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Digital Dots is an independent graphic arts research group specialised in digital prepress, printing and publishing technologies.

We provide market research, testing, evaluation and content services for the graphic arts, and publish the leading industry newsletter, Spindrift.

Spindrift is a monthly digest of news, plus feature articles to keep you ahead in the graphic arts game, with no ads to distract you.

In the dryer - UV curable inks offer the offset world a fast drying solution for quick turnaround work. But now there are two further variations that offer lower energy consumption and potentially better image quality. Nessan Cleary looks at the options and their likely uses.

ProCo Not Loco - Laurel Brunner has been looking at colour management with ProCo, a British company that recently invested in GMG ColorServer and ColorProof. ProCo provides communications services to marketing companies across multiple channels including print. It relies heavily on standards to improve processes and has used the GMG software to generate more consistent results.

CMA Imaging revamped - Paul Lindström has been talking with Gerardo Cerros, who first founded CMA Imaging back in 2006 to offer high end colour management for packaging. The company went down with Ilford back in 2013 but Cerros has now relaunched it and here discusses his vision for the new company.

The latest articles in our WIld Format Digital Series … Everything you need to know about getting the most our of wide-format digital printing technology.

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Making Sense of Wide Format Digital

Colour, Margins & Wide Format Digital

Automation & Wide Format Digital Workflows

Inks, Heads & Materials for Wide Format Digital

Finishing Options for Wide Format Digital

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A year or so ago the Carlsberg Circular Community (CCC) announced a project to develop next generation packaging materials optimised for recycling and reuse. The CCC is Carlsberg plus a collection of its global suppliers and they have now announced that they are working on a biodegradable and refillable drinks bottle. The Green Fibre Bottle, including the cap, is to be made entirely of sustainably sourced wood fibre and will be developed over the next three years. The project is estimated to cost €1.43 million with 60% coming from the Business Innovation Fund in Denmark.

Crossword Puzzles from Spindrift - Number 59

1. Calculations used to work out how to render neutral colours. (4, 7, 8))
11. Chilled safe current? (2)
13. To make work processes or devices without physical intervention. (8)
14. Why colour exists. (5)
15. Cool and trendy, often replaced over time. (3)

1. Print method for which targets are specified in ISO 12647-5. (7)
2. Complete, unmodified. (6)
3. Sit on something not up to scratch. (3)
4. Ink containing rubber. (5)
5. Top notch, perfect. (3)

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