEO of Gallus with the new DCS340 digital hybrid press.

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3D printing shows steady progress

1st June 2015

This year there are several trade shows taking place in the major cities around the world under the umbrella title 3D Printshow to showcase developments in this technology. There was one in London recently and so, in between visiting and writing about Fespa, I went to see how the 3D world is developing. 

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Return to Earth

25th May 2015

So, last week’s Fespa show has closed and we’ve all survived blisters, after show parties and a general lack of decent coffee. Here’s a second story on the show, now that I’ve been home for a few days, with a catch up to some of the things that I saw in the last couple of days. But I’ll deal with some of the more important themes in subsequent posts.

The North entrance to Koln Messe for the Fespa 2015 show.
The North entrance to Koln Messe for the Fespa 2015 show.

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The third dimension

8th September 2014

3D Printshow LondonLast week I went to the 3D Printshow in Old Billingsgate, London. I’m greatly interested in 3D print technology though I’m still not sure what it’s for. The people on the stands say that it’s only limited by your imagination but most of the stuff at the show could have been produced quicker and cheaper by conventional means. Still, the same was true of digital photography in the early days and look where we are with that now. Continue reading “The third dimension”

Talking the talk

17th July 2014
Throughout the day there was talk of the way that digital and print technologies could work together. Graham Moore, managing director of Ricoh UK, demonstrated Ricoh's Clickable Paper technology, which has moved on from QR codes and allows you to point an iPad at a printed ad that will then take you to a website. Gareth Ward, editor of Print Business (left) and Timon Colgrove, managing director of Hunts (right) look on.
Throughout the day there was talk of the way that digital and print technologies could work together. Graham Moore, Director of Ricoh Europe, demonstrated Ricoh’s Clickable Paper technology, which has moved on from QR codes and allows you to point an iPad at a printed ad that will then take you to a website. Gareth Ward, editor of Print Business (left) and Timon Colgrove, managing director of Hunts (right) look on.

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