According to a report by Dr Sean Smyth, a Senior Analyst and Consultant at Smithers, vendors have single pass, highly automated systems to print and finish corrugated boxes, cartons and flexibles in a single pass. This is commonplace in labels.

‘For other packaging, the enabler is combining digital print with digital finishing, adding automated control systems to drive the press, measure and check the print then track through finishing, which may be coating, laminating, cutting, creasing, folding and gluing, together with a wide variety of embellishments.

The digital front end controller is becoming increasingly powerful to drive the digital print section, to measure and control quality and then to set and drive the finishing technology. This approach replaces the traditional skills of the press minder and finishing journeymen operators, which is important because skilled labour is a resource that is increasingly difficult to recruit and retain.’ Source.

See finishing solutions and more at the Graphics, Print and Sign Expo, taking place from 14-16 September at the Gallagher Convention Centre. Africa Print is a proud media partner of this event, which will take place 9am to 5pm daily. Entrance is free. To register, and for more information, click here. The event is sponsored by Roland and Stixo Signage Supplies.

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