Presses Remain the Key Attraction at drupa and in 2008 Printers will not be Disappointed
This will expand the role of the press manufacturer beyond supplying presses. As printers strive to cut costs, it becomes increasingly important to maximise production time from the press and to avoid unexpected breakdowns. drupa will introduce ways of monitoring the condition of the press using the internet to connect to service centres, so identifying when a machine needs to be looked at to prevent an unscheduled breakdown.
Reducing environmental impact of printing
The other great movement at drupa, partly achieved through bringing down make ready and wastage, is going to be the steady reduction in environmental impact of the printing process. It is no longer necessary or legal in many areas, to run presses with high concentrations of IPA or to use cleaning solvents with high VOC content. All manufacturers are going to emphasise how they are reducing the environmental impact of the press and running with non-alcohol founts is going to be everywhere.
It adds up to a fascinating show for those looking at presses and ensures that drupa remains the major event worldwide for the printing industry. Printers may not see many totally new press designs, but the ideas and options presented will make the journey to Düsseldorf worth the trip.
Biography of Gareth Ward
Gareth Ward has been writing about the printing industry for more than 20 years, predating the arrival of desktop publishing. He has seen every major development from close quarters, the arrival of digital printing, automated plate changing and computer to plate. He was editor of a weekly magazine in the UK for many years and more recently has helped start The Print Business as a monthly magazine to help printers through the business transformations that are now necessary. His work has appeared in magazines across the world and he has made presentations to equally wide-spread audiences.