Print, Innovate, Print!

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Printers are just printers, aren’t they?  They print things.  End of story.

Wrong!

In fact, printers have a lot in common with Physics.  For a long time, it was believed that the science of Physics was ‘dead’ – i.e., that there was nothing more to discover; its body of information was complete.  Then along came Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, and, in our own day, Stephen Hawking, to prove that the applications of Physics were endless, our understanding of it still in its infancy.

Back to printers.  German master printer Johannes Gutenberg invented the moveable type printing press in 1439.  For almost four centuries printers thought they’d got it taped: that they were using a technology that couldn’t be beaten.  The materials used for printing presses over that time may have become stronger, for example by the substitution of cast iron for wood, but the essential machine remained unchanged.  Then, in the early nineteenth century, the powered printing press was invented by another German printer called Friedrich Koenig. Rotary printing presses followed mid-century, allowing thousands of copies to be produced in a single day.  Over the next hundred years, rotary presses continued to be improved incrementally, so that by the end of the Second World War they’d more or less reached maximum efficiency.  Digital printing arrived towards the end of the century.  It was mostly still just about printing, however: a question of turning ink and paper into books and other publications. 

Seventeen years into the twenty-first century, the industry has been revolutionised.  It’s about a lot more than ‘just printing’ now.  Modern printers use voice recognition technology.  They can master direct-to-object (3D) printing on multiple objects.  They’re designed to work with environmentally sustainable materials.  Printing companies like PrintonDemandWorldWide can provide their customers with a standard of quality that their twentieth-century counterparts could only have dreamed of.

Screen has long been one of the key players in the industry. Not only having a brilliant track record in innovation, among its employees and business partners it also fosters the upbeat imaginative powers and strategic vision needed to gain maximum advantage from its products.  For example, this is a quotation from the ‘innovation’ section on Screen’s website: Based on what’s happening in our labs, cultural diversity will be celebrated, and women will take STEM by storm. These new perspectives will catalyse major breakthroughs: Computers will become your partners instead of just tools that get the job done. Printed electronics will make integrated circuits cheaper and easier to produce. And immersive experiences—powered by near-field communications, virtual reality and the Internet of Things–will blend physical and digital worlds together.

Coming from another company, this might sound like empty bombast; but, as the many case studies and news items on the website illustrate (http://www.screen.co.jp/ga_dtp/en/company/), Screen is already pushing the boundaries with these ideas.  

Always looking for ways to enhance quality for its customers, PrintonDemandWorldWide is proud of its partnership with Screen.  It has invested in a Screen Truepress HD printer.  This is a production colour printing station capable of producing up to 3,750,000 pages a month.  Resolution is 2400 x 2400 dpi. A significant feature is that it’s object-oriented halftoning intelligently and automatically selects the appropriate line screen for jobs with a mix of images and heavy text.

A relatively new investment at PODWW has been made in this new technology.  For the technically minded, this has an impressive spec: the printing process is a single tower, single pass 2-up duplex, mono or colour. Drop volumes are 3, 6, 9, 11, 13 pL.  Print resolutions are 600 x 600 dpi; 1200 x 600 dpi (option); 360 x 600 dpi (option); VHQ mode (option, mono only.  The printing speed is up to 168 mpm colour; up to 200 mpm in mono.  The printing width can be up to 474 mm.  The recommended duty cycle is 4-35 million A4 / letter impressions per month (in CMYK, 600 x 600 dpi resolution); the maximum duty cycle can be up to 57 million colour or 68 million mono A4 impressions per month. 

 

Other innovations are being invested in.  We’ll provide more news about them in future months.  To sign off today, we’d like to offer you a few quotations from our satisfied customers.  We are very proud of these: customer service is our raison d’être. 

 

  • Thank you for all your dedication and hard work, I have had a wonderful customer service journey with you. “Tom”
  • I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to you for going the extra mile on countless occasions, thank you for all your hard work and effort in making this job a really special gift. “Fahmeed”
  • They made it in time, and they were stunning. From all of us at Galashiels, we are stunned by the quality and grateful for your fast, efficient and flawless service. We will happily recommend your service to all the years to come …  “Steven” 
  • I run my own business and we pride ourselves on our customer service and am constantly frustrated at the level of service we receive from other companies. Your customer service and quality of print have been fantastic and I genuinely thank you for that!  “Owen”