Highly efficient workflows, often with an emphasis placed on the JDF initiative, will also be a major theme pervading various exhibits. Despite some resistance among commercial printers to embrace the standard, industry suppliers are committed to making their new equipment offerings JDF-compatible, and will showcase the throughput gains that are possible. In the press and postpress arenas, the higher productivity achievable by installing new equipment (read “Getting Equipped to Compete” on page 80) that can often replace several older machines will be selling points constantly brought up on the show floor.
PRINT 05 & CONVERTING 05 may also mark a crossroads in our industry. This will most likely be the last time companies—like Heidelberg, for example, with a whopping 76,000-square-foot booth—commit to mega-booths in which they feel obligated to display their entire equipment lineups at a trade show. It will also serve as the major coming out party for newly integrated industry suppliers, such as Kodak, as the graphic arts industry continues to consolidate. Just a few more reasons to attend.