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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.

HIDden treasure - We’ve been to the Hunkeler Innovation Days, which takes place every two years at Lucerne, Switzerland, just down the road from Hunkeler’s base at Wikon. Here, Laurel Brunner looks at some of the front end systems that were driving the digital presses shown at the Hunkeler event.

Swiss finishing school - Still in Lucerne, Nessan Cleary looks at some of the finishing systems and digital printers that were launched at the show. Naturally, the blue tops of Hunkeler’s own modules were liberally sprinkled across the stands but there were also several new inkjet presses with a distinct emphasis on short run book production.

Value for money - Epson SureColor P-600 - Last year Epson previewed a new photo printer, the SureColor P600, which Paul Lindström has taken for a spin this month. It’s an affordable A3+ printer with a nine-colour inkset but just how well does it stand up to our standard battery of tests?

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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Environmental management is something all businesses should bother with, but it’s such a wooly term. In a way it has to be vague because it means running your business to have the least negative environmental impact possible, and how do you define that? If you’re in the mining business your challenges will be rather different than if you are a florist. The graphic arts industry has equivalent extremes, from gravure printing that has to deal with very nasty chemicals, to digitally printing documents on demand, the producers of which give chemicals and their disposal barely a second thought. Environmental management in all cases is necessary and useful. Fortunately there are only two options we consider relevant for all graphic arts situations.

Crossword Puzzles from Spindrift - Number 60

Across
4. Characteristic of a workflow that conforms to expectations, ISO or otherwise. (12)
9. Edition or iteration. (7)
11. An effort worth four or five points for league or union. (3)
12. Flow behaviours, of inks and other fluids. (10)
14. Keep tabs on that file! (5, 2)

Down
1. Print too many? Or just on top? (12)
2. Lacking regularity or definition to their contours or external lines. (9, 6)
3. To contain, complete or satisfy. (4)
4. Slight, not aggrieving, glitch. (4)
5. Sector apart from toner. (7, 6)

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