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On demand digital postpress - On demand digital printing is all very well, but should really be matched by on-demand digital finishing. This is the promise behind the Highcon Euclid, a digital cutting and creasing solution that was shown as a prototype at the last drupa. Paul Lindström has been to see the first installation at Glossop Cartons in the UK.
APP Changing its Spots? - Asian Pulp and Paper (APP) has faced many years of criticism over its destructive approach to forest management, but now appears to be reorganising itself with a positive reaction from Greenpeace for its latest efforts. Laurel Brunner looks at the recent history and assesses the progress so far.
ISO 16759 and ISO TS14067 Compared - Laurel Brunner explains the differences between these two ISO standards, which on the face of it appear similar but have come from different backgrounds and are aimed at different audiences.
Are you able to meet the requirements of ISO 12647-2?
Digital Dots has put together a survey to help you understand more about the ISO 12647-2 standard for quality control in offset printing. We are closely involved with the development of the standard and of certification schemes in the UK and Sweden. We also do certification audits in those countries, so we want to know more about your views of ISO 12647-2.
The survey isn’t long and it could give you some ideas about where your business can improve its processes, margins and customer satisfaction.
A couple of weeks ago we wrote about the Indian government wanting to ban PET packaging because of concerns about its stability. The blog elicited a surprising number of responses, but one from a Verdigris member, got us thinking more about it.
PET containers are recyclable of course, but there are some negatives associated with them. Not that any of the negatives support the Indian government’s justification for a ban, because PET is undoubtedly durable and stable. But these strengths are also PET’s most severe shortcoming when it comes to waste management. Packaging printers should consider this, especially if there are suitable alternative materials that would meet customer demands equally well.
Crossword Puzzles from Spindrift - Number 50
1. Visual representation applied in the heart of cameras, platesetters, scanners, digital presses. (7, 10)
14. Owners equity. (2)
15. You need to use one of these before you can get your plates on press. (6)
16. Choose one early for rendering colours accurately. (6)
1. Process of getting your computer booted up. (14)
2. Remedy or cure for poison. (8)
3. Atom or collection of them that are electrically charged. (3)
4. For collecting fish or butterflies or totals? (4)
5. Somewhere between a smartphone and a laptop. (6)
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