DRUPA 2004 -- Doing a Full Drupa
In Düsseldorf, visitors will be able to supply PrintCity with their names and a preference for market segment, such as sheetfed, and then observe the entire production process with a PrintCity expert serving as a guide. JDF job ticket information will be personalized with an individual's name throughout the production process.
This will be live production, stresses Rianer Kuhn, managing director of PrintCity. The entire graphic arts chain will be represented, he adds, with each factory featuring solutions for networking and MIS, color management, prepress, printing and finishing. "More than 40 different print jobs will be created by completely integrated production systems," Khun says.
While not strictly a Drupa initiative, also in May, PrintCity's Sheetfed Activity Group will be releasing the next installment in its Best Practices Guide series. "Optimized Sheetfed UV Printing & Coating" is being published to disseminate generic UV process knowledge with the goal of optimizing industry quality and productivity, the group says.
The Compass Sessions are the "know-how events" at Drupa 2004. International speakers will present information on current trends, equipment, software, workflows, production methods and products on an almost daily basis.
In addition to future trends, the history of printing also has its place at Drupa. Experts from the Leipzig Museum for Print Art will be at the show with an interesting exhibit related to the "black art" of printing.