PRINT 01 PREVIEW -- Power of PRINT
Speed is also driving the growth of the on-demand market. "The on-demand market and digital printing cannot grow without on-demand bindery equipment," Rebsamen notes. As a result, print providers can expect to see more on-demand finishing gear on the show floor.
While there is much to be seen for on-demand digital printing, smaller- and medium-size printers should not feel left out. There has been a virtual explosion of new technology in the half-size sheetfed press market, contends Clint Bolte, industry consultant.
"We are going to a see a continuation of a trend that began five or six years ago. Technology proven on the 40˝ presses in conjunction with prepress workflow advancements is being rolled into the half-size market. This is really exciting," he states.
And no matter what format presses you're running—both sheetfed and web—computer-to-plate workflows are continuing to grow as the equipment, technology and plate material offerings expand, according to Lamparter. "PRINT will provide the opportunity for printers to update their information on CTP."
CTP technology should be near the top of every printer's to-do list. Even so, Holliday offers these words of advice. "I assume that everyone is looking at CTP, but they need to give serious thought to the integration of CTP to their presses."
Remote proofing and color management are also expected to be stand-outs at the show, especially as ink-jet color proofing becomes more affordable and the quality continues to improve, adds Bolte. "Ink-jet is going to play an important role in remote proofing."
It's an Evolution
Remote proofing will continue to gain popularity as the color management workflow software solutions continue to evolve. "Color management is still suspect and still evolving, but the need is definitely there," says Bolte. The Internet will also continue to play an important role in remote proofing, he predicts.