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A sticky story

Originally published in Issue 2 / 2017 of Specialist Printing Worldwide, Simon P Clifford stresses the relevance of today’s adhesive technologies.

There is, today, an infectious fungus spreading throughout most screen-printing shops. At first look it is only visible in the immediate area around the press where it takes on the form of a soft furry coating, infiltrating every nook and cranny of your press. Before long, it has spread to the dryer and then very quickly makes its way onto the walls and floors, infecting the light fixtures and ceiling on the way. What is this strange ‘Star Trekian’ creature that is overtaking your ship, I mean shop? Is it fall-out from some secret government weapons test, or is it something closer to home?

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Faster might not mean cheaper

Faster might not mean cheaper

In the growing concentration towards the integration of digital print into the industrial and functional sector, it is perhaps easy to overlook the directions that the graphic arts segment has been heading in the past year. Interestingly it has almost become an arena of two halves with, on the one side a strengthening challenge to the offset and screen-printing areas and, on the other, the desire to bring entry-level and modestly priced options to market to extend the capabilities of print service providers.

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Why future diversity isn’t just about new technology

The following article originally appeared in Issue 1 / 2017 of Specialist Printing Worldwide. For more details on Sophie Matthews-Paul, visit her website at: www.mrs-inkjet.com

Typically, as we move into each New Year, across our industry most of us have a tendency to review events of the previous twelve months and assess where we are heading in the future. Unlike the situation a decade ago, of course, we are far less likely to be reeling from the surprise of a new and unexpected technology hitting the streets. But, while part of the reason for this is that we are all becoming accustomed to innovation and onward developments, we are now far more accepting of the products being introduced worldwide by manufacturers. Some of these might simply be extensions to existing ideas that are already in use; others lean more towards creativity that can be applied within the functional segments of print and are the results of the blend of the known and proven with new elements that are still in their infancy.

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The power of the processor

The power of the processor

Sophie Matthews-Paul comments on how the world now takes computerised technology for granted

Recently I have been turning my attention back to the wide-format segment, which is where I originally made my entrance during the very early days of digital adoption back in the 1980s. In those times one of the key problems with driving any technology forward was the lack of processor power and even the most humble home computer was priced beyond the budgets of the majority. Ever the geek, I wanted to learn more.