On Demand 2002 More People Per Inch?

Developments in software and front-end processes also will bring a shift in focus to a concept the consultant calls “Content-on-Demand.” Going beyond print-on-demand, the same document creative/production processes will support multiple media, he says.

On the print front, Pesko asserts that services such as personalized or customized printing and on-demand color output quickly are becoming standard practice, instead of being value-added services with higher margins. For the present, though, the killer app on the show floor seemed to be on-demand book production. Big name players are teaming up to develop and implement automated systems for short-run book production.

A case in point was the joint announcement by Océ Printing Systems USA and Quebecor World about the latter’s implementation of a digital system designed to produce book runs of under 1,000 copies. The system components include an Océ PRISMA book publishing front end, two Océ DemandStream 8090cx printers and an off-line finishing setup, including a Standard Horizon BQ-460 perfect binder and HT-70 three-knife trimmer.

In a related move, Muller Martini and Océ announced they were teaming up to offer in-line book production. Muller Martini says it is offering an enhanced version of its AmigoPlus perfect binder, called AmigoDigital, which features electronic and mechanical interface modules that enable it to work in-line with a variety of digital printing systems to produce paperbacks at speeds up to 1,000 cycles per hour.

R.R. Donnelley revealed it plans to go this route with its first Inventory Management Solution (IMS), a book-on-demand soft-cover publishing system built around the Nipson VaryPress. The complete IMS system reportedly will produce more than 500 books per hour.

Xerox Corp. introduced enhancements to its Book Factory product line and in-line finishing options for its other printing systems.

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